Matt Nash: Commitment, Communication & Capacity Building
Updated: Aug 21
Matt Nash is an adjunct professor of the practice at Duke University, where he teaches courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. As a managing director of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, he works with students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners to design, implement, and assess innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Matt has led two accelerators at Duke including, most recently, the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, which supports the scaling of innovations for youth, with an initial focus on menstrual health and hygiene in East Africa. Previously, he was a consultant in strategy and change management for a diverse set of clients, international and domestic, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.
In Greg's conversation with Matt, Matt talks about his journey of discovering social entrepreneurship while in the Peace Corps to consulting for governmental agencies and nonprofits and his work with Greg Dees at Duke. Matt talks about using empathy as a verb, aligning incentives of all stakeholders involved, and his insights on scaling.
3:30min Peace Corps
9min social enterprise
13min IBM & PWC
16min influencing change
19min aligning incentives & reporting impact
22min micro vs. macro
23:45min experiential leading
25:30min Greg Dees
30:30min Start of social entrepreneurship & Duke University
40min work in Detroit
50:30min work with menstrual health in Africa
1:04min advice for aspiring changemakers