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Mission to Scale

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Extreme poverty, climate change, racial injustice. As the world’s problems accelerate, so should our solutions. Mission to Scale reveals the tools, mindsets and strategies that organizations and funders need — to make the most impact. On the podcast, host Dan Berelowitz talks to brilliant leaders from today’s most dynamic nonprofits, social enterprises, and purpose-driven brands about pursuing change, at scale. From creating lean strategy to team building, each episode helps you take the guesswork out of changing more lives.

This podcast is a production of Spring Impact and Hueman Group Media
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For our series finale, we’ll be highlighting the stories of scale from the 2023 Skoll Awardees. Tackling health care, democracy, climate, and racial and economic equity, listen to innovators who are working on transformational solutions to global problems. In this episode, guests featured throughout the season reveal key strategies and advice for changemakers who want to scale up their work for the benefit of communities everywhere. If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit ⁠⁠⁠skoll.wf/3ncBHmR -- This series is produced by ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Hueman Group Media⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Learn more about ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spring Impact⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. Follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.
With the amount of carbon dioxide the Amazon rainforest absorbs, it’s often called ‘the lungs of the earth’. Its destruction will lead to a global increase in temperature, floods and droughts. And while climate change affects us all, this is even more immediately devastating for the communities that live in the forest.  By supporting the development of small enterprises in the Brazilian Amazon, Conexsus is solving environmental destruction and helping the livelihood of these communities. Today, Co-founder Carina Pimenta and Interim Executive Director Marco van der Ree reveal how Conexsus is using bioeconomy to help preserve our forests.  To learn more about Conexsus visit conexsus.org To learn more about Conexsus’ Skoll Award for Social Innovation visit https://skoll.wf/3Z8lfBe If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit ⁠⁠skoll.wf/3ncBHmR\⁠⁠ -- This series is produced by ⁠⁠⁠⁠Hueman Group Media⁠⁠⁠⁠ Learn more about ⁠⁠⁠⁠Spring Impact⁠⁠⁠⁠. Follow us on ⁠⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠.
America’s population is increasingly becoming diverse. But low income people and communities of color continue to be oppressed and underserved. Michael McAfee deeply understands that America is not following through on its promise of equity. As the CEO of PolicyLink, Michael and his team fights to dismantle the structural racism in America, working closely with the Biden administration to enact equitable policies.  Today, Michael tells us how PolicyLink is achieving grassroots-level change for a more inclusive America. To learn more about PolicyLink visit www.policylink.org To learn more about Protect Democracy’s Skoll Award for Social Innovation visit ⁠skoll.wf/3lwXnti⁠ If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit ⁠skoll.wf/3ncBHmR\⁠ -- This series is produced by ⁠⁠⁠Hueman Group Media⁠⁠⁠ Learn more about ⁠⁠⁠Spring Impact⁠⁠⁠. Follow us on ⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠.
The attacks of January 6th on the capitol felt like a wake up call to many. But Ian Bassin, a former member of the White House Counsel's office, noticed U.S democratic values deteriorating long before. In 2017, Ian got in touch with scholars who had been studying democratic threats all around the world to more accurately predict what might lay ahead. He learned of the authoritarianism playbook and launched Protect Democracy to combat it. Today, Ian tells us how Protect Democracy has been working behind the scenes to strengthen our democratic institutions.  To learn more about Protect Democracy visit protectdemocracy.org To learn more about Protect Democracy’s Skoll Award for Social Innovation visit skoll.wf/3lwXnti If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit skoll.wf/3ncBHmR\ -- This series is produced by ⁠⁠Hueman Group Media⁠⁠ Learn more about ⁠⁠Spring Impact⁠⁠. Follow us on ⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠, ⁠⁠LinkedIn⁠⁠, and ⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠.
What if all your healthcare needs were a text message away? In this first episode of our special series with the Skoll Foundation, we speak with Debbie Rogers, CEO at Reach Digital Health, previously named Praekelt.  Through text messaging, Reach Digital Health is not only informing people about their health. Citizens can also respond and ask questions, helping governments gain a real time understanding of the public health landscape. Through their story, Debbie reveals how mobile technology can be one’s greatest asset when trying to reach the world’s most vulnerable populations. To learn more about Reach Digital Health visit ⁠www.reachdigitalhealth.org To learn more about Reach Digital Health’s Skoll Award for Social Innovation visit skoll.wf/3Z9ruVz  If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit skoll.wf/3ncBHmR -- This series is produced by ⁠Hueman Group Media⁠ Learn more about ⁠Spring Impact⁠. Follow us on ⁠Twitter⁠, ⁠LinkedIn⁠, and ⁠Instagram⁠.
