84 minutes | May 20, 2023
Fundraising for Kyiv with Sanath de Mel
Follow Sanath on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/just_giving_sanath/ Donate via Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sanath-demel In this captivating episode of the Problem Busters Podcast, hosts Jon and Ollie dive deep into the extraordinary journey of their guest, Sanath de Mel, a digital nomad who transformed his life to become a humanitarian hero in Ukraine. Sanath shares his early career as an engineer and his deep interest in cryptocurrency, exploring the potential of digital currencies and blockchain technology. This fascination with crypto laid the foundation for his future endeavors and set him on a unique path of exploration and problem-solving. Living life as a digital nomad, Sanath cherished the freedom of remote work, allowing him to roam the globe while making a living. However, it was his unwavering desire to make a positive impact that eventually led him on an awe-inspiring mission. The episode unravels Sanath's decision to purchase and modify a Mitsubishi L200 to deliver essential supplies in Kyiv, Ukraine. Through ingenious modifications, Sanath transformed his vehicle into a versatile resource capable of traversing challenging terrains and reaching those in need. As Jon, Ollie, and Sanath recount his journey across Europe, listeners are taken on a virtual adventure, experiencing the trials and triumphs encountered during the testing phase. From navigating rugged Italian landscapes to braving the bustling streets of Kyiv, Sanath's modified Mitsubishi L200 proves to be an invaluable asset, highlighting the significance of innovation and adaptation during times of crisis. The conversation then delves into Sanath's life in Ukraine before the country was engulfed in conflict. He offers insights into the local culture, the warm hospitality of the Ukrainian people, and his decision to remain when others chose to leave. Sanath's determination to assist those affected by the conflict becomes apparent as he shares his experiences fundraising and organizing initiatives to purchase and deliver essential supplies to the Ukrainian frontline. Through Sanath's accounts, witness his resilience, determination, and selflessness in the face of adversity. His inspiring story serves as a reminder of the profound impact individuals can make, even in the direst circumstances. Join Jon, Ollie, and their extraordinary guest, Sanath de Mel, on this episode of the Problem Busters Podcast as they explore the transformative power of crypto, the exhilaration of the digital nomad lifestyle, and the incredible journey of a man who became a true humanitarian, lending a helping hand to those in need on the Ukrainian frontline.
51 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Liz Batalla on Women Levelling Up
Liz Batalla shares how she came to realise her dream of helping women level up both individuals, groups and the organisations lucky enough to have them. This is an inspiring episode from an experienced and finely-honed leadership coach. We learn how to set about writing a book, what you could expect to learn on Liz' Masterclasses, what issues commonly hold women back at work, and most importantly, how to support the women around you. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Liz Batalla is the Founder and Executive Director of The Institute for Achievement and Excellence and the author of the book - Level up to move up. Liz helps women level themselves up and helps businesses educate and promote their female talent. Show mentions: A corporate and academic background 2020: create the Institute for Achievement and Excellence to help women level up across 9 life areas so they can better navigate the business world and step into leadership roles. As well as assist organisations better educate and promote their female talent. Working in male-dominated environments, finding women had concerns around personal and professional progress. A common question: how to navigate this space, in order to grow professionally and personally? 03:30 three things that worry women in the corporate environment. Lack of confidence, a feeling of overwhelm/imposter syndrome, a lack of flexibility in the organisation (e.g. flexible working hours). Women still tend to be the main carer at home. Having flexibility can really help. Female family members are the women I look up to (grandmothers, mum, god-mother, sisters). 06:00 Anything I'd do differently if I had my time again? Starting the process of what I'm doing now, earlier i.e. I'd have set up the Institute for Achievement and Excellence earlier. Providing help as a manager or lecturer is different than running the Institute. I am able to touch many more lives due to making my knowledge and experience available via: online, self-paced masterclasses. 09:00 What impact are the 3 challenges women are experiencing having on society? Monumental impace because it affects their contribution to their organisations, family and community. If they are unable to give of their best then the everyone they are in contact with never benefits fully from all she can offer. Article: McKenzie and Company (2020) - Women make up just 15% of executive-team membership, and more than a third of companies have no women at all on their executive teams. This due to not putting themselves forward as well as not being sponsored and supported into it. There are both intrinsic and extrinsic challenges. A man may put himself forward with 50-60% understanding of a role, a woman may require 90% upwards to feel confident to do the same. 11:00 How can the Institute help? Assisting companies to better educate and promote their femal talent and also helping the woman herself to take responsibility and level up herself so she can rise to the occasion. 12:00 The 3 forces in achieving excellence are: Identity of the individual (improving oneself), connections (relationships with self and others), status (managing one’s standard of living). 3 life areas in each of the 3 forces in achieving excellence, there are 9 life areas in total. 14:30 Women going through the process of a self-assessment. Easiest way to identify areas of strengths and areas for improvement. The three Cs: Courage, Confidence and Charisma. A lot of women coming into corporate environments are lacking the fundamental skills to navigate...
