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Innovation for All explores how diversity and inclusion are impacted by innovation and technology. Long form interviews with experts in tech, design, AI, and business.

Is Facebook really a monopoly? How can remote work get more diversity in tech? What’s in the terms of service we usually ignore? How can we build inclusive, human-centered AI?

Host Sheana Ahlqvist created Innovation For All to help technologists and entrepreneurs make more inclusive products and businesses and think more critically about the societal impact of their work.
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Giving women more fertility options with Anne Hogarty, CEO of Extend Fertility
Egg freezing startups like Extend Fertility may be a democratizing force to give women more child-bearing options. CEO Anne Hogarty discusses how Extend Fertility is giving women more choice through affordable egg freezing. As with any business designed to give women more choice, controversy abounds! Critics have a lot of questions: Is it ethical? Manipulative? Safe? Gimmicky? You’ll hear: Why are fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) so expensive? What are the unique advantages of egg freezing? What are the limitations? Is egg freezing a “bandaid?” Should we, instead, make it easier for women to have children while having a career? Should we be concerned that egg freezing businesses prey on women’s concerns about having children? Or is it unfair to suggest that women can’t assess their situations for themselves? Why has there been pushback from making egg freezing more affordable? Why did Extend Fertility upset so many when they advertised their services on Instagram? What are typical success rates for egg freezing? Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
48:58
September 18, 2019
Placing the Displaced: Running a Refugee Staffing Company with Chris Chancey
Chris Chancey is the founder of Amplio Recruiting, a company that helps companies hire people from the refugee and immigrant communities. How does Chris help refute and calm the fears potential employers? How does he ensure that vulnerable people aren’t being taken advantage of? And what has made his business so successful? Find out with Sheana in this episode of Innovation for All Podcast. In this episode you will learn: How Chris started Amplio Recruiting and why? What were some of the challenges in starting the business? How are companies vetted to ensure that the refugees are protected? What are the assumptions about the refugee community and are they true? What are the challenges with finding opportunities for women refugees? What is Amplio Ventures? What are some of the success stories? How has this work in diversity and inclusion influenced Chris’ personal views? Learn more about Amplio Recruiting at https://ampliorecruiting.com/. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
1:04:35
September 11, 2019
Invisible women: data bias In a world designed for men with Caroline Criado Perez
Caroline Criado Perez is a writer, journalist and femenist campaigner. She has written two books: Do It Like A Woman and Invisible Women. In her most recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men she describes how very old data bias can affect women today. In this episode, Sheana learns about the different ways data bias is affecting women today, from trivial things such as phone size to not so trivial things such as seat belt safety. Caroline tells all this and more in this episode of Innovation For All Podcast. In this episode you will learn: What is male default thinking? What are the consequences of male default thinking? What are the consequences in tech? Why the market is so bad at providing for women? What is low hanging fruit for those of us who want to make money? A stove example of male default thinking. What can entrepreneurs and consumers do about these issues? Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
1:02:06
August 28, 2019
How Propel and the Fresh EBT app are battling poverty with CEO Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen is the Founder and CEO of Propel, a software company that aims to fight poverty through technology. They are the creators of the Fresh EBT mobile app, which enables EBT cardholders to manage their benefits, save money through grocery coupons, and find jobs. Fresh EBT is used by over 2 million low-income Americans across the country. In this episode of Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana learns why Jimmy decided to start Propel and use the tools of Silicon Valley to address social issues around poverty.  In this episode you will learn:   Why Jimmy Chen decided to focus on building inclusive tech for low income families  What is Propel and Fresh EBT   Why start with the food stamp program to battle poverty  How does Propel get the diversity and empathy to solve problems they might not understand  What is the process for getting usable information from users  What are the logistical and general obstacles faced by Propel and how are they overcome  What are some misconceptions about the food stamp program  Where else can the private sector make a difference and what are the challenges  Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. 