As so many of the world’s problems accelerate, so should our solutions. Each year, the Skoll Award for Social Innovation celebrates the extraordinary leaders and organizations who have had a significant impact on creating a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous world for all. In this special series of the Mission to Scale podcast I talk to the 2023 Skoll awardees about how they are moving the needle on today’s challenges and scaling these solutions. If you’re interested in learning more about this year’s winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Innovation, don’t forget to visit skoll.wf/3ncBHmR -- This series is produced by Hueman Group MediaLearn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Measuring social impact is complex and yet, essential for organizations, investors and funders to make decisions. That is why Natasha Joshi, associate director at Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, encourages foundations to move away from a single metric approach when evaluating their grantees. Today we look at a variety of impact metrics and how these interact with one another. On the show, Natasha also tells us why the role of philanthropy shouldn’t be to solve problems, but rather to enable others to do so. Read the article written by Natasha Joshi titled “Plotting Impact Beyond Simple Metrics” here. Purchase a print or digital subscription to the magazine here. This series is a partnership between Spring Impact and SSIR and produced by Hueman Group Media.
As climate change accelerates, companies are putting sustainability assurance –a certification for the sustainable production of products and services–at the forefront of their agenda. But they often present this data in a way that makes them seem more environmentally friendly than they actually are. Today we are discussing how sustainability reporting can be used for greenwashing. Our guests are Donna Carmichael, Kazbi Soonawalla and Judith C. Stroehle. In our conversation we talk about the lack of mandated standards for sustainability assurance. We also address the urgent need to improve these reporting practices to make informed decisions about our environment. Read the article written by Donna Carmichael, Kazbi Soonawalla and Judith C. Stroehle  titled “Sustainability Assurance as Greenwashing” here. Purchase a print or digital subscription to the magazine here. This series is a partnership between Spring Impact and SSIR and produced by Hueman Group Media.
Philanthropy has the power to make an impact by listening and supporting those they are trying to serve. For a decade The California Endowment invested $1.8 billion dollars in 14 underprivileged communities, successfully advancing their health and racial equity. Our guests today are Robert Ross, president and CEO for The California Endowment and Hanh Cao Yu, the foundation's chief learning officer. Robert and Hanh draw from their experience with the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. They reveal how philanthropies can create meaningful change by centering the voices of communities that have been historically marginalized. Read the article written by Hanh Cao Yu, Robert Ross and Frank Farrow titled “Philanthropic Investment in People Power” here. Purchase a print or digital subscription to the magazine here. This series is a partnership between Spring Impact and SSIR and produced by Hueman Group Media -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
How can small funders make an outsized impact? In this episode, we explore this topic with Louis Boorstin, managing director of the Osprey Foundation. In our conversation, Louis lays out techniques funders can use to maximize leverage and ensure sustainable change. We talk about funding systems change through collaboration and strategy alignment. Louis also shares how unconventional strategies such as providing flexible funding and engaging in high risk investments can help small foundations have a greater impact. Read the article written by Louis C. Boorstin titled “You Could Spend Your Money Differently” here. Purchase a print or digital subscription to the magazine here. This series is a partnership between Spring Impact and SSIR and produced by Hueman Group Media -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
In this first episode of our special series with Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), we speak with Arne Duncan. Arne is managing partner at the anti-gun violence organization Chicago CRED and former U.S. Secretary of Education. In our conversation, we talk about CRED’s multifaceted approach – one that involves working directly with the communities and people who are most likely to carry a gun or get shot. Arne also shares the research showing CRED’s potential to significantly reduce gun violence in Chicago by 80 percent and his vision for their program to be adapted in many urban places across the country. If you want to learn more about Chicago CRED visit chicagocred.org Read the article written by Arne Duncan titled “We Know How to Prevent Gun Violence, Now We Need to Scale It” here. Purchase a print or digital subscription to the magazine here. This series is a partnership between Spring Impact and SSIR and produced by Hueman Group Media -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
The use of sales tactics is often seen as an antagonist of social impact, when in fact it can be an ally. This is why today, in our last episode of the season, we are uncovering how social entrepreneurs can become effective sales leaders. Our guest is Scott Roy, CEO and Co-Founder of the sales consulting firm Whitten & Roy Partnership In our conversation, Scott explains what ‘decision intelligence selling’ is. He tells us how to become better at selling and managing a sales team, as well as how one can use sales tactics when fundraising. On the show, Scott also explains why becoming good at selling might be what enables your organization to scale and have a greater impact. -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Receiving financial support is probably the biggest hurdle faced by organizations looking to scale. But finding the right investor to back your company financially might be the key to scaling impact. In today’s episode, we are exploring the potential of social impact investment in achieving scale. Our