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Ashoka’s Globalizer team is launching a 6-episode podcast series on systems change. They have partnered with the well-known Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs podcast and host Fergal Byrne for the project.

The first episode is an introductory episode featuring a conversation between Fergal and Odin Muehlenbein, a partner at Ashoka Germany and lead of the Systems Unit at Ashoka Globalizer. Fergal and Odin discuss the basics of systems change and why it’s important for social entrepreneurs and funders to think and act systemically.

The remaining five episodes feature a short introduction from Odin and Fergal before launching into inspiring discussions of how these Ashoka Fellows use systems change approaches in their work. Throughout the episodes, you will meet five of the world’s leading changemakers:

Meet Jordan Kassalow in episode 1 where Fergal and Jordan discuss the motivation to work on a systems level
Learn from the renowned Jeroo Billimoria on how to weave networks to achieve system changes in episode 2
Michael Sani underscores the importance of well-being and personal development in episode 3
Learn how Kendis Paris achieves policy changes and creates changemakers in episode 4
Get the funder perspective from Silvia Bastante of Co-Impact on funding systems change in episode 5.
Please listen to the podcast on iTunes and leave an honest review. Share it with fellow changemakers and funders and continue the conversation using #systemschange and @ashoka. We can all have more impact together if we work systemically.

The Ashoka Learning and Action Center and Globalizer teams have also written a report featuring five case studies from leading Ashoka Fellows and how they use systems change in their work. In that report, you will learn more about controversy facing the field, but also how Ashoka’s focus on systems change makes it so that this controversy does not even apply to them precisely because of the systems changing ways they work.

Please read the report here and share with your colleagues, fellow changemakers, and potential funders. Get involved in the conversation by posting your thoughts using the hashtag #systemschange and @ashoka!

The Ashoka Systems Change Podcast Ashoka Globalizer

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Ashoka’s Globalizer team is launching a 6-episode podcast series on systems change. They have partnered with the well-known Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs podcast and host Fergal Byrne for the project.

The first episode is an introductory episode featuring a conversation between Fergal and Odin Muehlenbein, a partner at Ashoka Germany and lead of the Systems Unit at Ashoka Globalizer. Fergal and Odin discuss the basics of systems change and why it’s important for social entrepreneurs and funders to think and act systemically.

The remaining five episodes feature a short introduction from Odin and Fergal before launching into inspiring discussions of how these Ashoka Fellows use systems change approaches in their work. Throughout the episodes, you will meet five of the world’s leading changemakers:

Meet Jordan Kassalow in episode 1 where Fergal and Jordan discuss the motivation to work on a systems level
Learn from the renowned Jeroo Billimoria on how to weave networks to achieve system changes in episode 2
Michael Sani underscores the importance of well-being and personal development in episode 3
Learn how Kendis Paris achieves policy changes and creates changemakers in episode 4
Get the funder perspective from Silvia Bastante of Co-Impact on funding systems change in episode 5.
Please listen to the podcast on iTunes and leave an honest review. Share it with fellow changemakers and funders and continue the conversation using #systemschange and @ashoka. We can all have more impact together if we work systemically.

The Ashoka Learning and Action Center and Globalizer teams have also written a report featuring five case studies from leading Ashoka Fellows and how they use systems change in their work. In that report, you will learn more about controversy facing the field, but also how Ashoka’s focus on systems change makes it so that this controversy does not even apply to them precisely because of the systems changing ways they work.

Please read the report here and share with your colleagues, fellow changemakers, and potential funders. Get involved in the conversation by posting your thoughts using the hashtag #systemschange and @ashoka!

    Episode 2: interview with Jordan Kassalow, the founder of VisionSpring, and co-founder EYElliance

    Episode 2: interview with Jordan Kassalow, the founder of VisionSpring, and co-founder EYElliance

    Jordan Kassalow is the founder of VisionSpring, an organisation that works to provide affordable access to eyewear, everywhere, and eliminate poor vision, due to the lack of eyeglasses-- the largest disability in the world.

    VisionSpring’s initial focus was on distributing ready-made, non-prescription reading glasses via a network of Vision Entrepreneurs… an on-the-ground sales team, later evolving a broader approach using sales through distribution partners, and an emerging “full service” model, providing affordable, high-quality prescription glasses

    By Autumn 2019, VisionSpring had reached 7 million people with eyeglasses and generated over $1.2 billion of economic impact for its customers.

    Notwithstanding VisionSpring’s success, Jordan has been looking for ways to increase the scale of impact on this problem, for a more systems-based approach, and in 2016, he co-founded EYElliance, a system change, multi-sector alliance of over 60 organizations working together to eliminate poor vision due to the lack of eyeglasses. 

    • 45 min
    Episode 1: Podcast series introduction

    Episode 1: Podcast series introduction

    Fergal Byrne, host of Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, and Odin Mühlenbein, Lead of the Systems Unit at Ashoka Globalizer, introduce the Ashoka Systems Change Podcast

    • 14 min

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