PODCAST

Make An Impact Podcast

Heidi Fisher

Make An Impact Podcast is the podcast for you if you're a social entrepreneur or purpose led business owner, or desire to be one, and want to be inspired to make a bigger impact on people and the planet.Heidi Fisher MBE talks to social entrepreneurs who have set up all kinds of enterprises, and finds out more about how they are successfully running their social enterprises, and making a positive impact in the world.In the conversations you'll find out what they are doing so you can develop your social enterprise using their practical tips, why they do what they do, the impact their social enterprise has and how they measure their impact, and more.There's also exclusive interviews with Heidi where she shares her tips and knowledge around social enterprise and impact measurement.#socialenterprise #impactmeasurement
Social Enterprise is Power with Tippa Naphtali
Jul 27 2021
46 mins
How Madlug's lockdown strategy led to biggest ever order with Dave LintonFootball for Fundraising with North Wales Dragons' Chris RobertsEthical marketing for ethical businesses with Jane ShawPutting purpose and values into consultancy with Marianne Moore, Justice StudioA satnav to social impact with Sara Osterholzer, The Good Business ClubHow hemp boosts social action and helps people find their purpose with Saif Bhoja, Huriah HempSwapping lunches for bunches of supercharged creativity with Marcella Tarable, Food for ThoughtIgniting fires and combining worlds with film director Ravinol Chambers
Video is like a match which starts the fire to cook a meal, says Ravinol Chambers. He's worked with numerous social enterprises, social investors and partners such as TedX London,  making stories which cross boundaries since 2009.Ravinol's debut documentary Road to Vrindavan is a feature film examining the impact and importance of education for girls in India and what we must all do to make progress in gender equity.Ravinol tells us more about this ‘heartbreaking yet incredibly hopeful’ film, and the personal journey to make it. This episode also covers his life for seven years as a monk, why he started Be Inspired Films (one of the UK's founding B Corps), and what makes film such a powerful and visceral medium (but what it shouldn't be used for).What next?Pre-register to watch Road to Vrindavan  at its UK Premiere which will screen online between March 31st - April 4th here and learn more about the film or organise your own screening hereMalala Yousafzai said of the film: “The voices of girls and young women in this movie remind us of the urge and urgency for equality and education right now. It also beautifully highlights working with men and boys as an important step towards change.”Visit Be Inspired FilmsWatch video highlights from the 2021 GenderSmart Global Investing SummitHeidi's new book shares everything she knows about impact measurement and management – and how to implement it in your organisation. Order your copy of Impact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Mar 23 2021
33 mins
Developing Essential Skills so People can Reach their Potential with Amy EleftheriadesEconomic, Environmental and Tech Impact for Social EntrepreneursCreating worldwide opportunities for entrepreneurship with Cath Harris, One World Women
Cath Harris runs One World Women, a social enterprise connecting experienced business women with ambitious female entrepreneurs from developing countries.Cath experienced burnout after growing her first business which she sold in 2016. On a holiday to the Gambia she met Ida Cham, an ' extraordinary woman' who runs her own cooking school and makes micro-loans to help women run their own businesses. That conversation and the gaps in support Ida outlined to Cath, became the spark for One World Women.Its programmes take place in-country and online, catalysing real impact for all and unlocking entrepreneurship. What changes for participants as a result? Cath explains.Entrepreneurs have differing resources available to manage their businesses in different places and it's important for mentors to understand this context; Cath gives examples. The programmes have needed to adapt this year and Cath explains how. And she describes who becomes mentors and why.What Cath originally thought would be a simple idea when she launched One World Women has become much bigger. She covers its ambitious plans to scale for the long-term and how its programmes will create opportunities for women the world over to flourish and help their communities grow.What next?One World Women CIC on LinkedIn. Also here on Twitter and FacebookHeidi's new book shares everything she knows about impact measurement and management – and how to implement it in your organisation. Order your copy of Impact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Dec 2 2020
21 mins
Everything you need to know about impact in your supply chainCrowdfunding success and getting a product to market with Tina Chen, HumaniTeaHow to Communicate and Embed Impact and be Impact-Led
We've run through the five stages of the LEAN social impact approach in earlier episodes. Three themes are common to every stage: being impact-led, communication, and embedding impact.A social enterprise with an impact-led strategy is led by the impact it wants to create. This means being your purpose, rather than having a purpose.Why bother? Many organisations get bogged down in a cycle of continuing to exist – which means chasing funding and contracts to continue delivering the same services and keeping their employees in jobs.  This approach doesn’t always address whether the real mission is being delivered properly, or at all. An impact led strategy is not a short-term approach. It flips much traditional business planning on its head, and asks how you can create the most impact for the people you work with (or for the environment). Heidi explains more.When it comes to communicating impact, there are nine essential questions to address – otherwise you risk miscommunication or excluding people. Heidi has great ideas for communication channels and outputs for different stakeholders.When impact is truly embedded, everyone in your organisation knows what impact you’re trying to create, why you’re measuring it, and is confident about how they contribute to creating it  Heidi talks through the macro and micro elements of this, from culture to everyday actions.The five stages of Heidi's LEAN social impact approach are Define, Plan, Measure, Analyse and Learn, and it's important to progress through each stage before moving to the next.Heidi's new book explains everything you need to know about impact measurement and management and how to implement it in your organisation.Get your copy first! Pre-order one of the limited number of hardback versions ofImpact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Nov 13 2020
