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Jun 14, 2019

This episode on The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel explores the DNA of bands—from the perspective of the women in the band. Beyond the musical talent, what is the "x" factor that keeps the bands together, making music, and connecting with their audiences. In short, what is the "It" of successful bands. And, are there gender dynamics that bands need to content with during formation, rehearsal, and performance.


Seasoned musicians and band members/leaders Lauren Fincham, Tamara Colonna, and Sarah “Mama Blue” Sanders break it down for us.


Topics covered include musical collaboration, respect, gender dynamics, intentionality of purpose, self-care, respect for home-town talent, and potential stumbling blocks for cohesiveness.

Music ("T2D") by Billy Bowers©. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

May 1, 2019

This episode on The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel explores the DNA of bands. Beyond the musical talent, what is the "x" factor that keeps the bands together, making music, and connecting with their audiences. In short, what is the "It" of successful bands.

Seasoned musicians and band members/leaders Brother John Mortensen, The Legendary Roy Peak, and Crucial Eddy Cotton break it down for us in this riveting conversation. Topics covered include basic business principles all bands need to address, dressing for the gig, band names, recording and technology, the importance of respect for people working the club in which the band is playing, laying of "the sauce," and when to pay the band members. If you think a band is just about the stage time, listen to these three talented and veteran band members share lessons learned along the way to becoming The Leaders of the Bands.

Music by Billy Bowers©. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Apr 1, 2019

Community transformation does not just appear. It requires vision, thought, communication, respect, difficult questioning, and attentive listening. Transformational leaders help orchestrate that communal dance. They recognize that establishing a “shared vision” requires tough conversations. Everyone around the table typically sees his or her agenda item as the most important. They struggle to understand what “community” means beyond their narrow framework. Intentions may be good, but attention may not stray far from an individual agenda. The bigger picture can get lost in collective monologues.

Two long-time community activists and leaders, Linda and Michael Lanier, sat down with me and shared a few leadership skills and strategies. You can read more in my book "Community as a Safe Place to Land."

Music ©Billy Bowers. Used with permission.
www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Mar 15, 2019

This episode explores how a beach community (Atlantic Beach, Florida) came together to create a venue for musical dreams that in turn helps create pathways for other rainbows.

And when that happens, hope lives. When people take time to listen to and give gratitude for the gifts of others, community strengthens. As Izzy sings in one of her original compositions (at the end of the podcast), “You’re my friend, and I love you.”

For more on this event and community building and sustainability see the book "Community as a Safe Place to Land" by Steve Piscitelli (Atlantic Beach, FL: The Growth and Resilience Network®

Music by BIlly Bowers©. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.billybowersjax.com

Music ("It Rained Today") by Izzy Moon Mayforth. Used with permission.

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019
The Growth and Resilience Network®
All rights reserved.
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Feb 15, 2019

Episode #43: Trust as a Core Value takes us inside The Clara White Mission (www.theclarawhitemission.org) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Today the Clara White Mission feeds, houses, educates, and ministers to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless and low-income. Regardless of the service provided, the goal is to provide relevant training and support for long-term self-sufficiency.


CEO and President of the Clara White Mission, Ms. Ju’ Coby Pittman, understands that each client arrives at the front door “broken, with a laundry bag of challenges,” and in need of someone to believe in and assist them. They require a community of resources.


But how does an agency ministering to the needs of a transient population develop a sense of community? Is that even possible? Pittman told me it is possible, and it comes down to one core value. Trust.

Music by Billy Bowers©. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019
The Growth and Resilience Network®
All rights reserved.
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Jan 19, 2019

This SPECIAL podcast episode complements my latest book "Community as a Safe Place to Land." The book builds on 7 core values for purpose and growth—7 core values that can help communities grow: relationships, relevance, resources, rainbows, responsibility, reflection, and resilience. They all inter-connect and support one another. As followers of this podcast channel know from previous episodes, each of the book’s 7 sections opens with a transformational story about community. During the writing of the book I had the opportunity and honor to visit with the amazing people who make up those stories. That resulted in 7 podcast episodes. You can access each live episode through my website @ https://stevepiscitelli.com/media-written/community-as-a-safe-place-to-land.  This episode features one short clip from each of those stories. The order represents the order you will find their stories in the book. So, let’s get started!

