The New Ism

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 brings their efforts together so that they can change the world. Every week we talk to exciting social entrepreneurs to discover what they think a new, fairer economy should look like.


S2, E10: Philip Jennings
Oct 18 • 30 min
Our guest this week is Philip Jennings. Philip recently retired as the General Secretary of UNI Global Union, which represents 20 million workers from over 150 countries worldwide. Their mission is threefold: to build power for working people in service…
S2, E9: Bjørn Ihler
Sep 9 • 37 min
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 including writing, talks and filmmaking and…
S2, E8: Adam Purvis
Aug 14 • 39 min
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 new system, researching and…
S2, E7: Florian Rutsch
Jul 10 • 42 min
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 work focuses on the ecosystem for…
S2, E6: Professor Johanna Mair
Jun 27 • 42 min
Johanna is a Professor of Organisation, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Hewlett Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She is the academic editor of the Stanford…
S2, E5: Safia Minney
Jun 12 • 39 min
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. Safia is a trailblazer in ethical…
S2, E4: Harish Hande
May 31 • 44 min
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 customised sustainable energy solutions that…
S2, E3: Patrick Holden
May 24 • 40 min
Patrick Holden is the founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust, which works internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. A pioneer of the organic food movement, Patrick plays an instrumental part in the…
S2 E2: Fredrik Galtung
May 10 • 49 min
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 helps communities monitor and fix…
S2 E1: Lily Lapenna
May 3 • 46 min
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 innovative, high-impact and high-energy…
25: Tim Hanstad
Dec 19, 2018 • 46 min
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 founded Landesa, which partners…
24: Kristine Pearson
Dec 9, 2018 • 43 min
Our guest this week is Kristine Pearson, the CEO of Lifeline Energy. They design, manufacture and distribute sustainable solar and wind-up radios and other media players to vulnerable populations who would otherwise not have access to important…
23: Pam Warhurst | Incredible Edible
Nov 30, 2018 • 43 min
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 people plant edible plants in unused…
22: Honey Thaljieh
Nov 22, 2018 • 39 min
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 national football team, she has broken…
21: Martyn Evans | Carnegie Trust
Nov 14, 2018 • 42 min
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 deliver on this mission in many…
20: Paul Rice | Fair Trade USA
Nov 7, 2018 • 37 min
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 Trade is a global movement of people, organisations and producers who are committed to putting people and…
19: Kyle Zimmer
Oct 31, 2018 • 44 min
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 closely with its 400,000-strong member…
18: Rick Aubry
Oct 24, 2018 • 44 min
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 venture, New Foundry Ventures, is a…
17: Andreas Heinecke
Oct 18, 2018 • 43 min
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 Enterprise, is the social inclusion of…
16: Dr. Martín Burt
Oct 10, 2018 • 39 min
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 poverty, via his organisation Fundación…
15: Reflections and an announcement
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
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 so far and on what’s to come.
14: Dr. Mairi Mackay
Sep 27, 2018 • 45 min
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, cross-sectoral approaches. The British…
13: Chris Underhill
Sep 21, 2018 • 45 min
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 across the world. He is the founder of numerous very successful social enterprises, including Basic Needs,…
12: Laurence Demarco
Sep 12, 2018 • 47 min
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 hub of social innovation. The co-founder of Senscot, which connects and supports social entrepreneurs across…
11: Baroness Mary Goudie
Sep 5, 2018 • 38 min
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 across the world to tackle exclusion,…
10: Professor Liz Grant
Aug 29, 2018 • 38 min
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 lies in health and she talks…
9: David Greig
Aug 21, 2018 • 51 min
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 world and he always seeks to give a…
8: Pip Wheaton
Aug 15, 2018 • 47 min
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 social entrepreneur herself, so her perspective…
7: Dr. Andrew Murray
Aug 7, 2018 • 42 min
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 more active life for all. They…
6: Pamela Gillies
Jul 31, 2018 • 39 min
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 sustainable development goals (SDGs)…
5: Faisel Rahman
Jul 24, 2018 • 57 min
Our guest this week is Faisel Rahman, founder and managing director of Fair Finance, which offers a range of high quality, affordable financial products and services to those who would otherwise be financially excluded. He talks with Mel about scaling the…
4: John Elkington
Jul 17, 2018 • 47 min
Our guest this week is John Elkington, Chairman and Chief Pollinator of Volans. John was a very early pioneer of corporate responsibility and sustainable development; he was the creator of the ‘triple bottom line’ concept - people, planet, profit. He…
3: Michael Sani
Jul 5, 2018 • 48 min
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 change makers. In his wide-ranging…
2: Katherine Trebeck
Jul 5, 2018 • 51 min
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 the basis of a new economic system. She speaks about her vision for a world where politicians campaign on a…
1: Mel Young
Jul 4, 2018 • 38 min
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.