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Sounds Good With Branden Harvey is a weekly podcast hosting hopeful conversations with optimists and world-changers about the unique experiences that drive them to use their influence for good. Episodes are released every Monday.

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Before Dr. Tererai Trent became Oprah’s “favorite guest of all time,” she was a woman with a forgotten dream and a profound desire to recreate our world for the better.   Born in rural Zimbabwe, Dr. Trent is one of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment today. She’s the author of ‘The Awakened Woman: Remembering and Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams’ — a book that shares her story of how she planted her dreams deep in the earth and they prayed they would grow and break the cycle of oppression of women today.   In this conversation, Branden and Dr. Trent go deep into the heart of the power of an awakened woman and why our dreams will have greater meaning when they are tied to the betterment of your community.   —   This episode originally aired in October of 2017.   Follow along with everything new we’re working on on Instagram, Twitter, or goodgoodgood.co.

Apr 2019

50 min

Today, there are good reasons to doubt the effectiveness of many elements of conventional activism—oftentimes marked by aggression, extreme extroversion and violence. Award-winning campaigner Sarah Corbett started looking for alternatives that appealed to the introvert, namely, craftivism. Sarah’s gentle protest approach to craftivism aims to change the world with deliberate, thoughtful actions that provoke reflection and respectful conversation instead of aggression and division.   She’s a world-traveling storyteller, has given several TEDx Talks and wrote A Little Book of Craftivism which was published in 2013, and How To Be A Craftivist, published in 2017. Also notable to mention, Malala has attended one of her workshops.   In this conversation, Branden and Sarah chat about how craftivism can be for everyone. From skilled crafters to burnt out activists, gentle protest can be for those people who want to challenge injustice in the world but don’t know what to do, where to start or how to prioritize their energies and time. —   This episode originally aired in December of 2017.   Follow along with everything new we’re working on on Instagram, Twitter, or goodgoodgood.co.

Apr 2019

60 min

You've probably seen @jonnysun's "weird Twitter" tweets of his life as a lonely alien experiencing earth. What you might not know is that Jonny Sun, the Asian Canadian playwright, artist, architect, and comedian has a master's degree from Yale, is a PhD candidate at MIT, and is a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center.   In this episode, Branden talked to Jonny about navigating the world of happiness in art and academia while wrestling with depression and anxiety. They also giggled through a conversation about Jonny’s news book, ‘Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too’.   —   This episode originally aired in July of 2017.   Follow along with everything new we’re working on on Instagram, Twitter, or goodgoodgood.co.

Apr 2019

54 min

Tyson Motsenbocker is a songwriter and guitarist living in San Diego, California. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads Tyson defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay. In 2013, after the death of his mother and hero, Tyson walked the six hundred mile stretch of coastline to San Francisco in memory of her. In the contrast of loud cars on a dirty highway with the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Tyson contracted a new view of life beyond loss, a renegotiated relationship with God and peace inside the turmoil. This walk would become the basis for his debut full length record available now on Tooth & Nail Records. Tyson has two recent EPs and a number of singles which were released in 2017 and 2018. In this episode, Branden and Tyson talk about growing up in Pullman, Washington together, what it means to experience grief, and the process of writing his debut record. — This episode originally aired in May of 2016. Follow along with everything new we’re working on on Instagram, Twitter, or goodgoodgood.co.

Apr 2019

70 min

Branden Harvey jumps in with a short episode to share some exciting personal news, celebrate three years of making Sounds Good, and highlighting what’s ahead for Year 4 of the podcast. soundsgoodpodcast.com

Mar 2019

11 min

Nadya Okamoto is the founder and executive director of PERIOD, an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is dedicated ensuring that menstrual products are reliably available to those who need them the most and is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health. Since 2014 they have addressed over 400,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters. Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement. Most recently Nadya was included in InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list, alongside Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. In this episode, Branden and Nadya talk about periods, pivoting, and making a difference while you’re young. soundsgoodpodcast.com/nadya

Feb 2019

41 min

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers launched their podcast, Pantsuit Politics, in November of 2015 with the goal of listening to each other first, and talking politics second — even though Sarah is on the left of the political spectrum and Beth is on the right. Pantsuit Politics has been named one of the 7 best political podcasts to listen to right now by Elle Magazine, one of the top 9 political podcasts in 2017 by The Guardian, and one of 5 informative political podcasts you should listen to by Bustle. In Sounds Good’s second conversation with Sarah and Beth, our conversation centered on how to survive and maybe even thrive during the upcoming election cycle. Sarah and Beth just released a brand new book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), which is a guide to grace-filled politics. soundsgoodpodcast.com/pantsuit shop.goodgoodgood.co

