Episodes

S3 E5 Vivian Labib Nouer – Empowering Folks in the Margins through Social Entrepreneurship

In today’s conversation, Ken and Rob are joined by Vivian Labib Nouer, an award winning artist and social entrepreneur from Cairo, Egypt. Initially an interior designer, she decided to combine her skills in marketing and interest in the arts to showcase local artists struggling to market themselves.

However on a life-changing trip to Upper (read lower) Egypt, Vivian encountered many poor families who depended on the women of the family for economic survival. Moved with compassion, she decided to use Charisma Arts as a way of empowering these women to sell their art and handicraft by giving them a platform to share and sell their art so they can support their families. Since then the artisans Vivian has empowered as a social entrepreneur have grown to include refugees, prisoners, orphans and other folks who find themselves marginalized. 

About Vivian:

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Vivian graduated from Helwan University’s Fine Arts College. She worked as a graphic designer, interior designer and then as a marketing manager for various companies before starting Charisma Arts. Vivian has won numerous awards for her work including being recognized by the Egyptian Culture of Ministry for distinguished cultural projects in 2009.

In our conversation, Vivian talks about being invited to give a talk at TedxCairo in 2014 on the role of art in serving society. You can watch her Tedx talk here:

Rumors of Doing Good: S3 E5 Vivian Labib Nouer – Empowering Folks in the Margins
through Social Entrepreneurship

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S3 E4 Uncommon Sense

How we make sense of our world is shaped by the culture in which we find ourselves. In contrast, uncommon sense can be described as thinking outside of the box that culture presents us with.

In today’s conversation, Ken and Rob talk about how the prevailing common sense of Western culture may not always be helpful in seeking to engage or trying to help people in doing good. At times we may need to tap into uncommon sense in order to engage more meaningfully with folks. Join Rob and Ken as they explore what uncommon sense might look like in a world that seeks to live in a box.

Rumors of Doing Good: S3 E4 Uncommon Sense

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S3 E3 Peter & Liz Digitale Anderson – Re-imagining Justice and Safety in Light of George Floyd’s Murder, Part II

In today’s episode, Ken and Rob continue their conversation with Peter and Liz Digitale Anderson who happen to live a few blocks away from where George Floyd was murdered by a white male police officer in Minneapolis Minnesota.

As community peacebuilders, Liz and Peter decided to journey with their neighbors towards healing and justice in light of Floyd’s murder. Join us in part two of our conversation with Peter and Liz as they share their remarkable story of re-imagining justice and safety in their neighborhood.

About Liz & Peter:

Liz and Peter Digitale Anderson live with their family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they are activists and community peacebuilders with Peace Catalyst International. Peter teaches skills for interpersonal conflict, social change, and nonviolence, while organizing ways for folks to get involved in movements for racial healing and justice. Liz is focused on using community singing as a way to build community and inspire people to embody joy, hope, and resistance

Rumors of Doing Good: S3 E3 Peter & Liz Digitale Anderson – Re-imagining Justice and Safety in Light of George Floyd’s Murder, Part II

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S3 E2 Peter & Liz Digitale Anderson – Re-imagining Justice and Safety in Light of George Floyd’s Murder, Part I

In today’s conversation, Rob and Ken are joined by Peter and Liz Digitale Anderson who happen to live a few blocks away from where George Floyd was murdered by a white male police officer in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Within days the protests spread all over the world as Floyd’s murder inspired a global reckoning with racism.

As community peacebuilders, Liz and Peter decided to journey with their neighbors towards healing and justice in light of Floyd’s murder. Join us in part one of our conversation with Peter and Liz as they share their remarkable story of re-imagining justice and safety in their neighborhood.

About Liz & Peter:

Liz and Peter Digitale Anderson live with their family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they are activists and community peacebuilders with Peace Catalyst International. Peter teaches skills for interpersonal conflict, social change, and nonviolence, while organizing ways for folks to get involved in movements for racial healing and justice. Liz is focused on using community singing as a way to build community and inspire people to embody joy, hope, and resistance

Rumors of Doing Good: S3 E2 Peter & Liz Digitale Anderson – Re-imagining Justice and Safety in Light of George Floyd’s Murder, Part I

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S3 E1 Childhood Influences

Throughout this season, Rob and Ken will be taking time to answer a few questions from listeners they have received over the last few years.

In today’s conversation, Ken and Rob will be taking time to answer the question of how their childhood experiences have influenced who they are and what they are passionate about today. It is wild to think about how our childhood experiences shape who we are today.

If you have a question you would like to ask Rob & Ken, please send them a message here.

