#ThePurposePioneerTalkShow with Briony Fickling

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Welcome to The Purpose Pioneers Talk Show, where we interview influential, successful South African pioneers such as businesspeople, teachers, doctors, activists, artists, creatives, and change-makers to find out how they lead their lives with purpose! We at The Change Collective Africa truly believe that if you haven’t found your purpose as an individual or as a business now is the time to do so and hearing from others might give you the inspiration you need.

In this interview, our vibrant host Jess Tims interviewed Briony Fickling; social justice activist & entrepreneur. They talk all things purpose and what it takes to be a social justice warrior!

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Table for 7, the Cause Conversations: Embracing Change

“One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.” – Linda Lambert

Welcome to Table for 7, the Cause Conversations where we co-create tomorrow together.

Seven guests, including disruptors, experts, leaders and change-makers and host Jessica Tims, connect to discuss and solve a key societal issue. It’s about collaboration and innovative problem solving while educating, raising awareness and creating actionable impact.

The conversations take place monthly via an online webinar live-streamed to Facebook Live and focuses on a specific cause each time. The dialogue between the 7 guests are honest, open and raw, where diverse opinions are encouraged.

In a matter of weeks, coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on small businesses across the country. As they’re responsible for the employment of between 50-60% of South Africa’s work force and contribute to approx. 34% of GDP, it is now more crucial than ever to provide the support and guidance they need. That’s why this #CauseConversation is all about embracing change.

Visit the site here to sign up for our upcoming Table for 7 Cause Conversations. Or if you are brave enough to start a conversation that matters, do it yourself! You can download our digital toolkit and host your very own Cause Conversation. Click here to receive a digital toolkit on steps to follow!


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Could Data Save the World?

Your company might have donated money to help solve humanitarian issues, but you could have something even more useful to offer: your data.

South African philanthropy is entering a new era. A hotbed of innovation, it can make a purposeful contribution to addressing the country’s challenges, and perhaps inspire work in other parts of the world.

Philanthropy is a complex term within the South African context. The history of the country has had a significant effect on shaping philanthropy from charitable giving (welfare philanthropy) to strategic philanthropy, by communities and families, to highly specialised Foundations.

These days, formalised strategic philanthropy in South Africa indicates that there is a huge contribution being made to support those in need by making data more public and shareable.

Foundations all over the world are grappling with their role in the emerging field of data and artificial intelligence. Data has the ability to help us work at a larger scale than ever before, be more efficient, and solve problems more effectively.

What’s required is the capacity or technical knowledge to either shape innovations or make sense of which ones to back, and for organisations to face complex challenges about transparency, ownership and ethics. While there are many promising initiatives in the field of data for social good, the social sector as a whole plays a relatively minor role, and many initiatives struggle to scale beyond small pilots.

Several examples have come to light during the ongoing West African Ebola virus outbreak of 2014, which has catalysed international efforts to improve the continent’s disease surveillance infrastructure. One particular innovation is an attempt to crowdsource contributions to OpenStreetMap, the self-described “Wikipedia for Maps” that anyone can edit. OpenStreetMap volunteers are using satellite images to manually identify roads, buildings, bodies of water, and other features in rural areas of West Africa, which can help aid workers and local public health officials better plan their interventions and ensure every village has been checked for the disease. How cool is that?

In the video below, Mallory Freeman shows us how private sector companies can help make real progress on big problems – from the refugee crisis to world hunger – by donating untapped data and decision scientists.

What might your company be able to contribute?

Share with us in the comments below.

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Google X’s 3-Step Formula for Changing the World

Imagine a snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. What do you get?

Google X.

Google X, the moonshot (read: an extremely ambitious and innovative project) factory at Alphabet (the parent company of Google), has one purpose: to dream up far-out answers to crucial problems.

This purpose of X (founded in 2010), is not to solve Google’s problems; thousands of people are already doing that. Nor is its mission solely philanthropic. Instead X exists, ultimately, to create world-changing social companies that could eventually become the next Google. The enterprise considers more than 100 ideas each year, in areas ranging from clean energy to artificial intelligence. But only a tiny percentage become “projects,” with full-time staff working on them. It’s too soon to know whether many (or any) of these shots will reach the moon, but several projects—most notably its self-driving-car company, Waymo, recently valued at $70 billion by one Wall Street firm—look like they may.