Feb 2019

36 min

He wore his own trash for 30 days. He built tiny houses for the homeless. He dumpster dived for food. And now he’s committing to only eat food he’s grown and foraged himself for an entire year. His name is Rob Greenfield and he’s wholeheartedly committed to making a difference and leading the way to a more sustainable and just world You may have seen him on his Discovery Channel series, read his book Dude Making a Difference, watched his iconic TEDx talk, or heard about him from the BBC, CBS This Morning, USA Today, the LA Times, or The Guardian. In this episode, Branden and Rob talk about Rob’s childhood growing up in Wisconsin and how he slowly, step-by-step, began to make a difference in small and big ways. soundsgoodpodcast.com/greenfield

Feb 2019

55 min

Andy J. Miller (also known as Andy J. Pizza) is an illustrator, podcaster and public speaker. His explosive color drenched illustrations have brought hope and smiles to clients like The New York Times, Nickelodeon, Amazon, YouTube, and Warby Parker. He is also the founder of the Creative Pep Talk podcast. In this episode, Andy shares the story of his relationship with his mother, how ADHD has affected his life, and how Modest Mouse brought him out of a very dark place. soundsgoodpodcast.com/andy

Jan 2019

57 min

The 21st century has given birth to marvels of human ingenuity—smartphones and social media have connected us more than ever before — but this 24/7 modern world feels like it’s messing with our minds and doing unprecedented damage to our mental health. It’s no surprise then, at least to international bestselling author Matt Haig, who suffers from anxiety, depression, and addiction to his devices, that the rates of stress and anxiety are rising dramatically in the Western world, and that even though we are more connected, many are feeling more alone. In his new hit book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt draws on his personal life story, as well as advice and studies from psychologists, novelists, philosophers, historians, and researchers to try to understand how to find a greater sense of health in the midst of the new world that surrounds us. In this episode, Branden and Matt dove into Matt’s experiences of battling depression and suicidal ideation and how he came out on the other side in a healthier place. They also discussed the practical action steps we can take to continue to live our modern lives, while not letting it completely technology fill us with anxiety. soundsgoodpodcast.com/matt ——— Sponsor: Visit GetLasting.com/good to download the nation's number 1 relationship counseling app and to help support Sounds Good.

Jan 2019

64 min

At the age of 27, Kate Manser was working at Google when she had a number of people close to her die young and unexpectedly. It sent her into a tailspin of fear and anxiety, processing her own death one day. That is, until she slowly pivoted toward seeing these tragedies and her new awareness of her own impending death as an opportunity to live as fully as her loved ones had. She’s since turned this self-awakening into a movement called You Might Die Tomorrow that reminds people around the world that we’re not promised tomorrow, so we need to live fully today. You may have seen her Installation at Burning Man or perhaps you’ve seen her one of her stickers on a random wall, sign or car that simply say, “You Might Die Tomorrow.” In this episode, Branden and Kate discuss how we can allow death to make us less selfish, how to make decisions easier, and what it looks like to live every day like it’s your last. soundsgoodpodcast.com/kate ——— Sponsor: Visit GetLasting.com/good to download the nation's number 1 relationship counseling app and to help support Sounds Good.

Jan 2019

39 min

Joanna Waterfall is the founder of Yellow Co. whose mission is to equip and inspire creative, entrepreneurial women to become agents of good. In this episode, Branden and Joanna dive into relationships, prenatal depression, failing publicly, and how to separate who we are from what we do. soundsgoodpodcast.com/joanna ——— Sponsor: Visit GetLasting.com/good to download the nation's number 1 relationship counseling app and to help support Sounds Good. ——— Sponsor: The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the betterment of humanity. The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019. You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Jan 2019

58 min

Erica Mandy left her six-figure 'dream job' as a TV news reporter in Los Angeles, the second largest news market in the country, all because of two things: 1) She kept hearing from people that they were tuning out news all together because it was too "depressing." 2) She, herself, was feeling depressed and anxious from ten years of covering horrific stories and presenting them in an alarmist way. So, she decided to do something about it. She up and quit her secure, six-figure job to launch a new kind of news with theNewsWorthy. It presents a few of the top national stories of the day in a less alarmist way + provides several more upbeat tech, business, entertainment and other interesting news in what I call a "fast, fair and fun" way. theNewsWorthy has now been featured on Apple Podcasts several times and has been written about by Brit+Co and was named one of Salon.com's "12 Essential Current Events Podcasts." In this episode, Branden and Erica dove into what it’s like to work in the news industry, how we can fight to make it better, and how we can be more intentional about consuming the news. soundsgoodpodcast.com/erica ——— Sponsor: The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the best of Humanity. The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019. You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Dec 2018

55 min

Brandi Lea is a nonprofit founder living in Colorado Spring, Colorado who loves people in incredible ways. She’s the co-founder of a non-profit called Beauty for Ashes Uganda which works toward long-term sustainable development and deep healing for single mothers and widows in Uganda. In this episode, Branden and Brandi dive into Brandi’s experiences with trauma and what her path toward healing has looked like, what it means to run an organization that’s focused on mutually transformative relationships, and how faith plays into all of this. soundsgoodpodcast.com/brandi ——— Sponsor: For listeners of Sounds Good, Hover is offering 10% off your first purchase when you visit Hover.com/SoundsGood.

