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The New Ism

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We have a big ambition: to create a new economic system with inclusivity at its heart. Some of the world’s most innovative and exciting minds are creating solutions to fix our broken society, but they are working in spite of the current system. We want a new economic system that empowers them and br… read more

41 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Boomer vs Millennial - who will save the planet? Earth Day 2021

April 29th, 2021


We’re back after a break with a new, slightly different episode of the podcast. This time, Mel and Alex interviewed each another as part of a series …

S3, E5: Tamzin Ractliffe | Impact Trust

July 30th, 2020


Our guest this week is Tamzin Ractliffe, a serial social entrepreneur who has worked across the public, private and civil society sectors to drive greater impact in the application of capitals to social and sustainable …

S3, E4: Sharath Jeevan | STiR Education | Intrinsic Labs

July 17th, 2020


This week’s guest is Sharath Jeevan, the founder of STiR Education and of Intrinsic Labs, and a world expert on how to reignite intrinsic motivation in our lives. STiR Education supports education systems to rekindle …

S3, E3: Ken Banks | Yoti

July 10th, 2020


This week’s guest is Ken Banks, the Head of Social Purpose at Yoti, a start-up which develops innovative digital identity solutions. He is also an …

S3, E2: Jeroo Billimoria | Catalyst 2030

July 3rd, 2020


This week we’re talking to Jeroo Billimoria, a hugely successful serial social entrepreneur who has had a profound impact on the lives of millions of …

S3, E1: Sue Riddlestone, Bioregional

June 26th, 2020


Kicking off season three is Sue Riddlestone, the co-founder and Chief Executive of Bioregional, which champions a better, more sustainable way of living by working with partners to create more sustainable places to live …

S2, E10: Philip Jennings

October 18th, 2019


Our guest this week is Philip Jennings. Philip recently retired as the General Secretary of UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers …

S2, E9: Bjørn Ihler

September 9th, 2019


Our guest this week is Bjørn Ihler, a Norwegian peace activist who survived the Utøya mass shooting in Norway in 2011. He now works to promote harmony and counter extremism and hatred through a variety of means …

S2, E8: Adam Purvis

August 14th, 2019


Adam spent eight years building a global movement of entrepreneurs who are proving that we can use business to make the world a better place. He has now joined Dark Matter Laboratories where they explore how to create a …

S2, E7: Florian Rutsch

July 10th, 2019


Florian Rutsch is a systems change expert at Ashoka UK, which identifies and supports a network of leading social entrepreneurs who are driving systems change, and aims to empower everyone to be a changemaker. Florian’s …

S2, E6: Professor Johanna Mair

June 27th, 2019


Johanna is a Professor of Organisation, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Hewlett Foundation Visiting …

S2, E5: Safia Minney

June 12th, 2019


Safia Minney is best known as the founder of pioneering ethical fashion brand People Tree, where every product, as well as being stylish, is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish. …

S2, E4: Harish Hande

May 31st, 2019


Harish Hande is a leading Indian social entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Selco, which creates an ecosystem to eradicate poverty using sustainable energy as a catalyst. They design, develop and deploy …

S2, E3: Patrick Holden

May 24th, 2019


Patrick Holden is the founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust, which works internationally to accelerate the transition towards more …

S2 E2: Fredrik Galtung

May 10th, 2019


Fredrik Galtung has dedicated his career to redefining anti-corruption work, from top-down finger pointing to bottom-up promotion of integrity at a community level. He was the Founder President of Integrity Action which …

S2 E1: Lily Lapenna

May 3rd, 2019


Lily Lapenna is the founder and co-chair of MyBnk, which empowers young people to become financially literate and take charge of their futures by bringing money to life. Together with young people, they create …

25: Tim Hanstad

December 19th, 2018


Our guest today is Tim Hanstad, the CEO of the Chandler Foundation, which invests in champions who are building healthy communities, vibrant marketplaces and strong nations for a more inclusive prosperity. He previously …

24: Kristine Pearson

December 9th, 2018


Our guest this week is Kristine Pearson, the CEO of Lifeline Energy. They design, manufacture and distribute sustainable solar and wind-up radios and …

23: Pam Warhurst | Incredible Edible

November 30th, 2018


Our guest today is Pam Warhurst, the founder of Incredible Edible, an organisation which uses food to empower people to build stronger and more resilient communities. The concept starts with ‘propaganda gardens’ where …