1:07:22
August 21, 2019
Take a seat: helping women of color advance their careers with Minda Harts
Minda Harts is the author of The Memo: What Women Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. Minda describes why "Lean In" didn't resonate with her workplace experience. Learn how women of color can break through workplace barriers and have a more active voice in their careers.  In this episode you’ll learn What diversity and inclusion issues look like for women of color Mind’s take on the book Lean In Things that women of color need to be doing to advance their careers Should women of color practice self-advocacy more?  How to obtain and secure a seat at the table Networking and career advice from Minda  Get shownotes for this an every episode at InnovationForAllCast.com or find us on Twitter @InForAllPodcast
48:27
August 7, 2019
Is "intuition" a dirty word at work? with Kara Dake
Kara Dake is a social impact innovator who is using a combination of wellness practices, community, media and exponential technologies. Her goal is to bring emotional and collective intelligence to the forefront of business and society. In this episode of Innovation for All Podcast, Sheana learns what this feminine energy is and how it can look in the workplace. Kara takes us through the value of feminine intelligence and intuition in the workplace and explains how it fits in with our technology and advances.   In this episode you will learn:  Are traditional workspaces really inclusive of “female energy?” How Kara brought her MBA finance experience into bringing intuition and emotional intelligence to the workplace. Is there value in having more emotion in our workspaces? Why Kara decided to pursue an MBA? How Kara ended up in the tech space. Kara’s current projects: FI and FeelTankTV and how you can use them. Skills that can be learned at FeelTankTV. What is Co-Creation and why is it important? What are some of the assumptions we make in business everyday? What could a middle manager do to bring these practices into a company or system today? Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast. 
1:14:11
July 24, 2019
It's illegal for Uber workers to strike. Marshall Steinbaum explains why. (Really though, WHY?)
"Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control." At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick.  You’ll learn:  Why did Uber driver’s strike? What makes the gig economy examples more complex? What is the difference between the gig economy labor and employment relationships?  What should an independent contractor relationship look like? What are the markers of employer and employee relationships as opposed to independent contractor relationship? How does antitrust factor in to these issues? Proposed solutions to the gig economy and labor laws How these companies exercise control over their underrepresented workers Do you know someone who is concerned about the rise of the gig economy? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing. Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
1:03:29
July 10, 2019
What’s in those terms of service we agree to? Featuring Nate Beard
What’s really in online terms of service that we agree to? Nate Beard joins Sheana to talk about where these terms of service come from and what’s in them. Find out what rights we may be sacrificing while using social media platforms in this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast.  In this episode you’ll learn: What’s in Terms of Service and do we really understand them? Problems that come with terms of service on social media Ethics of Terms of Service How restrictive are terms of service?  What rights are affected by TOS? Speech on social media platforms Privacy,  ownership, and due process on social media platforms Ways forward with Terms of Service Do you know someone who doesn't trust the social media giants? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
58:12
July 3, 2019
TLDR: Terms of service, gig economy workers, and femininity at the office
TLDR is internet shorthand for "Too Long Didn't Read." In this special mini-episode, hear from three great guests in a teeny-weeny amount of time. Great for shorter commutes. Nate Beard has masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research examines the ethical, legal, and behavioral implications of social media policies. In our full conversation, we discuss the details of terms of service and what rights you have (and which ones you give up). Marshall Steinbaum is Research Director and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches market power and inequality. In my full conversation with him, we discuss the Uber strike, the difference between an employee and a contractor, and whether he thinks regulations need to change to protect gig economy workers. Kara Dake is a social impact innovator utilizing a combination of wellness practices, community, media and technology. In our full conversation, we discuss whether what’s “masculine” is considered good, how that affects the traditional workplace, and whether “intuition” should be a dirty word. If you like what you hear, stay tuned for the full interview with each guest in the coming weeks.   Do you find the TLDR episodes useful? Let us know at info@innovationforallcast.com or message us on Twitter @inforallpodcast 
11:31
July 1, 2019
The hiring process wasn't built for women. Katharine Zaleski of PowerToFly is changing that.
