How Do We Make It Better

By Doug Abdiel

About this podcast   English    United States

A Podcast where we explore how thoughtful people from Government, the Private Sector, Social Enterprise, and nonprofits are trying to make the world a better place. Listen to their case, and see if you want to help, if not, then just enjoy listening to someone with a very different perspective.--Audio addendum to Thirdly.
May 25, 2018
Annie Harper talks about her experience as a software engineer, traveler, and woman let her to found Equal Reality, a company that allows people to see the world through others eyes. References from the show: Equal Reality: Viveport Demo: Hot Desq: MIT Boot camp: Remarkable: Subscribe at Help spread the word about the work that we are doing for vets, refugees, and asylum seekers at
April 26, 2018
  Luke Larson is a Marine Infantry Officer, published author, and president of Axon (Ticker AAXN), formerly Taser.  He makes the case that providing police officers with non lethal weapons greatly reduces the overall risk to society.  He also talks about Axon’s body cameras and cloud-based evidence management software, and how that can provide an indisputable evidence trail to keep the public safe.   References from the show: Axon: Wake Forest Study on Safety of Tasers: Tom Swift: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction: Book by Derek Thompson Principles: Life and Work Book by Ray Dalio: Walter Isaacson: Senator’s Son – An Iraq War Novel by Luke S Larson Productive: Follow Luke at: Twitter: @ls_larson   Subscribe at   Help spread the word about the work that we are doing for vets, refugees, and asylum seekers at
April 3, 2018
This might be one of the few times that you get to hear from people who have collectively shot tens of thousands of rounds and have four decades of military experience.  Listen as we talk about guns, the second amendment, regulation, training, and common sense. Things we mentioned during the show: The Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “We need not just reasonable gun control, but also a bit more self-control over our emotions and instincts if we want to keep ourselves and our kids safer.” David Ropeik: Harvard and author of “How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts: Connect with the speakers: @mike_james7 @TWEmeneker @dougabdiel The opinions expressed reflect those of the speakers, and not those of the US Army, Marine Corps, or Department of Defense. Support veterans, refugees, and asylum seekers by following us on social media at link Subscribe and see all episodes at or link
Feb. 23, 2018
Beth Eggleston is the founder of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, and organization that tries to help governments, militaries, and nonprofits more effectively accomplish their goals in disaster-struck areas.  She describes how she tries to help everyone recognize their shared humanity, and deeply listen to each other about the solutions for the way ahead.   References from the show: The Most Good You Can Do Book by Peter Singer: If you would like to collaborate Website: Twitter: @humadgrp Facebook: LinkedIn:   Subscribe at
Feb. 9, 2018
Lyddon Frearson has been the head of Ekistica, consulting firm, since 2007 that tries to work with people in remote areas to fulfill their goals.  More than that, he is trying to export the knowledge learned from these remote areas back to larger communities and abroad. His insights on balancing mission and profitability, broad/narrow goals, and organizational development are exceptionally instructive.   References from the show: Ekistica : CP Snow: Creating a World Without Poverty Book by Muhammad Yunus John Peterson: Hitler’s Scientists Book by John Cornwell: Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Book by Geoffrey West Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Book by Sylvia Nasar: A brief history of the age of steam, Thomas Crump: Brunel: the man who built the world: Location of Alice Springs: Other Books recommended by Lyndon on the topic of the  challenges faced by remote indigenous Australians: King Brown Country Russell Skelton: Why do warriors lay die, Richard Trudgen: White out: How politics is killing black Australia, Rosemary Neil: We are staying: the Alywarre struggle for Lake Nash, Pamela Lyon: Subscribe at
Jan. 26, 2018
Terry Wilson made a significant mid-career change from the finance department of Westfield to trying to apply the same business acumen to the social problems of unemployment and unskilled labor.   Over 1500 people have obtained work experience in the social enterprises he has helped found.  Apologies if you feel like a fly-on-the wall in this conversation.  I learn so much from Terry, that this is as much a mentorship session as a regular podcast.   References from the show: The Staples Bag: Humble Creatives: and Settlement Services International:   Subscribe at
Jan. 12, 2018
His path veered hard right from what he was planning to do at Google, and in his social enterprise.  He is, in his own words,  ‘Taking a break from work to deal with a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis.’ He still manages to encourage and challenge people during his own difficult treatment rounds.  Good luck, Scott.   References from the show: Article in Medium: Scott’s Blog: Anticancer Book by David Servan-Schreiber The Last Lecture Book by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch The Selfish Gene Book by Richard Dawkins   Subscribe at
Dec. 31, 2017
  Neal ‘Rudy’ Rickner is the head of strategy and operation at Mikani, one of the GOOG/Alphabet X companies that is trying to make high-altitude power generation kites.  He is also, and depending on the time of day, more importantly a father, husband, and Marine fighter pilot.  His take on how to balance everything, and grow despite feeling like a failure (which he most certainly is not), is instructive.   Makani: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Tribe by Sebastian Junger: Follow him @rudyrickner Subscribe and see all episodes at or link
Dec. 22, 2017
    The son of holocaust survivors, Joe Blady spent 22 years as a successful anesthesiologist, then because a civil servant in the department of defense and a columnist.  He explains how he is trying to make the lives of uniformed service members better, and provides his own ideas for how we can all help reform the military-industrial complex.   References from the show: Huffington Post Articles: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson Victory at Sea Television series Defense Proceedings: International Security: Michael E. O’Hanlon: Stuart Johnson: Andy Bacevich: Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan Book by Ronald H. Spector: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Book by James M. McPherson: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Book by Neil Sheehan:   Subscribe at
Nov. 10, 2017
Ben Harris, the co-founder of Epic Charter Schools, a fast-growing school system working in Oklahoma talks about his passion for education, how competition in that arena can make education better. He also talks about his conservative political beliefs, and how he believes we all can listen more to each other.   For information: Epic website: Success stories: Twitter: @epicbenharris Facebook: Linkedin:
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