Trustees Without Borders, or TWB, is a podcast of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance.  TWB features leading practitioners, thinkers, and designers working to reframe and strengthen community, doing so without borders or limits on their ideas and aspirations, without borders on what they think is possible, without borders on whom they will work with nor on their dreams for a world that works for a just, inclusive community.

TWB guests are idea entrepreneurs, leaders for change and community action, people who are experimenting and redefining what it means to be trustees of community, trustees of the commons.  They are innovators.  They are experimenters. Scientists. Artists. Designers. Scholars. Practitioners.

TWB listeners are interested in stories.  TWB is all about stories.  TWB listeners are interested in our guests and their experiences.  Trustees Without Borders interviewers ask guests about important moments in their life.  About failures and lessons learned.  About aha moments that changed the course of their lives.  TWS wants its guests to tell what they are most proud of.  Ideas and concepts are important.  And they come to life through story.

Andy Morikawa, Senior Fellow at the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG), hosts the podcast.  You can access the full archive of interviews, lectures, and round table discussions here: https://soundcloud.com/andy-morikawa

Previous Guests

Andrea Brunais – July 3, 2019

Laura Nelson, Lara Nagle, and Andy Morikawa of the Institute for Policy and Governance had an opportunity to interview author Andrea Brunais regarding her new book, Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Story, a nonfiction account of the relationship that she and her husband, Hal, built with a young man named Jesse-Ray who had aged out of foster care and was struggling with substance use disorder. As Andrea and Hal learned more about Jesse-Ray’s abusive past, they served as mentors and friends hoping to cultivate his writing talents and support his recovery.  Such a task proved challenging, and Andrea reflects on the experience and key insights gained.

Laura Nelson and Lara Nagle facilitated the conversation.
Andy Morikawa hosted the Trustees Without Borders podcast, available here:

Dr. Theresa Williamson – January 24, 2019

The CCC welcomed Theresa Williamson, Ph.D., for a day of lectures, discussions, and the Trustees Without Borders podcast program on January 24, 2019. Dr. Williamson is a city planner and founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities (CatComm), an NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s favelas. In addition to fostering strategic networking, training and communications support on behalf of community organizers, CatComm has become known for advocating a community-controlled asset-based development approach to informal settlements, through Favela Community Land Trusts and CatComm’s Sustainable Favela Network. Theresa is an outspoken, respected advocate for the recognition of favelas’ heritage status and their residents’ right to be fully served as equal citizens. Dr. Williamson also serves as Editor for RioOnWatch, a grassroots media and reporting network providing more comprehensive and accurate coverage about Rio’s favelas.

Vanessa Guerra and Lehi Dowell facilitated the Forum conversation.

Andy Morikawa curated audio of the event for the Trustees Without Borders podcast, available here:

A recording of Dr. Williamson’s afternoon lecture, “Realizing Favelas As a Sustainable Model via Insurgent Planning: Rethinking Our Assumptions in Sustainable Development,” is available here.

You can also access the lecture slides here: www.bit.ly/VTfavelatalk

This visit made possible by the generous support of the VT Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the VT Institute for Policy and Governance.

Professor Emily Satterwhite – November 15, 2018

The CCC enjoyed discussion with Prof. Emily Satterwhite during the Forum on Nov. 15, 2018. Prof. Satterwhite is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of culture, especially in relation to imagined geographies and identity formation in the United States since 1880, drawing from reception studies, Appalachian studies, popular culture studies, whiteness studies, and social history. Secondly, her work entails linking STEM-H researchers with grounded understandings of Appalachian history, power, and experience.
Lara Nagle and Neda Moayerian facilitated the Forum conversation.
Andy Morikawa curated audio of the event for the Trustees Without Borders podcast, available here:

Dr. Todd Schenk – October 11, 2018

The CCC welcomed Forum speaker Dr. Todd Schenk on Oct. 11, 2018.  Dr. Schenk is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He conducts research and praxis in collaborative planning, joint fact-finding, the human dimensions of climate change adaptation, and the application of serious games to better understand uncertain or contentious situations.
Catherine Cotrupi and Emma Martin facilitated the conversation.
Andy Morikawa curated audio of the event for the Trustees Without Borders podcast, available here:

Podcast

TWB Pakistan TEA Cohort – August 10, 2018

Podcast

Beltrone Vietnam Graffiti Project – April 23, 2018

Podcast

William Cleveland- April 19, 2018

The Roundtable-Podcast

Amy Goldstein- February 19, 2018

The Roundtable

The Podcast

The Evening Talk

Keryl McCord- February 15, 2018

The Roundtable

The Podcast

Carolyn Zelikow & Brad Stephens- November 6, 2017

The Roundtable

The Podcast

The Evening Talk

Amy Brooks- October 30, 2017

The Roundtable

The Podcast

The Evening Talk

Anthony Flaccavento – October 24, 2016

Ethan Kent – October 7, 2016                                                                                 

Rick Cavey – September 21, 2016

Ted Edlich – April 26, 2016

Dust in the Bottomland – March 21, 2016

roundtable discussion and interview recordings available

Patricia Parera – February 11, 2016

interview recording available

Elizabeth Streb – September 30, 2015

discussion recording available

Tracy Kunkler – April 27, 2015

interview recording also available

Lisa Jo Epstein – March 24, 2015

roundtable discussion and interview recordings available

Liz Lerman – March 17, 2015

roundtable discussion recording also available

Main event recordings are still being collected and added to this page. For events prior to 2015, please check the Past Speaker section. Any available recordings from those events will be on the speaker pages. Thank you!

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