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‘Be the Change’: A podcast that aims ‘to remove the mystery of making change’

Host Savala Nolan, director of Berkeley Law's social justice center, talks with people who embody the transformation they want to see in the world

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Savala Nolan is the director of Berkeley Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and host of Be the Change, a podcast about people who embody the transformation they want to see in the world. (UC Berkeley photo design by Neil Freese)

Embodying the change you want to see in the world can feel … well, intimidating. Impossible, even. But Berkeley Law’s Savala Nolan wants to help us all figure it out — one step at a time — in her podcast, Be the Change. 

“We’re talking about transforming the world and being the change and these very lofty concepts,” says Nolan, director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. “But I hope what they see is that big, lofty concepts really contain lots of little, teeny, tiny steps that are repeated and built upon over time.”

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In season two of Be the Change, a collaboration between Berkeley Law and Berkeley News, Nolan interviews three changemakers who have started something that wasn’t there before, and that makes the world a better place.

“I wanted to contribute something to the community that would help folks really be brave,” Nolan says, “and think about their lives and their gifts and their work as things that are full of possibility and as things that are potentially really, really expansive and transformative.”

New episodes of Be the Change will come out every week on Wednesday as a special series on the Berkeley Voices podcast. Savala’s next interview is with Khiara M. Bridges, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and a powerful public intellectual who speaks and writes about race, class, reproductive justice and the intersection of the three.

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