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Episode # 140   Corey Glazier U Without Borders

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Today on The Inspiration Show, Natalie Ledwell speaks with creator of 'University Without Borders', Corey Glazier. Glazier has spent years increasing awareness for the 2 billion people living in extreme poverty around the world and his new project aims to educate volunteers to positively impact millions of lives worldwide. 'University Without Borders', is an online education program that will supply information to volunteers on how to improve healthcare, sanitation, nutrition, education, and overall business tactics in developing countries.

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Episode # 140 Corey Glazier U Without Borders

Natalie: Today on the show I'm speaking with Corey Glazier, and he's telling us about this incredible project which is Empowering People to make a difference all around the world. Stay tuned.

Hi I'm Natalie Ledwell and this is the Inspiration Show. And today I have a special guest that's returning to the show, Mr. Corey Glazier, how are you?

Corey: I'm doing awesome Natalie. I'm so happy to be here.

Natalie: Now it's probably been about a year since we spoke last from the show. And I know a lot of things have been happening for you in that time. But for those people haven't seen the previous show, can we just explain a little bit about your story, your journey and what your project is right now?

Corey: Sure, totally. You know there's a lot of people in the world that are really capable, that have become enrolled in helping in the extreme poverty, went to travel overseas, they figure out; "How can I be part of solving this problem?" and there's 2 billion people that live in extreme poverty. And I spent a couple of years in Kenya and so I deeply got connected to this issue and like so many others one of kind of, make of try to see what I can help to solve that. And these people are approaching this from creating innovative technologies to fund rising lots of money, and a lot of different angles. My angle specifically is... we have 1.6 million Americans that do sometimes international service every year. The problem is, most of those volunteers don't have any pertinent skills, or a training, so they find service opportunities online, they pay a service fee, they get plugged-in, they get go overseas and they get there and they find out that they don't really have anything meaningful to add to the community. Oftentimes they're adding... they are just doing labor, like a construction project or whatever. And the developing countries, the last thing they need are Free Labor because they've got plenty of the available labor...

Natalie: Exactly, yes!

Corey: So we don't need to go overseas and help depend the build or do anything that people couldn't do for themselves. So people oftentimes feel like they don't really have the value, they don't really make the impact to help. Having said that, there are really valuable programs that can totally transform the lives of the people, who are living in extreme poverty, we can work with communities and help them to improve their sanitation, we can teach women more about their bodies, their cycles and how they can be more hygienic and teach their children and we can work with farmers and help them improve their agriculture. There are really valuable programs that we can really be using to support people living in extreme poverty. The volunteer masters do know how to do these. And so we've developed an education program, called the "Universe without Orders" and our mission is to be able to help to train, empower this mass of international volunteers so that we can make them smarter, sharper, have more skills, have more information, so that when they plug-in to these international service programs, they have more to offer to the communities and if you kind of think for a second, if we could get a million or 2 million people to improve their capacity to serve a little bit, that huge leverage point, we could really have a big output down the road. So starting this Howman Education Company and really trying to be active in this conversation, we have to get responsible with international service, we have to make sure that we treat it as something where we recognize that people who live in extreme poverty, if we provide poor councilors, poor programs, that can cause a lot of problems and so we take it more seriously, we get trained, we get organized, we plug into that service program, and now our international service efforts can make a bigger impact. That's where my mission really lies.

Natalie: 'Coz that's the thing, I mean like there's no shortage of people who are willing to go over and help...

Corey: Totally.

Natalie: You know, but like you said, being able to actually go and make a difference. When I spoke to you last, this was kind of an idea that you are working on and you've been on quite a journey since then. I think I saw a video of you where you are living at your car for last year. You seem to put everything on the line, to get this project of the ground.

