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Listen in on conversations with the IKEA Foundation team and guests from the world of philanthropy, climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development on a wide range of issues and challenges we face today. If your approach to problem solving is to ask the question ‘what if’, this podcast is made for you. Produced by the IKEA Foundation communications team.

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Listen in on conversations with the IKEA Foundation team and guests from the world of philanthropy, climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development on a wide range of issues and challenges we face today. If your approach to problem solving is to ask the question ‘what if’, this podcast is made for you. Produced by the IKEA Foundation communications team.

    Episode #8 Alexander Betts and Ola Rosling

    Episode #8 Alexander Betts and Ola Rosling

    Episode Introduction 
    Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, and Ola Rosling, CEO of Gapminder, discuss what (almost) everybody gets wrong about refugees in this episode hosted by IKEA Foundation CEO Per Heggenes. 
     There are a lot of misconceptions about refugees, especially around their intentions and why they leave their homes, belongings and loved ones to venture into the unknown. Do you think you know your facts about refugees? Learn more from two interesting and knowledgeable guests who shine a light on some of the issues faced by the world’s 26 million refugees. 
    Guests Bio  
    Ola Rosling is President and Co-Founder of Gapminder Foundation, which he founded together with his wife and his father. Since 1999, Ola has led the development of the Trendalyzer software, which was acquired by Google in 2007. At Google Ola and his team delivered the Motion Chart as part of Google Spreadsheets. As Product Manager for Google Public Data, Ola then helped democratise access to public statistics by developing the infrastructure needed to make official statistics part of Google Search results. Ola and Anna went back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop free teaching materials for a fact-based worldview. In 2014, Ola coined the term “Factfulness”, which Gapminder is now promoting to make education about Sustainable Development less ideological and more fact-based. 
    Together with Anna and Hans, Ola wrote Factfulness, a book launched in April 2018. 
    Twitter handle: @OlaRosling

    Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, and Associate Head of the Social Sciences Division, at the University of Oxford. He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugee assistance. He is co-author, with Paul Collier, of Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System (Penguin Allen Lane), which was named by the Economist as one of the “Best Books of 2017”. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016. His TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people, and he has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. He has previously worked for UNHCR and serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee Council. 
    Twitter handle: @alexander_betts 
    Mentioned in this episode  
    To learn more: Factfulness book launched in April 2018. https://www.gapminder.org/factfulness-book/ 

    To know more about Gapminder:  
    www.gapminder.org   
    To know more about Oxford University: 
    https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/publications  
    Show credits  
    Host: Altaf Makhiawala, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman, Chief Communication Officer  
    Researcher: Blanche van de Stolpe, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation  
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM 
    Learn more about IKEA Foundation: 

    • 41 min
    Episode #7 Barri Shorey

    Episode #7 Barri Shorey

    Episode Introduction 
    In this episode, Barri Shorey from International Rescue Committee, discusses not only the current challenges refugees face around the world, but the often overlooked long-term economic impacts of how the COVID-19 pandemic affects refugees differently with IKEA Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Per Heggenes. The question we will discuss will be: What’s life like for a refugee caught in the global COVID pandemic – now, and in the future?  
    Guests Bio  
    Barri Shorey is the Senior Director of the Economic Recovery and Development Unit of the International Rescue Committee, which works to ensure that people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict or disaster have their most basic survival needs met and have the assets and income to prosper. She manages a team of 30 people supporting quality implementation, research and evidence building, and strategy development of the IRC’s global cash and livelihoods programming. 
    Twitter handle: @BarriShorey
     
    Mentioned in this episode 
    To get questions that have been asked during this session 
    https://ikeafoundation.org/ask-an-expert-with-barri-shorey/ 
    To know more about International Rescue Committee (IRC) partnership with IKEA Foundation:  
    https://ikeafoundation.org/story/world-refugee-day-2020/ 
    To know more about International Rescue Committee (IRC) call to action: 
    https://www.rescue.org/article/refugees-and-their-new-communities-thriving-together 
    Show credits 

    Host: Altaf Makhiawala 
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman 
    Researcher: Blanche van de Stolpe 
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation 
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM 
    Learn more about IKEA Foundation: www.ikeafoundation.org  
    Programming Note:  
    This conversation was recorded as part of the Ask An Expert series livestreamed online on June 11, 2020. This is an edited and produced version of the conversation for this podcast.  
    YouTube link to the original video conversation.  
       

