Human Impacts Institute


Education, Innovation, and Social Sciences

People inspire us everyday with their words, their actions, and their stories. Our Human Impact Stories program shares your personal tales of innovation and impacts that matter. Together, we explore stories of social good and inspiration, as well as the people, places, and events that have moved you to take positive action in your world.


Wendy Brawer, Founder and Director, Green Map System [ENG]

Recorded on 2015-11-18

Wendy Brawer is the woman behind Green Map System, an online platform for building community maps and guides to green living, nature and cultural resources. Green Map is now a presence in close to 900 communities in 65 countries. As Wendy remembers, it all started back in 1991, when she and a group of inspirational […]

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Kim Fraczek, Artist and Activist

Recorded on 2015-11-18

Kim Fraczek protests fracking, a controversial technique to recover gas and oil from shale rock, using… puppets. She’s been involved in the anti-fracking movement for many years. But it all started when she was a kid, and, as she tells it, got into punk music…

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Gioya DeSouza-Fennelly, Instructor, Teachers College, w/Anasa Scott, Co-founder, Greenproofing [ENG]

Recorded on 2015-11-13

Gioya Fennelly is an Instructor at Teacher’s College and is passionate about developing sustainable education curriculum and helping teachers build STEM education in their classrooms. Anasa Scott is strategic planning consultant and co-founder of Greenproofing, where she develops projects for nonprofits and public schools. Over the years, Gioya and Anasa have partnered to get students […]

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Jeanne DuPont, Founder and Executive Director, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance [ENG]

Recorded on 2015-11-12

Jeanne DuPont is the founder of the Rockaway Waterfront. Alliance. She works to raise awareness about the natural assets of the Rockaways, an oceanfront neighborhood on the outskirts of New York City. The alliance also advocates for the health and well being of the people who live in the Rockaway. Here, Jean remembers how everything […]

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Shino Tanikawa, NY Soil & Water Conservation District w/Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group [ENG]

Recorded on 2015-10-27

Shino Tanikawa and Majora Carter have been friends for a long time. Majora is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. Shino promotes green infrastructure and soil and water […]

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