Corey: There's no doubt about that. So little bit of history, myself and some close friends, and mine, started a non-profit organization about 4 years ago now. We ran that for 3 years, and in that organization we did community development projects that are where learned about community development, that's where I lived with communities that lived in poverty and deep in my understanding there. And I recognized the world need not just an organization to do that work, because there are thousands of these organizations. And what the world need was what I mentioned before, some type of support to that industry with all the training and that kind of stuff. So I stepped away from the non-profit organization to start this new company which is THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT BORDERS and I just gave it my all. And I raised a little bit of investment capital about a year ago and in efforts of working round the clock, not taking any other work, projects, not wanting to get distracted at all, I've been living out of my car working in 60-70 hours a week from libraries, and coffee shops, and resting in restaurants overnight, sleeping out of my car and crashing in friends' beds, couches or whatever traveling around and just kind of putting all... going all in if you will. And in that time, we built a foundation; we got a lot of stuff figured-out for what this company used to be. And then recently, we've developed this first educational model for the launching, shortly, it might have been able... by the time this is airing. Humans Developing 101 and that's a general training for anyone who's in international service. So when that goes live, then we can start to get people through these programs or we could just start to generate revenue and things kind of shift and take a little bit new, a new direction but getting into this point... I mean I mean any, yourself, or anyone whose watching has been in a start-up phase. Sometime it's just, sacrifice, and ambergris and burning the midnight candle, that's what it takes to really start something from scratch.

Natalie: And your project is such a, such a needed project that can understand how, kind of, when we first... Mind Movies, you know lot of peoples shared their stories like; we just leave it in a bedroom , we just like you know, we got to bed, and the we wake up, get again on the keyboard. It was crazy but, but when it's something that's so bigger than you, and something's gonna give such a massive difference, I'm thinking that it's the motivation that keeps you going through that.

Corey: It's all those things right, it's the drive that is something that is needed you know and it's also the thing that I find joy, it's my profession, it's my hobby, it's my service and contribution, it's everything all bundled into one.

Natalie: Yeah, perfect. Ok so tell me, I know that the project that you're working on, you're training paper, I mean what are the goals here? How many people are you trying to rise? What it is, or the number you wanna work with. What differences that you're trying to make happen?

Corey: Awesome, thank you. There's tons of people out there that get excited about this buzz phrase, you know, we wanna teach them how to fish, not to give them fish, or we wanna give a hand-up not a hand-out. So that sounds really nice, were like; "Oh yeah, that's what we really wanna do!" But people don't actually know what that means and so, you don't have like... ok! So what? So what are we to do with that? Well, that's exactly trainings are designed to do, to teach them exactly what it means, to teach them how to fish rather than give them the fish, exactly what it means to give a hand-up, not a hand-out. and so our course is designed to return it, a person's paradigm around, that our objectives as an international player, or an outsider coming in to serve the community, isn't to give them things, build things for them, answer their problems, tell them to think about that, but to come in and serve as a friend, and as a facilitator, to support community members and community leaders to think about the right things, ask themselves the right questions, and then get connected to like, proven solutions to those problems, as I've mentioned, couple of problems before. So, our goal is to be able to get, tens of thousands of people through this training programs and that's a couple of years and then hope for a scale from there, and what more? So that with these projects that are all over the world, and in East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, Central America, South America, South-East Asia, The Pacific Islands and all these in the world, now we can start to populate those projects with people that understand the principles of making the world a better place for people, that can bring in best practices and bringing proven matrices. And these volunteers can serve as an ambassador to all these messages, so you don't gotta go on volunteering for these organizations, the organizations of self might not be in best practices, and now we can start to like, spread the message, massage the industry, get more and more people to elevate their understanding of what really works, how to really give a hand-up and not a hand-out. So we will see how all that take place. So as far as numbers go definitely... were at tens and thousands of people through these programs and those tens of thousands of people as they continue to spread will have an impact to millions of people that live in extreme poverty as the chain of reaction kind of continues. And just so you know and anyone else, this is... I didn't just make up this information that were trained, what I've been doing for the last couple of years is synthesizing a lot of authors, and a lot of professionals who's been doing this for decades and so all that we've done, is just pulled there in information out of the really you know, thick 300-page documents, yes, that nobody else wants to go through and we've pulled that all together into, this product which is a 10-hour video train which is pretty, palpable and adjustable that anyone, whether there's super industry or just curious to check it out will be totally be able to grasp the concepts, and be positioned to apply those concepts. And then in the months to come, we will be developing some additional modules that will add even more information and definitely more skills and capacities.