54 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
Clare Seek on Repair Cafes
Repair Cafe Portsmouth founder Clare Seek opens the Problem Busters' eyes to the Right to Repair. We learn about the growing, global community of Repair Cafes and most importantly - how to start one in your town. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Clare Seek is all about building community for people and planet. Based in Portsmouth, a city in south west England, she is the founder of Repair Cafe Portsmouth, Green Drinks Portsmouth and other community-based projects besides. Clare lives in Portsmouth UK with her family. Show mentions: 02:00 A bit about Clare and how a move into motherhood coincided with an interest in the environment and our impact on the planet. Repair is at the heart of walking more lightly on the planet. The sheer existence of my children had a lot to do with my becoming interested in treading lightly, and my community 04:00 Why Repair Cafe? Started in the Netherlands by a woman who initiated what has become a global movement. What is a Repair cafe? A place that brings together people who fix things with people who have things to fix. 05:30 The setting up of a Repair cafe. 200 people showing interest within 1 day! Portsmouth is an island city, one of the most densely populated areas of the UK outside of London. 4 months later, we ran our first Repair Cafe. Starting with people who could repair and fix each other's stuff. 07:30 What is next for Repair Cafe Portsmouth? We are a pop-up event, we hold it once or twice a month. We've had to stop advertising because we are at capacity. Opening up a space permanently, taking it to the next step The library of things concept - we will work it in with that. 09:00 Campaign - The right to repair. A global campaign. Most of the carbon in electronics happens before the first use of the item. The right to repair campaign is focusing on manufacturers and policy makers to provide goods that are designed to last longer, can be fixed, have manuals and spare parts available. Right to repair as a justice issue - lobbying to create a fairer way to consume goods and services. 11:00 Petition - The restart project. And changing where tax is applied. 12:00 Shifting culture from wastage to consumers being able to repair. In France - they have a system that shows on products how repairable they are. Consumers are better informed. [13:00 Jon Coughs] The UK is the second biggest producer of e-waste per capita in the world. It's shocking. 14:30 Why is the UK so high on the e-waste scales? We have an appetite for the latest gadgets, Norway is ahead of us, we are second. 16:00 There is a pressure in our culture to have the latest thing and the best tech for that. 17:00 What do kids learn in school about sustainability? Very little. However, thankfully coming generations are taking more of an interest in the environment anyway. There is very little in schools that leads kids down a repair career path, although elements of sustainability are sprinkled through other career paths. Concept -
54 minutes | May 22, 2022
Candice Gasper on Urban Farming
Candice Gasper of Valley Mill Microgreens shares her story from bright-eyed environmental science graduate, to corporate, to ultimately becoming an Urban Farmer. She explains what urban farming is, what microgreens are (and why they are such a great way to get nutrients from your veggies) and how anyone, with as little as a sunny windowsill of space, can grow their own food. It's a great time to talk to Candice as her startup Valley Mill Microgreens is still in its first year, so we talk about the joy of working for yourself and soak up her enthusiasm for growing. We talk about the state of food, why the world needs more Farmer's markets, and how wonderful it is to connect directly to those who grow what we eat. Candice describes the foraging movement and gives us step by step instructions on how to germinate your own seeds, and grow your own food. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Candice Gasper is an Urban Farmer and is the founder of Valley Mill Microgreens. An Environmental Scientist by trade, she has worked in both the corporate world and scaled urban farming but these days is enjoying the life of a startup founder. She lives with her partner in Baltimore USA and is passionate about educating people about nutrition and the joy of growing your own food. Show mentions: A childhood outside, and choosing to study environmental science. A career in sales for environmental consulting and green construction. 02:00 Volunteering at the neighbourhood farmers market. One of the only place you can meet local farmers in a city. Food justice and food equity - and how access to food affects people 03:30 getting my first part time job on a women-owned microgreen farm. Saving up, losing my job and then going full time as a farmer 05:30 Hydroponics and how they work. Pros and cons. Learning what it's like to work in a large scale production facility. 