The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
May 14, 2008

Have Fun * Do Good: An interview with Britt Bravo

Britt Bravo is a fellow Oaklander (what’s the feminine version of “fellow”?) who’s been blogging since 2005. But unlike most bloggers who write mainly about themselves, Britt’s blog focuses on other people who are making change in the world. She spends a lot of time interviewing people, so I thought it would be fun to interview her. Enjoy.

1) Please describe Have Fun * Do Good a little bit and explain the name.

Have Fun * Do Good (http://havefundogood.blogspot.com) is my personal blog that I started on my 35th birthday in August 2005. I named it Have Fun * Do Good because I wanted it to include stories that made people (including myself!) feel hopeful, and inspire them to take action.

2) What was the initial inspiration for starting your blog?

My neighbor, Jory Des Jardins, is one of the Founders of BlogHer. Her blog, Pause, was the first blog I’d ever read. Before that, I’d only heard about blogs on the news in relation to what happened to Dan Rather, but after I read Jory’s blog, I realized that blogs could be a fun means of self-expression. It’s also a great medium for me because I like sharing resources with people, and linking makes it so easy to share articles, web sites, etc.

3) What motivates you to interview other people rather than writing about yourself?

Once in a while I write about my own experience, but overall, I find it much more interesting and inspiring to meet and write about other people. Also, most of the interviews I put on my blog are transcripts of my podcast, the Big Vision Podcast (http://bigvisionpodcast.libsyn.com). I enjoy sharing interviews in both mediums. Audio interviews allow you to get a better feeling for the person’s personality and energy, while written interviews allow you to (a) pause, reread and absorb what they are saying, and (b) share it with others more easily. I love podcasts, but I don’t think anyone has ever forwarded me a link to a podcast, but they do forward blog posts.

4) What do you hope readers will take with them after reading your blog?

I hope that they will feel like they have the power to make the world a better place, and be encouraged by the positive change others have been able to make.

5) What’s your business? How difficult do you think it is for people to find work in environmentally-friendly or socially-responsible fields?

I do a variety of things. I write for my own blog Have Fun * Do Good
(http://havefundogood.blogspot.com), BlogHer
(http://www.blogher.com/blog/britt-bravo), and the NetSquared Blog.) I also produce my own podcast, The Big Vision Podcast (http://bigvisionpodcast.libsyn.com/), the Arts and Healing Podcast (http://artheals.libsyn.com), and the NetSquared Podcast (http://netsquared.libsyn.com). I am also NetSquared’s Community Builder.

In addition, I provide consulting for organizations, and career counseling for individuals to help them fulfill their “Big Vision.” I also speak and do trainings about how nonprofits and activists can use use Web 2.0 tools for their work, and about how to figure out and do work that fulfills your Big Vision.

I don’t think it is any harder to find work in environmentally friendly, or socially responsible fields than in other areas. I find that most people have more trouble with fear about changing careers, than they do about finding the work they want once they’ve decide to take the leap.

6) What signs do you see that give you optimism for the future of our world?

I have a lot of hope in Generation Y. I recently facilitated a career counseling session for a group of Stanford students who were spending their “alternative spring break” meeting with social entrepreneurs in the Bay Area
(http://soceasb.blogspot.com). I was really inspired by them, and by people like Jon Warnow, who recently spoke at the San Francisco Net Tuesday about how he and a group of friends created the Step It Up campaign during college.

7) Is there an interview with any particular person that changed your life personally?

I suppose the first person I interviewed for the Big Vision Podcast, Alli Chagi-Starr, the co-founder of Art in Action (http://artinactioncamp.org), changed my life because she agreed to be my first interview, when I was just learning how to produce a podcast. I really appreciated that she believed in my Big Vision, even though I didn’t entirely know what I was doing at the time!

 

6 comments
Jory Des Jardins
Jory Des Jardins

Finally, and interview with the Queen Interviewer! It's like reading Barbara Walters' bio--minus the affairs with old senators.

Radical Garbage Man
Radical Garbage Man

what's the feminine version of "fellow"?I suggest "sister" Oaklander.Sorry for the lengthy absence from your blog.

Terry Gross
Terry Gross

Wait, when you interview people, why don't you get all flustered and stammer and preface each question with "I have to ask you.." or "I'm going to ask you ...", like I do?

Clif
Clif

I can identify with her, having done interviewing myself. If you and the subject are interested in a common issue the results of an interview can be wonderful. Everyone appreciates the interest of others in what they do and who they are. If you are enthusiastic and do your homework before talking to someone they will open up and talk just like a flower opens to the sunshine.GOOD NEWS DEPT:Yesterday I bought a couple of items at a local Radio Shack. At the counter, I declined a plastic bag as usual. When I did so, the clerk turned to the manager and said "Why don't we get rid of these bags, nobody wants them!" So people are refusing them in noticeable numbers. Hooray.

CindyW
CindyW

Thanks for introducing Britt. What a great idea to interview inspiring people! I will have to read her blog.

Allie
Allie

Great interview! I can't wait to check out her podcasts!