At Scrappy, we believe small entities can do big things. We tell and share the stories of small businesses and nonprofits working to reshape the landscape of their community, their industry, and even the world.
Learn from the inspirational stories of these unsung heroes: how they solve problems, recover from failure, and find success against all odds.
In every episode, host Chris Straigis talks with a visionary who is making big strides to reshape the landscape of their community, their industry or even the world. It’s about business owners, community leaders and movers-and-shakers realizing their dreams, in spite of limited resources and significant barriers – with a little creativity and a whole lot of grit. You’ll hear about where they got their “big idea”, how they keep pushing in the face of adversity, and even how they’ve failed along the way.
Four words written on a piece of paper: “shelter, warm, comfort, dignity.” This is where ShelterBox began. Tom Henderson, the original founder of ShelterBox, turned with his idea to his... Listen Scrappy: ShelterBox
In the mid- 1980’s, Debra Ruh was nurturing a successful career in the banking industry and looking forward to starting a family. But in 1987, her path took an unexpected... Listen Scrappy: Ruh Global Impact
Staci Tinkelman and Becky Pyles realized early in the Covid-19 pandemic that masks were going to become a critical need – not just for front-line medical staff, but for the... Listen Scrappy: Everyday Masks
Hani White’s mother and grandmother made sure that cooking was a family event as she grew up near Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. For them, cooking was a shared... Listen Scrappy Episode 9: Feed the Barrel
Growing up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, the beach was David Katz’s playground; and his father, a merchant marine and craftsman, would take the young David on adventures... Listen Scrappy Episode 6: Plastic Bank
Even as a young schoolgirl, Mary Seton Corboy took her dissent from the norm rather seriously. In class, she would lead rebellions from atop her desk and build consensus in... Listen Scrappy Episode 5: Greensgrow
Julie and Scott Brusaw met when they were just kids, hiding behind their mothers’ legs as they were introduced to each other, neighbors in a new development in Southern California.... Listen Scrappy Episode 4: Solar Roadways
As a young boy growing up on Long Island, New York, Richard Bronson was mainly interested in reading and writing. He was even the editor of his high school newspaper.... Listen Scrappy Episode 1: 70 Million Jobs