Launching the Podcast “Disrupt Development”

Stories behind disruptive thinkers and doers within sustainable development

agenda April 29, 2020

Together with Alexander Medik (also a member of our Inspiration Swarm!) we proudly announce the launch of the Podcast “Disrupt Development”. Disrupt Development is a Podcast platform that shares inspiring stories of disruptive thinkers and doers within Sustainable Development. Stories about transformative ideas, innovative projects, impactful products, groundbreaking systems and new partnerships all aiming to accelerate impact towards Sustainable Development. Today we present to you the first three episodes of this podcast!

Why this podcast?
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a global plan of action for addressing the globe’s most pressing challenges. They are the universal call to action for all human beings.

However, traditional approaches are often too slow to keep up with today’s global’s challenges. We need to reinvent ourselves if we want to keep up. Radical change is required and for this, we need disruptive thinkers and doers. Visionaries from all sectors who dare to challenge the status quo.

Whether you work for a large corporate or a small social enterprise. Whether you work for a non-profit or a public institution. Or whether you are an individual who is looking to do GOOD. Listen to the Disrupt Development Podcast, become inspired and explore how you can disrupt your own world.

Alexander Medik x The Spindle
Alexander Medik is the host and creator of Disrupt Development: “Having fled Georgia with my family in ‘94, a war-torn country, gave me superpowers. An extensive dedication and intrinsic motivation to work towards a more socially just world by sparking collective action.”

In the last decade, Alexander worked globally on incubating innovative processes, products, platforms and partnerships on topics ranging from peacebuilding, human rights and youth-leadership and education to HIV/AIDS, gender equality and digital health.

Now, he teamed up with The Spindle. Sharing the same vision The Spindle is a partner of Disrupt Development and supports the development of Podcasts that are in line with the themes of the Spindle. We search for interesting topics and persons that could be of great value for this podcast!

Listen to all the episodes here directly or stay tuned on Spotify, Google Podcast or Itunes!

Presenting the first three episodes! 

Episode 1 – Innovate Yourself
Why is innovation often made complex by so many people? In this Podcast global innovation author and speaker, Gijs van Wulfen, makes innovation simple again, so you and your team can innovate yourselves successfully. We talk about what innovation is, why it matters, idea killers, conservative managers, how to create an innovation culture and what Confucius can learn us to become innovators.

Gijs van Wulfen is a well-known global authority and trusted advisor on innovation, inspiring speaker, author of 4 global innovation bestsellers, one of the top 10 worldwide innovation bloggers, and a LinkedIn Influencer with 325.000+ followers. He helps organizations worldwide to jumpstart innovation and create new products, services and business models through his innovation methodology, FORTH.

You can find more information about Gijs, his books and methodologies at Gijs recently also launched a new Youtube channel – Inspiration for innovation.

Episode 2 – Post-Growth Entrepreneurship
Our economies and companies are addicted to exponential growth. But is this good for our planet and our society? In recent years social entrepreneurship claims to offer an alternative – but something still doesn’t feel right. As the founder of the world’s first Post-Growth company Melanie Rieback’s talk will combine her practical experience building “nonprofit businesses” with the macroeconomic theory of “post-growth” economists like Tim Jackson and Kate Raworth. This talk will question everything that you know about entrepreneurship, business models and sustainability within Development Cooperation. Can you go back to “business as usual” again?

Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world’s first post-growth business and Non Profit Ventures, the world’s first incubator for not-for-profit startups. She is a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU) and was named one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016, 2017, and  2019.

Episode 3 – Design and wicked problems
There is a lot of interest from professionals working in international development in human-centred design. A mindset and approach that sits at the intersection of empathy and creativity. Together, with Rahmin Bender we will talk about what design is, debunk myths about design, explore how to solve wicked problems through design, and how you can become a designer yourself.

Rahmin Bender PhD is an Entrepreneur, Social Psychologist, and Academic focusing on the application of design research and creativity on innovation, business, and policy in an international and multi-cultural context. He is the founder of Creative Design, a design thinking consultancy and a researcher and lecturer in entrepreneurship, innovation, international business, and circular economy at Wageningen University & Research and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.


Stay tuned on our project page for new episodes.


Are you interested in sharing your disruptive story on the Disrupt Development podcast? Or do you know someone else who should share their story? We’d love to hear from you. Who knows? Maybe your story will end up here, as well. Drop us a mail via

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