On this week's episode we talk to Dr. Joe White on how we can target solutions that work to create lasting peace in the world and examine the role that women have played in ending violence in conflict zones.
On this episode of Solutions News, we target solutions that work to create lasting peace in the world. We examine the role that women have played in ending violence in conflict zones, and how it has been shown that women and other non-combatants need to be at the center of peace negotiations if a community or a country wants to truly heal after a war ends. We interview Professor Joe White, founder of the “2020: A Year Without War” project which seeks a worldwide truce for just one year. We also spotlight an innovative company, RUMI, founded by US Veterans of the Afghan wars who have partnered with Afghan farmers growing saffron, a crop with enough value to replace opium poppies and still earn enough to feed their families. It is a mission-driven business that does well by doing good. And of course we have some fun “didyaknows”! (Produced by Kristy Jansen)
Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, grows well in Afghanistan...
On this week's episode, we take on the complex and distressing topic of domestic violence. Jan Campbell, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County joins Rinaldo and Kristy in the studio to describe the problem, and discuss solutions.
Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” On this episode of Solutions News, we take on the complex and distressing topic of domestic violence. Jan Campbell, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County joins Rinaldo and Kristy in the studio to describe the problem, and discuss solutions. Inspired by the topic, our main story focuses on the subject of emotional intelligence. Mastering this critical human skill helps us with our relationships, self-regulation, and navigating the social world. Later on, we explore the connection between shame and violence, and turn a spotlight on a UK prison program that teaches offenders empathy and self-regulation, and thereby improves recidivism rates.
Chart showing core competencies involved with Emotional Intelligence
Our guest is Victoria Juarez, the CEO and President for the Scholarship Foundation, an incredible local organization that in 2019 alone gave $8 Million worth of scholarship support to nearly 2500 Santa Barbara students in college, graduate and vocational schools.
On this episode of Solutions News, we focus on education - it’s incredible power to transform lives, and why we should be investing in education as a society - not abandoning every family to fend for themselves. Our guest is Victoria Juarez, the CEO and President for the Scholarship Foundation, an incredible local organization that in 2019 alone gave $8 Million worth of scholarship support to nearly 2500 Santa Barbara students in college, graduate and vocational schools. As the education activist Malala Yousufzai reminds us, “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
Prof. Joseph White is the Founder, and Executive Director of 2020 A Year Without War, and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Professor White has served as the Chair of the Dept. of Philosophy at Santa Barbara City College as well as a visiting lecturer at other colleges and universities. He was most recently nominated as United States Professor of the Year. He has also been selected as the SBCC Faculty Lecturer of the Year. He has worked as a screen/television writer represented by the Lenhoff & Lenhoff Agency, LA.
Professor White has Baccalaureate Degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. He also has an M. A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Rupe Foundation, Santa Barbara City-wide Humanities Committee, as the Executive Director of the Center for Philosophical Education, and Editor of the International Undergraduate Journal, STOA along with coaching a number of his kid’s sports teams. He presently also serves as Ambassador for Flying Goat winery.
Professor Joe White, our guest on October 4, 2019
Congresswoman Katie Porter represents the Orange County families in California’s 45th Congressional District. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first Democrat to be elected to represent the district, which covers much of south-central Orange County, including Irvine, Tustin and Lake Forest along with large slices of Anaheim and Laguna Niguel. Porter attended Harvard University and Yale University; she most recently taught at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Before coming to Congress, Rep. Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. In 2012, she was appointed by then Attorney General Kamala Harris to be California’s independent watchdog against the banks. Rep. Porter made sure the big banks that had cheated Orange County homeowners followed through on their promise to help affected families get back on their feet. As a consumer finance expert, she also helped Congress pass the original Credit CARD Act in 2009, which enacted federal protections from abusive credit card fees.
In Congress, Rep. Porter remains dedicated to putting Orange County families first. She has been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington.
As a single working mom, Rep. Porter knows firsthand about the challenges faced by working families. She is committed to finding solutions to make life easier for these parents and has supported proposals to allow more pre-tax income to go towards childcare and expand access to paid family medical leave.
Rep. Porter lives in Irvine with her school-age children: Betsy, Paul, and Luke.
Congresswoman Porter is the first Democrat to represent the CA 45, a district with an R+5 voter registration. She currently has 6 Republican opponents, and the NRCC has conducted a poll showing her in a "dead heat" with a Republican challenger.
Please visit her page: https://porter.house.gov/ for more information.
U.S. Representative Katie Porter, Our guest October 11, 2019
She has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and community engagement, with a background in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and communications. She most recently served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation. In that position, she oversaw the foundation’s community investment and donor services functions, and together with her team, raised and stewarded hundreds of millions of dollars for the foundation and its initiatives.
Jan’s nonprofit experience includes work at the Page Youth Center and Heal the Ocean. She was a management consultant at Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf CPAs, the Vice President of Communications for an internet startup – WebAlg, and was the editor and publisher of the Valley Voice newspaper in Goleta. Jan has served on the boards of the UCSB Alumni Association, the UCSB Foundation, Montessori Center School and the Santa Barbara Education foundation. Currently she is a member of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the World Telehealth Initiative. She is a member of three women’s funds, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.
A proud Gaucho, Jan holds a degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and a certificate in accounting from UCLA. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Randy and is the mom of two daughters, Nora and Emma.
Jan Campbell, our guest on October 18, 2019
Victoria Juarez began serving as president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara in December 2018. A native of Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Ms. Juarez earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in public administration, both at California State University, Long Beach.
Following a two-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cheboksary, Russia, she began her nonprofit career as a service coordinator for Project Access in Garden Grove, California, and was later named program director for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach. In 2007, Ms. Juarez joined the development staff at Storyteller Children’s Center in Santa Barbara. She was promoted to associate director of that organization three years later before being appointed executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria in 2011.
Ms. Juarez is a board member for Leading from Within and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation and serves on the Commission for Women of Santa Barbara County.
Victoria Juarez, our guest on October 25, 2019