it's about the how
  • Greg Van Kirk
5 episodes
Over the past 20 years, Greg Van Kirk has worked as a social entrepreneur, consultant and educator. He has had the great fortune of collaborating and working with truly amazing people who are working to create positive change in the world. He has created It's About the How to allow listeners to meet and learn from these changeleaders. We are confident that these thought provoking conversations will help you in your own changemaking journey, regardless of where you are in your profession.


Brett Smith: Reframing the Risk Equation
2020 Sep 101h 53s
Brett R. Smith, Ph.D. is the Cintas Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship; Founding Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship; and Founding Director, Leading the Integration of Faith & Entrepreneurship (L.I.F.E.) Research Lab at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research interests focus on social and faith-based entrepreneurship. His research appears in a number of leading academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, Leadership Quarterly, and Long Range Planning.
Kofi Taha: Designing "by" for Community & Systemic Change
2020 Sep 1058m 33s
As part of MIT D-Lab, Kofi's work focuses on developing, using, and understanding inclusive design and implementation processes that lead to more equitable outcomes in historically excluded communities. He has co-facilitated village-level technology design workshops in Uganda and Haiti; helped interdisciplinary teams commercialize social impact products in Ghana and Tanzania; provided support to local innovation centers in Brazil, Colombia, and India; and helped build a global community of 1000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, researchers, and educators ( Kofi studied political economy at Columbia University, urban planning at MIT, and is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Lennon Flowers: Overcoming the Conspiracy of Silence
2020 Sep 1041m 15s
Lennon Flowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, a community of 10,000+ (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings working to turn loss from a conversation-stopper to a conversation-starter, with the goal of transforming our most isolating experiences into sources of meaningful connection and forward movement. She is a co-founder of The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Since January 20, 2017, The People’s Supper has powered thousands of suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, the Mayor’s Office in Erie, PA,  the Obama Foundation, and more. Her work is born of the popular adage that change moves at the speed of trust, and a simple question: What needs healing here? Lennon is an Ashoka Fellow and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC. Backpacking, vinegar-based barbecue, and a good dance party rank high on her list of favorite things.
Matt Nash: Commitment, Communication & Capacity Building
2020 Sep 101h 5m 59s
Matt Nash is an adjunct professor of the practice at Duke University, where he teaches courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.  As a managing director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, he works with students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners to design, implement, and assess innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.  Matt has led two accelerators at Duke including, most recently, the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, which supports the scaling of innovations for youth, with an initial focus on menstrual health and hygiene in East Africa.  Previously, he was a consultant in strategy and change management for a diverse set of clients, international and domestic, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.
Greg Van Kirk: Welcome to It's about the How
2020 Sep 109m 3s
Over the past 20 years in my work as a social entrepreneur, consultant and educator, I’ve had and continue to have the great fortune of collaborating and working with so many truly amazing people who are working to create positive change in the world. They’re my teachers, mentors and sources of continuous inspiration. The goal of this podcast is to provide you with the opportunity to meet and learn from them as well.
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