22: Honey Thaljieh

November 22nd, 2018


Our guest today is Honey Thaljieh who is, in her own words, a Palestinian Arab Christian woman from Bethlehem who has played football all her life. The co-founder and first-ever captain of the Palestinian women’s …

21: Martyn Evans | Carnegie Trust

November 14th, 2018


Our guest today is Martyn Evans, the Chief Executive of the Carnegie Trust, which was founded in 1913 by Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie to improve the wellbeing of the people of the UK and Ireland. They …

20: Paul Rice | Fair Trade USA

November 7th, 2018


Our guest today is Paul Rice, the founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, the largest certifier and provider of fair trade products in North America. Fair …

19: Kyle Zimmer

October 31st, 2018


Our guest today is Kyle Zimmer, the founder of American organisation First Book, which promotes equal education by ensuring that children in need have access to the books and resources they need. First Book works …

18: Rick Aubry

October 25th, 2018


Our guest this week is Rick Aubry, a leading American social innovator. He established Rubicon Programs to support homeless people and people with mental health issues in finding work and somewhere to live; his latest …

17: Andreas Heinecke

October 18th, 2018


Our guest today is Andreas Heinecke, a German social entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to dismantling barriers between 'us' and 'them' via human experience. The vision of his organisation, Dialogue Social …

16: Dr. Martín Burt

October 10th, 2018


Today's episode is the first of our international conversations, where we will be talking to social innovators working outside the UK. Our guest this week is Martín Burt, who has dedicated his career to eliminating …

15: Reflections and an announcement

October 3rd, 2018


From next week, The New Ism is going global, with discussions with exciting social innovators from around the world. So for this short episode, Mel and Alex have taken the opportunity to reflect on what they've learned …

14: Dr. Mairi Mackay

September 27th, 2018


Our guest this week is Mairi Mackay, the Director of Social and Creative Economies at the British Council, where she seeks to develop more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies through innovative, …

13: Chris Underhill

September 21st, 2018


Our guest this week is Chris Underhill, a serial social entrepreneur who has for the last 18 years focused on improving mental health care delivery …

12: Laurence Demarco

September 12th, 2018


In the week that the World Social Enterprise Forum comes to Edinburgh, we talk to Laurence Demarco, who has played a key role in making Scotland a …

11: Baroness Mary Goudie

September 5th, 2018


Welcome to episode 11 of The New Ism podcast! This week, Mel talks to Baroness Mary Goudie, who has dedicated her career to advocating for women's rights and promoting gender equality. She works with organisations …

10: Professor Liz Grant

August 29th, 2018


Welcome to episode 10 of The New Ism podcast! Our guest today is Professor Liz Grant, the Director of the Global Health Academy and Assistant Principal for Global Health at the University of Edinburgh. 

Liz's expertise …

9: David Greig

August 21st, 2018


Our guest this week, David Greig, is the Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. David is one of Scotland's most renowned playwrights; his work has taken him around the …

8: Pip Wheaton

August 15th, 2018


Our guest this week, Pip Wheaton, is the Director of Ashoka UK, an organisation which identifies and supports leading social entrepreneurs, and seeks to empower everyone to drive social change. She is also a …

7: Dr. Andrew Murray

August 7th, 2018


In episode 7 of The New Ism, Mel talks to Dr. Andrew Murray, who is qualified in Sport and Exercise Medicine and General Practice, and currently works as an author, speaker and researcher, advocating for healthier and …

6: Pamela Gillies

July 31st, 2018


Our guest this week is Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University. She talks to Mel Young about how we can develop the skills needed for social change by making the UN's …

5: Faisel Rahman

July 24th, 2018


Our guest this week is Faisel Rahman, founder and managing director of Fair Finance, which offers a range of high quality, affordable financial …

4: John Elkington

July 17th, 2018


Our guest this week is John Elkington, Chairman and Chief Pollinator of Volans. John was a very early pioneer of corporate responsibility and …

3: Michael Sani

July 5th, 2018


In episode 3 of The New Ism podcast, Mel talks to Michael Sani, founder and CEO of Bite the Ballot, which empowers and inspires young people to participate in democracy, thereby creating a new generation of leaders and …

2: Katherine Trebeck

July 5th, 2018


In episode 2 of The New Ism podcast, Mel Young talks to Dr. Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance about what she believes should form …

1: Mel Young

July 4th, 2018


The very first episode of The New Ism podcast, featuring our co-founder Mel Young explaining his vision for The New Ism and we will co-create a fairer, more inclusive economy.

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