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Follow the Data Podcast

Bloomberg Philanthropies

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35:22 | Aug 12th

Nearly every nation is experiencing rising rates of overweight and obesity and no country has successfully reversed these trends. This poses a serious threat to people’s health and wellbeing; the significant healthcare costs associated with treating...Show More

19:21 | Jul 29th

This spring, officials celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Broadway pedestrian plaza in Times Square. Before 2009, Times Square was mainly reserved for cars -- offering little to no pedestrian space. The streets and sidewalks were infamous for ...Show More

25:44 | Jul 25th

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- better known as the NAACP convenes an annual meeting of members, delegates, elected officials, entertainers, authors, athletes and other leaders from across the country. This year, the...Show More

15:17 | Jul 15th

The first episode of our census series was dedicated to the basics: who gets counted, what the survey is, when it takes place, why it matters, and how cities are preparing for the census. To get a sense of specific preparation plans, we visited a B...Show More

16:35 | Jun 24th

In order to be managed, data needs to be collected. One of the largest data collection efforts in the United States is fast approaching; cities and states are gearing up for the 2020 census. Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy that wo...Show More

17:27 | Jun 17th

Tobacco is a deadly killer, claiming over seven million lives every year, with most of the deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries. Mike Bloomberg has been committed to tobacco control since first entering office as New York City Mayor,...Show More

23:30 | Jun 10th

We conclude our special series featuring Mike Bloomberg’s commencement addresses this year, with a speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On June 7th, Mike spoke to the graduating class of 2019 about inspiring innovation, bold leadership, a...Show More

22:41 | May 30th

We continue our special series featuring Mike Bloomberg’s commencement addresses this year. On May 29th, Mike delivered remarks at Harvard Business School’s 2019 Class Day. He spoke about his career, learning never to compromise when it comes to et...Show More

23:27 | May 28th

Mike Bloomberg spoke to the graduating class of 2019 at the University of Maryland. He remarked how in order to meet the challenges of our time, we must be willing to take risks in defiance of long odds. Additionally, he announced a $2.3 million doll...Show More

21:32 | May 20th

On this episode, we’re sharing Mike Bloomberg’s commencement speech from Washington University in St. Louis. On May 17th, Mike addressed the Class of 2019 -- stating that to overcome our biggest challenges, we have to start by reclaiming our civic di...Show More

29:45 | May 13th

In this episode of Follow the Data, Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi and James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation Program lead discuss how his experience as a professor and business consultant have informed his approach to the job...Show More

23:51 | Apr 29th

The city of Paris conducted its second annual homelessness count in February, 2019. Approximately 2,000 people responded to the call for volunteers to conduct the surveys, which take place on the streets of Paris over the course of one night. The c...Show More

32:46 | Apr 1st

In part two of a two part episode, Hannibal Johnson and Rick Lowe, discuss the future of Tulsa, Oklahoma in historical context, along with the potential impact of the Greenwood Art Project. Tulsa is the winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Ar...Show More

27:39 | Mar 5th

In Part One of a two part episode, we hear from Hannibal Johnson and Rick Lowe, detailing work in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the most recent winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge. Hannibal Johnson is an author, attorney, professor and cons...Show More

16:20 | Feb 20th

Inspired by our most recent film, Paris to Pittsburgh, National Geographic launched a new Your Shot photo assignment, calling for citizen photographers to document local climate leadership in their communities for the chance to be featured online on ...Show More

25:19 | Feb 5th

As members of the American Talent Initiative (ATI) convene this week, we are re-running an episode featuring a conversation between Dan Porterfield, ATI Steering Committee member, and Howard Wolfson, head of the education program here at Bloomberg Ph...Show More

21:14 | Jan 22nd

Governments across the world are struggling to keep pace with new technologies and ever-evolving digital platforms. In the worst cases, bureaucracy is inefficient, arcane, and disconnected. In other cases, governments recognize the demand for moderni...Show More

15:33 | Dec 17th, 2018

Becky Bavinger of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health team spoke to two partners about vehicle safety. They discuss the importance of raising awareness, consumer demand, and putting pressure on the industry. Valentina Ochoa is the Executive ...Show More

27:28 | Nov 28th, 2018

In part two of a two-part episode, Follow the Data features a conversation between Dr. Steve Box, Vice President of Fish Forever at Rare and Melissa Wright of Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment team. At last month’s 5th Annual Our Ocean Conference...Show More

12:51 | Nov 5th, 2018

Without action, road traffic crashes will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. That’s why the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety has dedicated $259 million over 12 years to implement interventions that have bee...Show More

25:38 | Oct 8th, 2018

The Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) competition was launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies at the March 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa. The winning partners have decades of experience thwarting ...Show More

23:10 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In August of 2011, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg addressed a group of nonprofit and community leaders as he announced the launch of a landmark approach to tackling persistent problems facing young black and Latino men: The Young Men’s Ini...Show More

28:26 | Sep 14th, 2018

At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we are dedicated to “following the data” — and the data on gun violence could not be more compelling or urgent. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Every ...Show More

25:21 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative is the largest philanthropic commitment to internationally reform small-scale fisheries management. One of our partners, Rare, specializes in local fishing reforms, targeting some of the 12 milli...Show More

30:09 | Aug 6th, 2018

As the beginning of the school year approaches, we revisit an episode of Follow the Data profiling the development and launch of Cornell Tech – the first campus ever built for the digital age -- bringing together academia and industry to create pione...Show More

