‘Design for Change’ is a podcast show that is part of the prestigious Conversations Network’s Social Innovation Conversations Channel. The series has a global focus and tackles topics ranging from education and health to energy and micro-finance. The guests, prolific entrepreneurs from around the world talk about their experiences in sustaining and scaling their enterprise, creating partnerships with the government and local partners, evaluating the impact of the programs and replicating the model across other cultures and contexts.
Below are a few interviews focusing on formal and informal educational models. Visit the ‘Design for Change’ website to hear from guests in other social sectors.
Randy Wang describes his motivation to create Digital StudyHall, a collection of basic technologies that have dramatically improved long distance education in underprivileged countries.
Abbad Andaloussi talks about his efforts to improve education in Moroccan schools by involving businesses. Today, over 100 corporations provide volunteers, support, and a real world perspective to students.
Beulah Thumbadoo shares her experiences promoting adult literacy in South Africa, first from within the South African government and university system, and then through her own organization.
Rafael Alvarez explains how Genesys Works prepares students technically and professionally to enter a corporate environment and change their lives.
Kim Feinberg describes how her organization, the Tomorrow Trust, uses education to help children with AIDS grow grow into self sufficient, economically productive, and socially included adults.
Brij Kothari describes how he improves lives by incorporating education into everyday entertainment.He’s also creating multiplatform stories that will be seen on TV, read on mobile phones, and printed in books.
Kyle Zimmer discusses how her organization gives low-income students access to reading materials by connecting business donors, educators, and families with a tangible and traceable benefit — the simple book.
Sakena Yacoobi talks about creating an organization that operated underground during the Taliban regime and now serves 350,000 Afghan women and children each year.
Wendy Kopp shares the mission of Teach For America and its success in placing over 5,000 teachers in low-income and poorly performing schools across the country.
Jeroo Billimoria talks about providing social and financial education to millions of children by securing pro-bono support from various corporations, developing a scalable training model, and creating a global network of organizations.
Author Pamela Hartigan discusses how social entrepreneur pioneers are creating markets that are changing the world.
Author Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder of the Acumen Fund, describes how a combination of patient capital and management support is making a difference in tackling poverty in Africa and Asia.
Design for Change has been syndicated by many new media outlets and has been downloaded and listened to by thousands of listeners around the world. Many episodes are also available on the Schwab Foundation and Ashoka websites.