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Episode 36: Insights from the Digital Republic: A Conversation with the President of Estonia

Governments across the world are struggling to keep pace with new technologies and ever-evolving digital platforms. In the worst cases, bureaucracy is inefficient, arcane, and disconnected. In other cases, governments recognize the demand for modernization, and are stepping up to meet the need. Estonia is a leader in the field of digital government. In a conversation between Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation lead James Anderson and President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti...


Episode 35: Vehicle Safety – improving standards for all consumers

Becky Bavinger of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health team spoke to two partners about vehicle safety. They discuss the importance of raising awareness, consumer demand, and putting pressure on the industry. Valentina Ochoa is the Executive Director of Refleacciona con Responsabilidad, an organization working to improve public space in Mexico. Alejandro “Alex” Furas is the Secretary General of the Latin New Car Assessment Programme, which works to advance vehicle safety in Latin...


Episode 34: Community-based conservation: A local approach with a global impact

In part two of a two-part episode, Follow the Data features a conversation between Dr. Steve Box, Vice President of Fish Forever at Rare and Melissa Wright of Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment team. At last month’s 5th Annual Our Ocean Conference in Indonesia, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg announced the expansion of the Vibrant Oceans initiative, dedicating $86 million to support coastal communities across 10 countries, including Australia, Fiji, Indonesia,...


Episode 33: Driving down road traffic injuries

Without action, road traffic crashes will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. That’s why the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety has dedicated $259 million over 12 years to implement interventions that have been proven to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries in low- and middle-income countries. Kelly Larson of Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health team spoke to two partners about their efforts in Fortaleza and in other cities. Luis Sabóia is the...


Episode 32: Tobacco Industry Watchdogs

The Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) competition was launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies at the March 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa. The winning partners have decades of experience thwarting the international tobacco industry’s most duplicitous tactics. Professor Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath spoke to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Health program lead, Dr. Kelly Henning. They...


Episode 31: Investing in youth with My Brother’s Keeper Houston

In August of 2011, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg addressed a group of nonprofit and community leaders as he announced the launch of a landmark approach to tackling persistent problems facing young black and Latino men: The Young Men’s Initiative. Much like the Young Men’s Initiative, the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, also known as MBK, aims to address opportunity gaps among boys and young men of color by offering new support from cradle to career through young adulthood. The...


Episode 30: An American Problem with an American Solution

At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we are dedicated to “following the data” — and the data on gun violence could not be more compelling or urgent. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Every day, 96 Americans are killed by gun violence. And every year, approximately three million American children bear witness to gun violence. In 2014, in an effort to combat the National Rifle Association, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand...


Episode 29: Why are small-scale fisheries such a big deal?

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative is the largest philanthropic commitment to internationally reform small-scale fisheries management. One of our partners, Rare, specializes in local fishing reforms, targeting some of the 12 million small-scale fishers that operate 15km from shore. In part one of a two-part conversation on Follow the Data, Dr. Box and Melissa Wright, of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment team discuss small-scale fisheries. They dive into the results of...


Episode 28: Cornell Tech: Engineering the Future of New York City

As the beginning of the school year approaches, we revisit an episode of Follow the Data profiling the development and launch of Cornell Tech – the first campus ever built for the digital age -- bringing together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies and social ventures. Back in December 2010, New York City launched Applied Sciences NYC, issuing a challenge to top institutions from around the world to propose a new or...


Episode 27: The Innovative Mayor: Karen Freeman-Wilson

Bloomberg Philanthropies has enjoyed a deep relationship with the Mayor of Gary, Indiana, Karen Freeman-Wilson, and this episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with the Mayor and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at our foundation. Mayor Freeman-Wilson and James sat down at the Engaged Cities Award Summit earlier this year. The summit was hosted by the national nonprofit Cities of Service and recognized creative ways city leaders are harnessing the power of people...


Episode 26: Why Data is So Vital to Public Health

This week, we revisit an episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Tom Frieden, one of the world’s leading public health experts, and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, and Allison Jaffin of Bloomberg Philanthropies as they discuss non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and what it takes to protect the world. As the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and former New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Frieden talks about leading public health efforts in New York under...


Episode 25: Equal Footing

In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies joined with the King Baudouin Foundation to support the Foundation Center in creating a free web portal, Equal Footing – the first-of-its-kind platform to collect, index, analyze and visualize data on past and current philanthropic efforts in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. Equal Footing creates a level of transparency and accountability for organizations, and for donors. It helps identify where the greatest needs are and which...


Episode 24: The Innovative Mayor: Greg Fischer

Follow the Data presents a conversation with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mayor Fischer is serving in his second term and says that to be a good mayor, you need the “head of a CEO, but the heart of a social worker.” Mayor Fischer and James discuss the discipline required to create a truly innovative city hall, why citizen engagement is so important, and how Louisville’s focus on becoming a more compassionate...


Episode 23: Maintaining America's Pledge -- One Year Later

On June 1st, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. In the days following the announcement, Mike Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown launched America’s Pledge, an initiative to aggregate and quantify emissions reduction efforts of states, cities, businesses, and universities in the U.S. One year after the federal government announced it would pull out of the Paris Agreement, 2,700+ U.S. cities, states, and businesses...


Episode 22: New Faces in Old Places: Revitalizing Athens' Historic Center

The heart of Athens historic center is experiencing a revival. The 27-acre district is bounded by three of Athens’ most historic squares: Syntagma, Ommonia, and Monistraki. The Commercial Triangle, locally referred to as “Trigono,” is a working district, with commercial activity dating back to the 19th century. This episode features conversations with Alexandros Kambouroglou, the Executive Director of the Athens Partnership, and Elina Dallas, the Project Manager for the Trigono program. Jake...


Episode 21: Gone Fishing

The United Nations International Coral Reef Initiative has declared 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Coral reefs are home to one in every four fish in the ocean, and are a critical backbone of ocean ecosystems. Unfortunately, climate change and destructive fishing practices threatens to destroy 90 percent of reefs in the next three decades. Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative is working to replenish fish populations and create a more sustainable environment. We...


Episode 20: A Prescription for Hope in the Opioid Epidemic

In the United States, over two million people are addicted to opioids and an average of 115 people die every day from opioid overdoses. It is a complicated issue that requires multifaceted solutions, with engagement and action from many stakeholders. In this episode, Dr. Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Health Program Lead, speaks with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He...


Episode 19: Untapped American Talent

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) has united schools with the joint mission to enroll 50,000 additional talented, low- and moderate-income students at institutions of higher education with strong graduation rates – by 2025. As of the date of recording this episode of Follow the Data, 96 schools are members of ATI, and the group continues to grow. ATI Steering Committee member and Franklin & Marshall College President, Dan Porterfield, spoke to Howard Wolfson, who leads Bloomberg...


Episode 18: Reducing Tobacco Use: A Year in Review

Since 2007, Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped save nearly 35 million lives through these efforts. In March 2018, we honored six governments and NGOs at the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Tobacco Control. The awards celebrate the significant strides made by organizations implementing anti-tobacco policies in low and middle-income countries. In honor of the six winners, we revisit one of our favorite podcast episodes about the worldwide fight to reduce tobacco use. This episode’s...


Episode 17: Rwandan women rebuilding their lives -- brick by brick

The Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda is constructed of over 500,000 hand-pressed bricks made by local women. The center’s director, Joy Rwamwenge describes how she feels walking through the doors every day: “I arrive knowing that the tile on the floor of the center comes from Congo, and the bricks in the wall of the center come from the women in Rwanda -- building peace at the same time while building a building.” Listen to the conversation between Verna Eggleston, who leads...