How can we build a more inclusive and productive workforce? In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Katherine Zaleski, one of the founders of Power To Fly. Katherine shares how Power To Fly is completely reinventing the traditional hiring process for companies to bring more women into the workplace and become more inclusive and diverse.   In this episode you will learn:  How is traditional work limiting?  How is Power to Fly addressing the gender pipeline problem?  How can remote work play a key role in helping women? How can companies hire more diverse candidates? Can the hiring process signal a non-inclusive environment?  Do you know someone who is working to build a more inclusive workplace? Text them a link to this episode. We can't grow without you!   Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.
48:23
June 19, 2019
What does human-centered AI even mean? A very meta conversation with Josh Lovejoy.
"When a system begins to remember us forever, and wherever we go.... we will not be our true selves. We will be the self we know it’s okay to remember." -- Josh Lovejoy, Principal design manager, ethics and society at Microsoft.  Josh Lovejoy believes that human-centered design thinking can change the world for the better; that by seeking to address the needs of people - especially those at the margins - in ways that respect, restore and augment their capabilities, we can invent forms of technological innovation that would have otherwise been invisible.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: What is a design ethicist? How do autonomous AI systems take advantage of consumers? What is predictive policing and how does it relate to AI ethics? What is a deepfake? What happens when you give up personal data in exchange for a more personalized tech experience? Who should have the authority to make consequential decisions about AI? Should diversity be a design goal? How can designers avoid building uninclusive products? Do you know anyone building great tech or working in artificial intelligence? Text them a link to this episode. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com.
1:15:43
June 12, 2019
Making Products Inclusive, the Google Way feat. Reena Jana
How does Google make successful products when their users are infinitely diverse? Head of Product and Business Inclusion at Google, Reena Jana, shares the ways that this tech giant takes an inclusive approach to serve its users and be sensitive to different cultural norms. Reena shares how some of Google's best products were modified and improved through inclusive design and research practices.  You'll learn: What is product inclusion? Best practices to overcome product inclusion challenges The benefits and challenges of handling inclusion on a global scale How Reena forged her role as the head of product and business inclusion Product Inclusion success stories and how the team develops these products How machine learning is helping Product Inclusion How the product development process prioritizes diversity at each level Why diversity is valuable Free tools Google offers to help product diversity and inclusion outside of their organization Do you know someone who works in technology? Help others build better, more inclusive products by texting them this episode. Shownotes for this and every episode are available on innovationforallcast.com. 
54:07
May 29, 2019
The 80/20 rule hurts everything from education to self-driving cars with Jutta Treviranus
Traditional approaches to business, design practices, and research can result in suboptimal or uninclusive systems. In this episode of Innovation for All, host Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto. They discuss what inclusive design is, why it is so important, and how we can design systems that accommodate the diversity of the world. Dr. Treviranus also reimagines the future of education. They cover her efforts to incorporate inclusivity into the current change-resistant educational system, her “Unlearning and Questioning” course, and her most recent project: developing a lab school for inclusive life-long learning.  (Original Airdate: 9/26/18)  YOU’LL LEARN:  How to use AR to combine real data with simulated data to create and experience new, imagined futures  What is the Pareto Principle (80/20 Principle)?  What are the real world consequences of ignoring the “20%”?  What is the Cobra Effect? Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. Season 2 of Innovation For All will return May 29th, 2019!
1:08:49
May 15, 2019
VR-training against sexual harassment is not a gimmick, feat. Morgan Mercer of Vantage Point
Learn how Vantage Point is using VR to reduce sexual harassment at work through way, way better training. In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Morgan Mercer, founder and CEO of Vantage Point. In this episode, you’ll learn: How Vantage Point leverages the benefits VR to combat sexual harassment; Examples of subtle & aggressive sexual harassment situations in the workplace; Why they take a bystander approach to training; Morgan (@themorganmercer) is product-enthusiast and idealist who founded the Virtual Reality immersive training company Vantage Point in 2017. Prior to founding Vantage Point, she concurrently served as the Head of Digital for an e-commerce startup and an Analyst for a digital agency where she has worked on high-profile contracts focused on attitude change and behavior change within the domain of complex social issues. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. (Original Airdate: 11/30/18) Do you support Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform.  Season 2 of Innovation For All will return May 29th, 2019!
