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A series that highlights the work of people doing great things, caring things, often life-saving things for other people. These are the altruists, the optimists, and the social entrepreneurs among us – those helping others across backgrounds, politics, and geography in compassionate and creative ways.

Latest Episodes

Raising Caring Children

According to research by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard School of Education, 96 percent of parents feel that developing moral character in their kids is more important than personal achievement. In this episode we sat down with psychologist and lecturer Rick Weissbourd, faculty director of the project, to discover how his team is taking this research to help parents raise kids who care about others while also contributing to the common good.

27 MIN1 w ago
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Raising Caring Children

How the Clubhouse helps every kid feel like a superstar

Historically, a clubhouse is a place for kids to come together to escape from the outside world and the same holds true for the Clubhouse Network in Roxbury. This dynamic space is where teens of Boston are able to gather and hone in on their passions. In this episode we speak with Program Manager Kahmal London on the importance of pursuing your passion while also developing creative and communication skills.

30 MIN3 w ago
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How the Clubhouse helps every kid feel like a superstar

How The Power of Sports Can Make a Difference

Kids involved in sports develop skills in teamwork, collaboration, leadership and confidence. That’s why it’s important for all kids to have the opportunity to participate - especially girls - whose visibility and representation on sport teams trails boys. We speak with Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, who she understands the importance of attracting and supporting girls and women in sports.

23 MINOCT 30
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How The Power of Sports Can Make a Difference

Running, Sobriety and Local Food at Boston’s HubWeek

For this episode, we had the opportunity to participate in the HubWeek, Boston’s annual ideas festival for art, science, and technology. In front of a live audience, we interviewed Don Lane, chief marketing officer of Saucony Don Lane, “Sober Curious” author and consultant Ruby Warrington, and Erin Baumgarten, founder and CEO of Family Dinner, about their unique approaches to social innovation.

38 MINOCT 16
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Running, Sobriety and Local Food at Boston’s HubWeek

How a Nonprofit and a Biotech Company Teamed Up to Fight Hunger

In this land of plenty, it’s hard to believe that we still struggle with hunger. We spoke with Sasha Purpura, executive director of Food for Free, Sarah MacDonald of Life Science Cares and JoHanna Jobin of Biogen to learn what happens when seemingly separate community pillars team up to combat hunger.

27 MINOCT 2
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How a Nonprofit and a Biotech Company Teamed Up to Fight Hunger

Why Writing Isn't Just For English Class

Not enough kids are comfortable with writing, and WriteBoston is doing something about it. We speak with Sarah Poulter, co-director of WriteBoston, which coaches educators to help students improve their writing, not just for writing papers in school, but for writing cover letters, emails, articles and more in their future careers, too.

25 MINSEP 19
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Why Writing Isn't Just For English Class

Why Diets Won't Solve Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity won’t be solved with diets. At least, that’s the perspective of Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Instead, she points to lifestyle changes - community gardens, mobile markets full of fresh fruits and vegetables, nutritional education, healthier options in the school cafeteria and simply learning to cook - as the keys to unlocking a healthier, happier population.

22 MINSEP 4
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Why Diets Won't Solve Childhood Obesity

36 Playworks New England

Interview with Jonathan Gay, Executive Director, and Dana Harris, Program Manager, of Playworks New England. Founded in 1996, Playworks helps schools and districts re-imagine recess and school-wide culture to promote social-emotional learning, safety, fun, and full inclusion. Today Playworks partners with 250 schools in New England, and 3,000 schools around the country. Playworks begins with the premise that play is essential to human development, and that Kids who play are resilient, empathetic, and active. They learn to make friends, solve problems, and become more self-confident. To promote positive play, Playwork onsite coaches organize activities, teach social-emotional skills, and encourage broad participation before, during, and after school. Playworks also builds the skills of school staff through on-site consulting and modeling, as well as through onsite and online professional development. A randomized study completed by Stanford University and Mathematica Policy Research found that, compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. In this interview, Jonathan and Dana discuss the need for schools to prioritize play and recess, how play and social-emotional learning translates into school and life success, and what working at Playworks has meant to them both personally.

37 MINFEB 27
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35 ResilientSEE

Interview with Yanel de Angel, architect at Perkins+Will, and founder of ResilientSEE. Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, ResilientSEE-PR is an “alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico.” Specifically, ResilientSEE: • Organizes and facilitates design and strategic planning sessions for communities of different scales, bringing together local and global design professionals, policymakers, funders, and experts in climate change. • Supports pilot programs to protect Puerto Rico from future extreme weather events. This work includes not only a focus on Environmental Resilience (balancing natural systems and manmade environments), but also Social Resilience (population health, environmental justice, and social equity), and Economic Resilience (business continuity and economic stability) In this interview, Yanel shares her personal commitment to her native land, the recovery challenges facing Puerto Rico, and the importance of a part...

29 MINJAN 23
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34 Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS)

Interview with Kathleen Tullie, Executive Director of Build Our Kids’ Success, an initiative of Reebok known as “BOKS.” Founded in 2009, BOKS seeks to reverse a growing physical inactivity epidemic in the United States and globally. Specifically, BOKS supports families, schools, and communities to improve children’s mental and physical heath through movement and play. BOKS offers partner schools and organizations a free, non-competitive, play-based curriculum that both promotes physical activity and provides children and families with healthy nutrition knowledge and practices. Currently, over 4,100 schools are enrolled in BOKS globally. An evaluation of BOKS completed by the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital found that students participating in the program: improved their B.M.I.; were less likely to qualify as obese; and were more likely to report stronger social connections to their friends and school, greater happiness, and satisfaction with life. In th...