30 mins
Human Rights through Art and Questioning Everything with Sandy AbdelRahman
There's a lot of anger about asking questions or fear of being 'cancelled' nowadays. Yet how are you going to educate an 11 or 15 year old about their human rights if they can't or don't ask searching questions?Sandy AbdelRahman is the co-founder of Skaped, a platform which encourages young people to engage with their human rights through the creative arts including drama, writing and more.  An activist since the age of 19, Sandy describes why art is such an effective tool for engagement and why it's vital our young people are taught to question everything.She also covers the pros and cons of creating its impact as a charity or social enterprise, how talking about lived and personal experiences helps young people to open up,  how Black Lives Matter impacts on Skaped's work, and addressing discrimination and expectations.Timings:1:00 What is Skaped and how does it run in practice?2:31 Skaped's sessions are fun, creative and don't use impenetrable legal language3:00 Sandy's background and how it gave her the idea for Skaped4:35 Why art is so effective5:09 Skaped is registering as a charity and Sandy describes this process7:15 Its programmes include gender equality and cancelling culture, delivered online and available globally10:00 Young people do care12:45 Will Skaped extend the age-range of people it works with?13:55 How Black Lives Matter impacts on the work Skaped does15:50 Activism and campaigning: priorities and dealing with loneliness18:15 What's been the hardest part of Sandy's journey?20:50 Finding out more about Skaped's workWhat next?SkapedHeidi's new book shares everything she knows about impact measurement and management – and how to implement it in your organisation. Order your copy of Impact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Nov 4 2020
22 mins
How to Manage and Maximise Impact and when to use SROIFrom Waste to Beautiful Products with Genia Mineeva, BEEN London
Genia Mineeva is a former journalist who moved from covering politics and international affairs to communicating impact and campaigning.She went on to launch BEEN London after getting angry about waste which doesn’t get recycled.In this episode Genia talks about creating fantastic and high quality handbags entirely from waste; the circular economy; her biggest challenges and achievements to date and some exciting future developments for BEEN London.When Genia was told "we would recycle more if someone was buying the materials" the gauntlet was thrown. She researched, studied sustainability, tested and wouldn't give up (even when it was hard as a startup to get potential partners to reply to her emails).Her products look the same (or much nicer!) than ordinary products; perform just as well – and have a real, measurable impact on the fashion industry by proving that waste can become beautiful, inside and out. Listen to learn more about the fascinating processes turning tannery (leather) waste,  recycled plastic bottles and cotton into material for bags. BEEN London also uses a vegan leather made from apple peels and one made from pineapple leaves.Genia isn't shy to express her opinion on carbon offsetting, the idea that 'growth is good', the conflict between making products and sustainability, and effective impact measurement.Collaboration and thoughtfulness about every aspect of the carbon footprint is central to BEEN London, as Genia describes, showing how waste can become beautiful bags, laptop cases and accessories which look amazing and solve a problem.What next?BEEN LondonHeidi's new book shares everything she knows about impact measurement and management – and how to implement it in your organisation. Order your copy of Impact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Oct 21 2020
27 mins
How to Analyse Your Social ImpactChecking sustainability claims and fighting greenwashing with Abbie Morris
Abbie Morris is co-founder and CEO of Compare Ethics, a platform which connects conscious shoppers with brands which are ethical and sustainable, rather than brands pretending to be.She launched Compare Ethics because of her own lack of trust at many brands' claims and her frustration about greenwashing and purpose-washing.Compare Ethics measures claims about sustainability, environmental impact and other frequently-championed areas of responsible business.It assesses each claim against 10 categories including products' supply chains, resource-use, workers' rights and even the circular economy, and calls out false claims.In this episode Abbie explains how Compare Ethics' assessment and verification process works; its approach to data; how it measures its own impact and its campaigning plans and ambitions.Timings:0 - 1:00 Introduction1:00 What is Compare Ethics and why Abbie launched it3:01 How does its verification product work and some of the categories it maps4:00 How the categories are weighted and what it means if a brand scores well6:52 Are consumers influencing brands to make these changes? What about the 'David Attenborough effect'?8:01 Sometimes Abbie is shocked when data or evidence isn't available – but this can become an opportunity to improve and build value10:05 One of Abbie’s biggest highs (so far) in Compare Ethics' journey was being selected for Google's female founders programme11:16 How Compare Ethics measures its own impact12:17 A question Heidi always asks when helping to develop a Theory of Change13:28 How Compare Ethics assesses brands’ supply chains and approach to modern-day slavery15:34 Campaigning work and plans18:30 Abbie's key advice for consumersWhat next?Compare EthicsHeidi's new book shares everything she knows about impact measurement and management – and how to implement it in your organisation. Order your copy of Impact First – The Social Entrepreneur's Guide to Measuring, Managing and Growing Your Impact at https://www.makeanimpactcic.co.uk/my-book-impact-first
Oct 7 2020
21 mins

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