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: Paul Polman and Net Positive
Today we talk to Paul Polman, the co-author with Andrew Winston, of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take. It's a terrific book, really drawing heavily on Paul's own experience as CEO of Unilever, where he drove a purpose-driven company and helped it become a benchmark for many other purpose-driven business leaders as they seek to use their business to help build a better world.
Books Driving Change: Paul Shoemaker and Taking Charge of Change
"A good example of 24/7 authenticity, which is in bleak short supply these days in America. I have several examples in the book where standing up with integrity and honesty, and particularly with personal accountability, will cost you in the short term, and it may cost you a lot career-wise, [by] making some enemies, etc. But in the long term, I think it's an enormously important leadership trait" -- Paul Shoemaker, podcaster, activist, philanthropist
Made in Africa: A Conversation with Chinny Ogunro
In episode four of Made in Africa, Driving Change’s conversation series with African visionaries whose work impacts the public good, Chinny Ogunro speaks with Sarika Bansal about her life and career.
Ogunro has focused her career on building healthcare systems across Nigeria, Ghana, and other countries. She is a systems thinker, first and foremost, interested in doing the most good for the most people. Through the course of her career, she has helped improve the operations of hundreds of hospitals, which has delivered high-quality, low-cost healthcare to over 40,000 people in West Africa and India.
Books Driving Change: Gillian Tett and Anthro-Vision
Today we are talking with Gillian Tett. She's the author of Anthro-Vision, a new way to see business and life. Gillian is currently the chairman of the editorial board in the U.S. for the Financial Times, and founder and editor-in-chief of its Moral Money section, which looks at the evolution of financial markets and the question about how investing in business relates to the health of society and the planet and all the developments going on there.
Books Driving Change: Adam Grant and Think Again
In this episode we talk to Adam Grant about his new book - Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know.
Adam is an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School and the author of a number of bestselling books, including Originals and Give and Take. In this book, he addresses one of the big themes of today, which is that we seem to be in a world where our leaders feel they have to be right about everything. They don't seem to think again. They seem to double down on bad ideas when those ideas don't work. People are becoming more entrenched in their opinions. There seems to be less concern about facts and learning and more sort of just sticking to your guns come what may. And this book is really a challenge to that mindset and, actually drawing on a lot of science, about how do we create an open mind, both as individuals and also in society?
Books Driving Change: Noreena Hertz and The Lonely Century
“Loneliness thrives in an ecosystem that its drivers are structural, and political, and economic, as well as to do with choices we make as individuals, and therefore that its solutions need to be comprehensive. That we can solve today’s loneliness crisis, but only if we as government, we as business leaders, and we as individuals, make a decision to do so.” -- Noreena Hertz