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Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

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United States

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Podcasts

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Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

Language:

English

Contact:

626-297-7367


Episodes

Episode 33: LaShawn Routé Chatmon and Kathleen Osta, “Rebel Leadership”

9/28/2020
LaShawn Routé Chatmon and Kathleen Osta, Executive Director and Managing Director of the National Equity Project, are unapologetic about advancing equity from a place of love. Join us for this inspiring and thought-provoking conversation as they discuss a unique form of leadership that is called for in these times, what Francesca Gino calls “Rebel Leadership.” This kind of leadership invites us to stand firmly in the midst of persistent injustice and racial reckoning without giving up on our...

Duration:01:22:41

Episode 32: Kas Guillozet, “The Complexity of Living in Right Relationship with People and the Earth”

9/21/2020
Episode 32: Kas Guillozet, “The Complexity of Living in Right Relationship with People and the Earth” The wildfires that are devastating the West Coast are all the evidence we need that we cannot continue as we have been. Ecosystems cannot recover on their own without human beings seriously changing course. Listen in as Kas Guillozet, Program Director of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, shares her inner thoughts and her life’s work with Becky and together they explore how complex it...

Duration:00:56:37

Episode 31: Katie Hong, “Re-Thinking Philanthropy”

9/14/2020
In this episode, we sit down with Katie Hong for a candid conversation about money, power and identity. Having worked in philanthropy for over 15 years, Katie knows the sector can be a significant catalyst for social change. She reflects on how essential it is for those working on the grant-making side of things to face into their own relationship to power and money. Katie and Becky also discuss what people working in philanthropy can do to be most helpful to non-profits in these times....

Duration:01:07:12

Episode 30: Kevin Keenan, "Dismantling Mass Incarceration"

9/7/2020
Join us for an important and eye-opening conversation with Vera Institute Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, Kevin Keenan, as we peel the onion of mass incarceration - and learn what Vera is doing about it. Highlights: The extraordinary harm caused by our system of mass incarcerationFacing into brutality and racism of our criminal justice systemThe importance of treating everybody with dignity The importance of proximity for really being able to tackle complex social...

Duration:00:59:01

Episode 29: Michelle Molitor, “Facing into our Collective Grief”

8/31/2020
Recorded shortly after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Michelle Molitor, Founder of the Equity Lab, joins Becky for a vulnerable and raw conversation about the double whammy of racism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Little did we know that soon after we recorded this interview, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd’s murders at the hands of police would spark one of the largest social movements in US history. Michelle reminds us that even through our grief - if we are brave enough - now is the time for...

Duration:00:50:22

Episode 28: Eunice Lin Nichols, “The Power of Intergenerational Connections”

8/24/2020
If you are fortunate enough to live a long life, it is all too likely that you will experience ageism. Sadly, older adults are sometimes viewed as a liability versus the tremendous asset they are. In this episode, Eunice and Becky discuss the importance and power of intergenerational work and Encore’s bold reimagining of what it means to be an older adult. Show Highlights: How Eunice’s identity as an Asian American woman shapes her workHow the Gen2Gen project is mobilizing 1 million...

Duration:01:16:46

Episode 27: Joe McCannon, “Building a Fear Free Army”

8/18/2020
In this episode, listen in on an intimate conversation between Billions Institute Co-founders Becky Margiotta and Joe McCannon as they talk about the adventures along the way of their 11 year friendship. Joe will discuss his perspective on large-scale change and the power of inviting people to be part of something bigger than themselves. Becky and Joe will also talk about how non-profits can be more innovative and create environments that are exhilarating to work in. Imagine what kind...

Duration:01:13:54

Episode 26: Susan X Jane, “During These Pandemic Times, What Wants to be Unveiled?”

8/10/2020
Episode 26: Susan X Jane, “During These Pandemic Times, What Wants to be Unveiled?” Susan X Jane, Principal of Navigators Consulting In this fascinating episode, DEI expert and Billions Institute Coach Susan X. Jane shares her insights with Becky about the pandemics given her background in media, culture and apocalyptic studies. Apocalypse is often misconstrued as “end times” but is really about “unveiling.” All apocalyptic movies invite us to question, “What kind of person would...

Duration:01:12:14

TEASER SEASON 3

8/3/2020

Duration:00:05:58

Episode 25: Christine Margiotta, SVP Los Angeles, “Shifting from Charity to Justice.”

3/9/2020
In this episode, Becky interviews her favorite person, her amazing wife Christine! They’ll discuss everything from how they met 10 years ago (working on homelessness) to learning more about Christine’s current work funding grassroots social justice efforts in Los Angeles. You’ll hear how Christine’s journey has led her to serve as the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, where she is working on shifting philanthropy from a charity mindset to one deeply rooted in...

Duration:00:55:31

Episode 24: Dimitry Anselme, Facing History, “Teaching Kids in the Midst of the Fragility of our Democracy”

3/2/2020
How do we help balance the desire for our kids to know the truth and yet also wanting to shield them from the pain and horrors embedded in history? Dimitry Anselme from Facing History opens this episode’s conversation with an interesting provocation that youth enter the conversation about history through moral and ethical terms. It is how we engage them in learning and help them locate themselves within the stories. When we start with, “Your ideas matter, your culture matters, whatever you...

