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Welcome the Finding Impact Podcast, hosted by Andy Narracott. On this podcast, you'll hear interviews with strategies, tactics and tips from guests who have out-sized knowledge or experience on a particular challenge facing social entrepreneurs. That's everything from raising capital and creating successful partnerships, to training a workforce and engaging with government. Also, customer service systems, assessing credit worthiness, revenue collection strategies, talent recruitment, reaching the next level of scale whilst maintaining quality, in-country manufacturing for your next product, prioritizing fundraising vs. competing demands, investing in staff and employee retention, and finally, strategy development. Join the community of social entrepreneurs helping each other to create a better world for our children.

The Finding Impact Podcast Andy Narracott

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Welcome the Finding Impact Podcast, hosted by Andy Narracott. On this podcast, you'll hear interviews with strategies, tactics and tips from guests who have out-sized knowledge or experience on a particular challenge facing social entrepreneurs. That's everything from raising capital and creating successful partnerships, to training a workforce and engaging with government. Also, customer service systems, assessing credit worthiness, revenue collection strategies, talent recruitment, reaching the next level of scale whilst maintaining quality, in-country manufacturing for your next product, prioritizing fundraising vs. competing demands, investing in staff and employee retention, and finally, strategy development. Join the community of social entrepreneurs helping each other to create a better world for our children.

    FIP 129: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process, with Juliana Proserpio of Echos Innovation Lab

    FIP 129: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process, with Juliana Proserpio of Echos Innovation Lab

    In this episode of the Finding Impact Podcast I talk to Juliana Proserpio, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer of Echos Innovation Lab, on using Design Thinking in the needfinding process. Juliana talks about her work at Echos Innovation Lab and how it supports organizations and entrepreneurs to use the design thinking mindset for accelerating cultural change and creating new services and business models to create desirable futures.
    On this podcast you will learn:
    How Echos Innovation Lab has built a for-profit business that works with organizations to create and foster innovation initiatives, as well as building the design capability of individuals and organizations to create better and human-centered services through its School of Design Thinking. (01:30) Design thinking is a way to understand people and people's needs that helps develop solutions which address these needs better. The design thinking mindset is thus based on empathy, collaboration and experimentation. (02:37) The double-diamond methodology of design thinking that focusses on using divergence and convergence methods for expanding knowledge of user needs (also called "discovery process" or "empathetic research") and then converging ("synthesis") upon real needs and specific ideas or insights that create value for the user. (04:15) Tools for synthesizing, such as systems map, personas, etc., that can help in developing insights by understanding information patterns and interconnections. (11:30) Key suggestions on how to manage the ideation stage of design thinking by thinking about quantity and not necessarily only quality (“you can only get to an amazing idea once you get some absurd ideas”). (15:36) That design thinking is an iterative process where you ideate, prototype and test, while iterating and going back and forth between the various phases. (19:27) Why social entrepreneurs need to have creative confidence for re-imagining how the world can be, and how design thinking aids in developing creative confidence. (23:21) Advice for students and young founders looking to develop social ventures on how they can use design thinking to identify challenges within their communities ("near their doors") - acting locally, starting small, and helping create value within the community first, and then aim at creating bigger impact ("dream big and start small"). (24:55) About the School of Design Thinking at the Echos Innovation Lab, that helps individuals and organizations become better innovators through classroom programs and online courses on various design thinking topics. (26:30) Examples of participants in the design thinking courses (such as Insecta Shoes) who have applied design thinking to their needfinding process and how it has helped them deliver the desired outcomes. (28:44) Advice for first-time founders and social entrepreneurs to navigate the lockdown and the post COVID-19 situation - it is an opportunity for each one of us to re-design our world, where every assumption is being challenged, and the need for businesses to pivot their product or service in order to remain relevant. (30:52) Resources from this episode:
    Echos Innovation Lab website  Echos School of Design Thinking Insecta Shoes Connect with Juliana:
    LinkedIn Twitter

    • 33 min
    FIP 128: The Elder Series with Jack Lowe of the Fit For Life Foundation

    FIP 128: The Elder Series with Jack Lowe of the Fit For Life Foundation

    I'm very honoured to speak to Jack Lowe this week. He's come on share lessons learnt throughout his 40 year career in microfinance and the startup world.
    Jack was asked to become CEO of BlueOrchard Investments in 2004 -- a microfinance fund that he grew from $40 million to close to $1 billion, stretching to 45 countries. It became the largest private microfinance lender in the world. Jack graduated from Stanford in 1965, joined McKinsey in 1969, and went on to grow a string of successful startups, from oil and gas to food distribution and restaurants. Jack is currently building another startup, Fit for Life Foundation, helping people stay active and age well.
    On this show you'll learn:
    The fundamental difference between the business and non-profit sector (2.24) The experience of pitching the microfinance fund to pension funds, family offices and institutional investors (4.57) The two basic principles of fundraising (7.41) How to know when something's not working and to try something else (11.19) Professional intimacy and other insights from building teams (14.12) Using a network and calling on people for help and advice (18.45) Getting out of a tough spot and avoiding depression (24.15) Advice to his younger self (31.54) Why exercise and ageing well is the feature of Jack's next startup (36.31) 3 quick fire questions (44.08) Links from this episode
    Mckinsey Stanford University BlueOrchard
    Get in touch with Jack
    Jack Lowe on LinkedIn