    • 41 min
    Episode #6 Willy Foote and Katie Naeve

    Episode #6 Willy Foote and Katie Naeve

    Episode Introduction
    Women farmers in rural communities are responsible for feeding much of the world, but they often don’t get enough to eat themselves. They struggle to access financial support that would help them earn a decent income—and the pandemic is making this situation even worse. In this episode, we discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting women in rural communities and how we can support them to become the leaders and food producers our world needs. Willy Foote and Katie Naeve of Root Capital discuss this with Nico Janssen, Programme Manager for our Agricultural Livelihoods Portfolio. 
    Guest Bio 
    Willy Foote is the Founder and CEO of Root Capital, a nonprofit that offers credit and financial advice to small agricultural businesses, especially women, so that they can build profitable and climate smart livelihoods. Foote is a Skoll Entrepreneur and an Ashoka Global Fellow. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and was a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. 
    Katie Naeve is the Director of Impact and Partnerships at Root Capital. She works on developing and growing strategic partnerships that present opportunities for Root Capital to scale growth and impact. Previously, she conducted evaluations of a number of international development projects around the globe with Harvard’s Center for International Development and Mathematica Policy Research. She has also worked in Colombia with children affected by armed conflict. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To know more about the IKEA Foundation’s partnership with Root Capital, read this story: https://ikeafoundation.org/story/how-root-capital-and-the-ikea-foundation-are-building-the-resilience-of-smallholder-farmers-in-east-africa/
    Show credits:
    Host: Altaf Makhiawala
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman
    Researcher: Lotika Mehta
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM
    Learn more about the IKEA Foundation: www.ikeafoundation.org
    Programming Note:
    This conversation was recorded as part of the Ask An Expert series livestreamed online on 7 May 2020. This is an edited version of the conversation for the podcast. 
     Youtube link to the original video conversation. 
     

    • 44 min
    Episode #5 Sarah Klassen and Jon Stone

    Episode #5 Sarah Klassen and Jon Stone

    Sarah Klassen from Start Network and Jon Stone from the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership Secretariat (REAP), discuss how early action could help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities, in this interview with Patricia Atkinson, IKEA Foundation Chief Programme Officer. You’ll hear more about preparedness and examples from the field. Sarah and Jon explain how local actors are leading the way in responding to the pandemic and look at how climate change is severely impacting people in remote parts of the world.  
    Guests Bio  Sarah Klassen is a Crisis Anticipation Technical Advisor with Start Network, supporting humanitarian agencies to act in anticipation of crises. Her goal is to help put projects in place on the ground to mitigate escalating risks before a disaster occurs. Previously, Sarah worked with World Vision in a humanitarian context analysis team. She project managed context analyses and scenario planning in places such as Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Afghanistan and Mali. Before this, Sarah worked in humanitarian policy and advocacy roles with a focus on child protection in emergencies.  
    Twitter handle: @sarahWVUK 
     
    Jon Stone is passionate about enabling the poor to reduce losses and suffering from disasters. He is seconded from the UK Government Department for International Development to the Red Cross to be the Head of the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership Secretariat. This aims to make 1 billion people safer from climate extremes and disasters by 2025.  
    Twitter handle: @EarlyActionREAP 
    Mentioned in this episode 
    To get questions that have been asked during this session: 
    https://ikeafoundation.org/ask-an-expert-with-sarah-klassen-and-jon-stone/ 
    To know more about Start Network’s partnership with IKEA Foundation:  
    https://ikeafoundation.org/story/start-network-rapid-funds-covid-19-response/ 
    To know more about Start Network’s call to action: 
    https://startnetwork.org/news-and-blogs/why-we-need-anticipatory-approach-humanitarian-crises-and-covid-19 
    To learn more about Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP):
    http://www.globalresiliencepartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/REAP-two-pager-230819.pdf 
     Show credits 
    Host: Altaf Makhiawala, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman, Chief Communication Officer  
    Researcher: Blanche van de Stolpe, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation 
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org 
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM 
    Learn more about IKEA Foundation: www.ikeafoundation.org 

