One Billion




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Feb 24, 2017

In this seventeenth episode of One Billion we meet the CEO of Independent Sector Dan Cardinali. He and his team made the choice to send 4 key staff members to Civilla for a month which leaves us asking: Why? As it turns out, he has a fantastic answer.

Feb 16, 2017

In this sixteenth episode of One Billion we prepare for the inevitable conclusion of our time with the Independent Sector crew. It turns out that design work is a roller coaster but by constructing an immersive story and painting a bold vision of the future maybe just maybe they'll be able to influence their leadership to lean into the work.

Feb 2, 2017

In this special interlude we field questions from the folks back home. Tune in as the visiting team responds to question after question from the mothership.

Jan 31, 2017

In this fifteenth episode of One Billion we dive into the topic of design research synthesis. We learn what a difference deep synthesis makes in drawing meaning from your user interviews. The work concludes in a design review where the team gets feedback. The result of this work has started posing fundamental questions about the relationship between the conference and Independent Sector's mission.

Jan 27, 2017

In this fourteenth episode, the Independent Sector team conducts its first user interviews and starts working in a new way (it doesn't really feel like work). Life may never be the same. Tune in to learn about the pursuit of a different set of work inputs rooted in human-centered design methodology.

Jan 23, 2017

Listen to the adventure of four leaders from Washington D.C. as they head to Civilla, a design studio dedicated to changework. Learn about the role of Immersions in readying learners to take on a beginners mindset. Isn't it possible that they are confronting the same types of challenges that are resident in your organization too?

Jan 17, 2017

Welcome to Season Two (in which we learn whether or not our podcast was a one hit wonder)!

Tune in to discover why we don't do workshops but will gladly invest four weeks into the personal growth of a small delegation coming to stay with us in Detroit for a month.

Dec 8, 2016

In this interlude, we learn that we've passed the administrative review for the MacArthur 100&Change $100mm Grant. Turns out the Civilla application beat out 1100 other candidates and is now in the bottom 800.

Nov 29, 2016

In this interlude, we wait to hear back on the status of our $100 million grant application to the MacArthur Foundation. In the meantime we discuss the music that was written and recorded for One Billion and unpack what it means for people to bring their whole self to their work.

Oct 11, 2016

This is One Billion's final full episode in Season One. We reflect on the experience of starting a podcast, assembling a $100 million idea, and share out our actual application. A major thank you to all who have contributed their voice to our podcast. Wait, just wait, till you see what we have in store for One Billion, Season Two.

Sep 26, 2016

This is the tenth episode of the podcast: One Billion. In it we share out each step of our effort to create a short video pitch as part of our MacArthur 100&Change application.

Sep 20, 2016

In this interlude we share out where the name One Billion came from...cuz people have been asking.

Sep 9, 2016

This is the ninth episode of the podcast: One Billion. We hear from Mr. Ken Whipple, former CEO of Ford Europe, Former CEO of Consumers Energy, and Board Chair of Civilla. He tells stories of meeting President Truman, drinks with Margaret Thatcher, $150 Billion loans, and why it is that he wouldn't place a $100mm bet on Civilla. Sorta.

Sep 6, 2016

When we sat down with Civilla's Board Chair Mr. Ken Whipple we didn't expect to learn his 3 ingredient recipe for success. Now we'd like to share that with the world.

- Integrity: if you don't want your mom to read about it in the paper, don't do it.

- Intensity: what would I have to do to really take this up a couple of levels?

- Do what you said you were gonna do: every single time.

Aug 29, 2016

This is the eighth episode of the podcast: One Billion. We look at the challenge of providing public benefits through a third perspective: the caseworker. And so the story barrels on forward...

Aug 24, 2016

We've got some good news - the pilot for Civilla's marquee initiative Project re:Form gets early funding!

Aug 9, 2016

This is the seventh episode of the podcast: One Billion (StartUp for Social Innovation), a behind-the-scenes look at how change happens. In it we discuss tiny teams on the fringe who are able to make the impossible happen.  Greg Gorshman from Ad Hoc tells his teams' story uprighting

Aug 1, 2016

Follow along with the tiny team that could as they pull out all the stops to promote One Billion. Top 5 marketing tips and tricks that you won't read about anywhere!

Jul 28, 2016

This is the sixth episode of the podcast: One Billion. We work our way through questions related to evidence of effectiveness, risk mitigation, and evaluation in our pursuit to poke the universe.

Jul 25, 2016

In this first Interlude Michael Brennan shares out where the name 'Civilla' came from.

Jul 21, 2016

This is the fifth episode of the podcast: One Billion. In it we work to frame up the challenge of providing high quality public benefits through the lens of Tim Becker, Chief Deputy Directory of MDHHS. It's a behind the scenes peek into the challenge of leading a complex government agency.

Jul 13, 2016

This is the fourth episode of the podcast: One Billion. We frame the problem we are trying to solve by meeting Dr. LaTina Denson, an amazing woman who had to engage the public benefit system after having a life-changing stroke.

Jul 5, 2016

This is the third episode of the podcast: One Billion. We try to assemble our team for an idea that doesn't yet exist by making 3 phone calls. Couldn't get through to Michelle Obama.

Jun 27, 2016

This is the second episode of One Billion. In the show we start to develop the executive summary for an idea that doesn't quite exist yet.

Jun 20, 2016

This is the first episode of the podcast: One Billion. In the show we meet the entrepreneurs who founded Civilla (a center for social innovation based in Detroit) as they set out on a journey of raising $100mm

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