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Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

Unleashing Social Change Becky Margiotta

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Each episode we interview a badass social change leader and learn the ins and outs of what they're doing to make the world a better place. This podcast will help you feel optimistic that we can make a difference and give you practical tips about how to go about doing so in a big way.

    40: Dr. Christine Ortiz, “Equity is a Verb, not a Noun.”

    40: Dr. Christine Ortiz, “Equity is a Verb, not a Noun.”

    40: Dr. Christine Ortiz, “Equity is a Verb, not a Noun.”
     
    Listen in on this episode for an insightful and deeply personal conversation about why equity is a verb with our friend, Dr. Christine Ortiz, Founder of Equity Meets Design. Christine invites us to get curious about the ways philanthropy and the nonprofit sector can be overly focused on spreading solutions at the expense of actually solving problems. We at the Billions Institute are proud to be partnering with her and Equity Meets Design on a new course called Solutions Worth Scaling. 
     
    Show Highlights:
    Racism and equity are products of design and thus can be redesigned
    The difference between Capital D Designers and lower case d designers and why the little d counts!
    Why process is everything
    Christine’s adventures as a serial entrepreneur and how the most important thing she learned at Harvard was not in the classroom  
    The pros and cons of working with the philanthropic sector
    The problem with jumping to solutions
    What it means to embody equity
     
    Resources:
    equitymeetsdesign.com
    The Problem with Problems Course: https://courses.equitymeetsdesign.com/p/the-problem-with-problems 
    Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva

    • 49 min
    Episode 39: Dr. Julia Colwell, “Shifting from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain”

    Episode 39: Dr. Julia Colwell, “Shifting from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain”

    39: Dr. Julia Colwell, “Shifting from Reactive Brain to Creative Brain”
     
    In this episode, we talk with our friend, the brilliant and insightful psychologist Dr. Julia Colwell, about the physiological experience of shame and why it’s so important that we learn how to shift out of our reactive brains - and the hierarchy that comes with it - back into our creative brains where collaboration, connection, and creativity are possible. Join us for this fascinating conversation about how our brains work and how we can use our brains - and our bodies - to advance love and justice in our world. You’ll want to download the handout you can find on our Unleashing Social Change website to follow along with the show. 
    Show Highlights:
    The evolutionary purpose of shame is to dominate another person into submission How, as Tema Okun says, “Shame is a place to visit but not to stay.” The difference between power versus force  How the energy of shame is close to death  How pride and contempt can lead to violence The difference between blaming and non-blaming anger The two problems with staying in reactive brain The importance of realizing when you are in fear and a persona so you can minimize any harm you might do from that place  Reactivity is useful for survival, but not for thriving Getting unstuck from the “I’m not bad, you’re bad” narrative and shifting to appreciation Moving from “It shouldn’t be this way” to the neutrality of “this is what is” Anchoring yourself in ways that generate energy Repairing relationships by engaging above the line Implications for scarcity versus abundance from your brain state   Connecting the dot with reparations and creating the world we want to live in Fuel, rest, move - getting out of the stress mode and taking care of our bodies Resources:
    Evolutionarypower.org
    https://juliacolwell.com/inner-map
    Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory
    Dr. David Hawkins, “Power vs. Force”
    Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
    Fear Melters - Gay and Katie Hendricks
    john powell - Linked Fate
    The Open Focus Brain by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 38: Nancy Stubbs, “Aligning Team Talent to Maximize Impact”

    Episode 38: Nancy Stubbs, “Aligning Team Talent to Maximize Impact”

    Episode 38: Nancy Stubbs, Kolbe Certified™ Consultant, Big Leap Coach and Founder of Hire Resonance - “Aligning Team Talent to Maximize Impact”
    In this episode we interview Nancy Stubbs who helps the Billions Institute make fantastic hiring decisions and optimize our genius as a team. We love her so much that we also bring her in to work with all of our Fellows. Bottom line: we think Nancy is genius at helping teams optimize genius! While most companies look for experience and education for hiring decisions, Nancy emphasizes the importance of motivation, intrinsic interests and how people actually get things done. These are the factors that drive job satisfaction and these are the key ingredients for creating a team that thrives. Tune in to see how you can build a team that maximizes impact by aligning the talent.
     
    Show Highlights:
    Don’t work on weaknesses; maximize joy and productivity instead 
    Why it is essential that everyone on your team knows not only their genius, but also their “not genius” 
    The gift underneath those aspects of yourself that you’ve been told are “too much” or “not enough” 
    Why we’ll never hire again without the help of Nancy and the Kolbe A Assessment
     
    The Billions Institute is partnering with Nancy to offer a new course called Unapologetic Genius. Enrollment is open and the course will include your very own Kolbe assessment, an individual coaching session with Nancy, and a six-week deep dive into uncovering and fully expressing your genius in the world. 
     