07:30 Starting up my own business growing in my back yard. And the pride to get to here. The love of what I do. 10:00 Microgreens - what they are and why they are so cool. They can be added to any dish. You can sneak them in and get nutrient density into any dish. They are packed with flavour. Microgreens are nature's multivitamins 12:00 Anybody can grow microgreens, all you need is a sunny windowsill, a container, some water, some soil and some seeds. 12:30 Urban farming allows people to be more connected to their food. It's just neat to see my peers doing this and just right down the street, not in the middle of nowhere or far away. Saving on carbon emissions by not having to truck food into the city. There is really nothing cooler than getting to know your farmer 14:30 There is a lot of healing in growing - it teaches you patience. 50% percent of plants will die, and you learn how to care for them. The quality of food that is readily available not being great in many cities. Is soil quality deteriorating due to constantly farming them? 16:30 Cover crops are something you can plant between seasons that will extract nitrogen out of the air and regenerate the soil. Mass production leads to no breaks in the growing season and leads to less nutrients in the soil and therefore in the food. Microgreens grow so fast - they are only growing 2-3 weeks at most and they really don't need fertiliser. 18:30 how to get started growing microgreens in your own home. Kale microgreens have the cutest miniature kale leaves when they grow 21:30 There is a certain level of acceptance of failure...
69 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
Nathan Ranklin - Taking charge of your weight
Nathan Ranklin has lost 18.5 stone, over 200kg and half his body weight. He talks the Problem Busters through what it's like to be a "big kid" growing up, how he took control of his weight (and kept it off), and most importantly - how he's helping others do the same. This is an honest and empowering look at a global issue which affects many in our lives at any given moment. Nathan has a disarming yet straight up style and therefore delivers a punchy and important message in an easy to digest way. We talk diet, lifestyle and modern food. Nathan explains how listening to those who have an addiction to food (or anything else) is the single most important step. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Nathan Ranklin is a 1:1 Diet Consultant for Cambridge Weight Plan. He lost 18 and half stones in 14 months, and won the male slimmer of the year 2020. Now he is here to share his gift with the world - the ability to take charge of your weight. Show mentions: 02:00 Growing up as a "big kid", being isolated as a result of my size Issues with food: comfort, binge and secret eater. For me, food was just there as my best friend - I'd just turn to it. Being a secret eater, it's hard for friends and family to monitor - as they don't see the eating 03:00 First realisation of being big at Alton towers, being taken off the ride at age 12. Doctor at 14 saying if you carry on like this, you would make it to 30. As a teenager I was still quite active, running about. 05:00 At 18, sitting down and doing nothing, I piled the weight on. There is always a reason to eat in the office. I was a yes man to eating. Being a binge drinker as well as a bing eater. At 20, diagnosed with sleep apnea. The fat around my throat limiting my breathing when I lay down at night to sleep. Being on a machine to sleep all through my 20s. At 26 being bed bound for a few days - the doctor turned around and said the weight you are, what do you expect? This was when the hard reality really set in. At 29 - went to Budapest, was quite sluggish this time. I wasn't the same, I was always tired. I needed a machine to stay alive at night time. Having to shop online or at big shops. 09:00 the moment I had an intervention from a Jamaican woman I sat down next to. I ran away for 4 months, but this woman was so persistent, she kept catching me in all the worst moments. Catch me having naughty meals. Eventually I gave in and went to her house on 22 March 2019. I weighed 36.9 stone (239 kilos). She promised me that I would never see that weight again, that she promised I would go down to a L size shirt size. How could she change my life in a week? I did the 1:1 diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. I hated it, hated everyone around. 13:00 I had tried a lot of diets before, but there was no one really there. Even through the doctors. No real structure. This was the first time I had someone on my ass the whole time. A week later I came back, I didn't feel like I can lost any weight To my surprise I lost 17 pounds (just over a stone, 7.7 kilos). Next week, another 10 pounds (almost 2 stone in 2 weeks!) I was hooked, the calculations were done. That was it, there was no turning back. I'm thinking I have a second chance here. The result - in 14 months straight, lost 17.5 stones (107 kg). How I did it, a lot of walking then I started the gym afterwards. The 1:1 diet is a combination of meal replacements and a healthy meal plan. It's all calculated for you, then I had to make myself...
