24 episodes

The good news podcast. From climate change to politics, the news can be tough going – so we’re here to help. A Good Good Thing offers a friendly respite, full of fun and inspiring stories to make you smile, from charities and pop culture to life-changing innovations in science and tech. From here on in, this is a good vibes only space.

a good good thing Neil Thornton + Jack Ratcliffe

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The good news podcast. From climate change to politics, the news can be tough going – so we’re here to help. A Good Good Thing offers a friendly respite, full of fun and inspiring stories to make you smile, from charities and pop culture to life-changing innovations in science and tech. From here on in, this is a good vibes only space.

    The hiring chain

    The hiring chain

    In our most ambitious episode to date, we have not 1, not 2, or 3 but 4, yes FOUR guests on this episode. It all started with the viral campaign called 'The Hiring Chain' from Italian organisation CoorDown. CoorDown's mission is to advocate for the rights of people with Down's Syndrome, and this year on World Down's Syndrome Day (March 21st) they released a campaign to encourage businesses around the world to employ people with Down's Syndrome. The beautiful video, with a song stung by Sting, shows the power of representation, and the impact of seeing people with Down's Syndrome in work. 

    We sat down virtually with CoorDown's Head of Communications, Martina Fuga, Alison Thwaite, Employment Development Manager from the UK Down's Syndrome Association's WorkFit programme, Superintendent Damian Pettit from the West Mercia Police and his colleague Bethany Greaves (plus Dad!), who found her job at West Mercia Police through the WorkFit programme. We talk about the Hiring Chain campaign, how companies can work with the DSA and the importance of a rich and diverse work force. It's a great chat and one of our most favourite to date. 

    Enjoy!

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    About your hosts
    Jack
    A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
    Neil
    A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

    • 35 min
    Welcome to Mama Jill's house

    Welcome to Mama Jill's house

    We've got a bonafide Tik Tok sensation on this episode. We're joined by Mama Jill Wallace – a fierce LGBTQ+ supporter activist who garnered millions of views and fans across social media when a video of her telling the story of her son, who came out as trans.

    With a smile and big as her heart, Mama Jill has been using her platform to foster support for, and shower love over the LGBTQ+ community, and not without backlash. From horrible messages to false accusations, Mama Jill has stood tall against small-minded folk to become a shining beacon of hope. We were so happy to get to have this time with her, it's guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!

    Follow Mama Jill on Tik Tok and Instagram (@mamajillwallace)
    For the full, unedited chat, keep an eye out for our YouTube channel, coming soon. 

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    About your hosts
    Jack
    A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
    Neil
    A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

    • 41 min
    Living with covid

    Living with covid

    So it’s been over 8 months since the first lockdown in the U.K.  since then we’ve had a second lockdown and recently the introduction of Tier 4 – essentially localised lockdowns.

    On the lead up to Christmas, just before Tier 4 became a reality, we caught up with life coach John Tench, who we lovingly know as Fish, aka the Shoreditch Coach to talk about the surreal movie we’ve all been living in for the past 8 months. How people have coped, and how we can help ourselves and others.

    If you’re looking for more professional support, you can reach out to John on Instagram @theshoreditchcoach or via his website https://www.theshoreditchcoach.com/

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    About your hosts
    Jack
    A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
    Neil
    A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.comwhere he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

    • 56 min
    Fashion Minority Report with Daniel Peters

    Fashion Minority Report with Daniel Peters

    The Black Lives Matter movement, a global network that builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people had a watershed moment this year with the worldwide protest in response to police brutality. The movement has inspired a generation of activists and organiser to fight and dismantle systemic racism around the world. One man who made the decision to affect change in his own world is Daniel Peters. 

    The fashion industry has long had a problem with diversity across hires of BAME / POC and female professionals, and it is high time that businesses and brands be held accountable for this lack of change. 

    Menswear designer, marketeer, event producer and avid Beyoncé fan (naturally), Daniel has launched the Fashion Minority Report – an opportunity to push for a reform of the industry by championing existing talent and nurturing future fashion stars.

    In this inspirational chat, we talk to Daniel about the birth of the FMR, his own personal experiences of often being the only person of colour in the room, the benefits to businesses of having a diverse and inclusive staff base and why, in the words of Queen Bey, those who struggle to get a seat at the table should empower themselves to build their own. 
    “As some businesses within the fashion industry take to their social media to whisper about what they plan to do internally to address the racial disparity, it is essential that the fashion community and the general public hold them accountable."

    Add your signature in support of the Fashion Minority Report on https://www.fashionminorityreport.com/

    And ensure you follow the Fashion Minority Report on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/fashnminorityrpt/

    • 52 min
    Positive in a pandemic: old drugs, new tricks

    Positive in a pandemic: old drugs, new tricks

    Searching for positivity in a pandemic isn't the easiest. So we're here to help! 

    In this episode, we look at dexamethasone, a steroid first produced in the 60s that's been part of the Recovery Trial, a huge global study on the effects of certain drugs in helping COVID-19 patients battle the disease. 

    We hope you're all keeping well and that you and your loved ones are safe. We are in this together! #StayHome

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    About your hosts
    Jack
    A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
    Neil
    A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

    • 25 min
    Positive in a pandemic: a new normal?

    Positive in a pandemic: a new normal?

    Searching for positivity in a pandemic isn't the easiest. So we're here to help! 

    In this episode, we look at the systemic changes happening due to the on-going pandemic and look at the long-lasted (and positive) effect they may bring

    We hope you're all keeping well and that you and your loved ones are safe. We are in this together! #StayHome

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    Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.
    About your hosts
    Jack
    A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants.  Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
    Neil
    A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee.   Find Neil at @Whatneildid  on Instagram and Twitter 

    • 30 min

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Awesome content. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Neil on insta for ages lol

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