Be More Pirate
New Year Special from the Crew
Be More Pirate is all about applied wisdom, so in this short new year special we have sourced some reflections from the network in the form of three questions:What was your most pirate moment this year?What rebellion would you most like to see in 2022?What advice would you give to a new pirate?Many thanks to the wonderful folk who sent in their thoughts: Deana Wildgoose, James Berg, Lefteris Heratakis, Kristin Joy-Davis, Mark Walmsley, Miguel Fernandez, Paul Ginsberg and Graeme Cooke What matters is what we are able to act upon and every small stepping stone towards change is significant in its own way. Don't stop just because you don't think it's big enough, exciting enough or even 'pirate' enough. The journey is not linear, and everybody has a different starting point. Happy New Year.*Unbelievably, this is the first episode with no swearing*
Season 2, Ep. 8
Today's interview might be the most pirate one yet... but I'll leave you to be the judge of that. Steve Chapman is an artist, coach, writer, speaker and (sort of) podcaster. Themore accurate way to describe Steve's work is that he does 'projects that are experiments in the opposite of whatis normal'. His time is spent fully inhabiting the edges, and he works with a range of organisations and individuals to help them do the same. The results are very interesting: we cover 'provocative absence' 'quantum flirting' the elusive 'chair game' and the legacy of the Lost Cat poster. You can find all of Steve's work here:https://www.canscorpionssmoke.com/The blog post we mention is here - a must read for any pirate:https://www.canscorpionssmoke.com/2016/11/05/want-creativity-workplace-serious/
Season 2, Ep. 7
Carl Honoré, deemed the Godfather of the Slow Movement, has spent the last two decades writing, talking and supportingthousands of people to move against the tide of our fast paced consumerist world. An award winning writer, best selling author, TED speaker and broadcaster, Carl is now turning his disruptive thinking to a new topic: ageism. His latest book Bolder, unravels the unhelpful stereotypes we have about getting ageing and proves that it doesn't have to be that way. With humility and some brilliant storytelling, Carl is an expert dismantling norms and supporting people to change their behaviour.A pirate we are pleased to know.
Season 2, Ep. 6
Today's guest is the impressive Benash Nazmeen, a practising midwife based inthe North West working hard to address health inequalities within the profession. Benash is in every respect, the embodiment of re-humanising healthcare; caring deeply for the individual and all their nuances and complexities, whilst speaking up on behalf of those who cannot. Benash is co-founder of the South Asian Midwife's Association, is on the editorial board for the Practicing Midwife, and co-chair for the Births Inquiry into Racial Injustice in UK Maternity systems. We collided through the the NHS Horizons School for Change Agents programme, and really wanted to bring her leadership to the podcast audience as part of our ongoing conversation about being a pirate in healthcare. (You'll also notice Sam is absent from the podcast today as he was away doing some last minute mission critical filming for his Uncertainty Experts programme).
The Uncertainty Experts
Season 2, Ep. 5
This week's episode is a bit different, as we steer away from pirates and rebellion and intoSam's new project, The Uncertainty Experts: a three part interactive documentary that is scientifically proven to increase your tolerance to Uncertainty. And after the year we've had, what could possibly be more helpful?Inthe same vein as Be More Pirate, The Uncertainty Experts is full of stories. It's based on interviews with some remarkable people who have each found their way through deep uncertainty and developed strategies that can help you in turn. And, it's backed up with some robust researchundertaken by scientists at University College London that helps you to understand the brain science behind the narrative. In a nutshell, it's an edgy, experimental reframe of uncertainty as something not to fear or avoid but to embrace. In this episode of the podcast I chat to Sam and lift the lid on the process of putting thedocumentary together and explore some of the concepts that really stood out to me.The Uncertainty Experts airs on 9th November, if you go to the websiteuncertaintyexperts.comyou can get a taste of some of the people you'll meet on this unusualjourney, take the uncertainty test and get a feel for what it's all about. You can also of course purchase tickets to the show, which are discounted until the end of October. And of course, there's an even bigger discount for you pirates, just drop me a line,email@example.com you'd like to get the code.
Season 2, Ep. 4
Being at your best when you're at your worst is not something you'd hear from many serial founders, but Jackie Fast is anything but average. An award-winning entrepreneurand venture capitalistwho continually breaks all the rules of business, she started her first business Slingshot Sponsorshipin her early20s and was recognised for working so outside the usual boxes that the Great British Entrepreneur Awards awarded her in an entirely new category'Media Disruptor of the year.' She hasworked withRichard Branson on the infamous Necker Island, owns a luxury ice wine company REBEL Pi, was a contestanton The Apprentice UK, and is the author of two books, the most recent entitled Rule Breaker: Rebellious Leadership for the Future of Work. This conversation is a real insight into the mind of an entrepreneur who runs at every opportunity guns blazing!
Season 2, Ep. 3
Over the last two decades, marine biologist Ed Gillespie has made a name for himself as a sustainability consultant turned futurist turned insultant (aka a consultant that tells the truth.). He's inspired Sam and Alex to kindly but bluntly push organisations to call out their own bullshit because in a rapidly warming world, there is no time for tinkering at the edges. In this episode we talk about the potential for employee mutinies, how humour can be your best weapon, and the the joy of community owned pubs.
Season 2, Ep. 2
What could be further off the edges of the map than the mysterious realm of AI? We know it will shape the future, but even the experts don't really know how. Will it unpick or entrench systemic bias, and what can we do to ensure it's the former?In today's episode we try to demystify the topic somewhat by speaking with Jessica Chapplow, a specialist in Digital Transformation, who focuses on the role of cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Augmented Reality. Her platform, 'Heartificial Intelligence', was bornout of a mission to raise awareness and drive education about ethical data use and reducing algorithmic bias. She empowers people to focus less on finding the perfect answer, and instead, to educate them to ask the right questions when it comes to AI ethics. It was incredibly inspiring to hear from a young, informed, passionate leader in this field, and we hope you gain as much as we did from the conversation.https://www.heartificialintelligence.org/
Season 2, Ep. 1
Sophie Walker clearly remembers the moment she became an activist. The moment she realised that no one was coming to save the day and if she wanted change, she'd have to do it herself. Since then she's become a prominent feminist voice as the founding leader of the Women's Equality Party, author of the book '5 Rules for Rebellion' and more recently co-founder of the Activate Collective, a movement to support women standing for election. In this episode she is frank about the ups and downs of activism and clear that there can never a be one size fits all approach to change; the only way is to keep pulling different levers, fuelled by hope and a dash of rage.