24: Sarah Corbett

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In this episode, I talk to cross-stitcher and activist Sarah Corbett about Mogwai, chocolate, embroidered hankies, cheeky puns, and sparking conversations about social justice one stitch at a time.

Sarah is the founder of Craftivist Collective, a global social enterprise that uses craft as a tool for gentle actions aimed at influencing long-term change.

“I didn’t fit into activism, and it didn’t come naturally to me, but I did want to fight for a better world in a more respectful and loving way.”

—Sarah Corbett

Want to get involved? Get inspired by Sarah’s Little Book of Craftivism, stitch the face of your favorite change maker, or show your local representatives you care by hand-embroidering a personal message, encouraging them to use their power and influence to make a positive difference.

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Photos: Craftivist Collective.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – Carpenters
The Craft – Blackalicious
Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles
Two Rights Make One Wrong – Mogwai
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism, by Betsy Greer
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, by George Lakoff
Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, by Frederik Peeters

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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23: Timothy Goodman

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In this episode, I talk to designer, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman about Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, Kanye West as a disruptive innovator, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life’s work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you.

“If it feels too ridiculous or too scary, then I know I’m onto something.”

—Timothy Goodman

Timothy recently exhibited his artworks from “Memories of A Girl” at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh on 40 Days of Dating, and wrote Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World.

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Photos: Timothy hand-lettering FlexFit 2Pac mural. Quotes on Shit, by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh. Memories of A Girl, by Timothy Goodman. All images courtesy Timothy Goodman.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket
Greenfield Morning/Seed of Joy/Life is a Struggle – RZA & Yoko Ono
Colette – Orchestra Baobob
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
On Sight – Kanye West
All My Love – Led Zeppelin
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World, by Timothy Goodman
40 Days of Dating: An Experiment, by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman
The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Significant Objects, by Jason Grote

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40 Days of Dating

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22: Don Clark – Invisible Creature

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In this episode I talk to designer and illustrator Don Clark about vintage baseball gear, stackable monster toys, Scooby Doo, the Foo Fighters, and blazing your own trail.

“Somehow we managed to turn our childhood and teen obsessions into a lucrative career.”

—Don Clark

Don Clark, with his brother Ryan, both with a punk-metal-skater past, founded Invisible Creature in 2006. They’ve since become a VSCO award-winning, Grammy Award-nominated, multi-disciplinary creative studio that specializes in illustration, collectible toys, music packaging, logos, murals, and now films. What’s more, they’ve converted an old barn outside of Seattle into an enviable workspace with an airy loft and roaming goats.

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Photos: Stack and Scare monster blocks. Illustration spreads for The Biggest Story. Invisible Creature.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Runners – Lecrae
Space – M.I.A.
Polyethylene, Pt. 1 & 2 – Radiohead
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch
The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics, by C. S. Lewis
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung (author) and Don Clark (illustrator)

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max (1979)

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21: Miki Agrawal

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In this episode I talk to serial social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, founder of Wild, the New York City farm-to-table, alternative pizza concept, Thinx, a high-tech undergarment positioned to disrupt women’s behaviors around menstruation, and Tushy, a do-it-yourself bidet attachment for your toilet.

Miki is one of Forbes’ “Top 20 Millenials On a Mission” and a recent recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award.” She’s also the author of Do Cool Sh*t, a book on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design.

“It really matters that entrepreneurs are motivated through their businesses to change culture.”

—Miki Agrawal

Note: For every pair of lacy Thinx panties sold, seven reusable cloth pads will be distributed to girls who need them via their Uganda-based partner organization AFRIpads. Without this much needed support, millions of girls around the world are forced to miss a week of school every single month.

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Photos: Courtesy of Thinx.


Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Plugg – Lunachicks
Entrepreneur – E-40 & Too $hort
Boogie In Your Butt – Eddie Murphy
Some Laid Back Cool Sh*t – Rob Swift
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After, by Miki Agrawal
Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, by Richard Branson

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Thinx: For Women with Periods
Meet Tushy

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An Ode To A Butcher

From the now defunct DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, an online community that explored the connection between design and society. It was a joint venture between UNESCO and Felissimo. I was the resident blogger.

Shhh… don’t tell: I have a crush on my butcher.

Yes, once-upon-a-time vegetarian me, I have a newfound respect for the meat slinger down the street. Avedano’s Holly Park Market (in San Francisco, California) is a butcher shop and specialty market with great food and quality service. They are true-blue devoted to the sustainability rally cry “local food for local people.” And they curate their shop with cheeky humor and panache.

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Each of the owners brings her unique skills to the block. Tia, an Executive Chef, is the in-house butcher. In addition to trimming meats, she creates the rotating menu of seasonal prepared foods that are available for nightly take-out. Fellow “restaurantrice” Melanie, is responsible for procuring many of the hard-to-find items offered in the market. And entrepreneur and former cook Angela brings bookkeeping and management experience to the day-to-day operations of the business.

Cicero’s Meats formerly occupied the space itself, a family-owned market that opened in 1901 and served the neighborhood for nearly a century. Many of the antique furnishings and equipment live on and have been incorporated into the refreshed design. Even Cicero’s original neon sign glows to see another century.

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And like a fulfillment of my Alice in Wonderland childhood fantasies of secret passageways, I recently discovered Avedano’s private dining space in back, The Udder Room. Available for intimate events, It’s warm and welcoming, long and narrow, paneled by wood and lit up by original mod lamps that hang just so from the ceiling.

Everything in Avedano’s is exceptional: grass-fed beef, wild-caught and responsibly farmed fish, seasonal local and organic produce, and handpicked gourmet pantry items, like first-rate olive oil, artisan cheese, homemade jams, premium coffee and to-die-for gelato.

Bonus items for sale and perusal include Meat Paper, Secret Eating Society zine, and meat jokes galore: meat-shaped throw pillows and cookie cutters, “I love you more than pork” lapel pins, and an ever-changing interior marquee that now proclaims “Praise the Lard.”

I’m blushing.