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Ecosystems For Change
Ecosystems For Change
Anika Horn, Social Venturers

Transforming communities is hard work. That may go without saying, but when your job is about helping your neighborhood, city or region... more

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Ecosystems For Change: Logbook #7

 Welcome to my seventh logbook, an in between seasons update on Ecosystems for Change. In each logbook, I give you a... more

26 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes
Build the Fort: Simplifying Startup Community Building with Chris Heivly

On today’s bonus episode, I’m speaking with Chris Heivly. Chris has over 40 years of experience working as, for, and with... more

12 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
E 6.7 - What We Learned: Stories That Redefine Entrepreneurship In Our Communities

We started this season by asking how we can tell better stories about what is happening in our ecosystems.As I... more

29 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
E 6.6 - Stories of Tech and Innovation in Rural America with Austin Danforth

Today, we’re headed to Vermont to hear stories about extraordinary rural communities throughout the US.Austin Danforth is the chief storyteller... more

18 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
E 6.5 - Entrepreneurship Indiana: A State-Wide Storytelling Campaign with Julie Heath, Polina Osherov and Morgan Allen Part 2

In this episode, I’m continuing my conversation about Yearbook Indiana with Polina Osherov of Pattern, Morgan Allen of the Indiana... more

04 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
E 6.4 - Entrepreneurship Indiana: A State-Wide Storytelling Campaign with Julie Heath, Polina Osherov and Morgan Allen Part 1

In today’s episode, I get to introduce you to a storytelling powerhouse trio.At every stage of the process, from vision... more

04 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
E 6.3 - Changing the Narrative of Rural Entrepreneurship with Natalie Hodge

I’ve been in awe of today’s guest, Natalie Hodge, since I first learned about her show Hometown Hustle.As of summer... more

20 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
E 6.2 - A Global Storyteller: Solutions-Based Journalism with Eva-Maria Verfürth

Welcome to my first interview of season 6.I sat down with none other than Eva-Maria Verfürth, Publisher and Editor in... more

06 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
E 6.1 - The Power of Storytelling in Ecosystem Building

In season 6 of Ecosystems for Change, we are going to explore the art, craft, and science of telling meaningful... more

23 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Ecosystems For Change: Logbook #6

Welcome to my 6th logbook where I give a little insight into what’s happening behind and beyond the scenes of... more

09 May 2023 · 32 minutes
E 5.8 - What We Learned: Knowing When and How to Move On as an Ecosystem Builder

Over the course of this season, quitting became a constant topic in my life.One of my team members quit to... more

04 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
E 5.7 - Unlearning Systems, Sharing Power, and Stepping Back From Your Startup with Naomi Ryland

In our last conversation of this season, we’re traveling to Berlin, Germany. I’m sitting down with Naomi Ryland, systemic change... more

28 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
E 5.6 - The Art of Quitting: Gracefully Navigating the Responsibility of Change with Lucas Lindsey

In today's episode, we're traveling to Phoenix, Arizona to chat with Lucas Lindsey.Lucas is an ecosystem builder turned real estate... more

21 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
E 5.5 - Start. Hand over. Repeat. The Cycles of Ecosystem Building with Larkin Garbee

In today's episode, I want to introduce you to my longtime friend and OG ecosystem builder, Larkin Garbee.Larkin has put... more

14 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
E 5.4 - Grief, Quitting, and Listening to the Your Heart with Annie Wood

In today’s episode, we’re making our way to Fargo, North Dakota to talk to Annie Wood.I first met Annie through... more

28 Feb 2023 · 47 minutes
E 5.3 - Self-Trust and Curating Impactful Community with Julia Firestone

Today, I want you to meet Julia Firestone.Julia is a transformational leadership and career coach who serves experienced social impact... more

21 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
E 5.2 - Recognizing Your Strengths and When It's Time to Sail On with Joe Maruschak

When Joe Maruschak left his home ecosystem of Eugene, Oregon, it sent ripples through our community of ecosystem builders. In the... more

14 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
E 5.1 - The Quitters: Quitting the Infinite Game of Ecosystem Building

I’m sitting down with ecosystem builders who stopped playing–either temporarily or for good. I want to find out what led... more

07 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
The Ecosystem Builders: Where Are They Now?