X is perhaps the only enterprise on the planet where regular investigation into the absurd is not just permitted but encouraged, and even required. X has quietly looked into space elevators and cold fusion. It has tried, and abandoned, projects to design hoverboards with magnetic levitation and to make affordable fuel from seawater. It has tried – and succeeded, in varying measures – to build self-driving cars, make drones that deliver aerodynamic packages, and design contact lenses that measure glucose levels in a diabetic person’s tears.

These ideas might sound too random to contain a unifying principle. But they do. Each X idea adheres to a simple three-part formula.

1: It must address a huge problem.

2: It must propose a radical solution.

3: It must employ a relatively feasible technology. In other words, any idea can be a moonshot—unless it’s frivolous, small-bore, or impossible.

Below, meet some of X’s leading #PurposePioneers implementing this three-part formula.

1. Obi Felten leads Foundry, a division of X tasked with turning scientific breakthroughs into marketable products.

2. Raj B. Apte, the leader of Project Malta, which seeks to store wind power in molten salt.

3. Rich DeVaul, a co-founder of Project Loon, which seeks to provide internet access to remote places using a fleet of balloons.

4. Cliff L. Biffle, a member of X’s Rapid Eval team, which seeks to kill, as quickly as possible, ideas that will ultimately fail.

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Welcome to The #PurposePioneers Talk Show in IG Live

“One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.” – Linda Lambert

Welcome to The Purpose Pioneers Talk Show, where we will be interviewing influential, successful South African pioneers who will include businesspeople, teachers, doctors, activists, artists, creatives, and change-makers to find out how they lead their lives with purpose!

We at The Change Collective Africa truly believe that if you haven’t found your purpose as an individual or as a business now is the time to do so and hearing from others might give you the inspiration you need.

Our latest theme is Small Business Survival.

In a matter of weeks, coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on small businesses across the country. As they’re responsible for the employment of between 50-60% of South Africa’s work force and contribute to approx. 34% of GDP, it is now more crucial than ever to provide the support and guidance they need.

This conversation was curated by Brand and Behavioral expert Timothy Maurice Webster. Listen to the conversation in the link below.

Timothy Maurice Webster


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3. Submit your social solutions via WhatsApp.

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The Lowdown on Impact Investing

impact investments

im·pact in·vest·ments

NOUN: Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

What Is It Impact Investing?

Impact investing attracts individuals as well as institutional investors including hedge funds, private foundations, banks, pension funds, and other fund managers.

Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic goals. The point of impact investing is to use money and investment capital for positive social results.

The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, micro-finance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.

Characteristics of Impact Investing

The practice of impact investing is further defined by the following characteristics:

  • Intentionality: An investor’s intention to have a positive social or environmental impact through investments is essential to impact investing.
  • Investments with Return Expectations: Impact investments are expected to generate a financial return on capital or, at minimum, a return of capital.
  • Range of Return Expectations and Asset Classes: Impact investments target financial returns that range from below market (sometimes called “concessionary”) to risk-adjusted market rate, and can be made across asset classes, including but not limited to cash equivalents, fixed income, venture capital, and private equity.

How do Impact Investments Perform Financially?

Impact investors have diverse financial return expectations. Some intentionally invest for below-market-rate returns, in line with their strategic objectives. Others pursue market-competitive and market-beating returns, sometimes required by fiduciary responsibility. Most investors surveyed in the GIIN’s 2019 Annual Impact Investor Survey pursue competitive, market-rate returns. Respondents also report that portfolio performance overwhelmingly meets or exceeds investor expectations for both social and environmental impact and financial return, in investments spanning emerging markets, developed markets, and the market as a whole.

Impact Investments worth Noting

Tin Shed Ventures

Tin Shed Ventures™ is Patagonia’s corporate venture capital fund, which we use to invest in environmentally and socially responsible start-up companies. It takes its name from the blacksmith shop where Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard forged pitons, and then made removable hardware that enabled a clean-climbing revolution. That Tin Shed in Ventura, California, still stands alongside our corporate headquarters, as Tin Shed Ventures funds the next generation of responsible businesses.


Ellevest is a transformative financial technology company created to help women achieve their financial potential through modern, low-cost investing, with a beautifully designed digital platform backed by a unique investing approach. From a gender-smart investing algorithm for digital-only customers to bespoke portfolios for private wealth clients, Ellevest also provides the option to invest for impact and in other women. Ellevest is for those who believe that because women generally have longer lifespans and are typically paid less than men, the old approaches haven’t worked for everyone — and that when women thrive, everyone is better off. Ellevest is led by Sallie Krawcheck, called the “Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune Magazine, and was named one of NerdWallet’s Best Robo-Advisors in 2019 and 2018.