    You can learn more about Unapologetic Genius here:
    https://billions-institute.mykajabi.com/unapologetic-genius

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 37: Mike Thompson, Billions Institute Faculty, “Finding Common Ground in Community”

    Episode 37: Mike Thompson, Billions Institute Faculty, “Finding Common Ground in Community”

    Episode 37: Mike Thompson, Billions Institute Faculty, “Finding Common Ground in Community”
     
    We kick off Season 4 with a candid discussion between Becky and her dear friend, Mike Thompson. Mike has been a nonprofit Executive Director several times over, and seven people who have worked for him have gone on to become exective directors themselves. In this candid conversation between two old friends, Mike shares his secrets for bringing out the best in each person he works with and each organization he leads. Mike is especially passionate about creating a context where people feel safe and supported to bring their whole selves to the work, and creating impeccably clear agreements with his colleagues, especially his board members! Anyone who serves on a board (or answers to a board) will want to listen to this one. Becky and Mike reflect on the importance of community because this work can be lonely and exhausting. Magic and inspiration naturally flow when leaders come together to form authentic community, something both Becky and Mike are passionate about doing. 
     
    Show Highlights:
    The ways your identity and experiences of privilege and marginalization shape how you lead
    Creating safe spaces so that your people can bring their authentically whole selves to the work
    The importance of clear agreements between Executive Directors and their Boards
    Why we need to slow down and make time for deeper relationships
    The difference between consulting and coaching to support professional growth
    The antidote to the loneliness that can come with leadership
     
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    • 54 min
    Season 4 Teaser

    Season 4 Teaser

    Season 4 Teaser

    • 2 min
    Episode 36: Meredith Shockley-Smith and Elizabeth Kelly, “Reducing Infant Mortality by Following the Lead of Black Women”

    Episode 36: Meredith Shockley-Smith and Elizabeth Kelly, “Reducing Infant Mortality by Following the Lead of Black Women”

    36: Meredith Shockley-Smith and Elizabeth Kelly, “Reducing Infant Mortality by Following the Lead of Black Women”
     
    Over the past several years, Hamilton County has moved from having one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the United States to being in the lower 25 percentile. While there is still so much work to be done, this staggering improvement deserves our attention. In this episode we check in with Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly with Cradle Cincinnati who attribute their stunning progress on this progress to deliberately following the lead of Black women in the community. In too many sectors, racial equity is given lip service. We can learn so much from these two powerful women who didn’t just redistribute resources, they also redistributed power. 
     
    Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith, Director of Community Strategies and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly,  co- founder and Director of Systems Strategies, Cradle Cincinnati
     
    Show Highlights:
    Why humility is a “must-have” quality for any social change leader 
    The initiative to hear, see and celebrate Black women
    How a recurring potluck dinner became the basis for powerful community organizing
    The importance of building bridges and forging authentic relationships across difference
    Leading large scale change is really about letting go, but letting go is easier said than done
    What happened when Cradle Cincinnati recognized that it wasn’t just a health care problem, it was a justice problem 
     
    Links: Cradle Cincinnati: http://www.cradlecincinnati.org/
     
    Articles: SSIR Collective Impact model https://ssir.org/articles/entry/collective_impact
     
    Start Strong Avondale https://www.cradlecincinnati.org/2018/04/12/the-neighborhood-of-avondale-develops-a-promising-model-to-save-lives-as-hamilton-county-infant-mortality-improvement-levels-out/
     
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    https://www.billionsinstitute.com/impactwithintegrity

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Erin-100kAlum ,

Becky & Jake

Do yourself a favor and listen to this excellent discussion about building, learning, and refining a movement for large scale change! Two brilliant thinkers and leaders. Yes, I’m biased: being a part of both the 100k and BFZ teams remains the greatest slice of luck and learning in my professional career. Love you guys :-)

ninaksimon ,

Inspiring, distinctive, worth your time if you want to make change

Ok, I admit. A review from a guest is probably a _bit_ biased. But I’ve listened to all the episodes so far, and I’ve learned a lot. Becky keeps it human and real, but she also dives into the details of large-scale social change in ways you can’t hear anywhere else. She’s a great out-loud learner and I feel lucky to learn alongside her as a listener.

DWSLV ,

Becky, an inspiration

Becky is an inspiring leader, an inspiring leader. I’m so grateful that I can hear her voice again, speaking to our higher selves in these challenging times.

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