Dec 2018

78 min

British visual artist Shantell Martin has originated her work upon the foundation of these two key questions: WHO ARE YOU? And ARE YOU YOU? After moving to New York from Tokyo, she became best known for creating stream-of-consciousness drawings and light projects with childlike wonder and joy. Her artwork (— which is mainly lines and stick figures —) has appeared in the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the Contemporary African Diaspora,  well as many other well-known art venues in New York. In this conversation, Branden and Shantell discuss how understanding who you are and asking unconventional questions are keys to keeping the wonder alive in your work. soundsgoodpodcast.com/shantell-martin ——— Sponsor: The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the best of Humanity.The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019.You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Dec 2018

49 min

Dwayne Reed is the rapping teacher from Chicago responsible for the viral hit, Welcome to the 4th Grade. You may have seen him on Good Morning America or in an Old Navy commercial directed by Pharrell Williams. Dwayne, or as he’s called in his classroom: Mr. Reed, genuinely cares about his students and has found a number of creative ways to show them. In this episode, Branden and Dwayne gush over how amazing teachers are and have a conversation around battling with depression. soundsgoodpodcast.com/dwayne ——— Sponsor: For listeners of Sounds Good, Hover is offering 10% off your first purchase when you visit Hover.com/SoundsGood.

Dec 2018

61 min

In 2015, Inc. Magazine recognized Noonday Collection as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. But years earlier, as Jessica Honegger stood at a pawn-shop counter in Austin, Texas, and handed over her grandmother's gold jewelry, her goal was much more personal: to fund the adoption of her Rwandan son, Jack, by selling artisan-made jewelry. This first step launched an unexpected side-hustle that would grow into Noonday Collection. Jessica embarked on this new journey and teamed up with her first artisan partner, Jalia, a Ugandan jewelry maker. She saw the meaningful impact Noonday brought to Jalia's community and knew it was the right move. Fear crept into Jessica's heart as she realized her success, or failure, meant the same for Jalia. But refusing to let fear hinder her goals, Jessica found the necessary (if imperfect) courage she needed along the way — the courage to leave comfort and embrace a life of risk and impact. In this episode, Branden and Jessica talk about the Enneagram, moving forward even when experiencing fear, and the difficulties of running a business. soundsgoodpodcast.com/jessica ——— Sponsor: For listeners of Sounds Good, Schmidt’s Naturals is offering free shipping when you use the code GOOD at SchmidtsNaturals.com.

Nov 2018

52 min

Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer and artist whose work revolves around people and their stories. As a musician, she’s seen her song, “Storyteller” garner over 1 million Spotify plays and as an author, her self-published book of poetry has become a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Poetry. Her Instagram has gained an audience of more than a quarter million followers. In this episode, Branden and Morgan dive into using Instagram for good and building empathy through art. soundsgoodpodcast.com/morgan ——— Sponsor: For listeners of Sounds Good, Hover is offering 10% off your first purchase when you visit Hover.com/SoundsGood.

Nov 2018

49 min

After serving four years as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corp, including a combat deployment in Iraq where he was hit by four IEDs in four months causing a traumatic brain injury, Richard Casper returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress. That is, until he discovered the healing power of music and art. After experiencing first-hand the profound impact they had on his own healing, Richard co-founded CreatiVets in 2013 to help other veterans. CreatiVets' art programs foster self-expression in a way that allows veterans to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing. In this episode, Branden and Richard talk about the important work he and CreatiVets are doing to help those who sacrifice everything for our freedom soundsgoodpodcast.com/richard ——— Sponsor: Visit SchmidtsNaturals.com today and use our special code: GOOD to get free shipping and help support this podcast.

Nov 2018

74 min

Gustavo Guerrero was born in a small town in Honduras in April of 1992. After being raised by his Aunt, Gustavo became an immigrant in America at the age of 12 after he moved to South Carolina to live with his parents. Gustavo is a talented musician and his love for music became apparent early in life when at the age of 6 he created his own drum set out of paint cans and kitchen pots and pans. While attending high school, he found refuge in the music room as he learned more about music, himself, and North American culture. As a DREAMer he is passionate about advocating for human rights, immigration reform, and civil and political rights. His bilingual cover of John Lennon's hit song, "Imagine" with YouTuber, Alex G., has reached over 4 million views. In 2017, the Democratic National Committee chose their cover as part of their campaign to fight for the DREAM Act to protect almost 800,000 immigrants. In this episode, Branden and Gustavo dove into Gustavo’s personal story, the nuances of immigration policy, and how music can be used as a tool for building empathy. soundsgoodpodcast.com/gustavo