Numbers for Good

Numbers for Good bridges the world of finance to organizations dedicated to improving people’s lives and helping the planet. They create financial solutions that allow organizations to fund social and environmental projects and connect investors with opportunities for sustainable financial and social returns.

The Media Development Investment Fund

The Media Development Investment Fund invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Timely, accurate, relevant information is critical to free societies, enabling fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual. The MDIF has investments in more than 100 media companies in 38 countries. They have provided more than $134 million in financing, including $117 million in debt and equity investments. MDIF has received $63 million in recovered principal, earning almost $40 million in interest, dividends and capital gains, and returned $28 million to investors.

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, One Acre Fund invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. They supply a complete service bundle of seeds and fertilizer, financing, training, and market facilitation—and deliver these services within walking distance of the 400,000 rural farmers they serve. One Acre Fund began in East Africa, and now currently serves farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

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When Business Meets Purpose at Gangstar Café

A café in Cape Town is helping former inmates get their lives back on track as part of a job-readiness programme, all while serving a hot cuppa to the public.

Gangstar Café is a social enterprise of The Message Trust South Africa. The Message Trust works with youth at risk across Cape Town in prisons, schools and tough neighbourhoods. Gangstar Café was initiated to create training and employment opportunities for youth out of prison. With youth unemployment being as high at 35% and coupled with a criminal record, it is virtually impossible for someone leaving prison to find employment. The first Gangstar Café was launched in Mowbray on Main Road in April 2017, and the second in Durbanville Town Shopping Centre in April 2019.

Students in prison get training in leadership, public speaking, business entrepreneurship and job readiness. Pastoral care support is also provided to all the young people in the prison. Once released, the individuals are reintegrated back into society and once certain levels of commitment are displayed, they are placed into barista training. On the job training is also offered in the cafes in customer service, stock management, processes, food preparation and other aspects of working in the hospitality industry.

After serving time in jail for violent crimes, baristas at Gangstar Café in Mowbray are now in training as baristas proper, giving them purpose and an opportunity to provide for their families. Their mission is to “create meaningful employment opportunities to prevent youth crime and gangsterism”.

Gangstar Café was born out of the prison work of The Message Trust South Africa, a registered NGO focused on breaking the cycle of poverty by focussing on youth at risk, both in and out of prison.

“We aim to provide excellent customer service and secure loyal customers who keep coming back.”

Trainees learn the importance of ensuring that processes and standards are followed and transferred into all areas of employment.

Former inmate Xola Dingiswayo told News24 how he started with not much knowledge about coffee at all, but worked his way up and is now a junior manager at the Mowbray branch. He plans to better his craft so he may compete in barista competitions in 2021.

There are two Gangstar Café branches, in Mowbray and in Durbanville, both run by five former inmates.

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Meet #CauseInfluencer Gloria Nkosi of Hope Worldwide

Our beloved Tata Madiba said that, “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.”

Pause and read that again.

It’s inspiring to meet people like Gloria Nkosi, deputy country director of Hope Worldwide South Africa, whose sole purpose is to make a difference in the everyday lives of South African children – especially in the early phases of their lives especially in the early phases of their lives.

Adding hope with a R2

As one of KFC’s Add Hope beneficiaries, when you add R2 to your KFC meal, Hope Worldwide SA receives a portion of the funds.

“Nutrition is a vital element of a child’s development,” says Nkosi. “When children get adequate nutrition and stimulation, they thrive.”

“I am so grateful for KFC Add Hope’s generosity and that they have such a passion for supporting children. They are our sole partner in terms of nutrition and with their support we are able to help address the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable young children – both at the ECD centres and at home,” she explains.

From teenage volunteer to purpose pioneer

Nkosi’s journey with Hope Worldwide SA goes back to when she was a mere 15 or 16-year-old highschooler. She started working as a volunteer and would use her weekends to go around Johannesburg’s CBD and taxi ranks to distribute pamphlets that explained more about the organisation and HIV prevention and care.

“We would wear our Hope Worldwide SA t-shirts and distribute condoms – at that young age! I was just so excited to serve and help make a difference. I never imagined I would one day work for the organisation,” she recalls.

She finished highschool, got an honours degree and later a job in the corporate world. After some years, Hope Worldwide SA approached her – they knew she was passionate about community-based programmes and serving the needy.

