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John Trybus

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Students received instruction on how to create a podcast and utilize the medium as a tool for reflection as opposed to only focusing on the technical aspects. They also did so with only a short amount of instruction.


Professor John D. Trybus is the executive director of Georgetown’s Center for Social Impact Communication within the School of Continuing Studies. He teaches social impact related classes across the University. Before Georgetown, he had the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the one and only Dr. Jane Goodall among other roles. He traveled with the chimpanzee expert and United Nations Messenger of Peace around the world for four years helping her to spread a message of peace and hope among hundreds of thousands of people. To say the experience was life changing and informed how he looked at the world is the definition of an understatement. 

The Hopecast Assignment

In their Hopecast, graduating seniors reflected upon Dr. Jane Goodall's life story and philosophy of hope. In so doing, they also contemplated their own and how they will live a life that embraces the notion and action-orientation of hope as they leave Georgetown University. Utilizing Jane's five reasons for hope and the notion of a 'just community,' students developed their reasons for hope they will employ in life.


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The assignment was an opportunity to synthesize all of our learnings on three levels: what I learned about Dr. Goodall and her story after reading her autobiography "Reasons for Hope"...
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To culminate my time in Professor Trybus's class "The Jane Goodall Rules" I created this podcast that mimics Jane Goodall's own podcast - "The Hopecast" - where she reflects on her life journey and accomplishments that have been largely fueled by hope.
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In our world today, it can seem silly and tremendously difficult to remain hopeful. But what does hope even mean?
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In learning about Jane Goodall's life story and her reasons for hope, I structured my own reason for hope.