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On Leading Change uncovers fresh ideas and actionable insights from people on the leading edge of social change. Whether they’re working in government, nonprofits, or starting their own social enterprise – these are the leaders moving our world forward. Each week we discuss the moments that defined their path and unpack their hard-earned knowledge to inspire and accelerate action. Hosted by Jo-Ann Tan, Director of +Acumen – The World’s School for Social Change. Discover more at plusacumen.orgWe are on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/on-leading-change/id1143108463?mt=2

Latest Episodes

+Acumen Interview with Anne Marie Burgoyne of The Emerson Collective

A conversation with Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director of Social Innovation of The Emerson Collective on how nonprofit ventures can attract financial and human capital. The conversation covers key trends in nonprofit funding and how to cultivate champions for your organization. Interview conducted by Amy Ahearn, Associate Director for +Acumen.

34 min2018 JUN 6
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+Acumen Interview with Anne Marie Burgoyne of The Emerson Collective

Hacking Stereotypes with Mariana Costa

Mariana Costa co-founded Laboratoria, a training academy that teaches beginner coding to youth. Mariana has also been recognized by MIT as one of the most innovative people in Peru under 35. She was 1 of 3 entrepreneurs on a panel at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with U.S. President Barack Obama and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This is no ordinary training academy.

39 min2016 OCT 14
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Hacking Stereotypes with Mariana Costa

How to Think About Innovation

"Innovation is not continuous improvement. Continuous improvement…is just good hygiene. Innovation is the break from the norm for a given context." – Nidhi Sahni Innovation is hugely needed in the social sector but is often misunderstood and misapplied. Nidhi Sahni, Partner and co-lead of The Bridgespan Group's Global Development practice breaks down what this buzz word really means for change leaders on our podcast this week.

28 min2016 SEP 8
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How to Think About Innovation

Why We Need to Change the Way We Train Leaders

David Smith had to study for his civil engineering midterm exam, but it was the night of the U.S. presidential election and the vote was too close to call. David stayed up into the wee hours of the morning following the news. Needless to say, he didn’t do well on his midterm the following day. When his engineering professor was asked why the midterm was scheduled the day after such an important political event, the professor blithely told David that “we train the best engineers here” and if David wanted to be involved in politics, he should go to the other side of campus. This exchange got David thinking about how he wanted to make an impact in the world. Did he want to build amazing bridges and physical structures, or build bridges that connected people? David ended up majoring in political science and co-founding a youth civic engagement network while still an undergraduate student, which he then ran for another four years. His journey as a civic mobilizer, strategist and leade...

50 min2016 AUG 22
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Why We Need to Change the Way We Train Leaders

Three Simple Lessons on Innovation from Government

“One of the things I’ve always done in my career is I’ve always volunteered for the hardest job.” Long before there was LinkedIn or Monster.com, when computers still filled up whole rooms and only displayed green text on black screens, Virginia Hamilton led a team that created the first statewide job matching system in the United States. She hasn’t stopped since, taking on roles in policy, program design, and even starting and running her own non-profit, all with an eye toward changing large-scale systems in new ways. Today, Virginia works at the US Department of Labor and is a seasoned innovator in government and the workforce development sector. One thing I love is how Virginia didn’t just fall into this role as an innovator. She’s put her hand up over and over again. [...] The US Department of Labor has run [HCD] challenge twice for more than 120+ teams across the nation. The lessons these teams have learned have been fundamentally game-changing – teams are re-energized, ...

37 min2016 AUG 9
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Three Simple Lessons on Innovation from Government

How Are You Making Your Customers Feel Beautiful?

Diana Sierra is the co-founder and CEO of Be Girl, a social enterprise currently focused on helping girls, especially those who live in low-income communities, get access to the proper products with which to manage their menstrual hygiene. You can learn more at http://plusacumen.org/blog/on-leading-change-how-are-you-making-your-customers-feel-beautiful “This conversation goes way beyond pads or panties. It’s about changing consumer behavior through design.” When it comes to designing solutions for the poor, many people are quick to emphasize the need for it to be practical, affordable and accessible. However, how many of us stop to figure out a solution that makes the people we are trying to serve feel beautiful as well? If we did that, how might it change about the way the poor see themselves, and the way others view them? Diana passionately believes that just because she designed something for end-users in Africa doesn’t mean that she has to compromise on aesthetics or qualit...

