129: Top 20 Countdown

Top 20 Countdown: Week 9

Welcome to Innovation City—powered by Venture Cafe—where Tyler Kelley and Michael Johnson, Co-Founders of SLAM! Agency, interview innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world.

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Today’s episode is the ninth of several highlight shows where we are taking a look back at our top 20 favorite interviews and conversations of all time. Today’s featured guest is Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, Founder & CEO of Radical Partners Radical Partners is an accelerator for social-impact ventures based in Miami, FL.

Some key points from Rebecca at Radical Partners:

  • Looking at the current issues Miami is facing
    • Sea level rise
    • Housing affordability
    • Educational equity
  • Starting Radical Partners as a way to start social change
  • Looking for ways to leverage a collective voice of the community
  • Helping new ventures get off the ground and grow to scale
  • The 2 major problems Radical Partners has set out to solve:
    • Helping the leaders get their ideas to fruition
    • Helping the community get engaged in a meaningful and constructive way
  • Projects that Rebecca loves:
    • 100 Great Ideas
      • The community shares their opinion about the best way to solve a pressing community issue. They synthesize the top 100 ideas to present to decision-makers in the community who have the ability to implement them.
    • Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
      • Along with a cohort of 10-12 local social impact leaders, the bootcamp assists in accelerating the impact of new ventures with a focus on sustainability and growth.
  • Creating a trusting environment within the bootcamp to help entrepreneurs feel less alone
  • The scarcity mindset in Miami
    • People feeling as though there is not enough funding and resources to go around
  • Getting people to work together to tackle issues rather than having just one entity at a time working on an issue
  • Trying to remove the scarcity mindset in Miami through reassurance and support
    • Working on creating a cohort of people who are all working on the same problem
    • Showing evidence of success through working together on issues
  • Big ideas take multiple people to work on them…not just one person/entity
  • Listen or watch Rebecca full episode here