To order the book, visit www.stevepiscitelli.com. '

Music by Billy Bowers©. All rights reserved. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com

'©Steve Piscitelli. 2019 The Growth and Resilience Network®

Jan 15, 2019

Episode #42 looks at one community's challenges and hope. When people move toward their collective rainbows—their dreams—the community can see all manner of hope and possibility. Whether they seem impossibly distant or close at hand, they need to marshal strength, energy, and resources to move forward. The community members step up and take responsibility for vision and actions. We have heard that the village raises up a child. But what can be done if the village itself needs to be raised up? What do we do, for instance, if the village has inadequate infrastructure, health disparities, high crime and poverty, lack of accessible pharmacies and fresh foods, and educational and financial literacy challenges? Threatened on many levels, the village nears the breaking point. If you’re Executive Director George Maxey, you listen and help the villagers create a movement--the New Town Success Zone movement.

More can be found in my newest book Community as a Safe Place to Land.

Music by ©Billy Bowers. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2019 The Growth and Resilience Network www.stevepiscitelli.com

Dec 15, 2018

his episode of The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel focuses on the power of resources for community building and sustainability. If you look for the best resource in a community, look to the people. A community is more than bricks, mortar, stores, streets, and parks. Those, to be sure are important resources…but it’s the people who remain the biggest asset.

Celebration, Florida is a community that understands that premise. You will hear from Gloria Niec the executive director of the Celebration Foundation; Mary Pat Rosenthal, their program manager; and Eileen Crawford, a foundation board member. In particular they will educate us about one of their signature programs: Thriving In Place. You can read more about all of this in my July 22, 2018 blog post at www.thegrowthandresiliencenetwork.net. They, also, will be featured in my forthcoming book on community building and sustainability. Thriving In Place proves a home is more than the sum of its architectural codes, zoning requirements, and pedestrian friendly streets. Home is a feeling of comfort, peace, and community.

Music ("T2D") ©Billy Bowers. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Nov 15, 2018

Episode #40 of The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel explores the importance of relationships to building and sustain a community. This is part of The 7Rs for Purpose and Growth. The Reverend Billy Hester of Savannah's Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, along with Lay Leader, Preston Hodges, Jr., explain how a congregation not only resurrected itself but continues to thrive today because of the power of the people. Leaders and congregants have come to embrace values of acceptance, authenticity, listening, reflection, vulnerability, and growth.

Sit back and listen how one congregation continues to evolve and develop its community as a safe place to land.

Music ("T2D") ©Billy Bowers. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Oct 15, 2018

Episode #39 of The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel explores the interconnections of community, resilience, relationships, and breast cancer.  You will hear  from two Jacksonville, Florida community activists who have been voices for the countless women facing a breast cancer diagnosis.  One as a survivor, and one as an organizer for survivors. Both helped those diagnosed with breast cancer develop their own voice.

Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks was enjoying life as a bass guitar player, magazine editor, and newlywed, when she got the news in 1986 that she had breast cancer.  In 1988 she formed the support group “Bosom Buddies.”  

 

Jeannie Blaylock, co-anchor of the evening news for First Coast News (Channel 12) in Jacksonville, Florida, was not a cancer survivor. Nor was she living with a diagnosis. She was grappling, however, with the sudden and tragic death of her twenty-nine-year-old friend to breast cancer. In 1993, Jeannie used her visibility as a news reporter to shed light on the topic. She initiated “Buddy Check 12,” encouraging women to connect and remind one another, on the 12th of each month, to conduct a breast self-exam. With her persistence the station aired segments showing actual models conducting breast exams in the shower, lying down, and sitting up.  This was unheard of for the time and market. And most definitely needed.  The first night, the station received 234 calls from women. 

 

Thanks to these two forces of nature, a door had been opened and once the conversation started, no one was going to stop it.

 

Music (“T2D”) by ©Billy Bowers. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Sep 15, 2018

Episode #38 of The Growth and Resilience Network podcast channel explores the world of improv comedy. What is it? Why do it? How does it benefit our world and the people who perform it? Co-founders of the Mad Cowford Improv Comedy troupe (http://www.madcowford.com/) Rachel Stromberg and Johnny K break it down for us.

Music ("T2D") by ©Billy Bowers and use with permission. www,billybowersjax.com. 

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Jun 12, 2018

Welcome to the Third Anniversary Celebration of The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel. Here, in 30 minutes, you will be able to grab the best of the best. The best my conversation guests had to share during the past 12 months. Twenty guests offered insights about 4 themes: 1. Importance of being true to yourself; 2. Power of relationships for hope and resilience; 3. Weak signals from the future; and 4. Empathy. The guests included Entertainer Mike Shackleford (with concert promoter Ray Lewis); Pole Dancers and Fitness buffs Shannon Burbridge, Carol Cullen, Christie Loesch; artist Gary Mack; four participants in the Brooks Adaptive Sports Program; college student Elijah Armstrong; attorneys Camille Wilson and Fernando Dutra; development director Mark Johnson (with me); four Atlantic Beach (FL) 5th grade leaders; and the Rev. Liz Teal (animal-assisted interventions). You will note I have two "final" clips--the students and Rev. Teal. There was just too much of a good thing this year to have only one ending! Thanks for listening and sharing and supporting.

