Known by everyone in the peacebuilding world and very well connected in the social change scene, Craig is “a compulsive networker and information sharer”. How does he manage to Tweet at 4am? Who hasn’t received an email from him? Who is this guy? Found out about Craig’s earlier years, his biggest failures, how he made bold choices, his PhD years, on quitting jobs, and his transition from academic to social entrepreneur here in Episode 1 of the Social Change Career Podcast.
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From the beginning, Monica was fiercely independent and thanks her supportive and loving family for instilling a love of public libraries and education. A native D.C. Washingtonian who grew up both in Korea and the U.S , Monica defines herself as a nerd. She wanted to create global impact from as early as she can remember. Highly accomplished but not happy working in government and policy jobs; she worked her way out of boredom and sadness and found herself becoming a coach and creating her own social business: InnovatorsBox. Found out how Monica found her Why in Episode 2 of the Social Change Career Podcast.
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A product of a professional weaver and a government official, Nick had a very refined and specific passion for 1890-1940s Modern Era poetry. Thinking he was going to be a poetry analyst, Nick later decided that we wanted to help others and work in social change through education. With a recent M.A. title from UPeace University in Costa Rica, Nick had to battle the 2008 economic recession. Unable to get a job, Nick and some of his friends took maters to their own hand and after identifying the huge opportunities between technology and social change created one of the most successful technology education companies: Techchange. Learn how Nick did this in Episode 3 of the Social Change Careers Network.
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“It doesn’t get any harder than being a war refugee in Europe in 1995. I always knew that there is something inside me, in my love for my family that I have to draw from, that there will be better days. Very fortunate for me for the last 30 years that’s being the case”.
It was 1984 and Bosnia Herzegovina hosted the Winter Olympics. In just two weeks 13-year-old Miki taught himself English and German just by volunteering and meeting others in this global event. Little did he know that six years later, languages were going to save his life, as he had to survive Bosnia’s devastating warfare that made him a refugee in Austria. How does one go from a war refugee to one of the most prominent professionals in the conflict resolution field? Find out here in Episode 4 of the Social Change Career Podcast.
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Anne carries a Danish passport but considers herself a citizen of the world. Her father’s family escaped from Germany as the Nazis persecuted them for their pacifist’s beliefs. Her family moved to Norway to the countryside when she was 11. For college she attended an alternative three-year innovation management school that started her great journey combining entrepreneurship, technology solving complex social problems. A recipient of the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Anne today is the co-director of the “Re-Di School for Digital Integration” teaching refuges in Germany how to code. Find out more about Anne’s career in Episode 5 of Season 1 of the Social Change Career Podcast.
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Born in Mombay, India from working class parents who never forced her to follow on Indias’ societal expectations of womenhood, Elsa Marie D’Silva literally grew wings and for two decades became a successful employee in the aviation industry. But she had to follow her passion and commitment to solving the epidemic of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. She founded and created Safecity, an app that is effectively, one dot at a time, reducing violence against women and girls in many countries. A Rotarian Peace and Vital Voices Fellow, (among others) Elsa’s work has been globally acclaimed. Find out more about Elsa Marie’s career and her successful and widely acclaimed app in Episode 6 of the Social Change Career Podcast.