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#impact Podcast proudly presents people making a social impact with the work they do.Produced in Hong Kong.Presented by Regina Larko.Find all the links and show notes at www.hashtagimpact.com

#impact Podcast Regina Larko

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#impact Podcast proudly presents people making a social impact with the work they do.Produced in Hong Kong.Presented by Regina Larko.Find all the links and show notes at www.hashtagimpact.com

    In the business to inspire | Veslemøy Klavenes-Berge | Stories for the Future

    In the business to inspire | Veslemøy Klavenes-Berge | Stories for the Future

    A huge thanks to our sponsor The Impact Competition. They fund case competitions that provide a financial incentive for teams of students to brainstorm effective solutions for the most pressing issues affecting the communities they live in.  Traditional case competitions offer a theoretical proposal that students are tasked with solving. However, the Impact Competition aims to solve local, real-world issues, and provides the funding for the students to see their solution in action.  Like when Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business partnered with local Non Profit Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, The students came up with an innovative housing solution to help Habitat’s mission.You will hear all about how this exact case actually worked as well as how The Impact Competition got started in the first place in our upcoming episode. 























    In the business to inspire







    Today, you meet Veslemøy Klavenes-Berge, a petroleum geophysicist gone green. She is in the business to inspire people to leverage the work they do so it gives them joy and at the same time helps solve our world’s most pressing challenges. 







    Veslemøy works on a portfolio of projects, including B Corp consulting, local sustainability projects, sustainable football, her podcast Stories for the future, and helping people jumpstart their impact careers. 







    She loves testing and trying out new things, and one of the biggest lessons she wants to teach her two children is that it is ok to fail.























    In season 5 of #impact we address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Looking at the many impactful projects Veslemøy is involved in, she found a way to bring all her different worlds together, and focuses in particular on SDG 13 – taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. 







    The SDGS’s give governments and businesses clear goals to work towards, but there are things that do need improvement, as Veslemøy points out in our conversation.







    “For the individual I think we need to find even more tangible and relatable goals.”















    Here is where Veslemoy comes in with the projects she supports and the stories she tells on her podcast. 







    She is convinced that it needs the first spark to inspire people into finding their own ways to give back. 







    “The biggest challenge we have today is that people become complacent”.







    A petroleum geophysicist gone green







    As you listen to this podcast, you will also hear which AHA moments Veselmoy went through that took her from her career as a geophysicist working in the oil industry to the career path in sustainability she is following today. 















    “Every job is a climate job” 







    Veslemøy finds inspiration herself everywhere. Even a simple moment when she went to the hairdresser. And you will hear that story when you press play now. 































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.

    • 35 min
    Sustainability in the fashion industry | Anna Rönngard

    Sustainability in the fashion industry | Anna Rönngard

    “It has always made sense to me and has been part of my DNA since I was a child, especially social justice.”























    Women in sustainability roles







    In this episode, you join #impact co-host Juhi Gangaramani and her guest Anna Rönngard, founder and CEO of AMRA, an advisory firm focused on supporting women in sustainability roles on how to practically drive meaningful change in the organization they work for. 







    Anna has 15 years of experience working with sustainability in the fashion industry and the majority of that time was spent with the H&M Group. Now when she is running her own business she is passionate about helping the people that are making a difference, and in that way create a positive impact both for people and the planet.  















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    This is what Anna shared when we asked her about why it is so important to make a social impact with her work:







    “It has always made sense to me and has been part of my DNA since I was a child, especially social justice.”















    As you listen to Anna’s story you get an insight into the broad concept of sustainability within the fashion industry and what role traceability and change management play in this discussion. 







    “Traceability is Visibility” 







    Role that social media plays in sustainability







    Anna gives us an insight on what it’s like working in this industry with real life examples from personal experience. We learn more about how complex the supply chain really is and what issues can arise with production of material. 







    This episode also features a special segment in which Anna takes questions posed by youth regarding the supply chain, the fast fashion industry and the role that social media plays in sustainability within the context of today’s generation.















    “I always had the idea and I always had a kind of conviction that I wanted to work with people and I wanted to work with the empowerment of people, which is why nowadays I focus a lot on the empowerment of the people that are actually doing the work within different companies.”







    Throughout the conversation you get the chance to not only learn how vital her role is, but we also hear her opinions that may change what you think about the garment industry.































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.















