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Thrive. Connect. Contribute.

35 EpisodesProduced by Tony LoydWebsite

We tell positive stories of people who, thrive in life, connect with others, and contribute to the world in the face of adversity. We ask and answer this one question: "Tell me about a time when you were resilient." Why "Thrive. Connect. Contribute."? You are here on earth to connect with others … read more

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Kindness, Courage, Grit, and Rites of Passage, with John Beede

December 2nd, 2020


What can we learn about masculinity from an adventurer?

John Beede a worldwide adventurer who has traveled to 67 countries, written 3 books, and …

When Life Disappoints, Rediscover Your Play, with Jeff Harry

November 26th, 2020


What if your biggest setback can unlock a magical journey?

Jeff Harry uses a combination of positive psychology and play to unlock possibilities.

Success is an Inside Game, with Laura DiBenedetto

November 24th, 2020


What do the happiest among us have in common?

Laura DiBenedetto’s story begins with bullying, abuse, bankruptcy, and burn out. More than anything, …

See the Possibilities in the Pandemic, with Claire Downey, Class Of 2020

October 10th, 2020


What opportunities are now available to you because of the pandemic?

There is a Jedi mind trick that can help you to be resilient. When you are up against an obstacle, ask yourself, “What does this make possible?” By …

Make Good Choices and Persevere, with Jennifer R. Farmer

October 1st, 2020


Jennifer R. Farmer tells us how Black women thrive in work and life.  

We’ve been talking about resilience. Who better to talk to than Jennifer? She has a book available for preorder, First and Only: A Black Woman's …

Build Your Network Before You Need It, with Maxwell Ivey, The Blind Blogger

September 30th, 2020


Our connections are a source of resilience.  

Picture it. You are in a strange city, far away from home. You are suddenly struck ill. Now, imagine, if you also ran out of money and you weren’t sure how you were going …

Resilience in the Face of Bipolar Disorder, with Catharine Clarenbach

September 30th, 2020


Catharine Clarenbach heard voices in her head. Now she helps others to follow their hearts.

Rev. Catharine B. Clarenbach is both a Unitarian …

What Gives You the Right to Play Small? With Trav Bell, The Bucket List Guy

September 7th, 2020


For extended show notes, see

How Trav Bell became The Bucket List Guy.  

In my wallet, is a neatly …

How to Leave a Sexy Job, with Mandar Apte, Cities4Peace

August 15th, 2020


Mandar Apte felt called to create peace. But first, he had to give up his dream job.

In early 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott …

Healing through Community, with Iram Gilani, Author of Silent No More

August 14th, 2020


For extended show notes, see

After Iram Gilani nearly lost her life to gun violence, she found …

Learning to Thrive, with Susan Hay, Thrive Health Magazine

August 12th, 2020


Susan Hay hit rock bottom. Then she launched a global health and nutrition brand.

Susan Hay is the Founder and CEO of Thrive Health Magazine, a health and nutrition magazine. She also runs Thrive Media, a digital …

Stories of Resilience, Part 4

June 28th, 2020


Uncharted territory.

This is the final installment from a storytelling class by Dane Stauffer, featuring storytellers who are 55 years old or …

Stories of Resilience, Part 3

June 27th, 2020


A shift in perspective.

Welcome back to part three of a four-part series on Stories of Resilience. One of the ways to build resilience is to reframe something, to see it in a new way.  

These stories come from a …

Stories of Resilience, Part 2

June 26th, 2020


Resilience doesn’t have to look a certain way.

Resilience can look a lot of ways. Today, we’re going to hear four different people give their response to the prompt, “Tell me about a time when you were resilient.”

Stories of Resilience, Part 1, Dane Stauffer

June 26th, 2020


Tell me about a time when you were resilient.


Special Note: This episode was recorded before the killing of George Floyd. Should this …

Thinking at the Systems Level, with Brian Krohn,

June 16th, 2020


When faced with a systemic problem, Brian Krohn thinks at the systems level.

