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The Change Makers Podcast aims to raise awareness about changes needed in our behavior, in our society, and in our economy in order to preserve our planet and live more sustainable.

Season 2 of this podcast has a clear focus: the SDGs. We have only one decade left to achieve the UN's SDGs and we need to speed up the process to make it happen.

This podcast puts in the spotlight international thinkers and initiatives that are helping us get one step closer to the goals and will hopefully inspire listeners to start their own initiatives, in their own communities.

Think global. Act local.
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Shannon Raponi is a volunteer for the People’s Plan on the communications team. She is especially passionate about the protection of nature and the benefits of people connecting with the natural world.  The People's Plan aims to put people’s voices at the heart of a green and just recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic towards our net zero future, through engaging diverse communities on local net zero policymaking. More on the People's Plan: http://peoplesplan.org/ The People’s Plan is one of the campaigns of The Climate Venture Collective, a grassroots group of volunteer entrepreneurs, thinkers, makers, and doers who come together to create scalable solutions to the climate and ecological crisis. As well as the People’s Plan Campaign, they build products, apps, and other services to help create a smooth transition to a zero-carbon economy. More on The Climate Venture Collective: https://thecvcollective.com/ In today’s episode, Shannon and I talk about the Green New Deal and why we need to implement it on a global scale.
Izzy Ngo is an ed-tech entrepreneur for Southeast Asia, and is deeply passionate about democratizing quality educational resources through technology. She is the co-founder of VERE360, an immersive content platform that makes experiential learning experiences affordable, quick, and easy to use.  Try it out here: https://vere360.com/ In today’s episode, we learn the story of VERE360 and we break the stigma around VR, we reflect on how VR can be used as a tool to improve the quality of education, and we reflect on the challenges within education pre and post COVID. 
Annie Kelly is an award-winning human rights journalist for the Guardian and Observer. She is the editor of the Guardian’s Modern-day slavery in focus series. She also works as a writer and consultant for UN agencies and international NGOs. Previous clients have included UN Women, UNAIDS, Save the Children, ActionAid, Help Age International, and WaterAid. Read more about Annie's work here: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/anniekelly In today’s episode, we talk about modern slavery, labor exploitation, the impact of covid19 pandemic on people employed in the global supply chains, and we reflect on what is decent work. ............................................................. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Karry is a research and purpose consultant, helping companies implement the triple bottom line and re-imagine business as a force for good. As a B Corp Ambassador, she guides companies along their journey to becoming a Certified B Corporation and advocates for the B Corp movement in Germany, to raise awareness through community building and event creation.  Her research insights on the topic of purpose, brand activism and greenwashing are published on SustainableFashionMatterz.com and her own blog on karryschwettmann.com. In today's episode, we talk about greenwashing, the rise of B corps and purpose-driven companies, activism and spirituality.  Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Karla Morales-Lee is a thought-leader, community chief, brand strategist, and designer of unique experiences. Over the past 15 years, she has founded four businesses, one of which she sold. Today, she leads two ground-breaking businesses, both of which exist to accelerate positive change. Founded in 2018, her consultancy New Breed advises organizations on how to be a force for good, helping them to identify and co-design ways to grow their business through positive societal and environmental impact. In 2011 she saw a need to support social entrepreneurs to thrive (rather than just survive) and created The Warrior Women Network, which has quickly evolved to an app-based support and collaboration platform for female entrepreneurs pioneering new solutions to the problems that matter.  More on New Breed.  More on The Warrior Women Network.  In today's episode, we talk about gender equality, the challenges of women leading impactful projects, and the need for more collaboration to lead positive projects.  Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com
