54 episodes

Talking is what makes us, us. Casual, formal, intimate, accidental, all forms of exchanges are unique but all hold the potential to understand, learn, fail, adapt, grow.

Every fortnight Ratio Talks invites citizens, scientists and innovators to reflect on the role of relationships in human flourishing.

Ratio Talks is a podcast from Ratio, an organisation exploring how social connection shapes health and development. It is hosted by Michael Little, a co-founder of Ratio.

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Talking is what makes us, us. Casual, formal, intimate, accidental, all forms of exchanges are unique but all hold the potential to understand, learn, fail, adapt, grow.

Every fortnight Ratio Talks invites citizens, scientists and innovators to reflect on the role of relationships in human flourishing.

Ratio Talks is a podcast from Ratio, an organisation exploring how social connection shapes health and development. It is hosted by Michael Little, a co-founder of Ratio.

    Leigh Carroll and Lynn Weidner on how unions can help create a better society

    Leigh Carroll and Lynn Weidner on how unions can help create a better society

    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health, and a Non-Executive Director of Ratio.



    In this episode, Michael talks to Leigh Carroll, an organiser with United Homecare Workers of Pennsylvania, and Lynn Weidner, a member organiser within the same union. Homecare workers often work without health insurance, paid leave, sick leave and paid overtime. Lynn describes what it was like working in such conditions and how things have changed since joining the union. Leigh describes the work of a union organiser and why it’s about more than pickets and placards.



    The epilogue between Michael and Pritpal reflects their views, not necessarily Leigh’s or Lynn’s.



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk.



    Ratio Talks is produced with the help of sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson and creative director Richard De Angelis. The show’s theme song is by Luca Picardi.

    • 39 min
    Martha Mackenzie on community organising and staying accountable to communities

    Martha Mackenzie on community organising and staying accountable to communities

    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health, and a Non-Executive Director of Ratio.



    In this episode, Michael talks to Martha Mackenzie, Executive Director of the UK-based Civic Power Fund. Martha describes what community organising is, how it creates power in communities, and what it means for democracy. Martha also talks about why community power seems to be in vogue in the UK right now. Along the way, Martha mentions:




    The work of Jane Mcalevey, an organiser, scholar and author



    The ideas of Ella Baker, a largely behind-the-scenes organiser who worked alongside the likes of Martin Luther King Jr.



    And Neil Stott, now a professor at the University of Cambridge and previously a leader in the practice of community development




    The epilogue between Michael and Pritpal reflects their views, not necessarily Martha's.



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk.



    Ratio Talks is produced with the help of sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson and creative director Richard De Angelis. The show’s theme song is by Luca Picardi. 

    • 40 min
    Paul W. Speer on relationships, conversations and mediating institutions

    Paul W. Speer on relationships, conversations and mediating institutions

    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health, and a Non-Executive Director of Ratio.



    In this episode, Michael talks to Paul W. Speer, a Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Peabody College in Vanderbilt University. Paul shares his insights through a series of anecdotes. To learn more about Paul’s work, consider the following:




    Paul is worried about our ability to form relationships; he explains why in this 2018 article describing three interrelated trends threatening developing social relationships



    Although he does not mention it in the episode, Paul is clear-eyed about what kind of change matters. He calls it ‘restructuring’, which is described in this 1988 article by Edward Seidman, a Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU



    Paul and colleagues have studied ISAIAH, a multi-racial, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. It’s considered to be at the leading edge of how community power can pursue equity. See Paul’s study here




    The epilogue between Michael and Pritpal reflects their views, not necessarily Paul’s.



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk.



    Ratio Talks is produced with the help of sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson and creative director Richard De Angelis. The show’s theme song is by Luca Picardi. 

    • 44 min
    Jennie Popay on why communities need to outward gaze for lasting impact

    Jennie Popay on why communities need to outward gaze for lasting impact

    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health, and a Non-Executive Director of Ratio.



    In this episode, Michael talks to Jennie Popay, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Lancaster University in the UK.




    Jennie’s insights on the outward gaze and the Emancipatory Power Framework were described in the article, Power, control, communities and health inequalities I: theories, concepts and analytical frameworks, published in Health Promotion International



    Her view on the need to ‘map’ power in communities refers to the Emancipatory Power Framework and the Limiting Power Framework, the latter of which is also described in the above article



    Limiting Power Framework draws on Barnett and Duvall’s 2005 article on how power is inadequately conceptualised and Gaventa’s 2009 article on the nature of power relationships in citizen engagement



    The aforementioned article in Health Promotion International is the first of a trilogy; the second looks at how to measure shifts in power and the third looks at the role of spaces in the process of power shifting



    The trilogy of articles described above are based on their analysis of 15 of the 150 localities in Big Local, a long-term ‘empowerment’ initiative in England



    The multimedia evaluation of Big Local, which Jennie mentions, can be found here 



    Jennie’s ideas on resilience, including the ‘neighbourhood system resilience’ model were described in the article, System resilience and neighbourhood action on social determinants of health inequalities: an English Case Study, published in Perspectives in Public Health



    And her analysis of the impact of community empowerment initiatives on the mental wellbeing of participants is described in the article, Community empowerment and mental wellbeing: longitudinal findings from a survey of people actively involved in the big local place-based initiative in England, published in the Journal of Public Health




    The epilogue between Michael and Pritpal reflects their views, not necessarily Jennie’s.