55 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Kapil Pankhania on coaching and being coached
Life Coach Kapil Pankhania takes the Problem Busters through finding a coach, how to make the most out of being coached, and how to coach and mentor those in your team. Kapil has a refreshingly open and honest way of talking about coaching. He explains the difference between mentoring and coaching, tells his story and answers common questions about how both life coaching and coaching in general can benefit us. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Kapil Pankhania is a life coach from North London, currently working with Ollie at Form3. Kapil has a background in Finance and technology. website: www.kapil.coach Show mentions: Realising that coaching was a good route to becoming a better person, both professionally and personally App: Spotify Arriving at coaching as an idea Looking for a workshop and running into Becky, who was running the workshop. Life Coach: Becky Balzano became my first coach The benefits of coaching Coaching as a way to become more self-aware 05:00 Overcoming the excuse of "I have no time", and the importance of finding time for myself The value of putting time aside for myself every morning, for journaling, reading and plugging away Becoming aware of where you are spending your time Identifying where time is not being spent well, and substituting it for something more valuable 07:00 The emotional aspect of coaching. Digitised world, rare to have a time to have a proper conversation, about you. The value of saying things out loud - taking a big breath of fresh air. 09:00 Listening but also being present in the conversation. Really understanding where they are at before suggesting solutions. Coaches are not perfect, we are all humans. Trying not to relate to the client, but remaining separate in order to focus entirely on them and their challenge. 12:30 Advice to people who are looking for a coach Look for a coach you can trust, who is a good listener and is non-judgemental Suggest a first discovery session to see if you will work well together. 15:00 Figuring out what coaching is to you - and what each person wants to get out of the process. The importance of momentum and impact 18:30 What to expect from your first discovery session with a coach 20:00 How to get the most out of working with a coach Insight: The goal presented initially is not always the ultimate goal The importance of picking a place to start - the first challenge to tackle Write down as much as possible before the session Take notes as you go, so you have something to refer back to 24:00 The value of being accountable for your actions - of committing to take action. Playing back in next session on which actions you've taken. The value of taking action between sessions 26:30 What I've learned from coaching people 28:30 The importance of just letting people speak. The importance of reading body language 31:00 The difference between mentoring and coaching. The value of asking good questions 33:30 Advice for Managers wanting to coach their teams better Demonstrating the power of coaching is...
