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Communications to Power Knowledge

Craig Newmark calls himself an “old-school nerd.” The way he frames his work is simple and modest: “doing what I can to support the people who fight to protect the values that America aspires to: fairness, opportunity, and respect.” 

His work is, at its core, about connection. In fact, many of his efforts today in philanthropy stem from lessons clearly learned in his earlier outings. As founder of, he brought people together in an unprecedented fashion, paving the way for communities of exchange that still thrive to this day. 

Through Craig Newmark Philanthropies, he’s become an outspoken advocate for trustworthy journalism, voting rights and access, countering efforts to destabilize our country through disinformation, protecting local, community, and ethnic media, battling food insecurity and fighting for teachers. The list goes on and on and on.

He joins Carrie this week to discuss many of these efforts and how his experiences as a technologist, connector, and influencer positioned him as a perfect vessel for doing good in the world. He is among the most thoughtful and humble folks we have met, and we’re thrilled to bring him to the show this week.

  • (00:00) – Welcome to Mission Forward
  • (02:24) – About a guy named Craig…
  • (05:42) – Flooding the Zone with Facts
  • (10:54) – What do we Trust?
  • (16:06) – Spreading Power
  • (18:03) – The Cybersecurity Nutrition Label
  • (20:32) – Learning to be a Philanthropist
  • (22:26) – Areas for Improvement to Support Philanthropy
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.
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