Community Solutions
Episode 29: How Community Leaders Transform Society

Episode 29: How Community Leaders Transform Society

February 18, 2020

This podcast episode highlights the book, "How Change Happens" by Duncan Green. This book outlines how community leaders can create change within communities, states and nations. The lessons from this book can be applied to improve current social, political, environmental and economic issues. We discuss past advocates’ work and how their strategies can be applied by current and future community leaders to positively transform communities. 

Episode 28: How Civic Engagement Makes You and Your Community Healthy

Episode 28: How Civic Engagement Makes You and Your Community Healthy

December 2, 2019

This podcast episode presents a discussion of the book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” by Robert Putnam. The author centers the book on the term social capital, which is defined as the connectedness between people in a community. Join us as we delve into our discussion about social capital in the American community. We identify key factors that affect social capital and connectedness both positively and negatively. Some of these factors include age/generational differences, television, religion, urbanization and social media. Enjoy listening!

Episode 27: How to Compassionately Address the Needs of the Rural Poor

Episode 27: How to Compassionately Address the Needs of the Rural Poor

November 21, 2019

The majority of poor individuals around the world live in rural conditions. To significantly reduce global poverty, we need to work alongside individuals living in rural poverty to best understand their assets, needs and priorities. Listen and learn strategies to effectively work with rural communities and in the process transform your perceptions of rural living.

Episode 26: How to Lead the Fight for Food Equity!

Episode 26: How to Lead the Fight for Food Equity!

November 13, 2019

Today our book club focuses on The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis. Listen and learn about the multiyear effort to create a sustainable, internationally recognized community food center that provides for, and fights for, food equity – the process of providing opportunities for all to access good, healthy food.  

Episode 25: How a Radical Approach to Poverty Reduction Changed Lives Forever

Episode 25: How a Radical Approach to Poverty Reduction Changed Lives Forever

October 15, 2019

Community Solutions episode 25 discusses Muhammad Yunus’ autobiography,Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. Learn how and why Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank, the obstacles he faced, how the bank has succeeded to radically improve the lives of the poor individuals around the world. To learn more go to: muhammadyunus.org or on Twitter @Yunus_Centre

Episode 24: TIME TO TALK ABOUT GLOBAL POVERTY ERADICATION - LESSONS LEARNED

Episode 24: TIME TO TALK ABOUT GLOBAL POVERTY ERADICATION - LESSONS LEARNED

October 8, 2019

This episode of the Community Solutions podcast will be discussing key points from “The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty” by Nina Munk. This book is about Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist, and his Millennium Villages Project.This project was based in Africa with one major goal in mind - to raise people out of poverty in rural African villages. In this podcast, we delve into the planning, implementation, and progress of the Millennium Villages Project,including the achievements and pitfalls. Is this project the answer to end poverty once and for all? Keep listening to find out. We hope you enjoy the podcast and learn something new about how to better your own communities!

To learn more about Jeffrey Sachs and his current work, please visit: www.jeffsachs.org

Episode 23: How to Lead a Large Group Meeting for Community Change

Episode 23: How to Lead a Large Group Meeting for Community Change

September 25, 2019

On this podcast three public health students discuss ‘The World Café’ by Dr. Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. They highlight the importance of facilitating conversations that are: inclusive of diverse groups of individuals, conducted in relaxed environments, and focused on building relationships while creating meaningful changes in communities.

Episode 22: Fostering Community Health Through Empathetic Conversations

Episode 22: Fostering Community Health Through Empathetic Conversations

July 25, 2019

MPH students at the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health engage in an enlightening discussion of the book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by the late Marshall B. Rosenburg, who was an expert in the field of nonviolent communication. Emily and Kelsey talk about key points from the book and give real life examples of how nonviolent communication can be utilized in the field of public health. Give it a listen and learn how nonviolent communication can be useful in your own life or career!

Episode 21: How a Simple Conversation Can Make our World A Better Place

Episode 21: How a Simple Conversation Can Make our World A Better Place

July 18, 2019

Margaret J Wheatley is an outstanding teacher and writer who travels around the world learning about different cultures and people. She has come to the simple conclusion: “We can change the world if we just start listening to one another again.” This novel, Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to restore Hope to the Future explores how simple conversations can turn into big movements. Simple listening to others and seeing them as humans can have a great impact on them. We should all make a more conscious effort to be active listeners and have more meaningful conversations with others. To learn more about Margaret J. Wheatley visit margaretwheatley.com.

Episode 20: How to Implement Assets-Based Community Development

Episode 20: How to Implement Assets-Based Community Development

July 11, 2019

Tune in to learn how to discover your community's assets and capacities by utilizing a capacity inventory. Every community member has skills and experiences that can help mobilize his or her community. Tune in to our podcast episode below to learn how you can revitalize your community!