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Over the past 20 years, Greg Van Kirk has worked as a social entrepreneur, consultant and educator. He has had the great fortune of collaborating and working with truly amazing people who are working to create positive change in the world. He has created It's About the How to allow listeners to meet and learn from these changeleaders. We are confident that these thought provoking conversations will help you in your own changemaking journey, regardless of where you are in your profession.

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Over the past 20 years, Greg Van Kirk has worked as a social entrepreneur, consultant and educator. He has had the great fortune of collaborating and working with truly amazing people who are working to create positive change in the world. He has created It's About the How to allow listeners to meet and learn from these changeleaders. We are confident that these thought provoking conversations will help you in your own changemaking journey, regardless of where you are in your profession.

    Brett Smith: Reframing the Risk Equation

    Brett Smith: Reframing the Risk Equation

    Brett R. Smith, Ph.D. is the Cintas Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship; Founding Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship; and Founding Director, Leading the Integration of Faith & Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Lab at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research interests focus on social and faith-based entrepreneurship. His research appears in a number of leading academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, Leadership Quarterly, and Long Range Planning.


    Smith has won several international awards for teaching and research including the GCEC Award for Best Social Entrepreneurship Program, Ashoka Innovation Award, and Academy of Management’s Carolyn Dexter Award. He received more than $500,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of State to host seminars on social entrepreneurship and spoken around the world at the United Nations, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Tedx Youth, and a number of leading universities including Columbia, Duke, Harvard, and Oxford. His work was highlighted in Time, Business Week, Financial Times, CNN, MSNBC and 100 other media outlets.


    Smith has been a startup, corporate, and social entrepreneur as well as an angel investor. Smith is a co-founder and advisory board member for Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub and a member of the Board of Directors of OCEAN Programs, a faith-based technology accelerator.


    In Greg's conversation with Brett, Brett talks about this experience with piloting as a way to mitigate risks, the importance of partners when getting started, and his research on the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. 


    Timestamps 
    -6min applicable lessons from early career
    -9min failing forward & the risk equation
    -14:45min Miami University
    -17min Social Entrepreneurship
    -20min importance of early wins
    -25:30min key to partnerships
    -29:30min research
    -37min teaching approach
    -40:45min intersection of Faith and Entrepreneurship
    -46:15min Faith-based impact investing
    -51:45min entrepreneurial advice 
    -58:30min advice for aspiring changemakers
     
    Access more changemaking resources and opportunities at www.socialentrepreneuru.com

    • 1 hr
    Kofi Taha: Designing "by" for Community & Systemic Change

    Kofi Taha: Designing "by" for Community & Systemic Change

    As part of MIT D-Lab, Kofi's work focuses on developing, using, and understanding inclusive design and implementation processes that lead to more equitable outcomes in historically excluded communities. He has co-facilitated village-level technology design workshops in Uganda and Haiti; helped interdisciplinary teams commercialize social impact products in Ghana and Tanzania; provided support to local innovation centers in Brazil, Colombia, and India; and helped build a global community of 1000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, researchers, and educators (IDIN.org). Kofi studied political economy at Columbia University, urban planning at MIT, and is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


    In Greg's conversation with Kofi, he talks about the ability to utilize design as a force for change, specifically within MIT’s D-Lab. Kofi gives his thoughts on the design of systemic racism, the prepositions of design, and how to build community.


    Timestamps
    -5:30min systemic racism
    -17:15min understanding white supremacy & system design
    -19:00min D-Lab
    -23:45min creative capacity building 
    -32:45min workshops & curriculum 
    -42:00min building community
    -50:30min advice for aspiring changemakers 
     
    Access more changemaking resources and opportunities at www.socialentrepreneuru.com

    • 58 min
    Lennon Flowers: Overcoming the Conspiracy of Silence

    Lennon Flowers: Overcoming the Conspiracy of Silence

    Lennon Flowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of 10,000+ (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings working to turn loss from a conversation-stopper to a conversation-starter, with the goal of transforming our most isolating experiences into sources of meaningful connection and forward movement. She is a co-founder of The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Since January 20, 2017, The People’s Supper has powered thousands of suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, the Mayor’s Office in Erie, PA,  the Obama Foundation, and more. Her work is born of the popular adage that change moves at the speed of trust, and a simple question: What needs healing here? Lennon is an Ashoka Fellow and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC. Backpacking, vinegar-based barbecue, and a good dance party rank high on her list of favorite things.


    In Greg's conversation with Lennon, Lennon talks about her experience building and sustaining peer-driven communities by using dinners as an entry point to build connections and openly talk about grief. She shares her experiences commanding big vision with varying levels of resources and the strength of bonding and bridging ties.


    Timestamps 
    -3min overview of the Dinner Party 
    -8:15min changemaking journey 
    -13min Dinner Party work
    -21:15min maintaining authenticity 
    -23:30min self care vs. collective care
    -25min building community & The People's Supper
    -29:30min metrics of success
    -32:45min pivot with covid-19
    -38:15min advice for aspiring changemakers


    Access more changemaking resources and opportunities at www.socialentrepreneuru.com

    • 41 min
    Matt Nash: Commitment, Communication & Capacity Building

    Matt Nash: Commitment, Communication & Capacity Building

    Matt Nash is an adjunct professor of the practice at Duke University, where he teaches courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.  As a managing director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, he works with students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners to design, implement, and assess innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.  Matt has led two accelerators at Duke including, most recently, the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, which supports the scaling of innovations for youth, with an initial focus on menstrual health and hygiene in East Africa.  Previously, he was a consultant in strategy and change management for a diverse set of clients, international and domestic, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.


    In Greg's conversation with Matt, Matt talks about his journey of discovering social entrepreneurship while in the Peace Corps to consulting for governmental agencies and nonprofits and his work with Greg Dees at Duke. Matt talks about using empathy as a verb, aligning incentives of all stakeholders involved, and his insights on scaling.


    Timestamps 
    -3:30min Peace Corps
    -9min social enterprise
    -13min IBM & PWC
    -16min influencing change
    -19min aligning incentives & reporting impact
    -22min micro vs. macro
    -23:45min experiential leading
    -25:30min Greg Dees
    -30:30min Start of social entrepreneurship & Duke University
    -40min work in Detroit
    -42:30min empathy
    -50:30min work with menstrual health in Africa
    -53:30min scaling
    -1:04min advice for aspiring changemakers
     
    Access more changemaking resources and opportunities at www.socialentrepreneuru.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Greg Van Kirk: Welcome to It's about the How

    Greg Van Kirk: Welcome to It's about the How

    Over the past 20 years in my work as a social entrepreneur, consultant and educator, I’ve had and continue to have the great fortune of collaborating and working with so many truly amazing people who are working to create positive change in the world. They’re my teachers, mentors and sources of continuous inspiration. The goal of this podcast is to provide you with the opportunity to meet and learn from them as well. 


    We’ll explore their work and their own personal and professional journeys. I’m confident that you’ll gain wonderful, unique insights and inspiration regardless of your stage in life or profession. 


    Access more changemaking resources and opportunities at www.socialentrepreneuru.com

    • 9 min

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