A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world. Hoste... More
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Live at the RSC Part 1: the fight for better climate education in our schools
Hello! This week we're coming at you from Stratford-upon-Avon with the first part of our conversation from the Live at the RSC Festival. We're talking about the current state of climate education and why there's a long way to go until we're hitting top marks. Thankfully, our three guests are here to keep us cheerful and tell us about the campaigning and work they've been doing to make a new climate curriculum a reality. We hear from Scarlett Westbrook who wrote a parliamentary bill while she was still at school, from Elena Lengthorn who's on a quest to make sure teachers are equipped to educate the next generation about the climate crisis, and from Mary Colwell, who recently won a decade-long battle to get a new Natural History GCSE in schools.Plus: Hit subscribe to be the first to hear our 300th episode conversation with David Tennant, out next Monday!This conversation was recorded at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as part of the Live at the RSC Festival on June 3rd.GuestsScarlett Westbrook - Climate activist and writer of the Climate Education Bill (@ScarlettOWest)Elena Lengthorn - Senior Lecturer of Teacher Education, Worcester University (@ELengthorn)Mary Colwell - Writer, founder of Curlew Action and leader of the campaign for a Natural History GCSE (@curlewcalls)More informationLearn more about the work of the Royal Shakespeare CompanyLearn more about Teach the Future, the student-led organisation advocating for better climate educationRead about the Climate Education Bill and Scarlett's work on writing it, with MP Nadia WhittomeWatch Scarlett's TED TalkRead about Mary's journey to make the Natural History GCSE a realityThe correlation between nature connectedness and pro-environmental behaviour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Business as (un)usual: can people and planet really come before profit?
Hello! Capitalism, eh? Despite its creative genius, some would say it's at the root of many of the problems we're facing these days, from planetary breakdown, to poor health and social inequality. How can it become the solution? We're revisiting the idea of purposeful business, a way of re-thinking our system so that companies are also putting the needs of people and the environment up there with profit. CEO of Graze Joanna Allen explains how the Better Business Act and B Corp movement will enable this in the UK. We're talking to Charles Conn about Patagonia's 'earth is now our only shareholder' ethos. Finally, we chat to Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please, a social enterprise which tackles homelessness through the power of selling coffee. GuestsJoanna Allen, CEO, graze (@grazesnacks)Charles Conn, Board Chair, Patagonia (@patagonia)Cemal Ezel, Founder of Change Please (@CemalEzel / @ChangePlease)More informationLearn more about the Better Business Act and B-CorpsFind out about Patagonia's environmental commitmentsVisit one of Change Please's locationsLive show tickets Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Reasons to be Letchworth: what can we learn from the garden city movement?
Hello! This week we’re taking you back to the distant days of 1898 when social reformer and ‘practical idealist’ Ebenezer Howard set out his ideas about the Garden City, one of the most radical urban planning experiments in Britain’s history. Can we bring Howard’s utopian vision into the 21st century? We talk to Josh Tidy about the history of the Garden City Movement and how it's faring 125 years on. We find out from Nick Skinner whether Letchworth is actually full of sandal-wearing vegetarians (hey Geoff!) Finally, we chat to Katy Lock about how the garden city movement offers a practical path to a more hopeful future.Plus: Geoff's got a new business idea...will it make him millions?GuestsJosh Tidy, Heritage Manager, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Curator, International Garden Cities Exhibition (@letchworthgardencity)Nick Skinner, Manager, The Settlement, Letchworth (@letchworthsettlement)Katy Lock, Director of Communities and FJ Osborn Fellow, The Town and Country Planning Association (@katy_lock / @theTCPA)More informationBuy tickets for our one-off live show in Stratford-upon-Avon on 3rd JuneA brief introduction to Garden CitiesLetchworth Garden City Heritage FoundationThe Settlement, Adult Education Centre, LetchworthLearn about the TCPA's Tomorrow125 project Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
But what can I do?: a conversation with Alastair Campbell
Hello! When you’re in the business of optimism, it can be difficult to draw much hope from the mess that Britain is in. Making a change can feel overwhelming and getting involved unappealing. This week, former Labour strategist and now podcaster Alastair Campbell joins Ed and Geoff to talk about his new book about why UK politics has gone so wrong, and why you can - and should - help to fix it.Plus: Geoff’s turned 50 and took a podcast mini-break. So what's he been up to?GuestAlastair Campbell (@campbellclaret / @HutchHeinemann)More informationBuy a copy of But what can I do? Why politics has gone so wrong, and how you can help fix it (Published by @HutchHeinemann)Buy tickets to Reasons to be Cheerful Live in Stratford Upon Avon on 3rd JuneContact Reasons to be Cheerful via our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know your episode ideas, your comments and feedback! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Thank you, next: breaking up with the job for life
Hello! Geoff’s off this week and friend of the pod and writer Melissa Benn is practicing what we preach in this episode by trialing a new vocation as podcast co-host. This week, sparked by the news of the resignation of Jacinda Ardern and Nicola Sturgeon - we’re talking all about what happens when you take a step back from a high-pressure job. What comes next? And why is the way we think about careers all wrong? We talk to four guests about navigating new career paths, having a mid-career gap year, and whether the dream job really exists. Plus: Ed’s gone down a new internet rabbit hole. What is it this time?GuestsDr Ali Budjanovcanin, Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and Career Coach (@AliBudj)Lucy Kellaway, Economics Teacher and Co-Founder of NowTeach (@lucykellaway / @NowTeachOrg)Katie White, taking a career break from her role at WWF (@KatieJWhite)Jaega Wise, Co-Founder and Head Brewer at Wild Card Brewery, London (@jaegawise)More infoFollow Melissa on Twitter (@Melissa_Benn)Interested in a career in teaching? Learn more about NowTeachAttend the 'Teaching Curious with Lord Blunkett' event, hosted by NowTeach (May 23rd)Check out Wild Card BreweryReady to quit your job? Here are 17 things to ask yourself first. (Opinion, Guardian, August 2021) Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.