Inside Change with Radha Nath
What is your role at Change? What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?
I’m a product designer on our revenue team, which means that I get to think of how our revenue products can translate money into positive impact for the people we serve.
The part I find most satisfying is user interviews, this is when I get to have conversation with the people who use Change.org’s products. It’s amazing to hear their stories, they are always filled with hope and conviction for the change they are trying to make in their community. They inspire me!
Tell me about your experience with hiring and onboarding completely virtually.
I was a bit anxious about virtual hiring and onboarding. I had many questions: Would I be able to make a good impression via Zoom? Will I have a sense of community? Am I going to be floating around aimlessly?
Change.org quelled quite a few of those open questions almost immediately. Folks were welcoming via Slack and Zoom messages. There was a remote onboarding program (Generations), where I got to meet some other Change.org newbies. And, I found some really great communities. Honestly, it has been one of the best onboarding programs I’ve ever been through!
At the end of the day, I feel like I can make a real impact with Change.org and do it alongside a rad group of people – just that has been really meaningful to me so far!
What are some social causes you’re passionate about? How do you participate outside of work?
In no particular order, I care about mental health, climate change, diversity and inclusion, and ethical design. I know that’s a lot, and yet I’m really interested in how these causes intersect with one another.
I’d say the most impactful way I participate in these social causes I care about is showing up to spaces fully – and living and voicing my story when it feels appropriate. What this looks like varies from day to day – whether it’s a therapy session, buying organic, emotional support for a friend, participating in an ERG or community, having a tough conversation, personal reflection, or rest. I do my best to learn and grow everyday.
Outside of the everyday, I do my best to donate or volunteer monthly to organizations that resonate with me, mentor designers from a diverse array of backgrounds, and help organize or contribute to community events.
What are the ways you try to show up as an ally in the workplace?
I listen and learn. I actively seek different perspectives. I show up and engage in tough conversations. I sit with discomfort. I reflect as often as I act… ok, maybe twice as much as I act. And, I rest and aim to do better the next day.
What does Filipino American History Month mean to you? How do you observe/celebrate?
So, I identify as mixed-race, Indian-Filipina. I’m fortunate to have grown up with two parents who are both deeply in tune to their respective traditions, cultures, and religions. It made me and my sisters’ upbringing equally beautiful, confusing, and unique.
Filipino American History Month is a reminder for me to learn more about the Filipino part of my identity. My favorite part is learning more about our family history from my mom, attending talks and panels to learn more about Filipino history, and showing up for some of the latest Filipino-created content – TV shows and music.
To me, FAHM is a reminder that I am a mix of really beautiful cultures. It’s knowing that I have very many intersecting identities, and Filipino American is a part of that.
What book changed your life?
This is hard, I’m picking two 🙈 … a fiction and a non fiction.
So first, I’m a big nerd for most any psychology book and Flow: The Optimal Experience by Mihaly Czentmihaly is probably one of my favorite books that shifted the way I look at life. He talks of the idea that life is about finding the right blend of challenge and skills in anything you participate in – conversations, relationship, work, cooking, sports. It’s the most sustainable and optimal way to learn and enjoy at the same time. Actually, most games are modeled after his work.
And second, I have to say The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was the first dystopian novel I ever read when I was in middle school. I loved the exploration of a young boy exploring love and pain.