Becoming a Changemaker

Episode: 38

Alex Budak is a force of nature who spends his life teaching people how to become a Changemaker that makes the world a better place. His egalitarian view of leadership means leading through and with others. A Changemaker is “someone who leads positive change from where they are.”

As a Changemaker, getting into action is key. As Joan Baez once said: “Action is the antidote to despair”, Alex tells us how we can do that with the help of his tools and models. Please join us and listen to how Professor Budak gets his students to do an exercise that involves them leaving the classroom and with a mission to get rejected and experience failure!

It’s an exciting world. Influencing without authority and questioning the status quo effectively by building your social capital. His new book, (published today!) helps you identify your “Influence Superpowers”, how to be successful using Alex’s ‘Theory of Change’ tool and his ‘Changemaker Canvas’ tool and how to find courage through community.


Alex Budak is a social entrepreneur, faculty member at Berkeley Haas, and the author of Becoming a Changemaker published on September 13th, 2022.

At UC Berkeley, Alex created and teaches the transformative course, “Becoming a Changemaker.” He also serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program and as a Lecturer and Faculty Director for Berkeley Executive Education programs.

As a social entrepreneur, he co-founded StartSomeGood.com, ran Sweden’s most prominent social innovation incubator, Reach for Change and helped Change.org scale globally.

Alex teaches, speaks, consults, and advises with the mission of helping people from all walks of life become changemakers. He has given talks on leadership, entrepreneurship, and changemaking around the world from Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle, and at the White House, UN Agencies, and leading companies.

A graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University, Alex loves travel adventures (39 countries and counting), rooting for the underdog, and spending time with his two favorite changemakers: his wife, Rebecca, and their toddler son. More at alexbudak.com


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