Every week, Tony Chapman chats with ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In his inspiring Chatter That Matters podcast series, Chapman uncovers tales of astonishing grit and resilience, stories of strength and impact, and valuable lessons that can help see the possibilities of life — even during challenging times.
Mark Brand is one of North America’s most recognized social entrepreneurs. A promising example of a new generation of leader who is putting people and planet above profit, Brand shares with Tony Chapman the importance of rallying individuals to become advocates and agents of change — and how to inspire people to take up a cause that matters. He discusses his projects that involve reducing food waste, feeding the hungry, employing people with a range of superpowers and the creation of sustainable business models that help make the world a better place.
Brand opens up about his personal struggles with addiction and mental health and shares lessons for others who are feeling hopeless. “Often, the people supporting us don’t feel like enough — but if you dig into that and show appreciation for the people who show up for you and stop chasing that thing that you believe will make you feel worthy, it’s the best way to get towards a clear path,” he says. He also believes that doing good for others can lead to multiple positive outcomes. “We’re put here to do things for each other, to show up for each other and support each other,” he says, encouraging listeners to show up with a skill and give that to someone in need, with no caveats and no strings attached. “You will find the energy inside. You just start to burn,” he says. “I promise you that your mental health will get better and your value of self will get better.”
Brand’s charity A Better Life Foundation works with community agencies, marginalized individuals and governments to create tangible change — and through its partnership with Save On Meats(a Vancouver institution that Brand took over eight years ago), more than 2.1 million meals have been served to feed those who struggle.
A successful entrepreneur, television personality and social justice advocate, Brand takes matters into his own hands, creating change where it’s needed, providing resources where he can and doing his part to lift people out of poverty, homelessness and hopelessness.
To listen to this show go to chatterthatmatters.ca, or download Chatter that Matters wherever you get your podcasts, or on these stations:
- Newstalk 1010, Toronto
- CFRA 580 Ottawa
- CJAD 800 Montreal
- CJBK 1290 London
- Newstalk 610 St. Catharine’s
- CKLW 800 Windsor
- CKFR 1150 Kelowna
- Fridays at 1 p.m.
- CFAX 1070 AM Victoria
- Fridays at 8 p.m.
- BNN Bloomberg, CFTE 1410 Vancouver
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