Paul Shapiro is the bestselling author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, the CEO, and co-founder of The Better Meat Co., a four-time TEDx speaker, the co-host of the Business for Good Podcast, and a long-time leader in food sustainability.
Maybe you own some things from Goodwill or at least have donated unwanted items to them. But when you think of Goodwill, what comes to your mind?  Maybe you think it’s just a chain of thrift stores selling used goods. Turns out, not true. Goodwill is actually a nonprofit organization focused on helping the homeless and others experiencing hard times. And it just turns out that the charity happens to fund its good work for the less fortunate via a chain of used goods stores at which you’ve probably shopped.  In other words, the public-facing stores you see all the time are just the revenue-generating engine for this charity to do its good deeds. It’s a fascinating business model, and on this episode we’ve got Goodwill VP Lori Dearwester to tell us how it all works. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you donate a bag of goods to Goodwill, what happens to the things that don’t sell, and what happens if you try to reclaim a donated item, this episode will answer all your questions.  Discuss in this episode Goodwill’s online store. Lori recommends Radical Candor by Kim Scott Past episodes with Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt, Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey, and TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. Eddie the Pittie’s IG account!
Oftentimes when Westerners think of India, we tend to think of it as a land of vegetarians. It’s true that India has given the world some pretty awesome vegetarian food, and it’s also true that per person meat consumption is low in India relative to America. But the hard truth remains: the majority of Indians are not vegetarian and their per capita meat consumption has been skyrocketing in recent decades.  So what can be done to satisfy the palates of the hundreds of millions of Indians who want to eat more meat? Well, just like in America, part of the solution is almost certainly going to be giving consumers the experience of meat that they want, but without having to raise so many animals. And that’s exactly what Good Dot is doing. Four years ago, this company didn’t exist. Today, Good Dot has nearly 200 employees and is producing a wide variety of plant-based meats for the Indian consumer. The company’s even now opened up its own chain of all-plant-based fast food kiosks, too. And as you’ll hear, unlike the plant-based start-ups in the US, Good Dot is already competing on cost with the animal products they’re seeking to displace. In this interview, we hear from the company’s CEO, Abhishek Sinha, a man who by his own description was an animal-loving government bureaucrat who decided he wanted to do more for animals with his career. And as a result, he claims he’s happier and more fulfilled today than he’s ever been before. You already know there’s a plant-based meat revolution happening in the US, Europe, and China. Now get ready to hear about how it’s unfolding on the Asian subcontinent too. Discussed in this episode:  Hodo Foods, which made tofu cool again Global Food Partners, a firm helping food businesses implement farm animal welfare standards
There are few people with more credible voices on police reform than Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.  As you’ll hear in the interview, Adams talks about how his experience of being beaten by the police while in custody as a black teenager led to him become a police officer himself for two decades, and then ultimately to a life in politics.  After serving in the police force, Adams was elected as a state senator in New York where he championed police reforms, including opposition to the then-stop-and-frisk policy, and he’s now in his second term as the chief executive of New York City’s most populous borough, Brooklyn. And while it’s still early, Adams is already considered by many as a frontrunner in the November 2021 mayoral race in America’s largest city. (Current New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio will be termed out of office.) In addition to discussing technologies from the private sector he believes could be helpful in preventing lethal use of force by police, we also discuss how Adams’ adoption of a plant-based diet reversed his diabetes, gave him back his health, and what he thinks private businesses can do to advance public health. Discussed in this episode The 8 Can’t Wait platform of police reforms backed by President Obama Bola Wrap technology to safely and painlessly detain people How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD You Are the Placebo and other books by Joe Dispenza
Let’s face it: even though we all know there’s a huge problem with single-use plastic bottles, right or wrong, most Americans just don’t trust tap water. Tens of thousands of plastic water bottles are thrown out every minute, with nearly none of them actually being recycled. In fact, thousands of years from now, our plastic waste may be some of the most obvious relics remaining of our civilization.  But one serial entrepreneur, Rich “Raz” Razgaitis, is trying to make plastic-free tap water cool again, and wants you to think of single-use plastic water bottles as if they were as socially unacceptable as cigarettes. And so far he’s raised $25 million in venture capital to wage his purified tap water crusade. Raz co-founded FloWater with the goal of placing his water purification machines in thousands of public places, making clean tap water available for free to anyone passing by. FloWater machines are already displacing water bottles in major offices like Red Bull, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google and Target, as well as more than 100 hotels and dozens of school districts and concert venues in all 50 states. Hear Raz’s inspiring story in this episode, as the FloWater team continues seeking to transform our perceptions of tap water and put an end to single-use plastic water bottles. Discussed in this episode Raz’s TEDx talk: Bottled Water is the New Cigarette Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins The Obstacle is the Way and Conspiracy, both by Ryan Holiday
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Episode Count
51
Podcast Count
5
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1 day, 13 hours
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