Innovate is the biweekly podcast featuring engaging conversations with leading social entrepreneurs and changemakers from around the world.
Innovate Podcast host Robert Rimm talks to groundbreaking social entrepreneurs and changemakers making positive social impact on the world with creative strategies to address intractable problems—from the environment and human rights to food and education—that directly affect the quality of life for countless people.
Robert explores what motivates mission-driven changemakers: their sources of inspiration, insights, challenges and successes, strategies, business models and vision for the future. Listen… and be inspired.
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Robert Rimm is cofounder & managing editor of the nonprofit Arch Street Press, and host of the biweekly Innovate podcast. His key interests include education, social entrepreneurship, the environment, human rights, and arts & culture. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and founder & managing director of 88keys.communications, which connects people through three vibrant areas: creative communications, learning and the arts, serving nonprofit, educational and cultural clients in America, Asia, Europe and Russia. Fluent in French and Russian, he is a widely published author and professional member of the Authors Guild, PEN America and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His key interests include social entrepreneurship, education, the environment, creative arts, human rights and volunteering for crucial social causes. Among his books is Better to Speak of It: Fostering Relationships & Results through Creativity, focusing on core leadership, management and personal values in collaboration with Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, and Empathy: Social Visionaries Putting Creativity into Action (spring 2021) that features accomplished and resourceful individuals who have founded and/or lead some of the world’s largest and most impactful nonprofit and educational organizations.
Guest host David Castro is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development, a training program for community-leadership development that has served several thousand emerging leaders and led to the formation of an accredited associate’s degree in leadership. In 1993, following a successful career both in private practice and as a Philadelphia assistant district attorney, David was awarded a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program Fellowship, for which he studied community leadership and its relation to improving quality of life. Based upon this work, together with his mentor and colleague Lynne Abraham, in 1995 David founded I-LEAD, Inc. In 2002 David was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, which he used to study leadership and its impact on economic and community development in Turkey. In 2009, in recognition of his work in community leadership and education, he was named an Ashoka Fellow by the Ashoka Global Funds for Social Change. Ashoka is an international community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. David is a widely engaged teacher, speaker and writer, is the author of Genership: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul, and is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.