Episode 4

How to Become a Changemaker w/ Alex Budak (UC Berkeley) | #4

Reading news headlines, it is clear that there is no lack of urgent needs to create social change across the world. However, so many people feel stuck, lost, or unsure of how to make a difference in the issues they care about.

Regardless of where you work, there is a certain set of skills and mindsets that are absolutely crucial to becoming a changemaker. 

Our incredible guest, Alex Budak, has studied exactly how to become a changemaker throughout his career and has authored a book on the topic, as well as teaches a course on it at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He offers inspiring examples and valuable insights to both people currently working in the social impact sector as well as those who want to change the status quo.

What You’ll Learn:

  •  The three essential pillars of becoming a changemaker: mindset, leadership, and a readiness for action. 
  •  The importance of questioning norms and inspiring others to step forward towards change. 
  •  The impact of community support on career growth and how 'microleadership' can create waves. 
  •  How to embrace failure and venture into new territories with confidence. 
  •  The role of personal mission in navigating a social impact career.

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Guest Bio:

Alex Budak is a UC Berkeley faculty member, social entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He helps people from all walks of life become changemakers and create impact anywhere.

At UC Berkeley, Budak teaches his wildly-popular course “Becoming a Changemaker,” directs the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, and teaches and leads Berkeley Executive Education programs.

His book, Becoming a Changemaker (Hachette, 2022), has been endorsed by Nobel Prize winners, Olympic athletes, and most meaningful of all—his former students who are using these ideas to change the world.

A social entrepreneur at heart, Budak co-founded StartSomeGood, which has helped more than 1,200 changemakers in 50 countries raise millions of dollars to launch and scale new change initiatives.

A graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University, Budak has given lectures and keynotes around the world from Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his two favorite changemakers: his wife, Rebecca, and their toddler son.

More at alexbudak.com

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