1:00:06
May 1, 2019
How Meal Delivery Apps are Killing Your Favorite Restaurants feat. Chris Webb, CEO of ChowNow
Food delivery apps are putting mom and pop restaurants out of business. In this episode of Innovation For All, Chris Webb, CEO of ChowNow, shows the actual cost of meal delivery and how ChowNow is trying to mitigate those risks through an alternative business model.  You’ll learn: How much food marketplaces charge the host restaurant, on top of the fees they charge the customer. Does the restaurant know who is buying their food when ordered through a delivery app?  Why are restaurants willing to use delivery apps even when they are unprofitable? What does a model that puts the restaurant first look like? Learn more at orderbetter.com. Do you support the goals of Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by rating and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform. Shownotes for this and every episode are available on innovationforallcast.com. 
1:00:14
April 10, 2019
From homeless to fashion-tech entrepreneur: Cassie Betts
Cassie Betts is the founder of District2.Co, a technology company that connects brands/designers with factories to streamline the manufacturing process, and Made In South LA (MISLA),   a DevShop Academy. Hear how Cassie went from being homeless to being called “The Woman Turning South LA into Startup Land” by Forbes.  You'll hear  How she went from coding her first computer game at 9 to being homeless at 19, and how she turned that all around.  How do you help protect the poor from being displaced through gentrification?  Why more money should be spent on technology bootcamps instead of other diversity initiatives. Note: This episode uses includes explicit language and includes some difficult topics about Cassie’s past that may be uncomfortable for some listeners. Please use your discretion. Do you enjoy Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by rating and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform. 
52:32
April 3, 2019
What would ethical data practices look like? Feat. Amanda McGlothlin
"Tech should be built for good" says Amanda McGlothlin, co-founder and Chief Design Officer at HQ Network, a Los Angeles space start-up providing digital security products and services for individuals and businesses. As a leader in tech, Amanda believes that privacy is a fundamental human right. Hear her tactical, realistic approach to product design that truly protects the user's privacy. In this episode you'll learn: How ads and third-party trackers cost us money and make our technology less valuable. The future of an ad-free user experience. The new privacy laws that protect consumers from data breaches. How companies can exercise more responsibility around their data practices to both protect the user and create success for their business. What product managers and coders can do to support these companies who are willing to change their data practices for good.  What dark patterns are and how they apply to data and tracking. Why it’s possible to collect data in moderation and still experience the benefits of analytics. How consumers can protect their data and exercise safety while online. Are you enjoying Innovation For All? Don't keep it to yourself! We want to share our message far and wide. You can help us by rating us and leaving a review on your favorite podcasting platform. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com.
46:55
March 20, 2019
How can technology help close early education gaps? feat. Cyrena Chih
Learn how Khan Academy Kids provides digital educational resources to support kindergarten-readiness and help close early achievement gaps. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana chats with Cyrena Chih, formerly the Director of Product & Business Development for Khan Academy Kids, a free educational program for children ages two to six. YOU’LL LEARN: ·         How to design kid-friendly apps ·         What a well-executed adaptive learning program looks like ·         Why they chose to turn from a for-profit to a non-profit ·         How do we choose technology to alleviate early achievement gaps? ·         The importance of parents co-playing with their kids. Do you enjoy Innovation For All? Remember to rate and review us on your favorite podcasting platform. View shownotes for this and every episode at www.innovationforallcast.com.
