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42. Reimagining Equitable & Prosperous Communities… & Then Making Them, with Jordan Davis
Episode 4226th October 2020 • Gravity • Brett Kaufman
00:00:00 01:10:20

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How do you do something that’s never been done before?

It’s a difficult question to answer, no matter what problem you’re trying to solve, but Jordan Davis has managed to pull it off over and over again, from kickstarting the Smart Columbus initiative to incepting Can't Stop Columbus.

Jordan also went through a unique and traumatic adolescent experience that helped shape her perspective and instilled in her a drive that very few people have: for every year from 9th grade to sophomore year in college, she lost someone important to her. It was incredibly traumatic, but coming together with her community gave her much-needed support — and it taught her that all you need to solve a problem is community buy-in and support.

What Brett asks:

  • [08:15] How did growing up surrounded by unconditional love help shape your life?
  • [14:50] From 9th grade to sophomore year in college, you lost someone important to you every year?
  • [18:45] When experiencing tragedy as a kid, did you allow yourself to feel it or were you spiritually bypassing?
  • [22:33] Tell me more about the experience of distrusting faith after being raised religiously
  • [33:10] How do you get such a clear vision of what needs to happen and then actually make it happen when what you’re trying to do hasn’t been done before?
  • [39:30] How difficult is it to get people on board to make things happen that have never happened before, especially as a young woman?
  • [45:17] Let’s talk about the Columbus Partnership and Smart Columbus
  • [56:55] What does the future look like for Jordan?
  • [59:15] Tell us a little bit about Can’t Stop CBUS

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