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Weekly podcasts on philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship, hosted by Alberto Lidji, former Global CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Insightful interviews with the leaders who are achieving remarkable change. Be inspired!

    Saleh Saeed OBE, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC): Uniting for Global Humanitarian Relief

    Saleh Saeed OBE, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC): Uniting for Global Humanitarian Relief

    In a captivating conversation with Saleh Saeed OBE, the Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), listeners are treated to an in-depth exploration of the DEC's vital role in responding to global disasters and humanitarian crises. With a history spanning 60 years, the DEC stands as a testament to the collective power of the UK's leading charities, coordinating efforts to deliver rapid and effective aid to those in dire need.
    Saleh delves into the unique operational model of the DEC, emphasising its reliance on a broad partnership network that includes 15 member charities such as Oxfam, Save the Children, and the British Red Cross, alongside a strategic alliance with major UK broadcasters. This synergy enables the DEC to launch impactful appeals that galvanise public support and funding, which are crucial for immediate humanitarian response.
    The discussion also sheds light on the critical criteria guiding the DEC's activation: the scale of unmet humanitarian needs, the capacity for effective intervention, and the level of public sympathy and awareness. These criteria ensure that the DEC's efforts are both necessary and supported, allowing for swift action in the wake of disasters like the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which alone raised an astonishing £420 million.
    Saleh offers a behind-the-scenes look at the DEC's operational dynamics when disasters strike, highlighting the pre-established preparedness and the rapid mobilisation of resources and partnerships that enable an immediate response. This efficiency is underscored by a transparent and accountable fund distribution system that ensures donations are swiftly channeled to where they are most needed, supporting life-saving and protective aid efforts.
    Moreover, the episode touches on the evolution of the DEC over its 60-year history, including the expansion of its member charities and the cap on membership to maintain effective fund distribution. Saleh also addresses the importance of ongoing support from corporates and individuals, even in times of calm, to bolster the DEC's readiness for future crises.
    Saleh's message resonates with the ethos of collaboration and joint effort. He passionately advocates for greater partnership and less competition within the humanitarian and wider charity sectors, emphasising that united efforts can significantly amplify the impact and reach of aid, making a profound difference in the lives of those affected by disasters and crises.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 

    • 34 min
    Sir Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): Empowering Society to Protect Children

    Sir Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): Empowering Society to Protect Children

    Sir Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), delves into their impactful work and recent legislative success driving forward the Online Safety Act.
    The conversation begins with an overview of the NSPCC's mission to prevent child cruelty and protect children's rights across the UK. The episode highlights the organisation's recent legislative victories that have significantly advanced child protection law and policy.
    A focal point of the discussion centers on the NSPCC's proactive engagement with policymakers and influential tech companies. This collaboration aims to address and mitigate the risks children face online, showcasing the organisation's commitment to adapting its strategies in the face of evolving digital threats to child safety.
    Sir Peter emphasises the critical role of the wider community, including individuals and corporations, in supporting the NSPCC's mission. He encourages listeners to enhance their safeguarding skills and awareness through resources available on the NSPCC website and NSPCC Learning platform. These tools are designed to empower everyone to contribute effectively to a society that listens to, supports, and protects its youngest members.
    The episode concludes with a powerful message: everyone has a part to play in keeping children safe. By adopting simple yet profound actions—looking up, looking out, and listening to children—we can foster an environment where children feel heard and supported.
    Sir Peter's parting words inspire listeners to explore the NSPCC's website, deepen their understanding of child protection, and discover how they can make a tangible difference in the lives of children.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 

    • 32 min
    Delphine Moralis, CEO of Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association): Shaping the Future of Philanthropy in Europe

    Delphine Moralis, CEO of Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association): Shaping the Future of Philanthropy in Europe

    Delphine Moralis, CEO of Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association), speaks with Alberto Lidji on the evolving landscape of philanthropy in Europe.
    We explore Philea's mission to foster pluralistic, just, and resilient societies that prioritise people and the planet.
    We delve into recent trends in philanthropy, highlighting the shift towards trust-based approaches, unrestricted funding, and participatory grant-making, which underscore the sector's adaptability and commitment to more effective and inclusive support mechanisms.
    A significant portion of the conversation is dedicated to discussing the European Philanthropy Manifesto, a strategic document advocating for a unified market for philanthropy across Europe to mitigate operational frictions and legal barriers that hinder cross-border philanthropy.
    The manifesto, a result of collaborative efforts within the philanthropic community, outlines recommendations for empowering philanthropy, facilitating cross-border activities, and partnering with philanthropic organisations for the public good.
    This initiative reflects Philea's proactive stance in engaging with European institutions to create a more conducive environment for philanthropy.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 

    • 26 min
    Tim Dixon, Co-Founder of More in Common: Bridging Divides in a Polarized World