62 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Adeola Haruna - Girls Can Code
GirlCode co-founder Adeola Haruna shares how she got into tech, the experience of being a minority (a woman) in tech, and what motivated her to founding a non-profit coding academy to give back. GirlCode Academy is a volunteer-powered organisation that is rapidly becoming a movement. Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria, they have off their own backs created courses that have given hundreds of women the chance at a career in tech. Whether the students opt for Product Design, Frontend coding or perhaps Product Management, they have had an incredible impact on the people involved, many of whom return as volunteers to help others. This is an awesome story and includes the ability for us too to help - by donating a used laptop or supporting a woman in learning to code. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Adeola Haruna is the co-founder of GirlCode Academy - a volunteer organisation in Nigeria that has trained hundreds of women in Frontend coding and Product Design. She is a Project Manager, now a Product Manager and has a background in Fintech. Adeola is from Lagos Nigeria, and now resides in Aberdeen Scotland (for the castles, what a great reason to move anywhere!). Website: https://girlcode.academy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/GirlCodeAcademy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GirlCodeAcademy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlcodeacademyng/ Personal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adeola-haruna-24490434/ Show mentions: Adeola is the co-founder of the GirlCode academy, and by day is a product manager and former software engineer and graphic designer. 03:00 What is the GirlCode academy? Being the only woman in every technical team, from company to company In 2016: In Lagos Nigeria - decided to find a solution to being the only technical woman in tech Women were interested in technology but didn't have the opportunity to participate in tech. The idea: train women in coding. 2017 - GirlCode academy was launched. 2017 - 25 women trained We have 100 applications in the first batch, then 300+ for the second. 2018 - 66 women trained in a bigger office Why do girls want to learn to code? "I tried to learn online, but I didn't get it, so I want to be in the class" 2021 - now over 1,000 applications each time We added more classes; front-end engineering, product design. 09:30 Is there disparity between men and women in Nigeria? Yes. We grew up with mothers with roles such as nurses, catering, fashion. In Nigeria you keep hearing "this is for men, this is for women" The problem we wanted to solve - having the right information and the right opportunity. We want to place a
82 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Stacy Holland on conscious leadership
Soul led coach Stacy Holland explains what makes a conscious leader, how to spot them in your team and why they are so important to the building of a successful business. We discuss Stacy's 20+ year career in high-profile corporate roles and how she knew when it was time to make a switch to coaching full time. Stacy shares how she moved the family to Dubai for a job at one point, and how ripping a whole floor out of a building is sometimes necessary to create the right culture at work. This is an honest, straight-talking account of rising to the top of the corporate world, of living with purpose, and most importantly left us with the feeling that starting something new is not starting again - it is just the next step in your journey. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Stacy Holland is a soul led leadership coach, a life coach and a mentor. She is the founder of Stacy Holland Coaching and lives in the UK with her family. Website LinkedIn Instagram Show mentions: The path to coaching. Leadership as being coaching in many ways The concept of a shadow leader. Be aware of the shadow you cast. Working with BT and digital transformation Culture being incredibly important during lockdown Setting up guilds where people support each other. How to handle feeling like you don't have enough time. Book: Marie Kondo - Joy at work Removing the clutter, in order to see clearly. The excitement and challenge of accepting a role overseas Taking the plunge and the risk of moving the family to Dubai. Going to a country where English wasn't the first language. Dubai's mall culture Ripping out an entire floor of the building to create a massive co-working space. How to develop female leaders. The value of choosing to be in a transformation role - to bring change. The need to have team members that represent all the cultures of your customer base The main barriers for entry for women come down to confidence. Study: The Confidence Gap There is often a wobble for women when they've had children What is a conscious leader? How to identify your purpose The role of conscious leaders in any business Burnout being a clear sign of needing to change Book: The big leap by Gay Hendrix Podcast: Dare to Lead Moving from corporate to entrepreneur The value of developing a coaching culture The big take away from this episode? Whatever you feel, listen to that. There is a message there. Just listen and trust what is being shown to you. The value of working with mentors and coaches Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor
81 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
Aryaana Khan and Hakim Evans on COP26 and the climate emergency
