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Communicating The Possible with Open Fields’ Grady Powell

This week we welcome Grady Powell, founder of Openfields, a social impact consulting firm committed to helping leaders imagine and implement a more creative and just future. He is also co-founder of Capita, a nonpartisan think tank working to build a better future for children and families.

Following up on last week’s conversation with Greg Galle about communicating the impossible, this week, we take on the world of what’s possible in communications and strategy. We talk with Grady about what it means to work in social impact, how he helps leaders think differently about the actions of their organizations, and how to take ideas to the next level for a more just business environment.

Grady’s work at Openfields and Capita sits at the intersection of research, public policy, social innovation and design and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this conversation to you all this week. Our deepest thanks to Grady Powell and his team for making this conversation happen.

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Mission Forward
  • (01:35) – Introducing Grady Powell
  • (05:46) – What needs to be in place for innovation to happen?
  • (11:17) – Diversity in the creative process and communication
  • (13:52) – People … first?
  • (21:36) – What’s Next?

This season, we are taking you on a journey to meet ten people influencing and shaping how we communicate at scale for social change. From advertising executives to coalition directors, news editors, campaign managers, and authors, they're all people who are shaping and challenging the deep power of communication. If you’re working to become a more inclusive and thoughtful communicator, there’s nothing holding you back—except you.

Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a woman-owned strategic communications firm and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. Since launching her first firm in 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways.