What does it take for a society to thrive? Who and what contributes to this intricate and complex system needed for human flourishing? Track Two is the meeting place of civil society. Entrepreneurs, philanthropic leaders, activists, and journalists from around the globe reveal personal stories of their approach to problem-solving and making a positive contribution to a vibrant, healthy society. Hosted by Sarah Gerber and Joanne Gouaux, produced by Twenty Twenty Studios in partnership with Morning Angel Communications.
Anna Bulakh | Building Civil Society Resilience (bonus)
How do societies manage imbalances and create responsive solutions to prolonged complex crises or large-scale social problems — especially ones amplified by social media? In this episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Anna Bulkah, an expert in civil society resilience and synthetic media. Hear how Anna's research and experience in Estonia and Ukraine shaped her interest in the role of misinformation and disinformation. Learn why investing in community training, civic participation, and youth empowerment are vital to building and strengthening democracy and thriving societies.
Robbie Warin | Civil Society & The Platform Economy (bonus)
For people who depend on gig apps to earn a living, how do the exponential technologies that power the gig economy shape culture, society, and life locally and around the world? Workers have exposed broader shortcomings, revealing a strain on the foundational conditions necessary for an equitable and just society. In this bonus episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Robbie Warin, producer and host of The Fairwork Podcast at Oxford. Together they explore the stories of gig workers highlighting instances of worker activism and new policies. Learn how the Fairwork Project applies a framework to analyze the precarity of gig work and technology through the lens of five principles of fair work. Hear how Robbie aims to center the voices of gig workers to increase understanding of the challenges they face and the need for global solutions.
Raj Joshi | Civil Society & Philanthropy
Our economies, government structures, and the cities we live in are all designed by people. The current reality of global inequality, where some people suffer for the benefit of others is something people can take action to change. What role do you have in giving and taking? How do you decide which actions to take to move toward a more equitable future where everyone can thrive?
In this episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Raj Joshi, an economist, entrepreneur, and activist with two decades of leadership experience in transformation and social impact. Raj shares insights and wisdom from his life that have shaped his worldview and inspired him to create a bold, compelling, and strategic vision that connects people and ideas that can move society toward a just, peaceful and regenerative future.
Kathryn Bolles | Civil Society & Philanthropy
When crisis strikes, what role do humanitarian aid organizations play in serving the most vulnerable members of society? What type of lived experiences influence a person’s desire to dedicate their career to this type of work? In this episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Kathryn Bolles of Save the Children. Kathryn shares her unique journey into social justice work including stories of delivering emergency care and relief to the people of Haiti and Somalia, and inspiring lessons she has learned about giving and philanthropy. Save the Children operates in 120 countries and facilitates the rapid delivery of evidence-based and innovative health and nutrition interventions that address the major causes of illness and death among humanity’s most vulnerable members.
Ken Ikeda | Civil Society & Philanthropy
How do you lead, socialize, and compel change through community with community? In this episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Ken Ikeda of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). Together they explore stories about the people and experiences that inspired Ken to become an advocate for a talent network of independent producers and media makers. Hear about Ken's vision for the future of the industry including equitable pay for independent audio professionals who lack the built-in institutional support or guaranteed job security of other professions.
Wayne Clarke | Civil Society & Philanthropy
What role do nonprofit leaders have in challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society, and how does this relate to gun violence in urban cities? In this episode, Joanne and Sarah are in conversation with Wayne Clarke of the Oakland Impact Center and the City of Oakland's Ceasefire Strategy. Hear Wayne's approach to violence intervention and the surprising outcomes that are possible when the right messenger leads the outreach.
Hopeful conversations about how things can get better
This is a good podcast for curious people who want to be inspired by stories of people who make the world a better place. The topics are serious, but what makes the conversation unique is how listening makes me feel hopeful that things can get better.