Social Change

The Inside Story of Refugee Resettlement with US Together & Nadia Kasvin

“We’re not here to help people to survive – they survived without us. We’re here to give them tools that will help empower them to succeed.” — Nadia Kasvin

Empowering Dreamers through DACA Time

Brook Kohn and Nathali Bertran brought their frustration with the DACA application process to the Columbus Give Back Hack — and put together a team, a wireframe, and a prototype and over a weekend for a platform that will ease the process for dreamers applying for DACA.

Transforming Lives of Homeless Youth with the Star House & Ann Bischoff

When you walk around Columbus, one population you don’t encounter are the homeless, but they are here behind the backdrop of the city.  The organization Star House reaches out to specifically help those who are between the ages of 14 to 24 and don’t have permanent housing.  Star house offers a safe place, providing these homeless youth with access to food and basic needs, showers, resources, and counseling.  Not only are they the only research-based drop-in center in the country, but they are also launching a social enterprise to help this vulnerable population get the support they need to get on their feet. 

For episode 21, I sat down with Ann Bischoff, CEO of Star House to learn more about their mission and understand better the homeless youth they serve, and some of the challenges they face.

The Four Pillars of Stability

Ann described the four pillars that people need in order to have stability – housing, transportation, jobs and support from others.  Without any one of these pillars, then the others fall apart.

Without transportation or stable housing, it’s hard to get a job.  And without a job, you can’t get housing or afford transportation.  Without support from others, then dealing with the complexities of the three other pillars can be paralyzing.  It’s a catch-22.

It’s a catch-22.

This is why Star House exists – to help set these pillars up, in a way that they’re not going to just collapse after a short period of time.

Understand What You Don’t See

I think Ann really explained it well that you can drive from the suburbs downtown to work, and never see the epidemic of homelessness in Columbus.  I’m so glad of the work that Star House is done, but it’s so clear that there is so much more to do. 

If you want to explore the conversation further, The Columbus Metropolitan Club is having a talk at noon on November 29th about the Unexpected Face of Homelessness: Teens on the Street to explore this topic further.  It’s down at the Boat House at Confluence Park, and you can find more on

If you would like to find out more about Star House, then visit, or follow them on Facebook at  And, winter is here – if you have spare warm jackets, clothing, blankets or tents for the winter – make a donation!!

Uncommon Insight into Changing the World with Dr. Srikumar Rao

My longtime mentor, Prof. Srikumar Rao joined me to explore how we can create a positive social change in the world – and shared with me some absolute gems for making a difference…

David Shekleton & Affiliate Marketing for Good

What happens when you have a career in advertising, and you realize your work is having a negative impact? You become proactive like David Shekleton and put a new spin on affiliate marketing.

John Rush, Clean Turn & Passion Purpose Profit

Clean Turn is a demolition company with a twist: President and CEO John Rush dives deep on how to tap new avenues of employment with people formerly incarcerated, or impacted by other life challenges.

Growlers Dog Bones & Amy Noltemeyer

Amy Noltemeyer just won first place for Emerging Social Enterprise of the Year at the Aspire 2017 awards for Growlers Dog Bones, because of the way she’s transforming opportunities for those with disabilities…

Kiva in Columbus & Lily Vail

Learning that Kiva has expanded to the US, especially as far as my home city of Columbus, Ohio was a bit of a shock. Lily Vail explained it all.

Socially Conscious Travel with Flower La Warner

For episode 10, we dove deep with travel blogger Flower La Warner into traveling in Asia, living as an expat in Korea, and from it creating social good.

Photography with a Social Mission – Commons Studio & Matt Reese

I am delighted to bring to you a podcast with Matt Reese, a Columbus photographer who has built up the Commons Studio photography company with a social mission.