    • 46 min
    How to shift your attitude to perform at your best

    How to shift your attitude to perform at your best

    This episode is about the one thing that changes everything -- mindset. Or attitude. We're living in tough times, and often, our mindset, our attitude, our outlook, can hold us back. With fear, worry, panic, stress, all these different emotions entering our day at some point. All these things hold us back. But, with the understanding of how our minds work, and with the tools to shift our attitude, we can accept this new reality and choose to take action.
    I'm joined by Scott Roy, CEO of Whitten Roy Partnership. Scott is an expert in the art of selling and sales management. And since attitude is the most important component of successful selling, they are experts in attitude and how people can change their mindset to generate optimal results for their organisation.
    Listen to this episode to learn:
    About the process you can take to shift your own attitude and the eBooklet that WRP are offering free to download on their website. Understand the different forms of attitude, from overwhelm to possibility, so you can recognise which you're in and then what you can do with it. We talk about for the four states of overwhelm, which are compulsion, obligation, survival and impossibility. Compulsion: Panic buying is a form of compulsion. It's the feeling that you have to do things to fix this, to get ahead, to make it go away. It's an obsession. It saps alot of your energy. An example is having to watch the news, to not miss anything - to see how many people had died and what was happening next. The next state is obligation. This is where you're so overwhelmed and exhausted, that you give up on trying to change things, you just put up with it. Like you're now in quarantine, you complain about it, you moan about it to your friends, etc. There's not very much you can actually do, other than muddle your way through it Next is a state of survival, which is like running around like a headless chicken Next is a state of impossibility, when you think there's nothing you can do, you're frozen, and you hold up your hands in resignation. To understand these states of overwhelm is to know how our mind works. It makes conclusions, demands and predictions, and we can interpret our thoughts through these lenses. Conclusions: this is the worse crisis the world has ever known... Demands: this has to stop, things have to get back to normal, someone has to do something, I have to do something... Predictions: things will never be the same again, we will never recover from this, my business will never recover, things will be much harder... Then, once you've understood these states of overwhelm, take some deep breaths, in through your nose for 4 seconds and out 4 seconds. Do this 3-4 times. Feel yourself settled. Then say out loud "This is really happening, we're in a pandemic, this is real. And I accept it." The next step is deciding what you're going to do about this. It's about choosing your response to those things you care about, rather than being led or blindly following an automatic response from your brain. And finally, the last step is aiming. Say "I want this because.... And I want that because I want..." and keep repeating this, and find what's possible. So in summary: First step: Recognise youre in overwhelm. That you have to be transparent, not just show the brave face, but share your nervousness, that you're not feeling confident about the future. Second step: inquiry -- to understand why you're in overwhelm. What conclusions-demands-predictions am I making? Third step: generating brilliance -- to boldly and confidently choose what you're going to do about the situation, which is within your control. WRP are offering free live public experiences throughout May. You can book or download the eBooklet by visiting the link below. Or you can get in touch and request a lead consultant lead your company through this free of charge. "We can't make PPE. But we are experts on attitude and we know how people can change their mindset."
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    • 49 min
    FIP 126: How Business Can Respond to a Crisis with James Mwangi representing Safe Hands Kenya

    FIP 126: How Business Can Respond to a Crisis with James Mwangi representing Safe Hands Kenya

    James Mwangi of Dalberg Group on the podcast today. He's representing Safe Hands Kenya, a coalition of Kenyan businesses who've come together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. They're distributing free hand sanitiser, soap, face masks and surface disinfectants to all Kenyans, as a first line of defence against COVID-19.
    Resources:
    SafeHandsKenya.com @SafeHandsKenya on Twitter Safe Hands Kenya on YouTube

    • 40 min
    FIP 125: Venture Debt Fund for revenue-generating businesses during COVID-19 with Amanda Cotterman

    FIP 125: Venture Debt Fund for revenue-generating businesses during COVID-19 with Amanda Cotterman

