Dangerous Vision with Randy Cohen

Ever wonder what it would be like to be blind in a sighted world? On Dangerous Vision, host Randy Cohen, a blind Harvard Business School professor, learns how other blind people “do blind”, navigating their way over and around obstacles and barriers with white canes, guides dogs and technologies that will blow your mind. Randy, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, loves to learn and talk and he applies all of his professorial skills that reveal remarkable insights about what it’s like to be blind.

Washington State's Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib, has made a fast ascent in the world of politics, quickly climbing the rungs of political power--becoming lieutenant governor by the age of 35.  

His ascent impressed people all the more because of his disability. At the age of 8, he lost his sight: A rare cancer forced the removal of both of his retinas. He attended Columbia University. He won a Rhodes scholarship. He graduated from Yale Law. “From Braille to Yale” was how he described this journey.  Last month Habib, now 38, announced that instead of being on the ballot in November for a second term as lieutenant governor, he would soon leave office to become a Roman Catholic priest.

In the final episode of Season 1 of Dangerous Vision Randy and Cyrus talk about this unique career change and  current events that continue to shape our country.  

To Learn More about Cyrus Habib 

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib: Why I am giving up elected office and joining the Jesuits

Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will not seek re-election in order to join the Jesuits

A Politician Takes a Sledgehammer to His Own Ego

 

 

 

 

 

This edition of Dangerous Vision dives deep into the science of music.  Randy's guest is Byron Walker from Standford's CCRMA Listening Room. What changes in a musician's brain after hours and years of daily practice? How do skills that make a great violinist transfer to other abilities? Can directed neuroplasticity be used to target skill learning?  Byron's knowledge of gaming as a science as directed his passion for creating videogames that are strictly audio.  Byron calls them audio games though, given there's technically no visual component!

Team See Possibilities is accepting applications for the second round of TSP Scholars. 

• Up to a $5,000 scholarship

• Mentorship through personal interaction with world-class professionals who are vision-impaired

• Peer-to-peer connection through a private group with like-minded vision-impaired Scholars 

For more information and to apply, click here

http://www.teamseepossibilities.com/become-a-scholar.html

Dan Berlin is a successful entrepreneur and endurance athlete who happens to be blind.  After more than 12 years of working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company which sold to Archer-Daniels-Midland Company in 2018, and subsequently exited as CEO at age 48.  In addition to serving on several non-profit boards, he is a co-founder and President of Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which empowers young people with vision loss to thrive by providing scholarship and mentorship to high achieving college students who are vision impaired.  He also enjoys taking on epic endurance challenges around the world, challenging the perception of what a person with vision loss is capable of achieving.  Dan was the first blind runner to complete the 46-mile rim to rim to rim run across the Grand Canyon and back, and has subsequently run over a dozen marathons, Ironman triathlons, as well as trail-ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia, and New Zealand. Dan’s passion is finding and uplifting ability in himself and others. 

To learn more about Team See Possibility Scholarships and how to apply click here:

http://www.teamseepossibilities.com/become-a-scholar.html

Or have questions for Dan email

hello@teamseepossibilities.com

Applications are live from March 2-April 30th 2020

Innovation comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages.  Meet Matthew Shifrin.  As a 13 year he wanted to do one simple thing--build legos from the directions lego provided. The directions are pictures of each step, pictures that are not accessible.  In this episode of Dangerous Vision host, Randy Cohen asks Matthew how he got the company to do something about this problem. Today Matthew is a college at the New England Conservatory of Music majoring in contemporary Improvision. Matthew is a countertenor and an accomplished accordion player. This is one Dangerous Vision you must listen to. For more information go to mabvi.org.  Book mentioned:

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

   By Chris Voss

 

As the president and chief executive officer of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Kirk Adams is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is committed to creating a more inclusive, accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss.

Randy Cohen jumps into the alphabet soup once again to find out how this AFB is different from NFB (National Federation of the Blind) and ACB (American Council of the Blind). Randy and Kirk talk about research, policy, and creating an app to navigate public bathrooms. What is the novel that they both are reading and love? Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.  For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/

 

 

At the age of 45, San Fransicso architect Chris Downey lost his sight.  It was dramatic and sudden yet it didn't alter Chris's chosen profession.  In fact, Chris thinks he is a better architect because he designs with inclusion in mind.  In this episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy and Chris talk about how an architect without sight designs, he experiences the building in a much different manner, ie feeling parts of the building and hearing other parts. From loss of sight came a new perspective and the discovery of Outsights – lessons learned that form an expanded vision for architectural work, research, service, and talks.

Chris's top tech go-to piece continues to be his iPhone as well as Aira. 

Chris has designed 

The new Lighthouse for the Blind's new building

The Salesforce Transit Center

Sustainability Pavilion UAE

For more information visit The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

 

 

Part 2 of Randy's conversation with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck passes between basketball and blindness.  Wyc's candid conversation shares the human sides of Celtics legends Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.  However, he shares his most touching story about his son, Campbell.  (this is at 30:20). There is much about Wyc that isn't talked about here but is worth noting. 

1. The French Lick Band.  

2. Wyc and his wife Emilia own a Tequila brand named Cincoro with other NBA superstars/owners including  Michael Jordan, Jeanie Buss, and Wes Edens. 

3. Wyc is chair of the board for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.   

This is the second part of a two-part episode with Wyc.  For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/ 

There are few men in the Boston area who have done as much for the blind community than NBA Celtics owner and philanthropist Wyc Grousbeck.  While he is a high profile owner of an NBA team it is clear from this conversation he is a devoted and loving father. In mid-November, at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston, Dangerous Vision hosted a LIVE  conversation between host Randy Cohen and Wyc Grousbeck.

Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired Sassy Outwater-Wright welcomed the audience mainly from the blind community by saying "there is no right way to do blind. The Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired or MABVI is here to support you where you are in your journey." She went on to say there are many voices in the blind community and this is one of the reasons why she loves the podcast, there is room for discussion and dialogue. 

This is the first part of a two-part episode with Wyc.  For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/ 

In the latest episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy Cohen talks with Marla Runyan,  a former world-class American track and field athlete and marathon runner who is legally blind. At age nine, she was diagnosed with Stargardts disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss.

Randy and Marla talk about running, determination, and reinvention.  Her running career is impressive.  Today Marla is Para Athlete Manager at the Boston Athletic Association. The B.A.A., established in 1887, is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running, known for the Boston Marathon. For more information visit  www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision

 

 

Randy Cohen and Fernando Albertorio have a lot in common. Both are connected to Harvard and MIT, both have an entrepreneurial spirit, and both are living with vision loss. Randy lives with retinitis pigmentosa and Fernando with albinism. Fernando talks about growing up in Puerto Rico with this condition, the valuable lessons he learned from his father, and his mother's indomitable personality. Fernando creates products that enhance people's lives, as the CEO of the Sunu Band.
Designed for when you can’t easily use sight or due to a vision impairment, Sunu Band enables you to walk and travel with confidence. Sunu Band is the only smart-band that guides your way around obstacles. It uses sonar or echolocation to detect objects up to 16 feet or 5.5 meters away. For more information visit www.mabvi.org/resources/dangerous-vision/

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