EP 022 The Power of Podcasting for Transforming Self & Culture with Elsie Escobar

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In this episode, I interview Elsie Escobar.  Elsie is a podcasting pundit and strategist that specializes in helping women leverage the power of podcasting to grow their impact and their social ventures. She has worked for Libsyn, the leading host and distribution network since 2007 (the Awarepreneurs podcast is hosted on Libsyn).  And she also coruns She Podcasts, the largest community for women in podcasting.

If you've ever wondered if podcasting might be a good approach to grow your impact and your business, we can't recommend this episode more highly.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 021 The Intersection of Hip Hop and Health & Wellness with Keith Tucker

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In this episode, I interview Keith Tucker, the founder of Hip Hop is Green.  Hip Hop is Green uses cultural events and Green Dinners to bring holistic health and transformation to urban communities.  They now have chapters in 30 cities around the United States and are looking at expanding into other countries.

If you've ever wondered how to engage diverse young people in health and wellness initatives, we can't recommend this episode more highly.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 020 Using Passive Income to Take the Pressure Off Your Mission Driven Business with Indigo Ocean Dutton

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In this episode, I interview Indigo Ocean Dutton, the founder of Awaken Business Consulting. Indigo is the Principle Consultant at Awaken Business Consulting, founder of The Winning Start programs for people of color, and founder of the Aspiratech corporate consulting and Salesforce training firm.

Indigo has used passive income strategies that have brought her hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue as well as consulted with clients on their passive income strategies.  One of these is her course titled Passion Payday that will walk you step by step through what the various options for passive income are, how to identify the topic and type of passive income that's a good fit for you, and the design of your first/next passive income offering.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 019 Leveraging Consciousness Shift With Technology with Calvin Correli

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In this episode, I interview Calvin Corelli, the founder of Simplero. Simplero is an online course platform created just of spiritual entrepreneurs.  Almost 900 entrepreneurs host their courses and other programs using the platform.  Calvin says "We are small, bootstrapped, profitable, and proud. We haven't taken funding, which means we're not beholden to anyone other than ourselves and our customers."

As the founder of a company that specializes in online courses in this space, Calvin has literally seen what thousands of successful examples of producsts in our sector.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 018 Why Do We Talk About Racism So Much in Awarepreneurs?

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NOTE: This is a special episode of the podcast.

In this special episode, Awarepreneurs founder Paul Zelizer answers a question he's been hearing frequently in the community: "Why do we talk about racism so much in Awarepreneurs?"

Specifically, Paul explores 7 reasons:

  1. Because social justice is one of our core values.
  2. Because it is the ethically right thing to do.
  3. Becuase doing so increases the diversity of our membership.
  4. Because we come from 2 lineages - the entrepreneurial world and the wisdom world - that historically have not done a good job fostering diversity & inclusion.
  5. Because it's good for business.
  6. Because our community wants and demands it.
  7. Because we want to be a role model to our sister communities.


In summary, as a community we believe that it's our responsibility to do better job fostering diversity and dimantling racism than either of our parent traditions have historicially done in order to make significant progress on our mission and goals.  

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 017 Coaching Around the World: It's Not About You with Michael Stratford

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In this episode, I interview Michael Stratford of MichaelStratford.com.  Michael started coaching in 1992 and has worked with clients in China, Korea, Denmark, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, and many other countries around the world.   Together we explore how Michael grew his global business and how you can bridge out past the narrow audiences most service providers focus on to allow you to grow a thriving business working with diverse clients facilitating transformative and impactful work. 

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 016 Diversity as Path with Angelo John Lewis

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In this episode, I interview Angelo John Lewis of the Diversity & Spirituality Network on how to move beyond proscriptive approaches to diversity & inclusion and how the spiritual frame of "path" can be helpful in this process.  Angelo has been actively working in the intersection of diversity and spirituality for decades and shares real world examples and action steps tailored for awareness and social impact based businesses.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 015 Growing a Wiser & Wilder Business with Kaya Singer

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In this episode, I interview Kaya Singer of Awakening Business on the archetype of the Crone and how to find the wiser and wilder version of your business.  Kaya has been in the personal growth field for decades and shares her journey with growing a successful business as well as the work she does mentoring women entrepreneurs to start and grow a soul based business through the power of Crone Wisdom.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 014 The Intersection of Conscious Business & Social Impact

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In this episode, we do something special.   I've asked Reva Patwardhan of Dialog Lab to interview Paul Zelizer (me), the founder of Awarepreneurs as well as PaulZelizer.com.  We explore my background in awareness practices and social justice work and how I came to the conscious business world.   And we explore how Awarepreneurs got started and where the community is going.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 013 How to Crowdfund a Consciousness App

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In this episode, I talk with Dada Nabhaniilananda, The Monk Dude. Dada is a yoga monk, a meditation instructor, an author, a keynote speaker and a musician.  His tradition was founded by a "social revolutionary" that was dedicated to ending injustic and human suffering.   This interview focuses on how Dada's work has focused on carrying out this vision.  Including how he developed and successfully crowd funded a technology to support this path, Bliss Timer

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 012 Identity, Algorithms and Your Authentic Soul

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In this episode, I talk with Leesa Rene Hall, Author, Futurist, Technology Pioneer, Speaker.  Leesa has had great success over the years as a technology thought leader and online marketing expert.  This interview explores how technology is shaping our lives - often in ways that are not in alignment with our true purpose - and how a conscious writing practice can help us reconnect with and live from our authentic soul.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 011 Actually, Your Principles are a Marketing Asset with Kelly Diels

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In this episode, I talk with Kelly Diels, the founder of KellyDiels.com. Kelly's work explores how to market in ways that avoid stereotypical approaches to marketing - ones that use sexist and racist archetypes that actually make injustice worse.  And what to do instead to grow your business in ethical and effective ways.