Duration:00:53:34

Episode 23: Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center, “Advancing Well-Being and Happiness through Research”

2/24/2020
Episode 23: Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center, “Advancing Well-Being and Happiness through Research” How do we advance and spread something that is so essential yet seemingly difficult to grasp as “happiness” and “well-being”? Jason Marsh joins us today for an engaging discussion about how The Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley is doing just that with their open source method of sharing their research. What they have found is building happiness and well-being is about the...

Duration:00:47:20

Episode 22: Kate Hilton, Institute for Health Care Improvement, “Getting Out of Your Own Way as a Leader”

2/17/2020
What could we all accomplish if we could put relationships first and primacy in shared purpose? In this episode, Kate Hilton shares how her view of leadership has shifted over the years starting with her own experience of being told to get out of her own way. From discussing the shift from “power over” to “power with” and discovering that the joy in work comes from what matters to people. When you start with who people are vs. what you want to do and listen to what people’s biggest dreams...

Duration:00:43:39

Episode 21: Helen Smith, Forensic Psychiatrist (NHS) – “Creative Solutions that Arise When You Take the Fear Out of the System”

2/10/2020
As co-founder of the Billions Institute, Joe McCannon says, when you invoke the John Cusack rule of taking the fear off the set, that’s when amazing things happen. In this episode, Helen Smith, a forensic psychiatrist, tells stories of some of the creative solutions that have arisen in her sector through freeing the front lines to improve the system and the joy that comes from experiencing these changes and sharing them with others. She also unpacks some of the language of “looking after”...

Duration:00:46:14

Episode 20: Gerry Balcazar and Hugo Ramirez, Vision y Compromiso, “The Movement is Built from the Community of Friends and Neighbors”

2/3/2020
In California, only about 30% of children are being taken care of by formal licensed daycare centers while their parents go to work. This means as many as 70% are being taken care of by informal options such as family, friends and neighbors. These FFNs as they are called are going above and beyond to be the “village” for the love of children and desire to build up this next generation. However, they often lack the support and respect that helps them to leverage the important role they have...

Duration:00:37:49

Episode 19: Sasha Rabkin, Equal Opportunity Schools, “Working the Muscle to Change: Bringing Equity to AP/IB Classes”

1/27/2020
Episode 19: Sasha Rabkin, Equal Opportunity Schools, “Working the Muscle to Change: Bringing Equity to AP/IB Classes” All across the country, there has been a long history of students being overlooked due to race or economic factors for the classes that will get them into college, the AP and IB courses. Equal Opportunity Schools is working with schools to personally identify students and de-segregate access to these academic pathways. The way they do this is partnering with districts to...

Duration:00:53:33

Episode 18: Tema Okun, Duke University, “Facing Into Your Own Racism with Courage and Love”

1/20/2020
For over 30 years, Tema Okun has devoted her life to dismantling racism and oppression of all forms. In this episode, Tema discusses her own evolution as an anti-racist white person and some of the hard-earned lessons she’s learned along the way. As she mentions in the episode, racism is not something that can go away through a half day workshop, it is a long and winding road of facing into oneself and the systems and structures in the air that we breathe. Doing this work will inevitably...

Duration:01:03:09

Episode 17: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, StriveTogether – “From Proof Points to Systems Transformation”

1/13/2020
Episode 17: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, StriveTogether – “From Proof Points to Systems Transformation” The myth is that systems are broken but every system is in fact perfectly designed to get the results it gets. So in order to get different results, and true equity, you’ve got to change the design. StriveTogether came to Skid Row School many years ago and met and even exceeded their goals, but then their second goal was not about growth but about changing more deeply and actually achieve...

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 16: Dr. Arfon Williams, General Practitioner in Rural Wales, "When Crisis is the Mother of Invention"

1/7/2020
Episode 16: Arfon Williams, General Practitioner in Rural Wales – “When Crisis is the Mother of Invention” Around the world there has been a crisis shortage of rural doctors. How did Arfon completely transform his practice when he became the “last man standing” in his community of 4500 patients? At the time, the GP surgery was topping the charts for all the wrong reasons, such as being named as “most likely to fail in North Wales” by a senior Health Board member. Dr. Williams had a choice...

Duration:00:39:33

EPISODE 15: Peter O’Driscoll, Equitable Food Initiative – “Getting a Win-Win-Win-Win-Win by Aligning Your Interests”

12/30/2019
In this episode, Peter O’Driscoll discusses the transformational change that can happen when the whole system is in the room. When you change one part of a system, it has a ripple effect on the whole, but if you if want it to be sustainable, you need everyone in the room. For centuries, getting food on the table meant slavery, share cropping and “disposable” labor where workers have not been compensated fairly for their skills and hard work. Cesar Chavez began the work with collective...

Duration:00:37:35