Arc Benders

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Arc Benders was created to celebrate everyday superheroes who are changing their communities without the expectation of any reward.

The name "Arc Benders" is inspired by the quote from Theodore Parker, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice," which was made famous by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Latest Arc Benders

Maggie Kane behind the counter at A Place at the Table

Episode 5: Persistence + Storytelling + A Place at the Table Maggie Kane, Founder & Executive Director

“What got me started, if it was one piece of advice, my old mentor said to me, and this is prior to A Place at the Table, ‘Maggie, your greatest passion meets halfway with the world’s greatest need.’… to me, it really stuck with me and that’s why A Place at the Table is here. My greatest passion is loving people. My greatest passion is making people feel included and welcomed and loved and cared for. That means people with means and without means. I think Raleigh’s greatest need was a place like this. A place that really brought the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ together.”

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Proving there isn’t just one way to drive positive impact

Dr. Thomas Rashad Easley is a Forester, Professor, and Rapper. He has spent most of his career as a diversity professional with a focus on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in the natural resource disciplines. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Community and Inclusion at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Forester, Professor,…

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Fagan Harris

Episode 4: Burnout + Boundaries + Baltimore Corps Fagan Harris, President & CEO of Baltimore Corps

“Know what your goal is. Know why you’re going into it: what you’re trying to achieve or what needs to be different and try to stay proximate to that goal as you can.”

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Episode 3: Scottish Soccer Hooligans + Prioritizing People + Designing Your Life Caitlin Kawaguchi, Social Impact & Communications Strategist

“If you don’t have a long term plan for success and the right people on board, it can be really hard to get beyond the first year or two of incredible impact & be able to scale.”

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James Casper, Arc Bender

Episode 2: Progress > Perfection + Insomnia + Building Innovation James Casper, founder of Baya Build

“In America, there is a deficit of 7.2 million homes for the affordable space…. And every year, we’re losing more and more laborers, which means that construction is only going to become more and more expensive — and more out of reach.”