Systems resist change, whether we are talking about systemic racism, …

Connect to Contribute to the World with Stefan Phang

June 12th, 2020


Stefan Phang is driven to make a difference. He creates shared value through connections.

For more than thirty years, Stefan Phang has been working to protect children and end human trafficking. “When a family is in …

Resilience Through Community, with Michelle Maryns of We Sparkle

June 11th, 2020


Michelle Maryns is building a stronger and more inclusive economy by equipping underestimated entrepreneurs with tech-enabled business tools.


Build Resilience, with Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes, 109 World

May 25th, 2020


Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes thought she would spend this year building her nonprofit. Instead, she is building her resilience. 

Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes …

Ethics in the Era of COVID-19, with Rob Chesnut, Chief Ethics Officer, Airbnb

May 13th, 2020


Rob Chesnut is the author of Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution.

As you continue your social isolation …

An App to Give Help and Get Help During COVID-19 with Bharat Pulgam, Pikup

May 7th, 2020


Pikup is an app that connects neighbors who need something with those who are already going to a store.

We’ve been talking about resilience in the face of adversity. I must admit that I love stories from startups …

Hospice Nurse Fights for PPE for Frontline Workers

May 5th, 2020


“We have deemed this as a medical war. We are soldiers willing to serve, but we don’t have the armor.” Petergay Dunkley-Mullins

On Thrive. Connect. …

Resilience Mindset with Super Bowl Champion, Ryan Harris

May 4th, 2020


What does it take to get back up after being knocked down? Ask Ryan Harris, a 10-year veteran of the NFL.

The essence of resilience is getting up after you’ve been knocked down. But what happens you’re your job is …

Pivot in the Pandemic with Marcus Pope and Matt Norris of Youthprise

April 19th, 2020


Youthprise pivoted their service model during the pandemic. No one could have predicted what happened next.

Not every family has equal access to …

Crowdsource Kindness During the COVID-19 Crisis with Morgan Schmidt

April 14th, 2020


According to Morgan Schmidt, the world is full of kind people. She found a way to crowdsource kindness.

When the pandemic is over, you might want …

Create a Life You’re Proud to Live with Petra Velzeboer

April 13th, 2020


Petra Velzeboer considered taking her life. But then, she engaged in a one-year personal experiment that led to a life she is proud to live.

Petra …

A 72-Hour Sprint to Help Parents and Children, with Jacob and Alana Blumenstein of KidsRead2Kids

April 12th, 2020


When Jacob and Alana Blumenstein were stuck at home during the pandemic, they used their time to help others.

There is an old saying: If you want …

A Community Rallies for Hungry Kids with Bella Lam of Coconut Whisk

April 11th, 2020


To help with meals during the COVID-19 crisis, Bella Lam and her company, Coconut Whisk shared free pancake and waffle mix. Her community came alongside her to help.

Bella Lam is the Founder and CEO of Coconut Whisk, …

Zaheen Nanji, Resilience Champion

April 5th, 2020


How do you talk about a health crisis when you teach wellness and resilience to others?

Zaheen Nanji was born in Kenya. She was a bright child, and so, at the age of seven, she skipped a grade. Soon after that, she …

Bracha Goetz, Author of 38 Children’s Books

April 4th, 2020


Bracha Goetz was pursuing positions of power and privilege, when she says she met God at a garden party.

Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated …

These Two Children Show Us How to Connect with Others in a Time of Crisis

March 27th, 2020


Audio Applesauce is a podcast for kids who want to have fun and learn cool things.

James, age 10, and Ella who is almost 8 years old, were at the …

How I Overcame Anxiety, Found the Purpose of Life, and Lived a Year of Personal Bests

March 25th, 2020


In December 2018, I told a friend, "I don't want to be alive." I didn't want to harm myself. I just didn't get the point. After years as a corporate …

The Simplest Way to Tell a Story

March 22nd, 2020


Sometimes, even the most gifted storytellers get stuck. If you have a story to tell, here’s a way to quickly get started. Structure your story using the SOAR method.

Set the Scene: Tell us where you are, who you’re …

What I Did During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 21st, 2020


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