    Tim Dixon, Co-Founder of More in Common: Bridging Divides in a Polarized World

    Tim Dixon, Co-Founder of More in Common: Bridging Divides in a Polarized World. 
    Tim discusses the organization's core mission to understand and address the growing polarization in societies worldwide. Through their innovative approach, More in Common leverages the insights of social psychology and extensive public opinion research. Their aim is to unravel the complex dynamics of societal attitudes.
    Tim shares his personal journey that led to the creation of More in Common, highlighting a pivotal moment marked by the tragic murder of a close friend and colleague. This personal loss ignited his commitment to dedicating a significant part of his career to tackling societal divides. He emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between the often-sensationalized public perception and the nuanced reality on contentious issues. This gap, he notes, is evident in how the public perceives topics like immigration and refugee acceptance, which is frequently misaligned with the headlines.
    A significant part of the conversation revolves around the approach to finding solutions to these divides. Tim underscores the essential role of leadership across various sectors in steering conversations and policies away from polarized and binary viewpoints. He advocates for a more evidence-based, practical approach that challenges prevailing misconceptions and promotes constructive dialogue.
    Tim stresses the power of curiosity and listening in overcoming polarization. By encouraging open and respectful dialogues between people with opposing views, he believes that common ground can be found. This approach is not just about resolving conflicts but about understanding the underlying values and motivations that drive people's opinions and attitudes.
    Tim highlights the critical need for leaders who can navigate through these polarized times and offer hope and practical solutions. He shares compelling examples of how changing perceptions and fostering hope can significantly impact public attitudes and willingness to engage in constructive dialogue. Tim’s insights offer a hopeful perspective on addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time - societal polarization.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 
     

    • 47 min
    Larry Kramer, incoming President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics: reflections on his time at the Hewlett Foundation, lessons in philanthropy, and aspirations for the LSE

    Larry Kramer, incoming President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics: reflections on his time at the Hewlett Foundation, lessons in philanthropy, and aspirations for the LSE

    Larry Kramer, incoming President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics (LSE), joins Alberto Lidji on the Do One Better Podcast to reflect on his 10+ years as President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, discuss key lessons in philanthropy, and shed light on his aspirations for the LSE.
    The Hewlett Foundation is one of the world's largest philanthropic foundations and was a leading force in creating the field of climate philanthropy. Within the context of climate, we discuss collaboration; the progress that's been achieved in the field during the past decade; adaptation vs mitigation; investing vs divesting; shifting strategies from 'raising ambitions' to 'implementation'. Spoiler alert: the direction of travel on climate is positive.
    We explore the state of affairs in philanthropy and the key lessons Larry learned during his time as President of the Hewlett Foundation. Much ground is covered: from philanthropists' increased appetite for learning, experimentation, and collaboration; to encouraging journalists who cover the field of philanthropy to gain first-hand experience working in foundations; to trust-based philanthropy, and quite a bit more.
    We also hear of Larry's aspirations for the London School of Economics, which he describes as pretty much 'the' global institution unlike any other university, perfectly placed to leverage its social sciences prowess to tackle the world's most pressing problems. We learn what must be done to ensure the LSE achieves greatest impact.
    This episode will inform you and provide much food for thought. Please leave us a rating and a review. Join us every Monday for new and insightful conversations.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 
     

    • 36 min
    Maya Ziswiler, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation: Philanthropy, Social Investing and Creating an Impact Economy

    Maya Ziswiler, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation: Philanthropy, Social Investing and Creating an Impact Economy

    Maya Ziswiler, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, delves into the transformative role of philanthropy in creating an impact economy. The Foundation, celebrating its 25th anniversary, focuses on education, health, and environmental initiatives.
    Under Maya's leadership, the Foundation has seen considerable growth, and we explore its innovative approach in blending traditional grant-making with social investing and blended finance. This approach aims to drive systemic and catalytic impact for marginalized communities, leveraging philanthropic capital to attract commercial and government funding.
    A key element of the discussion revolves around the Foundation's thematic and social investment expertise. This expertise allows for the creation of impactful partnerships and the development of a robust pipeline for philanthropic grants and social investments.
    The episode also explores the Foundation's collectives, such as the social finance and climate collectives, which foster mutual learning and cross-pollination of ideas among philanthropists, experts, and grantees.
    Maya shares examples of innovative collaborations and the Foundation's commitment to impact transparency, including their aim of developing an impact rating tool.
    The episode concludes with Maya's personal journey in philanthropy and her vision for redefining its role in achieving sustainable impact.
    Thank you for downloading this episode of the Do One Better Podcast. Visit our Knowledge Hub at Lidji.org for information on 250+ case studies and interviews with remarkable leaders in philanthropy, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 

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Widespread experience with incredible access

In his podcast, Alberto combines an enormously comprehensive set of personal experiences in the space of social impact and philanthropy, with access to some of the most powerful people and companies doing social good. Congrats on a great show!

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