Nov 2018

85 min

Nirrimi Firebrace is an award-winning Australian photographer and writer who catapulted into the public eye when she was just a teenager because of the unique way she shares her story through photos and words online. Shortly before recording this conversation, Nirrimi lost her brother to suicide. After realizing she didn’t have many photos of the two of them together, Nirrimi decided to give back to others — even in the midst of her grieving — by photographing others with their loved ones. Nirrimi runs a popular blog called Fire & Joy, where she shares both heartbreaking and beautiful stories of her life. As a photographer she’s shot for Netflix, American Apparel, First Aid Kit, and Zelda Williams. This episode originally aired in July of 2016. soundsgoodpodcast.com/nirrimi

Oct 2018

63 min

In 2015 when protests broke out in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, photographer and activist Devin Allen was one of the first photographers on the scene to share his photos with the world. His photos were quickly shared by celebrities like Rihanna and Beyonce and one of his most iconic photos landed on the cover of TIME magazine. Since then, it’s been a crazy year for him. Under Armour hired him to tour with Steph Curry around Asia shooting photos, Pope Francis was gifted a book that included some of his work, and he had some of his photographs shown at the Smithsonian. And now over a year after his rise to fame, Devin is helping change his community and the way it’s perceived for good. soundsgoodpodcast.com/devin

Oct 2018

80 min

As founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen fights the chronically neglected global epidemic of violence against the poor. While a member of the 1994 United Nations team investigating war crimes in Rwanda, Gary Haugen’s eyes were opened to the appalling extent of violence in the developing world. Upon his return to the US, he founded International Justice Mission, an organization devoted to rescuing victims of global violence including trafficking and slavery. Today, IJM is responsible for rescuing more than 45,000 people from slavery and other forms of violence and helped local authorities arrest more than 3,500 suspected slave owners and other criminals. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Forbes, the Guardian, and NPR.  He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. In this conversation, Branden and Gary go behind the curtain and dive deep into the story International Justice Mission, lean into the power of systems that care for the individual, and explore the idea that joy is the oxygen behind doing hard things. soundsgoodpodcast.com/gary

Oct 2018

50 min

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models on repeat. But 10 years in, he was unhappy and morally bankrupt. Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, Scott Harrison’s work at charity: water has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people with clean drinking water. Scott has also been recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list, Forbes’ Impact 30 list, and was ranked #10 in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. In his return for a second conversation on the podcast, Branden and Scott dissect his newest book Thirst: an inspiring personal story of compassion, redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all. soundsgoodpodcast.com/scott

Oct 2018

105 min

Founding Omaze with his business partner Matt, CEO and co-founder Ryan Cummins is responsible for the online platform known for raising hundreds of millions of dollars for charity by raffling once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, Omaze is breaking the traditional model of charity and creating more good than ever before. Chances are you've seen an Omaze video, although you may not have realized what company was behind it. Whether it’s blowing up tanks with Arnold Schwarzenegger, watching the series finale of Breaking Bad with its stars, hanging out with Iron Man, or making a cameo appearance in the new Star Wars film, each campaign is making charity go viral — now responsible for working with 150 charities in 175 countries. In his lifetime, Ryan Cummins has worked with influential change-makers through Live Earth, talking with 120 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, MacArthur Genius Grant recipients, and Pulitzer Prize winners. In this conversation, Branden and Ryan dive deep into the origin of Omaze, the intersection of philanthropy and storytelling, and the power of living for something bigger than yourself. soundsgoodpodcast.com/ryancummins

Oct 2018

56 min

After watching a special of The Oprah Winfrey Show about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, 11-year-old Kendall Ciesemier founded the organization Kids Caring 4 Kids in 2004. After this event, Kendall knew she had seen the opportunity she was waiting for — a chance to give her life more purpose than the chronic liver disease she had grown up fighting against. She spent the next eight years spreading awareness and supporting students in Zambia — growing generous hearts and global vision among kids. Today, Kendall is a producer, writer, and social entrepreneur who works at digital news company, Mic — where she notably broke a story about Alice Marie Johnson that drew the attention of Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump, and the world. Kendall’s work has also been featured in a wide variety of news programs and publications, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Glamour Magazine, and Forbes. Kendall has been honored as the 2014 Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year as well as one of Youth Service America’s “Top 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People.” In this conversation, Branden and Kendall dive deep into her story of thriving in the midst of life’s struggles, finding purpose and passion, how to use media to drive social change, and where to begin after overcoming adversity. soundsgoodpodcast.com/kendall