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018. www.stevepiscitelli.com
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Music by Billy Bowers©. Used with permission. www.billybowersjax.com.

May 13, 2018

Episode #36. "How Can You Help Heal The World?" examines the topic of animal-assisted intervention. Reverend Elizabeth Teal help us understand pet therapy/service dogs/working dogs help people access their life, liberty, and happiness. She share insights about the qualities of therapy dogs, basic skills, and, her basic message that we all have the power to make a difference in our piece of the world.

Pet therapy is a service that needs to be entered mindfully and with all appropriate training and registrations. It is more than just having a "friendly and happy dog." Much more. And Rev. Teal shares the differences between pet therapy dogs and service dogs--what they are and what they are NOT.

For more about her go to her website at https://ministryofanimals.org/.

Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

©2018. Steve Piscitelli.
www.stevepiscitelli.com
The Growth and Resilience Network®

Apr 14, 2018

Episode #35. "Confidence from the Inside Out While Hanging Upside Down: The Power of Pole Dancing" examines the attraction, challenge, and transformation pole dancing has for its adherents. Shannon Burbridge (www.auraaerialandyoga.com), Carol Cullen, and Chrisite Loesch help us understand a form of fitness they say addresses the whole person (physcially, emotionally, spiritually). Their insights also give us a view of why some may hold a negative image of pole dancing--and why they have found it empowering, freeing, and confidence building.

Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

©2018. Steve Piscitelli.
www.stevepiscitelli.com
The Growth and Resilience Network®

Mar 13, 2018

Episode #34: "Promoting Original Music, Local Musicians, and Touring Performers." Concert Presenter Ray Lewis and Performing Songwriter Mike Shackelford speak about the importance of quality venues for our performing artists.

©Steve Piscitelli. www.stevepiscitelli.com
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). All rights reserved. Used with permission

Feb 15, 2018

In Episode #33 on The Growth and Resilience Network® podcast channel, Attorneys Camille Wilson and Fernando Dutra (www.wilsondutra.com) share ideas, strategies, and insights about protecting intellectual property. Topics include: performing due diligence when contracting with an attorney, reasons to protect your intellectual property, a mistake creative types make regarding their creative property, the so-called poor man's copyright, and difference between copyright, trademark, and patent. They also give insights into "virtual law."

©Steve Piscitelli. 2018
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com


Music by Billy Bowers. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.billybowersjax.com

Jan 13, 2018

Former teaching colleague and current Director of Development for The Arc of Alachua County, Mark Johnson stopped by The GRN studio to guest host this episode. His guest? Me. Yes, we turned the tables and he interviewed me about the promises and challenges of public education. Our topics ranged from the power of a good teaching, to the importance of being a "maverick," to appropriate resources for teachers, to funding and the "marketplace," to, finally the hope and future of public education.

This would be an instructive podcast to listen to with your team, neighbors, school advisory team, and community at large. Go beyond my (Steve's responses). Use Mark's probing questions as a way to begin or continue a true conversation (not pontification; not collective monologues; not yelling). Listen, share, learn.

©2018. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®
www.stevepiscitelli.com

Music by Billy Bowers. Used with permission. All rights reserved. www.billybowersjax.com

Dec 14, 2017

For Episode #31 we visit with visual artist, Gary Mack. He shares his views and experiences when it comes to the interplay between art, community, passion, drive, connections, influence, and resilience.

For more about Gary and his creations from the heart, go to www.garymackart.com

The Growth and Resilience Network®
©2017. Steve Piscitelli. All rights reserved.
www.stevepiscitelli.com


Music by ©Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). Used with permission.

Nov 12, 2017

This episode follows up on a topic we explored in our April 2017 podcast titled “Enhancing Life Through Sports and Recreation" (https://youtu.be/imSNwj8aEsE). We had a specific focus at that time on people with disabilities. In addition to the usual work-life demands, our friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors with disabilities have a few more challenges to address on a daily basis. How do they do it? What services are available for them?

