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98 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Episode 29 🤯 Raising $250K for Charity in under Two Hours with NFTs
Our interview today is with @prettyblocks, a mixed media and generative NFT artist who collaborated with Stella Artois to raise $250k for Water.org. @prettyblocks discusses the campaign, how he started creating NFTs, and balancing the creative and financial rollercoaster that is the NFT space. Also in this episode: hosts Joe Agoada, CEO of Sostento, a 501c3 nonprofit, as well as 'Topshot Tandy' answer questions about using NFTs and crypto to raise money for nonprofits.
82 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Episode 28 🚀 Navigating Web3 As a Nonprofit 🙂 NFTs & Philanthropy ❤️
In this episode we hear from nonprofits facing some challenges in how they use Web3 to raise funding for worthy causes. Hear from hosts Joe Agoada, CEO of Sostento, a 501c3 nonprofit, as well as 'Topshot Tandy' in this premiere episode of season 3. Make sure to tune in live next time to ask your own questions!
24 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Episode 27 - Delivering Hope During a Pandemic
On today’s episode the story of how one nonprofit responded to their shut down of their organization during the coronavirus pandemic. How did a team, with limited money and time, react to the prospect of having to change their operations overnight? Get ready for takeoff for an uplifting and inspiring story.
13 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Episode 26 - When Doing Less Does More Good
On today’s episode we look at the economics of social good and how to avoid the disastrous outcome when you do way too much and make very little impact. When can you know that you're out of balance and those overtime hours you are putting in just aren’t worth it anymore? Stop wasting budgets, time and energy and become a master of making more impact -- by doing less, not more.
58 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Episode 25 - Crisis, Hunger and Humanitarian Response feat Jean-Martin Bauer
Our interview today is with Jean-Martin Bauer, Country Director at the World Food Programme in Congo-Brazzaville. Jean-Martin has spent nearly 20 years fighting hunger across Africa and the world with the United Nations. In this episode we will get into what it takes to mobilize huge amounts of aid during a crisis in an area of the world that cars cannot go and mobile phone networks don’t reach. Also, one tasty idea that promises to nourish kids across the Congo.
15 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Episode 24 - Welcome to the End of Normal
Welcome back to Let’s Break Good, the podcast where we never settle for good enough. A lot has happened since our last episode just over three months ago. The world has changed. Today a story of setbacks, resilience and rising to the challenge of a global pandemic. Who became an instant partner in a life saving coronavirus response innovation effort. What stuck at home resource fueled a powerful approach to flattening the curve? And what can you do if you are facing unemployment and want to find a way to thrive in the new normal. Let’s dig into it, let’s get started.
16 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode 23 - Why Good Ideas Don't Raise Money
Anyone who has attempted fundraising for a social cause will tell you it’s much harder than it seems. A big part of that challenge comes from a widely held false assumption that the best ideas get funding over boring traditional ones. In this episode our host shares some of the biggest mistakes that people make when they are just starting off fundraising and provides a couple secrets that have helped him raise millions for social good.
68 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
Episode 22 - The Evolution of Corporate Responsibility feat. David Grayson
Or guest today is Professor David Grayson. For over 30 years, Professor Grayson has been a leader on purpose and sustainability in the world of business. He currently chairs the institute of business ethics in the United Kingdom and holds the title of professor emeritus at the Cranfield University School of Management. Today we’ll be talking about the evolution of corporate responsibility, the need for business leadership and what individuals can do in their day jobs to help make the world a better place.
30 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
Episode 21 - Facebook's Free Internet Fail
At the center of today's episode will be the story of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, when in 2013 they set out on a mission to connect a billion people without internet access to the benefits of the world wide web. Why did Zuckerberg take on this impact minded initiative? How did Facebook leverage their corporate brand to try and do it? And what happened that caused millions of social good dollars to literally blow up in smoke.
72 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
Episode 20 - Counterfeits, Trusted Networks & Social Change Strategy feat. Bright Simons
To start the new year we have an interview with Ghanian entrepreneur Bright Simons. Bright is the President of mPedigree, a social enterprise that has developed novel solutions to the problem of harmful counterfeit drugs and agricultural products across Africa and Asia. Bright is a thought leader for the impact sector and a pioneer on powerful multi-sectoral partnerships that create ways of doing business that solve critical human problems. Bright has a long list of recognitions, including TED Fellow, Ashoka fellow, Fortune magazines 50 top World Greatest Leaders, and just last year was given the prestigious Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Bright covers the growth of his social enterprise, how he has built a dynamic network that has positioned himself for powerful social impact.
