Episode #21 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Nicolas Florquin (Small Arms Survey)

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In this episode, we dive into the serious topic of illegal arms-trafficking and try to learn some more about those that are out there working to try and stop it.

We talk with NICOLAS FLORQUIN, a Senior Researcher at the SMALL ARMS SURVEY, an NGO based out of Geneva, Switzerland, whose aim is to be both a principal information source about the subject for the public and policy makers, but also to be an independent monitor who is out there in the field researching and documenting information that pertains to the illegal acquisition, trade, and smuggling of small arms (which can be anything from pistols to RPG’s and many in between).

We talk about the challenges of working within different countries, different cultures, and differing levels of bureaucratic control. We also talked about Nicola’s personal motivations for doing what he does, his definitions of success and failure as they pertain to his line of work, and his belief to never stop learning and always be creating new things!

Disclaimer: All views expressed by Nicolas in this episode are his personal views, and do not necessarily express or reflect the organizational policy of the Small Arms Survey.

To learn more about Nicolas and the Small Arms Survey, you visit the following links:

http://www.smallarmssurvey.org (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/SmallArmsSurvey (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/SmallArmsSurvey (Twitter)

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/626809/ (LinkedIn)

https://www.youtube.com/user/SmallArmsSurvey (YouTube)

 

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Episode #19 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Candice Mitchell (Canadian Muay Thai Fighter)

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In this episode, we head to Thailand to talk to CANDICE MITCHELL, a Muay Thai Fighter who currently is raising funds over at MAKEACHAMP to cover travel and administrative costs associated with competing at the upcoming IFMA World Championships in May; taking place in Minsk, Belarus.

Candice’s story is special in that she took an unorthodox route to get where she is now, but in the process she is doing something that many people dream of doing…in that she made the decision to leave everything she knew behind, to go after her dream and see how far she could take it.

She started training in Muay Thai at age 31, and a few years later made the decision to go professional, and move to Phuket, Thailand to train with the Phuket Top Team, one of the premier gyms in the city. She has taken this opportunity to grow stronger and better, and her results have mimicked this development, with a strong fight record, numerous titles, and the synonymous nickname of “Candi Crush” which describes her in-ring abilities quite well.

We talked about her journey to get where she is now, the numerous physical and mental benefits to practicing a martial art, the mentality of a fighter in the ring, and how failure is the ultimate opportunity to learn and grow stronger.

You can find out more about Candice, donate to her crowdfunding campaign and keep track of her news and results by checking out the links below:

https://makeachamp.com/candicekmitch (MAKEACHAMP Page)

http://candicekmitchell.com (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/CandiceKMitchell (Facebook Page)

https://twitter.com/CandiceKMitch (Twitter)

https://www.instagram.com/candicekmitch (Instagram)

https://www.youtube.com/CandiceKMitchell (YouTube)

Episode #15 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Dominik Dresel (Lehrermarktplatz.de)

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In this episode, we head to Germany to talk to DOMINIK DRESEL, a 2016 member of the Young Founders Conference with the Westerwelle Foundation; and the co-founder of LEHRERMARKTPLATZ.DE, an online marketplace specifically for teachers and educators, where they can submit and purchase lesson plans and educational materials. This in turn is creating a community of teachers throughout Germany who can be connected, work together, and in turn develop their abilities and skills to continue reaching out and giving opportunities to students all over the country.

The desire to teach and help people within the educational system is something that Dominik always wanted to do, but instead of going directly into the system as a teacher, he went around from the outside, discovering that he could use his knowledge gained from studying business to create a venture that could reach out to teachers in ways that projects and companies he was with in the past could not. This desire was one of the foundations that created Lehrermarktplatz.de, and indirectly it also created something that can become a strong connecting force for teachers and those working within the educational system, which can be at times an isolating experience; which in turn reminds teachers that they are not alone and that there is always someone there that can help and who can give them new ideas, inspiration, and perspective.

We talked about his journey in the creation of Lehrermarktplatz, about his thoughts about the German educational system, his goals and dreams for what he is doing, and about how even though the odds and statistics may say one thing, and that even though failure sometimes is an ever-present possibility in what you are doing, that no matter what happens, the lessons and knowledge you gain from the entire experience will strengthen you, help you grow, and make you that much better in the long run.

To find out more about Dominik and Lehrermarktplatz.de, you can visit the following links:
https://lehrermarktplatz.de (Official Website, German)
https://www.facebook.com/lehrermarktplatz (Facebook)
dominik@lehrermarktplatz.de (Email Address for Dominik)

 

Episode #12 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Marcus Munday (American Taekwondo Athlete)

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In this episode, we head to the eastern United States to talk to MARCUS MUNDAY, a highly decorated Taekwondo Athlete with big aspirations, and the drive and determination to achieve them. He currently has a crowdfunding campaign going on MAKEACHAMP where he is raising funds for his competition and training expenses.

