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Pioneers Post is a quarterly magazine and networking platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who are building a better world through good business.

    The Feeling's Mutual: "It's either madness or genius but I'm open to it either way."

    The Feeling's Mutual: "It's either madness or genius but I'm open to it either way."

    In the second episode of our new podcast series, co-hosts Bob Thust and Maff Potts are joined by Dr Simon Kaye, Senior Policy Researcher at New Local Government Network, and Pat Fernandes, a Community Financial Inclusion Manager at Advice for Renters.

    Mutual aid means that we look out for each other: you support me and I support you. In the wake of Covid-19, thousands of new groups have been set up on these principles. But is there a danger of losing the 'mutual'? In a new podcast series – The Feeling's Mutual – Bob, Maff and guests discuss, and offer their potential solutions.

    Whilst the podcast kicks off with a discussion around the role of institutions, trust and connection soon become the buzzwords with Pat sharing her recent experiences of funding experiments at Brent Council: “What sprang to mind is a community ATM where people could get money on demand. It’s either madness or genius but I’m open to it either way.”

    • 37 min
    “You’ve undergone a ‘racial awakening’ – but will you do what you said you would?” – David McQueen

    “You’ve undergone a ‘racial awakening’ – but will you do what you said you would?” – David McQueen

    Leadership coach David Mcqueen and host Liam Black discuss some of the issues surrounding racial diversity in the workplace – including ‘cancel culture’, the ‘BAME’ acronym, and challenging the power of middle-aged white men.

    Edited by Caroline Hailstone. Music by A A Alto.

    • 29 min
    'Now is the time to reset your business model' – Myriam Sidibe

    'Now is the time to reset your business model' – Myriam Sidibe

    For Myriam Sidibe – a public health expert with experience leading on social mission at Unilever, and author of a new book, 'Brands on a Mission' – current crises underscore the need for organisations to get to grips with their purpose.

    “Brands and companies that have a history of having tackled these core social issues are coming out of [these times] extremely well. And the rest are falling fast, and far from everyone else,” she says. “It takes years of commitment to be a brand on a mission, so if there is a time when they should reset their business model: it is now.”

    Edited by Caroline Hailstone. Music by A A Alto.

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    • 25 min
    Coworking spaces face existential crisis – but can being ‘ethical’ help?

    Coworking spaces face existential crisis – but can being ‘ethical’ help?

    Pioneers Post speaks to Ethical Property managing director Conrad Peberdy about how his workspace business is coping with Covid-19, how they are preparing for big changes – and what he misses about sharing an office space with colleagues.

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    Interview by Anna Patton, edited by Caroline Hailstone. Music by A A Alto.

    • 22 min
    The Feeling’s Mutual: "They're walking over the top of beautiful community action"

    The Feeling’s Mutual: "They're walking over the top of beautiful community action"

    Thousands of new mutual aid groups have emerged in the wake of Covid-19: enabling neighbours and friends to both give and receive support. But is there a danger of losing the 'mutual'? In a new podcast series, Bob, Maff and guests discuss – and offer their potential solutions.


    This is episode 1 of The Feeling’s Mutual podcast. Get in touch or join future discussions for the series at hello@practicalgov.co.uk – and find more podcast episodes from Pioneers Post on Apple, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

    Podcast edited by Caroline Hailstone. Music: If – Broke For Free

    • 39 min
    “It’s like running an A+E department” – Henry Jones

    “It’s like running an A+E department” – Henry Jones

    For the past 20 years, Liam Black – board chair, former CEO, investment advisor and mentor for corporates, social businesses and charities alike – has been signing off his blogs and emails in a way that reflects the conflicting values of the world of social business. Now, he has got together with Pioneers Post to create a new podcast series of the same name: ‘Peace, Love and Profit’.

    In the first episode, he talks to Henry Jones, CEO at mental health social enterprise Big White Wall, who opens up about what it's like to lead a social business which is thriving under Covid-19.

    • 22 min

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