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August 16, 2017 09:16 AM PDT

Luis Ortega is an entrepreneur, public speaker, social impact consultant, and the director and founder of Storytellers for Change. For over a decade, Luis has traveled across the nation to share his personal narrative and message about the power of story-telling and story-listening to generate empathy, promote inclusion, and inspire action.

Links: https://www.storytellersforchange.org/ https://www.facebook.com/storytellersforchange

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August 09, 2017 08:26 AM PDT

Damon Bomar​ is one half of the duo that runs That Brown Girl Cooks​! Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, we discuss his journey to find and follow his passions in the hospitality industry taking routes through Seattle Public Schools, Ghana, Japan and Howard University.

We talk about what it was like growing up in a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, and how that shapes what he does today. He is a natural visionary, a critical mind, with a keen eye for business trends.

Find Damon somewhere in Seattle building a community through food and love with a smile.


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July 26, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Mayowa Aina is a recent graduate from the University of Washington. She holds dual degrees in Informatics and International Studies. We discuss what it what it was like growing up in NE Tacoma, being a student and PURPLE! Mayowa is a talented writer, podcaster, and aspiring producer.

Mayowa's Social Media

Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/noblueprintpodcast/playlist/00FhQfo4jKfm3DMctQk21t

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August 02, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

John Eklof is a writer, educator, and community organizer from Lakewood, WA. He's been a professional public speaker for 9 years now. John has dedicated his life to changing the world, making a difference in his community, and improving himself in all areas of his life. He's contributed his writing to both the Seattle Globalist and the International Examiner. He recently graduated with his master's degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington. His speeches, interviews, and writing can be found at JohnEklof.com. In the future John plans to run for political office.

Links to keynotes, lectures, interviews, spoken words, writings, albums and more:
John Eklof #SaveTheWorld Documentary

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July 19, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Jennifer Lucero-Earle is a magician of the soul. She uses music, movement and powerful storytelling to shift your mind, heart, spirit and body to higher vibrations. Her maiden name, Lucero, means “bright star.”

Jennifer is an embodied diviner, the creator of ArcanaDance, a Black Belt Nia teacher and movement facilitator with over 30 years of experience working with the tarot. Her charge in life is to facilitate safe non-judgmental experiences for people to move, feel, heal, and grow into a more joyful self through tarot and on the dance floor of life.

Born and raised in the boogie down Bronx to parents from Puerto Rico and Argentina, Jennifer is a proud first-generation American. She attended public schools in the Bronx for her entire education and was first in her family to graduate from college and attend graduate school. It "only" took her 10 years and attending three different colleges to complete her B.A. She finally graduated with Psi Chi honors (International Honor Society in Psychology) and magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2003. There were lots of tears, of pride and joy, at her graduation. She then went on to pursue very “no blueprint-like” graduate training in Experiential Health and Healing at The Graduate Institute in Connecticut where she focused her studies on kinesthetic-learning and somatic (body-based) healing.

Jennifer has an older sibling she adores to no end and several nieces and nephews that mean the world to her. Two fun facts, Jennifer is the tallest woman in her family, at 5’2, and one of five generations in her family alive at one time. She feels so blessed to have a living abuelita (99 years of age), mother, niece and great niece.

A no blueprint soul from the start, Jennifer always had a desire to move west, even researching west coast colleges when she was in high school. Her dream finally came true after having what she calls a “catalyzing and life-transforming” experience due to 9/11/2001 and the subsequent deaths of her father and father-in-law. In 2005, seeking to set new roots, she migrated west.

Jennifer currently lives in Seattle, WA with her wonderful husband of 18 years and their two cats. Her American husband, also a native New Yorker, can trace his family roots back to the settlers, which makes for fascinating conversation! Two creative souls, their home is a haven for art, culture, music, dance, laughter, geek moments, and the occasional science experiment. She feels so lucky to have such a loving, incredible ally, support and champion on her journey to finding her place in the world.

Jennifer travels around the country and world sharing her work. She welcomes invitations to bring her work to you.

