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, Spring Impact Founder 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.

 

A must if you're serious about scaling...It’s a great mix of ideas and practical examples.

Apple Podcasts US Review 2022

PLANNED PARENTHOOD ON INNOVATING IN TIMES OF CRISIS

In this bonus episode, Planned Parenthood Chief Global Strategy and Innovation Officer, Dawn Laguens, talks about the importance of innovation and collaboration for delivering Planned Parenthood’s crucial services to more people, how the organization is addressing the Roe Vs Wade crisis, and what we can expect in the future for reproductive rights in the United States.

New series with Stanford Social Innovation Review

Discover new insights and ideas for tackling the world’s most pressing social challenges.

This special series of the Mission to Scale podcast takes an exclusive look at the latest social innovation thinking, perspectives, and research featured in the Summer 2022 Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) magazine - an award-winning publication which covers cross-sector solutions to global problems.

From tackling the thorny issues surrounding tech inclusion for excluded communities, to exploring dynamic strategies for successful health collaboratives, each episode will help you uncover new ideas, inspiration, and solutions for addressing the world’s most pressing social issues.

Episodes:

  • Tech Inclusion for Excluded Communities
  • Pacing Entrepreneurs to Success
  • The Business Case for Indigenous Rights
  • Dynamic Strategies for Successful Health Collaboratives
  • Preserving Social Purpose Amid a Global Pandemic

 

Guests and episodes

Hear from the authors of the articles published in the Summer 2022 SSIR edition and learn how they came to take on some of the world’s most pressing social problems, their most frustrating challenges and setbacks, and what they learned along the way.

Smadar Nehab, Social Entrepreneur

Smadar Nehab is an experienced hi-tech entrepreneur and executive who has started and led research and development organizations in Israel and California. Over the last decade she has focused on social entrepreneurship. Among other initiatives, she is co-founder of Tsofen High Technology Centers, a nonprofit that seeks to fully integrate the Arab community in Israel into the Israeli hi-tech industry. Tsofen’s work has led to considerable social change by up-starting high-tech industry in Arab cities and by promoting inclusion of Arabs in Israeli high-tech.

Featured in Episode: Tech Inclusion for Excluded Communities

Linda Jakob Sadeh, Research Associate, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute

Navigating between academic, professional, and activist positions, Linda is a research associate at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an experienced organizational consultant, and is involved in initiatives tackling the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. She studies and develops organizing strategies for interrupting economic and political inequalities and transforming national conflicts, and works with public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Featured in Episode: Tech Inclusion for Excluded Communities

Sonali Rammohan, Evaluation and Learning Lead Stanford Seed

Sonali has focused her career on the intersection of business, management and social impact. At Stanford Seed, she develops insights to continuously improve Seed’s programs and to enable Seed enterprises across Africa and South Asia to create greater impact as they innovate and grow. She also guides students in research on Seed enterprises, and partners with faculty on impact research and publications.

Featured in Episode: Pacing Entrepreneurs to Success

Tim Weiss, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Imperial College London

Tim Weiss is assistant professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Imperial College London and cofounding member of the Africa Tech Research Collective. His research program sits at the intersection of entrepreneurship and society, analysing the changing nature of entrepreneurship and its societal effects. He co-edited the open-access book “Digital Kenya: An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making.”

Featured in Episode: Pacing Entrepreneurs to Success

Kate Finn, Executive Director, First Peoples Worldwide

Finn is Executive Director of First Peoples Worldwide. Her expertise concerns articulating how the impacts of development in Indigenous communities must be addressed at all levels of business and investment in order to build healthy Native economies and communities for generations.

Featured in Episode: The Business Case for Indigenous Rights

Moira Birss, Director, Amazon Watch

Moira (she/ella/ela) brings over fifteen years of human rights and social justice advocacy, campaigning, and field experience to her work at Amazon Watch to hold the financial industry accountable for its contributions to Indigenous rights abuses, Amazon deforestation, and climate change. She has worked on researching community-based models of alternative economies, advocating for affordable housing, and promoting environmental protection, and spent several years as a human rights observer in Colombia.

Featured in Episode: The Business Case for Indigenous Rights

Ruth Wageman, associate of the department of psychology at Harvard University

Ruth Wageman is one of the foremost scholars studying and working with teams, especially leadership teams. Ruth’s research, teaching, and practice are focused on the conditions that influence superb team performance. Ruth especially focuses on teams whose purpose is to solve complex problems and lead system transformation. Ruth has been a professor at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard, where she has led many original research programs.

Featured in Episode: Dynamic Strategies for Successful Health Collaboratives

Gary Hirsch, author and independent consultant

Gary Hirsch has been consulting with organizations on management strategy and organizational change for the past 50 years, working with clients in diverse areas such as health care, human services, education, microfinance, and news media. He specializes in applying System Dynamics and Systems Thinking and creating simulation-based learning environments that help clients understand the complex problems they are dealing with. Mr. Hirsch is a leader in promoting systemic approaches to health problems and health care delivery at the regional and national levels.

Featured in Episode: Dynamic Strategies for Successful Health Collaboratives

Gregory C. Unruh, The Arison Endowed Professor of Leadership

Dr. Gregory Unruh is a scholar, author and speaker on sustainability innovation and global leadership and serves as the Sustainability Editor for the MIT Sloan Management Review. Dr. Unruh is also a Senior Scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and the founding academic director of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) Executive Education program.

