Sponsor the Please Speak Freely podcast!

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, Founder of Development Without Limits, interviews leaders in youth development and education to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Examples of Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Dr. Pedro Noguera of New York University
  • Karen Pittman of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Tony Smith, (now former) Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Author of Finnish Lessons and international education expert

Reach a targeted group of engaged education and youth development professionals! Launched in July 2011, Please Speak Freely already has over 150,000 downloads and over 2300 subscribers on iTunes, as well as many downloads from other sources. PSF is also actively promoted by others in the field (including Afterschool Alliance, Forum for Youth Investment, Harvard’s PEAR Center, LA’s BEST and Afterschool All-Stars) and featured guests (for example, PSF guest Alfie Kohn has over 23,000 followers on Twitter).

What you get:

  • 60 seconds of audio announcement within each podcast, featuring your products, sales and other activities.
  • A clickable hot link from within the podcast itself to your website.
  • A text announcement  & sponsor “thank you” which appears on the Please Speak Freely website and in iTunes.
  • A hot link and “thank you” in the email announcing the podcast release, sent to over 2,300 members of the youth development industry.
  • Podcast fans are significantly more affluent than the general population.
  • Podcast fans are rapidly tuning away from traditional media and “interruption” advertising models.
  • Over 30% of audio podcast users say they *enjoy* the advertising in podcasts. By comparison, only 6% say the same of TV and radio.
  • Over 70% of active podcast listeners are receptive to sponsorship messages in podcasts.
  • Unlike most other media, podcasts are timeless and always available, so your advertising message is an investment that continues to pay off over time.

The benefits of sponsoring a podcast

  • Podcast fans are significantly more affluent than the general population.
  • Podcast fans are rapidly tuning away from traditional media and “interruption” advertising models.
  • Over 30% of audio podcast users say they *enjoy* the advertising in podcasts.
  • By comparison, only 6% say the same of TV and radio.
  • Over 70% of active podcast listeners are receptive to sponsorship messages in podcasts.
  • Unlike most other media, podcasts are timeless and always available, so your advertising message is an investment that continues to pay off over time.

Cost:  $250 per episode

Information is from the Podcast Consumer Attitudes study, published by The Association for Downloadable Media (2010)

For more information, please contact Eric Gurna at 718.781.5753 or ericgurna@developmentwithoutlimits.org.

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“I rarely keep current with the latest youth development research but I always learn something from the Please Speak Freely podcasts produced by Development Without Limits.  Leaders interviewed sound authentic and thoughtful in responses to the adroit probing from Eric Gurna.  Listening is time well spent.”
Carla Sanger, President & CEO
LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program

“Listening to the Please Speak Freely interviews is one of the best ways to learn and keep up with the most exciting leaders, trends and organizations in the  youth development field. The interviews are provocative, informative and inspiring.”
Aaron Dworkin, Executive Vice President
After-School All-Stars

“Interviews are a great way to hear the passion and nuance behind ideas we’ve read in print.  Great interviewers bring out the best in interesting people.  Please Speak Freely podcasts get high marks on both points.”
Karen Pittman, President & CEO
Forum for Youth Investment

“The Please Speak Freely podcast series is an important contributor to the marketplace of ideas about education and youth development. Eric Gurna is a skillful interviewer whose eclectic selection of subjects demonstrates that his thinking is truly “without limits.”
Jane Quinn, Vice President for Community Schools”
Children’s Aid Society

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Please Speak Freely

On Please Speak Freely, Eric Gurna, founder of Development Without Limits interviews leading thinkers, artists and others to shed light on key issues and explore different perspectives about youth development and education. The idea is to get past the platitudes and institutional positions, and have honest, nuanced conversations about things that really matter to young people and communities. Please Speak Freely guests include:

  • Raffi, Children’s Troubadour and Founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
  • Alfie Kohn, Author of several books including Punished By Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University
  • Karen Pittman, President & CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Tony Smith, Former Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District
  • Lenore Skenazy, “America’s Worst Mom” and Author of Free-Range Kids

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