guest is Andre Bennin, Managing Partner at Rethink Education, an impact investment firm focused on backing education technology companies. In our conversation, Andre shares how he balances financial returns and social impact when deciding whether to invest in a company. We also talk about the differences between funding nonprofits and social enterprises, and discuss why social enterprises tend to scale quicker. -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Social impact bonds are a complex concept. But this episode tries to break it down and shares a success story. The key to social impact bonds is that the service providers only get paid if the project goes well — an incentive for excellent delivery. Lerato Lehoko is the former managing director of Bonds4Jobs, a financial intermediary that implemented the first social impact bond in South Africa. In this episode Lerato explains how the private investment group Yellowwoods and the nonprofit Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator successfully set up the Inclusive Youth Employment Bond. We talk about how this bond is helping inclusive youth employment in South Africa and about the potential of social impact bonds more generally. Listen to Ann Mei Chang’s episode here Listen to Nicola Galombik’s episode here -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Measuring outcomes is an essential part of scaling impact. Without knowing how effective their programs are, organizations can’t make informed decisions, secure funding, or meet the expectations of investors. Yet, traditional models of measuring in the social sector often fail to listen to the very people they are trying to serve. Today’s guest is trying to change that. Tom Adams is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at 60 Decibels, a tech enabled impact measurement company. Today Tom tells us how his experience at Acumen led him to found 60 Decibels and how this company is flipping the script on impact measurement. We talk about how traditional ways of measuring can hinder scaling and fail to listen to their beneficiaries. On the show, Tom also shares how a new way of measuring impact can enable quicker and more effective scaling. Listen to Ann Mei Chang’s episode here -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
The investment management industry has the power to direct large amounts of capital into companies creating change. Yet, many social entrepreneurs are not familiar with this sector. Today’s guest is Darren Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Impax Asset Management. In this episode, Darren speaks of his experience as a minority in a sector where only about 1 percent of asset managers are Black. Darren also shares how social enterprises can benefit from engaging with asset management organizations, and provides his advice for leaders looking to scale. -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Applying research based evidence into programs is not always straightforward. There’s often a disconnect between what we know from research and our ability to successfully apply that knowledge into practice. The job of Implementation scientists is to study the factors contributing to this gap. Today’s guest is Alison Metz, a Professor and Director of Implementation Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this episode we talk about the field of implementation science –how it is broadening its scope in some ways while remaining reductionist in others. Allison explains why she thinks that successful implementation should pay more attention to context and relationships. On the show, she also shares her advice to those wishing to use implementation science to achieve greater results. -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Earlier this year I stepped down as CEO of Spring Impact –the organization I founded over a decade ago. I decided to pass the baton to Mohamed Osman, and honestly, I couldn’t have thought of a better person to take over. Today, you will understand why. Mohamed has dedicated his life to scaling impact, from finding a solution for the lack of water access in his hometown in Kenya, to making enormous contributions to HIV treatment and prevention at the Elton John AIDS foundation. In this episode Mohamed shares the knowledge gained throughout his career and his vision as the new CEO of Spring Impact. -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
The job market continues to be unstable due to COVID-19 and its fallout. In August 2021, it was reported that there were 10.7 million jobs in the US that need to be filled. So while the supply is high, how come job seekers, who are willing and able to work, not getting employed? Open Hiring might offer some solutions to this issue. Under this model, anyone who puts their name on a list is hired— no background checks and no questions asked. Joseph Kenner is the President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, the pioneer business behind this model. He also leads the Greyston Foundation, where he supports other organizations in adopting Open Hiring. In this episode, we talk about the impetus for Open Hiring and how it sets out to break barriers in employment. We also discuss why scaling and replication doesn’t look the same for every organization. To learn more about Greyston visit greyston.org -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
In 1992, 11 year-old Zarlasht Halaimzai and her family were forced to leave Afghanistan, eventually landing in the UK to start a new life. Inspired by her own experience, Zarlasht flew to Greece in 2016 to help the unprecedented number of refugees fleeing from the war in Syria. That initiative grew from a tent with a few volunteers into an internationally recognized nonprofit. Amna (formerly known as the Refugee Trauma Initiative) is now training organizations around the world to offer trauma care. In this episode Zarlasht tells her personal story of displacement and takes us back to the beginnings of Amna. We also talk about the challenges she experienced as the founder of an organization that is rapidly growing whilst addressing one of the greatest humanitarian crises. To learn more about Amna visit https://amna.org/ -- Learn more about Spring Impact. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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