Episode 7 | Pete Kalenik will fundamentally alter your perspectives on policing

An alumnus of the Chicago Public Schools, Concordia University Chicago, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago¬†and Loyala University Chicago, Pete makes for a very unusual police officer. But his range and depth of perspectives from academia, the US Army, and the Chicago Police Department make him uniquely qualified to help us understand the really complex issues around policing and law enforcement when we aren’t simply confirming our established notions of what policing today really is.

(To be clear, Pete’s perspective is not the official narrative, and he doesn’t speak for CPD in this conversation.)

  • Pete’s website and LinkedIn
  • “Service in Pursuit of a More Perfect Union Takes on Many Forms” by Pete at the Huffington Post
  • And finally, I love his #tag: #WeAllServe

Episode 6 | Sarah Costa will make you believe in libraries again

If you aren’t at a college or university, and don’t have children, the chances are that you haven’t been to a public library recently. Most of my neighbors don’t even know that we have a public library right down the street! So I thought I’d talk to a librarian about whether public libraries are still relevant and we had a delightful conversation. Sarah Costa, Director of Aldrich Public Library, will make you believe in libraries again.

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Episode 5 | Greg Nance

I spoke with Greg on what was a very early Shanghai morning and late Atlanta evening, and had just so much fun jamming about what Greg has been up to. Greg Nance is an entrepreneur, an ultra-marathoner, and a passionate champion of people-to-people diplomacy (although he doesn’t say as much). Some show notes:

  1. Moneythink: is an incredible organization that grew from a handful of schools in Chicago to a nationwide movement
  2. Dyad.com: mentioned in this podcast a couple times; founded by Greg, this monetizes bridging information asymmetry in the education market through mentorship programs
  3. Start Before You’re Ready: this isn’t some new discovery but Greg certainly owns this more than most people I’ve met
  4. Luck Surface Area, explained here
  5. Blog Recommendation: Ben Casnocha
  6. Talk to strangers: this is how Greg found three of his top mentors. The advice doled out to children (don’t talk to strangers) needs to be discarded at some point; Greg demonstrates the rewards of doing so.
  7. Follow your smile. I love this expression!
  8. Institute for International Education (site)
  9. Open Society Foundation (site)