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk.



    Ratio Talks is produced with the help of sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson and creative director Richard De Angelis. The show’s theme song is by Luca Picardi. 

    • 49 min
    Jonathan Heller on how equity requires shifting power

    Jonathan Heller on how equity requires shifting power

    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health.



    In this episode, Michael talks to Jonathan Heller, co-founder of Human Impact Partners and co-creator of the Health Equity Guide. Jonathan mentions the following:



    Margaret Whitehead’s definition of inequity in health, which was taken from her seminal paper, The concepts and principles of equity and health [PubMed]The Health Equity Guide, a project of Human Impact Partners showcasing strategic practices to confront the power imbalances that are at the root of health inequitiesSteven Lukes’ theory of power having three faces, which you can read about in the new edition of his seminal book or listen to in this podcast episodeSystemic and structural racism, which you can learn more about in this 2022 article by Paula A Braveman and colleaguesA report by USC Dornsife’s Equity Research Institute (see the bottom of this page) that includes a definition of community power (see below) 



    The definition of community power that Jonathan uses is the ability of communities most impacted by structural inequity to develop, sustain, and grow an organized base of people who act together through democratic structures to set agendas, shift public discourse, influence who makes decisions, and cultivate ongoing relationships of mutual accountability with decision makers that change systems and advance health equity (see the bullet above for the source).



    Related reading:



    For an excellent discussion on why ‘behaviour change’ endures in health promotion despite its failure to reduce health inequities see Baum & Fisher 2014 [PubMed]Jonathan has created a short course with the University of Wisconsin entitled ‘Building Power for Health Equity’, the impressive syllabus of which is available online



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk.



    Ratio Talks is produced with the help of sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson and creative director Richard De Angelis. The show’s theme song is by Luca Picardi. 

    • 40 min
    Pritpal S Tamber kicks off a new series on community power

    Pritpal S Tamber kicks off a new series on community power

    Ratio Talks is a podcast from Ratio, an organisation exploring how social connection shapes health and development. It is hosted by Michael Little, a co-founder of Ratio.



    In this series, Michael is exploring community power — what it is, how it’s linked to better outcomes, such as health, and what its limitations are. The series is in collaboration with Pritpal S Tamber, a researcher and consultant on the link between community power and health.



    In this episode, Pritpal sets the scene on what is community power and why it is so important. He mentions the following: 



    Control and Health: An Epidemiological perspective: A 1990 book chapter by S. Leonard SymeHow could differences in ‘control over destiny’ lead to socio-economic inequalities in health? A synthesis of theories and pathways in the living environment: A 2016 research article by Margaret Whitehead and colleagues Social determinants of health: WHO’s definition that mentions the “forces and systems” that shape daily lifeHealth Equity Guide: A project of Human Impact Partners (Oakland, CA, USA) showcasing strategic practices to confront the power imbalances that are at the root of health inequitiesPower, control, communities and health inequalities I: theories, concepts and analytical frameworks: A 2021 research article by Jennie Popay and colleagues that describes the inward and outward gaze of community power Communities of Opportunity: The project in King County (Washington State, USA) in which the health department is working towards making itself accountable to communities 



    Pritpal’s full definition of community power builds on the work of the USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute (see below) and was developed with Anthony Iton and Robert K Ross of the California Endowment. It is the ability of people facing similar circumstances to develop, sustain, and grow an organized base of people who act together through democratic structures to set agendas, shift public discourse, influence who makes decisions, and cultivate ongoing relationships of mutual accountability with decision makers who change systems and advance health equity. 



    Related reading: 



    For an excellent discussion of systemic and structural bias (such as racism), see this 2022 article by Paula A Braveman and colleagues For a deeper understanding of community power-building, including a definition of base building, see this 2020 report by the USC Dornsife Equity Research Institute (second report on the page)



    Subscribe to Ratio’s Newsletter here and find out more about Pritpal S Tamber’s work here.



    Get in touch with us any time by sending an email to hello@ratio.org.uk. 

    • 39 min

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