THE INTERSECTION OF MONEY AND EMOTIONS

Behavioral economics, the idea that money and emotions can intersect, certainly broadens the discussion of how to attain financial fitness. But as our guest, Connie Kilmark, financial counselor and consultant explains, everyone has a financial personality. This frames our behavior regarding money and is especially important in couples’ dynamics. Opposites may attract, but if one partner is a risk-taker and spontaneous while the other methodical and risk-averse, problems can arise, linger and grow.

When planning for a long, healthy, purposeful life, it is critical to include what constitutes a sense of financial well-being. This program discusses some things you need to consider.

TAKING CHARGE OF AN OUT-OF-CONTROL LIFE

Are you feeling tired, sluggish, like your life is controlling you, and that dealing with the day-to-day is overwhelming? If fears, doubts and disappointments are plaguing your life, and you want to find a way out of the negativity that encircles you, then this program is for you. 

Nancy Depcik, professional speaker, coach, and inspiration for others through her company, Unshakable Success, will get specific as she describes techniques to manage stress, look at challenges differently and transform problems into opportunities. With the right tools, Nancy says, you can learn to increase your self-confidence and discover an inner strength which can lead to greater success in business, relationships and life.

SWEETS FOR THE HEART! BAKING WITH VEGETABLES

Sweets for the heart take center stage as we approach Valentine’s Day. Here’s an idea for how to appeal to the heart and promote heart health at the same time: bake with vegetables! 

“Eat your vegetables,” takes on a whole new flavor if you follow the recipes contained in Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef Rose Deneen’s cookbook, Baking with Vegetables. Of course, she includes some of our favorites like carrot cake. But have you ever indulged in parsnip spice cake, caramelized cauliflower chocolate brownies, rutabaga bread pudding, or beet ealnut ginger hread? Probably not, as these are recipes uniquely created by Rose Deneen and featured in her cookbook.

On this program, Rose Deneen shares some of her 50 recipes and describes how, through trial and error, she meticulously mixed together just the right combination of vegetables and other ingredients to introduce new and delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into our daily diet. She also shares baking tips, her preferred ingredients, and favorite baking tools that make the baking process so much easier and the results a gourmet delight.

More information is available at bakingwithvegetables.com.

Happy Valentine’s, Everyone!

LOCAL VOICES NETWORK: FOSTERING CONSTRUCTIVE COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Katherine Cramer, PhD, UW-Madison Professor of Political Science, gained national acclaim with her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness and the Rise of Scott Walker, published in March 2016. After the overwhelming response to her book, Kathy Cramer wanted her work to move beyond simply unearthing resentments. A speaking engagement at Harvard in March 2017 gave her that opportunity. Following her participation in a Conference analyzing the 2016 election, an MIT professor who had been Chief Media Scientist at Twitter, walked up to her and asked, “Who are you?”

From that encounter, the Local Voices Network was born. LVN is a project of Cortico, a nonprofit organization that fosters constructive public conversation in communities and the media to improve our understanding of one another, and the MIT Media Lab.

The Local Voices Network hosts in-person small-group community conversations and, through a digital network, connects these conversations across political, cultural and geographical boundaries. These conversations open a new listening channel for journalists, leaders, and the community-at-large to hear new voices and local perspectives.

Sound complicated? On this program, Professor Cramer describes how it works.

HOW GOODS CAN UNITE US

In their Citizens United decision, the U. S. Supreme Court determined that corporations are people too, and they have a constitutional right to political speech. Now, a new and free app, Goods Unite Us, allows consumers to hear what corporations are saying in the form of their political donations and, in turn, lets consumers respond by choosing which goods they purchase and from whom.  Corporations earn profits from everyday consumer purchases. Some of these profits are donated to politicians and/or causes you may or may not agree with.

On this program, Abigail Wuest, CEO and founder, and Amy Jo Miller, COO and founder, of Goods Unite Us, describe how this app brings more accountability and transparency to our political process. Each company gets an overall Goods Score calculated on a scale of -100 to +100. When you look up a brand or a company, Goods Unite Us will tell you about donations made by the organization and its senior employees, including the aggregate political leaning of the company, parent company, and senior employees. The scores are based on data and have no partisan preference.

If enough citizens shop using Goods Unite Us, more corporations may be incentivized to end corporate political contributions, and consumers will be empowered to make their voices heard through the purchases they make.