45 min2016 AUG 1
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How Are You Making Your Customers Feel Beautiful?
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Latest Episodes

+Acumen Interview with Anne Marie Burgoyne of The Emerson Collective

A conversation with Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director of Social Innovation of The Emerson Collective on how nonprofit ventures can attract financial and human capital. The conversation covers key trends in nonprofit funding and how to cultivate champions for your organization. Interview conducted by Amy Ahearn, Associate Director for +Acumen.

34 min2018 JUN 6
Comments
+Acumen Interview with Anne Marie Burgoyne of The Emerson Collective

Hacking Stereotypes with Mariana Costa

Mariana Costa co-founded Laboratoria, a training academy that teaches beginner coding to youth. Mariana has also been recognized by MIT as one of the most innovative people in Peru under 35. She was 1 of 3 entrepreneurs on a panel at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with U.S. President Barack Obama and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This is no ordinary training academy.

39 min2016 OCT 14
Comments
Hacking Stereotypes with Mariana Costa

How to Think About Innovation

"Innovation is not continuous improvement. Continuous improvement…is just good hygiene. Innovation is the break from the norm for a given context." – Nidhi Sahni Innovation is hugely needed in the social sector but is often misunderstood and misapplied. Nidhi Sahni, Partner and co-lead of The Bridgespan Group's Global Development practice breaks down what this buzz word really means for change leaders on our podcast this week.

28 min2016 SEP 8
Comments
How to Think About Innovation

Why We Need to Change the Way We Train Leaders

David Smith had to study for his civil engineering midterm exam, but it was the night of the U.S. presidential election and the vote was too close to call. David stayed up into the wee hours of the morning following the news. Needless to say, he didn’t do well on his midterm the following day. When his engineering professor was asked why the midterm was scheduled the day after such an important political event, the professor blithely told David that “we train the best engineers here” and if David wanted to be involved in politics, he should go to the other side of campus. This exchange got David thinking about how he wanted to make an impact in the world. Did he want to build amazing bridges and physical structures, or build bridges that connected people? David ended up majoring in political science and co-founding a youth civic engagement network while still an undergraduate student, which he then ran for another four years. His journey as a civic mobilizer, strategist and leade...

50 min2016 AUG 22
Comments
Why We Need to Change the Way We Train Leaders

Three Simple Lessons on Innovation from Government

“One of the things I’ve always done in my career is I’ve always volunteered for the hardest job.” Long before there was LinkedIn or Monster.com, when computers still filled up whole rooms and only displayed green text on black screens, Virginia Hamilton led a team that created the first statewide job matching system in the United States. She hasn’t stopped since, taking on roles in policy, program design, and even starting and running her own non-profit, all with an eye toward changing large-scale systems in new ways. Today, Virginia works at the US Department of Labor and is a seasoned innovator in government and the workforce development sector. One thing I love is how Virginia didn’t just fall into this role as an innovator. She’s put her hand up over and over again. [...] The US Department of Labor has run [HCD] challenge twice for more than 120+ teams across the nation. The lessons these teams have learned have been fundamentally game-changing – teams are re-energized, ...

37 min2016 AUG 9
Comments
Three Simple Lessons on Innovation from Government

How Are You Making Your Customers Feel Beautiful?

Diana Sierra is the co-founder and CEO of Be Girl, a social enterprise currently focused on helping girls, especially those who live in low-income communities, get access to the proper products with which to manage their menstrual hygiene. You can learn more at http://plusacumen.org/blog/on-leading-change-how-are-you-making-your-customers-feel-beautiful “This conversation goes way beyond pads or panties. It’s about changing consumer behavior through design.” When it comes to designing solutions for the poor, many people are quick to emphasize the need for it to be practical, affordable and accessible. However, how many of us stop to figure out a solution that makes the people we are trying to serve feel beautiful as well? If we did that, how might it change about the way the poor see themselves, and the way others view them? Diana passionately believes that just because she designed something for end-users in Africa doesn’t mean that she has to compromise on aesthetics or qualit...

45 min2016 AUG 1
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How Are You Making Your Customers Feel Beautiful?
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