Public policy impacts everyone’s life, for better or worse.
The decisions taken by faceless civil servants have a lasting impact on the lives of every person on the planet and on the health of the planet itself. Yet beyond high profile officials, very few people know or appreciate the individuals who have dedicated their lives to creating and implementing the policies that change the world around us.
We feel it’s time to change that.
Join us each week as we interview the practitioners of public policy, discuss the work they do, and its impact on the world.
Books Driving Change: Sharath Jeevan and Intrinsic
Today, on Books Driving Change we talk with Sharath Jeevan, who is the author of Intrinsic: A Manifesto to Reignite Our Inner Drive. Sharath is a social entrepreneur who came out of the business world, consulting world, and helped launch STIR Education -- an organization that helps teachers improve their performance through their better motivation and sharing of insights - in many countries, including India and Indonesia, and some parts of Africa. He now runs Intrinsic Labs. We hope you enjoy this conversation.
Books Driving Change: Jonathan Greenblatt and It Could Happen Here
Today on Books Driving Change we talk with Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, who has written a powerful new book called It Could Happen Here: Why America Is Tipping from Hate to the Unthinkable—And How We Can Stop It.
Books Driving Change: Agustín Porres and Unfinished Business in Education
The people that work in education and that take the responsibility of leading the education system are mainly optimists. If not, you cannot take the job.
In the latest episode of Books Driving Change, Agustín Porres and Matthew Bishop talk about Porres’ new book, Unfinished Business in Education, in which he interviews 31 previous education secretaries from around the globe. Each of them reflects on their time in office -- what they learned, what they achieved, what they failed to do, and what they would advise people going into that role today. They also talk about why the pandemic may be providing the perfect opportunity to enact sweeping education reforms, because of the crisis it has brought on, the innovation it triggered, and the fact that education is now much more visible in many national debates that it has been for many years.
Porres has spent the last couple of decades working on education policy and is currently Latam Regional Director of the Varkey Foundation, which works to build the capacity and status of teachers. It is also the sponsor of the Global Teacher Prize. Before joining Varkey, Porres worked in various government roles.
Books Driving Change: Ron Gonen and The Waste-Free World
In this episode, we talk with Ron Gonen, who is the founder of Closed Loop Partners, and the author of The Waste-Free World: How the Circular Economy Will Take Less, Make More, and Save the Planet.
Ron believes we have a challenge in the American economy -- and a little bit in the U.K. as well some other developed countries -- where the highest status in society goes sometimes to the jobs that don't always create the most social benefit or require the most amount of intellect. The jobs of teacher, fire person, police person, public servants, soldier are the backbone of our society. Unfortunately, the status we’ve assigned to those jobs, and the financial incentive, is low in society.
We hope you enjoy this conversation.
Made in Africa: A Conversation with Yawa Hansen-Quao
Welcome to Made in Africa, our conversation series with African visionaries whose work impacts the public good. We are interested in learning how leaders across the continent got to where they are today. The inflection points along their journeys, their inspirations, how they pushed through moments of self-doubt, and how they came out the other side.
In this new episode, Sarika Bansal speaks with Yawa Hanson-Quao. Hansen-Quao is the Executive Director of Emerging Public Leaders, which seeks to build a pan-African network of young leaders in public service. She is also a serving member of the Board of Directors at Ashesi University College, as well as the founder of the Leading Ladies’ Network, which supports female entrepreneurs in Ghana.
Books Driving Change: Anne-Marie Slaughter and Renewal
Today we talk with Anne-Marie Slaughter, the author of Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics.
Anne-Marie has been a big figure in Washington and thought leadership for the past 20 years or so. This book is both a story about how America, because America in some ways is also a beacon for the world, needs to go through a process of renewal to get itself out of its current, dysfunctional moment. And also, it's a story of personal renewal as a leader. And the way the two themes weave together makes it a very rich book.