Madison Margolin – Set and Setting – Ep. 32 – Our Soul’s Own Path with David Bronner

David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s, visits the Set & Setting podcast for an insightful conversation about how psychedelics and plant medicine can help us live healthier and more authentic lives.

“The whole theraputic thing is great, but the idea that you’re going to go in and take mushrooms once and you’re cured of depression… Yeah, it can be helpful, but its about a relationship. Its about being on a path – with medicine, meditation, fitnesse and diet; all that stuff.” – David Bronner

In this interview, Madison and David talk about:
  • David’s life and journey embracing his authentic self
  • The transformative potential of psychedelics and plant medicine
  • Integrating psychedelics and plant medicine into a healthy lifestyle
  • Prayer and being in dialog with yourself or a higher power
About David Bronner:

David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America and producer of a range of organic body care and food products. Under David’s leadership Dr. Bronner’s holds the status of the highest scoring B Corp in the world among companies dedicated to positive social and environmental impact over the profit motive. The brand caps Executive pay at five times the lowest paid fully vested position and has grown from $4 million in annual revenue in 1998 to nearly $170 million in 2022. David was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973 and earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University. A dedicated vegan and an advocate for drug policy and criminal justice reform as well as regenerative organic agriculture and other social justice and environmental causes, David serves on the board of MAPS and the Regenerative Organic Alliance. He lives in Encinitas, California.

Learn more about the Dr. Bronner’s mission: Dr. Bronner’s All-One
About Madison Margolin:

“I’m a journalist straddling California, New York, and Israel-Palestine, focused on psychedelics, cannabis, and Judaism (in jest, I’ll say “Jews & Drugs”). I also cover culture, policy, and science. I’m passionate and curious about how people can transcend their minds to access something greater than themselves — be it through getting high off acid or God, meditating, creating art, or something somatic, I’ve set out to explore the various ways people nourish their souls. This is what drives me, and most of my writing, in some way or another, connects back to this theme.

These days, I work as an editor at  DoubleBlind, the print and digital magazine I co-founded, covering psychedelics and where they intersect with mental health, spirituality, environmental justice, and social equity. I also co-founded the Jewish Psychedelic Summit and host a podcast called Set & Setting on the Be Here Now Network. I’ve been practicing journalism since 2014 and have been published in outlets like Rolling Stone, Vice, Playboy, High Times, Tablet, and Nylon, among others.

I got my start with a column on cannabis at the Village Voice, just after graduating from Columbia Journalism School. Prior to that, I lived in Tel Aviv, working with Israel’s African refugee community. In a past life, I also lived at a crazy co-op called Cloyne, while studying rhetoric and linguistics at UC Berkeley.

I’m a nerd about language and speak or dabble in French, Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew. When not working, writing, or reporting, I’m usually dancing, spinning my hula hoop, or practicing yoga.”

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