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Follow the Data Podcast: Driving Urban Innovation in Cities Around the World

January 3, 2024

Local leaders are uniquely positioned to bring about real change that has tangible impact for residents, but often, they don’t have the resources to do so. How can we support city governments in bridging this gap, so they have the capabilities they need to move communities forward?

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Following the Data in 2023 – 5 Podcasts to Catch Up On

December 27, 2023

2023 at Bloomberg Philanthropies saw incredible impact around the world – from global climate action at COP in Dubai, to city-driven solutions from hundreds of leaders in Washington, DC at the new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center, to expanding asphalt art projects that improve street safety and engage community residents to Canada and Mexico. But you don’t have to travel to dive into the most urgent issues facing us and the data that’s critical to track as we work together to solve them. Because, as Mike Bloomberg always says, “If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.”

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: Tackling the Tobacco Industry Around the World

December 14, 2023

Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death. Since the 20th century, the tobacco industry has used deliberate marketing tactics to confuse the public about tobacco’s harmful effects, causing billions of deaths globally from tobacco use and second-hand smoke. However, a growing number of countries and organizations around the world are standing up to the tobacco industry and taking strong action.

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Founder's Projects

Follow the Data Podcast: How Can We Reduce the Gaps in Racial Wealth Equity Data?

December 6, 2023

To celebrate the Black Wealth Data Center’s recent one-year anniversary, Katherine Oliver sits down with Garnesha Ezediaro, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, Darrick Hamilton, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at the New School, and Lamar Gardere, the Executive Director at The Data Center of Southeast Louisiana and national recipient of the Black Wealth Data Center and National Neighborhood Indicator’s Local Data and Engagement Grant Program, to discuss the importance of data in advancing racial wealth equity, the challenges faced by organizations that don’t have access to data, and how the Black Wealth Data Center is helping provide decision-makers with data collection and accessibility.

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Follow the Data Podcast: How Can We Support Student Success at All Stages?

November 1, 2023

In this episode of Follow the Data, Katherine Oliver sits down with two colleagues from Bloomberg’s Education team – Eve Bois, who manages the Career and Technical Education portfolio, and Jasmine Jenkins, who co-manages the K-12 Education and Advocacy portfolio, to discuss the challenges facing public education in America, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ comprehensive education reform work, and how we are working to close the career gap through school-based and work-based programs.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Can the Arts Keep You Healthy?

September 17, 2023

In this episode of Follow the Data, Katherine Oliver sits down with Jill Sonke, PhD, director of research initiatives in the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, and Tracey Knuckles of our arts team to shed light on the ways that cultural activities can help keep listeners healthy and how the arts can be incorporated into healthcare systems.

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Public Health

Follow the Data Podcast: Advancing Public Health Strategies to Reduce Overdose Deaths

August 25, 2023

In this episode, Katherine Oliver sits down with two of Bloomberg’s critical partners in this effort – Kat Humphries, a Program Manager for the Overdose Prevention Program at Vital Strategies, and Tahira Malik, the founder of Samad’s House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – to discuss the common misconceptions people have about substance use disorder, harm reduction as an effective strategy for preventing overdose deaths, and policies that could implemented to support recovery in communities across the country.

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Founder's Projects

Follow the Data Podcast: Investing in Women’s Economic Independence

August 8, 2023

In this episode, Katherine Oliver sits down with Verna Eggleston, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' Women's Economic Development Initiative, Laurie Adams, the CEO of Women for Women International, and Christine Condo, the Executive Director of Sustainable Growers. They discuss how our Women's Economic Development Initiative affects women, their communities, and their children and families, key findings of the Johns Hopkins report, and how listeners can get involved. 

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Follow the Data Podcast: Combatting Pandemic Learning Loss

July 26, 2023

In this episode, Howard Wolfson, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies' education program, joins political strategist and venture capitalist Bradley Tusk for a wide-ranging conversation about how Bloomberg Philanthropies is working to address the ongoing crisis in America's education system - from supporting career and vocational training programs, to expanding access to top colleges for talented students from low-income families. This audio is adapted from the Firewall podcast, where entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, strategists and journalists reveal what's really on their mind.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Making Single-Use Packaging Disappear

June 8, 2023

On this episode, Katherine Oliver sits down with Pierre Paslier, the co-founder of Notpla, a London-based sustainable packaging startup. They discuss how he created Notpla with his co-founder and former classmate, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, how Notpla expanded from its first product to introduce packaging solutions for electronics, fashion, cosmetics and food, his experience with The Earthshot Prize, and how he’s planning on using his prize money to expand Notpla’s impact.

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