A sobering and inspiring episode where Aryaana Khan and Hakim Evans from NGO ACE (Action for the Climate Emergency) share a rare insight into the workings of the much-discussed COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. They describe what was missing, what was inspiring and what they'd like to see come out of the next: COP27 in Egypt. We discuss the effects of climate change on both Aryaana's homeland of Bangladesh, and Hakim's of Jamaica, then hear how New York City is now very much also affected by the climate emergency. What motivates young people to stop what they are doing, to get involved in fighting for climate justice, and to learn to engage young and old in this most urgent of debates? And what type of world would both Aryaana and Hakim like us to create together? Expect to be shocked, angered, inspired and to come away empowered with the knowledge that you too can in your daily actions make a difference. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guests: Aryaana Khan is a Youth Climate Organiser and ACE Fellow, born and raised in Bangladesh and recent delegate to COP26 in Glasgow Scotland. She is joined by returning guest Hakim Evans, a Senior Fellow with ACE and Founding Board Member of Climate Emergency Advocates. Both inspiring guests are based in Queens, New York City. Show mentions: Growing up in Bangaladesh and moving to NYC in 2010. ACE Alliance for the climate education has rebranded to Action for the climate emergency. Why the new name? It speaks to the scale we need to address the issue - it is a climate emergency. Global Kids - the first NGO Aryaana worked with ACE had local fellowships all across the U.S. - including NYC. Learning how to teach and engage people in the climate debate. Words like the climate emergency have been so necessary to shift the discussion to the urgency of the situation. Aryaana's story: Growing up in Dhaka (capital city of Bangladesh). I started life with mango trees outside my window and I saw the growth of the city. It was beautiful yet jarring. Experiences of climate change in NYC Much of Long island is already under water. Hurricanes, insane storms. Parallels between growing up in NYC with Bangladesh and Jamaica Educating people and empowering them How to decide who to talk to about the climate emergency Helping people find their story COP26 Glasgow and what it was. What was Glasgow like as an event? Being on the ground at COP26 and reflections on it COP26 Glasgow: the horse and pony show NYC and The climate and community act Things young people are doing to bring change and the role of covid What can people at home do? - focus on the biggest issue. What is a food desert? ACE Creator Collective - getting the message out there over Tik Tok. ACE Launching action teams. The big message: don't stress out The kind of world Aryaana and Hakim would like to create Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor Image credit: ACE acespace.org
37 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Happy Good News: Flying Car, Nuclear Fusion & LEDs
The Problem Busters rave about flying cars (it's a thing), nuclear fusion and a simple way to prevent almost half of the catch of commercial fishing operations from getting caught by mistake. Also electric cars, solar power, paint that generates electricity (thanks Dulux!) About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. Show mentions: Flying Car https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/a-flying-car-just-got-certified-as-airworthy-to-fly/ China Achieve Nuclear Fusion https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/chinas-artificial-sun-broke-record-for-longest-sustained-nuclear-fusion/ Europe Achieves Nuclear Fusion https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-60312633 Simple LEDs saving sharks and turtles https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/simple-green-led-lights-save-sharks-and-turtles-from-accidental-fishing-nets/ Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor Photo by Mehdi MeSSrro on Unsplash
58 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Happy Good News: Christmas Special 2021
News but only the good bits, and this time it's a Christmas bumper edition, to warm hearts at the end of the year. Plenty of good news to be shared, hope you enjoy! About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. Show mentions: The right to repair movement .Claiming the right to repair - Positive News Phone boxes put to use Thinking outside the box: unusual uses for the UK’s old phone boxes The UKs largest rewilding project ‘Natural Health Service’: Derby approves UK’s largest urban rewilding project HIV jabs approved New HIV jabs taken two months apart hailed as huge step forward How Norway's pop stars pushed the government to electric cars How a pop star helped inspire Norway's electric car revolution How Amsterdam stopped junk mail Amsterdam's Instant Fix for Getting Rid of Junk Mail Biofuel trial in shipping tankers BP and Maersk Tankers team up to trial marine biofuel in decarbonisation push Dyson award 2021 entries Project gallery | James Dyson Award kiva.org - Microcredit fantastic. Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor Photo by Kilian Seiler on Unsplash
46 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
It's OK to ask for help with Andrew Murphy
