Innovate is the biweekly podcast featuring dialogue with international cultural leaders, social entrepreneurs and leading scholars engaged in transformative action and creative collaboration.
Hosted by David Castro and Robert Rimm, Innovate is produced by Arch Street Press in collaboration with Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Originating from a shared vision with Public Radio Exchange (PRX), Innovate is a content-driven platform that gives public voice to key leaders within the nonprofit and corporate-social-responsibility sectors, academia, journalism and social entrepreneurship. As part of Innovate, The Philadelphia Channel spotlights innovators and innovations taking shape in the Greater Philadelphia region, featuring leaders and organizations across a wide range of collaborative and diverse fields, including education, philanthropy, technology, family life, healthcare, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, the arts and more.
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.
Robert Rimm has been the managing editor of Arch Street Press since 2010. His key interests include education, social entrepreneurship, the environment, human rights, and arts and culture. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and founder of 88keys.communications, which provides communications services for clients within the nonprofit, arts and literary communities in the United States, 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. He enjoys travel, running, tennis, reading 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 (fall 2020) 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.