Embody Change

Embody Change

As a sought-after leader, speaker, and mentor in philanthropy, Dr. Akhtar Badshah takes people who want to bend the arc of humanity toward good on a practical vision quest—one that helps them see their future as a dynamic and personal reality that calls them to act now in the everyday. We talk about how he does this on the world stage through his friendships with people like the Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus by amplifying his friend’s mission to end poverty through microfinancing, and locally, through his certificate on Accelerating Social Transformation at the University of Washington. Akhtar brings a fun irreverence toward our obsession with scale. In his career that included managing billions in charitable giving as the head of Microsoft Philanthropies, he somehow manages to nurture yet another 40+ year contribution to the world as an acclaimed visual artist, crafting figurative canvases of richly-hued deities, lovers, and human-animal hybrids. Hear how his art feeds into his voracious appetite for change and how we can hone our collective skill for real social impact from the “Doctor of Change” himself.


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See more of Akhtar’s work here.

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Practice Peace

Practice Peace

Gareth Higgins practices peace activism and conflict resolution, engages with cinema through festivals he’s founded and books he’s written, and teaches the power of mentorship and friendship in our lives. Born in Belfast, Ireland, during the northern Ireland national conflict known as the Troubles, he brings together practical peacebuilding tactics and deep wisdom from his Celtic background into his professional life. We talk about the future skills that weave together his multidisciplinary approach to life, and how we can practice them in simple acts that empower us now.


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Learn Like It's 2030

Learn Like It’s 2030

Kristen DiCerbo is breaking new ground in how games in the classroom can accelerate learning of all kinds. As Vice President of Learning Research and Design at Pearson, she’s on the forefront of defining and predicting what skills we will need for the future, such as how we can develop soft skills like creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.


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Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

Mario Juarez has unlocked tens of thousands of technology workers’ ability to tell great stories through his workshops across Microsoft, and he’s not stopping there. Mario believes everyone has something to offer to the world, and it’s simply a matter of discovering both the fundamental techniques of storytelling as well as our confidence in ourselves to do so. Even deeper is the core question of Mario’s work: “How do we heal each other and find a sense of meaning and purpose?”


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