Sep 2018

67 min

Jamie Tworkowski’s life changed in 2006 when he met Renee Yohe and wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms.” He posted the story on MySpace and began selling TWLOHA t-shirts as a way to help pay for Renee’s treatment. Today, TWLOHA has now responded to 200,000 messages from people in 100 countries, in addition to giving two million dollars to mental health treatment and recovery. Jamie is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of ‘If You Feel Too Much’. Currently, he’s been putting his time into HEART CAMP — a two-day workshop that invites the attendees to dive into matters of mental health, authenticity, writing, starting something that matters, and bringing their heart to work. In this conversation, Branden and Jamie get real and personal about the cost of putting everything into your work, moving courageously toward transition and new chapters, and why the greatest thing we can do is to choose to stay until tomorrow. soundsgoodpodcast.com/jamie

Sep 2018

52 min

Before we figured out that it wasn’t ok to stand out and do crazy things for fear of rejection, we had a period of our lives where we weren’t afraid to do stuff. Author, speaker, and media producer, CJ Casciotta, has passionately given himself over to the idea that if we’d get back in touch with what makes us different, we’d change the world. CJ Casciotta has helped some of the world’s biggest brands discover their unique identity and share it creatively including Lululemon, The United Nations, MGM Studios, and Whole Foods. He also spends time speaking around the country at places including TEDx, STORY Conference, and charity: water, to name a few. In this conversation, Branden and CJ talk about his newly released book: ‘Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference’ — diving deep into the truth of how getting weird just might be the key to making the world a better place. soundsgoodpodcast.com/CJ

Sep 2018

51 min

Civil rights activist, teacher, and author, DeRay Mckesson thinks hope is the belief that tomorrow can be better than today. As one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, DeRay has spent his life working to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy-makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. He’s most notably known as the host of Pod Save the People and named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 — as well as as one of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet by Time Magazine in 2016. In this conversation, Branden and DeRay talk about his book ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’ and his personal journey of advocacy and activism that has caught America’s attention. soundsgoodpodcast.com/deray

Sep 2018

43 min

Most notably recognized as the most popular figure from ABC’s The Bachelor, Ben Higgins is someone who is currently leveraging his platform of fame for good. Currently known for hosting iHeart Radio’s pop culture podcast, Almost Famous, nothing could have adequately prepared Ben for how appearing on one of the highest grossing television shows would ultimately pave the way for him to accomplish his humanitarian dreams. Today, Ben is the CEO and founder of Generous, a ‘for-purpose’ business that aims to use profits to fund operational expenses of nonprofits doing sustainable, life-changing work around the world. Ben also sits on the board of Humanity and Hoped United — a nonprofit working to assist underserved villages in Honduras through creating jobs, access to education, clean water, and health care. In this conversation, Branden and Ben unpack what it means to lead a life of purpose and generosity, the importance of getting angry about injustice, the burden of fame, humanitarian work, and living into the meaningful questions that inevitably come with faith. soundsgoodpodcast.com/benhiggins

Aug 2018

66 min

Lisa Gungor’s faith was the lens through which she viewed her marriage, music, and dreams—all of which the world witnessed through her and her husband’s Grammy nominated band, Gungor. Yet, when the lens was shattered through events like the unraveling of a career, the loss of a worldview, and the birth of a baby girl with heart defects, it led Lisa to a tumultuous place — until it gave way to a new perspective. In this conversation, Branden and Lisa talk about her process of writing her latest book, The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen. She also unravels what it means to hit rock bottom, understand what suffering is, feel what love can do, and continue to open our eyes to wonder in the heartbreak. soundsgoodpodcast.com/lisa

Aug 2018

60 min

While living in Ethiopia in 2010, Founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand ABLE, Barrett Ward, saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. He saw that they needed an opportunity to earn a living with dignity, empowering themselves to end the cycle of poverty. This was the beginning of Barrett’s life’s work at ABLE. Leading a fashion lifestyle brand might be an unlikely role for someone self-described as ‘not a fashion guy’, but that’s exactly where Barrett Ward then found himself. Barrett is now the visionary behind the rapidly growing Nashville-based company disrupting the fashion industry with a social conscience. Today, the company employs more than 300 women in Ethiopia, Peru, Mexico, and Nashville. In this conversation, Branden and Barrett unpack the importance of making an impact where it matters most, building a company based on radical transparency and second chances, and the importance of fostering an attitude of gratitude in your sphere. soundsgoodpodcast.com/barrett

Aug 2018

46 min

Jodi Ettenberg is a Canadian ex-lawyer who later discovered her passion in the world of food and travel. On her award-winning website, Legal Nomads, she’s helped people all over the world to explore the world around them, not with fear and suspicion, but with open-minded curiosity and compassion. Jodi’s writing has been recognized by the world’s top online publications such as the New York Times, BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian, CNN, and Bloomberg. A decade later, because of a crazy unfortunate turn of events involving a spinal tap, Jodi is left wondering if she’ll ever be able to live her life of food and travel ever again. In this conversation with Branden Harvey, Jodi shares her wildly heartbreaking and powerful story for the first time on a podcast since the turn of events that changed her life forever. soundsgoodpodcast.com/jodi

