Last month Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio had the privilege to media sponsor the NextGen:Charity conference. I interviewed a dozen prominent people, eleven of whom were speakers.
You won’t recognize all the names. In many respects, the stories are bigger than the storytellers. Each is inspiring, entertaining and a teaching moment. Overcoming foundation funding rejections to create the socially responsible company, Ethos Water. Driving cross country in a VW Bus to meet the likes of Jimmy Carter, Don Rickles and 200 other notables over coffee. Going undercover in a secret society of pickup artists and learning lessons that can help nonprofit fundraising. I’m just getting warmed up.
It is marvelous and quite incredible what you can learn watching these interviews.
My thanks to each person who sat with me. It was a busy day and many were on a tight schedule.
Here are three of my interviews, all in high def video. Over the next weeks I’ll post the others.
Consistent, simple messaging for your nonprofit. The founder of Craigslist and CraigConnects also wants you to know when to stop talking about your nonprofit. My interview with Craig Newmark.
Radical new ideas, and perseverance in the face of their rejection by needed funders. He launched Ethos Water as a company after foundations rejected his nonprofit model. He’s responsible for turning assault weapons into jewelry, sales of which fund the destruction of more weapons. My interview with Peter Thum.
I met Ken through Chris Forbes (link to Forbes post) at the NextGen after party on day one. I interviewed him in the old bank vault (now private dining room) at Johnny Utah’s about WATERisLIFE and his water filter that is built into a straw. Have a look.
Watch as this thoughtful intellectual guides me through a heady subject that I was talking about for the first time. Thanks, Jonathan.
I interviewed him at the NextGen, day one, after-party at Johnny Utah’s. We talked in a bank vault, surrounded by (empty) safe deposit boxes. Props to Utah’s coat check women for finding us a mostly-quiet place. I tipped them well.
She finds visionaries throughout the country who are creating positive change in their community. While we talked, she shared her most inspirational stories, like Judy Bond, planning windmills on mountaintops in Virginia coal country. Watch us here.