Culture of Repair Series

Building Sustainability is about bridging the gaps in definitions, understanding and trust. While innovating with empathy in order to have a sustainable future for current and future generations.

Culture of Repair dives into the past, present, and future while learning together with heart!

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Episode 1 - Culture of Repair
Colby Brown

Founder of the Giving Lens

Colby Brown is a professional photographer, photo educator, author and entrepreneur from Denver, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, he has been fortunate to have worked all over the world, in pursuit of capturing the beauty of life on this planet and helping to make a difference in the world for others.

In 2010 he co-founded Lespwa Haiti, an organization that provided support services on the ground to small local NGOs doing phenomenal work in that island nation of Haiti. Colby’s passion for photography and teaching helps propel him to hold photography workshops, digital editing classes, and webinars throughout the year, in various countries around the globe. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens.

An organization with the vision to see three things come together for a greater good: love of travel, passion for photography, and deep desire to give back to those in need. Described most beautifully as a travel photography workshop with a meaningful twist.
Building trips that devote a few days to taking your hand and placing it in the hand of a worthy Non-Profit doing incredible work.

Epsiode 2 - Culture of Repair Dr. Clinton Schultz

Founder Marumali Consultations / Sobah

Dr. Clinton Schultz is a Gamilaroi man, descending from the people of Gunnedah/Manilla NSW.  A registered psychologist, Clinton founded Marumali Consultations in 2010 after identifying a clear gap in access to culturally appropriate mental health services in South East Queensland.  Previously he has acted as a Vice Chair for the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and he currently sits on several state and national advisory groups.  He specialises in providing Employee Psychological Services (EPS) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services for Aboriginal workers, men’s well-being, cultural competence auditing and training, cross-cultural psychological and business management services, and Aboriginal focused mentoring and supervision.  

Dr. Schultz is a Registered Psychologist and Organizational Consultant. He focused his research towards holistic well-being for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. His research interests extend to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Well-being, men’s well-being, institutional discrimination, and cultural and interdisciplinary education in tertiary settings. In 2018, Clinton was the overall Winner for Griffith University’s Most Outstanding First Nations Alumnus Award.
Episode 3 - Culture of Repair
Brandie Macdonald

Director of Decolonizing Initiatives /
Museum of us

Brandie Macdonald (she/her) is the Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us which resides on the unceded ancestral homeland of Kumeyaay peoples located in San Diego, California. She is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has ancestral ties to the Choctaw Nation and the Scottish highlands. Brandie’s work focuses on the implementation of anti-colonial/decolonial theory and practice in museums which centers truth-telling, accountability, and actionable change to redress colonial impact, structural racism, and inequity.

Brandie is also a Ph.D. student in Education Studies at University of California, San Diego. Her research aligns with her work where she focuses on the tangible and sustainable application of decolonial practices that enables transformative change. She’s a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, American Alliance of Museums’ Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellent recipient, a Smithsonian Affiliate Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian, and she currently sits on the board of the Western Museums Association.   

Episode 4 - Culture of Repair
Anahi Abe-Brower

Founder of Worthy Picks

Designer by trade and world traveler by heart, Anahi’s journey to create a low waste and sustainable lifestyle started with a single bamboo straw when she discovered bamboo straws in Indonesia back in 2016. Nevertheless, she fell in love with Bamboo years before as an exchange student while completing her BA in  International Studies in Japan from Pepperdine University.  

With over 12 years of graphic design experience in branding, she is obsessed with designing high quality, beautiful and eco-friendly products to inspire sustainable changes. She believes natural materials like organic cotton and bamboo teach us that we don’t have to depend on disposable plastics so much. She believes choosing natural products helps us slow down, stay connected to nature, while using products WORTHY of us and our  environment. 

