Just for a change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Featuring a variety of guests on each show, we’ll highlight the work and thinking undertaken by the Bertha Centre and innovators researching, teaching and working in the field.

The podcast will focus on the broad topics of social innovation and social justice - making these topics digestible and thought provoking for a cross section of society. The aim is to appeal to people who are curious about solving social issues in the world around them and especially those who believe we can make the world a better place. This will not merely be a ‘feel good’ show but rather a podcast that showcases the work undertaken by the Bertha Centre and others in the field. We’d like to encourage discourse and critical thinking through all the content presented and at the same time educate and entertain listeners.

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24
FEB

Ep. 9 COVID-19 vaccination, the social justice challenge of our time

The vaccine has arrived and it’s complex. It’s been said before this pandemic has merely revealed social justice issues that have been with us for years and perhaps it is the vaccine and its roll-out that reveals these issues to their very core. Who gets the vaccine first? How do countries in the global South respond to the fact that countries in the global North have been acquiring five times the number of vaccines they need? While governments more locally struggle to get enough for even one vaccine per person. And will people even take the vaccine given the chance?
In this episode’s feature story, podcast host Kentse Radebe catches up with Professor Leslie London, Chair of Public Health Medicine in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Katusha de Villiers, Health Systems Innovation portfolio lead at the Bertha Centre. Health and specifically public health is in the spotlight. Against the backdrop of conspiracy theories and a general public mistrust, how do we navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic and the vaccine? What are the social implications and how does vaccine roll-out happen equitably?

In the ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Simnikiwe Xanga interviews Raymond Ackerman Academy graduate Phumza Matwele. Phumza has two over-the-counter med stores in Khayalistsha - Cape Town’s biggest township.

Phumza shares about her dream to make healthcare more accessible in her community and how this is happening. This is an inspiring story that you don’t want to miss.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-01-25-what-the-global-response-to-hiv-aids-can-teach-us-about-covid-19-recovery-and-social-justice/
Report from Oxfam: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/http://www.publichealth.uct.ac.za/professor-
18
FEB
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Ep. 9 Teaser - COVID-19 vaccination, the social justice challenge of our time

The vaccine has arrived and it’s complex. The Just for a Change podcast team unpacks some of these complexities in this 9th episode of the Just for a Change podcast.

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27
JAN

Ep. 8 Education Op-Ed: The backpack is heavy - what are our learners going into 2021 with?

It’s the beginning of a new year and just when we hoped that life would be returning to some kind of normal, South Africa headed into the second wave of Covid-19 at an alarming rate. Schooling has been in some form of disruption since March 2020 and as we embark on the journey of a new year ahead we can only but imagine the effects that this ongoing disruption in the education sector is having on our learners - the backpack is heavy.

In this episode’s feature story, podcast host Kentse Radebe chats to well-known education specialist Dr Allistair Whitten and Louise Albertyn. They unpack some of the challenges facing learners going into 2021, as well as sharing some insight into how educators and parents can approach this year. Al is the founding director of the Centre for the Community School in the Faculty of Education at Nelson Mandela University and Louise is the senior advisor to the UCT Graduate School of Business’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the Education Innovation portfolio.

In the ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Simnikiwe Xanga interviews Ziphindile Mbiza, Spark Schools’ principal of SPARK Rosslyn Hub in Soshanguve. The SPARK schools are well known for their innovative approach to education. Listen as Ziphindile talks about some of the great work they’ve done during Covid-19 to ensure that their learners receive the best possible support.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
https://mg.co.za/special-reports/2020-09-09-covid-19-childhood-and-adolescence-disrupted/
https://www.sparkschools.co.za/how-spark-schools-is-making-a-difference/
http://leadershiplabsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Leadership-in-Times-of-Covid-19-Essential-qualities-capacities-and-skills-final.pdf
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/08/06/low-cost-schools-are-transforming-africa/?sh=3dc126d86
15
DEC
2020

Ep. 7 A look at the Bertha Centre year in review & looking ahead to 2021

In episode 7 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we take a look inward and hear from the team at the Bertha Centre as they reflect on 2020 and also look ahead to 2021. It’s no secret that 2020 has been an immensely challenging year around the globe. It has required a lot of grit and determination from everyone on the Bertha team and despite the challenges, the Bertha Centre has had a number of incredible successes across the six portfolios.

