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Podcast alert: Igniting Change Season 5

Buckle up for Igniting Change S5: where we chat all things tech for good with some of our epic guests from Oxfam, Unicef, and Amnesty International, oh my!



Are you ready to ignite change with us?

Our award-winning, Igniting Change, podcast is *almost* back and definitely better than ever!

Over the years we have had an incredible line-up of guests grace our fair podcast that not only teaches us a thing or two, but is also RIDICULOUSLY inspirational because of how they have found a way to drive the change we so desperately need to see by harnessing the power of technology.

This Season will delve into the ethical use and adoption of AI, empowerment through self-serve data warehouses, and how innovation can champion the voiceless. The only slight hitch to your giddyup of galloping straight into this righteous new content…you have 24 hours to wait until Episode 1 drops.

But we got your back, quench your Igniting Change thirst by revisiting a classic episode:


What's Igniting Change all about?

We build Tech for Good, offering our fantastic clients digital solutions that have a very real impact, changing millions of lives for the better all over the world. But don’t just take my word for it; check out some of the work we’ve done with UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, Lush, Global Forest Watch, and the American Red Cross.

So, with all those people and planet helping custom software builds keeping us busy, you might find yourself asking, ‘As a tech agency, why have a podcast?!

Good question!

Besides being tech enthusiasts, we’re big believers in collaboration and transparency. The more conversations we facilitate about harnessing technology for positive impact, the more we hope to drive much-needed change. What started out as a way to sit down (virtually) with our guests across the environmental sector to gain insight into why consumers aren’t making more sustainable choices has evolved into weekly conversations with brilliant minds across many fields. We spotlight how organisations and individuals are using kick-ass technical solutions for global good.

We're betting on tech as humanity's ace in the hole

We all know the gravity of the global situation and the crises humanity is facing every single day. The news is a lot. It’s too easy to fall down a doom scroll rabbit hole. This is exactly why we wanted to use our platform to spotlight the folks who aren’t just commenting from the sidelines. They’re in the trenches working tirelessly towards very real change, and they’ve got the dirt under their nails to prove it.

Tune into Igniting Change and you’ll find it’s not all end-of-the-world forecasts. We’ve got guests who’ll restore your faith in humanity—or at least in the power of ingenuity, collaboration, and the almighty innovation. So if you’re into pairing your existential dread with a side of actionable insight, hit that subscribe button.

Let’s ignite change together, shall we?

Catch-up on all of Season 4 here:

Episode #1: Seema Iyer, Senior Director of The Hive at USA for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, joins us to discuss her circuitous career path, and how she went from studying human migration patterns in the former Soviet Union during the ’90s to running the data science and innovation lab for UNHCR.

Episode #2: Thrilled to have Bill Miller, CEO of the Keane University Foundation, join us this week. We delve into the evolution of philanthropy in the digital era – where data analytics and AI aren’t just buzzwords, but catalysts for massive change.

Episode #3: Curious about tech’s transformative role in the nonprofit sector? This week, we chat with Jamil Khan, Digital Engagement Leader at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. From its origins, sparked by 4-year-old Alex Scott’s heartfelt lemonade stands, to its present-day impact, raising $250M+ for pediatric cancer research and family support. Tune in for an inspiring journey of resilience, innovation, and impact.

Episode #4: Ever wonder how Greenpeace harnesses the power of big data to deliver on its radical mission? Catch our conversation with Doug Krehbel, Director of Data and Business Intelligence at Greenpeace USA, to get his insightful answer to that burning question. With a background in software development and data strategy, he reveals how his team uses data to transform strategies for environmental advocacy and fundraising.

Episode #5: Imagine having the power to redefine the conversation on sexual and reproductive health, reaching millions around the world. In this episode, we’re joined by Lester Coutinho, Director of Innovation and Insights at DKT International, a trailblazer in this field for over 25 years. Find out how DKT International has revolutionised access to contraceptives, clinics, counselling, and follow-up care.

Episode #6: In recent years, technology has proven what an incredibly powerful tool it can be for mental health advocacy and support. Join us for a fascinating dive into the innovative mind of Ariana Vargas, an accomplished documentary filmmaker and the founder of Stigma, a game-changing app that champions mental health through the art of storytelling.

Episode #7: Did you know using a simple emoji can help unlock the door to more impactful fundraising? This week Attiya Hirji, Digital Fundraising Specialist at Oxfam International, joins us to pull back the curtain on the world of tech-empowered non-profit fundraising.

Episode #8: On this week’s episode, we dive into the world of social entrepreneurship with our inspiring guest, Dan LaMotte, CEO at From California surfer to tech-savvy social entrepreneur in Puerto Rico, Dan’s journey has been an interesting one and is as exciting as his mission to revolutionise the nonprofit sector with cloud-based solutions.

Episode #9: Get ready to find out how our next guest, Matt Holbrook, the Director of Operations at Global Growers Network is igniting some serious change in the world. We dive into the inspirational work that Matt and his team are doing to uplift immigrants and refugees in Atlanta by providing access to community gardens for folks to enjoy on a personal level.

Episode #10: This week we dive deep into the fascinating world of digital transformation with our guest, Dr. Melanie Garson, the Cyber Policy and Acting Director of Geopolitics at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. From technology’s role in search and rescue missions to predicting climate disasters and even creating support networks for victims of domestic abuse, be prepared to be inspired by the incredible ways tech can transform lives.

Episode 11: Meet Christina Barstow, the dynamic Director of Strategic Partnerships at Helvetas. In this conversation, we navigate the world of ‘tech for good’, a sphere that Christina and her team at Helvetas have been exploiting to alleviate poverty and advance human rights in more than 30 countries. This conversation will shift your perspective on the role of technology in international development.

Episode 12: Welcome Dr Isabelle Widmer into the conversation. She joins this week’s episode to discuss how Virtual Doctors are saving lives in Africa by harnessing technology to bridge the healthcare gap in underserved communities. From the nitty-gritty of telemedicine to their cutting-edge solutions for remote medical support, Isabelle details past challenges to present victories and exciting expansion plans.

Episode 13: In a world of plenty, where enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, hunger should be a thing of the past. However, conflict, climate change, disasters, and inequality mean that one in ten people globally is still going to bed hungry and famine looms for millions. In our latest Igniting Change episode, we sit down with Berhnard Kowatsch from the World Food Programme to discuss their tireless work to feed millions of the world’s hungriest people.

Published on February 21, 2024, last updated on February 21, 2024

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