46:19
March 6, 2019
Why FinTech is failing the poor with Wendy De La Rosa of the Common Cents Lab
How can FinTech leverage behavioral economics to help people become more financially secure? Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Wendy De La Rosa, co-founder of Common Cents Lab, a research lab that launches and tests products to help low-to-moderate-income Americans. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: What kinds of Fintech products and apps effectively help people budget and save. How certain Fintech apps could be hurting more than helping those below the poverty line. Why lots of common features are ineffective and undermine our interest in savings. Tricks from behavioural economics that anyone can use to get their spending habits in order. How the needs of those in poverty are drastically different and what product managers can do to fit their unique needs. Specific ways to remove friction around SNAP benefits, tax refunds and loan repayments to help people in poverty get ahead. Frequency Budgets vs. Financial Budgets What dark patterns are and how they apply to Fintech products. How “round-ups” can help people save money in the long term. How temptation plays a major role in how people deal with their money. Sheana and Wendy also talk about the Stanford course Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well Being. LINKS: Common Cents Labs (Website) Metlife Foundation (Website) Digit (App) Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well Being (Course) Admit Hub (App) The Way We Work (TED Series) Wendy’s Stanford Student Page (Website) Wendy’s LinkedIn (Website) CNote (App) OTHERS MENTIONED: Tech Crunch Forbes 30 Under 30 Forbes PBS News MetLife Foundation Uber Lyft SNAP Benefits Ford Amanda McLaughlin Jennifer Aaker Fei Fei Li LinkedIn Facebook Stanford University Katy Milkman
1:03:43
February 20, 2019
Stereotyping Appalachia: What tech gets wrong feat. Sherry Hamby
People in Appalachia are skeptical and cautious about technology. Dr. Sherry Hamby believes understanding how they think can be useful for living in a tech-centric world. Dr. Sherry Hamby is a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center, She’s best known for her work in violence measurement, poly-victimization, and resilience.  
1:13:23
February 6, 2019
What did you change your mind about in 2018? Answers on AI, data, work, and more.
In this special episode, Sheana asks some of her favorite guests two key questions: What is something you've changed your mind about in 2018? And what is something you'd like to see become a larger part of the conversation in 2019? You don't want to miss this one. Want to hear more from these great guests? Check out their full episodes: Hear more from Jordan Axt (@jordanaxt) in Implicit Bias: Everything You're Afraid to Ask; Amanda Lotz (@drtvlotz) in Is Netflix a tech company or a media company?; Jutta Treviranus (@juttatrevira) in The 80/20 rule hurts everything from education to self-driving cars; Osonde Osoba (@OsondeOsoba) in When are "fair" algorithms better than accurate ones?; Eliza Khuner (@ElizaKhuner) in Facebook Can do more for working parents and Sally Hubbard (@Sally_Hubbard) in Google and Facebook are monoplies. Does it matter?
28:56
January 30, 2019
Is Netflix a tech company or a media company? Amanda Lotz explains why it matters.
Dr. Amanda Lotz is a media studies professor at Queensland University of Technology. View full shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com.
1:00:37
January 23, 2019
No one taught us how to work. Jake Kahana wants to change that with Caveday.
Technology can better serve humanity. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Jake Kahana, founder of Bettvr With Age and Caveday. Jake shares these two projects that look very different on the surface. In fact, they are united by a common goal, to demonstrate the social impact of technology. Discover how Virtual reality (VR) can be therapeutic for seniors, why the typical 9-5 work day is a complete fallacy, and how to manage remote teams effectively. You’ll enjoy this episode if you are interested in VR or modernizing the workplace.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:  The difference between a social impact agency and cost marketing agency  The challenges in producing and distributing VR films 2 significant limitations for senior citizens: mobility and finances  The Impact of Bettvr With Age Physical and mental therapy using VR  What is Caveday?  How to improve your relationship to work  The dangers of overwork  How to communicate with a remote team  How important is establishing rules around communication, scheduling and productivity inside a team  3 Things you need when you work – accountability, motivation, and support  Resources your team can use to increase productivity  Undoubtedly, technology isn’t just for the young. It is for all ages – even seniors. This is what Jake is proving to exhibit in his Bettvr with Age project where he produces VR films for senior citizens. Seniors can still experience places and activities that their old age won’t permit them to do and visit through VR. We also discuss the science of productivity.  Through Caveday, Jake and his team are able to organize pieces of training for individuals and companies on how to do deep work since no one taught us how to work. There are ways you can improve your relationship to work to be productive and also avoid overworking. Jake identifies specific resources you can use to support your team’s productivity and happiness. Full shownotes available at innovationforallcast.com.
