124 episodes

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Follow the Data” podcast highlights how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation.

Here’s how the podcast works: our founder is a strong believer that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” and data-driven strategies are at the core of our work. Each episode will begin with a key data point that gives insight into a problem we’re addressing through our unique approach. From there, our guests – some of whom you will recognize as our program leads and partners – will share their expertise and stories on how our work together impacts the data.

Follow the Data Podcast Bloomberg Philanthropies

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 60 Ratings

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Follow the Data” podcast highlights how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation.

Here’s how the podcast works: our founder is a strong believer that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” and data-driven strategies are at the core of our work. Each episode will begin with a key data point that gives insight into a problem we’re addressing through our unique approach. From there, our guests – some of whom you will recognize as our program leads and partners – will share their expertise and stories on how our work together impacts the data.

    124. How Central America's Largest City Is Going Digital

    124. How Central America's Largest City Is Going Digital

    • 15 min
    Providing Greater Access to Racial Wealth Equity Data

    Providing Greater Access to Racial Wealth Equity Data

    On average, Black families in America have one-eighth the wealth of White families.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies is working to change that with data. The new Black Wealth Data Center (BWDC)will provide greater access to racial wealth equity data, making it easier for policymakers, economists, philanthropists, and journalists to find and analyze a variety of factors correlated to economic well-being and progress by race. On the BWDC's Racial Wealth Equity Database, visitors can interact with data points such as homeownership, business ownership, and employment compared with race, sex, education attainment and geographic location. The effort is created to be a source for leaders and organizations working to uncover and scale opportunities to increase Black wealth.

    The Black Wealth Data Center is incubated by Prosperity Now, a leading nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. focused on advancing racial and ethnic economic justice, , and is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative - a national effort aimed at accelerating the pace of wealth accumulation for Black individuals and families and addressing systemic underinvestment in Black communities.

    On this episode of Follow the Data, Garnesha Ezediaro, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, is joined by Natalie Evans Harris, the Executive Director of the Black Wealth Data Center, who brings nearly 20 years of experience advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, and Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Prosperity Now.

    They discuss how the Black Wealth Data Center will give leaders access to tools and data they need to speed up progress towards increasing Black wealth, what types of data people will be able to access on site, the importance of data in the fight for racial wealth equity, and more.

    • 27 min
    122. Secrets of the Retail Food Environment

    122. Secrets of the Retail Food Environment

    • 23 min
    121. How Does Climate Change Affect the Cultural Sector?

    121. How Does Climate Change Affect the Cultural Sector?

    • 27 min
    120. Building Partnerships, Making a Difference: A Conversation with Mike Bloomberg and Patti Harris

    120. Building Partnerships, Making a Difference: A Conversation with Mike Bloomberg and Patti Harris

    This is a very special episode. To celebrate the release of the 2021 Annual Report, our yearly review of Bloomberg Philanthropies' efforts to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people, our founder, Mike Bloomberg, and CEO, Patti Harris, joined the podcast.

    Mike Bloomberg has committed the vast majority of profits from Bloomberg LP, the global financial technology, data, and media company that he founded, to support the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies. He has given $12.7 billion to philanthropic causes over his lifetime, and $1.66 billion in 2021 alone.

    Patti Harris oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies' work, spanning our core focus areas: the arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health, as well as the Greenwood Initiative, which aims to accelerate the pace of Black wealth accumulation, and special Founder's Projects. This work also encompasses all of Mike Bloomberg's corporate and personal philanthropy, and Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world.

    Mike and Patti sat down with me to discuss Bloomberg Philanthropies' progress in responding to the pandemic without losing sight of other challenges, Bloomberg LP's efforts to support organizations working in Ukraine, and their outlook on the challenges tackled and opportunities ahead.

    • 11 min
    119. Growing Diverse and Resilient Corals

    119. Growing Diverse and Resilient Corals

    Coral reefs are a critical ecosystem for our environment - and source of food, livelihoods, and cultural heritage for 500 million people. They're also likely to disappear by 2050 if the goals of the Paris Agreement are not met.

    That's why Bloomberg Philanthropies is promoting coral reef conservation through our Vibrant Oceans Initiative, which works with coastal communities, nonprofit organizations, local and national governments, policymakers, and academic groups to create more sustainable ocean ecosystems.

    Our guest today – Sam Teicher – co-founded Coral Vita, an organization dedicated to regenerating dying reefs. Based in Grand Bahama, the team creates high-tech coral farms that grow coral up to 50x faster while boosting resiliency against global warming and acidifying oceans. Healthy corals are then transported and transplanted back into degraded reefs, bringing them back to life. Coral Vita also prioritizes coastal economies by working with local communities, public officials, and private companies to improve education and create new jobs.



    Most recently, Coral Vita received the inaugural Earthshot Prize, a prestigious global environment prize designed launched by Prince William to incentivize change and help repair our planet with innovative solutions over the next ten years. Our founder, Mike Bloomberg, serves as Global Advisor to the Winners of the Earthshot Prize, including Coral Vita. Bloomberg the company along with Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported The Earthshot Prize since its creation in 2019, and is a Global Alliance Founding Partner.

    On this episode, Jemma Read, the Global Head of Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomberg LP, sits down with Sam Teicher. They discuss how he created Coral Vita with his co-founder, Gator Halpern, what makes Coral Vita's reef restoration technique unique, his experience with the Earthshot Prize, and how he's planning on using his prize money to expand Coral Vita's impact.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

LenaJones77 ,

Amazing!

I was attracted to this podcast to learn more about data-based evidence and policy, but I’ve kept listening for along because of your incredible work on fighting tobacco, empowering women and inspiring innovation. Keep up the great fight!!!!

MartinT555 ,

Fantastic listen

This podcast provides some great snapshots of how philanthropy can be used with data to deliver results. Definitely worth the listen!

Rockywind14 ,

Misleading title - really about pet projects of the foundation

As an assessment professional, I was interested in a podcast that talks about how data is used. Given the name “follow the data”, I assumed this would be the focus. After listening to three episodes, data is discussed in passing but is not the focal point of the podcast. Instead, the focus is on the work of the philanthropy, not on how data is used to inform the work. Yes, they say “data”, but only to say benign things like “data is used all the time” or “we looked at data to identify a problem”, but never discussion or analysis about data itself. Should be renamed “Follow this philanthropy”

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