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New podcast season re-imagines a better post-COVID-19 world

Strange times demand interesting new ways of communicating on issues that matter to all of us. We’re living in a time where we have many questions on how we will live in the future. It’s also a moment to reimagine and rethink our old ways. We have you covered with our new podcast season, where we talk to some leading thinkers who focus on solutions for today’s biggest challenges.

“We’re excited to launch our second IKEA Foundation podcast season,” says Truus Huisman, Chief Communication Officer and executive producer of the IKEA Foundation podcast. “We’re looking forward to sharing the wonderful work our partners are doing to improve livelihoods of families and children in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world and contribute to a liveable planet. We hope these interviews will inspire you to support and amplify the positive change they are creating.”

Talking to people working on solutions

Altaf Makhiawala, strategic communicator at the IKEA Foundation and podcast host, says: “This new season takes in the impact of the pandemic and looks beyond. It imagines what a better post-COVID-19 world could look like. We know there are problems—that’s why we’re talking to people working on solutions.”

In our first episode we’ll seek to understand leadership practices in times of uncertainty with Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and Founder of Acumen.

In our subsequent episodes, we’ll talk to Harish Hande, CEO and Founder of SELCO Foundation, about how renewable energy can help communities recover from COVID-19. Barri Shorey of International Rescue Committee will shed light on what life is like for a refugees caught in the pandemic, and Alexander Betts of Oxford University and Ola Rosling of Gapminder will dispel some common myths about refugees.

Building a movement

We’ll also hear from Willy Foote and Katie Naeve of Root Capital about how we can support women in rural communities who are impacted by COVID-19 crisis. Jessy Tolkan of Purpose Climate Lab and Jessie Macneil-Brown from Ingka Group’s Campaign Unit will inspire us on how to build a climate movement when people can’t meet in person. 

Sarah Klassen from Start Network and Jon Stone from Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) will talk about how early action can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. And Jane Burston from the Clean Air Fund will discuss the economic impact of air pollution.

The first episode drops on your favourite pod catcher on 30 October. A new episode will drop every Friday till 18 December.  Email us or send us voice notes at We love to hear your feedback on how we can do better!

How to get this podcast on your smartphone

You can download Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or Overcast as a podcast app on your phone or tablet. Look up ‘The IKEA Foundation Podcast’ in the search box of the app and click subscribe. It will notify you every time a new episode is available, making it super easy to listen. This way you’ll never miss an episode from us! You can also use  Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher to get the show from your desktop, or ask Alexa at home to ‘play the IKEA Foundation podcast’ for you.