23:55 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies has enjoyed a deep relationship with the Mayor of Gary, Indiana, Karen Freeman-Wilson, and this episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with the Mayor and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at our foun...Show More

15:23 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week, we revisit an episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Tom Frieden, one of the world’s leading public health experts, and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, and Allison Jaffin of Bloomberg Philanthropies as they discuss non-commu...Show More

17:41 | Jun 26th, 2018

In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies joined with the King Baudouin Foundation to support the Foundation Center in creating a free web portal, Equal Footing – the first-of-its-kind platform to collect, index, analyze and visualize data on past and curren...Show More

26:27 | Jun 14th, 2018

Follow the Data presents a conversation with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mayor Fischer is serving in his second term and says that to be a good mayor, you need the “he...Show More

33:34 | May 29th, 2018

On June 1st, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. In the days following the announcement, Mike Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown launched America’s Pledge, an initiative to ...Show More

23:48 | May 14th, 2018

The heart of Athens historic center is experiencing a revival. The 27-acre district is bounded by three of Athens’ most historic squares: Syntagma, Ommonia, and Monistraki. The Commercial Triangle, locally referred to as “Trigono,” is a working distr...Show More

26:07 | Apr 30th, 2018

The United Nations International Coral Reef Initiative has declared 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Coral reefs are home to one in every four fish in the ocean, and are a critical backbone of ocean ecosystems. Unfortunately, climate change a...Show More

25:45 | Apr 17th, 2018

In the United States, over two million people are addicted to opioids and an average of 115 people die every day from opioid overdoses. It is a complicated issue that requires multifaceted solutions, with engagement and action from many stakeholders....Show More

25:51 | Apr 2nd, 2018

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) has united schools with the joint mission to enroll 50,000 additional talented, low- and moderate-income students at institutions of higher education with strong graduation rates – by 2025. As of the date of recor...Show More

22:56 | Mar 19th, 2018

Since 2007, Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped save nearly 35 million lives through these efforts. In March 2018, we honored six governments and NGOs at the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Tobacco Control. The awards celebrate the significant st...Show More

28:47 | Mar 6th, 2018

The Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda is constructed of over 500,000 hand-pressed bricks made by local women. The center’s director, Joy Rwamwenge describes how she feels walking through the doors every day: “I arrive knowing that the ti...Show More

24:37 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The 16th episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Mayor Hancock is a native Denverite, serving his second term. He is known a...Show More

22:36 | Feb 6th, 2018

The 15th episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and James Anderson, who leads Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Mayor is the first person to lead the city in the wake of a significan...Show More

33:34 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This year’s final episode of Follow the Data revisits Bloomberg Philanthropies first feature documentary, From the Ashes, directed by Michael Bonfiglio and distributed by National Geographic. Inspired by Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ c...Show More

24:19 | Nov 16th, 2017

The 13th episode of Follow the Data presents a conversation with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about how to cultivate and retain innovation in city hall. In this episode, Garcetti speaks with James Anderson, who leads the Government Innovation prog...Show More

30:09 | Oct 13th, 2017

Students, academics, business leaders, philanthropists, and elected officials from across New York recently gathered on Roosevelt Island in New York City for the opening of the new Cornell Tech campus – conceived just seven years ago by former Mayor ...Show More

30:57 | Sep 6th, 2017

The Mayors Challenge is the first component of Mike Bloomberg’s recently announced American Cities Initiative – a $200 million effort to empower U.S. cities and mayors to drive innovation and create policies that move our nation forward. Bloomberg...Show More

22:56 | May 31st, 2017

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use has successfully supported 59 countries in passing laws or policies, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives. In part two of our series on tobacco control, we’ll go i...Show More

15:23 | Apr 27th, 2017

Non-communicable diseases, or as we sometimes abbreviate as N-C-Ds, are health illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. These and injuries (including ones from road crashes) are responsible for 43 mi...Show More

26:07 | Feb 28th, 2017

Why does sustainable fishing matter today? Peak fish supply occurred in the 1990s but since then we’ve seen a decline in supply. But what’s causing this decline? Over-fishing. Demand for fish continues to increase despite a shrinking supply. So the ...Show More

18:33 | Jan 10th, 2017

Stroke, blindness, gum infection, heart disease, and of course cancer. These are only some of the harmful health effects of tobacco use. And despite a half-century of scientific proof that smoking is dangerous to our bodies, and anti-tobacco policies...Show More

28:39 | Dec 15th, 2016

Meet Abdoulaye Toure, the Country Director for Women for Women International – who as the organization’s second male country director in Congo - shares some personal stories of impact he’s seen in the role of women in Congo, and why he’s committed hi...Show More

17:11 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Thousands of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income high school students graduate each year with strong academic credentials but they lack critical guidance to apply to, enroll in and graduate from top-performing colleges and universities. To impro...Show More

20:31 | Aug 10th, 2016

In the fourth episode of Follow the Data, we hear from partners of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Women’s Economic Development program to understand how they are working to create economic opportunities for women in growing industries. Verna Eggleston fr...Show More

21:53 | Jun 24th, 2016

Hear from partners of our Data for Health Initiative, which aims to help over one billion people in developing countries to live healthier and longer lives by establishing reliable health data to inform health programs and policy.

25:48 | Jun 1st, 2016

In the second episode of Follow the Data – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation – we take a deeper dive into the work of Bloo...Show More

20:09 | Apr 15th, 2016

In our first episode, we join a conversation between Bloomberg Philanthropies' environment program lead Antha Williams and the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal director Mary Anne Hitt as they discuss how our work with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign ...Show More