005 - The Problem, Part 2

It is usually the long shots that change the world
 

THE STORY

This is the fifth episode of One Billion. In this part of the 100&Change grant application, we are asked to articulate "What is the Problem?" In our line of work, we believe deeply that problems are best defined through the stories and perspectives of those who are closest to them. In this case, that is the story of residents who are interfacing with the public benefit system and those who are working to lead/operate that system in the State of Michigan.

In Episode 5, we introduce you to Tim Becker - the Chief Deputy Director at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. You'll travel into his office in Lansing as he brings us through the challenges and complexities involved with leading a major government bureaucracy. Through this story, he walks us into the experience of linking arms with Civilla to take on Project Re:form - shedding light on why the project is important and reflecting the level of courage that will be required to see innovation all the way through. 

Tim Becker, Chief Deputy Director at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Michael Brennan, CEO of Civilla, at the MDHHS headquarters in Lansing.

Tim Becker, Chief Deputy Director at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Michael Brennan, CEO of Civilla, at the MDHHS headquarters in Lansing.

 
A Federal Funds Chart depicting the benefits and services ecosystem for low-income Americans. 80+ programs accounting for $1 Trillion per year. This chart is hanging up in Tim's office and continues to remind us of how big, complex, and hard to navigate these systems are.

A Federal Funds Chart depicting the benefits and services ecosystem for low-income Americans. 80+ programs accounting for $1 Trillion per year. This chart is hanging up in Tim's office and continues to remind us of how big, complex, and hard to navigate these systems are.

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credits

Special thanks to Tim Becker for taking the time to interview and share his story with us.

Michael Brennan conducted the interview.

Adam Selzer recorded, edited, and mixed the episode. He also wrote & recorded the music. 

Lena Selzer got the show notes up & running.