Aug 2018

67 min

In a pit of depression, Ben Nemtin and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list — this was the beginning of The Buried Life movement. Ben Nemtin is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured by major media outlets including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and NBC News. An acclaimed keynote speaker, Nemtin has presented his '5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible' to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world. From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a professional soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams and realize that impossible is possible. In this conversation, Branden and Ben dive deep into how to make the impossible possible and why humanity puts off the things we really want to do in our day-to-day lives. soundsgoodpodcast.com/bennemtin

Jul 2018

74 min

From his humble beginnings in Bradenton, Florida, R&B singer and classical guitarist Reggie Williams Jr. never expected his side project R.LUM.R to blow up. Then the internet found him and his music took off with the release of his 2016 single "Frustrated" — racking up over 39 million streams on Spotify to date. He has also won fans with singles like "Be Honest," "Tell Me," and "Love Less."  NPR Music labelled R.LUM.R a "fast-rising artist whose falsetto is no joke" and he has played at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The heart behind R.LUM.R’s work is a desire to give back to music what he believes it gave to him — which was a place of belonging, refuge, and release ever since his complicated youth. In this conversation, Branden and R.LUM.R fearlessly unpack the scars behind his successes and tell the truth about why empathy is the most powerful tool inside storytelling. soundsgoodpodcast.com/RLUMR

Jul 2018

60 min

Mike Donehey is and singer, songwriter and guitarist primarily known for his work as lead singer in the Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North. What many people don’t know, is that Mike’s journey as a musician began after a near-fatal car accident where he was told he would never walk again. He then picked up a guitar during his days in the hospital and began to write music. Now, the band has long been known for the depth and vulnerability of their songwriting since they released their acclaimed national debut, Over and Underneath, in 2008. Quickly winning fans’ allegiance with radio staples, the band was named the Gospel Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2009. The group gained further momentum with 5 full-length records that spawned hits that have led to selling in excess of one million albums to date. More importantly, Mike is willing to dive into controversy. Over the last several years, he’s used his platform to advocate for Black Lives Matter, fairer treatment of immigrants and refugees, and other social issues. In this conversation, Branden and Mike dive deep into matters of faith, balancing your personal life while gaining fame, speaking truth to power in politics, as well as the importance of refusing to give up your humanity for the sake of a brand. soundsgoodpodcast.com/mikedonehey

Jul 2018

56 min

Benjamin Von Wong is a world-renowned photographer who decided to use his talents to make a difference. He never set out to be a photographer, and he became one almost by accident. Nevertheless, in the space of the past 5 years since he quit his day job as a mining engineer, he’s earned a worldwide reputation as a brilliantly original photographic artist, and was even named one of four winners of this year’s Imaging Alliance award for Visionary Photographers. Benjamin now creates fantastical visual worlds through photography, virally promoting worthy causes, then posts them on his website so people can experience the creative process in a visceral way. Something he’s known for is creating work that looks hyper-realistic and photoshopped, but it’s based on capturing images of what is actually in front of his camera. In this conversation, Branden and Benjamin dive deep into the importance of using your curiosity  to make a positive impact in this world — and figuring out how to do that in a creative way that makes people care. soundsgoodpodcast.com/benjamin

Jul 2018

49 min

Is the process of creating art more about becoming a mirror for the creator or the observer? Fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden, has explored this question for the better portion of her life and found the nuanced answer inside her own powerful story. As a self-portrait artist who emphasizes surrealism and imagination, Brooke has spent years becoming the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense curiosity and fear. After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal — and started writing as well as pouring into international travel. Brooke’s additional love of motivational speaking, writing, and education led her to bring the Promoting Passion Convention to life — a series of hands-on workshops, lectures, and creative panel discussions dedicated to helping artists make a difference with their passion. She’s also responsible for starting The Light Space — a photography school for survivors of human trafficking in India and Thailand. In this conversation, Branden and Brooke hash out the belief that the greatest gift an artist has is to promote passion and share your unique self. soundsgoodpodcast.com/brooke

Jul 2018

42 min

Nigerian American professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo, has had an incredible journey in the world of soccer ever since he was young. He was then drafted after his freshman year at UCLA into Major League Soccer as part of the 2010 Generation Adidas Class. He has amassed over 150 appearances in all competitions professionally and has been honored to represent the United States national team program at various youth levels including the 2012 Olympic squad. While playing midfielder with the Portland Timbers, he began the process of launching A Frugal Athlete — an organization helping increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among professional athletes. After watching so many athletes go broke, Amobi decided that he needed to be a part of the solution of creating ways for athletes to use their resources wisely and plan effectively for the future. In this conversation, Branden and Amobi unpack how his journey has unfolded as a professional athlete who is passionate about educating and guiding the next generation of athletes in living a life well-spent. soundsgoodpodcast.com/amobi