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Official Website: http://NoBlueprintPodcast.com NoBlueprint Social Media: Instagram: http://Instagram.com/NoBlueprintPodcast Twitter: http://twitter.com/NoBlueprintPod Facebook: http://facebook.com/NoBlueprintPodcast

July 12, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Philip Deng is the visionary behind MarketShare's innovative approach in utilizing grassroots organizing strategies gleaned from his experience in campaign politics to motivate entire communities to build lasting public institutions for the common good. Throughout his career working on three continents and Oceania in the nonprofit and public sectors, he has demonstrated a particular deftness in crossing cultures to unite diverse communities to solve shared problems and generate value for all.

Find previous episodes of No Blueprint, playlist and more at http://noblueprintpodcast.com/

Be sure to follow, like, share, rate and subscribe on twitter Instagram and Facebook.

No Blueprint Episode 6 Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/noblueprintpodcast/playlist/0A01gUtkiamGuYHH3e0LVn

Philip Deng Social Media: http://www.marketshareseattle.org/

The Market Share Story: https://kcts9.org/programs/what-s-good-206/feeding-dream-breaking-bread-breaking-boundaries/

Official Website: http://NoBlueprintPodcast.com NoBlueprint

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July 05, 2017 07:23 AM PDT

Beth Patin and Lassana Magassa are two PhD candidates at the University of Washington's School of Information. Lassana is studying digital literacy levels and perceptions among incarcerated people and Beth is studying the role of libraries in natural disasters.

We discuss their upbringing, journeys to Seattle, culture, history, education and music.

Official Website: http://NoBlueprintPodcast.com NoBlueprint Social Media: Instagram: http://Instagram.com/NoBlueprintPodcast Twitter: http://twitter.com/NoBlueprintPod Facebook: http://facebook.com/NoBlueprintPodcast

More about Beth and Lassana:
Beth's Grandfather: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Sonnie-Hereford-III-272551712803717/?pnref=story
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June 28, 2017 07:38 AM PDT

Toka Valu was born and raised in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga before migrating to the United States with his mother at 14. His roller coaster experience helped him develop a keen sense of awareness to empower students. Today, Toka serves as manager for Student Leadership Programs at the University of Washington’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. He is a proud Pacific Islander, youth advocate, community organizer, and artist in south King County.

To see some of Toka’s artwork, follow his Instagram page @8Boulders.

Also we’d love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget to subscribe review and rate our podcast. Follow No Blueprint on Twitter (@NoBlueprintPod), Instagram (@NoBlueprintPodcast) and Facebook. Checkout our website for the latest updates at NoBlueprintPodcast.com

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Toka's artwork: https://www.instagram.com/8boulders/
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June 21, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Arif Gürsel is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from the historical Tuskegee University with a Computer Science degree before receiving his MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the founder of multiple startups including Floodgate Academy and Vibe Heavy. Arif’s resume, experience and commitment to building community make him one of technologies most influential people to know.

Jaleesa Trapp is a computer science instructor from Tacoma, Washington’s Hill Top neighborhood. After graduating from the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design Engineering program she opted to return to her community to teach coding at the iDEA Innovative School and the Intel Computer Clubhouse where she was first introduced to coding in middle school. She has a deep passion for building community and social justice and will pursue a master’s degree at MIT’s Media Lab this fall.

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/noblueprintpodcast/playlist/2M1wlcrgCkRBEcbj75kxWB
Jaleesa Trapp Twitter: @JaleesaT
Arif Gürsel Instagram: @arifgursel
Floodgate Academy: http://floodgateacademy.com/
Vibe Heavy: http://vibeheavy.com/
Intel Computer Clubhouse: https://clubhouse253.wordpress.com/

June 14, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

Welcome back to No Blueprint!

In this episode, we talk to an impressive young man from South Seattle named Girmay Zahilay.

Girmay immigrated to the United States from Sudan when he was just three 3 years old and despite neither of his parents going to high school or college, he was able to graduate from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Today he is an attorney and community leader with a deep commitment to disadvantaged youth. He founded Rising Leaders, Inc., a youth leadership and mentorship program which he started in New York City and is bringing to Seattle.

We interview Girmay to understand how his culture and background have shaped his work ethic, leadership style, and commitment to his community.

Follow Girmay on Instagram: @Girmay

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