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Proximate Amplifies, Can I Afford Impact Investing and e360tv Revolutionized Live Streaming for Creators
AI Episode Summary
Kevin McClendon and Ben Wrobel are co-founders of Proximate, a media platform that amplifies and connects movements for participatory problem-solving.
They focus on stories about creative community-driven models that shift power to people with lived experience or those proximate to the problem.
Their work extends beyond capital and includes areas such as climate change, medical care, citizen science, and equity in the creative economy.
Proximate produces journalism and solutions journalism specifically, conveying information in a compelling way.
They hire local journalists to write about solutions in communities, such as locally-led disaster response in Puerto Rico, and cover different sectors like philanthropy, government, and impact investing.
Their goal is to be a clearinghouse for participatory problem-solving stories and create collections of stories for specific topics with the help of partner nonprofits.
Kevin's superpower is diversity of experience, having been in situations of poverty and also working as an investment analyst for Gutter Capital.
Ben's superpower is helping people tell their stories, finding people with big ideas and helping them communicate their work in a universal language.
Kevin suggests breaking silos and identifying similarities as a way to increase diversity of perspective, while Ben recommends speaking out loud and recording to overcome writer's block and improve storytelling.
To learn more about Proximate, visit their website, subscribe to their newsletters, and connect with them on social media. For Kevin, connect on LinkedIn and Instagram, and for Ben, email him or connect on LinkedIn. They are also looking for content, platform, and funding partners for collaboration.
“Impact investing is for the rich, not me, right?” That’s what a lot of folks seem to think. No matter how limited your resources, I invite you to consider for a moment that impact investing may work remarkably well for you. Hear me out!
How Big Should an Impact Investing Budget Be, Anyway?
First, let’s establish that you can literally and actually begin investing for impact with as little as $10. While there is no practical upper bound, I’m focused on helping ordinary folks find a path toward impact—if you can do more, great!
AI Episode Summary
Devin Thorpe introduces Aaron Heimes, the CEO of e360tv, the network that hosts the superpowers for good show.
Aaron explains that e360tv was created to provide distribution for independent creators and storytellers beyond social media platforms.
360 TV launched e360tv Live three years ago, enabling creators to go live on multiple platforms simultaneously.
360 TV has a diverse group of show hosts and networks with a common thread of wanting to do good and provide value to people's lives.
The network is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder to raise funds for future projects and expansion.
Aaron and his team chose crowdfunding because it made sense, given their community-based approach and specific funding needs.
Tenacity and empathy are two superpowers that Aaron highlights, with the latter being the one he values more as a leader.
He advises others to practice empathy by looking people in the eye, listening without an agenda, and recognizing our shared humanity.
Aaron shares an example of using empathy to help one of the network presidents overcome challenges and become a better leader.
To learn more about e360tv and the crowdfunding campaign, people can download the app or visit the e360tv website and Wefunder page.
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