Anahi loves to connect with and inspire her customers and her community with talks about sustainability and her curated  collection of eco-friendly products, specializing in bamboo and organic cotton via WORTHY PICKS. She believes big change starts small, and we all play a part

Epsiode 5 - Culture of Repair Laulani Teale

Ho'opae Peace Project & Protect Mauna Kea

Laulani Teale is a Board Memeber and coordinator of the Hoʻopae Peace Project. She is an indigenous peacemaker, activist, musician, teacher, artist and writer culturally trained in laʻau lapaʻau (traditional herbalism) and hoʻoponopono (traditional peacemaking), who specializes in health issues related to activism and colonization. She has been a front-line activist in major kanaka struggles and serves the kanaka movement in many capacities. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Development and Education from the University of Hawaiʻi School of Public Health.
Episode 6 - Culture of Repair
Master Albert Mendoza

Doce Pares San Diego / Temecula

Master Albert Mendoza is a Chief-Instructor of Doce Pares San Diego/Temecula. Which teaches San Miguel Eskrima; Doce Pares Original “Multi-Style” System of Eskrima.  It includes curriculum-based training programs offered to youths and adults.

Doce Pares is his wife’s family Martial Art system founded by her Grandfather (Eulogio “Yoling” Cañete) in 1932 in Cebu City, Philippines

Master Albert is a retired County of San Diego Probation Officer of 22yrs.  Where he worked with at risk youth ranging from ages 10-18yrs.  He also was a former San Diego Probation Department’s Self-Defense/ Defensive Tactics/ Mechanical Restraints training officer for 10yrs.

He has published two books, Stolen Generations Education and Respectful Design both these works address Indigenous Knowledge, Aboriginal community cultural development and Social and Emotional Well Being Education. His expertise is based on identifying and activating existing strengths within Indigenous communities as a basis for relevant education and development initiatives. He also led the development of Indigenous Knowledge programs at Southern Cross University until December 2019.  Currently Professor Sheehan is supervising PhD research at the University of Queensland working with Elders and Academics to build a new generation of activists.

Episode 7 - Culture Of Repair
Fritzi Horstman

Founder Compassion Prison PRoject

Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project (CPP).  She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films.  She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Compassion Prison Project (CPP) began as her “brainchild” stemming from her own childhood trauma shaping its conception.  Over the course of several months in 2019-2020, Fritzi and a dedicated team of facilitators and volunteers partnered with incarcerated men at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP), a maximum-security prison in Central California.  Together, they created powerful tools to address and heal from childhood trauma.
Since then CPP has developed several projects which support their goal of creating trauma-informed prisons throughout the U.S. and internationally.   This means trauma-informed awareness for both those behind bars and those working within the prison system.    Compassion Prison Project’s ultimate mission is to transform prisons into healing and education centers so that the most traumatized people in our society can be supported and cared for.
Current Projects include; Trauma Talks, The Healing Toolbox, 8 – Part Correctional Officer Trauma – Responsive Training, 6 – Part Trauma Informed Curriculum,  Compassion Prison Publishing, ACE Awareness Campaign, Letter Writing Campaign, Compassion Trauma Circle, The Giving Back Project, and Adopt-a-Prison.

Epsiode 8 - Culture of Repair Moenau Rivera

Founder POLY-lingual

Moenau was born and raised in Tahiti and moved to California in 2007.  She is the CEO, Creator, and Co-founder of POLY-lingual. She is an entrepreneur and mother of two beautiful girls.  Her passion lies in helping and serving those who are passionate about learning the languages of POLYNESIA.  Her “MISSION” is to perpetuate the “endangered” languages of the South Pacific Islands to the world.  She truly believes, “the only way we can keep these languages alive is to learn, share them, and pass them on from one generation to another.  Her goal is to create a bridge between the islands of the South Pacific, starting with my own island of Tahiti to the world through LANGUAGES, CULTURE, and TRAVEL!
Episode 9 - Culture of Repair
Evgeny Yorobe

Founder Evgeny Yorobe Photography

Evgeny’s love for photography started at a young age, he used to go with his “father on photography outings through San Diego with his Minolta film SLR.”

He has been shooting professionally for over 10 years and you can’t go without noticing is his majestic unique looks and ‘crafting his “own style of showcasing San Diego landmarks through photography.”

Accomplishments include winning Best of Show at the 2019 San Diego Festival of the Arts and having his La Jolla Gallery voted Best Photo Gallery.

The love of his work shows by the sheer beauty when you simply look at his images and get mesmerized.

He is a passionate individual San Diegan who loves supporting local artists and businesses.

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