Podcast host, Kentse Radebe, hosts a conversation with fellow Bertha team members Fergus Turner and Louise Albertyn to chat through what the Education Innovation, Bertha Scholars and Social Systems Justice Innovations portfolios have been working on this year. It’s been a jam-packed year and the necessity to pivot and think innovatively have kept everyone on their toes. Take a listen and be inspired by what these portfolios have achieved this year - from hosting an incredibly successful webinar on racism in schools to the SSJI delivering the ‘Transforming Change’ programme in partnership with the Swedish Institute & the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

In the second segment of this podcast, we get to hear from Ntombini Marrengane, the new senior manager at the Bertha Centre. She shares some of her highlights of 2020 and hosts a conversation with Simnikiwe Xanga, Stephen McCullum and Katusha de Villiers about what lies ahead for the Youth, Innovative Finance and Health Systems Innovation portfolios in 2021, as well as what lies ahead for the Centre in general. One thing is for certain, the Bertha Centre is looking forward to another year of incredible work and collaboration in 2021.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bertha portfolios: https://gsbberthacentre.uct.ac.za/portfolios/
#OpenupYourThinking Resea
24
NOV
2020

Ep. 6 Change, challenge and systemic shock: realigning strategically during and after a systemic shock

In episode 6 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we explore the concept of systemic shock. What happens when a system goes through shock and how do we realign strategically during and after such an event? Covid-19 has shocked our systems on so many levels - healthcare, education, the economy. No individual, institution or system has been left unaffected.

Guest host Khanyisa Oyowe is a current Bertha scholar with a keen interest and years of experience in the public sector. Khanyisa is joined by Bertha Center director Solange Rosa and Community Chest CEO Lorenzo Davids. Both Solange and Lorenzo have vast experience in both the public sector and in the running civil society organisations. What has the pandemic meant for organisations and their strategies? How resilient has the public sector been to the shock of Covid-19 and how do organisations, the public sector and systems in general move forward in the times ahead?

In this episode’s ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Fergus Turner talks to Sean Andrew who works with Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit that’s been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future for over 24 years. Sean shares about the work done at Forum for the Future and shares helpful insights into how organisations and governments can adapt in the times we find ourselves in.

If you’re looking to change the way you inspire the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre

Forum for the Future: www.forumforthefuture.org
The Community Chest https://www.comchest.org.za/
20
OCT
2020

Ep. 5 Build Peace 2020

In episode 5 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we chat about what it means to build peace in the digital age. Hear about the upcoming Build Peace conference happening in November as well as unpacking some thoughts around what it means to build peace in the digital age where surveillance capitalism, urban space and gender polarisation are things that affect us all, whether we are aware of it or not.

Host Fergus Turner talks to Ncedisa Nkonyeni from the systems change team at the Bertha Centre, Helena Puig Larrauri, co-founder and director of Build Up - an international NPO working in the peacebuilding space and Merhawi Okbaselasi a past Bertha Centre scholar. This all-star panel discusses how the Build Peace conference has impacted on the development of a community of peacebuilders around the world and the importance of this work, especially as the digital age progresses and building peace online becomes more of a necessity than ever before.

In this episode’s ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Simnikiwe Xanga speaks to Analisa Jackson. Analisa is based in New York and is the Associate Director at the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation and Executive Director at Unconventional International. Analisa became part of the Build Peace community last year when she attended the 2019 Build Peace conference and shares how this community has impacted her journey in the peacebuilding space and why this has been such an important process for her.

It’s not too late to register for this year’s Build Peace conference that is happening online! See the links below to find out more.

If you’re looking to change the way you inspire the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre
https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre
Build Peace conference 2020 info
https://howtobuildpeace.org/attend-the-conference/conference-program/
Build Peace ticket purchases: https://www.accelevents.com/e/BuildPeace2020#Agenda
https://www.unconventionalwomen.org
22
SEP
2020

Ep 4. Spaces and legacy

In episode of 4 of the ‘Just for a Change’ podcast we dive into spatial justice in a fascinating episode about space and legacy. This is a large topic, especially in South Africa with the history of Apartheid and the legacy of this time that is in many ways a continued experience 26 years after the dismantling of the oppressive regime.

Host Kentse Radebe chats to Open Streets managing director Kirsten Wilkins about urban planning and cities. Open Streets work towards challenging the paradigm of urban mobility by carrying out campaigns, initiating dialogues and organising walks that raise citizen awareness, spark public debate, and ultimately drive behaviour change around the role of streets in the life of the city. In this conversation you’ll hear some interesting insights into how cities can become more inclusive and some of the practical ways that this is happening.