This episode shines the spotlight on four participants from that program who will tell us what this program means to them and their fellow participants.
*Don Bergman
*Sarah Williford
*Matt Sechrist
*Chris Fonner

©Steve Piscitelli. 2017. All rights reserved. www.stevepiscitelli.com
The Growth and Resilience Network®
Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Oct 14, 2017

This episode looks into the connection between growth, resilience and accommodations for our students. While there are laws/mandates that guide accommodation requests and approval, what happens if a student does not get what he/she needs? How can students advocate for themselves—and how can parents advocate for their children? Sometimes the process might seem overwhelming.

Elijah Armstrong helps us (begin to) sort through these topics. Elijah, a college student at the time of this recording, explains accommodations from the perspective of someone who challenged (in court) his high school for appropriate classroom accommodations. He uses that experience to share his insights about what parents, students, and the school personnel can do to help students.

His website: www.equalopportunitiesforstudents.org.

You can read more about the lawsuit, Elijah mentions in the podcast at these two links:
http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-05-10/story/jacksonville-mother-alleges-disability-discrimination-against-sick-son

http://jacksonville.com/metro/news/education/2017-05-10/duval-school-district-settles-stanton-discrimination-suit-80000.

The Growth and Resilience Network®.
©2017. Steve Piscitelli. www.stevepiscitelli.com
Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). Used with permission.

Sep 13, 2017

My guests for Episode #28 take a look at leadership as it relates to elementary school students. And their perspective is that of student leaders. Listen to four 5th grade students who lead their 1st-5th grade classmates at Atlantic Beach Elementary School (Florida). How do they help themselves and their classmates reflect and grow when it comes to experiences with failure, for instance? Or bullying? Or simply the challenges of childhood? What are the attributes of effective leaders?

Rather than listen to "adults" tell us what the students need to do, for this episode we hear about leadership in their own voices!


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(c) 2017. Steve Piscitelli. www.stevepiscitelli.com

Jun 13, 2017

June 2017 marks the second anniversary of The Growth and Resilience Network(TM) podcast channel. Join me for this retrospective of the guests who took time to share insights about growth and resilience. I have grouped the clips into categories (with a few guests to each category). Here are the approximate points at which each category starts:
*It's about the audience: 00:00
*Leadership: 05:34
*Working parents and work-life integration: 06:24
*Thriving with disabilities: 09:44
*Children and resilience: 12:36
*Physical fitness and discipline: 16:18
*Women, entrepreneurship and leadership: 17:18
*Creativity: 22:44
*Planet earth and climate change: 28:11
*Community service and integration: 30:58
*Curiosity and making a difference: 37:29
*It's not about me. It's about you: 39:29
*A comment about the soundtrack: 40:04

You can also download this podcast at http://www.piscitellipodcasts.libsyn.com/ and on iTunes.

Music by Billy Bowers. All rights reserved. www.billybowersjax.com.
(c)2017 Steve Piscitelli www.stevepiscitelli.com. The Growth and Resilience Network(TM)

May 19, 2017

Episode guest and experienced middle school teacher John Louis Meeks, Jr. helps us examine resilience as it relates to middle school students. 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. How do we help them reflect and grow when it comes to experiences with failure, for instance? Or bullying? Or simply the trials and tribulation of early adolescences? And what role do parents and teachers play?

All photos of John in a school setting provided and cleared by John Louis Meeks, Jr.--and used here with his permission.

You can also download this podcast episode by going to Libsyn.com (http://piscitellipodcasts.libsyn.com/...) or to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/g...).

Thank you for sharing. A kind review on iTunes would help this podcast channel as well.

Music soundtrack (used with permission) provided by (c) Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com).

Podcast (c) 2017 Steve Piscitelli. All rights reserved.
The Growth and Resilience Network(TM)

Apr 14, 2017

Occupational Therapist and Program Manager Alice Krauss gives us an inside look at a free, community-based multi-sport program that serves individuals living with physical and/or visual disability. She tells us how Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation nurtures a higher quality of life with its holistic focus on Fun, Fitness, and Friendship!

You can also download this podcast episode by going to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/g...). Thank you for sharing. A kind review on iTunes would help this podcast channel as well.

Music soundtrack (used with permission) provided by (c) Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com).

Podcast (c) 2017 Steve Piscitelli. All rights reserved.
The Growth and Resilience Network(TM)

Mar 10, 2017

This month's podcast episode explores the topic of women and and their involvement (or lack of involvement) with community development. Guest speaker, Chris Hoffman (City Council Member, Business Owner, Executive Director) reflects on why more women are not involved in community development--and what needed resources they can bring to the conversations in their communities. See http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast for more details.
Music by Billy Bowers (www.billybowersjax.com). Used with persmission.
(c)Steve Piscitelli, 2017. The Growth and Resilience Network(TM)

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