Andrew Murphy from the Federation of Small Businesses UK (FSB) talks running a business post-lockdown. We talk trends in business and lifestyle, explore the experience of founding and growing a business. Most importantly, we discuss how it is OK to ask for help, how covid actually fostered networking and how we are better off sticking together. The Federation of Small Business UK (FSB) is an undiscovered gem in the wild world of running your own business. Whether you are a freelancer or whether you employ a team - we feel there is so much support available in an FSB membership and hope to see more take advantage of it, so they can focus on their day jobs. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Andrew Murphy is a Small Business Champion at the Federation of Small Businesses UK. A career at PwC led him to start his own removals business in London, which ultimately led to a lot of lessons in starting and growing a business. He is passionate about the importance of small businesses to our economy and community as a whole. Show mentions: Starting off in PcW in Consultancy Started his own business, a removals business - ran it for 15 years, then sold it and moved to the FSB It was the Uber for removals - perhaps a bit before its time. 04:30 The challenges in building a business, and in hiring and managing staff. Remote staff management is one of the most difficult parts of the growth of the business. Finding good people is one of the hardest part of growing a business in my experience. Then looking after them and welfare is right up there with hard work. I had a friend in HR, but eventually realised we needed help with that. The Federation of Small Business (FSB) knocked on the door, and I was getting a lot of contacts at the time, but this guy made a good point and the offer was really strong A not for profit who helps small businesses. He talked about HR support, documentation and legal support, and it made a lot of sense to me as a business owner. 07:30 Small business owners want to be spending more time on running the business, not doing all the other paperwork. FSB has been running 45 years, has over 165,000 small business members. There is at times a disconnect between central government and small business. Example: The creation of the Furlough scheme, via the powerful lobbying voice of FSB, and a chap called Mike Cherry. It has supported a lot of businesses during the pandemic. The FSB legal hub was super helpful to me, had a series of documents in a library, we had access to an HR representative at no charge, and at one point, we had to visit the Employment Tribunal and they supported us through the process. We were not at fault, but it was great to have someone there to hold our hand through it all. 14:00 What would I do differently next time? I'd get help from people like the FSB earlier. You've got to know when to ask for help. What steps could people listening take to reach out and get assistance? Have a look at the website and all the services provided. Tax investigation protection is a part of the membership (an important one in coming years) Small businesses are the backbone of this economy. 70%+ of employers and an important part. We're not talking a lot of money for this membership, and every bit of revenue goes back into supporting Small Business - £147 per year (based on the number of people in the business). We have a lot of sole traders who are members. Sole traders also have legal obligations, tax returns. We cover right up to...
46 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Happy Good News - Oct 2021 Roundup
The Problem Busters have a quick chat through some positive news articles from October. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. This show's reading list: Most plans for new coal plants scrapped since Paris agreement: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/14/most-plans-for-new-coal-plants-scrapped-since-paris-agreement Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/13/firm-bring-back-woolly-mammoth-from-extinction Sep: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea has been billed as the world’s first major net-zero carbon football match. https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/sport/climate-crisis-the-football-clubs-making-net-zero-more-competitive/ One of London’s busiest streets goes car-free (a section of the Strand): https://www.positive.news/society/one-of-the-busiest-streets-in-london-goes-car-free/ Renaming Revolution: the campaign to change the language of maternity care: https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/wellbeing/the-campaign-to-change-the-language-around-maternity-care/ Magnetic male contraceptive invented.https://www.forbes.com/sites/jvchamary/2021/07/29/magnetic-male-contraceptive-birth-control/ Food market in Vancouver https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/rescued-food-market-vancouver-sells-food-saved-from-landfills-at-pay-what-you-feel-prices/ Berlin campaign to ban cars https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/berlins-car-ban-campaign-its-about-how-we-want-to-live-breathe-and-play Fossil Found by Kids in New Zealand Turns Out to Be 27 Million-Year-old Giant Penguin https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/giant-pengiun-fossil-found-in-new-zealand-by-kids-unites-ancient-genus/ How India’s Air Pollution is Being Turned into Stylish Floor Tiles https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/indian-entrepreneur-invents-cheap-air-purifier-and-sends-the-waste-to-be-made-into-tiles/ Ireland pilots basic income for creatives. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/basic-income-scheme-for-artists-art-workers-to-be-piloted-in-2022-1.4698533 Plyscrapers in Sweden: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/14/skelleftea-swedish-plywood-eco-town-20-storey-wooden-skyscraper-worlds-tallest Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor Cover art credit: Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash
