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Meaningful discussions with artists, academics, business people, your charity peers, and more to help shift our sector’s mindset about what it means to be a digitally enabled organization.

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Conversations About the
Human Side of Tech

This is Digital Comfort Zone: a super not scary technology podcast. Hosted by Aine McGlynn and Lizz Bryce who have worked at the intersection of technology and the people who make charities work for more than two decades. In each episode, they’ll help calm your fears, validate your frustrations and answer your questions when it comes to leveraging tech for good – and ultimately make your life easier.

Episodes

6. What Rock Climbing Can Teach Us About Digital Transformation and Leadership

In this episode, the tables are turned and host Lizz Bryce interviews co-host Aine McGlynn about how her experience as a rock climbing guide can provide valuable insights into digital transformation. 

Aine shares her experiences as a climbing instructor, highlighting the importance of creating safe conditions, effective communication, and encouraging calculated risks. The episode emphasizes the role of leaders in setting up for their teams for success, drawing parallels between guiding climbers and navigating digital change in nonprofit organizations.

00:51 The Importance of Leadership in Digital Transformation
03:16 Connecting Leadership and Rock Climbing
05:15 Lessons from Climbing: Overcoming Fear
11:02 Guiding Teams Through Digital Transformation
18:00 The Role of Trust and Communication
25:22 Final Thoughts and Takeaways

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5. Cultivating Possibility Thinking with Alisa Simon of Kids Help Phone

In this episode of ‘Digital Comfort Zone,’ we’re joined by Alisa Simon, Executive Vice President E-Mental Health Transformation & Chief Youth Officer at Kids Help Phone to discuss how KHP adopted a mindset of possibility to radically shift how they support youth in crisis.

We delve into distinguishing between invention and innovation, the effective use of digital tools and AI, and the necessity of a change-ready culture. The importance of leveraging data, involving the right leaders, and maintaining core mission values while exploring new technological avenues is also discussed.

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Case Study: Organizational Change & Innovation

4. In it for the long term: how to trigger action for long-term gain with Chi Nguyen and Amanda Munday

In this episode of ‘Digital Comfort Zone,’ we discuss how small technological changes can significantly impact small charities and nonprofits. They are joined by Chi Nguyen from Equal Voice and Amanda Munday from New Majority, who share insights on improving youth civic engagement and gender diversity in politics.

This episode has two big takeaways:

  • How it’s important to form sustainable habits in both political participation and digital transformation and;
  • Small actions can lead to substantial future benefits

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3. Does anyone know what they are doing? Cultivating a learning mindset with Professor Nick Mount

In this episode of ‘Digital Comfort Zone,’ we discuss the importance of maintaining a learning mindset in the age of digital transformation.

Special guest Professor Nick Mount from the University of Toronto shares insights on fostering a learning culture, handling resistance to change, and the importance of new experiences in unlocking innovative thinking.

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2. The Art of Persuasion: Getting Buy-In for your Digital Transformation

In this episode of ‘Digital Comfort Zone’, hosts Aine McGlynn and Lizz Bryce dive deep into the art of persuasion and obtaining buy-in with Philip Haid, CEO of Public Inc.
Key insights include:
  • The role of emotions, trust, and authenticity in persuasion
  • Emphasizing the importance of meeting people where they are
  • And building trust slowly

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1. Starting Complex Projects with Filmmaker Molly McGlynn

In this inaugural episode of Digital Comfort Zone, hosts Aine McGlynn and Lizz Bryce talk about how to overcome digital inertia within organizations.

To better understand how to do that, they call on award-winning filmmaker Molly McGlynn to speak about how to manage complex projects, how to break down overwhelming tasks, the importance of planning and logistics, and the necessity of starting anywhere to gain momentum.
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Introducing Digital Comfort Zone

This is Digital Comfort Zone: a super not scary technology podcast. It’s hosted by Aine McGlynn and Lizz Bryce, the two minds behind Charity Growth Academy, who have worked at the intersection of technology and the people who make charities work for more than two decades.

Every episode, Aine and Lizz will help calm your fears, validate your frustrations and answer your questions when it comes to leveraging tech for good – and ultimately make your life easier

You will come away with specific ways that you can improve how you and your organization use technology. And our advice will always better than that random cousin’s who interned at a start-up in the 90’s.

And, because Lizz and Aine aren’t techies either, you will never be patronized or made to feel dumb.

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