    Today's challenge is for those businesses who're seeing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, but also anyone in the business of raising capital, and interested in different funding instruments.
    We've got Amanda Cotterman on the show, and we're talking about the fund she's raising, Equalife Capital's Africa Venture Debt COVID Recovery Fund. We help you understand whether this funding instrument is right for your enterprise or if you're a donor or investor, whether you might want to put some capital towards this fund. 
    What you'll learn on this episode:
    Amanda works for Equalife Group. They're raising a $20M venture debt fund. It's for businesses that are revenue generating and cashflow positive, and have a specific revenue stream or they want to prove out a revenue stream to get a better valuation. The debt would need to be serviced. Examples of appropriate businesses include:- Agriculture businesses e.g. a milk distribution business that pays farmers up front, before going to market A wholesale distributor in Rwanda, who buys from farmers, adds value to veg by cleaning and packaging, and sells to hospitality market.A FinTech factoring business, that pays against invoices. Businesses that have a genuine liquidity issue are most suited to this fund, so there's good product market fit, there's a demand for their product, but it's just a matter of sourcing sufficient working capital to cover purchases in the short term. How the fund could be used to weather the COVID-19 storm: Businesses might have seen a drop in revenue and need cash to weather the storm. They don't want to take on more equity. Amanda has been an entrepreneur in Kenya for 9 years , working in an operational role with several ventures. She moved to Kenya after working in Asian markets with Morgan Stanley. With a deep understanding of financial instruments and the needs of African ventures, she saw the gap for debt to come in alongside venture capital. The debt can be useful where the venture has a profitable revenue stream and wants to demonstrate the potential to gain a higher valuation, but is struggling with cashflow. Shareholders don't want to dilute their shareholding by using equity to support with cashflow needs. The venture fund prices for the risk, so interest in the range of 5-10%.  Links to useful resources:
    Check out: http://www.equalifegroup.com/ and click on Equalife Capital in the menu. Check out their LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/equalifecapital/ Connect with Amanda:
    On LinkedIn

    • 27 min
    FIP 124: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process with Elizabeth Knight

    FIP 124: Using Design Thinking in the Needfinding Process with Elizabeth Knight

    On this podcast you will learn:
    How Andy and Elizabeth are dealing with the new world of COVID 19 - structured journaling with pen and paper. (3:55) What is needfind and why is it important? (4:30) It’s important because it’s a shift in terms of how we think about entrepreneurship and creating value as an entrepreneur; building a business or enterprise around a need (real problem) rather than a singular idea gives greater scope to produce value and to solve a problem in a sustainable way; it’s about core needs and what people are willing to pay for. If you take away the beginning pressure of having to come up with a business model that’s going to be profitable but focus on finding a real need that people are experiencing then you get to know that problem in a lot more intimate way and the more you become the expert on that problem the better; potential profitable is short-term thinking nowadays. (7:05) If we’re designing solutions for lower income people in informal settlements (11:03) Design thinking gives you a tool / framework to explore that problem in more detail.  How design thinking has helped Elizabeth. (13:57) Helpful for simplifying her problem down into its core essence which helped in communicating to other people; but also challenged her biases, assumptions, etc.  When does she know that enough is enough and when to move on? (20:20) There is a tipping point where you’ve done so much validation that it can become confusing; when you get to that point that is when strategic thinking is important particularly for early stage founders. Tools that people can use in this process: (25:52) Lean canvas - essentially a one page business plan which captures your assumptions, the problem you're trying to solve, your solution, your customers, revenue stream, unique value, etc. all on one page; does not account for the role of the individual and does not allow you to explore what you’re passionate about and your strengths. Empathy - not a bad thing to overcompensate; always put yourself back into your customers shoes.  Resources from this episode:
    Company website: https://www.purposeful.org.au/ TEDxUWA https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_knight_generation_z_this_one_is_for_you Connect with Elizabeth:
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-knight-009757149/

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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obacker19 ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to make on the world, or just getting started as a social entrepreneur - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Andy does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving social enterprise (without sacrificing your sanity along the way). Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Kwes from MamaToto ,

Useful, insightful, and motivating

I started listening to The Finding Impact Podcast just as I was starting my own social enterprise. The episode content is extremely applicable to social entrepreneurs at any stage of their business. The guests provide great insight into fundraising, operations, management, and lessons learned. Andy knows the ins and outs of starting a social enterprise and handpicks guests that can share their stories. His interviews keep me amused during my workouts and keep me motivated to push ahead with my social enterprise. Andy has also given me a few personal tips since we live in the same city. Listen and you will learn a ton.

Sanivation Founder ,

Informative, deep, and practical

This is one of the best podcasts on social enterprise. As a founder and running a social enterprise, I have learned so much. Our team is now up to 90+ people and I continue to be excited by the new podcasts Andy puts out. If you're entrepreneur or just interested in the social entrepreneurship space, you must give this a listen!

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