Featured in Episode: Preserving Social Purpose Amid a Global Pandemic

Fernanda Arreola, Dean of Faculty & Research, ISC Paris

Fernanda Arreola is the Dean of Faculty & Research at ISC Paris. She is also a Professor of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and a researcher that focuses on service innovation, governance and social entrepreneurship. Fernanda has held numerous managerial and positions at a range of international academic and professional institutions.

Featured in Episode: Preserving Social Purpose Amid a Global Pandemic

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Meet the host

Dan founded Spring Impact in 2011 based on his experiences starting and working across a range of social sector organisations, and his frustration at seeing them not scale up.

At Spring Impact, Dan has developed scaling and implementation plans for over 300 partners from Oxfam, GlaxoSmithKline, Nike Foundation, Population Services International, and Big Lottery to non-profits and social enterprises with huge potential to change more lives.

Dan is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Season 1 podcast guests

Listen to series 1 for conversations with brilliant leaders from across the world

Jeroo Billimoria, Founder of Childline India

Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of several innovative and award-winning NGOs and has over twenty years’ experience running systems change organizations as a Skoll awardee, an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Among her previous organisations are Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI), Aflatoun International, Childline India and Child Helpline International.

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Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder of B-lab

Bart Houlahan, along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a non-profit organization with offices in 33 countries, driving economic systems change to build a more inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system. Its mission is to serve a movement of people using business as a force for good by shining a light on leaders through a corporate certification (4000+ Certified B Corporations in 70+ countries), and then providing easy pathways for others to follow.

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Sharath Jeevan, Executive Chairman & Founder of Intrinsic Labs

Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on reigniting our inner drive (intrinsic motivation). He founded and led STIR Education – arguably the world’s largest intrinsic motivation initiative. Sharath is currently the Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs, which supports organizations all around the world to solve deep motivational challenges.

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Ann Mei Chang, Author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good

Ann Mei Chang is a leading expert on social innovation and author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Ann Mei served as the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges.

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Kevin Starr, CEO, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr leads the Mulago Foundation. Mulago finds, funds, advises, and promotes organizations with scalable solutions to poverty. Mulago’s funding is unrestricted and continues as long as there is impressive progress toward impact at scale. The foundation’s two fellows programs teach promising early-stage social entrepreneurs how to design their solutions for maximum impact at big scale

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Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think tank that was founded in 1999. From 2009 to 2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Anne-Marie is also the Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2012, she wrote “Why women still can’t have it all”, a piece that quickly became The Atlantic’s most read article in its then 150-year history.

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Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner at New Profit

Tulaine Montgomery is an entrepreneur, educator, writer and organizer. She has played leadership roles in the launch and expansion of social enterprises across the U.S., the Caribbean, East Africa, Indonesia and South Africa. Tulaine currently serves as Co-CEO of New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that backs visionary leaders who are scaling innovations and transforming our nation’s broken and inequitable systems.

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Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director, The National Lottery Community Fund

Emma joined The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK in 2017, with over 20 years’ experience of working with children, families and communities. As Funding Strategy Director, Emma is a member of the Senior Management Team and is responsible for ensuring that the strategic design, development and delivery of funding enables communities across the UK to thrive.

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Nisha Anand, CEO Dream Corps

Nisha Anand is a boundary-buster, common ground creator, non-violent culture-creator, outside-the-box experimenter, and national leader for social and racial justice. Her TED Talk, The Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground, was viewed over one million times in the run-up to the divisive 2020 election. Once a grassroots activist arrested in Burma for pro-democracy demonstrations, Nisha is known today as a leader in cultivating unlikely and unconventional partnerships to create change.

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Margot Fahnestock, Vice President, Strategic Development at Medicines360

Margot Fahnestock is a philanthropy and policy expert in family planning and reproductive health. In her role as Vice President, Strategic Development for nonprofit pharmaceutical organization Medicines360, Margot is helping align the organization though a strategy process integrating program development, impact measurement, and resource mobilization. Margot formerly served as a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, responsible for making grants to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Devin Hibbard, Founder and CEO of Street Business School

Devin Hibbard is the Founder and CEO of Street Business School – an entrepreneurial training program that helps women living in poverty go from an average of $1.35 to $4.19 per day by starting their own businesses. Through a social franchise model, Street Business School is now in 25 countries and will reach 1 million women by 2027.

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Carmen Rojas, CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation

Dr. Carmen Rojas (she/her) is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers.

Episode coming soon

Luvuyo Rani, CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Luvuyo’s entreprenerial spirit was nurtured from a young age growing up in Queenstown, South Africa and he founded Silulo Ulutho Technologies in 2004. The award winning IT services company now has over 46 stores in townships and rural areas in the Western, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 220 full-time staff members, and 18 franchisees. Luvuyo was named one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) in business, economics and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment; to be featured in Forbes Magazine’s March in 2014; and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2016.

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Karri Eggers, Chief Operating and Transformation Officer at SHELTER, Inc

Karri led teams globally for clients such as Nike, Goldman Sachs, Toyota Motors, Sutter Health, Twitter and locally for Dignity Health and SHELTER, Inc and has built a reputation for the flexibility and cultural sensitivity required for not-for-profit and international relationships. While known for process improvement and leadership strategies for initiatives across the globe, Karri used project management experience, financial acumen and collaboration skills to form Mission 916 to support the local community, start a Winter Guest House for the homeless, mentor underresourced youth in the area, and work with the street kids in Brazil and the migrant farm workers in Mexico.

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Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Sharmi Surianarain serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa. Sharmi is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across the African continent, and is a keen analyst and thinker on the future of work. Sharmi leads on Harambee’s impact and systems change agendas, and oversees Harambee’s work in new markets.

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