The ratio between words spoken and action taken is uncomfortably high when it comes to racial equity in our organizations and institutions. One reason for this is that it’s a very difficult issue to talk about, but a new book provides a common sense and pragmatic approach to help move the conversation forward. In fact, it’s called The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations. And it’s a pleasure to have with us its author and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Robert Livingston.
The need to “build back better” in the wake of the cataclysmic events from this past year is at the top of most people’s minds, but good intentions are no longer good enough… or are piecemeal solutions. Freada Kapor Klein, a partner at Kapor Capital and co-chair of the Kapor Center, understands better than most what changes are truly needed to assure for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive rebuild. And she is with us now.
Most companies and organizations would admit they have failed to create a truly innovative culture, one where the processes that spur innovation just come naturally. My next guest draws on behavioral science to provide a system for empowering individuals and teams to be their most curious and creative every single day. And in the midst of this pandemic, couldn’t we all use that? He is Scott Anthony, a senior partner at Innosight and author of Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside your Organization.
There are people in this world who strive to achieve incredible things. And then there are those who, while embarking upon those grand feats, seek to create an impact for even greater good. My next guest would be the latter. He is Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and the commander of the first all-civilian mission to space later this year.
Many listeners who have attended charity galas are familiar with the auction part of the evening as the organization raises additional revenue from those in attendance. But what happens when there are no in-person galas? No two tickets to a live sporting event? No meet-and-greets with a very special person? No travel to an exotic location? And what if that happens at a time when many nonprofits are struggling to meet increased demand for their services? Well, to find out, it’s a pleasure to have with us Ben Erwin, the president of the full-service charity auction site, Charitybuzz.
Since 1952, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation has been committed to helping create a vibrant New York City — one that is strong, healthy, livable, and just. It is also one of the leading adherents of a concept called trust-based philanthropy. And here to discuss that with us, as well as how it is responding to this period of unparalleled disruption, is Philip Li, the president and CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.