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Social Change Leaders Podcast

Dec 9, 2021

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. 

Arundhati Roy

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Can we create social change with others who do not share the same beliefs or perspectives?  In our conversation today with Nisha Anand, she talks about how we can do this and why we should.  Nisha is an Indian-American activist and the CEO of Dream Corps, a nonprofit that works to bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all.  In our conversation you will:

  • Hear about Nisha’s activist background which originated in high school 
  • Learn about Dream Corps’ mission and how the organization seeks to address today's toughest problems by creating shared solutions
  • Listen to Nisha describe her understanding of how to use love as a force for good, how it supports inclusion and why it is vital for leaders 
  • Learn about the framework Dream Corps uses, called the ‘4 corners of power’ 
  • Hear some stories about the way Nisha used connection and common ground to make big strides in creating social change
  • Understand Nisha’s perspective on the power of social media and the challenges that presents
  • Listen to  the story behind one of the best pieces of advice she has learned from her mentor, Van Jones, ‘Hope it’s your fault and it usually is.’ 
  • Hear Nisha’s thoughts on what qualities are important for leaders to have and cultivate
  • Learn Nisha’s tips for social change leaders today 

More about Nisha 

Nisha Anand is an Indian-American activist, mom of two teenagers, and leader for racial justice. Once a radical grassroots activist arrested in Burma for passing out pro-democracy leaflets, Nisha’s expansive organizing experience and work with mentors like Van Jones, solidified her belief in the power of working with ‘unlikely partners to find real solutions. As Dream Corps’ CEO, Nisha leads a diverse group of people who are learning, like her, the value of unconventional relationships. Nisha’s journey from punk-rock protester to common ground champion is documented in her TED talk, The Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground.

Nisha Anand