Monthly Archives: August 2020

Food Justice and the Future of Work

Maurice Small supports food justice and the future of work.

“We have to begin to plant orchards in our cities. We have to begin to train each other on how to graft and cross-pollinate plants so we can have food. We have to do these things, because [if we don’t] we’re going to end up extinct.”

Maurice is a nationally recognized regenerative farmer and social entrepreneur who helps people to find and do meaningful work in regenerative farming.

Inspired by his leadership, people learn how to feed themselves and others with nutritious, locally grown food.

What is more, Maurice connects people to work that is profound, protects the planet, empowers people, and is fun to do—meaningful work.

But what inspires him most is furthering the cause of food justice and the future of work. He wants people to eat well, eat local, and ensure that their communities thrive.

In this episode, Maurice discusses:

  • His work as a regenerative farmer and social entrepreneur. Starts at 2:18
  • Internship programs for people eager to farm. Starts at 2:57
  • How fresh food transforms food deserts into food oases. Starts at 16:39
  • Why food justice is important to him. Starts at 23:40
  • The success story he is most proud of: former intern and [current Elyria, Ohio Mayor Frank Whitfield]. Starts at 29:17

“Food justice means that we all eat, and we all eat well.”

About our guest:

Maurice Small has cultivated a national following for sustainable agriculture and healthy lifestyles in underserved communities. He collaborates with stakeholders in government, business, academia, and community to help people eat and live well. His company, Small Enterprises, and his farm are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

EPISODE DATE: August 28, 2020

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The Meaningful Work of TV News

Moses Small has embarked on a new career doing the meaningful work of TV news.

Growing up as an adopted African-American child of white parents, Moses often felt “otherness.”

“I remember being a really little kid. My parents would give me $20 for the convenience store. And then, in a couple of instances, a person working [at the store] had to check the [$20 bill], hold it up to the light. He said ‘how do you have this money? Is this even real?’”

– Moses Small, TV News Reporter

Moses believes that his life experiences prepare him to be an effective TV news reporter who tells compelling stories about people in his new community of Bakersfield, California.

After a failed run for high school student government leadership, Moses got hooked on reporting TV news. A recent graduate of Emerson College, he is the new weekend anchor and general news reporter for NBC affiliate KGET TV in Bakersfield, California.

In this episode, Moses discusses:

  • His new assignment at KGET-TV. Starts at 2:22
  • The origins of his meaningful work in TV news. Starts at 3:20
  • Growing up as an adopted African-American child to white parents in Portland, Maine, and, feelings of “otherness.” Stars at 10:31
  • How he met his birth-parents. Starts at 17:05
  • His “why.” Starts at 22:04
  • Brushing back “fake news” sentiments. Starts at 24:13

Reflecting his new assignment, Moses says:

“I’m just so grateful to go to a market where there are such amazing people at my station and I am going to learn something new everyday. Being in a busy news market is very important to me.”

About our guest:

Moses Small graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Emerson College. After TV news internships at DatelineNBC and WCVB-TV in Boston, Moses was named the new weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC affiliate KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California.

EPISODE DATE: August 21, 2020

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Never Normal is the Future of Work

Is Never Normal the future of work? Author and business futurist Greg Verdino believes that the answer is YES.

“Leaders need to become more comfortable with how to manage [people] remotely, and, I think, [have always had] this problem in that they hire adults and treat them like children.”

– Author and Business Futurist Greg Verdino

In his new book Never Normal: Uncommon Ideas for Leaders Who Don’t Settle for the Status Quo, Greg Verdino describes how the answer to constant disruption at work is not technology but rather agile and resilient people.

The pandemic provided a perfect backdrop for discussing with Greg the dramatic forces that have, in an instant, upset our traditional ways of working.

With sudden changes in where we work, the work that we do, and so much uncertainty in what it means to do work, Never Normal is the future of work.

In this episode, Greg:

  • Describes what Never Normal: Uncommon Ideas for Leaders Who Don’t Settle for the Status Quo is about and why he wrote it. Starts at 1:48
  • Offers why a lack of resources is a “lame excuse” for today’s management. Starts at 3:45
  • Provides his thoughts on how Never Normal enmeshes into the future of work. Starts at 8:41
  • Responds to the question: will Never Normal be the death of big companies? Starts at 18:33

Describing the Never Normal paradigm shift, Greg says of the future of work:

“This is what work looks like now, and, I don’t think we are going to go back. You can’t shove it back into a box.”

About our guest:

Greg Verdino is a highly regarded authority on “the digital now.” He is a veteran marketing executive who has done brilliant work for leading advertised brands, and, the co-founder of Adapt Manifesto. Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wesleyan University. He lives and works in the Long Island suburbs of New York City.

EPISODE DATE: August 14, 2020

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The Drive for Meaningful Work

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Pink writes that autonomy, mastery, and purpose drive our pursuit of meaningful work.

About this episode:

“[The idea] that if you simply dangle money in front of people and they will perform better is a fundamentally erroneous proposition.”

– Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink inspires our future of work and meaningful work thought-leadership.

The author of DRIVE: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us demonstrates how autonomy, mastery, and purpose lead people to pursue meaningful work and careers.

In good economies and bad, what drives us to live and work remains unchanged.

Millions in the American workforce adjust to working from home, or suffer through job loss. Yet often, their motivations drive them towards positive purpose and meaning.

In this episode, we discuss how:

  • Autonomy, mastery, and purpose motivations take root in our lives. Starts at 2:07
  • Corporate managers often believe that money is the only work-performance motivator. Starts at 5:06
  • The pandemic affects our thoughts. Starts at 10:44
  • Answering “what is my sentence?” can aid your purpose and meaningful work career goals. Starts at 22:00
  • Regret can help improve our lives and work. Starts at 25:58

About our guest:

Daniel Pink earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School where he edited the Yale Law and Policy Review. Currently, he is writing a seventh book on the subject of regret. Daniel lives and works in Washington, D.C.

EPISODE DATE: August 7, 2020

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World Regret Survey