In our conversation, we explore how Kelly got into doing social impact work, how she cares for herself in these poignant times, and the specifics of what her business model looks like. 

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.  

EP 010 Creating the Next Generation of Water Protectors with Rich Schrader

In this episode, I talk with Rich Schrader, the founder of RiverSource. RiverSource is a social enterprise that teaches people - especially young people - how to be good stewards of the watersheds they live in.  RiverSource works with over 3000 young people per year and uses an innovative combination of for profit and non-profit funding structures.  

In our conversation, we explore how Rich got into doing community based environmental work, what enviromental leaders need to know in these rapidly changing times, energy and the practices Rich has used to stay deeply engaged in this work for almost 20 years. 

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.   

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EP 009 Pleasure, Energy Tools & Social Impact with Gitanjali Laila D'costa Hemp

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In this episode, I talk with Gitanjali Laila D'Costa Hemp, the founder of Syntara Systems. Gitanjali runs one of the busiest energy based practices in Northern California with a bricks and mortar office, numerous practitioners, retreats and more.  She also has been bridging into more online offerings in the past several years.

In our conversation, we explore how Gitanjali got into doing energy based work, what conscious leaders need to know about these rapidly changing times, energy practices that can help make transitions more smoothly and what pleasure has to do with self care and sustainability for those focused on social impact work.

As always, we'd love to hear your questions and thoughts on this important topic in the Awarepreneurs Facebook group.   

EP 008 Diversity & Inclusion for Connection and Results

My guest for this episode is Tanya Odom who works for UN Women and The FutureWorks Institute. Tanya uses a combination of leading diversity and inclusion with mindfulness and compassion practices

Some topics covered in this conscious business podcast episode on diversity, inclusion and mindfulness:

  • How to find true mentoring - not the commercialized version.
  • Identifying and being aware of unconscious bias.
  • How mindfulness practices can help us be more effective in navigating difference in both personal and business contexts.
  • How to effectively combine mindfulness with a diversity and inclusion mindset for powerful results.

Join us as we explore the leading edge of social enterprise and how to move past challenges and into truly having the positive impact you desire.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for EP 008.  And be sure to check out Tanya's work at The Future Works and UN Women.

EP 007 Effective Websites for Social Entrepreneurs

My guest for this episode is Rachael Kay Albers, of RKAink. Rachael is one of the most talented and smartest web designers for social enterprise brands that I have ever met.

Some topics covered in this conscious business podcast episode on creating effective social enterprise website include:

  • How to clarify and present your social impact goals on the web effectively.
  • Identifying and being aware of issues of priviledge.
  • How to create a comprehensive strategy based on your values.
  • When does it make sense to DIY and when should you hire a designer.
  • What is the single most important decision social entrepreneurs need to make regarding their website?

Join us as we explore the leading edge of social enterprise and how to move past challenges and into truly having the positive impact you desire.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for EP 007.  And be sure to pick up Rachael's guide, Don't Hire a Web Designer.

And here is the link to the book mentioned, No More Heros: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality.

EP 005 Scaling Social Impact in Challenging Environments

My guest for this episode is Jesse Sullivan, of Alter.  Jesse helps scale businesses in places like Afghanistan, Haiti, Cuba and other economies that have less robust entrepreneurial ecosystems and has learned some very valuable lessons.

Some topics covered in this conscious business podcast episode include:

  • How to come to the work from a place of wholeness rather than a needs based orientation
  • How to engage local leaders to increase your positive impact
  • Creating a business that is connected to something larger than yourself
  • What being faithful has to do with success in challenging environments
  • Tips for success for economies with less cash resources

Join us as we explore the leading edge of social enterprise and how to move past challenges and into truly having the positive impact you desire.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for EP 005.

EP 004 Why Marketing is Hated (with real examples of manipulation)

My guest for this episode is Mark Silver, of Heart of Business.  Marketing is often a challenging topic for many conscious entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.  In this heart felt interview, we look at:

  • How marketing was born in the context of colonialism
  • How insights from early psychological thinkers were co-opted by large corporations
  • Why a majority of conscious business owners have a charged relationship with marketing
  • What to do instead of manipulative marketing techniques
  • Why ethical business and marketing practices are more important than ever

Join us as we explore the not so pretty history of marketing and how to move past that into truly ethical and effective marketing practices.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for "EP 004".

EP 003 Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact with Chris Zydel

My guest for this episode is Chris Zydel, of Creative Juices Arts.  Some topics covered in this leading edge conscious business podcast episode include:

  • What are some practices that deepen and enhance creativity?
  • What are embodied practices that shift us away from the judging mind?
  • How to develop intimacy with yourself through the creative process.
  • How to grow a thriving creativity based business.
  • How creative work can be integrated with social impact work.

Join us as we explore creativity based business and how to integrate social impact into this kind of business.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for "EP 003".

EP 002 Kylie Slavik on Using Archetypes to Grow a Conscious Business

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My guest for this episode is Kylie Slavik, of KylieSlavik.com.  Some topics covered in this leading edge conscious business podcast episode include:

  • What are archetypes and why are they so powerful?
  • Why does the marketing of many conscious businesses feel underpowered?
  • What are some examples of conscious businesses using archetypes to grow?
  • How to use archetypes in an effective and ethical way.

Join us as we explore depth based marketing, how to be both powerful and ethical in your business development activities, and harnessing the power of resonant storytelling in your business.

And, as always, there is an unique opportunity to discuss the themes covered in this episode in the Awarepreneurs Facebook community.  Just do a search in the group for "EP 002".