Season 6 of Seattle Growth Podcast focuses on finding community in a dynamic city.

Each episode spotlights some of the interesting people in Seattle who are building community and bringing people together. You will hear from leaders in tech, comedy, music, art, dance, and emergency preparation.

Today’s episode features Nathan Vass, an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and author by day, and a Metro bus driver by night, where his community-building work has been showcased on NPR, The Seattle Times, KING5 and landed him a spot on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the 35 Most Influential People in Seattle. Vass shares stories from his popular blog, The View from Nathan’s Bus, and how it led to his successful book The Lines That Make Us. The interview offers a unique perspective on finding community in a city that is changing rapidly.

Today’s episode also features Maisha Barnett, a public space developer with over a decade of experience shaping community gathering spaces. She talks about her work with the Jimi Hendrix Park development and the redevelopment of Powell Barnett Park, named after the musician, baseball player, and community leader who was her grandfather.

Whether you have lived here your whole life or are just joining this city, these interviews give insight about Seattle, how it was, how it is changing, and where Seattle is going.

If you like Seattle Growth Podcast, you will love On the Brink, the “powerful new documentary” that is “worth watching”. It premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and has been generating media buzz from King 5, KUOW, The Seattle Times, Crosscut, The Stranger, and KNKX. See what people are talking about at the next screening on June 25th at the Northwest African American Museum. Get your tickets today.

Hear the voices of season 5 describe how they became homeless and how it feels to be homeless. Elected officials, business leaders, academics, and unsheltered residents describe the challenges in addressing homelessness and share opinions on solutions. Casey Trupin of the Raikes Foundation shares how Pearl Jam got involved in the crisis and how the successful Home Shows came together.

Casey Trupin, Raikes Foundation

The Raikes Foundation believes that every young person deserves a safe, stable place to call home, and works to make that vision reality. The Raikes Foundation works with partners to help schools, child welfare services and the juvenile justice system recognize the early warning signs of young people in crisis and prevent homelessness. The Raikes Foundation also works to ensure the community has the systems and tools in place to respond effectively if young person does find themselves in crisis.

If you are inspired by Pearl Jam and are curious on how you can take action, visit their Home Shows website. If you want to learn more about the Raikes Foundation’s strategy to end youth homelessness, visit their page.

Today’s episode and connects the topic of the previous season, which focused on the past, present and future of Seattle music, with the topic of this season, which is focused on homelessness. The episode features an interview with Anthony Briscoe whose Seattle-based band, Down North, is on the cusp of a breakout. Briscoe opens up about his struggle with poverty and his experience being homeless in our region. 

The episode also features an interview with noted author and UW professor Scott Allard. He dispels some myths associated with poverty, describes which programs are effective and which programs build a poverty trap, and offers actions you can take to help improve your community.

The song Heartbreaker, by Down North, is played in this episode. Down North consists of Lead Vocalist/Dancer Anthony “Renegade” Briscoe, whose North Carolina breeding makes fans swoon and has no equal in the Pacific NW. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony combines a style and emotional impact reminiscent of Prince in his vocal expressions, proudly stealing the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing.

Scott W. Allard joined the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington as a professor of public policy and governance in 2014. Allard is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and co-primary investigator of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago. He is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the contemporary social service safety net through survey interviews with almost 1,500 government, for-profit, and nonprofit social service organizations. In 2017, he published a book entitled Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty, which focuses upon the rise in poverty in America’s suburban areas and the stubborn persistence of poverty in urban areas.

In the episode, Shulman also shared some quotes from a test audience for his feature-length documentary On the Brink.

As every one of us faces challenges of varying degrees of scale, today’s episode features an inspiring story about how one person can make a world of difference. Dale Hoff offers lessons not only for those seeking improvement in the homelessness crisis, but those seeking to influence change at any level.

Today also features an in-depth interview with a person who has had a significant impact on the economic growth of this city, Craig Kinzer of Kinzer Partners

Kinzer Partners is an expert team of real estate brokers and professionals, who guide the decisions of Seattle-area businesses and organizations toward the best result for their brand and mission. The company’s service offerings include office tenant representation, consulting & strategic planning, and portfolio management and optimization. Clients include the region’s key influencers including major corporations, government agencies, universities, research institutions, and emerging companies.

Kinzer previews a big idea that he thinks can fundamentally transform how housing gets built for average workers in Seattle. The extended conversation also touches upon the controversial public subsidy for Safeco Field, home to Seattle’s Major League Baseball team. The interview gives you insight into important decisions facing regional government.

These two interviews represent two of the many examples of people in Seattle who think creatively about how to tackle challenges. They also offer insight into the process of finding where your unique skill set can be applied to make a difference.