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The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts 'Conversations with change-makers'. Spotlighting the stories of innovators, social entrepreneurs, industry leaders, activists and more about the work they do, and what makes them tick. We find out how they keep the fire burning when it comes to tackling some of the most - to use a systems change term - wicked problems - facing the world today. We aim to appeal to people who are curious about solving social issues in the world ...
 
The idea for the ‘Talking Tech for Good’ podcast grew out of conversations between hosts Jason Bygate and Luvuyo Maskeo as they realised that they were coming up against similar issues in the social impact space when it comes to the adoption and use of technology by these organisations. This podcast sheds some light on the topic of tech and the ways that it can be harnessed to make life easier (and not more difficult, which can sometimes be the case!). Each podcast focuses on a specific topi ...
 
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How do you implement and educate on land ownership and equality for women in a disempowering patriarchal society? This is the big problem that innovator, activist and advocate, Dr Monica Magoke-Mhoja faces in Tanzania. Land ownership laws changed in 2014 but disempowering and unjust practices to do with land ownership remained the same. In this tho…
 
Did you know that 70% of the food in Tanzania is produced by women in the agricultural sector? 90% of active women work in agriculture in Tanzania and yet very few of these women own the land they work on. Equal rights to land ownership only came into law in 2014 and unfortunately, there is still a big gap between legislation and reality. In this e…
 
How has climate change impacted different groups of people and why is this a justice issue? “Humanity is on a highway to climate hell,” according to UN secretary-general, António Guterres. This means that climate justice is one of the most important conversations to have and that’s why in this episode of the Just For A Change podcast, Dr Mao Amis j…
 
How climate change is a justice issue at its core and why should we care? We explore the side of the green economy that isn’t spoken about enough in this episode of the Just For A Change podcast powered by The Bertha Centre for Innovation and Change. Our host, Ntombini Marrengane, chats with Dr Mao Amis, founder of the African Centre for Green Econ…
 
Can you imagine life without water? What lengths would you go to get it? The people of Somalia are faced with these real questions as they experience droughts, famine and water scarcity right now. In this episode of the Just for a Change podcast, Abdikhayr Mohamed Hussein joins our host, Ntombini, to unpack this very real crisis in East Africa. We …
 
Why are so many regions in the world experiencing water scarcity despite access to water and sanitation being a human right? What impact has the scarcity had on the communities in these regions? And most importantly, why is access is water access increasingly becoming a source of conflict? In this episode of the Just for a Change podcast powered by…
 
Did you know that three thousand people, globally, take their own lives each day? This number is according to a statement released by the South African Government on Suicide Prevention Day this year. South Africa is still reeling from the suicides of great names in the entertainment industry who lost the battle with their mental health issues. Thos…
 
The reality is that many of us are not okay but the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse is among the reasons why people, particularly young people, are not accessing the help they need. In episode 3 of the Just for a Change podcast we talk to Tshegofatso Ketshabile, known professionally as Tshego. Tshego is a South African rapper a…
 
How would you describe a ‘change-maker’? Award-winning social innovator, Tracey Gilmore, is the epitome of one and we got to chat with her about the exciting work she’s doing and why she does it. She’s the co-founder of The Clothing Bank, now known as Taking Care of Business, director of the African Centre for a Green Economy and passionate about c…
 
Have you ever wanted to get into the mind of a social innovator making a real difference? That’s exactly what we get the privilege of doing in episode 2 of the Just For a Change podcast. Host, Ntombini Marrengane, unravels what makes Tracey Gilmore the changemaker she is. She’s the co-founder of The Clothing Bank which recently rebranded as Taking …
 
Do you know what the difference between gender equity and equality is and why it matters? Throughout history women have been protesting various issues such as sexism, gender-based violence, gender inequality and corrupt political systems. From the right to vote to the right to loiter, women - and some men - have made themselves heard. Change may be…
 
Did you know that according to the latest Global Gender Gap Report 2022 it will take another 132 years to reach gender parity? Season 3 of the Just for a Change podcast powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship captures conversations with changemakers - both local and from further afield. Episode 1 takes us to the stre…
 
What are the building blocks that enable social innovation and entrepreneurship in the global South? We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up JFAC season 2 than reflecting on a few of these building blocks and highlights from the previous episodes. Hosts, Fergus Turner and Simni Xanga reminisce on the successful season by sharing their favourit…
 
Another season of Just for a Change has come and gone! We’ve featured a number of inspiring change-makers who have shaped these episodes and given us a better understanding of what leads to systems innovation and entrepreneurship in the global south. What are some of the building blocks that lead to systems innovation and entrepreneurship in the gl…
 
Africa hasn’t been idle on the entrepreneurship front but what makes starting a business in this continent so complex? What milestones and challenges do entrepreneurs have to overcome specific to the Global South? Host, Luvuyo Maseko sits down with Dr Phumlani Nkontwana, a senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business and entrepreneur, Reu…
 
