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Digital services have the power to change lives and build a better future. This is a podcast for people working in organisations that deliver everyday products and services and want to make a difference. We look at how you can combine big ideas with good intentions to make them real.

Future Friendly is a design and innovation team based out of Australia that focuses on building products and services that make a better future.

Our co-hosts, Johnny Rogers and Saakshi Joshi interview leaders and change-makers on their practical actions for making the future today.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Digital services have the power to change lives and build a better future. This is a podcast for people working in organisations that deliver everyday products and services and want to make a difference. We look at how you can combine big ideas with good intentions to make them real.

Future Friendly is a design and innovation team based out of Australia that focuses on building products and services that make a better future.

Our co-hosts, Johnny Rogers and Saakshi Joshi interview leaders and change-makers on their practical actions for making the future today.

    Designing good work: Matthew Taylor

    Designing good work: Matthew Taylor

    Matthew Taylor is the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, a UK organisation that has been committed to solving the biggest societal challenges for over 260 years. In July 2017 Matthew published the report ‘Good Work’; an independent review into modern employment, which was commissioned by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. 

    During our thought-provoking conversation, we cover several topics: 

    - How to define and design ‘good work’ for individuals and society. 

    - The need to change how we value work in our society and how we might bridge the divide between manual labour and thinking jobs. 

    - The potential for a human-centred design approach to impact policymakers and reduce anxiety in their work. 

    Links from the pod: 

    Matthew Taylor RSA Blog: https://www.thersa.org/blog/matthew-taylor 

    Bridges to the Future Podcast: https://bridges-to-the-future.simplecast.com/ 

    RSA blog on Medium: https://medium.com/@thersa 

    Get in touch with us:
    podcast@futurefriendly.team

    • 27 min
    Simple behaviours for managing crisis: Rebecca Cross

    Simple behaviours for managing crisis: Rebecca Cross

    In this episode, we speak to Rebecca Cross to get her experiences in helping to manage back to back national crises in Australia with the 2019 bushfires and 2020 COVID outbreaks. We cover a variety of topics around government response including taking a whole of government approach to establishing basics to tackle big complicated issues and factoring in both team and personal wellbeing during times of crisis.

    Highlights from this episode:

    The need for government to not only rapidly respond, but to take a “whole of government” response to deal with COVID (02:15)

    “What we found in ACT government, that this is very much a health response, but it has really major consequences across every area of government.”

    How do you know if you’re on the right track in a crisis? (09:12)

    “So I think having that ‘listening tour’ where very early on you get out and hear how people are feeling, and it’s what they're feeling as well what they're thinking that’s important, then reflecting back to them in the model we put forward the things which they’d been looking for.”  

    How to manage new information on a daily basis?  (16:50)

    “If you have the right governance and the right structures and the right information flows and processes for taking decisions, if you got the basic things right, I think it's easier to flex and pivot.”  

    How clarity and alignment can give you the headspace to tackle big issues (24:50)

    “I do find that those really simple things, once you put them all together, you can take a sigh of relief and say, ‘ok, that’s all done’, now we can all focus on the other things which we need to be putting our minds to’.”

    Links from this episode:

    Access Canberra Covid Hotline: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/new-covid-19-helpline-for-canberrans

    Jobs For Canberrans Fund: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-and-work/jobs-for-canberrans

    • 39 min
    Reports don’t change the world: Farhana Yamin

    Reports don’t change the world: Farhana Yamin

    Farhana Yamin, is the international climate lawyer responsible for getting the target of net zero emissions by 2050 included in the Paris accord. She came up with the goal after growing tired of the incremental improvements around the globe.

    We discuss her recent work where Farhana has moved away from a ‘top-down’, expert-driven approach for change. Instead, she now advocates a decentralised approach that empowers people at the local level to be both thinkers and doers in creating solutions for climate change. Farhana has observed that this approach avoids the siloed thinking of the past and leads to more creative, integrated solutions that are necessary to address climate change.

    (00:54) Farhana’s personal connection to the environment and journey to becoming an international climate change lawyer.

    “There was a wave of enthusiasm in my mental model that I can use law to shape and influence the economy through a little piece of environmental law.” 

    (11:55) Finding and speaking Farhana’s truth

    “In the last few years, I’ve been more vocal and using my own voice as an academic, public speaker, and activist. I can speak with more integrity and truth on what works and doesn’t work.” 

    (22:27) False promises from the Paris Agreement

    “Why are we celebrating the Paris agreement? This is not a story of not getting it, this is a story of deliberate, willful, planned, corporate neglect. That story will hopefully be told. ”

    (50:12) How we frame problems to build advocacy and action

    “You need to take radical action, build your movement... you’re not going to write a report and change the world.”

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    Get in touch with us at podcast@futurefriendly.team

    • 50 min
    Honesty in storytelling: Alex Chitty

    Honesty in storytelling: Alex Chitty

    As an executive producer at VICE, Alex Chitty talks about the unique blend of honesty, determination and courage that he and his teams employ to capture and report on some of the most challenging, yet powerful, geopolitical stories from around the world.

    During the conversation, we cover several topics:

    How to break down our biases and find a connection in difficult or complicated circumstances (19:45).

    The value of keeping teams fresh with new approaches and partnerships (31:00).

    Working with a high degree of uncertainty and the important role of team communication (32:00).


    Links from this episode:

    VICE TV “Shelter In Place” Episode Guide

    Vice Guide To The World

    Obama and the Bobby Reid Story

    Dawn of a Dictator

    Floating Armouries 


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    Get in touch with us at podcast@futurefriendly.team

    • 38 min
    Putting purpose into action: Kirstin Hunter

    Putting purpose into action: Kirstin Hunter

    As MD of Future Super, Kirstin Hunter shares how they designed a purpose framework to help guide their decision making during times of crisis.  

    Over the course of this conversation we cover:


    Future Super's Leadership Crises Framework
    How purpose drives action
    Investing as a tool for social impact
    Living your organisation's purpose in your role


    Links from this episode:

    This Is Not Business As Usual Movement: https://www.notbusinessasusual.co/

    UNPRI (Principles For Responsible Investment) COVID-19 Response Resources: https://www.unpri.org/covid-19

    Future Super’s Detailed Response to COVID-19: https://www.futuresuper.com.au/blog/covid-19-response



    Get in touch with us at podcast@futurefriendly.team.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

mckerckellllll ,

Pushes practice

While many design podcasts share the same old tools and lessons - this one brings something new and interesting on to the scene. Well worth a listen

mdauner ,

Interesting topic and guests

Simple, interview format with interesting guests on a topic that isn’t widely covered but super interesting - how people and organisations are building and empowering teams to take on exciting and challenging problems and opportunities around the world. The Future Friendly pod is the lunch special that pops up every so often at your favorite cafe that you order every time.

JLHC. ,

Down to earth and inspiring.

Super interesting to hear about people who make a difference, in their own way.

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