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In your city or mine?, Julio Bruno – Time Out Group CEO, culture guru and global citizen – chats to the world’s most influential trendsetters, thought-leaders and policymakers about the stuff that’s shaping our cities. Bringing knowledge and experience gained from a globe-spanning career in sectors that include travel, technology, media and e-commerce, along with active involvement in the start-up world as an investor and board adviser, Julio takes inspiration from the remarkable ingenuity that has surfaced across countless communities during the Covid-19 pandemic to ask his guests about the trends, topics, individuals and ideas that are transforming cultural and city life.

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In your city or mine?, Julio Bruno – Time Out Group CEO, culture guru and global citizen – chats to the world’s most influential trendsetters, thought-leaders and policymakers about the stuff that’s shaping our cities. Bringing knowledge and experience gained from a globe-spanning career in sectors that include travel, technology, media and e-commerce, along with active involvement in the start-up world as an investor and board adviser, Julio takes inspiration from the remarkable ingenuity that has surfaced across countless communities during the Covid-19 pandemic to ask his guests about the trends, topics, individuals and ideas that are transforming cultural and city life.

    Lord Michael Cashman, politician, writer and actor, on the neverending fight for equality; on defending trans rights; on the BBC’s ‘gay screen kiss’ controversy in the 1980s; and on the disaster of Brexit

    Lord Michael Cashman, politician, writer and actor, on the neverending fight for equality; on defending trans rights; on the BBC’s ‘gay screen kiss’ controversy in the 1980s; and on the disaster of Brexit

    In this final episode in the current season of your city or mine?, Julio meets Lord Michael Cashman, politician, writer and actor. First a child actor in the 1960s and 70s, Lord Cashman became famous (and stirred controversy) in the late 1980s in the UK when he played an openly gay man in the hugely popular soap EastEnders. He later co-founded Stonewall and became Britain’s first special envoy on LGBT issues. He became a MEP in 1999, a position he held for 15 years, and later left the Labour Party over his opposition to Brexit. He currently sits in the House of Lords – fiercely dedicated to equality – and has recently published a memoir, One of Them. Plus, Julio speaks to Michael Juliano, editor of Time Out Los Angeles, about the latest trends in the Californian city.

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    Thomas Heatherwick, designer, on thinking of cities as gardens to grow people; on reimagining the classic London bus; and why lovable cities are more sustainable ones

    Thomas Heatherwick, designer, on thinking of cities as gardens to grow people; on reimagining the classic London bus; and why lovable cities are more sustainable ones

    In this episode of your city or mine?, Julio meets Thomas Heatherwick, the visionary founder of Heatherwick Studio and the design pioneer behind recent landmark projects including New York’s Little Island and London’s Coal Drops Yard. Heatherwick also redesigned the classic Routemaster red bus in London. Heatherwick’s passion is ‘how to make the world around us better’, meaning his designs are more than designs: they’re plans to improve the lives of everyone who uses them. Heatherwick also discusses designing an electric car that cleans the air and working on the 2012 Olympics – and avoiding designing an Olympic cauldron destined to collect pigeon droppings for decades. In Heatherwick’s world, the future is lovable and sustainable.

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    Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute, on Hollywood’s passion for the UK; the power of in-person movie-going; and securing a Covid quarantine exemption for Tom Cruise

    Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute, on Hollywood’s passion for the UK; the power of in-person movie-going; and securing a Covid quarantine exemption for Tom Cruise

    In this episode of your city or mine?, Julio meets Ben Roberts, CEO of the British Film Institute – the government-backed body which champions the art, business and future of movies in the UK. Ben has been at the BFI since 2012, but he only took over as CEO in early 2020, just as Covid hit. Here, Ben talks about leading the BFI through the pandemic and discusses his vision for a thriving and diverse film culture in the UK. In this episode, Julio also talks to Phil de Semlyen, Global film editor of Time Out, about October’s BFI London Film Festival and which exciting upcoming films to look out for.

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    Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner, DBL Partners, on the power of impact investing; being an early investor in Tesla; and how cities naturally lead the way in sustainability

    Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner, DBL Partners, on the power of impact investing; being an early investor in Tesla; and how cities naturally lead the way in sustainability

    In this episode of your city or mine?, Julio meets Nancy Pfund, the founder and managing partner of impact investors DBL Partners. Nancy was an early pioneer in investing for social and environmental good and sits on the board of several influential companies - including Tesla, in which she was an early investor, smartly spotting its potential to disrupt and revolutionise the motor industry. Nancy lives in the Bay Area in California. In this episode, Julio also talks to Zach Long, editor of Time Out Chicago, about the latest trends in the Windy City.

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    Brown Harris Stevens’s Bess Freedman on being a perpetual student; her romance with New York City; and how we can take our power and use it to help those who have less.

    Brown Harris Stevens’s Bess Freedman on being a perpetual student; her romance with New York City; and how we can take our power and use it to help those who have less.

    In this episode of your city or mine?, Julio meets Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, one of the largest privately-owned real estate companies in the US. As the market recovers from the pandemic, Bess talks about how our housing needs have changed; about why Bill de Blasio has failed New York as its mayor and what’s needed next; about how we can all use our power to help others; and about why she’d like to give every single nurse and teacher in NYC a 25% raise. Plus, Julio speaks to Maria José Gómez, editor of Time Out Barcelona, about the latest trends in the city.

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    Lord Stuart Rose on being driven by ‘imposter syndrome’, the lessons he’s learned from five decades in retail and why Brexiteers will be 'sending me hate mail'

    Lord Stuart Rose on being driven by ‘imposter syndrome’, the lessons he’s learned from five decades in retail and why Brexiteers will be 'sending me hate mail'

    In this new episode of your city or mine?, Julio meets Lord Stuart Rose, a prominent British businessman who has worked in retail since the 1970s when he joined Marks and Spencer as a management trainee and later became its CEO and Chairman. Stuart was also CEO of Argos and Booker PLC, and until recently was Chairman of Ocado. He is currently Chairman of EG Group, Zenith and MAF Retail and is a board member of Time Out Group PLC. Stuart tells Julio how his childhood in Tanzania in the 1950s and '60s made him a citizen of the world; how he’s driven by imposter syndrome; how he believes the UK will one day return to a future Europe; and why he knows cities will never stop being hubs of culture and social life.

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