My Podcast Interviews

Over the years, I’ve been privileged to be invited as a guest on several podcasts. Here’s a selection of them, for your listening pleasure:

  1. Is the World on Fire? Stoking the Fire of Leadership Around the World, November 2022
  2. The Social Change Career Podcast, The New Reason to Work: How to Build a Career that will Change the World, November 2022
  3. Stories for the Future, How to Build a Career that will Change the World, August 2022
  4. The Sabbatical Project, A Social Entrepreneur Uses his Sabbatical to Transition, June 2022
  5. Collaboration Beyond the Buzzword, The New Reason to Work, March 2022
  6. Boardroom Banter, Building Careers that will Change the World, March 2022
  7. Conspiracy of Goodness, Make a Living or Make a Difference? You Don’t Have to Choose, February 2022
  8. Inspire Someone Today, The New Reason to Work, February 2022
  9. The Brand Called You, Pursuing Social Impact as my Career, January 2022
  10. Harvard Alumni in Education: The Spaces Between Us, Hope for the Future of Work with Roshan Paul, December 2021
  11. NSOJ Tannoy, The New Reason to Work: How to Build a Career that will Change the World, December 2021
  12. Author Hour, The New Reason to Work, December 2021
  13. RE-IGNITED, How Can We Create Purposeful and Fulfilling Careers, March 2021
  14. NSOJ Tannoy, The Ten Year Journey: Roshan Paul and Amani’s Efforts at Solving Global Social Problems, January 2021
  15. One Step Forward, Training social entrepreneurs in emerging markets, April 2019
  16. Finding Impact, Teaching the Skills to Make a Difference, May 2017
  17. Innov8 Social’s The Impact Podcast, Meet Amani Institute, Higher Education for Social Impact, October 2016
  18. University for Peace, Ashoka and Social Entrepreneurship, October 2010
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My Stanford Social Innovation Review series

I’ve collaborated with the Stanford Social Innovation Review to write a series of articles about our work in social innovation education. Here is the list of articles I wrote or co-wrote as part of the series, in chronological order. In July 2017, I compiled them into a little book called Your Work Begins at No, which is available on request.

1. Social Change and the Shadow Side of Passion – find out what we mean by the ‘Wound-Gift Concept’. January 2014

2. Seven Elements of Social Innovation – our social innovation framework that underpins our training and education model. March 2014

3. Looking to Nature for Social Innovation – seeing nature as a guide and mentor towards improving our capacity to be innovators. June 2014

4. From Motivated Professional to Social Changemaker – 15 insights on leadership and transition from the frontlines of professional education. August 2014

5. World Literature on Social Innovation – A Quest – a new book makes an important contribution to a field screaming out for diversity—but may also illustrate why there isn’t more diversity. September 2014

6. The Inner Journey of the Changemaker – How we manage ourselves and empathize with others are as important as professional management skills in creating social impact. November 2015

7. Decelerate to Accelerate – Sometimes the fastest way forward may be to slow down. January 2015

8. Schools Aren’t Just Buildings – Why innovation in education is about a lot more than just building schools. July 2015

9. Time to Align – We get 24 extra hours this year, a great opportunity for social change leaders to look at the connection between who they are and what they do. February 2016

10. Are You Delivering Services or Are You Providing Value? – social innovators need to ask themselves whether the products and services they offer are actually new—and whether they in fact benefit the people they aim to help. February 2017

11. How to Develop Worthwhile Internships – Four guidelines for making internships valuable to both your organization and the next generation of social change leaders. June 2017

12. Building a Financially Sustainable Social Enterprise in Emerging Markets – Six lessons on achieving financial independence in a resource-constrained era. July 2017

13. A Medical School for Changemaking – how Amani Institute is building a skills-based and inclusive curriculum for changemaking in the developing world. May 2020

14. Weaving a Network of Relationships – an excerpt from my book The New Reason to Work. May 2022 (This excerpt and the book was included in the SSIR’s list of top 10 books of 2022).

Check them out and share your thoughts!  And do share it with anyone you think might be interested!

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The New Reason to Work – My Book!

On November 29, 2021, my book, co-authored with colleague and dear friend Ilaina Rabbat, was published! It’s available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback or hardcover, as well as on most other book-selling sites.

We were delighted when the book reached #1 on Amazon in two categories as well as #2 in two more categories.

Do check out the book here and visit the book website here. If you like it, please review it on Amazon as that would help us greatly!

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How Do You Learn How to Change the World?

In April 2016, I was honored to give a TEDx talk at TEDxAmsterdamED. It was a thrilling experience to walk onstage at a TED event, to find your way in the darkness to that red dot of a carpet, turn to face an audience of 500 that is all looking at you but you can’t see, take a deep breath, and begin.

I spoke about the growing trend of people all around the world seeking “careers of meaning and impact”, and willing to make personal sacrifices to do so. And how this would be a giant wave of change that our education systems and organizations aren’t yet ready for. Do watch the talk!



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Choose a Career of Courage

In May 2015, I was honored to give the Commencement Speech to the graduate schools (the schools of business, education & leadership, arts & sciences, peace, and nursing) at the University of San Diego. Watch it here:

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The 9 Best Books I Read in 2022

Unlike recent years, I didn’t get to read as much this year as going back into full-time work and some other major life milestones kept me pretty busy. I still got through 28 books in 2022, roughly 50-50 fiction and nonfiction. So, for the sixth year in a row, here’s my list of best books of the year, this time organized by genre.

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Greening the Grassroots: Re-thinking African Conservation Funding

In the spring and summer of 2022, I worked with a wonderful organization called Maliasili to explore how we can improve the flow of funding to African-led organizations working on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, two areas of work that have always been close to my heart. This is the report we came up with after several months of research, including surveys and interviews. 

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In Conversation with LinkedIn Influencer Madeline Mann, the ‘Self-Made Millennial’

In my first experience of being interviewed by an ‘influencer’, I was delighted to join Madeline Mann on her popular vodcast, Self-Made Millennial. We really connected on the idea that you don’t have to sacrifice a good income in order to do work that makes an important contribution in the world.

Watch the interview here: How to Find a Career that Does Good for the World (WITHOUT Sacrificing Pay).

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Book Discussion on Network Capital

I was interviewed by Network Capital founder Utkarsh Amitabh for their large global community on the topics we wrote about in The New Reason to Work.

Check out the conversation here.

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Essay in Next Billion

Based on The New Reason to Work, the folks at Next Billion invited me to contribute an essay about the book’s core message. You can read the essay here.

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The Great Resignation has morphed into the Great Sabbatical

It’s a funny thing to realize your vacation is newsworthy! I was interviewed for an essay in Fast Company on how my sabbatical in 2021 was something that more and more people are starting to do. They also discussed my book, The New Reason to Work.

Read the Fast Company article here:

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Rebel Book Club Interview

I really enjoyed joining my old friend Ben Keene, the founder of Rebel Book Club, for my first-ever Insta Live discussion. You can check it out here.

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