The Modern Revolutionary: Kimber Lanning

The Modern Revolution

The Modern Revolutionary: Kimber Lanning

Episode #7

Kimber Lanning is founder of Local First Arizona and Local First Arizona Foundation, two distinct statewide organizations working in tandem to strengthen Arizona’s economy. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona.

Lanning has grown Local First Arizona into a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes.  With nearly 3,000 business members and four statewide offices, Lanning leads a team of 17 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy local food access, entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies.



Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. We support, promote and advocate for a strong local business community and raise public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we’re all proud to call home.


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The Modern Revolutionary: Roza Ferdowsmakan

The Modern Revolution

Episode #1

Meet The Modern Revolutionary Roza Ferdowsmakan.

Show Notes:

roza ferdowsmakan is a tech founder and slow food enthusiast who seeks to normalize farm-to-table for everyone, everywhere. she’s the founder of bites, a free mobile app that connects foodies (those seeking to taste their way through life and open to world cuisines) with local chefs, such as home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs, for in-home, farm-to-table dining experiences, with ingredients sourced from local growers. these local growers include urban farms, micro farms, co-ops, community gardens, backyard gardens, and family-owned small farms.
bites is a tool that facilitates an ecosystem where all of the participants benefit. what’s in it for foodies, chefs, and local farms? for foodies, bites is about culinary adventures at all budgetary levels, so that more socio-economic levels can participate in farm-to-table. for foodies, it’s also about celebrating diversity through the various cultures and cuisines that come into foodies’ homes, and it’s about community building. for the culinary talent on the app, it’s about economic empowerment (jobs) – these home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs generate an income with zero overhead, while setting their own pricing, availability and menus. for the local farms, it’s about visibility and support. bites is interested in sending chefs and foodies alike direct to local growers, increasing their profits and decreasing their waste, while diverting from landfills.
bites can be downloaded from the app store or google play onto your phone. visit to learn more, check out whose talked about bites in the press, and follow us on our social media links.
with gratitude,
roza ferdowsmakan

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The Modern Revolutionary: Heather Katz

🏃‍♀️ Health Coach & Personal Trainer, Heather Katz uses natural and holistic methods to guide busy moms, women & families towards a more balanced lifestyle.

“I’m certified health coach, certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and someone who is passionate about helping busy moms, individuals and families to live a more balanced and healthy life. I am a mom of 3 who stayed home with our kids for many years, but a few years ago, I followed my passion and became a health coach, personal trainer and yoga instructor who uses natural and holistic methods to guide my clients, who are overwhelmed but looking to find a way to include more balanced living and health and fitness into their lives. I help my clients to identify their goals, prioritize them, and break them into simple, practical and doable steps. I am a lifelong athlete, a former competitive runner and triathlete who competed at the national level, and I am also someone who has overcome a few struggles with eating and injuries, as many athletes do, which I mention because these experiences allow me to relate to people on a different level. My background is in education originally, as I taught elementary school for seven years and still lead Tinkergarten outdoor play based learning classes (they’re currently online), which means I always aim to educate and empower those I work with. I also like to use a holistic approach in my coaching and training, including multiple modalities in my coaching to help my clients to reach their goals, such as aromatherapy, reiki, muscle testing, mindfulness and energy medicine. I believe that by working with and guiding my clients holistically, I can better help them to reach their goals. I also believe that everyone can achieve a healthier life, no matter how busy they are, as long as they have guidance in setting their goals and focus so that they can work towards them in small steps, one day at a time, which truly works. A favorite part of my work is guiding clients to transform their bodies and their health through health coaching, personal training and yoga instruction, as it is such an amazing process to guide, support, watch and be a part of!”

The Modern Revolutionary: Delia Scales

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From Delia Scales

Her site contains blog posts talking about common problems in healthcare, and covers issues in the USA as much as Australia. The page ‘health technology’ features the health tech services, sorted by medical specialty. More are being added all the time.

In terms of solutions for Americans – this is a great organization that is working with employers in the US to get them at least 20% off their health care costs by cutting out the middle men.

Here are a few concierge medicine sites for people to look at and think about:

Here is a new type of health insurance that uses big data to get costs down while giving quality care

This is a pharmacy site that has been mentioned in several places as providing much cheaper medications

Here are just a few examples of health technology for two major diseases



Finally some humor!

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Kristal Garcia is a Self Love Coach, Transformational Speaker and Dream Facilitator. She is a survivor of covert sex trafficking and Human Rights Advocate of 20 years. As a former Dominatrix of 13 years Kristal Garcia is dedicated to raising awareness that BDSM is abuse and in this creating a listening for BDSM victims and survivors.


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The Modern Revolutionary: Adele Wang

1. Tell us a little about what you are trying to accomplish in the world. I am a storyteller and truth-teller. In our fast-paced modern world, people are yearning to reconnect to the energy, music and story of their spirit. I help people discover this part of themselves so they can be fully expressed and live their purpose in the world. When people are on purpose with their lives, stress and anxiety drop dramatically, and everything is much more fulfilling. Without it, stress remains high. I am trying to create a world where people are more naturally who they were before someone told them something else.

