F.C. 11-23-18: Buen Vivir, Right Living

With the rains just lifting the dense smoke in the SF Bay Area, some might be reminded of the nourishment of life in balance.  The massive fires, both in Northern and Southern California, were devastating.  Wildfires though they are, their intensity is a result of global warming brought on by uncontained, disproportionate & extractive economic growth.

Our eco-logical and eco-nomic systems are not so disconnected.

On tonight’s show, a circle of guests from the Buen Vivir Fund join host Cat Petru to shed light on our economic status quo through a rather unusual and specific lens: impact investing.  What is impact investing?  For those who aren’t familiar, our guests break it down – and challenge it in the mainstream.  For those familiar, and particularly those in radical movements, you might be wondering: “Why do a show about impact investing? Accumulated wealth has a fraught and super problematic legacy.”  The thing is, the Buen Vivir Fund knows this.  And rather than perpetuate investment models that privilege investors, they’re challenging the paradigm.  The Buen Vivir Fund is comprised of a web of relationships & partnerships where “risk” cannot be defined in terms of individual capital gain or loss. 

Buen Vivir means right living.  So, at a time when global crises are reaching tipping points, what is right living?  What are our greatest risks?  And how can we diligently & thoughtfully work together to meet them?





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About First Voice Apprenticeship

First Voice Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories. The First Voice program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally. The First Voice Apprenticeship Program has a 12 months basic skills option and an 18 month graduate level option during which participants produce, engineer & host Full Circle. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights. The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks. The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.
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