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Featuring a variety of guests on each show, we highlight the work and thinking undertaken by the Bertha Centre and innovators researching, teaching and working in the field. The podcast focuses on the broad topics of social innovation and social justice - making these topics digestible and thought provoking for a cross section of society. We aim to appeal to people who are curious about solving social issues in the world around them and especially those who believe we can make the world a be ...
 
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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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 bon…
 
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 the…
 
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 i…
 
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 SIHIWe 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 justiceCan 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 themes…
 
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…
 
In the 11th episode of the Just for a change podcast. The Just for a Change podcast team will be dissecting the issue of fragmentation in the youth development sector and also looking at the role that technology is playing as a leverage point to drive integration. Subscribe to this podcast channel so you don’t miss out on the full episode launching…
 
Investors around the world are reimagining how capital can be utilised to have a positive impact on the world. How, you might wonder? Through impact investing. Impact investing can be a technical and sometimes hard to grasp concept. In this episode we find out more about the world of impact investing, innovative finance and the way that this new th…
 
The chaotic year of 2020 exposed deep systemic vulnerabilities and magnified the need for an intensified use of capital to address splintering social and environmental dynamics across the globe. In episode 10 of the Just for a change podcast, we're talking all things impact investing.Subscribe to this podcast channel so you don’t miss out on the fu…
 
The vaccine has arrived and it’s complex. It’s been said before this pandemic has merely revealed social justice issues that have been with us for years and perhaps it is the vaccine and its roll-out that reveals these issues to their very core. Who gets the vaccine first? How do countries in the global South respond to the fact that countries in t…
 
The vaccine has arrived and it’s complex. The Just for a Change podcast team unpacks some of these complexities in this 9th episode of the Just for a Change podcast. Subscribe to this podcast channel so you don’t miss out on the full episode launching next week. Follow us for more on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BerthaCentreTwitter - https:/…
 
It’s the beginning of a new year and just when we hoped that life would be returning to some kind of normal, South Africa headed into the second wave of Covid-19 at an alarming rate. Schooling has been in some form of disruption since March 2020 and as we embark on the journey of a new year ahead we can only but imagine the effects that this ongoin…
 
In episode 7 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we take a look inward and hear from the team at the Bertha Centre as they reflect on 2020 and also look ahead to 2021. It’s no secret that 2020 has been an immensely challenging year around the globe. It has required a lot of grit and determination from everyone on the Bertha team and despite the chal…
 
In episode 6 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we explore the concept of systemic shock. What happens when a system goes through shock and how do we realign strategically during and after such an event? Covid-19 has shocked our systems on so many levels - healthcare, education, the economy. No individual, institution or system has been left unaffe…
 
In episode 5 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we chat about what it means to build peace in the digital age. Hear about the upcoming Build Peace conference happening in November as well as unpacking some thoughts around what it means to build peace in the digital age where surveillance capitalism, urban space and gender polarisation are things th…
 
In episode of 4 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we dive into spatial justice in a fascinating episode about space and legacy. This is a large topic, especially in South Africa with the history of Apartheid and the legacy of this time that is in many ways a continued experience 26 years after the dismantling of the oppressive regime. Host Kentse …
 
In celebration of women’s month in South Africa the third episode of the ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ focuses on the journey to influence that the women featured on this episode are on. What is influence and how do we engage with the world around us? What are some of the lessons that th…
 
In this second episode of the ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ podcast host, Kentse Radebe dives into the theme of the role of young people in South Africa in re-imagining our society post COVID- 19. With soaring unemployment rates and many systems failing the youth in South Africa, is ther…
 
‘Just for a change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ show notes Episode 1: Innovative responses to problems In this first episode of ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ host, Kentse Radebe, introduces the work of the centre. What is social systems thinkin…
 
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