I Can Do Something About This

I Can Do Something About This

I Can Do Something About This is a podcast for people whose ideas are making the world better. Each week, Christal Earle and Rafik Riad talk with change makers from around the world that have realized that they can, in fact, create the kind of world they want to live in. Have you ever looked at something in your world that you knew needed to change - and then realized that perhaps you are the one who can start to change it? Then this is the place for you. Get inspired and learn from leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world about what's possible when you raise your hand and say, "I Can Do Something About This". Music by Paul Yudin.

Episodes

January 12, 2023 36 min

Sometimes  great ideas are able to get traction through building off of what is already there. Gavin's story of building Lucky Iron Fish is evidence of how that can look.

Dr. Gavin Armstrong is a committed and award winning impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise® (LIFe), a social enterprise dedicated to alleviating iron deficiency around the world using simple health inn...

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When you open your heart to what is right in front of you, great things can happen.  Sitti Soap is proof that lasting impact is possible, even when the odds are stacked against you.

Noora Sharrab is the cofounder of Sitti Soap, a social enterprise business committed to the self-reliance of refugee and displaced communities. In particular, they are focused on working with Palestinian refugees in Jordan, co-creating their products and...

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Domestic Violence is so much more prevalent than we may care to admit. Although the path out of it is difficult and precarious, knowing there are people like Hannah Kay reminds you that you are not alone. 
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Hannah Kay Herdlinger has been living her passion throughout her life -- connecting
with and helping others. Her career has taken her across many industries starting with serving in the Un...

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When life does not go as planned we can be tempted to give up or give in. However, if  you are Luke Anderson, you make the decision, over and over again, to decide the kind of future you want for yourself and those who face the same hurdles. 
Get ready to leave this episode different then when you first showed up.
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After sustaining a spinal cord injury in 2002, Luke Anderson was all of a sudden in...

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Big visions that have the potential to dramatically make a difference in the lives of many people need the right partnerships to make it happen. Funto Boroffice knows all about this.

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Funto Boroffice is the founder/CEO of award winning Chanja Datti Ltd, (http://www.chanjadatti.com) a waste collection & recycling social enterprise. Chanja Datti is  dedicated to transforming the ...

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Do you wonder how some people seem to be able to pivot and find new possibilities in places others may never be able to see? Angela has a lot to teach us about how her journey has created those possibilities, time and again.
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Angela DeMontigny is an internationally-renowned, Native Canadian (Cree/Metis) designer, born with a “passion for fashion” that began when she was a young teen. A prominent lea...

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What do you do when you wish there was a camp for kids that you have incredible empathy for? Well, if you are Harry and Chris, even though it seems like a crazy idea, you simply start to create one. 

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Rainbow Camp® is a welcoming, inclusive, safe space for 2SLGBTQ+ youth ages12-18 to experience summer camp.
Founded in 2012 and run by members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community (including many former camper...

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Facing the unknown can be overwhelming. However, it can also be the door into the next chapter of something great. 
This week, Christal turns the microphone back on Rafik and gets him talking about the behind the scenes of his journey that brought him across three continents, many countries, and numerous lessons about how to start with what you know. 

In this episode, Christal and Rafik talk about:

  • Rafik's experience growing up in...
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    Sometimes it can take an exceptional amount of courage to be honest about what is, and isn't, working in your business. That's why our conversation with Liz and Paul is so refreshing!
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    Hands up if you love honey! Liz and Paul are the founders of African Bronze Honey and they have figured out how REAL forest harvested honey can help make the world more fair for us and the planet.

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    Seth Godin once said that the most powerful story we will ever tell is the one we tell ourselves. This has been the theme of Christal's journey as an entrepreneur, a mom, and a leader. 
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    In this homegrown episode, Rafik flips the questions over to Christal and chats with her about her journey, her challenges, and most of all, about what it has meant for her to say, "I Can Do Something About This".

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    Did you know that a simple choice at the grocery store about the humble banana is actually a powerful force for change?

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    Meet Jennie Coleman, Owner and President of Equifruit. 

    Jennie Coleman has been owner/president of Equifruit since 2013. She combines a lengthy career in business with longstanding social justice roots, set during two years’ volunteer work in Namibia in the...

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    Wondering how a brand that focuses on representation and sustainability makes it happen? Us too. So that's why we wanted to chat with Tiffany Asamoah!

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    Tiffany Asamoah knows what it’s like to solve problems, scale projects and build meaningful relationships. She has led in many Fortune 50 Organizations as a Sales and Technical leader. As an experienced leader Tiffany found her passion in creating unique so...

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    When someone has a special love for a region of the world, turning that love into something that creates tangible change isn't easy. But it's worth it. 

    Meet Farrukh Lalani, founder of Daria Day. 

    Farrukh's journey to social entrepreneurship began almost ten years ago when she left her corporate job to pursue something more fulfilling and joined an international development agency. Her work took her from Syria to Afghanis...

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    Thinking you have a great idea is one thing. However,  understanding how to give that idea the space to grow in a way that builds trust and hope is a very different journey. Ryan and the team at Aruna Project are such a great example of how to do this well.

    Ryan Berg is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aruna Project, an athleisure brand creating lifelong freedom for victims of sex trafficking through employment marked by holistic care.

    Ry...

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    Have you encountered a difficult truth in the world that you can't ignore? Then you are going to want to learn about Kelly's journey to building "Fashion Takes Action".

    Kelly Drennan founded Fashion Takes Action in 2007. It came to life through her desire to create a better, more sustainable future for her two daughters. Her role at FTA is to identify the barriers to sustainability that exist for both industry and co...

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    If you are inspired by how to make the world more just and inclusive, then you are going to want to hear from Alexa.

    Alexa Jovanovic is a braille fashion designer and the founder of emerging designer fashion brand,  Aille Design (pronounced: eye).

    Aille Design works alongside the blind and visually impaired community to create fashion with braille that is fully legible and customizable. Each design is handmade in North America with ...

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    If you have ever wondered how a business model that is making impact in the most direct way possible REALLY works, you will want to hear what Laurinda has to say!

    Laurinda Lee-Retter founded Kind Karma through her personal experience with the lack of meaningful employment while recovering from mental illness. 

    Although she always dreamed of being an entrepreneur, Laurinda worked in the corporate world as an Executive Assistant for al...

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    Get ready for an awakening around business, harmony and the power of a vision that's rooted in honesty, honour, and love.

    Christal and Rafik talk to Jennifer Harper, founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty.
    In this episode, we hear about how Jenn's journey through recovery and loss shaped her dream into reality.

    In this episode, we talk about: 

  • How losing her brother to suicide gave Jenn a vision for creating a different future f...
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    Need some inspiration on how to stick with something through the wild ups and downs? Then this is the episode for you!

    Today, Christal and Rafik talk with Stacey Toews,  the co-founder of Level Ground Trading.

     Level Ground Trading engages directly with small-scale farmer groups in Asia, Africa and South America. Annually, Level Ground purchases the harvests of more than 5,000 organic, family farms and roasts more than 1 million poun...

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