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How to Podcast Your Way to a More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just Future


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Case Study presentation: How to Podcast Your Way to a More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just Future
Mr. Joseph Culhane, RCE Greater Portland
11th Global RCE Conference
7-9 December, 2018
Cebu, the Philippines

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How to Podcast Your Way to a More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just Future

  1. 1. Acknowledgments are due... ~ I would like to acknowledge that I am following in the footsteps of many students, student leaders, staff, faculty, and administrators who have devoted a great deal of time and a whole lot of passion to create a more socially just and sustainable future for us all. I share this all with you standing on the shoulders of giants. ~ All that we accomplish in part happened through collaboration and I understand and am grateful for the support that has helped me to make this podcast possible. It is important to remember that none of us achieved any of this by ourselves.
  2. 2. How to Podcast Your Way to a More Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Just Future Joe Culhane | He/Him/His | Student | Sustainability Communications Coordinator | Student Educator of the Illumination Project
  3. 3. Presented at: AASHE 2018 & NAAEE 2018 Nationally presented on the Podcast and encouraged others to begin their own. Have consulted with folks across the country on beginning their own program.
  4. 4. How is Podcasting going to help? You might be wondering how starting a podcast can help create a more sustainable and socially just future. I think that’s reasonable. And, the answer is pretty simple...
  5. 5. The answer? Humans are storytellers. We love stories. And oratory storytelling has been the longest and oldest way that we have communicated with each other. More important than that, this is an opportunity to provide a platform for the voices that have typically not been heard.
  6. 6. Women and People of Color have been the primary guests on the program: Heather Hackman: Hackman Consulting: Deep Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Consulting and Education for a Changing World Lindsey Grayzel: Independent Filmmaker and environmental advocate. Latest project: The Reluctant Radical Kate Raynor Fried: Student at Western Washington University, Environmental Consciousness: Society, Culture, and Education. AASHE 2018 presenter. La Loba Loca: Queer, Chocolla, Andina, South American migrant, artist, researcher, writer, handpoke tattooist, full spectrum companion/doula, aspiring midwife student, seed-saver, gardener and yerbetera Teri Fane: Student Body President Portland Community College Cascade Campus & 2017-18 Black Student Union Coordinator. AASHE 2018 presenter Renea Perry: Citizen of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska Portland Community College Native Nations Coordinator. Traditioal Native medicine healer and advocate/activist Kelsey Juliana: One of 21 plaintiff’s in the Juliana v US Climate Trial, student at the University of Oregon and member of Earth Guardians and passionate environmental activist Jenny Lee: Advocacy Director, Coalition of Communities of Color. engaged in coalition-building, legislative advocacy, key player in the successful Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign in 2018 Briar Schoon: Sustainability Manager Portland Community College. Board Member of Greater Portland RCE
  7. 7. Podcasting is popular right now. There are podcasts on nearly every subject under the sun out there. It’s a fairly easy medium and content platform to enter. The biggest challenge is probably just actually doing it. The good news is, it can be done by a novice and I am living proof of that.
  8. 8. How to begin. There are many paths for you to walk... Here’s all you really need to start: ~An affordable (but quality) microphone ~A free editing platform like Garageband or Audacity ~An audio file storage place online (your school website may have this in which you wouldn’t need to purchase any storage plan) ~A blog to upload the audio files and make a post for each episode ~And a minor amount of internet savviness to link to Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and the like. That’s it.
  9. 9. But why? Why should you start a podcast? By replicating this podcast each higher education institution or RCE can create a more transparent dialogue that can provide great potential for better efficiency, ways to remove redundancies in programming, and provide opportunities for engagement from students/community who may see ways the school/region can improve its actions and/or commitments.
  10. 10. Another good reason to do this... Because the times they are a’ changing and we need to respect, appreciate, and value qualitative data just as much as quantitative. This is a form of decolonization for higher education, too. The potential benefits of creating this platform are not necessarily quantifiable and that’s okay. Not for capitalism, but for humanity. This is more important than ‘bottom line’ numbers of engagement for advertising dollars. This is about having voices be heard and celebrated. This is about bringing a different form of transparency into higher education institutions. This is about decency and a genuine effort to tell a better story.
  11. 11. Starting a Podcast is an opportunity Higher Education and the Sustainability Movement have been largely places of great privilege. By starting a podcast and focusing on environmental & social justice issues you can use this privilege as leverage to raise the voices of the marginalized and oppressed. By doing so, more solutions and the assets that all humans have will be revealed at a much quicker rate. This can contribute to helping providing access to quality education for all.
  12. 12. Questions/Concerns/Feedback I welcome them all. We can make this transition to a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable reality together. This is but one other way to ideally help be a part of the solution. Thank you.
  13. 13. Thank You Joe Culhane | He/Him/His | Student | Sustainability Communications Coordinator | Student Educator of the Illumination Project