    In this episode you get: 







    * 02:53 – Anna’s journey into sustainability* 05:25 – Conversations about labor rights* 07:45 – Traceability in the context of more responsible supply chains* 15:21 – Change Management * 20:12 – Social media and transparency* 21:38 – Do mature companies feel resistant to change* 29:30 – Advice for current and future generations















    Resources







    Connect with Anna on LinkedIn here

    • 37 min
    Normalizing mental health conversations | Adelaide Ng | Peace of Mind

    Normalizing mental health conversations | Adelaide Ng | Peace of Mind

    We get a chance to hear Adelaide’s experience, a former student lead at Peace of Mind and the perspectives shared by students and teachers at school about the organisation. The organisation provides vital resources, tips and support for youth struggling with mental health on social media platforms. 























    Peace of Mind







    In this episode, you join #impact co-host Juhi Gangaramani and her guest Adelaide Ng, a former leader of a youth-run organisation called Peace of Mind from 2021-2022. Adelaide is a student studying in Hong Kong with a passion for psychology and mental health advocacy among youth.















    “I am trying to spark more conversations”







    We get a chance to hear Adelaide’s experience as a student lead at Peace of Mind and the perspectives shared by her students and teachers at school about the organisation. The organisation provides vital resources, tips and support for youth struggling with mental health on social media platforms. 







    “It’s time to normalize mental health conversation” 















    She also shares bold commentary on life as an Asian student, the pressures she faced and the demanding tasks posed by school systems. We learn how difficult it is to be a student taking on the world during the pandemic and the unrealistic expectations given to the current generation.







    “At the end of the day, you just need to focus on your own health and wellbeing first and then when you are better you can make up for it” 







    Mental Health Stigma







    Mental health stigma and the spectrum of dealing with one’s well being is also discussed by Adelaide, as she says that making critical decisions for yourself matters more than the perception of others. 







    Adelaide Ng | Leader of POM 2021-2022







    “Don’t be afraid to work on yourself” 







    This conversation gives you a rare and unheard perspective that may change the way you see mental health stigma in Hong Kong and how students are really struggling during this new world.































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.















    In this episode you get: 







    * 03:10 – How Adelaide started to get involved in mental health advocacy work as a highschool student* 10:20 – Looking at failure in relation to maturing* 13:10 – Adelaide’s personal experience in the Hong Kong local school system and how it impacted her self worth* 18:11 – The spectrum of mental health as it is visualized by Adelaide * 23:40 – How to make self care choices* 26:10 – Making decisions in the context of the pandemic and her work with youth advocacy Peace of Mind 















    Follow them on IG: 







    https://www.instagram.com/peaceofmindhk















    Want to hear More?







    Listen to our LIVE recording featuring Juhi Gangaramani recorded at Hong Kong Literary festival a href="https://www.hashtagimpact.

    • 33 min
    Taking (better) climate action | Rainhard Fuchs | Glacier

    Taking (better) climate action | Rainhard Fuchs | Glacier

    Sustainable Develeopment Goals SGD 13 points to taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Energy related Co2 emissions increased 6% in 2021 reaching the highest level ever. 























    Building a global climate action community. 







    Meet Rainhard Fuchs, CCO & Co founder of Glacier, an Austrian based startup that is bringing Co2 reduction and climate action to companies and their employees.















    “It’s not about being perfect, but about being better” 







    Can the individual action commitments that Glacier tries to inspire really move the needle? How does Rainhard and his team encourage the people they work with that their littler efforts are not in vain? In this episode you find out. 







    “I don’t know why but I’m a super-optimist” 















    Looking at the extreme weather events that have been populating the news across the globe it is refreshing to hear Rainhard’s reflections on how this actually fuels his passion for making a difference, starting conversations on what we can do to make a change. 







    Old habits die hard.







    Ease and joy are part of Glacier’s vision to bring CO2 reduction to the people. But in the end it’s all about changing habits. Rainhard shares how he sees that and his personal experience when it comes to changing habits for the climate. Especially the ones that are hard to change. 







    “The planet will still be there. It’s how we choose to live in the future.” 







    It’s a team effort.















    Together with co-founder Andreas Tschas, Rainhard has grown the team rapidly since starting out only 2 years ago. 







    Listen in to hear what it takes to keep a purpose driven company going and growing and what advice Rainhard has for founders that are eager to make an impact with their work as well. 































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.















    In this episode you get: 







    * 02:22 – Rainhard’s most magical moments he spent on a Glacier* 07:00 – Reflecting on the climate crisis and why Rainhard is still optimistic* 11:02 – The beginning of the Glacier story at COP 25 in Madrid* 18:13 – How Glacier’s activities move the needle* 20:26 – Bad climate habits that are tough to overcome* 30:48 – The secrets for making your startup successful * 35:00 – Coming up at Glacier 















    * Find more information about Glacier’s upcoming Climate Week event here: https://glacier.eco/climate-week* Find them on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/glaciereco/?originalSubdomain=at  * Instagram https://www.instagram.com/glacier.eco/ * Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Glacier.eco/

    • 41 min
    How to build a brand that makes an impact | Rosann Ling

    How to build a brand that makes an impact | Rosann Ling

    In this episode you join us for our second LIVE recording within #impact Club – our monthly virtual coffee break get together where we celebrate our community’s big and small wins. 