Entrepreneurship has been painted as the ‘solution’ to unemployment and poverty in the global south but what challenges come with choosing this path? In this episode of the Just for a Change podcast we talk about the pathways to entrepreneurship in the global south and we get some valuable insights into this world from guests who have deep on-the-g…
 
What is innovative finance? Who are the women in this space doing incredible research and finding fantastic health development solutions? What can women working in this space do to drive investment in priority areas? In this episode of the Just for a change podcast, we hear from Dr Nevilene Slingers, executive programme manager for Social Impact bo…
 
What is the experience of women working in innovative finance for health and why is it so important for women to operate in this space? To commemorate World Health Day on 7 April 2022, episode 10 of season 2 of the Just for a change podcast, focusses on innovative finance for health. More specifically, we hear from some inspiring women who are work…
 
As blended finance, an approach to mobilising finance partnerships for development moves into the spotlight, there has been a rapid growth in diverse, innovative tools and practices. Host, Barry Panulo, sits down with Hann Verheijen, managing director at Cordaid Investment Management, Mandy Jayakody, a project manager on the Green Outcomes Fund, an…
 
What is blended finance? Why is it moving into the spotlight right now and what are the best ways to approach it as a practitioner? This episode of the Just For A Change podcast is dedicated to answering all these questions and more. The Bertha Centre recently partnered with the Centre for Sustainable Finance & Private Wealth (CSP) at the Universit…
 
Did you know that there are 23 known cases of suicide in South Africa every day, and for every person that commits suicide, 10 have attempted it? In this episode of the Just for a change podcast, host Luvuyo Maseko and this episode’s guests look at the mental health and wellbeing issues facing the youth of our country. In the face of the pandemic a…
 
The mental well-being of our youth is a more important topic now than it has ever been. A recent article by the World Health Organisation noted that globally, one in seven youth between the ages of 10 and 19 years old experience mental health challenges. What kind of repercussions will failing to address mental health and wellbeing issues in our yo…
 
Young people in South Africa and around the world have innovative solutions and ideas, but are we listening and are we creating spaces for them to bring these to life? In this episode, the Just for a Change podcast hosts, Fergus Turner and Simnikiwe Xanga chat to Kayla Beare and Tumelo Mafoso. At the end of 2021, Douglas Knowledge Partners collabor…
 
“The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world.” - Kailash Satyarthi In this episode of the Just For A Change podcast, we sit down with some innovative young people who were recent finalists in an essay writing competition organized by Douglas Knowledge Partners in collaboration with The Bertha Center for Social Innovation and Entrep…
 
The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is impacting the world by empowering and equipping changemakers to bring about upliftment, equality and lasting change. In this commemorative episode, hosts, Kentse Radebe & Simnikiwe Xanga chat with founding director Dr Francois Bonnici and current Bertha Centre director, Dr Solange Rosa…
 
“Understand the past and you can shape the future.” This episode of the Just For A Change podcast celebrates the inspiring story of the Bertha Centre of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from inception to what it is today: A small but remarkable academic hub at the bottom of the African continent with activism in its soul. Make sure to catch t…
 
The world of impact investing is brimming with opportunity - especially in Africa. The Global Steering Group (GSG) for Impact Investment Summit is dedicated to challenging old perceptions of investment and catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship that benefits people and the planet. In this episode, host, Kentse Radebe chats to Misha Morar…
 
With Africa arguably being the largest impact investment opportunity in the world, how do we mobilize to take hold of such an opportunity? Innovative finance serves as one of the strategies to capitalize on this investment opportunity. One organisation leading this charge is the Global Steering Committee. The GSG is a global organisation that catal…
 
The truth is that not all entrepreneurs are created equal. When faced with a backwards system with inadequate funding structures, restrictive policies, outdated networks, a huge skills gap and all the red tape around registering a business, you’re nothing less than a hero as an entrepreneur in Africa. In this episode, we shine a light on some of th…
 
Do you believe that entrepreneurship has the power to transform Africa? It all boils down to the systems change privately owned businesses bring and their potential to drive continental development. The problems are evident in the global south but are the solutions just as evident? In this episode of Just for a Change, we feature The Raymond Ackerm…
 
It’s easy to forget that technology is only useful when it is implemented and implemented well. And this really is about people and how they interact with and embrace change. In the development sector, this includes people working on the ground, beneficiaries and funders and an understanding of how all these role-players interact is crucial. In thi…
 
Resistance to new ideas and technology is nothing new. Adoption of technology is a multi-faceted and complex issue, especially in a diverse landscape such as South Africa. How can organisations in the development space embrace change and what are the factors that need to be front of mind when doing so? In this episode of the Talking Tech for Good p…
 
