In a conversation with Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Tech Matters, on The Business of Giving podcast, the empowering role of technology in social change was explored. Tech Matters assists social advocates in leveraging technology for societal benefits. Fruchterman discussed how technology, though a small part of an initiative’s budget, can greatly amplify impact, and stressed the importance of integrating technological expertise into nonprofit boards. He introduced his new venture, Terraso, aimed at combating “data colonialism” and enhancing climate response at the grassroots level. Fruchterman’s vision involves creating a data governance framework for the nonprofit sector and championing open-source software as a community-owned and co-created tool for empowerment.
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.
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.
The Conversation: An Indispensable Playbook to Effectively Address Systemic Racism in Your Organization
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.
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.