Over the past year, DIALOG principal, Craig Applegath has been planning, organizing and interviewing in preparation to launch his Twenty-First Century Imperative podcast. We’re immensely proud of Craig, and his tireless efforts to make this world a better place. This podcast will be a must-listen for anyone concerned about the future of our planet.

The podcast launches on the winter solstice – December 21! Bookmark the Twenty-First Century Imperative website: to access all new episodes.

The Twenty-First Century Imperative is a podcast series that explores the approaches and insights of scientists, planners, designers, engineers, business entrepreneurs, politicians and other successful change-makers, who are finding smart, effective ways to answer the three critical challenges of the Twenty-First Century Imperative:

  1. How will we continue to live on our planet without destroying our biosphere?
  2. How will we repair and regenerate the environmental damage we have already caused?
  3. How will we adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change?

Each episode will feature an interview with a person who Craig thinks you will find not only inspiring, but also very relevant to helping you answer the question: “What can I do to address the Twenty-First Century Imperative?”

It’s been a lot of work, and a lot of fun! I’ve had the chance to interview some tremendously smart and thoughtful people who are making a real difference in the world, and to learn a lot about how to produce a podcast.

-Craig Applegath


Craig’s first interview will be with Jeff Schnurr, the Chairman of Community Forests International (also known as CFI), and more recently, the CEO of Jaza Energy.

Jeff Schnurr (Centre) in Pemba, Tanzania

Jeff has a compelling story. After graduating from high school, he traveled in over 35 countries before landing in Tanzania, East Africa, where he began the tree planting initiative that grew into Community Forests International – CFI. Starting with the dream of making conservation a rural livelihood, Jeff has spread the techniques of forest restoration around the globe and CFI has planted over a million-and-a-half trees in Pemba.

In 2010, Jeff was named one of Canada’s Top 10 volunteers by the CBC and Manulife. More recently, Jeff launched Jaza Energy, an energy-tech start-up in East Africa to build a network of renewable energy hubs in communities beyond the electrical grid. Each hub will provide affordable and reliable access to electricity in up to one hundred households.

In the first episode interview, Craig talked with Jeff about how he started a sustainable forest NGO; how he sees his role as someone on the front lines of environmental harm reduction, regeneration, and climate adaptation; and what advice he would have for someone setting out to make a difference.

You can Craig’s interview with Jeff on first episode of his podcast, with new podcasts posted on the 21st of each month. Craig would love your feedback, and your suggestions for more people doing their part for the Twenty-first Century Imperative.

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