President of John Templeton Foundation on Their Commitment to Science and the Big Questions

President of John Templeton Foundation on Their Commitment to Science and the Big Questions

The John Templeton Foundation is a philanthropic organization that reflects the ideas of its founder, the legendary investor, John Templeton. He wanted to support progress in religious and spiritual knowledge, especially at the intersection of religion and science. And he sought to fund research on methods to promote and develop moral character, purpose, creativity in people, and to promote free markets among other things. And here to discuss what they’re up to today, it’s a pleasure to have with us, Heather Templeton Dill, the president of the foundation.

Why Process is Even More Important Than Outcomes with Systems Work

Why Process is Even More Important Than Outcomes with Systems Work

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.

Global Social Progress Index: 2021 Ranking of 168 Countries

Global Social Progress Index: 2021 Ranking of 168 Countries

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.

5 Approaches For Leaders To Thrive in Complexity

5 Approaches For Leaders To Thrive in Complexity

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.

She’s The First Helps Girls to Choose Their Own Future

She’s The First Helps Girls to Choose Their Own Future

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. 

AID:Tech: Bringing Traceability to International Aid

AID:Tech: Bringing Traceability to International Aid

AID:Tech’s platform brings transparency and traceability to the distributions of resources by governments, NGOs, corporations, and charities. And by using blockchain applications, they are able to bring access and inclusion to the underserved. 

Here to tell us about how this all works in practice, it’s a pleasure to have Niall Dennehy, the co-founder and COO of AID:Tech.