Sunday, June 19, 2016

Della Z is now producing Upstream!

Della Z is now producing interviews and radio documentaries through the Upstream podcast. Please visit to check out her latest work!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Episode Twenty-Two - Dr. Ha Vinh Tho

In this interview, we hear from Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, the Program Development Coordinator of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. Tho is also the founder and chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a humanitarian NGO,  a visiting fellow at several universities and a Buddhist teacher in the Tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism, who was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. We speak about the history and meaning of the Gross National Happiness Index and how it can be a better index for measuring happiness, health, and wellbeing in a country. For more information, visit Dr. Tho's blog and Bhutan's Gross National Happiness website.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Episode Twenty-one -Inez Aponte

In this interview, we hear from Inez Aponte, the founder of Growing Good Lives, an organization dedicated to bringing about a socially and environmentally just economic system by putting values, needs, and wellbeing at the heart of economic development work. Inez is a storyteller, facilitator and community organizer who uses the Human Scale Development Approach in her workshops and seminars. We talked about how she came to do this work, why we need a different way of talking about the economy, and the role of story and language in encouraging lasting behavior change.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Episode Twenty- Robin Murray

Below is an interview with Robin Murray, a prolific industrial and environmental economist who was a key player in the birth of the fair trade movement. He has alternated working for innovative economic programs in local, regional, and national governments, with academic teaching and writing. His recent work focuses on new waste and energy systems and on projects in the social economy. In this interview, he describes his life as an economist, gives us a detailed alternative economic history from World War Two to the present, and describes hopeful signs of the emergence of the new economy especially in relation to connectivity and cooperation. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Episode Nineteen- Jane Baraz

In this interview, we hear from Jane Baraz, a mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher and leader in the Bay Area and beyond. We spoke about her personal relationship to Buddhism, the benefits to practicing mindfulness, and the classes and programs that Jane teaches both locally and abroad. Jane also gifted us with a highly-portable activity that we can utilize any time called a "Self-Compassion Break." Jane is currently in the Heavenly Messengers Program Spirit Rock and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland. Jane also enjoys teaching Awakening Joy workshops with her husband, James Baraz, in California and internationally. To get in touch with Jane to learn about upcoming classes and workshops, e-mail her at 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Episode Eighteen-Pamela Weiss

In this interview, we hear from Pamela Weiss, a Buddhist Meditation Teacher, Coach, and the Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response. Pamela leads us in a guided meditation, shares her experiences as a female Buddhist teacher and business owner, and discusses her intention to empower more authentic leaders in our world. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Episode Seventeen- MJ Jones

In this interview, we hear from MJ Jones, a Black queer and genderqueer writer, musician, activist, and educator based in Oakland. They currently write for Everyday Feminism, are an active member of multiple Black and queer-led direct action groups, and work in the field of higher education as a tool of liberation. We spoke about issues of racial equity, queer and trans* liberation struggles, and intersections of identity.