Jun 2018

31 min

Called "The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts. Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to over twenty countries, and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, and Unilever. In their second Sounds Good conversation together, Branden and Amber dive deep into the process of writing her newest book, Choose Wonder Over Worry, and why her life’s work has become about inviting others to face their fears, wake up to their truth, and get to the source of what's holding them back. soundsgoodpodcast.com/amber2

Jun 2018

48 min

In 2005, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, Askinosie Chocolate, and never looked back. The only chocolate maker working directly with cocoa farmers on four continents, Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, the Philippines and Tanzania to source cocoa beans for his chocolate. Recently named by Forbes "One of the 25 Best Small Companies in America", Askinosie Chocolate has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, on Bloomberg, MSNBC and numerous other national and international media outlets. As someone who encourages and inspires entrepreneurs to take the leap from intentional contemplation to purposeful action, Shawn Askinosie was named “One of the 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World” by Oprah Magazine. In his newest book, Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul, Shawn shares how businesses can and should solve problems in the world, and how positive change begins with individual action. In this conversation, Branden and Shawn explore the journey of weaving social responsibility into everything we do — the overarching idea that doing more is not enough, but work worth doing is. soundsgoodpodcast.com/shawn

Jun 2018

48 min

Jacqueline Whitney had a plan for her life. As a teenager, she was great at school, great at volleyball, and knew those would take her down her dream path. Everything changed when a series of injuries affected her ability to exercise for more than a few minutes and to be able to focus on her school work without needing to nap. Jacqueline had to learn how to deal with this sudden pivot. She turned to writing, and then eventually to Instagram, to communicate her story, her loss, her pain, and her questions. And one by one, a community of thousands of people experiencing similar struggles began to show up. Today, though she’s still in the midst of her recovery process, Jacqueline uses her time and energy to encourage her audience by sharing her writing. In this conversation, Branden and Jacqueline discuss the process of learning to feel things deeply, becoming empathetic, and the nuances of sharing your story with the world. soundsgoodpodcast.com/jacqueline

May 2018

47 min

After the tragic and unexpected loss of her husband, Kristine Carlson resolved to find hope in the midst of heartache and her life has never been the same since. Today, Kristine is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation. After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series — selling more than 25 million copies worldwide — Kristine is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love. Her forthcoming book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy, offers a process for healing that goes beyond common prescriptions for getting through the pain of loss. Kristine’s message of self-rediscovery and transition has been featured on national television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In this conversation, Branden and Kristine move through her journey of grief, transition, heartbreak, and healing — and why it’s important to choose to be the hero in the midst of life’s shattering circumstances. soundsgoodpodcast.com/kristine

May 2018

55 min

In November of 2015, Rob Lawless began a journey to spend 1 hour with 10,000 strangers to learn about their lives with no agenda. Leaving behind his careers in finance and tech sales, Rob took a huge risk and made the bet that creating human connection is currently a more important foundation for his future than building his savings account. Since the birth of this project, ‘Rob’s 10K Friends’, he has attracted a massive following and national attention — meeting everyone from street artists, to people experiencing homelessness, to CEOs, to former Mayors, to DJs, to students, and millionaires. After each meeting, he posts a photo on his Instagram and Facebook page along with a short story on what he's learned about each person. Rob is currently seventeen percent of the way to 10,000, which is no arbitrary figure. In this conversation, Branden and Rob talk about this journey to meet 10,000 people that has revealed the human epidemic of loneliness and our deep need for connection. soundsgoodpodcast.com/rob

May 2018

46 min

Founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney, believes that curiosity allows you to find deeper meaning inside whatever community you’ve found yourself in. This belief has altered her life in profound and impactful ways ever since she started building her own business. Grace Bonney’s blog, Design Sponge, attracts over 1 million readers per day while focusing on the creative community, with the goal of making the art and design world personal. Previously, Grace was a contributing editor at Domino and House & Garden and freelanced with top publications like New York Home, Food & Wine, In Style, New York Magazine, and more. Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and American Public Radio and has been a keynote speaker with a wide variety of organizations. She has published two best-selling books, Design Sponge at Home and In the Company of Women — and just released her newest project: a magazine called Good Company. In this conversation, Branden and Grace dive deep into her process of building her business and why there is power in curiosity, inclusivity, and embracing our differences. Ultimately, they’ll highlight why curiosity without judging ourselves for not knowing the answers makes our communities better. soundsgoodpodcast.com/gracebonney

