Podcast Disrupt Development

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Episode 1 | Innovate Yourself
Why is innovation seen as 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. He helps organizations worldwide to jumpstart innovation and create new products, services and business models through his innovation methodology, FORTH.

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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. Melanie Rieback, the founder of the world’s first Post-Growth company Radically Open Security, talks about her practical experience building “nonprofit businesses” in combination 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?

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Episode 3 | Design and wicked problems
Professionals working in international development are often interested in human-centred design. A mindset and approach that sits at the intersection of empathy and creativity. Together with Rahmin Bender, an entrepreneur and social psychologist, 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.

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Episode 4 | Data-Science for Good 

Data science, as a field, tends to get obscured by so many buzzwords (“AI!” “Deep learning!” “Big data!”) that relate to what we can do, without a lot about why we would do it in the first place. Why data-science? Technologies progress and develop, data becomes more prolific and useful. How can data-scientist help the rest of the world catch up? During this episode data-scientist Joe Kroese, founder of Citizense will tell us all about data-science. What data-science is, how data-science is different than information or traditional research, what impact data-science can make within sustainable development, and how you can become a more data-driven organisation.

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Episode 5 | Doughnut from Amsterdam

The so-called ‘Doughnut’, an economic model for sustainable development, will guide Amsterdam out of the economic crisis left by the coronavirus pandemic. This by Kate Raworth developed approach is based on the priorities set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The city of Amsterdam wants to be a regenerative and inclusive city for all citizens while respecting the whole planet. But how to realise the radical and ambitious vision to make such a thriving city? In this episode Ilektra Kouloumpi, Senior Cities Strategist at Circle Economy, speaks about the downscaled Doughnut Model of Amsterdam. We will simplify the concept of circular economy through practical examples, get a better understanding of the disruptive model of the Doughnut Economy and learn how Amsterdam has become the first city in the world to embrace the Doughnut Model as the starting point for all public policy decisions.

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Episode 6 | ShiftThePower #1

The call to change the balance of power in development cooperation is getting louder and louder. It is time for more local ownership of the global agenda, everyone seems to agree. The development community has been talking about this for a while, using the hashtag #ShiftThePower, what has changed since? Together with Evelijne Bruning, executive director of The Hunger Project, we are going to talk about power imbalances in development cooperation, how development professionals are the accountants of change instead of the driver of change, the power of communities and together we will share tips for organisations who received new funding for programmes.

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Episode 7 | Inclusive entrepreneurship

People from disadvantaged backgrounds and young women face many challenges when they’re dreaming to become entrepreneurs. This episode we talk about inclusive entrepreneurship with Izzy Obeng, the founder and director of Foundervine, a social enterprise who specialises in start-up and scale-up acceleration programmes for founders from disadvantaged communities in the United Kingdom and Africa. Foundervine’s programmes address the social and economic inequality that’s faced by women, ethnic minorities and young adults (18-30) from disadvantaged backgrounds when starting a business. This episode we speak about the challenge’s these people experience when starting a business, how Foundervine is supporting these disadvantaged communities and what development cooperation can learn from inclusive entrepreneurship.

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Episode 8 | ShiftThePower#2

In this second episode of the #ShiftThePower series, we speak with Jenny Hodgson, the driving force behind the global #ShiftThePower movement and Executive Director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations, about disrupting development aid through community philanthropy. Community philanthropy is a model for development funding which builds local assets, capacity and trust. Local ownership and accountability lead to stronger communities and therefore, argues Jenny, should be the main focus of development aid practitioners.

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Episode 9 | Happiness Paradox

In this episode, together with Stijn Tupan and Julian Hoogendoorn, we are going to talk about how their social start-up the Nieuwe Gevers is disrupting development aid. We will talk about the Happiness paradox, the growing movement of professionals donating their skills to non-profits, why the private sector is pushing their employees to find purpose, the challenges non-profits experience in working with other sectors, and how the Nieuwe Gevers is facilitating matchmaking between non-profits and professionals from other sectors.

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Episode 10 | Time Travel 

In times of radical change and upcoming paradigm shifts in all industries, most organisations are not prepared to deal with the next waves of disruption. Travel with us to the future to explore and create scenarios for your industry and make your organisation Future Ready. In this episode, we are going to talk about creating learning experiences to become future-ready together with time travellers and future architects Amrei and Manuel. We will talk about what it means to be a future architect, how to create immersive learning experiences in virtual spaces, how to create paradigm shifts & desirable futures through future modelling and how you can become a time traveller yourself.

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Episode 11 | Hack the Planet

Many courageous organisations are taking on significant humanitarian and sustainability challenges. Hack The Planet offers these organisations new perspectives on challenges, accelerating their efforts by creating and implementing smart and pragmatic technologies in collaborative projects. In this episode, Tim van Deursen, founder of Hack the Poacher, a ground-breaking project that captures poachers through technology, is going to talk about how technology offers new perspectives on global challenges. In addition to Hack the Poacher, we will talk about Meet the Soldier, an international award-winning innovative project that disrupts peacebuilding and conflict reconciliation through virtual reality. 

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Episode 12 | ShiftThePower#3

The call to change the balance of power in development cooperation is getting louder and louder. It is time for more local ownership of the global agenda, everyone seems to agree. The development community has been talking about this for decades now, but what has changed? In this #3 episode of the #ShiftThePower series, we are going to talk about dependency in development aid, together with Robert Wiggers, Deputy Director of Wilde Ganzen. What changes development aid has gone through in the past 30 years, how local organisations have internalised the priorities of Northern-led organisations, why we need to go back to the roots of development aid and how we need to Change the Game. 

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Episode 13 | ShiftThePower#4

In this episode, together with Danielle Hirsch of Both Ends we are going to talk about community-led grantmaking. What traditional grantmaking systems development aid needs to leave behind, how Both Ends is searching for the most inclusive system of grant-making, what the role of communities and grassroots organisations should be in grantmaking and what positive outcomes community-led grantmaking shows.

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Episode 14 | Poverty Porn 2.0

The portrayal of the donor, ambassador, participant or traveller as a helper or saviour is often related to colonial relationships and attitudes and can regularly be recognised in the communications of international aid organisations. This type of communication undermines the core values that should underpin development aid, argue media scholars Emiel Martens & Wouter Oomen. In this episode, they are going to talk about the importance of constructive communication in development cooperation.

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Episode 15 | Dutch Foreign Affairs

In this Podcast, together with Jeroen Kelderhuis, we are going to talk about the unique role of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in development cooperation. Why the Netherlands is one of the largest donor countries, the relationship between the Ministry and civil society organisations, lessons learned from the biggest funding instrument, and how we can be flexible and agile in future partnerships.

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Episode 16 | Old aid vs New aid
Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honour to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book “The Business of Changing the World,” a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.

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