Impact in the 21st Century.

A podcast by Simbi Foundation


This podcast shares stories of positive impact in a world, that right now, can leave us all feeling a little helpless. Each episode features an inspiring guest and discusses the positive impact they’re making, how they discovered their passion, and what they’ve done to turn vision into action.

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Episode #8: Adrienne Gear

Motivating Kids To Love Reading | Brain Pockets | Teaching In The 21st Century

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Adrienne Gear is an educator, speaker, literacy specialist, and author of Reading Power, Powerful Understanding, and more. How has teaching changed in the age of the internet? How can you inspire your students to become lifelong learners? In this episode, hear Adrienne Gear discuss brain pockets, writing her books, and how teaching needs to change in the 21st Century. Purchase Adrienne’s books here: 


Episode #7: Wade Davis

Finding Your Destiny | Learning Faster | Why Anthropology Matters

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Wade Davis is an anthropologist, national Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, bestselling author, photographer, ethnographer, and professor.  Can we sustain human life on planet Earth? How can we learn more deeply? Why does anthropology matter in the 21st Century? In this episode, hear Wade Davis discuss his global exploration, jobs vs. work, the coca plant, and how to be creative in today’s world. Purchase Wade Davis’ books: https://daviswade.com/books

Episode #6: Meghan Cox Gurdon

Reading Aloud | Dopamine Fixes | Technology vs. Paper Books 

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Meghan Cox Gurdon is an author, essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been the Wall Street Journal’s children’s book reviewer since 2005. Social media gives up quick dopamine fixes – can reading? How can we build reading habits in a fast-paced, technological world? Can reading aloud be beneficial? In this episode, hear Meghan Cox Gurdon discuss reading aloud, reading with screens vs. reading with paper books, and how to remove distractions in 21st Century.

Episode #5: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Limits of Human Intelligence | AI & Algorithms | Lifelong Learning

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, author, educator, host of Cosmos and StarTalk, and director of the Hayden Planetarium. What’s the most effective way to educate in the 21st Century? Is work-life balance overrated? Is the human brain smart enough to understand the secrets of the Universe? Should information come with a truth-measure? In this episode, hear Neil deGrasse Tyson discuss teaching in today’s content-saturated world, thoughts that keep him up at night, and his views on leaving an impact in the 21st Century.

Episode #4: Maryanne Wolf

The Power of Reading | Changing Our Own Brains | Books vs. Screen

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Maryanne Wolf is an author, scholar, teacher, and advocate for children and literacy around the world. She is the Director of the newly created Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. How did reading change our own brains? What’s the state of literacy of North America today? Should Twitter ever be used in politics? Is technology overpowering our ability to read? In this episode, hear Maryanne Wolf discuss these, and more!

Episode #3: Ndileka Mandela

The Mandela Name | Finding A Voice | Education For Girls

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Ndileka Mandela is a social activist, author of I Am Ndileka: More Than My Surname, the eldest grandchild of Nelson Mandela, and the founder of the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, which seeks to continue the legacy of Nelson Mandela by promoting Health and Education Programmes in selected remote schools. In this episode, Ndileka Mandela speaks about growing up a Mandela, the burdens and privileges this name has brought to her life, and using her voice to promote gender equality and access to education for girls.

Episode #2: David Suzuki

Climate Change | Environmental Activism | Science vs. Alternative Facts

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David Suzuki is a climate activist, an award-winning geneticist, professor emeritus, CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things’ host, author, and founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, which seeks to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. In this episode, David Suzuki speaks about the rise of alternative facts, the internet and confirmation bias, elevating economies above climates, and the need for a return to an eco-centric worldview.


Episode #1: Alex Honnold

Free Soloing | Solar Power | Reading vs. Social Media

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In this episode, join host Aaron Friedland as he speaks with free solo climber, founder, and innovator Alex Honnold about his groundbreaking El Capitan free solo climb, Honnold Foundation’s impactful solar energy initiatives, and how to find focus in a world fixated with scrolling and social media.


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