18 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Episode 19 - The Nonprofit Pay Dilemma
How should social causes determine how much they pay their employees? Some argue that working in the world of doing good means sacrificing the type of pay one would expect in a corporate job. But does that mindset cause there to be less talent, money and results from organizations that are saving lives and improving our planet or does the enormous needs of the poor and vulnerable mean there is a moral obligation to keep salaries low. On this episode we investigate the nonprofit pay dilemma We’ll explore the story of a man who raised millions for charity and then lost it all after the media took issue with his pay. How did he recover from this devastating set-back and go on to change the way many look at nonprofit compensation?
27 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Episode 18 - Can a Million Likes Change the World?
Have you ever clicked the like button on a social media post spotlighting a social cause without taking any other action at all? On this episode we explore if social media be a powerful tool for grassroots activism or if it is just a superficial hashtagification of social change. We will recount the story of one of the most notorious viral videos of all time that got hundreds of millions of likes around the world, inspiring celebrities, presidents and thousands of ordinary people into action for a nonprofit initiative. What lessons can the viral video teach the current social media campaigns on the environment being lead by youth?
66 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
Episode 17: The Power & Paradox of a Planet Saving Laptop feat. Professor Morgan Ames
On this episode we discuss critical questions on the power and pitfalls of technology in helping society take on the most serious social challenges with Professor Morgan Ames. Profess Ames is an assistant adjunct professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Her new book The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child is available now via MIT Press. Professor Aims holds a PhD in communication from Stanford as well as bachelors and masters from University of California Berkeley. For more information about Professor Ames and her book visit: https://morganya.org/
15 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Episode 16 - When is it Good to Fail?
On today’s episode we will explore different definitions of failure, how to avoid failing and perhaps most importantly, what to do if you feel like a total failure. We’ll take a special look at failure in the nonprofit and social impact world, where limited budgets and lots of need puts extra importance on separating good failures from bad ones.
56 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Episode 15 - The Kiva Journey feat. Chelsa Bocci
The nonprofit Kiva has helped millions of people in over 75 countries since it started in 2005. Our guest interview with founding member Chelsa Bocci covers her 14 years of amazing Kiva moments that includes turning down a dream school opportunity, Oprah's favorite things (twice) and reaching one billion dollars in support to entrepreneurs world wide.
17 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Episode 14 - The Price of Free
Equipment giveaways in Africa, unpaid intern labor, software donations to charities..all with good intentions and supposedly at no cost to the receiver, but could these freebies actually have a hidden price? On our season two premeiere episode we ask the question, what is the cost of free when it comes to nonprofit, philanthropic and development work. For more information or to get in touch with the podcast staff follow us on twitter @LetsBreakGood and visit www.letsbreakgood.com.
6 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Season Two Update
It's been two months since our season one finale, and new episodes are in the works! Listen to a brief update from host Joe Agoada as she shares about a chance encounter at a coffee shop that got him thinking about the podcast and then goes into a few details about the upcoming second season. You can also access all the episodes on our new homepage www.letstbreakgood.com
24 minutes | Jul 1, 2019
Episode 12 - The Planet Saving Laptop
On the season one finale of the podcast we look into the global phenomenon known as One Laptop Per Child. It was a project that took off like a rocket ship in 2006, raising enormous amounts of money, grabbing the attention of world leaders and making headlines on all the major news outlets. How did a nonprofit take on the audacious goal of getting every child on the planet a laptop? And over a decade later, how far did they get in improving the education and lives of the poor?
61 minutes | Jun 14, 2019
Episode 11 - Do It Yourself Environmental Justice feat. Shannon Dosemagen & Jeff Warren
A feature interview with the nonprofit leadership team of Public Lab, a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns and use inexpensive DIY techniques to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. Shannon Dosemagen (Executive Director) and Jeff Warren (Director of Research) talk about their journey into careers in purpose, the founding of Public Lab during the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill environmental disaster of 2010, and how they have sustained the organization and its community over the past decade.
24 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
Episode 10 - The Workplace for Your Best Self
Many of us are searching for a job that allows us to reach towards our greatest potential. An environment in the workplace that gives us to the room be our best selves. It’s not easy to find that place. Even an opportunity that looks good at first, may become a nightmare once you are in it. What questions should you ask before accepting that new job to make sure the fit is right? What does it feel like when you are in an organizations that can nurture your drive and align with your goals? On this episode we go into finding a workplace that inspires.
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