MMA fighter Justin Wren is on a mission with Water4 to help fight against the global water crisis

MMA fighter Justin Wren is on a mission with Water4 to help fight against the global water crisis

Jared Talavera

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Justin and the Mbuti Pygmies celebrating the installation of a new water well. Photo credit: Water4

Justin Wren, also known as by The Big Pygmy, is truly an amazing human being. He has gone from fighting against people in UFC and The Ultimate Fighter to fighting for people in the Congo to have access to clean water.

In this interview, Justin and I spoke about:

  • His MMA career
  • Marrying his wife Emily at a surprise wedding
  • His humanitarian work with Water4 and Fight for the Forgotten
  • How he and Water4 worked with communities to decrease slavery in the Congo
  • The importance of living to love people.

Enjoy! Continue reading “MMA fighter Justin Wren is on a mission with Water4 to help fight against the global water crisis”

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“Your first breath took ours away”: The science behind the lifetime promotion of motherhood

“Your first breath took ours away”: The science behind the lifetime promotion of motherhood

Jared Talavera

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Photo credit: Dakota Corbin

A woman becoming a mother is a powerful force. According to science, parenthood is one of the most challenging normative developmental life stages.

Even in developed countries, such as Australia, motherhood can be challenging. I remember meeting a poverty-stricken young mother. She was a single mother with little financial resources and her first baby was due in a few months. Continue reading ““Your first breath took ours away”: The science behind the lifetime promotion of motherhood”

People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

I had the pleasure of interviewing bionic actress Angel Giuffria about growing up without a left arm, biomechatronics, acting, discrimination and her research in psychology.

She was such a lovely person to interview. We shared plenty of laughs and nerdy talk about prosthetic limb technology. There are also beautiful moments where the interview becomes more personal and emotive.

Enjoy! Continue reading People with prosthetic limbs can be actors too. Just ask Hollywood bionic actress Angel Giuffria.

How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible

How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible

Kids are attracted to all sorts of things in life. Whether it’s ballet or soccer or painting or whatever. Kids with disabilities are the same way. I think kids with special needs deserve the same opportunities because you never know what could spark from somebody. Continue reading How this ballet school is making a difference in the lives of typical and special needs kids is incredible