Episode 111: Stanford Business School’s Professor Neil Malhotra on how to create and sustain solutions to systemic problems
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
8M ago
A fascinating, wide-ranging, and spirited discussion about the state of social entrepreneurship and innovation today, touching on key questions including how to effectively measure impact, the true availability of impact investment, how to manage hybrid social businesses –as well as the challenges social entrepreneurs face keeping focussed on the mission while generating cash flow and profit. Professor Malhotra also discusses some of the  research and insights from his recent book Frontiers in Social Innovation-and reflects on some of the key trends that will impact future social innovat ..read more
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Episode 110: Interview with Tom Chi founder At One Ventures…a climate-focused VC fund investing in companies creating environmentally positive technology.
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Deep dive on the role of technology in helping to solve the world’s greatest environmental questions-and a passionate argument for the impact of social entrepreneurship. Tom gives an overview of At One Ventures investments and key technologies that the fund has supported, with a particular focus on tree planting technologies. As well as discussing specific technologies and market applications, Tom shares his views on the dangers of increasing penetration of technologies in our lives and reflects on techno utopian approach to the environment associated with Silicon Valley. Tom also shares his c ..read more
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Episode 78: Interview with KJ Erickson, Founder and CEO of Simbi
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
KJ Erickson is Founder and CEO of Simbi, an innovative technology platform that allows people around the world to exchange or barter services. Users can do exchanges directly, or for credits that can be spent in the Simbi network. Prior to Simbi, KJ spent 9 years as the Founder and Executive Director of FORGE, a nonprofit that provides education, skills training, and entrepreneurial resources to more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa. KJ has won many awards include the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, the Do Something Award for public service, and the Stanford Haas Public ..read more
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Episode 76: Interview with Gregg Treinish, founder of Adventure Scientists
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Gregg is founder of Adventure Scientists, a US non profit that partners with various conservation groups around the world to collect data from the outdoors that are crucial to unlocking solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. Since its founding in 2011, it has sent thousands of volunteers on missions to collect data from remote, difficult-to-access locations for conservation groups.  This has led to the discovery of more than three dozen new species, provided key information to guide climate change decision-making, and helped protect threatened wildlife habitat around the world ..read more
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Episode 75: Interview with Eric Nee, managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Eric Nee is managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), which has been serving global leaders of social change for almost 15 years- via its quarterly magazine, online articles, podcasts, videos, webinars, and conferences. Eric has some 30 years experience in the publishing industry; before joining Fortune, Eric launched Forbes’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. In this interview, Eric gives a fascinating overview of the state of social innovation today — and talks about some of the most exciting trends that he sees. From his unique vantage point at the inte ..read more
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Episode 73: Interview with Amit Saraogi and Clementine Chambon founders of Oorja Solutions
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Oorja is a social enterprise that enables underserved rural communities in India to transform their crop waste crop waste into clean energy and biochar using hybrid solar and biomass-powered microgrids. Some 450 million people in rural India do not have access to reliable electricity — Oorja’s mission is to provide clean energy access to these people with a particular focus on local communities whilst promoting sustainable local economic development ..read more
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Episode 71: Interview Dr. Alex Dehgan, CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Alex is the CEO and co-founder of Conservation X Labs, a startup for tech innovation for conservation and development.  Prior to founding Conservation X Labs Alex served as the Chief Scientist at USAID and founded the Global Development Lab.  Conservation X Labs aims to harness exponential technologies, open innovation, and entrepreneurship to dramatically improve the efficacy, scale and sustainability of conservation efforts to end human induced extinction ..read more
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Episode 70: Interview with Echoing Green’s President, Cheryl Dorsey, celebrating 30-year’s pioneering support for social entrepreneurs
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Echoing Green is a leading global non-profit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change. The organisation is celebrating its 30 anniversary in 2017. Over that time it has forged a community of global pioneers, now over 700 strong, and played a pioneering role helping accelerate these leaders to impact the world.  Cheryl Dorsey has been at the helm since 2002 and has overseen Echoing Green’s development into a leading global non-profit. In this interview, posted jointly with Financing Social Entrepreneurs (www.financin ..read more
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Episode 68: Interview with Christian Seelos, co-author of the newly published Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Christian is a scholar of social innovation –he is the Leo Tindemans Chair for Business Model Innovation at KU Leuven — a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and an academic visitor at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Christian, together with Johanna Mair are co-authors of the recently published Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It ..read more
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Episode 66: Interview with Dr Marc Ventresca, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
by Fergal Byrne
1y ago
Marc is on faculty at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College.  His research and teaching focus on innovation, institutions and infrastructure, with particular empirical projects at the intersection of organizational strategy and economic sociology in nascent markets.  Current work explores early moments approaches in markets for UK impact investment, ecosystems services in Amazon Peru, climate change adaption, and Cascadia ‘conscious capitalism’. Marc has a distinctive, ‘organisation-rich’view on the role of social entrepreneurs as system build ..read more
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