Welcome to the Ideas Lab Podcast, where you can learn from the world’s greatest creative and entrepreneurial minds to help you turn your ideas into original businesses, books and brands – because in a crowded world, it pays to stand out.
Your host is John Williams, bestselling author of 'Screw Work Let’s Play' and 'Screw Work Break Free' and founder of The Ideas Lab London.
Our focus is on the rebels, creatives and innovators with a new take on their topic that has allowed them to carve out a space that is all their own - from Saskia Nelson, the world's first dating profile photographer, to the New York Times bestselling author, Dan Pink exploding myths about productivity, to therapist Jerry Hyde taking his clients on a unique experience with plant medicines in Nepal.
Subscribe now to get inspired, learn something new, and get ideas for your next creative project.
Laurence Shorter on creativity, burnout, and the art of having no idea
What is the impact on us as human beings when we never have a single spare moment, when we fill every minute with doing something productive, or even looking at our phones in order to kill time? That's a question that gripped Laurence Shorter after he'd written a really successful book and toured it around the world and found himself to be completely burnt out. And that's when Laurence started thinking about the art of having no idea. Laurence is a leadership consultant, an author, comedian and an artist.
How Charlie and Harry Thuillier turned their idea for the world’s first healthy ice cream into an international food business
This episode of the podcast is a real adventure. It's one of my favourites. Charlie Thuillier was on a world record breaking kite buggy adventure with his brother Harry in Brazil, when he had a great idea, which was partly inspired by reading my first book, Screw Work Let's Play on a beach in Brazil.
That idea was to create the world's first healthy ice cream. Today, Oppo ice cream is a reality. It's a product you can buy in thousands of stores all around Europe, and it's won multiple taste awards.
How to attend the world’s first F**k Work Day
A special episode on John’s new bestselling book ‘F**k Work Let’s Play: Do what you love and get paid for it’ and how to get a free ticket to the world’s first F**k Work Day.
See fworkletsplay.com for more details on the special offer
Jody Day on creating a global movement for women and turning her passion into a successful social enterprise
If you want to start a movement that changes the way people all around the world think about a particular topic, then this will be a really interesting conversation for you to listen to.
Jody Day is the founder of Gateway Women, which has helped millions of women around the world to come to terms with involuntary childlessness.
The social enterprise that now has touched millions of women's lives was started in 30 days, in a course I used to run 10 years ago, called The 30 day challenge.
How Sam Bompas & Harry Parr turned their crazy experiments with food into a pioneering international business
When I first met Sam Bombas and Harry Parr over a decade ago, they were just a couple of young guys doing some wacky things with food, including creating breathable cocktails and designer jellies.
I thought what they were doing was so interesting and so playful, that I featured them in my first book Screw Worl Let's Play, which was published in 2010.
When I checked in with Sam and Harry at the beginning of the year to find out how they were doing, as I set about writing a new version of that book now.
How to change the world – with Tristram Stuart
This is a really powerful episode of the ideas lab podcast. Many of us have ideas about how to change the world for the better. How to take a campaign or a message or cause and make a real impact possibly around the entire world.
Few of us achieve that. But Tristram Stuart has done. A few years back, Christian decided that he wanted to gather 5000 people in London's Trafalgar Square and feed them with hearty, healthy food made from ingredients that otherwise would have been thrown in the rubbish.
I love every episode of John’s podcasts. The guests are all really interesting and the topics ones I am unlikely to come across elsewhere. John is a really animated interviewer and I always feel like I’m in the conversation.
Mark Walsh is abusive, and that’s not what this podcast is portraying him as
Having been around Mark Walsch and his offerings it’s obvious that his abusiveness is an issue - being offensive in the name of a good cause can occasionally be liberating , but Marks modus operandi, is to “express his emotions authentically” in other words be abusive to others , and then to shut down , rage at , try to control others “authentic” responses to his quite frankly , horrific behaviour
I.e, he claims he wants a “civilised “ conversation. When he is being “attacked” (usually in response to something he has done ) but refuses pointblank to offer the same courtesy to others, unless of course , he wants something for them
I can only advise people to stay far, far away
Smart working smart advice
Really helpful and very timely - I’ll certainly be putting the traffic light system into practice in my house and will share with my team too - great idea thanks! 🤩