Past huddles

Tuesday, April 23 at 4pm ET  |  Register here! Fun fact: In the last year alone, eight US-based Ashoka Fellows took a sabbatical (and that’s just the ones we knew of!). The biggest barrier to taking a good sabbatical isn’t actually being ‘sold’ on the logic – most leaders understand, at least in theory, the benefits of taking a step back. The real barriers are things like logistics, timing, and framing: How do you fund – or allocate – a sabbatical? What systems should be in place before I go?

Thursday, April 18 at 12pm ET  |  Register here! There is literally nobody better to talk to about starting a podcast than the guy who built the infrastructure for the whole dang industry. Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and RadioPublic founder, Jake Shapiro, hosts a Huddle designed for Fellows who are contemplating whether podcasting is right for you, your organization, or your movement. What makes a good podcast host? How do you fund it? Why do podcasts fail? All this and more.

Hosted in February 2019.  Founded in 2002, Interfaith Youth Core’s mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. While this has always been at the core of the organization’s mission, IFYC’s team has continued to evolve their strategy behind it throughout shifting political and funding landscapes. The organization has seen two major transitions, including a shift from place-based projects to its current systemic focus on higher education.

Hosted in February 2019. One of the first building blocks to empowering ecosystems of changemakers starts in your own organization: How are you sharing leadership in your own organization? David Flink and Marcus Soutra share how Eye to Eye works internally to take down the myth of the ‘lone hero’: what are the practical ways that leadership can be proactively distributed in your organization? Where is it helpful to have a ‘CEO’ role, and when is it wise to toss the trope?

Hosted in February 2019. View a recording here. Cristi Hegranes is changing representation in international news by training local women to be professional, ethical journalists around the world. In addition to philanthropic support,GPI has created another entire business model, offering access to these high-quality, locally-sourced stories to major news outlets, schools and other partners to maximize both reach and revenue. Is there an angle or expertise that your organization has, that’s worth investing in?

Jueves 21 feb a las 9h CT / 10h ET  |  Apuntarse! (Link por zoom: El diálogo Activación de Jóvenes como Agentes de Cambio forma parte de una de nuestras iniciativas para generar comunidad, compartir el conocimiento que existe dentro de la red de Fellows y aliados e intercambiar mejores prácticas.

Hosted in December 2018. View a recording here. Since 2009, David Lubell has been equipping Welcoming Communities with holistic efforts to reduce barriers for immigrants, and to proactively build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents. Join David for a candid conversation about international expansion, ranging from structural logistics, to building buy-in across the team, to determining what success looks like on a global level.

Hosted in December 2018. View a recording here. Often overlooked – and even derided – by affordable housing practitioners as a viable homeownership solution, Stacey Epperson of Next Step Network identified an opportunity in the manufactured housing space: build coalitions between the industry and nonprofit organizations to change norms and impact communities.

Hosted in December 2018. View a recording here. Most Ashoka Fellows have negotiated between two polar elements of systems change: the speed with which your idea becomes available to the world, and control over the integrity of the model. One of the "speediest" pathways to systemic change -- if it's done right -- is to open-source your model. But, as Shannon Dosemagen and the team at the Public Lab know, process is everything.

Hosted in December 2018. View a recording here. Measuring the impact of collaborative systems change can seem challenging and nebulous; oftentimes, its apparent vagueness makes it difficult to motivate funders and partners. In a bold effort to measure its change across 137 countries, CYFI developed an internal diagnostic tool, charting ten key stages in a country’s journey toward full economic citizenship for children and youth.