Nkosi says the love for making a difference is what motivates her to do her job. “The fact that I wake up knowing that I’m going to change someone’s life and make sure that a child goes to bed with a full belly inspires me. We truly reach out to the most needy and vulnerable and that contribution I make in the lives of children and families motivates me to go all out and serve them to the best of my ability.”

From 5,000 to 30,000 children

When Nkosi started working at Hope Worldwide SA in 2016, she looked at their capacity in terms of the amount of work the organisation was doing and noticed that the funding was not adequate. The one goal she had was to grow the programmes to a point where they would be able to reach out to more children. When she started, they were reaching roughly 5,000-6,000 children in South Africa with their nutrition programme. Now, four years later, they are reaching over 30,000 children.

“That excites me. It shows me that we can always help more children and we can always find opportunities for more funding,” she says.

“When children thrive, a nation thrives,” says Nkosi. “The R2 people add to their KFC meal is changing people’s lives, I don’t think people realise this. It ensures that over 150,000 children in South Africa don’t go hungry every day. It enables us to make sure they get the nutrition that is necessary for healthy development,” she concludes.

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Uber’s Uber Cool Initiative

Uber has partnered with Trusted Interns to give graduates a free, reliable travel option.

South African organisation Trusted Interns is providing the youth with access to the job market by giving first-time job-seekers the opportunity to apply for free Uber vouchers so they can get to interviews.

Trusted Interns’s mission is “to make more career opportunities more accessible to more first-time job seekers more often”. Facing the reality that many young South Africans just don’t have the transport money needed to get to and from interviews, they have partnered with Uber to help.

“We were arranging interviews with employers but our graduates were not showing up. We knew our community was committed and so something had to be wrong. We decided to pick up the phone and find out what.”

According to Raizon, the problem extends beyond job creation. Unemployed youth in South Africa are often disqualified from entering the workforce because they don’t have the tools needed to access job opportunities.

To begin combating this problem the Cape Town based start-up, which connects first-time job-seekers to employers, partnered with Uber. Uber has donated R10 000 in free rides to get youth to and from interviews, and will match a further R10 000 of public donations.

“The youth have a vital role to play in our society and it is important to make them aware there are infinite possibilities available to them,” Uber Sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits explains. “However, this is only possible if businesses come together to provide them with the necessary tools to reach their potential.

“We believe reducing this particular barrier to job opportunities is a small but simple step in the right direction. “This partnership will not only have a positive impact on the youth, but also on those employers looking for talent, who now have access to undiscovered candidates who previously may not have even got into the interview process.
“We strongly believe in this initiative and we’re honoured to partner with Trusted Interns to make a change in the lives of our youth,” Lits says.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Start A Sorbet Business

When life gives you overripe lemons, you toss them in the trash. People are taught that if something is battered or bruised it’s usually bad. In turn, a culture of extreme food wastage has arisen. But Thato Mbongeni Masondo and Thula Ndema are changing that. Picking up the discarded lemons, the couple squeeze them and add a few blocks of ice and a pinch of spice – producing a thriving sorbet business in the process.

Across the world, perfectly edible fruit and vegetables rot. These scrapped groceries pollute the environment, and have become a significant source of methane – a noxious greenhouse gas. While working in Johannesburg’s bustling city centre, Masondo and Ndema would pass this problem on their daily commute. “We saw a lot of street vendors throwing away overly-ripe fruits,” Ndema says.

Taking matters into their own hands, they started buying the unwanted produce from these merchants at a discounted price. Then, they blended them into a sorbet solution too delectable to turn away. “Our first couple of batches tasted really good, but we were determined to perfect the mixture,” Masondo says. After getting the texture and taste just right, the pair founded Sobae and began selling their sustainable scoops on the streets of Braamfontein.

Today, the entrepreneurs have a permanent home in the Victoria Yards complex. Inside their store, unique flavours fuse. From banana and butternut with chai to tangy mango with a kick of chilli, Masondo and Ndema mix seemingly incompatible ingredients to create a match made in heaven. As self-proclaimed sorbet purists, artificial isn’t a word in their lexicon. During fermentation, enzymes are broken down into natural sugars. This helps to create a dessert that’s both guilt-free and environmentally-friendly.

While clearing their neighbourhood of food wastage, they have inspired others to harness their ingenuity and sweeten a bitter situation. “The experience has taught us to persevere and believe in our dreams,” Ndema says. For this couple, the secret ingredient to their success isn’t just determination, but heaps of passion and love.

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