Immense Possibilities, Season 3

A Home of Their Own

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An elegantly productive partnership arises between groups like Habitat for Humanity that help people build and own their own homes, and job training organizations like Youthbuild and the Job Corps. Results include the first quality housing some families have ever had, a pathway to quality jobs for disadvantaged young adults and remarkable volunteer opportunities. Plus, an update on the Maslow Project.

 

Generosity’s Rewards

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Why do we give? Generosity is the lifeblood of strong community, but its satisfaction can be hard to express. We move towards the heart of the matter with a look at Sparrow Clubs where children rally around their peers in need, a visit with the Center for a New American Dream, and an update conversation with Frances Moore Lappe, whose work helped inspire the founding of Immense Possibilities.

 

Here Comes the Sun

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What’s going on with solar energy? More technical advances, broader access, and affordable options than you probably think. Local and national leaders trace the movement of solar from the edges to the center of our overall energy picture. Plus an update from the Jackson County Fuel Committee.

 

Caring for Friends of Other Species

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Meet the people who find their way to community connection through their love and compassion for animals. We talk to singularly devoted professionals and volunteers behind Friends of the Animal Shelter, Dogs for the Deaf and Autism Service Dogs of America. Plus an update on Sanctuary One care farm.

 

Extending Our Way Toward Self-Sufficiency

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An old established institution survives in just about every county, bolstered by a wide range of volunteers, offering both adults and kids the tools to extend their capacity for healthy, more self-sufficient lives. It’s a coincidence that they’re called Agriculture Extension Services.

 

Food, Kids & Angels

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Food Angels is a wildly resourceful group of volunteers that diverts nutritious surplus food that’s probably headed for the landfill to families who would otherwise go hungry. Plus, a program for connecting kids to the source of healthy food, launching them into a life of conscientious, wholesome eating, and recruiting school cafeterias as key allies for establishing healthy habits.

 

Stirring & Cultivating Citizen Power

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We hear all the time about the importance of active civic and community engagement and we meet plenty of people who think they don’t have the time or patience for it. Why? And what actually works to get and keep people engaged? We meet activists of very different ages with some great answers.

 

Lighting Up the Senior Years

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If forgetting a name or date or your car keys has you worried about inevitable declines in memory and mental vitality, this episode is for you. Some well-designed and enjoyable programs – service-based, recreational and educational – are carrying people to very advanced ages with very sharp and capable minds.

 

The STEM Girls: Melting the Barriers

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Millions of girls are raised to believe they have no aptitude and little chance for success in the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But their thinking is changing, thanks to the professional role models and volunteers determined to encourage them to dream big and then make their dreams real.

 

Boosting the School Experience

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“Get America Singing Again,” Friends of Children and School on Wheels are three programs where people who care deeply about kids are finding more and more creative ways to fill the gaps in today’s public school offerings The difference they make can’t be overstated.  PLUS: As the 2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival opens, an update on how Film Festivals build communities.

 

The World Is Still Our Community

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Every community has a few individuals called to take global challenges head-on, without constant reflection on whether or not they are making much of a difference. It becomes compellingly clear, in a way that inspires those of us learning of their work, that they are. Himalayan Cataract Project, Honduran Accompaniment Project and Eyes to Burma are featured projects.

 

More Youth Take the Reins

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The Green Fund, Rogue Climate and Surfing for Change are three groups that aim to change the world. The torch is passing. It’s not that the projects imagined and implemented by activists in their twenties and younger “might” change the world. They’re doing it, right now, in fundamental ways that inspire realistic hope for what the future holds.

 

Safer Communities for Women

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Violence against women is a blight on our communities that swells in economically rough times. Volunteers and professionals are coming together to change attitudes, norms and social expectations so that every woman has reason to feel safer in her day-to-day life. Guests include Women’s Crisis Support Team, Community Works and Jackson Katz.

 

What Nature Teaches Kids

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Using the transformational power of lessons from the outdoors, Coyote Trails is one of a growing number of programs that are turning to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world to offer children deeply formative and centering experiences they won’t find anywhere else.

 

Doing Well by Doing Good

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A new business classification is spreading across the country — most recently in the state of Oregon — that gives a legal structure to the notion of doing well by doing good. Benefit Corporations (or “Companies” in Oregon) formalize their owners’ commitment to add social and environmental imperatives to the economic bottom line that legally drives traditional corporations.

 

Justice For and By Youth

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Youth Courts and Accountability Circles are one of the most powerfully effective parts of the emerging Restorative Justice movement. Teenage offenders are challenged by juries of their peers, and by caring yet insistent adult volunteers, to make things right for their victims and their community.

 

How Do Arts Build Community?

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Painting, sculpting, dancing, music, performing and spoken-word arts—they engage and inspire a lot of people, but are they really building healthier, more vibrant and functional communities?  The answer, our guests clearly show us, is “yes.”

 

Smart Reading

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Discover the magic of one adult, one child, one book and one hour a week. With a commitment of just one hour a week, volunteers all over Oregon are offering young children a gift that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and advantages: confidence and competency in reading.

 

The Cycling Vision

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A small vehicle supports big visions for healthier communities.  It’s no secret that bicycles are becoming more popular and widespread in just about every community.  What are the long-term visions and surprising social inventions of those on the front edge of cycling movement? Guests from Portland and southern Oregon talk about their visions for the future of bicycling from economics to access.

 

Scholarships That Matter

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Scholarships offer life-changing opportunities to people ready to make the most of them. Few investments in people and communities pay off better than those that connect ambitious, hard-working people with modest amounts of money to open the doors of higher education. In most cases, one good chance is all they need.

 

Facing and Healing Grief

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The death of a loved one can feel like a life-crushing experience. Growing numbers of volunteers have the skill and dedication to guide kids and adults through this painful gateway to a fuller life of healthy acceptance and reclaiming a vital part of the human experience.  Guests:  Winterspring (Medford) and the Dougy Center (Portland).

 

Enabling Families to Live Well

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Quiet, straightforward, effective work is underway in our communities to give families the counsel and support they need to raise children to healthy, satisfying adulthood. It’s not fancy or mysterious—it’s just remarkably powerful. Guests: Family Nurturing Center (Medford) and others.

 

Children’s Theatre

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Explore the fun and transformational magic of theatre programs for children. When you look around for initiatives that build healthy communities in a sure and durable way, that strengthen kids to meet all kinds of life challenges, that excite and engage everyone who comes near, and that are just plain fun, it’s hard to beat Children’s Theatre.

 

One Kid at a Time: One-to-One Mentoring

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A look at the extraordinary power of one-to-one mentoring. The adults who volunteer to mentor say they’re never the same again, and the children they support thrive beyond all normal expectations. Guests: Citizens for Safe Schools (Klamath Falls) and Oregon Mentors (Portland).

 

Why Local Matters: Economic Localization

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Taking a look at the power of economic localization, the interest in local food, local finance and local enterprise generally is growing in step with mounting anxieties about the nation’s economic, social and environmental health. Is it a thoughtful, well-grounded response or short-term fad?

 

Environmental Education: Learning Our Place

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Why does environmental education make such a profound difference and transform kids of all ages? “By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility”, says author and guest Richard Louv. Other guests: The Siskiyou Field Institute, Pinehurst Middle School, the Klamath Outdoor Science School and environmental educator Michael Klubock.

 

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