Many Lives Many Masters


Airdate: August 22, 2018

Amy Aussieker is executive director of Envision Charlotte, a public-private collaboration leading an effort to make the City of Charlotte a global Smart City. Before joining Envision Charlotte, Amy served as a strategic consultant for businesses in marketing, fundraising, social media and public relations. She served as a business development and community affairs executive with a commercial construction company and as Group Vice President for Sales and Marketing for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for leadership, fundraising and community relations. She has started multiple businesses, including FABO Coffee Art Bar and Tank*s Tap Craft Beer Bar. Amy earned a B.A. in Communications from Purdue University. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in smart cities, circular economies, idea generation, reincarnation and evolving over many lives.


  • Amy explains Envision Charlotte, its two buckets of projects, and how it goes about its work.

  • She talks about changing consumer behaviors in the land of plenty, the relationship between Envision Charlotte and Duke Energy, and what makes a smart city.

  • She explains the Innovation Barn, waste streams and the circular economy.

  • Amy reflects on growing up in Indiana and a defining family experience.

  • She discusses changing her major at Purdue University, being a social director, moving to Atlanta, and finding her way to Charlotte.

  • Amy shares her entrepreneurial ventures and what comes up when her name is Googled.

  • She reveals what is at the deep core of her curiosity, what comforts her, evolving as a soul, and the life lessons she is re-learning.

  • Amy identifies the book that rocked her world.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Reincarnation Once Again

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.