The record-high youth unemployment statistics both nationally and internationally can be overwhelming. In season 2, episode 2 of the Just for a Change podcast, we explore the power of a systems thinking approach when attempting to slay this ‘giant’ of an issue. Systems thinking is a lens that helps to understand the grand scheme of things and how i…
 
With more than 64 million youth unemployed worldwide and 145 million young workers living in poverty, it is evident that youth unemployment is a complex problem that needs a complex solution. This global challenge can become overwhelming if seen as a one-dimensional issue. This is where systems thinking plays a powerful role in finding a solution. …
 
In South Africa where data is amongst the most expensive in the world - how viable is it to use digital solutions in the development space when most often this is a barrier that beneficiaries will need to overcome? Why is data so expensive in South Africa? What is happening in this space and how are things like zero-rated sites helping to improve a…
 
Perhaps one of the most key issues facing South Africa in this digital era - connectivity. Technology has been called an equalizer but is this true in a country with some of the highest data costs in the world? In this episode podcast hosts, Luvuyo Maseko and Jason Bygate interrogate the issues surrounding connectivity and access. Joining this conv…
 
In this cross-over between the Civic Tech in Africa podcast and the Talking Tech for Good podcast, co-hosts Jason Bygate (of Capacitate) and guest Munyaradzi Dodo (of Magamba Network) discuss how young people can have their voices better heard in the corridors of power. Munyaradzi shares the journey he undertook with his team to establish Open Parl…
 
Women are still changing the way we’re changing the world. In season 2, episode 2 of the Just for a Change podcast we tackle an important topic - empathic advocacy. The idea of a single life with multiple narratives running in parallel, is an intriguing one. It throws us off, and can perhaps even cause some discomfort. Who deserves our time and att…
 
Although stories are powerful and have the potential to change our thinking, perceptions and perhaps even our actions. But it is empathy that gives stories their power in advocacy. In this episode of the Just for a Change podcast, we tackle the topic of empathic advocacy as we recognise the complexity of people's stories. Join us as we discover how…
 
You’ve identified that you need to implement eLearning at your organisation but where do you start with finding the right platform for your needs? Do you choose something that is already built or do you go for something custom designed? What about budget and testing the platform? How do you know your eLearning intervention is working? These are all…
 
In this episode of the Talking Tech for Good podcast Jason and Luvuyo dive into the world of eLearning platforms and how to choose the best option for your organisation. If words like ‘moodle’, ‘google’ ‘LMS’ and Udemy make you feel overwhelmed, then you don’t want to miss this episode. TTFG podcast hosts are joined by Simone Peinke from Jobstarter…
 
The Just for a Change podcast team is back for another season of this noteworthy podcast on social innovation and systems change! In season one we focussed on unpacking and showcasing social innovation and entrepreneurship through the lens of systems change thinking. Season two builds on this foundation and we start to look both locally and outside…
 
In this episode we'll talking about changemaking collaborations and innovations in health across the global south. And a great example of collaboration and innovation in this sector is the Social Innovation in Health Initiative, also known as SIHI We have managed to bring together members from the Global South which is the regions of Latin America,…
 
Technology can be overwhelming at the best of times, and perhaps even more so when it feels like there is more urgency in adopting new technology and integrating it into existing structures within our organizations. How are you feeling about the adoption of e-learning and digital migration in your organisation? It’s possible that you may be amongst…
 
In this episode of the Talking Tech for Good podcast, Jason and Luvuyo talk about eLearning, how this impacts your organisation and why migration to tech in the development space is so important. They chat to Sukaina Walji from the Centre for Innovation and Learning in Teaching about how to go about creating good eLearning platforms, how one approa…
 
It’s hard to believe that the ‘Just for a Change' powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is wrapping up it’s first season! When this podcast launched in the middle of the pandemic last year it was a leap into the unknown and it’s really special to reflect back on all the episodes so far in this wrap-up episode of se…
 
‘Just for a change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ show notes Season 1 wrap-up episode teaser: Making sense of systems justice Can you believe that we’ve reached the end of season one of the Just for a Change podcast? It’s been a jam-packed first season and in this season’s finale we unpack some of the theme…
 
The Bertha Centre’s mission is to pursue social impact towards social justice in Africa, through teaching, knowledge-building, convening and catalytic projects with a systems lens on social innovation. The first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship, the Bertha Centre, in collaboration with the GSB,…
 
The first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship, the Bertha Centre, in collaboration with the UCT Graduate School of Business, has integrated social innovation into the business school curriculum. In this episode, we’ll be hearing from current scholars Shannon van Wyk, Sampson Adotey and Tochukwu Eg…
 
With roughly 200 000 social benefit organisations listed on the department of social development, many of them working with young people it’s clear that there is fragmentation within the youth sector. The role of technology in driving integration and using technology as a leverage point to create more opportunities for young people is something wor…
 
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