Episode 21 | Why It’s Good for Society When You Do Your Thing!

Show Summary

“Why does our society become a better place as a result of you doing your thing?” It’s a question Ross always asks to our first-half guests. Episode 21 hones in on the rationale behind that question, and explores the economic reasons why it is good for society when individuals possess the liberty to specialize by doing their thing. In the first half of the show, Ross speaks with architect, designer, and artist Katie Donahue about how and why she’s living out her passions and improving lives across the globe as a result. In the second half of the show, Ross discusses five reasons why society benefits when individuals specialize in doing their thing with economist Dr. Larry Kaufmann.

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Check out these pictures highlighting some of Katie Donahue’s projects!


The Pulp Canopy


The Pulp Wall


Building a school in Nepal

Katie Donahue

KatieDonahueKatie Donahue is an architect, designer and artist whose work centers around urbanism, business strategy and humanitarianism. Her interest in the way people interact with their surroundings and with one another drives her passion for projects that are either very large in scale or very small in scale, ranging from skyscrapers to handheld objects. She currently works as an Associate for Handel Architects in New York City. Independently, she is the director of MYKA Works, a not-for profit she founded for design research and experimentation. Her most recent project, The Pulp Canopy, was created after discovering that many big businesses discard mass quantities of partial rolls of toilet paper (it’s cheaper to throw them out and replace them than it is to pay for labor to check them more often). Over a thousand rolls of discarded, perfectly good toilet paper were transformed into a new architectural material to create a 70 foot canopy in the Boston Space Gallery. In fall of 2016, this will be transformed into The Pulp Kaleidoscope, a new exhibition and permanent piece for the Boston Children’s Museum.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University. She received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for the class of 2013, completed the Real Estate Diversity Initiative program through the Urban Land Institute of Colorado, and has had her work featured in various design publications. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Architecture for Humanity-Denver and was named 2014 Young Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects of Colorado.

Katie’s “Must Read” Books: Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss | Drive by Daniel Pink

Connect with Katie: Katie Gail Donahue (LinkedIn)

Economist Dr. Larry Kaufmann

LarryKaufmannDr. Larry Kaufmann is a proven intellectual entrepreneur who developed an international economic consulting practice focused on implementing performance-based reforms of regulated industries. After graduating with a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1993, Dr. Kaufmann has managed consulting projects in 14 countries, communicated his findings to nontechnical audiences in hundreds of client studies and reports, and provided expert witness testimony over 40 times on a variety of economic topics.

In recent years, Dr. Kaufmann has written extensively on economic and political issues. His written work has been featured in National Review, The American Thinker, and Isthmus Newspaper. Additionally, in 2012, Dr. Kaufmann was a member of the first graduating class of the Atlas Leadership Academy, a program designed by the Atlas Network to train think tank leaders. He was the only American to graduate from the program in 2012.

Dr. Kaufmann now resides in Austin, Texas, where he continues his consulting practice.

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