    In this LIVE recording we discuss what it means to build a brand from scratch and the particular challenges and opportunities within the social impact space. 







    We hear how Non-Profits and social enterprises can communicate their purpose so that they can make an even bigger impact. In other words, how to build a brand that truly resonates with their target audience.















    “What is your 10 year vision?”















    Founder and Creative Director of Prism Creative, Rosann Ling gives tips and insights that are actionable and inspiring. Launching her own company in 2017, Rosann strives to build stronger platforms for impactful brands to focus on how to communicate important messages, why they matter and what difference it can make. 







    “The mistake I see people make a lot is not understanding what makes you unique” Rosann Ling















    Alongside her company, Rosann also created her own podcast that launched in 2021 that shares vital marketing tips and business tips for successful and impactful branding. 







    “More impact with less effort” 















    In this episode, we discuss with Rosann why impactful branding matters and what companies and NGOs can do to reach their target audience. 







    Especially when it comes to Non-Profits, resources are already stretched as it is. Rosann helps us to simplify processes and hone in on who it actually is that we want to target. 







    Throughout the conversation you get the chance to hear from other members of the community giving questions and sharing ideas as to how we can create more impact with less effort. 







    To dive deeper in the topics discussed we highly recommend for you to follow Rosann’s Podcast Branding for Impact where she shares bite sized advice on all things growing your brand so it makes an even bigger impact. 































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.















    In this episode you get: 







    * 03:15 – How making an impact brought Rosann and Regina  together* 05:40 – What we get wrong when communicating our brands purpose * 12:02 – Having the courage to ask your audience questions* 15:55 – Branding challenges for Non Profits * 23:30 – How can we get more clear on our messages and stop overthinking* 25:40 – Branding landscape during Covid* 29:35 – The importance of common values when communicating to local communities* 32:00 – Newsletters and how to leverage them to build an intimate relationship with your audience* 39:40 – The Impact Insights Report and some of the most surprising findings







    #moreimpactlesseffort

    • 52 min
    Trauma, grief and making an impact through it all | Jane Houng

    Trauma, grief and making an impact through it all | Jane Houng

    Jane Houng, former musician, businesswoman and teacher, is a long-term resident of Hong Kong. She received a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the US in 2014. She has published seven children’s books for The Commercial Press Hong Kong and Sing Tao Publishing Ltd, as well as with Oxford University Press, Pearson Publishing and The Asian Review of Books. Publications of 2022 are ‘Asian Elephant Art’ and ‘Memoir of Rebecca Joan’.























    Trauma, grief and making an impact through it all







    Photo Credit: beckysbathhouse.org







    Tragically, in 2017, Jane lost her daughter, Rebecca Dykes to rape and murder. She has since established a charity in Greece called ‘Becky’s Bathhouse’ for refugees, and launched a free panic button for vulnerable women called Becky’s Button.







    “Trauma traumatises but it can also transform.”Jane Houng















    A Women-Centered NGO Provides Hope For Refugees in Despair















    Becky’s Bathhouse is committed to providing dignity and autonomy to women living as refugees on Lesvos island. 







    It gives access to basic sanitation, health and wellness for vulnerable women and children. This March Becky’s Bathhouse’s shower and laundry operations were integrated into the Lesvos based global NGO, When We Band Together.























    This autumn, the first of an annual event called The Rebecca Dykes Memorial Workshop will take place in Pennsylvania in the US for writers writing about extreme violence, for children. Her memoir, ‘Beirut Is More Beautiful By Bike’ will be published by Dar El Machreq publishers in late 2022/2023.







    Listen in to hear how Jane looks at making an impact, how she copes and lives with grief, and how Becky’s bathhouse has positively served over 15.000 thousand women and children.







    Making an impact through it all















    Life is full of trauma, grief and despair. But the opposite of grief is joy, I learned that from Jane and I can’t wait for you to hear her story so that you can learn so much more from her too. 







    As you listen to this episode, you can’t help but reflect on making a difference in the world in your own ways. 































    Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or any of your favorite Podcast players.















    In this episode you get: 







    * 06:01 – How Jane copes with the loss of her daughter* 09:17 – How Becky’s Bathhouse came to be * 17:17 – Looking at today’s refugee crises and losses* 19:00 – The impact of Becky’s Bathhouse* 22:02 – Jane’s first steps into Nonprofit work * 25:00 – The story behind Becky’s Button and th...

    • 42 min

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