1:01:40
January 9, 2019
When bad data leads to social injustice, feat. David Robinson
Can AI really change the world? Or are its developing algorithms formalizing social injustice? When these highly-technical systems derive patterns from existing datasets, their models can perpetuate past mistakes. In this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana Ahlqvist discusses with David Robinson the threats of social bias and discrimination becoming embedded in Artificial Intelligence. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What is the role of technological advances in shaping society? What is the difference between Machine Learning vs. Artificial Intelligence? Social Justice Implications of Technology What are the limitations of finding patterns in previous data? How does should government regulate new, highly technical systems? The need for more resources and more thoughtfulness in regulating data Examples of data-driven issues in the private sector. Removing skepticism of regulatory agencies in examining data models. Authorities should remember that there are limits to what AI models can do. David is the co-founder of Upturn and currently a Visiting Scientist at the AI Policy and Practice Initiative in Cornell's College of Computing and Information Science. David touches on how government regulatory agencies should examine new AI models and systems, especially as the technology continues to creep its way into our day-to-day lives. David discusses the importance of “ground truthing.” David emphasizes looking at a technology’s capabilities and limits before deciding on whether decision makers should implement it. LINKS Upturn The Partnership on AI OTHERS MENTIONED Cornell University Hannah Sassaman Christan Salazar Volkmann Human Rights Data Analysis Group CONNECT WITH DAVID Sign up for Equal Future newsletter Follow David on Twitter Learn more at innovationforallcast.com  If you enjoy this episode on AI and ethics, you might also enjoy WHEN ARE “FAIR” ALGORITHMS BETTER THAN ACCURATE ONES?
1:05:24
December 26, 2018
Facebook can do more for working parents feat. Eliza Khuner
Are the tech giants doing enough for working parents? Eliza Khuner questions whether the 9-to-5 full-time work schedule is limiting companies and employees, especially working parents. Eliza is a data scientist who worked at Facebook until she had her third child. Discover how she turned her concerns into a company-wide movement for more flexible work options, growing from private talks with HR to a public discussion with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a viral WIRED article. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: Do company standard policies really support working parents? What happened when Eliza confronted Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives with the demand for more flexible options for working parents? Why should companies allow working parents to part-time or work from home? Will this create a loss of culture in the workplace? Are huge talents overlooked because most companies require full-time work? Does creating more flexible solutions create ways to pay people less? Sheana and Eliza also talk about the loss of workplace culture when there are flexible work options, the need for wellness rooms for breastfeeding mothers, and the support that should be given by companies to working parents. Eliza continues to speak about this so that companies are made aware of the problem and working parents can have the choice to live their lives while staying valuable to their company. Visit innovationforallcast.com for URLs.
1:04:13
December 12, 2018
VR-training against sexual harassment is not a gimmick, feat. Morgan Mercer of Vantage Point
Learn how Vantage Point is using VR to reduce sexual harassment at work through way, way better training. In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Morgan Mercer, founder and CEO of Vantage Point. In this episode, you’ll learn: How Vantage Point leverages the benefits VR to combat sexual harassment; Examples of subtle & aggressive sexual harassment situations in the workplace; Why they take a bystander approach to training; Morgan (@themorganmercer) is product-enthusiast and idealist who founded the Virtual Reality immersive training company Vantage Point in 2017. Prior to founding Vantage Point, she concurrently served as the Head of Digital for an e-commerce startup and an Analyst for a digital agency where she has worked on high-profile contracts focused on attitude change and behavior change within the domain of complex social issues. Learn more at innovationforallcast.com.
1:00:06
November 30, 2018
Google and Facebook are monopolies. Does it matter? feat. Sally Hubbard
In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Sally Hubbard, antitrust expert and investigative journalist at The Capitol Forum’s. Learn whether giant tech companies are building monopolies (spoiler alert: they are) and why that unfair advantage matters. In this episode, you’ll learn: What is Antitrust law? Is fake news an antitrust problem? How monopolies amplify inequality What would it look like to unmonopolize big tech companies? Learn more at innovationforallcast.com
1:03:12
November 14, 2018
Be brave, get paid: How women can earn more $ through negotiation - Kathlyn Hart
Does the thought of negotiating terrify you? It could be costing you tens of thousands of dollars. In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana speaks with Kathlyn Hart, salary negotiation coach and founder of the Be Brave Get Paid salary boot camp for millennial women.