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  • “What got me started, if it was one piece of advice, my old mentor said to me, and this is prior to A Place at the Table, ‘Maggie, your greatest passion meets halfway with the world’s greatest need.’… to me, it really stuck with me and that’s why A Place at the Table is here. My greatest passion is loving people. My greatest passion is making people feel included and welcomed and loved and cared for. That means people with means and without means. I think Raleigh’s greatest need was a place like this. A place that really brought the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ together.”
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I think it’s safe to say that we are major fangirls of today’s Arc Bender & guest. This week we interview Maggie Kane, the Founder & Executive Director of A Place at the Table in Raleigh, NC, a non-profit social enterprise that provides community and healthy food for all regardless of means. The way A Place at the Table works is customers have multiple options to pay for their meal and to pay-it-forward. They can pay the suggested price, pay at least half of the suggested price, or pay by volunteering with them. To pay-it-forward, they can tip to help fulfill their mission or buy a $10 token to hand out themselves in the community. Not only is the mission inspiring, but their food is delicious! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maggie is a pretty big deal. Her story & A Place at the Table were featured on the Today Show & Kelly Clarkson even tweeted about how inspiring she is! 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A Place at the Table is doing so well they recently announced that they are expanding!! 🎉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are so many topics we cover in this episode… from how do we measure impact to the power of persistence to the importance of asking for help. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click the link in our profile to listen to the show or download the episode wherever you prefer to get your podcasts. ☝🏼
  • "Music changed my life... Big Boi on Humble Mumble off Stankonia LP said ‘you want to change the world, brother, start from your corner.’ Don’t try to save the world, try to save the neighborhood. Save your family. Start there, because you can make a lot more impact on a micro level versus jumping fast at the macro level."
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Our latest Arc Bender proves that there is more than one way to make a positive impact.  Dr. Thomas Rashad Easley is a Forester, Professor, and Rapper. He has spent most of his career as a diversity professional with a focus on the recruitment, retention and diverse talent in the natural resource disciplines. He is currently the Assistant Dean for Community and Inclusion at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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This interview is so real, it's seriously a must read. Be sure to check it out by clicking the link in our profile above ☝🏼
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#socialimpact #arcbenders #yale #uga #diversity #diversityandinclusion #alabama #iowa #rap #rapper #pastor #quotes
  • Did you notice it took 3 weeks to release this episode? Well, guess what? We intentionally took an extra week because our podcast show schedule was starting to burn us out. So we decided we should actually start making positive changes now.
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We get super real on this episode about burnout, actual self care, and the importance of boundaries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We also interview today’s guest, Fagan Harris, who is the president and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that enlists talented people in public service and social entrepreneurship in Baltimore City. Fagan co-founded the organization with Wes Moore in 2013 because he believes deeply in every individual’s right to opportunity and is committed to realizing a more just and equitable society.
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Fagan is one of the most inspiring people we’ve met and the insights he shared about what he’s learned from leading Baltimore Corps is game changing, especially if you are or want to be a leader in social impact. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To check out the show, click the link in our profile ☝🏼or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#arcbenders #inspiration #podcast #baltimore #socialimpact #selfcare #nonprofit #leadership #realtalk #changemakers #superhero
  • Calling all lady social entrepreneurs: interested in joining us for 2-days this April in DC!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Total #arcbender Danielle Kristine Toussaint is the Founder & CEO of She Thinks Purple, a women-powered creative social enterprise that partners with mission-driven  entrepreneurs and leaders to tell inspirational  brand stories that change the world.
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Danielle is also the force behind @purplecon2019 , a two-day brand amplification event focused on expanding the ecosystem of support for women and new majority founders leading social enterprises in Washington DC this April 4-5. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you register by tomorrow, you can use code PURPLEWOMEN to get $50 off full conference registration! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#socialimpact #socent #bthechange #inspiration #dc #leader #motivation #womenleaders #womensempowerment #womenentrepreneurs
  • “If you don’t have a long term plan for success and the right people on board, it can be really hard to get beyond the first year or two of incredible impact & be able to scale.”
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This week on the podcast, we interview #arcbender Caitlin Kawaguchi, a social impact and communications strategist who is passionate about building partnerships across sectors and cultures and believes in an integrated approach to social change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As you’ll learn in Christina’s interview with Caitlin, she is an inspiration to those who don’t want to be put in a box and is a successful professional with TWO JOBS! Caitlin is currently the Director of Marketing and Partnerships at Bird + Stone, a social enterprise jewelry company, AND a digital engagement strategist for Spark Action, a youth & children’s advocacy organization.
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We also discuss non-traditional social impact career paths, transitions, and the importance of who you surround yourself with, & the importance of prioritizing people + process and rave about our game-changing experience using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), thanks to the help of Maria Kingery (picture # 2).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Other episode shout outs go to Danny Rosin (picture # 3) & Geraud Staton (picture # 4). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can tune into the show wherever you get your podcasts or click the link above to access it through our website (along with the show notes)! 👆🏻
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#socialimpact #inspiration #socialentrepreneurship #nonprofits #burnout #selfcare #nyc #ny #plannedparenthood #purpose #career #leadership #thefutureisfemale #motivation #jewelry #fashion #ethical #activism #policy
  • Hello, Arc Benders! Christina, here. I wanted to give a major shout out to our podcast co-host & co-creator, Alisa Herr. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sometimes being an arc bender is helping out a friend in need. This weekend I was planning to work on editing the next episode of our podcast... and then I woke up feeling terrible. My burnout has caught up with me in a big way & I’ve been sick more than I’ve been healthy since the beginning of 2019.  Not wanting to let the team down, I tried to power through... until I finally gave up and put myself to bed. Alisa immediately offered to step up and take over and it just reminded me how thankful I am to be doing this work with such an amazing person. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was such a great reminder that to be the change we want to see in the world, we don’t have to do things alone. 🌎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you haven’t had a chance, definitely check out Alisa’s original Arc Benders interview in the profile above. 👆🏻
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#inspiration #burnout #teamwork #leadership #selfcare #realtalk #changemakers #arcbenders #podcast
  • On Episode 2 of the podcast, we talk about the story of how Arc Benders was created, why progress is more important than perfection, how we deal with insomnia (which seems to be a common issue plaguing social impact leaders 🧐), and the importance of collaboration.
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We also interview, James Casper, the founder of Baya Build, a company on a mission to transform sustainable development & housing innovation. Baya Build uses a new method of building construction that produces high-performance structures at a significantly cheaper cost and in a fraction of the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can find the show at the link in our profile above  or subscribe to the show wherever you like to listen to #podcasts! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#arcbenders #socialimpact #inspiration #purpose #leadership #construction #building #innovation #opensource #goodnews #insomnia #changemakers #realtalk #collaboration
  • “Pay attention to how you spend your happiest free time. We hear so often that we should follow our passions, and so many people ask ‘but what if I don’t know what my passion is?’ That’s totally fine! I usually suggest that people look at what they do when there’s no directive, when they’re free to choose how they spend their time. What are you doing? What are you reading about? What makes you really, really excited? Are you reading about payday lending policies? Are you reading about music production?  I don’t believe that everyone needs to quit their job and follow something else full-time, but there’s always room to incorporate more of what you love into your life.”
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Our latest #arcbender, Mailande is a modern-day renaissance woman and champion for the power of creativity. As she uses her talents to help mission-driven organizations communicate their stories, she also seeks to use her own creative risks as a catalyst for helping others do the things that make them come alive.
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To learn more about how you can tap into your #creativity, find #joy, & get #inspired, definitely check out her interview at the link in our profile above! ☝🏼
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#quotes #creatives #freelancer #socialimpact #durham #nc #art #womenwhodraw
  • Are you tired of hearing bad news? We created Arc Benders to challenge you to be bold enough to life an extraordinary life with impact & our first full episode of the podcast is LIVE! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today we’re bringing you an interview with Dr. Tiffany Jana, the founder and CEO of TMI Portfolio and nationally recognized expert on diversity & inclusion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you wondering what dead squirrels have to do with social impact? We get honest about what it takes to design a life with purpose and tackle hot topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion ranging from what to do if you’re facing bias to how your organization can avoid tokenism.
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You can find this episode wherever you most enjoy listening to podcasts or check out the link in our profile above to learn more about the episode! ☝🏼 #arcbenders #socialimpact #diversityandinclusion #bcorps #bthechange #inspiration #quirky #purpose #designyourlife #goodvibes #leadership #boss #entrepreneur