In this episode’s ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Katusha de Villiers speaks to Garth Hankey, an everyday hero who is the Improvement Process Coordinator at Groote Schuur Hospital and heads up some of the most innovative work happening in the healthcare sector. Groote Schuur Hospital is the first public hospital in South Africa to create spaces that allow for innovation and inclusion. You don’t want to miss the gems shared in this section.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre
https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre
Build Peace conference 2020 info
https://howtobuildpeace.org/attend-the-conference/conference-program/
Open Streets
https://openstreets.org.za/
Resource articles on spatial justice
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/african-cities/0/steps/48325
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28319908
https://davidharvey.org/media/righttothecity.pdf

Heroes of Grootechuur Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/HeroesofGrooteSchuur/photos/when-i-was-the-bed-manager-i-discovered-that-people-in-the-emergency
19
AUG
2020

Ep. 3 Women are changing the way we’re changing the world: The journey to influence

In celebration of women’s month in South Africa the third episode of the ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ focuses on the journey to influence that the women featured on this episode are on. What is influence and how do we engage with the world around us? What are some of the lessons that the women in our lives have taught us and why is it important to see yourself as influential?

Guest host and Bertha scholar, Linda Daniels chats to the inspirational Dr Tracey Naledi, a medical doctor, public health physician, and one of the Deputy Deans in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. Tracey is a 2018-19 Desmond & Leah Tutu Foundation and Discovery Health Foundation PhD Candidate, to find out more about her journey to being an influential voice in the healthcare sector in South African and further afield. From the first doctor in her community to her own father, mother and mother-in-law, the influences in Tracey’s life have varied immensely and have ultimately shaped who she is today and how she sees influence.

In this episode’s ‘Positive Outlook’ segment Simnikiwe Xanga talks to the new head of the Bertha Centre, Solange Rosa. Solange shares some of her journey that’s brought her to this place as well as some insights that she’s gained along the way. Solange has a variety of experience of different sectors and brings all of this to her role at Bertha. You don’t want to miss hearing from the lady leading this dynamic team of change agents.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre
21
JUL
2020

Ep. 2 The youth's role in re-imagining our society post COVID-19

In this second episode of the ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ podcast host, Kentse Radebe dives into the theme of the role of young people in South Africa in re-imagining our society post COVID- 19. With soaring unemployment rates and many systems failing the youth in South Africa, is there a light in this dark time? Do young people have what it takes?

In the feature story Kentse is joined by special guests Alana Bond of Lucha Lunako, a youth development organisation and Chad Robertson, a young social entrepreneur who is turning the world of recycling in its head. The conversation is rich and deep. You don’t want to miss this one - especially if you’re interested in creating impactful responses in the youth sector, for example creating a ‘failure fund’ for young entrepreneurs. Intrigued? Take a listen.

Fergus Turner brings us another ‘Positive Outlook’ story featuring young people from the community of Vrygrond, Cape Town who have been mobilising and creating change in their community during the pandemic. This is a case of necessity being the mother of all invention. Find out what has spurred these young people on to create positive change in their community during one of the worst times in human history.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre
Lucha Lunako report in collaboration with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: https://www.luchalunako.com/wp-content/uploads/Youth-COVID-19-Quick-Poll-Report-Youth-Month-2020.pdf
Regenize: https://www.regenize.co.za/
Lucha Lunako: https://www.luchalunako.com/
Amave: Amavaoluntu
#VrygrondUniteforChange
The Hive: https://web.facebook.com/TheHiveMuizenberg/?_rdc=1&_rdr
News24 article on youth in South Africa: https://www.news24.com/news24/columnists/guestcolumn/opinion-young-people-can-lead-the-response
15
JUN
2020

Ep.1 Innovative responses to problems

‘Just for a change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ show notes

Episode 1: Innovative responses to problems

In this first episode of ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ host, Kentse Radebe, introduces the work of the centre. What is social systems thinking and how can we engage this way of thinking about the world to bring about systemic change and justice? This first podcast is recorded during a worldwide pandemic - a problem that has not only highlighted systemic issues at various levels in society but has demanded innovative responses in record time.

Kentse chats to featured podcast guests, Tracey Malawana from Equal Education and Ella Scheepers, a Bertha scholar and Bertha team member. Both Tracey and Ella have been working with an on the ground community mobilisation group, Community Action Network (CANS), an innovative community driven project that has emerged during this time of Covid19 to address many different issues faced on the ground by communities across South Africa. This is one of the most incredible examples of moving from charity to solidarity ever seen in South Africa. Perhaps this is something that can lead to more community driven engagement and change in the future.

In this episode’s ‘Positive Outlook’ segment, Fergus Turner from the Bertha team, interviews Pele Box founder, Neo Hutiri on how he turned his health challenge into a solution that is changing lives and access to healthcare in Africa.

If you’re looking to change the way you change the world - this podcast is for you.

The links you need to know about:

Bertha Centre: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/berthacentre 
Cape Town Together:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/ 
Equal Education: https://equaleducation.org.za/
Pele Box: www.pelebox.com 

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