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What really matters is are the people in the organisation deeply committed to the mission

We talk to Marya Besharov, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University about how organisations balance social and financial tensions. We talk about non-profits trying to stay financially viable while fulfilling their mission, and publically-listed corporations like Whole Foods who have an obligation to generate shareholder value, while trying to deliver on strong social missions. For more information, connect with Marya @MaryaBesharov on Twitter or...


If you're thinking about launching a non-profit, just do it! There are so many problems to solve

We talk to Kate Campana, President and CEO of the Access Challenge about her work with Speak up Africa and their innovative, African-led methods saving thousands of lives. Learn about Speak Up Africa's powerful campaigns that align mothers, sports heroes and politicians around life-saving approaches. Kate also shares tips and insights for aspiring non-profit founders. For more information, check out www.accesschallenge.org and www.speakupafrica.org email info@accesschallenge.org


"Come with humility and a listening ear" with Victoria Dimitrikopolous .

Whether you're thinking about moving from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector, your next role in the social sector, or thinking about how to make smart hiring decisions -- you won't want to miss out on this fascinating discussion with Victoria Dimitrokopolous, former leader of global recruitment specialist Egohn Zehnder's social sector practice. We had such an interesting and wide-ranging conversation, In addition to leadership and hiring, we also talked about Victoria's latest...


With hope anything is possible.

We talk to Jaime Harmon about how the Hope Market (www.hopemarket.com) is partnering with major nonprofits like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to streamline and boost their fundraising, through the sale of mission-related, sustainably-sourced products. For more information on this episode, Jaime can be reached at jaime@thehopemarket.com


Leading Social Change in the Government, Nonprofit and Now Corporate Sector

David Raper, Lead, Asia Pacific Corporate Citizenship at IBM joins the Mission Control Podcast to talk about his diverse and fascinating experiences leading social change in the government, nonprofit and now corporate sector. We talk about the role big data is playing in population health, what the three sectors can learn from each other and how social media could be deployed to build bridges, rather than bubbles.


Earn the trust of a donor

Asking for someone to invest their hard-earned money in your work can be both daunting and exciting. Leaders who understand the importance of building and nurturing donor relationships, and are good at -- are the ones who build a loyal donor following, who not only give, but will consistently help you expand your reach and network. In this latest Mission Control Podcast with Liana Downey -- you will learn more about how you too can consistently earn (and keep!) donor trust.


Is your structure holding you back?

Is your structure a legacy of the past? Can you confidently say that your best people are working on your biggest priorities? Have you got an organization designed around the needs of your staff or is it actually designed around your programs? Are you operating in silos? The wrong structure can bog you down, the right structure can set you free. Invest a few minutes on your commute today to listen to some hot tips on how to get your structure sorted and boost your impact!


Leading change successfully

There comes a time in every leader's life, when they need to navigate through change. Some people do it beautifully. Others struggle. Listen to Liana Downey, author, NYU lecturer and strategic advisor, share proven techniques on how to successfully lead and manage change, both the kind that is thrust upon you, and that you choose.


I've inherited a broken organization - now what?

Congratulations! You've just been appointed the new leader of an organization (or major program!). But after the initial excitement wears off -- many leaders find themselves facing some the harsh reality -- that the organization they've inherited is a mess. Staff morale is low, systems are non-existent, funding is under pressure. Listen and you'll learn how to quickly find your feet, set yourselves and the organization up for success.


Financing for Social Impact - Marc Diaz, NatureVest

Marc Diaz talks about the powerful impact alternative financing structures can have. He talks about working with UNICEF to re-thinking financing structures, which led to the elimination of polio in Nigeria, and shares the work he and his team NatureVest--at The Nature Conservancy, finding innovative ways to protect the environment. Required listening for those looking to change the world!


Allison Sesso, Executive Director, Human Services Council

Liana Downey, author, speaker and strategic advisor, interviews Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council about the collapse of a $250m nonprofit organization; the Commission the Human Services Council spear-headed to investigate this and other industry bankruptcies; and the Commission's findings. A must-listen podcast with major ramifications for policy makers, government, funders and nonprofit leaders.


Human Trafficking in the US -- Andrea Kopel, ED, National Council of Jewish Women New York

Liana Downey, author, speaker and strategic advisor interviews Andrea Kopel about her work with the National Council of Jewish Women New York, including their work in stopping human trafficking, and enabling individuals to reclaim their lives and freedom.