Jaagruti Didwania and Sejal Maheshwari are 2 inspiring women who are co-leading the Blue Divide project, an endeavour to amplify the lives, voices, struggles and strengths of women confined by the intersectional divide created by gender, class, and the nature of work in the informal economy. Jaagruti is most passionate about women’s rights and equality and wants to use market-oriented solutions to solve some of the issues being faced by women today and Sejal is particularly passionate about women empowerment and continues to pick her battles on a day-to-day basis. More on The Blue Divide: https://www.bluedivide.org/ In today’s episode, we talk about the informal economy and its challenges, women working in the informal economy and how the COVID 19 pandemic has affected the lives of millions of workers active in the informal economy. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Lenka Homolka is a storyteller & marketer on a mission to help clean-tech companies find their rightful spot on the market. She places them as thought leaders and creates their future-proof tales that empower everyday people in making a positive difference in the world. For the last 6 years, she is guiding companies, NGOs, communities & policy-makers through development, innovation, and implementation of their own inspiring (tech)tales to bring the Bright Tale for humanity. She is a creator of GET, a sustainable toothpaste tube made for the whole society, not only the green bubble. More about Lenka: https://lenkahomolka.com/ More on GET: https://www.wearekontra.com/get In today’s episode, we discuss Clean & Affordable #Energy 💡, what holds us back from employing it and what are the underlying behavioral patterns of change towards a green & resilient future. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Giulia Marzetti is an engineer that works as a project manager for a portfolio of sustainable transport and energy projects. Giulia is the driving Persona of the European Footprints, a multimedia project raising awareness about the SDGs through storytelling; she is also a Local Leader for the Women@EIT initiative, where she supports women in science and entrepreneurship. Currently, Giulia is a Project Officer at the European Commission and the viewpoints she has expressed in this interview are not the ones of her employer. In today’s episode, we reflect on the SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, sustainable urban development, lessons after COVID, the need for a localized, systemic, and participatory approach to urban planning and community resilience. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Floris Koot (1958, the Netherlands) is an experienced public speaker, writer, trainer, and since 2004, an active creative innovator in education. He is co-founder of Knowmads Business school Amsterdam and was involved in several other education startups.  Floris studied to be a Teacher of Dramatic Arts and Integral Psychology. During his journey, he worked in many creative professions, from actor to DJ, from illustrator to event designer. As a teacher, he always challenges mindsets and explores new possibilities. He helps students find their own answers. Find out more about Floris’ educational approach on his blog More about Floris' work on his personal website More on Knowmads here   In today’s episode, we reflect on the biggest challenges of education systems worldwide and how they are in contradiction with our human nature, we explore what should be the bigger purpose of learning and how it can better reflect the reality of the 21st century. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Johannah Maher is the CEO and Co-founder of IMPACTR, an impact-tech startup company with a mission to inspire millions of people to do small things that together make a big impact.   More on IMPACTR: https://www.impactr.world/ Prior to becoming an impact-entrepreneur, Johannah was an executive at the world´s largest wind energy company, specialized in high-tech product development and value engineering.  Johannah is a recognized industry expert in renewable energy and a fierce advocate for equality and social change. In today’s episode, we talk about the energy transition, the relationship between inclusion, equality, and the clean energy transition movement. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Robert Milder is a designer, an environmentalist and the founder of Van de Sant- a sustainable design furniture company that makes fully circular furniture using recycled plastic gathered from land and oceans. Yet as sustainability gets more and more popular, the traditional furniture industry still uses more than two billion trees annually to make its products; trees cut legally and illegally. Van de Sant started with the mission to stop deforestation and plastic pollution. More on Van de Sant here: https://www.vandesant.com/ In this episode we talk about responsible production and consumption, the challenges in the furniture industry, and the opportunity to shift towards full circularity. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Agita Pasaribu is a child online protection enthusiast, cyberbullying policy analyst, and founder of bully.id - a future mobile app that combines psychology and law principles to proactively identify bullying & cyberbullying with an AI-analysis.  Over a decade, she has been working closely with the UN, ITU, and WHO.  Agita is a proud Fred. J. Hansen fellow, TEDx Speaker and Global Strategic Leadership Award 2019 “Social Cause Category" receiver. In today’s episode we cover cyberbullying, regulations around bullying and harassment online, and its impact on mental health. If you like this episode or want to learn more about projects advancing the UN's 2030 agenda, subscribe to this show! Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Larissa Menocci is a communication professional, tech entrepreneur and human connection designer. She is an expert on how to use Design Thinking for team development. Since 2011 she has facilitated hundreds of workshops in three continents leading tens of teams to business success. Larissa is a Hyper Island alumni, partner of MakeTeamWork, co-founder of Teaming and she is continuously striving to make people work together better. Teaming is an app designed for remote teams to build trust, alignment, and a healthy culture. In this episode we talk about the future of work, team development, and designing for human connection. