Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd


168. BEYOND THE LEAN MEAN GOVERNING MACHINE: reimagining the state

Season 1, Ep. 168

Hello! This week we’re talking about rethinking the role of the state. How can we shift power to both frontline workers and citizens? Sue Goss explains why we should ditch the machine metaphors and think about government as a gardener. East Ayrshire Council’s Katie Kelly talks about how they’ve reimagined their relationship with local residents. And Adam Lent from New Local chats about why he thinks ‘community power’ is the future of public services.

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What can I do?

Season 1, Ep. 270
Hello! This week as world leaders- and Ed -gather in Sharm El-Sheikh for COP27 we’re covering a tricky topic: what’s our role as individuals in tackling the climate crisis? When we feel like governments and businesses aren’t doing their bit to keep 1.5C alive, is it normal for us to feel disillusioned about the power that’s in our hands? Our guests say that action on climate isn't all on us, but that it won't happen without us either. We speak to Alyssa Gilbert from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change about the enabling role of government and why we need to shout about the actions we’re taking. We also talk to Mike Thompson from the Climate Change Committee and to Tom Bailey, who is recommending shifts he thinks we can take to make a difference. Plus: Geoff has a new look and reveals his Autumnal beverage of choice  More infoImperial's 9 things you can do about climate change  CCC's 2022 Report on Climate Offsetting CCC's 2020 Report on the Sixth Carbon BudgetSign up and Take the Jump for 1, 3 or 6 months Listen to 'Holding out for a Zero,' an RTBC episode from July  GuestsAlyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London (@AlyssaRGilbert) (@Grantham_IC) Mike Thompson, Chief Economist and Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee (@Mike_Thommo) (@theCCCuk) Tom Bailey, Co-founder, Take the Jump (@taketheJUMPnow)