Debbie Haski-Leventhal - A Masters In Purpose and Education For The New World


When I started this podcast, I set the intention to explore purpose from every angle and to make sure I created a space for conversations that sat on the edge of change in the creation of a new future. That is why I also felt that it was essential to better understand the role of purpose through the lens of those who are literally creating that future - movement makers that include the teachers, the university professors and the entrepreneurs out there who are using their tools, talents and time to inspire, educate and activate the next generation. 

And this is a generation that are seeking purpose.

Young people who are inspired by the likes of Greta Thunberg who has been all over the news this week heading up the global school strike for climate change, or Emma Gonzales an American activist and advocate for gun control. So the question are universities responding to the rise of purpose and are educational bodies nurturing purpose in young people? 

Today's guest is someone who is not only an amazing human being, but she is also a prominent member of the global community of purpose pioneers in the CSR and education space. Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal is a Professor in Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She is the author of "Strategic CSR: Tools and theories for responsible management" (SAGE).

Debbie is a leader of responsible management education and works with the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), conducting international studies on business students and their attitudes towards CSR and responsible management education. Debbie has published several reports and papers on the topic, and this work was covered by the international media, including in the New York Times and Financial Review.

Today, she has ignited a brand new passion for social change and hopes to start a movement of purpose-driven universities. She is currently writing a new book on the subject and recently debuted on the Tedx stage, sharing her passion and ideologies for the future of purpose in universities. 

Today, we explored so many themes, including: 

  • Why our understanding of CSR in business is evolving

  • The rise of corporate political activism as a future trend.

  • The public perception of universities and why purpose can flip that perspective

  • Why young people have all of the tools and the desire to become movement makers and how universities can facilitate that?

  • We explore whether there is a connection between the women's movement and the rise of purpose.

  • And much much more.

So kick back, grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and jump on board the decoding purpose bus! Maybe one day, it will be possible to gain a masters in purpose and be part of a movement that is creating a brand new world. Welcome to the podcast, Debbie Haski-Leventhal.