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The industry of social change has grown to be larger than the global finance industry, employing about 7% of the world’s workforce. Yet, most observers would agree that it’s not always delivering the change we need. Current approaches, which rely on industrial models of production and power to solve social problems are, in fact, designed to entrench the status quo.
In their wonderful new book, The Systems Work of Social Change: How to Harness Connection, Context, and Power to Cultivate Deep and Enduring Change, co-authors Cynthia Rayner and François Bonnici draw on 200 years of history to uncover principles and practices for social change that radically depart from these approaches. And it’s a pleasure to have them with us now.
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The Social Progress Imperative uses data to influence policies and investments to better serve all of humanity. They partner with leaders in every sector – government, business, and civil society – to meet the pressing needs of communities and equip them with the right information to tackle urgent global challenges. And here to discuss with us some of their latest work is Michael Green, the chief executive officer of the Social Progress Imperative.
The massive amounts of complexity and change that leaders face these days are unprecedented. And our system, both organizational and bodily systems, are not automatically good at coping with this. In fact, our instinct to simplify a complex world can be dangerous.
This tendency and how to address it is captured in a wonderful book by my next guest. She is Jennifer Garvey Berger, the CEO of Cultivating Leadership and author of Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity.
All over the world, girls are treated as second to boys. Far too often, girls are denied an education, told who and when to marry, and blocked from leadership positions. Educated and respected girls are the exception, not the norm.
That is why the organization my next guest helps lead puts girls first. She is Christen Brandt, co-founder and COO of She’s the First and co-author of Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In.
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Denver: Generation Citizen empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens, and their workplace culture looks to create the same for its employees. So, I went over to the New York City offices recently to check it out. We’ll begin with their CEO, Scott Warren, and then hear from some of the other members of the team.
Better Than Most is a regular feature of The Business of Giving, examining the best places to work among social good businesses and nonprofit organizations. Denver: For this edition, we’ll be going to Howard Street in San Francisco and to the headquarters of Kiva, an...
Denver: And tonight, you’ll be going out to Oakland, California in the headquarter offices of GiveWell. They search for charities that save and improve lives the most per dollar. We’ll begin with their Co-founder and Executive Director Elle Hassenfeld and then hear from some of the other members of the team.
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Denver Frederick is the Host of The Business of Giving.
Each week he interviews nonprofit CEOs, corporate leaders, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs on the solutions that they are working on and investing in to make this a better world.
Denver is a Certified Professional Coach for leaders in the social sector. He is also a sought-after speaker on how to create healthy and robust corporate cultures in nonprofit organizations.