Rumors of Doing Good: S3 E1 Childhood Influences

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S2 E12 Josh Hawk – Partnering with the city To House Folks without Homes

In today’s final conversation of season two of Rumors of Doing Good podcast, Ken  & Rob  are joined by Josh Hawk who  helps lead  St. Johns Church  in Portland Oregon which was born when two local churches merged together when they realized they were better together than apart. With limited resources, they made a decision to partner with the city of Portland to provide a stable tiny house community for the most vulnerable in order to fulfill their calling to love their neighbors.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E12 Josh Hawk – Partnering with the City To House Folks without Homes

Stay tuned for season three of Rumors of Doing Good coming your way soon!

Bio:

Josh Hawk is an avid snowboarder born and raised in St Johns of North Portland, Oregon where he resides with his wife and three kids. He is currently a co-pastor of St Johns Church which began in late 2020 when two deeply rooted North Portland churches joined together. St. Johns Wesleyan Church and St. Johns Christian Church, two churches who have been steady and dependable in the St. Johns neighborhood for around a century, decided to bring together their gifts and vision in order to better serve Jesus.

S2 E11 Being Human Kind

You might have heard the expression, “A little bit of kindness goes a long way”. Join Rob and Ken as they share and reflect on their experiences of how practicing goodwill with others can do wonders for the person we are helping as well as ourselves.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E11 Being Human Kind

Some practical ideas on how you can start practicing kindness today:

  • Be kind to strangers
    By surprising someone and being nice to them, you can turn his or her entire day around. Hold the door open for the person behind you, share a snack with a co-worker who forgot their lunch, let someone go ahead of you in line, or smile at someone who looks like they’re having a bad day.
  • Be generous
    Everyone goes through tough financial times at some point in their lives. If you are able to, be generous financially. You don’t have to empty your entire wallet—instead, give a generous tip to your waiter when you go out to eat. Share some snacks with your friends when hanging out. Leave a dollar bill or even five dollar bill behind in a public space for someone to find.
  • Be friendly
    It doesn’t take much to be friendly, yet friendliness is sometimes hard to find. Get to know someone new at school or at work. Call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while. Spend time with an elderly relative who could use the company. Just having a lighthearted conversation or taking the time to talk shows someone that you care.
  • Volunteer
    There are many charities and organizations that could use extra support. Why not volunteer for a cause that you care about? You could help your school’s PTA with an event, help out at a charity run, or volunteer at your local animal shelter. Giving your time to a good cause will be much appreciated—and you’ll feel good about it too.

S2 E10 Turinawe Samson – Creating Space for the LGBTQ Community

In today’s conversation, Ken & Rob are joined by Turinawe Samson from Kampala, Uganda where he seeks to create space for the LGBTQ community as well as creating spaces for dialogue and understanding in a society that is actively hostile towards the LGBTQ community. Samson believes that “every human being should be respected simply for being who they are, a part of Life’s creation.” Through his teaching and activism, Samson is working for a new generation – one that is open-minded, open-hearted, diversity-embracing, and committed to serving all of humanity.

Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E10 Turinawe Samson – Creating Space for the LGBTQ Community

About Samson:

Turinawe Samson is a Ugandan humanitarian and a human rights educator. Founder of Universal Love Alliance (ULA), a human rights organization that works to empower Ugandan communities   towards an inclusive and diverse society of gender-based equality, peaceful and harmonious living. The dream of ULA is to have Uganda and Africa in general free from discrimination based on religion, race, marital & health status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  To that end tolerance, inclusiveness, love and compassion, and dialogue and reconciliation are all central themes of Samson’s work. He emphasizes that “ignorance can be defeated through education, poverty through hard work and possession of capital, and internal schisms and separatism through unity”. Samson is working for a new generation who are reading and thinking and loving all human beings, open and sharing of their knowledge, and in the service of humanity.

S2 E9 The World Can Be a Sh*tty Place

In today’s conversation, Ken reads a page from his dairy about the time he had the runs but nevertheless needed to go out and take care of some errands when he noticed he wasn’t exactly alone. Join us as we reflect on how the world can be a shitty place for the most vulnerable among us.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E9 The World Can Be a Sh*tty Place

S2 E8 Zion Tauamiti – Nurturing Wellbeing Amongst Māori Youth

In today’s conversation Rob and Ken are joined by Zion Tauamiti, Samoan born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand where he currently lives to this day working with young people as a wellness chaplain.

At the age of 33 Zion suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequently went into
coma for six days. As a result of this life changing event, Zion was inspired
to start an organization called Healing Song Pese Wairua in order work with Maori and Pacific young people with the aim of increasing their well-being that is undergirded by the Māorian values of
Whānau which emphasizes connection with family.

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Rumors of Doing Good: S2 E8 Zion Tauamiti – Nurturing Wellbeing Amongst Māori Youth