As I was wrapping up the first year of the show, I found myself wondering what had come of all... more

24 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Federal Funding for Ecosystem Builders with Melissa Roberts Chapman

I am excited to introduce you to Melissa Roberts Chapman at the Federation of American Scientists who took the time... more

10 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
Ecosystems For Change: Logbook #5

Welcome to my fifth logbook, an in-between-seasons update on what’s happening in the field of entrepreneurial ecosystem building, what’s going... more

13 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
E 4.9 - Season 04 Review: Conflict, Trust, and Social Capital

Throughout this season, we really traveled through the lowest valleys and highest mountaintops of ecosystem building.

06 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
E 4.8 - Succession Planning: Transferring Social Capital To The Next Generation with Rick Turoczy

Rick Turoczy talks about how you might plan for succession as a keystone in your community, how you transfer social... more

29 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
E 4.7 - The Know-How via Know-Who of Social Capital with Julie Heath

Julie Heath shares how she and her team spread the ecosystem gospel among economic developers and gives us a new... more

22 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
E 4.6 - Investing in the Lives of Founders with Todd Nuckols

Todd Nuckols's rich social capital and the generosity with which he meets people are only two of the reasons I... more

15 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
E 4.5 - Communities of Practice: Taking the Time to Build Trust with Margo Fliss

Margo Fliss talks about an ecosystem convening that went terribly sideways and talks about how she moved through this experience... more

08 Nov 2022 · 53 minutes
E 4.4 - Dissent, Trust and Conflict with Cecilia Wessinger

Cecilia Wessinger shares what types of conflict she has encountered in helping convene an ecosystem of ecosystem builders and how... more

01 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
E 4.3 - The Power of Positive Social Capital with Jess Edwards

Jess Edwards spilled the beans on how she builds and leverages her social capital when she parachutes into a community... more

25 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
E 4.2 - Equitable Ecosystem Building: Speaking Your Truth with Fay Horwitt

I invited Fay Horwitt to share some of her hardest-won lessons when it comes to managing conflict in ecosystems and... more

18 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
E 4.1 Social Capital: Building a Culture of Trust and Collaboration

How do we build a culture of trust and collaboration within our ecosystems so that we might look beyond individual... more

11 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Ecosystems for Change: Logbook #4

Welcome to my fourth logbook, an in-between season update on all things ecosystem building.

27 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Summer Skill Sessions: Productivity

Today, we’re talking about productivity. But first, a confession. I may not be the best person to talk about productivity.

13 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Summer Skill Sessions: Storytelling

In today’s Summer Skill Session, I want to introduce you to my five-step approach to telling meaningful stories about your... more

06 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Summer Skill Sessions: Outreach

Welcome to our second Summer Skill Session. I hope you’re kicking it by the pool, popsicle in hand, your headphones... more

30 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
Summer Skill Sessions: Ecosystem Mapping

The idea behind these Summer Skill Sessions is to bring you short snippets of episodes that introduce you to a... more

23 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
Ecosystems for Change: Logbook #3

Welcome, friends, to my third logbook, the in-between seasons update where I share what’s going on behind the scenes of... more

16 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
E 3.7 - Season 03 Review: Constant Work in Progress

This season confirmed that there is no magic formula, no secret ingredient. It all comes down to priorities, to looking... more

26 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
E 3.6 - Slow Your Roll: Creating a Healthy Lifestyle with Shelly Rose

Shelly Rose and I talk about sleep, nutrition, staying hydrated, taking good care of your nervous system - which I... more

19 Jul 2022 · 39 minutes
E 3.5 - The Value of Therapy and Building Your Own Support Network with David Hirsch

David Hirsch shares with us his experience with burnout as a community builder. David talks about not only the mental... more

12 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
E. 3.4 - Honoring Life's Ups and Downs with Candace Dalmagne-Rouge

I wanted you all to meet Candace because she has lived the startup life of acceleration, ecosystem building, and Silicon... more

05 Jul 2022 · 42 minutes
E. 3.3 - Redefining Fitness: The Ebb and Flow of Self-Acceptance and Mental Health with Alex Boross-Harmer

Alex Boross-Harmer has taken a holistic and empathetic approach to helping others move their body. Alex talks about their transition... more

28 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
E. 3.2 - Creativity, Reputation and Boundaries in the Social Impact Space with Isaac Jeffries

