Marika Anthony-Shaw is Founder and CEO of Plus 1.
Plus 1 is revolutionizing philanthropy and creating new avenues for social and civic engagement through music. By connecting artists, fans and organizations, Plus 1 amplifies collective impact and shows how small actions can lead to change - namely consistent, sustainable and substantive change.
If Marika looks familiar to you, you may recognize her as the Viola-weilding touring member of Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire. For nine years, Marika played her heart out while simultaneously directing and managing the band’s philanthropy and community outreach. During our conversation, Marika will share how she and her fellow band members experienced the incredible energy of thousands of people coming together as well as how they chose to harness and channel it for social good.
Captured by the potential of Plus 1 and guided by her musical colleagues and mentor Dr. Paul Farmer, a founder of Partners in Health, Marika dedicated herself to building an independent organization. Plus 1 was founded in 2013. From a small office in Montréal, she and her team empower other artists to partner with their fans to drive awareness, advocacy, and resources for organizations doing proven, measurable work to address inequity and injustice; repair and preserve our planet; and provide sustainable access to healthcare, food supply, education, equal protection under law and within society for all human beings.
On the personal-front, Marika's also a strong, whipsmart, and funny working mom and wife. She shares some successes and challenges in trying to keep it all together, especially when she's feeling like it's anything but together. With humor and stories, Marika offers some amazing perspective for the Pinterest-induced imposters and the overwhelmed modern women among us.
Outside of work, Marika sits on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health Canada, and on the PIH Board of Trustees in Boston as a volunteer. She frequently speaks about the power of collective impact and philanthropy in the arts, including appearances at C2 Montreal, the Forbes Under 30 Summit, and universities and engagements around the world.
Learn more about Marika and her incredible work at Plus 1 here.
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Selected link love and resources from the episode
- Connect with Marika of Plus 1 on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire (who educated the rest of the band about Haiti)
- James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and the Shut Up and Dance documentary referenced
- Dr. Paul Farmer and Partners in Health (Check out what they are making happen.)
- The Brock Turner case and organizations like Project Callisto, using tech to combat sexual assault on college campuses
- Local Natives
- Marcus Paquin (recording producer, husband to Marika, and dad)
- Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth (Zen children's book)
- Megan Lawson's fabulous Instagram account for inspiration
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes, questions considered + other nuggets from the episode
- How ideas can get crushed a.k.a. how you can get mired before a single action takes place
- How proof of concept is important
- On not dabbling in a value system: It's difficult to be congruent. That's where the power comes in.
- What social good can come out of shared compassion?
- It's not always pretty. You have to get close to this stuff.
- We need a functioning pro-people health system.
- On taking action: I don't believe one can unlearn. You have to be really active to unlearn the things you see or bear witness to.
- The importance of fundamentally understanding other peoples' needs
- The concept & power of accompaniment
- Compassion is not difficult.
- The dual challenge and liberation of transitioning from Arcade Fire Marika to Plus One Marika
- The catalytic power of saying I told people I was gonna.
- Jalapeños and jelly beans?
- On the importance of compassionate naysayers and anchors: I love a challenging and critical conversation.
- The rally cry of the humble and hardworking worker: It just needs to get done.
- A tiny baby, a tiny startup and a tour? The pressures of being a working mom
- On holding it all together as a working mom: Today, I was a bad mom and a bad worker. I did neither of those two things I was trying to do well.
- On not falling into the "Perfect" Mom vortex: My process is still in-process. [Kara note: She uses unconventional data. I deeply love this.]
- Why does Marika always wear the blue dress? (Ok, also unwinding outside voices, the achiever complex, and internet trolling)
- I love systems.
- On what modern women can give more of a shit about: That our voices are smart, hilarious, and true, and worthy.
- On what modern women can less of a shit about: Being careful with being competitive with each other.
- On modern women celebrating differences among each other: We're not the same. Great. Move on.
- And you will absolutely not want to miss the incredibly inspiring message (ok, mic drop) Marika has for Le vital corps Salon listeners.
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