1:08:47
October 31, 2018
When Are "Fair" Algorithms Better Than Accurate Ones? with Osonde Osoba
Osonde Osoba, an engineer at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, joins us in today’s episode of Innovation For All Podcast to talk about Fairness in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Most AI’s today and in the future could have consequential impacts on the people, which is why Osonde is pushing for systems that are accurate, unbiased, and flexible. Discover what areas should we be wary when handing over the decision-making to AI’s, why this isn’t just a technical issue, but also political, and who should we put in charge of these systems. Learn also the importance of accountability, ethics, privacy, and regulation in AI systems. Visit innovationforallcast.com for shownotes and links to Osonde's TEDX talk: Making AI Fair.
56:31
October 24, 2018
Black Hair is Big (Business) feat. Delali Kpodzo
In today’s episode of the Innovation For All Podcast, we’re joined by Delali Kpodzo, the Co-Founder of We Are Onyx, a popular beauty destination for Black women and women of color. We dive into her entrepreneurial journey, why women of color need specific personal care solutions, and the state of the current beauty market. Discover how a hair salon mishap led Delali to start We Are Onyx, which has reached more than $2 million in sales. Delali thinks that’s just the beginning in a vastly untapped market.
47:04
October 11, 2018
Voting with your wallet, entrepreneur-style
How can conscious consumers help women-owned businesses? Stella McShera explains why she launched equallet (@equallet), a local search-platform to help you connect with Women-Owned Businesses. Discover how equallet supports the growth of every female founder, consumer, or investor, and helps bridge the gender gap in business. We also discuss how her experience as a mixed-race person has varied from place to place, and how that ultimately led her to get a science degree.
33:13
October 3, 2018
The 80/20 rule hurts everything from education to self-driving cars with Jutta Treviranus
In this episode of Innovation for All, host Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto. Dr. Treviranus explains how traditional approaches to business, design practices, and research can results in suboptimal or unfair systems. They discuss what inclusive design is, why it is so important, and how we can design systems that accommodate everyone. Dr. Treviranus also reimagines the future of education. They cover her efforts to incorporate inclusivity into the current change-resistant educational system, her “Unlearning and Questioning” course, and her most recent project: developing a lab school for inclusive life-long learning. YOU’LL LEARN: • How to use AR to combine real data with simulated data to create and experience new, imagined futures • What is the Pareto Principle (80/20 Principle)? • What are the real world consequences of ignoring the “20%”? • What is the Cobra Effect?
1:08:49
September 26, 2018
Be My Eyes: Mobile micro-volunteering for the blind with Hans Wiberg
Host Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, a free mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls. Wiberg explains how Be My Eyes works, how he monetized an app while keeping it free for both sides of the marketplace, and how important it is to consider how blind people interact with the world around them when designing products and services You’ll learn: - What is microvolunteering? - What is Be My Eyes and how does it work? - How can we design products so that they are more accessible to the blind? - How can one monetize and keep sustainable a product or service, especially one that is designed for a low-income population, without charging users? - What are some challenges facing Be My Eyes and similar apps in their efforts to support specific populations worldwide?
42:08
September 26, 2018
Implicit Bias: Everything You're Afraid to Ask - Jordan Axt
Discover how you can learn about and reduce implicit bias in this conversation with Dr. Jordan Axt (@jordanaxt). Learn: How can we reduce or change an individual’s level of implicit bias? What's the IAT? Does it work? Where do we go from here? Have you ever wondered why you always like people a little more if they’re fans of the same baseball team as you, and like them a little less if they’re fans of your team’s archrivals? Or wondered if your sex, gender, sexual orientation, or even physical appearance had something to do with why you did or didn’t get that job you interviewed for? These thoughts all relate to the concept of implicit bias. Implicit bias is related to thoughts, feelings, attitudes outside our conscious control that contribute to gender, race, and social status implications.
57:28
September 26, 2018
Coming Soon: The Innovation For All Podcast
Here's what to expect on the first season of Innovation For All.
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August 14, 2018
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