He is a 10 Time US National Champion, who is working towards securing a spot on the American National Team, and aiming towards the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He just recently competed at the 2017 US Open of Taekwondo in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it took a match against the #1 Rank in his weight class to stop his progression in the tournament.

We talked about his journey to get where he is now, the positive physical and mental benefits of martial arts training, and how looking forwards towards your goal can give you a platform to understand and implement your failures and keep you motivated and determined to do your best.

You can learn more about Marcus and contribute to his crowdfunding campaigns here:

Website: http://www.marcusmundaytkd.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMundaytkd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marcus_mundaytkd/

MAKEACHAMP: https://makeachamp.com/marcusmunday/27326

Episode #10 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Jeb Brovsky (American Professional Soccer Player)

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In this episode (our 10th episode, yay!) we head to the United States to talk with JEB BROVSKY a professional soccer player who has played for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, a stint in Norway with Strømsgodset, and most recently with Minnesota United FC.

We talked about his journey to get where he is now, developing a competitive instinct (but developing it for the right reasons), but we also talked a lot about the power that athletes have to create positive change in the world. Through his organization, PEACE PANDEMIC, he has already done great work in working to inspire change in India and Guatemala. We talked a lot about the need for understanding in our world, how athletes can be those changemakers, and how authenticity is the key to success, along with truly caring and believing in what you are doing.

You can follow Jeb and Peace Pandemic in the following ways:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JebBrovsky (he is an awesome with the tweets)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeacePandemic/

Episode #9 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Audrey Tangonan (Sinaya Cup)

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In this episode, we head back to the Philippines to talk to AUDREY TANGONAN, the founder of SINAYA CUP, a Filipino brand of environmentally sustainable menstrual cups that is working to promote an active lifestyle for women, while working to encourage communication about the taboo topic of female reproductive health.

Her inspiration came to her while working on the Sustainable Cup Project in NYC during her time with The DO School, and it has blossomed from there; with her usage of the Lean Startup Method in its growth and development gaining praise and exposure from both businesses and from media in the Philippines, culminating in pieces being written about her in Cosmopolitan Philippines, Entrepreneur Philippines, and other publications.

We talked about her journey to get to where she is now, about how you need to accept and epitomize your issue when dealing with taboo topics, the use of the word “vagina” in business pitches, and the power of Facebook in the development of her brand, which created greater opportunities and reach than a full-blown e-commerce website (which she has now, but she still prefers the person-to-person reach that FB gives her).

To find out more about Sinaya Cup, you can visit the following site:

https://www.facebook.com/sinayacup/ (Facebook, English)

http://www.sinayacup.com (Official Website, English)

https://www.instagram.com/sinayacup/ (Instagram, English)

Episode #8 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Tawanda Mutukwa (Chief Technology Officer, Hurukuro)

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In this episode, we head to Zimbabwe to talk to TAWANDA MUTUKWA, the Chief Technology Officer for HURUKURO, a Harare-based tech firm that is working to use technology (specifically mobile technology) to revitalize and support the agricultural industry of Zimbabwe, and other southern Africa countries.

Zimbabwe was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa, with some of the highest agricultural outputs in the region, but political measures created a situation where agricultural yields and output dropped dramatically due to lack of support and resources, both knowledge and in-person. Hurukuro is aiming to change this through the usage of mobile technology (did you know that Zimbabwe has mobile phone penetration of over 92%?) to provide rural farmers with all the information and support that is needed to properly conduct and farm their land. Everything from knowledge support, logistical support, financial payment platforms, and other essential products to give farmers the tools they need to farm higher yields, be able to ship and sell, and then start over again sustainably.

We talked about his journey into becoming an entrepreneur; how the lack of innovation drove him out of the private sector, and we talked extensively about entrepreneurship in Africa. Not just about the challenges and obstacles that African Entrepreneurs face, but that media and platforms need to focus on the development, triumphs, and look at life from the African perspective to really understand the region.

To find out more about Hurukuro, you can visit the following links:
http://hurukuro.com (Official Site, English)
https://www.facebook.com/HurukuroC (Facebook, English)
https://twitter.com/HurukuroC (Twitter, English)

 

NOTE: There are some audio issues near the beginning of the podcast. We tried to remove them as best as we could, they were due to internet connection issues during the recording of the episode.