Natalie: Right, and so do you also give information like, once we have people who have these skills, and they are like, "I wanna go and help." How do they know where to go?

Corey: Right. So right now, that's the question that hundreds of people come across and so their best answer is just to Google, and then, what happens is the organizations that are most profit-oriented are also the organizations that are best marketers, so then they find these organizations online, that they wanna volunteer with, and a lot of them don't really have the best interest of the volunteers or communities in mind because they 're profit-oriented organizations, they just wanna click the trend, the service fee. So part of our program is connecting to networks of organizations that are doing effective, the technical term is Human-centered development which means, they focus on developing people, not just developing things and stuff, and then helping our students to get connected to this network. Which is really rewarding because everybody wins? The volunteer wins, the organizations that need volunteers that has specific training, they win, the community members who are, who are in just certain degree, benefited interacting with these organizations, they win cause they've got real service that they really added the value, not just like contrive services, it's really, it's fun. I'm kind of a systems-thinker, you know, it's been very enjoyable to spend a couple of years deep into this conversation and from a systems-thinking perspective, ok as you mentioned earlier, we've got a lot of passion, we've got time, we've got people that are willing to dedicate money, and a lot of it is falling fairly pertinent, as well as adding real impacts. So, how do we come in and shift things a little bit? That's exactly what our conversation is, so Universe without Borders is one piece of an equation that now, ok now that we've got reliable and standardized training, we can start to shift things. And that positioned us to also like, to move some other things around so we can just constantly work towards our ultimate mission which is to convert that passion into real impact.

Natalie: Right, well. And really we are talking about any age can go through the modules, and these are all delivered online right?

Corey: It is all delivered online, our average persons would that kind of, that college student or that graduate student, that wants to incorporate an international service opportunity, it's like to study abroad or like, 3-month kind of thing or there's a lot of folks in Europe that's pretty worked and it's been for a year, and a gap to be able to do massive international service. But there is an increasing number of like 40 something that wanted to take a break from work, retirees that, they went through their whole work career with this idea that, "when we retire, then we can be cable to give back" you kind of that thing. We wanna support them, so it really crosses these whole demographic, lots of types of people that are interested in this episode.

Natalie: Fantastic, it's awesome. So if people wanna find out more about you and the project and how they can get their hands on this information, where can we send them?

Corey: Just Uwithoutborders.com

Natalie: The letter "u"

Corey: The letter "u" withoutborders.com. It's kind of fun, its universe without borders but for short, it's U without Borders. It's kind of; you can play with that yourself. So yes, it's just Uwithoutborders.com and they can some more of our videos that read some of our education programs and I'd be so grateful if people would check it out, send us feedback, what is now they're thinking, there's people all over the world who wanna do this and we wanna hear from them so that we know what questions they need to have answer to feel comfortable to get involved. Because we wanna do 2 things simultaneously, we want to let people know that irresponsible volunteerism is something that we need to stop doing, but there's this huge space for responsible volunteerism and so trying to sniff out that sort of things and really trying to support these other things. There are these people that could have been spending the last couple of decades wanting to do international service but they might never have felt that there is a real legitimate credible way to go out and do that. So we're saying that there really is... any individual has a lot, that they can really add to fight against poverty if they go through it the right way.

Natalie: Exactly and the cool thing about being delivered online is it doesn't matter where on the world you are, you know, you could be in Australia, you could be in UK, you could be in Europe, you could be anywhere and this information applies to anything.

Corey: And even just again, the online component, if we are doing this as alive, if you wanted to fly in for a training in somewhere, in Los Angeles, or in New York, wherever, it's really expensive, so by being able to do the whole thing through online video, it's really inexpensive and its really affordable so that, that cost wouldn't be a burden entry to learn this really important stuff.

Natalie: Yeah, fantastic. Now guys, you can also click on the banner on the side to go straight to The Corey's site.

Corey: Awesome.

Natalie: So thank you for joining me Corey.

Corey: That is always my pleasure. Thank you so much.

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