Caring for Mother Nature: Cultivating Sustainable Well-being in Today’s Changing Climate with Phyllis Stiles & Woody Tasch
Original Air Date Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Investing in the future of the human race means investing in Mother Nature. Cities, college campuses and personal investors all across America are setting the stage for thriving local communities by putting their money where their food is. Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two activists who understand the deficiencies in our current food cycle and are working to create
environmental social change. Founder of Bee City USA, Phyllis Stiles works with organizations to restructure their green space into pollinator habitats. And, Author Woody Tasch founded the Slow Money Institute designed to bring investors and small to mid-sized farmers together to meet the common goal of future food sustainability.
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- Phyllis shares the staggering statistics of pollinator decline, and what it means for our food supply. [3:32]
- Bee City USA volunteers work with college campuses and cities to increase pollinator habitats. [4:51]
- How bees opened up a new world for Phyllis and brought sustainable well-being into her life. [21:13]
Determined to mobilize communities across America to reverse pollinator decline, Phyllis Stiles founded the national program Bee City USA® in 2012. In 2018, Bee City USA merged with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to expand the program’s depth and reach. Stiles has served communities from West Africa to the Mississippi Delta, and nonprofits in fields from natural resource and farmland protection to civic leadership development. She enjoys hiking, trying to speak French, and attempting to play her upright bass. Her biggest pleasure comes from meeting champions for pollinators around the country and bearing witness to their creativity and passion.
- In his playful but serious book, SOIL, Woody uses an imaginative approach to connect us with the earth and the soil. [25:58]
- How Woody started on the path to helping people make more of an impact with their money. [30:16]
- The ‘Slow Money’ concept is rooted in nurture capital. [33:00]
- Woody describes the importance of healthy soil and the role it plays in our sustainable well-being. [37:48]
- The business of investing in small, local farming and communities. [42:13]
Woody Tasch is the founder and Chairman of the Slow Money Institute — which has loaned over $57 million to over 600 small, organic food enterprises — and former Chairman and CEO of Investors Circle (IC), one of the oldest angel investor networks in the country dedicated to sustainability. Tasch is a frequent speaker and has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, The Sun, and many other media outlets. Woody Tasch graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, where he won the Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize.
Book: SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital
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