23 MINJAN 7
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34 Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS)

Latest Episodes

Raising Caring Children

According to research by the Making Caring Common Project at Harvard School of Education, 96 percent of parents feel that developing moral character in their kids is more important than personal achievement. In this episode we sat down with psychologist and lecturer Rick Weissbourd, faculty director of the project, to discover how his team is taking this research to help parents raise kids who care about others while also contributing to the common good.

27 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Raising Caring Children

How the Clubhouse helps every kid feel like a superstar

Historically, a clubhouse is a place for kids to come together to escape from the outside world and the same holds true for the Clubhouse Network in Roxbury. This dynamic space is where teens of Boston are able to gather and hone in on their passions. In this episode we speak with Program Manager Kahmal London on the importance of pursuing your passion while also developing creative and communication skills.

30 MIN3 w ago
Comments
How the Clubhouse helps every kid feel like a superstar

How The Power of Sports Can Make a Difference

Kids involved in sports develop skills in teamwork, collaboration, leadership and confidence. That’s why it’s important for all kids to have the opportunity to participate - especially girls - whose visibility and representation on sport teams trails boys. We speak with Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, who she understands the importance of attracting and supporting girls and women in sports.

23 MINOCT 30
Comments
How The Power of Sports Can Make a Difference

Running, Sobriety and Local Food at Boston’s HubWeek

For this episode, we had the opportunity to participate in the HubWeek, Boston’s annual ideas festival for art, science, and technology. In front of a live audience, we interviewed Don Lane, chief marketing officer of Saucony Don Lane, “Sober Curious” author and consultant Ruby Warrington, and Erin Baumgarten, founder and CEO of Family Dinner, about their unique approaches to social innovation.

38 MINOCT 16
Comments
Running, Sobriety and Local Food at Boston’s HubWeek

How a Nonprofit and a Biotech Company Teamed Up to Fight Hunger

In this land of plenty, it’s hard to believe that we still struggle with hunger. We spoke with Sasha Purpura, executive director of Food for Free, Sarah MacDonald of Life Science Cares and JoHanna Jobin of Biogen to learn what happens when seemingly separate community pillars team up to combat hunger.

27 MINOCT 2
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How a Nonprofit and a Biotech Company Teamed Up to Fight Hunger

Why Writing Isn't Just For English Class

Not enough kids are comfortable with writing, and WriteBoston is doing something about it. We speak with Sarah Poulter, co-director of WriteBoston, which coaches educators to help students improve their writing, not just for writing papers in school, but for writing cover letters, emails, articles and more in their future careers, too.

25 MINSEP 19
Comments
Why Writing Isn't Just For English Class

Why Diets Won't Solve Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity won’t be solved with diets. At least, that’s the perspective of Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Instead, she points to lifestyle changes - community gardens, mobile markets full of fresh fruits and vegetables, nutritional education, healthier options in the school cafeteria and simply learning to cook - as the keys to unlocking a healthier, happier population.

22 MINSEP 4
Comments
Why Diets Won't Solve Childhood Obesity

36 Playworks New England

Interview with Jonathan Gay, Executive Director, and Dana Harris, Program Manager, of Playworks New England. Founded in 1996, Playworks helps schools and districts re-imagine recess and school-wide culture to promote social-emotional learning, safety, fun, and full inclusion. Today Playworks partners with 250 schools in New England, and 3,000 schools around the country. Playworks begins with the premise that play is essential to human development, and that Kids who play are resilient, empathetic, and active. They learn to make friends, solve problems, and become more self-confident. To promote positive play, Playwork onsite coaches organize activities, teach social-emotional skills, and encourage broad participation before, during, and after school. Playworks also builds the skills of school staff through on-site consulting and modeling, as well as through onsite and online professional development. A randomized study completed by Stanford University and Mathematica Policy Research found that, compared to students at similar schools, Playworks students were more physically active and teachers reported that students had greater feelings of school safety and less bullying behavior. In this interview, Jonathan and Dana discuss the need for schools to prioritize play and recess, how play and social-emotional learning translates into school and life success, and what working at Playworks has meant to them both personally.

37 MINFEB 27
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35 ResilientSEE

Interview with Yanel de Angel, architect at Perkins+Will, and founder of ResilientSEE. Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, ResilientSEE-PR is an “alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico.” Specifically, ResilientSEE: • Organizes and facilitates design and strategic planning sessions for communities of different scales, bringing together local and global design professionals, policymakers, funders, and experts in climate change. • Supports pilot programs to protect Puerto Rico from future extreme weather events. This work includes not only a focus on Environmental Resilience (balancing natural systems and manmade environments), but also Social Resilience (population health, environmental justice, and social equity), and Economic Resilience (business continuity and economic stability) In this interview, Yanel shares her personal commitment to her native land, the recovery challenges facing Puerto Rico, and the importance of a part...

29 MINJAN 23
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35 ResilientSEE

34 Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS)

Interview with Kathleen Tullie, Executive Director of Build Our Kids’ Success, an initiative of Reebok known as “BOKS.” Founded in 2009, BOKS seeks to reverse a growing physical inactivity epidemic in the United States and globally. Specifically, BOKS supports families, schools, and communities to improve children’s mental and physical heath through movement and play. BOKS offers partner schools and organizations a free, non-competitive, play-based curriculum that both promotes physical activity and provides children and families with healthy nutrition knowledge and practices. Currently, over 4,100 schools are enrolled in BOKS globally. An evaluation of BOKS completed by the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital found that students participating in the program: improved their B.M.I.; were less likely to qualify as obese; and were more likely to report stronger social connections to their friends and school, greater happiness, and satisfaction with life. In th...

23 MINJAN 7
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34 Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS)
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