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Alisha Bhagat is a senior strategist at Forum for the Future, a sustainability non-profit working globally with business, government and other organizations to solve complex problems.  More on Forum for the Future.  Follow Forum for the Future on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. In today’s episode, Alisha and I reflect on SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals. We discuss global solidarity in the midst of the global pandemic, we talk about the need to shift to long term oriented decision making at national and international levels and the need for global decision-makers to incorporate systems thinking in their processes. Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Pratik Parmar is a business developer at Build up Nepal, an organization empowering local people in Nepal to use local material to rebuild their own villages. Build up Nepal works as an implementation partner for INGOs, NGOs, and local entrepreneurs focusing on community-driven reconstruction and supporting local entrepreneurship. More about the project here: https://www.buildupnepal.com/ In today’s episode, we talk about SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. We reflect on what makes a city sustainable, what are the major challenges in urban planning, and the changes needed in the way we build and manage our urban spaces. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Jeremy Liddle, Christian Walter, and David Galipeau are founding partners at SDGx, a global technology venture capital and advisory group offering a full-service ecosystem to achieve the SDGs. SDGx does integral investments in deep tech startups, provides tech transfer venture building and consulting services as well as conducts research on the impact of technology in society.  More on the work of SDGx here.  In today’s episode, we discuss about impact investing, systems change, and building partnerships for a sustainable development ecosystem. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Dorian Furlonger is a creative writer and explorer of ideas to enable EVERYONE to achieve a good quality of life, on a sustainable basis, treating our diversity of cultures and viewpoints not as a basis for conflict but as a rich knowledge resource that we can draw upon in mutually constructive ways. His books include “Quality of Life for All” and "It’s Time for Politics to Grow Up”. For reference on the principles and thinking techniques discussed in this podcast, have a look at: Thinking Techniques when searching for political solutions The principles proposed to enable us to move towards a sustainable quality of life for all. In this episode, we challenge the growth paradigm that has been guiding our political and economic decision making, we reflect on what is a good quality of life for all and the changes needed in our political and economic systems to achieve it. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Marianne Haahr is the executive director at Green Digital Finance Alliance- a private-public partnership between the UN environment program and ANT Financial to leverage digital technology to scale green digital finance.  https://greendigitalfinancealliance.org/ In this episode, we discuss the challenges of the current financial system,  the current COVID-19 situation and the impact of this crisis on the economic and financial systems, we reflect on green finance and the need to scale it globally. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/the-chan…-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Sudebi Thakurata and Probal Banerjee are the co-founders of D.epicentre, a transdisciplinary design collecting that uses a diversity of skills and approaches in delivering a unique pedagogy and learning experiences. D.epicentre has a vision about shifts in patterns of thinking, in looking at the bigger picture, connecting the dots and changing the way we see ourselves in relation to the world around. For more info about their work, check Sudebi’s and Probal’s profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sudebi/ https://linkedin.com/in/probal/ In this episode, we talk about learning as a process of inquiry in experiential, immersive, participatory and contextual ways.  We reflect on the impact of the global pandemic on education and the opportunity to rethink the purpose and process of learning. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-change-makers-podcast/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
Stayce Nimusiima is a freelancer and consultant working on innovation and communication projects that have the ultimate goal for behavioural change and social impact. In this episode, we dive into Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.  We explore what is decent work, and how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting it, we discuss the issue of unemployment, and the opportunities coming out of the current crisis, such as shaping the future of work. Find out more about Stayce's work: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staycenimusiima/ Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/change.makers.stories/ Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/catalinacatana/ Music Credits: Chill Cole- Amber Lights Art Cover: studioalexandragurita.com/
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