Isaac Jeffries and I chatted about setting and upholding boundaries to ensure we don’t disappoint ourselves or the people around... more

21 Jun 2022 · 51 minutes
E. 3.1 - Burn Both Ends: The Mental, Physical, and Emotional Toll of Ecosystem Building

In season 3, I talk to practitioners who can help us build a solid foundation of physical, mental and emotional... more

14 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Ecosystems for Change: Logbook #2

Welcome to my second logbook, an in-between-seasons update on what’s been going on behind the scenes of this show and... more

24 May 2022 · 26 minutes
E. 2.9 - Season 02 Review: Models of Leadership in Systems Change

When we set out on this season, it was all about the great unknown of complex, adaptive systems. Scary, right? After... more

10 May 2022 · 31 minutes
E. 2.8 - Building The Future With An Indigenous Worldview with Vanessa Roanhorse

I’m sitting down with Vanessa Roanhorse to talk about the Indigenous worldview, how it might inform our approach to thinking... more

03 May 2022 · 42 minutes
E. 2.7 - Good trouble: Stakeholder Capitalism & Global Cooperativism with Kate "Sassy" Sassoon

I talked with Kate "Sassy" Sassoon about the role of stakeholder capitalism and global cooperativism and how both models help... more

26 Apr 2022 · 1 hour,
E. 2.6 - Sitting in the Fire: Giving Birth to New Systems with Lana Kristine Jelenjev

I sat down with Lana Jelenjev, community alchemist, hospice worker for dying systems and midwife for new emerging systems. Lana... more

19 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
E. 2.5 - Thriving In a World of Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Constant Change with April Rinne

I wanted to have a conversation with April Rinne because her book, Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change... more

12 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
E. 2.4 - Servant Leadership, Co-writing New Narratives and Burnout in Ecosystem Building with Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett talks about servant leadership, the importance of co-writing a new narrative with our communities and the frustrations that... more

05 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
E. 2.3 - The Slow Dance of Change: Emergence and Systems Thinking with Lauren Higgins

Lauren Higgins has been working with systems thinking for more than half her life and today she shares her journey... more

29 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
E. 2.2 - Humanity-Focused Systems Design with Madelynn Martiniere

Madelynn Martiniere and I talk about the importance of finding community and belonging, what role technology can play in driving... more

22 Mar 2022 · 56 minutes
E. 2.1 - The Slow and Complex Nature of Systems Change

In season two of Ecosystems for Change, we’re talking about the slow and complex nature of our work. My goal... more

15 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Ecosystems For Change: Logbook #1

I have been writing monthly Logbooks ever since I started Social Venturers. It’s been my way of keeping myself accountable and... more

01 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
E. 1.8 - Season 01 Review: Co-writing the Playbook on Ecosystem Building

As I look back at Season 1, there were three main themes that really stood out to me, and today,... more

08 Feb 2022 · 20 minutes
E. 1.7 - How to Build a Full-Service Ecosystem Support Organization with Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter

We are talking with Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter about how she set out to fight loneliness for changemakers in Ecuador and ended up... more

01 Feb 2022 · 41 minutes
E. 1.6 - How to Approach Economic Development Through an Ecosystem Mindset with Christina Oldfather

Christina Oldfather is a seasoned ecosystem builder and economic developer. We talk about the shared objectives and differences between economic... more

25 Jan 2022 · 35 minutes
E. 1.5 - How to Manage Copycats and Grow Ecosystems Together with Darlisa Diltz

Darlisa shares what happens when the work you’ve been doing for years suddenly becomes all the rage, but powerful players... more

18 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes
E. 1.4 - How to Build an Island-wide Ecosystem with Denisse Rodríguez

In today’s episode, we’re headed to Puerto Rico to talk with Denisse Rodríguez. Denisse left her high-flying career on Wall... more

11 Jan 2022 · 43 minutes
E. 1.3 - How to Build Trust Within an Ecosystem with Charlton Cunningham

In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Charlton Cunningham during his recent visit to Mexico City. Charlton... more

11 Jan 2022 · 40 minutes
Ecosystems For Change
Ecosystems For Change: Logbook #1
Ecosystems For Change

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I have been writing monthly Logbooks ever since I started Social Venturers. It’s been my way of keeping myself accountable and sharing with... more