Do you wish that business was about more than just making money? Do you want to learn how business can be an integral part of a happy and healthy life, and how it can be used to achieve positive change in the world? If that sounds good, then this podcast is for you!In each episode, the Wholegrain Digital team talk to positive and visionary entrepreneurs, executives and employees to learn the art of wholesome business. We discuss topics including green and sustainable business, workplace culture, values and motivation, empowering technologies, ethical business practices and the future of work.Wholegrain Digital is London's original WordPress web design agency and was founded in 2007 on the belief that business and web are powerful tools that can be used for good.
Episode 12: B Corporations are Better Businesses
The B Corporation movement is growing fast worldwide and we are proud to have achieved certification ourselves earlier this year. We talk to B Lab UK community manager Kate Sandle to discuss the B Corp movement and attempt to answer many common questions as well as share some personal experiences. If you are interested in finding out more about B Corps and whether it is right for your business, this episode is the perfect starting point.
Episode 11: Transforming the travel industry with eco-tourism
Nature tourism makes up 20% of the global tourism industry and is closely linked to eco tourism when managed responsibly. Ed and Tom host this latest podcast and meet Max Sinclair and Joe Stevens from the website www.ecocompanion.com, which aims to make it easy for people to not only find amazing experiences in nature but also to accurately judge their eco credentials in terms of environment and social responsibility.We talk about what eco-tourism really means, how it ties in with global conservation and rewilding projects, the potential contradiction of eco tourism when flying to destinations, and how to get the most out of your experience.
Episode 10: The Future of Work and the Future of Everything with James Bidwell and Sophie Albizua
The nature of work is on the cusp of big changes as new technology changes how we collaborate with our colleagues, breaks boundaries of when and where we can work. It also replaces the need for human labour in some tasks but opens new opportunities for innovation and improved quality of life. Meanwhile, our cultural expectations of work are changing, both in terms of the meaning that we derive from it and the way that it mix our work with other aspects of our lives. Hans and Tom went to the offices of eNova Partnership to talk about the future of work (and the future of everything) with eNova's co-founder Sophie Albizua and James Bidwell, former Selfridges director and the CEO of www.springwise.com, the world's biggest trend spotting community.Apologies for the poor sound quality in this episode.
Episode 9: The Challenges of Sustainable Innovation with Dennis Doerffel
Dennis started his career as an engineer officer in the Federal German Army, and during his spare time experimented with electric vehicles and batteries. Along with a group of friends Dennis founded V.E.R.A. in 1998, a club for electric vehicle enthusiasts based in the Aachen region of Germany.He went on to start the business REAP Systems, specialising in battery management systems for large lithium-ion batteries for vehicles on land and water.We talk about the combined challenges of sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, including the disconnect between climate science and business, the impacts of tax structures, the inertia of existing industries and how to attract staff to ventures that are more meaningful but inherently less lucrative.Dennis also introduces Project Venice, his ground breaking new project to bring hybrid electric engine technology to the marine world, starting in Venice. The project aims to tackle the issues of air pollution, fuel efficiency, noise pollution and vibration damage within the iconic Italian city. Despite its obvious benefits, the marine industry will not invest in this new technology or adopt it until it is proven, posing a catch 22. REAP Systems are therefore investing a large sum of their own money and launching a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo to prove that the technology is viable and reliable and kickstart the transition to more sustainable boat transportation.Details of the crowdfunding campaign can be found at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hybrid-engine-to-clean-up-venice-lagoon-more--2#/
Episode 8: How to win big name clients with LOVE
Wholegrain Digital founder and host of the Wholesome Business podcast recently gave a presentation at WordCamp London called How to Win Big Name Clients with LOVE.In this episode, Tom talks about his companies unique approach to sales that has been at the heart of the companies success and attracted many big name clients.
Episode 7: Mindful Business - Nick Begley of PSYT talks about mindfulness and its role in the modern world of work and life
Founder and CEO of psychological technology company PSYT, Nick Begley, joins Tom and Ed in the Wholegrain Digital broom cupboard. We talk about his journey into to his current business via his time as one of the early team members at Headspace, the use of technology to study the science of happiness and productivity in the workplace, and the benefits that mindfulness can have to individuals and the companies that they work for.