Building a Career Addressing the World’s Toughest Challenges


The PCDN Career Chats for 2021 are supported by the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Are you an existing or emerging peace leader looking to take your career to the next level? You might be eligible to receive full funding to pursue a MA or professional certificate in peace & conflict studies. Learn more about Rotary Peace Fellowships at www.rotary.org/peace-fellowships

When: We will be online at Noon Eastern Standard time every Thursday for the foreseeable future as long as there is interest from our community.

Our Session on February 4, at noon EST featured Ben Phillips (full bio + the recording below) sharing key tips on Building a Career Addressing the World’s Toughest Challenges. Ben is the author of How to Fight Inequality. He advises the United Nations, governments and civil society organizations and from across the world.He has combined the roles of NGO director, political advisor, civil society activist, and writer, on every continent.

Ben shared his reflections on working with some of the world’s leading organizations and networks on advancing change on global challenges including issues inequality, poverty, justice, and advancing sustainable development. He discussed what are the key skills and knowledge needed to advance bold change, how to build an ethical career, the types of career paths that are available, and key trends for the future. As with all PCDN Career Chats, there was substantial time for open discussion and questions on building a career of impact.


Why is PCDN doing this?  Because we are dedicated to helping changemakers at all stages access the tools, resources and information to advance careers of impact. Plus, PCDN.global was created to help as many people as possible around the globe and we’re even more committed to service this trying period.

Where else can I go for help? PCDN offers a number of ways we help our community for free including

  • We highly recommend joining our free Social Change Career Helping Line. This is the world’s first free, peer and expert sourced space for building careers of impact. Members (to date we have 3900 members from over 140 countries) can get support and share their own insights 24/7.
  • We also produce the Social Change Career Podcast featuring some of the world’s leading changemakers & innovators who share their journeys to building a career of impact. We cover diverse sectors from peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, tech and social change, impact investing, humanitarian relief, startups and more. Each episode includes in-depth actionable advice for changemakers.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and get the world’s best curated content (including jobs, fellowships, funding, events, news & inspiration) connected to the SDGs and all things impact) in your inbox.
  • Read our Career Series. We have hundreds of posts on building a Career of Impact that you can access for free (and we continue to add more content).
  • Check out our Opportunity Board Find jobs, fellowships, internships, funding, trainings, events and more in nearly every corner of the world.


What happens if I need more support in my career journey? We do offer very affordable career coaching that includes customized one-on-one coaching to help you get from passion to hired. We are uniquely qualified as we have over four decades of combined experience in the social sector, have conducted groundbreaking published research on building careers of impact, have built NGOs, social enterprises, worked & consulted at leading academic institutions, NGOs and conducted programming, evaluation and impact work in multiple sectors.  We’ve also hired many people, mentored hundreds of people around the globe, and also had successes and of course some real failures (quitting jobs, working for organizations that run out of funding and more).  If you have questions get in touch or setup a free 15 minute exploratory chat.


Ben’s Most recent work

You can order Ben’s new book, How to Fight Inequality, in paperback, hardback or ebook, here – or at your usual bookseller.

He can be followed on Twitter at @benphillips76

You can read Ben’s interview on How to Fight Inequality with Forbes (!) here.


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Ben Phillips
Ben Phillips is the author of How to Fight Inequality. He advises the United Nations, governments and civil society organizations and from across the world. He has combined the roles of NGO director, political advisor, civil society activist, and writer, on every continent. He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.  He has led programs and campaigns teams in Oxfam, ActionAid, Save the Children, the Children’s Society, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Campaign for Education, and co-founded the Fight Inequality Alliance. He has been the Hewlett Fellow of Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, the Resident Fellow on inequality at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and the guest lecturer on global inequality for the Cambridge University series and book Capitalism on the Edge.  He has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, the New Internationalist and Reuters, among others, and appeared regularly on CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He can be followed @benphillips76

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