22 episodes

Welcome to Spoke. Deep conversations with interesting people about subjects that matter.

Join Jonny McCormick and a new guest each week during the season and be a 'fly-on-the-wall' during interesting conversations on a whole host topics like online community building and the fight against modern slavery. You'll get a unique insight into a subject that's close to our guests' heart and hear a little bit about what makes these incredible people tick.

You can connect with Spoke on instagram and twitter @spokepodcast or check out our website for full shownotes at www.spokepodcast.org

Spoke Jonny McCormick

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Welcome to Spoke. Deep conversations with interesting people about subjects that matter.

Join Jonny McCormick and a new guest each week during the season and be a 'fly-on-the-wall' during interesting conversations on a whole host topics like online community building and the fight against modern slavery. You'll get a unique insight into a subject that's close to our guests' heart and hear a little bit about what makes these incredible people tick.

You can connect with Spoke on instagram and twitter @spokepodcast or check out our website for full shownotes at www.spokepodcast.org

    CLOSING OUT SEASON 2 | Jonny McCormick | Season 2 Episode 10

    CLOSING OUT SEASON 2 | Jonny McCormick | Season 2 Episode 10

    I can't believe it was 10 weeks ago that we started Season 2 and here we are at the final episode! This episode is just me (again!) answering some questions that were submitted via our Instagram.

    Thank you so much for listening along in Season 2...hope you stick around for when Season 3 launches.

    • 14 min
    ARCHEOLOGY, BROCHS AND THE NORTH COAST OF SCOTLAND | Kenneth McElroy | Season 2 Episode 9

    ARCHEOLOGY, BROCHS AND THE NORTH COAST OF SCOTLAND | Kenneth McElroy | Season 2 Episode 9

    In this episode, I'm joined by Kenneth McElroy one of the founders of the Caithness Broch Project. In our discussion, Kenneth explains what a broch is, why they're important, why heritage tourism is important for more remote areas of Scotland and gives his musings on archeology in general. It's a great conversation.

    • 29 min
    {Encore} A NORTH BELFAST WORKERS' COOPERATIVE | Ryan, Leo & Richard from Loveworks | Season 2 Episode 8

    {Encore} A NORTH BELFAST WORKERS' COOPERATIVE | Ryan, Leo & Richard from Loveworks | Season 2 Episode 8

    This episode was originally released as part of Season 1. Due to some technical issues with our upload this week I thought it would be agood idea to give this "oldie but goodie" some additional love...it's in the name afterall!
    🚲 🍞 🌱 Things are a little different this week. I'm joined by a few guests instead of just one and the podcast is in two parts. In part one I'm joined by Ryan, Leo and Richard. They are from Loveworks Cooperative. Loveworks is a workers cooperative meaning that all the workers are part owners of the business - they all take equal pay, have equal voting rights and the business is based on trust and mutuality. In part one Ryan talks about how Loveworks gave him a second chance after a few stints in jail and falling into the wrong crowd - it's allowed him to gain new skills, increase confidence and give him a new perspective on life. For Leo he's been able to develop skills as a baker and move away from the hospitality industry to being a member and chairperson of the cooperative. Loveworks is changing the lives of all those who are a part of it.

    In part two I sit down with Richard one on one. Richard is the visionary behind Loveworks and he shares a bit about the journey that brought him to where he is today...and it's perhaps not where he thought he would be. A doctor by training Richard worked in Psychiatry and quickly discovered that a life of medicine wasn't for him. So he retrained and is now full-time and all in at Loveworks.

    • 41 min
    INSIDE THE VAULT - THE PERSON BEHIND IRELAND'S ONLY DEDICATED LUXURY WATCH BOUTIQUE | Nico van der Horst | Season 2 Episode 7

    INSIDE THE VAULT - THE PERSON BEHIND IRELAND'S ONLY DEDICATED LUXURY WATCH BOUTIQUE | Nico van der Horst | Season 2 Episode 7

    This week on the show I'm joined by Nico van der Horst. Nico started Pride and Pinion - Ireland's only dedicated luxury watch boutique - with modest loan from the bank and a plan to buy and sell watches. Since then he's gone on to open the Vault, Pride and Pinion's first shop inside the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.

    In our show Nico talks about his views on entrepreneurship, why he loves luxury watches and timekeeping devices in general and his favourite watches. Aside from being able to geek out about watches for a nearly an hour we also chat about Nico's approach to entrepreneurship which stems from his Grandfather, and why he's not just in business for the money. In a way watches rescued Nico from a job that he barely tolerated and a long commute which he hated. He used watches to escape the hum-drum of a predictable life and built the life he wanted. An inspiring story.

    • 57 min
    HELPING OTHERS GET INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD USING YOUTUBE | Dr Simon Clark | Season 2 Episode 6

    HELPING OTHERS GET INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD USING YOUTUBE | Dr Simon Clark | Season 2 Episode 6

    This week we have Dr Simon Clark on the show. Simon is a Youtuber with a PhD from the University of Exeter. He spends his time on Youtube sharing about science, maths, and helping students get into elite universities like the University of Oxford where he completed his undergraduate and master's degrees.

    • 51 min
    A TEAPOT SALESPERSON TURNED VENTURE CAPITALIST | Michael Howe | Season 2 Episode 5

    A TEAPOT SALESPERSON TURNED VENTURE CAPITALIST | Michael Howe | Season 2 Episode 5

    Michael Howe, a co-founder of Campus Capital, shares in this episode his journey from being an overstocked teapot salesperson to founding one of the most innovative venture funds around today. Michael along with his co-founder Samantha started a venture fund that operates traditionally in many ways, raising money from institutional and high-net-worth investors, running due diligence and deploying capital into high risk, high reward, high growth, high potential start-ups. One this is different though...their VCs are students.

    • 48 min

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