The Ashoka Systems Change Podcast

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Ashoka’s Globalizer team is launching a 6-episode podcast series on systems change. They have partnered with the well-known Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs podcast and host Fergal Byrne for the project. The first episode is an introductory episode featuring a conversation between Fergal and Odin Muehlenbein, a partner at Ashoka Germany and lead of the Systems Unit at Ashoka Globalizer. Fergal and Odin discuss the basics of systems change and why it’s important for social entrepreneurs and funders to think and act systemically. The remaining five episodes feature a short introduction from Odin and Fergal before launching into inspiring discussions of how these Ashoka Fellows use systems change approaches in their work. Throughout the episodes, you will meet five of the world’s leading changemakers: Meet Jordan Kassalow in episode 1 where Fergal and Jordan discuss the motivation to work on a systems level Learn from the renowned Jeroo Billimoria on how to weave networks to achieve system changes in episode 2 Michael Sani underscores the importance of well-being and personal development in episode 3 Learn how Kendis Paris achieves policy changes and creates changemakers in episode 4 Get the funder perspective from Silvia Bastante of Co-Impact on funding systems change in episode 5. Please listen to the podcast on iTunes and leave an honest review. Share it with fellow changemakers and funders and continue the conversation using #systemschange and @ashoka. We can all have more impact together if we work systemically. The Ashoka Learning and Action Center and Globalizer teams have also written a report featuring five case studies from leading Ashoka Fellows and how they use systems change in their work. In that report, you will learn more about controversy facing the field, but also how Ashoka’s focus on systems change makes it so that this controversy does not even apply to them precisely because of the systems changing ways they work. Please read the report here and share with your colleagues, fellow changemakers, and potential funders. Get involved in the conversation by posting your thoughts using the hashtag #systemschange and @ashoka!Read more »

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