    Programming Note:   
    This conversation was recorded as part of the Ask An Expert series livestreamed online on 30 April 2020. This is an edited and produced version of the conversation for this podcast.  
     

    • 37 min
    Episode #4 Jane Burston

    Episode #4 Jane Burston

    Episode Introduction 
    Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. Yet, every year, the health of millions of people is threatened by air pollution. So what needs to happen to ensure all people enjoy clean air, blue skies and better health? Jane Burston, Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund, speaks with Liz McKeon, our Climate Action Portfolio Lead, about the economic impact of air pollution and clean air solutions. 
    Guest Bio  
    Jane Burston runs the Clean Air Fund, a global re-granting institution funding projects to improve air quality. Previously she worked as Head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government, responsible for the UK greenhouse gas inventory and a £45m science programme. She managed a team of 150 scientists working in air quality, greenhouse gas measurement and renewable energy. Jane has been named as a ‘Young Global Leader’ of the World Economic Forum, as one of the ‘40 under 40 European Young Leaders’ by Friends of Europe and is a previous UK Social Entrepreneur of the year. 
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    The economic impact of air pollution: Jane Burston, Executive Director at the Clean Air Fund, and Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), have shown that you can indeed put a price on clean air. See report: 
    https://www.cleanairfund.org/blog-post/can-we-put-a-price-on-clean-air-yes-we-can/     

    To know more about Clean Air Fund’s partnership with IKEA Foundation:  
    https://ikeafoundation.org/story/making-clean-air-a-human-right/ 
    https://ikeafoundation.org/story/with-an-eye-on-children-the-ikea-foundation-is-stepping-up-its-work-on-climate-change/ 
    https://ikeafoundation.org/story/clean-air-healthier-lives/ 
    Show credits: 
    Host: Altaf Makhiawala, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman, Chief Communication Officer  
    Researcher: Indra Heerkens, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation 
    Programming Note:  
    This conversation was recorded as part of the Ask An Expert series livestreamed online on 10 September 2020. This is an edited and produced version of the conversation for this podcast. YouTube link to the original video conversation.  
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org 
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM 
    Learn more about IKEA Foundation: www.ikeafoundation.org  

    • 49 min
    Episode #3 Harish Hande

    Episode #3 Harish Hande

    Episode Introduction 
    In this episode, Founder and CEO of SELCO Foundation, Harish Hande is in conversation with Renewable Energy Portfolio Lead, Jeffrey Prins on how renewable energy can help communities survive and recover from the COVID-19 crisis.  
    Guest Bio  
    Harish Hande is a renewable energy entrepreneur with over 24 years of grassroots experience in understanding, developing and deploying renewable energy solutions for underserved communities. Born in rural Karnataka, Harish went on to pursue his graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a PhD from University of Massachusetts. His twitter handle is @Harishhande 
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    SELCO Foundation website: http://www.selcofoundation.org/ 
    Show credits: 
    Host: Altaf Makhiawala, Strategic Communicator, IKEA Foundation 
    Executive Producer: Truus Huisman, Chief Communication Officer  
    Researcher: Altaf Makhiawala  
    An Andy Clark Media Production for the IKEA Foundation 
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at wehearyou@ikeafoundation.org  
    FACEBOOK | TWITTER | LINKEDIN | INSTAGRAM 
    Learn more about the IKEA Foundation: www.ikeafoundation.org  
    Programming Note:  
    This conversation was recorded as part of the Ask An Expert series livestreamed online on 16 April 2020. This is an edited version of the conversation for the podcast.  
    Youtube link to the original video conversation.  
     
      

    • 46 min

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