2. Tell us how you make people feel more connected and nourished. I lead people through experiences that enable them to get excited about being on planet Earth again, especially when everything has felt flat, meaningless and disconnected. Some of what I teach are specific embodiment and spiritual practices that work great for interviews, others are stories I like to share because people love stories for feeling connected and nourished. Sometimes I do intuitive readings on the air, if it is useful for the program. People are yearning to get out of the craziness of our modern life but they don’t always know what it is they are looking for. I help them find that so their lives can truly bloom with color, purpose and passion.

4. Where can people find out more about you. See all my social links here:

May 8, 2019

You know the song…

Don’t Worry

be happy.

You can find a Teeny Tiny Reminder to be happy here.


Monday night was my oldest daughter’s college Graduation. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree  – Cum Laude.

Her commencement speaker was columnist David Brooks. His speech was essentially excerpted from his new book: The Second Mountain.

I didn’t know he was going to be at the commencement. I happen to be a fan and long time reader. He made this interesting distinction in his talk (which prompted me to buy his book) about the difference between  joy and happiness. Here is an excerpt from his book:

Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.

And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.

I liked the way he illustrated the distinction between joy and happiness – saying the families felt joy for their loved ones graduating and the graduates felt happiness for their accomplishment.

As for myself, I hope to become one of those people that radiate joy. I am in pursuit. Working hard on who I am – not just what I do.

Pursuing joy in the Arizona desert,


The Handmade Charms Grow Grace Farms in Chandler, AZ!


We hand-stamp each one and send it with a hand-written note expressing our gratitude and wishing your life by full of grace.

You can purchase them here.



You can purchase them here.

We believe – as so many of you do – that food is either your safest medicine or slowest poison.

Grace Farms, in Chandler, AZ, created The Handmae Charms project.

The goal of this fundraising project is to raise money to build three things:

  1. A Small Scale Farm that will raise fruits, vegetables and livestock in an integrated manner.
  2. A Farm-To-Table Restaurant serving the food grown on-site.
  3. A venue to host special events designed to bring attention to the health benefits of eating properly grown local food.


You can also donate $3 to feed the chickens of Grace Farms here. 

The Modern Revolutionary: Tiffany Houston

The Modern Revolutionary: Tiffany Houston

Episode #10


About Tiffany Houston:

By age 15 I was 5’9” and 250 lbs and on my way to the grave if I didn’t make a change. Sounds dramatic but its true. So I began taking nutrition and weight lifting courses in high school to educate myself on living a well rounded healthy lifestyle. After high school I attended Arizona State University where I fell in love with group fitness and became an instructor. Fast-forward 10 years later and I am a healthy 160lbs. Along my weight loss journey I have helped 100’s of people change their lives and my goal is help and encourage as many people as possible. I understand the physical and mental journey one must go through to drastically change their life for the better and I am here to help!


Ways to connect with Tiffany Houston:

Social Media
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The Modern Revolutionary: Andy Petranek

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The Modern Revolutionary: Andy Petranek

Episode #9

Andy Petranek has been a health and fitness leader, inspirer, and coach for over 25 years. He was a United States Marine, a sponsored athlete (Red Bull) in the endurance, team, obstacle sport of adventure racing, founded one of the original 10 CrossFit Affiliates in the world, CrossFit Los Angeles, and is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, a world-wide, 6-week, online and in-your-life game you play with friends and family to address your daily habits and improve your long-term health & well-being.

Andy’s been largely responsible for nurturing the growth of the WLC from its inception to the global phenomenon it’s become today, with over 135,000 participants world-wide. He’s been repeatedly praised for his unique ability to inspire others to access their courage, joy, and community to “do the impossible.” He’s been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, and

Each week, thousands of people tune in to his podcast (Breaking Ordinary), where he talks to exceptional people about their experience and expertise in one of the WLC’s 7 Daily Habits – nutrition, mobility, exercise, sleep, hydration, well-being, reflection.


Learn more about the Whole Life Challenge here.

Throughout the Challenge, you’ll practice the 7 Daily Habits,

With the ultimate goal of incorporating them into your life.

We’ll focus on what you eat and drink, how you move, your sleep, and even your mental well-being,

Keeping you socially connected, self-aware, and more in control of your day-to-day. The end result of this effort can be profound, leaving you feeling rested, healthy, physically strong, and more open to new experiences.

You’ll keep score, but the power of the Challenge is not in the points.

Rather, it’s in the results that come from the 7 Habits working together to improve your days, your relationships, and your overall well-being — an effect that is best understood through experience.


Fin Andy’s book here:

Fire Your Gym! Simplified High-Intensity Workouts You Can Do At Home: A 9-Week Program–Fewer Injuries, Better Results

The Modern Revolutionary: Thomas Allen

The Modern Revolution

The Modern Revolutionary: Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen

Episode #8

Thomas Allen

Our stories make us unique.

Our stories awaken empathy

Our stories elect connection.

Thomas Allen is the Founder of S.Marlowe, a media agency that specializes in brand strategy, branded content and business development. He is also the director of “The Arena” a documentary series about courageous people who take their beliefs, talent and skill out into the world and create. Episodes are available here:

Thomas Allen: The Arena

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