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://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!