by Denver Frederick | Aug 19, 2021 | Guest Interview
Social activists have a disproportionately poor quality of life. Many struggle with depression, burnout, high divorce rates, and financial pressure. And while 75% of changemakers surveyed felt that looking after their wellbeing was very important, only 25% reported they actually did to a great extent.
The Wellbeing Project was created to change the culture of the field of social change to one welcoming of inner wellbeing, and to catalyze an infrastructure to support everyone working in the field. They believe that wellbeing inspires welldoing. And here to discuss this work with us is Aaron Pereira and Sandrine Woitrin, the project leads of The Wellbeing Project.
by Denver Frederick | Jul 7, 2021 | Guest Interview
Gaming reaches close to 3 billion people worldwide. An organization that promotes the use of games and immersive media to drive social impact is Games for Change. Now, how good an idea is that? And here to talk about this work, as well as the upcoming Games for Change Festival, is Susanna Pollack, the President of Games for Change.
by Denver Frederick | Feb 22, 2021 | Guest Interview
The ratio between words spoken and action taken is uncomfortably high when it comes to racial equity in our organizations and institutions. One reason for this is that it’s a very difficult issue to talk about, but a new book provides a common sense and pragmatic approach to help move the conversation forward. In fact, it’s called The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations. And it’s a pleasure to have with us its author and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Robert Livingston.
by Denver Frederick | Nov 12, 2019 | Guest Interview
There are a number of mission-driven consulting firms in the philanthropic and social change arena. Many of them do excellent work, but there are just a few who are truly thought leaders, whose insights and practices not only help their clients but inform the entire sector how they can go about their work more creatively and effectively. On that very short list, you would find FSG. And it’s a pleasure to have with us this evening, the Co-CEO of FSG Lauren Smith.
by Denver Frederick | Aug 8, 2016 | Guest Interview
Foundations are often taken to task for being too risk-averse but no one could apply that epithet to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. RBF, a 76-year-old foundation, played a huge and long-term role in brokering the U.S. and Iran nuclear agreement — which is now perhaps the most prominent and most committed philanthropic initiative to cease investing in oil, coal, and gas.
In this segment from the Business of Giving, Stephen Heintz, the fund’s president, tells the story behind its decision to divest from fossil fuels, despite its wealth being derived from one of America’s great oil fortunes. He also shares his thoughts on the Iran deal, how foundations can leverage and maximize its influence, their learning from grantees, the challenge of measuring the unquantifiable, and the history of Rockefeller family philanthropy.