May 2018

45 min

Miles Adcox has devoted his life to living into these three concepts: Empathy over action, love over agenda, and grace over advice. Publicly and privately, he is known as one of the most plugged-in people on human condition that there is today. Today, Miles Adcox is a speaker, writer, and CEO/Owner of Onsite — an extended care center for emotional trauma & co-dependency that has been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Miles is a communication, personal growth, and mental health consultant to the music and entertainment industry. He is a featured guest expert on The Dr. Phil Show, and has also been featured on The Doctors, A&E’s Intervention and has been interviewed on codependency, emotional wellness, and family dynamics on several national radio shows. In this conversation, Branden and Miles deconstruct the journey toward living with self-awareness and empathy. And ultimately, how to find authentic, non-performance based, messy community that embraces all of you. soundsgoodpodcast.com/miles

Apr 2018

49 min

Anjali Pinto is a professional photographer, artist, and writer who met her husband, Jacob, when she was young. They fell in love and shared their beautiful story consistently on Instagram. Jacob died suddenly at age 30 — out of the blue and with no warning. In her grief, Anjali didn’t turn inward. She turned to Instagram. Over the course of the past year and a half, those Instagram posts—one a day, every day—have become a kind of documentary project: a tribute to Jacob and an unfolding of Pinto’s grief. Anjali garnered the attention of more than 50,000 followers and eventually hosted an art show dedicated to memorializing the life of Jacob that made a profound impact on its viewers. Currently, she lives in Chicago and shares a photo studio with creative and supportive women — having the privilege of photographing projects that fall somewhere in the categories of personal, editorial or commercial. In this conversation, Branden and Anjali move deep inside her story of loss and grief — and ultimately, how publicly grieving has revealed the nuanced, complicated beauty of humanity. soundsgoodpodcast.com/anjali

Apr 2018

55 min

The most recognized male figure-skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Olympic gold medal, an Emmy Award nomination, and induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1984, Scott captured the attention of the world with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo and has since shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a analyst/commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author. Scott then co-founded, co-produced and performed in Stars on Ice for 15 years before retiring from the tour in 2001. He further inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian, and as a cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor. After losing his mother to cancer, then becoming a survivor himself, Scott became an activist in retirement — and has been involved in charitable work and has authored three books. His most recent book, Finish First, is a wake-up call for business leaders, entrepreneurs, spouses, parents, and even students to stop settling for mediocre, revitalize their intrinsic will to achieve excellence, and go for the win. In this conversation, Branden and Scott dive deep into the truth that adversity and perseverance can shape you for good — discovering that both can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless. soundsgoodpodcast.com/scotthamilton

Apr 2018

70 min

Tiffany Mitchell’s life circumstances have opened her up to this important truth: The act of creating is like pulling something from your core – bypassing everything that is covering up your true self. Her painful and beautiful story has taught her that when you admit what you’re curious about creating with other people, you’re allowing something good to come alive inside of you. Tiffany is a photographer, writer, visual storyteller and advocate for the power of vulnerability. She started her now well-known Instagram account at a season of her life where she struggled with depression and anxiety — living with chronic pain that confined her to her house for 2 weeks out of every month between the ages of 19-27. She reached her rock bottom when a divorce, miscarriage, and death of a loved one left her feeling like she’d lost herself entirely. During this time, she had put down a lot of the things that used to give her joy. It wasn’t until she started slowly creating again that she found her voice as well as her own inner-healing. Today, she’s fostered a massive social media following while using her platform to share the deepest parts of herself with intention — motivating people to uncover their own creative hearts. This passion of hers has taken her all over the globe — and it’s given a lot of people the hope to begin again. In this conversation, Branden and Tiffany discuss the fears that are attached to our inevitable pain — and how her life changed when she began to see creating things as an act of radical healing. soundsgoodpodcast.com/tiffany

Apr 2018

49 min

Justin Zoradi’s important work began the day he decided to no longer deny opportunities to others that he demanded for himself. This realization was sparked while working in South Africa in 2006, where he met several bright students who wanted to go to college but couldn't afford it. Today, Justin Zoradi is an award winning social entrepreneur, the author of the book Made for These Times, and the founder of These Numbers Have Faces, an international education nonprofit helping African youth attend college and transform their countries forever. Truth be told, this social enterprise started during the recession in 2008, with zero business skills from the couch of Justin’s apartment. The rest is history. Justin holds an MA in International Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College. His past work includes Doing Work That Matters, as well as his upcoming book, Made for These Times: A Start-Up Guide to Calling, Character, and Work That Matters available for pre-order. In this conversation, Branden and Justin dive deep into a story of empowerment, responsibility and clarity as a compassionate leader trying to make a difference in the world. Show notes: soundsgoodpodcast.com/justin New apparel: knownsupply.com/goodnews  

Apr 2018

57 min

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