62 minutes | Oct 23, 2021
Keep on moving while working from home with Kristi Barker
Energetic Physiotherapist Kristi Barker gives us the low down on the science of keeping moving to stay healthy. With so many of us now heading into our second year working from home, it's more important than ever that we spare a thought for the need to mix it up, to sit and to stand, to get outside and stay active, but most of all - to find our own balance of activity. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Kristi Barker is a Physiotherapist from Regina Saskatchewan, in Canada who specialises in rehabilitation and injury recovery. Kristi on Instagram Kristi on Tik Tok Sign up to Kristi's mailing list For $50 off the Happy Massage Gun (Discount code: REACHREHAB) Show mentions: I've been a Physical Therapist for 5 years now. I was really into Volleyball when I was younger and kept injuring myself 02:30 I got into Physio after a trip to Uganda to help distribute wheelchairs. A young man who was destined for a wheelchair was re-diagnosed, educated and avoided being put into a wheelchair! Where Reach Rehab came from: How can we use education to help educate in a bigger scale? I put it on Instagram and it's taken off. I've never looked back since! It has been such an amazing way to educate thousands of people at once. Instagram - a social media platform for images and videos. Tik Tok is the new version. Instagram: Reach.rehab. Videos of Kristi explaining how to recover from injuries. 06:00 What is Physiotherapy when you really get down to it? A mix of Chiropractor and Massage therapy. Clicking and joints, to working with muscles. We look at the muscles and joints, how they work together and we are the doctors of movement. To ensure you are moving optimally and functioning at your best. There are so many different regions of Physiotherapist. With babies, in the hospital, with patients, with people who are recovering, with athletes. There is a lot of research going on. The Masters program made it a 6.5 year degree. In the USA, there are doctors of Physiotherapy. 09:00 Jonathan's first introduction into Physiotherapy - Science faculty folks were working alongside sports doctors. For teeth health it is ingrained in us as a child that we should brush our teeth daily. So why isn't mobility and strengthening daily ingrained in us? That majority of people who are on pain medication, by the time I see them, don't want to be on them. Movement is medicine! Prevention is an exciting trend. People coming in to prevent future injury. You don't need to have an injury to come and see a Physical Therapist, you can talk to us to help prevent injuries. What complaints from working from home? Back pain, neck pain, hip pain and tennis elbow. It is more the static posture we are in for prolonged periods. This leads to lengthened and shortened ligaments. The wonderful people who work in the NHS. It is great to see Physiotherapy embedded in Hospitals and within the healthcare system. Being prescribed a Physio in a situation that used to lead, with the same doctor, to being prescribed pain medication. 16:00 Post-surgery it is almost imperative to see a Physio. What is the...
62 minutes | Oct 9, 2021
Starting a business with Henry Latham
Entrepreneur, founder and coach Henry Latham shares the low down on how to start a business. From deciding if you really want to, to evaluating ideas, to building it in a way that fits in with your lifestyle (rather than replacing it). We cover a lot of ground here while discussing the founding game, and explore what might be in it for you and your family. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Henry Latham is a London-based Entrepreneur and founder of Prod MBA. First attracted to starting his own business while backpacking in South America, Henry has founded, grown, funded and wound up his own business and is now enjoying helping others evaluate and pursue their own business ideas via the Prod MBA course. Henry now lives in sunnny Middle England. Show mentions: 01:00 It started when backpacking in Brazil by myself, floating down a boat in the Amazon. Backtracker - my first idea and first business. An app for tracking travel. As a Politics and Spanish major I had to learn it as I went along. Fast forward a year or so, we'd been through an accelerator program and raising investment, the business failed due to making every mistake in the book. Book - Product Leadership starts with you My second business: Prod MBA and helping people succeed. 04:00 What lessons did you learn from the initial business failure? I could dig into many things, but many are well trodden. The surprising thing for both Product leader and entrepreneur is the disillusionment with the business you are building. Looking back, I never believed in raising investment and shaping a pitch deck to show scaling 10x per year. I started the first business because I liked travelling. In the end I became stuck in London in the funding cycle. But I was really wanting to build something that was more aligned with my beliefs and the lifestyle I wanted to life. 06:00 Does starting a business have to mean building an app? We have a misconception that a product equals a solution. What what we need to be successful in business is to understand where value lies in a market and how best to deliver that value. Take coaching: There could be many way to achieve this. It could be an app, but you could deliver more value in say a high level coaching program. It is a big mindset shift for many. Obviously technology enables delivery of value, but it isn't the only way to get them to their desired outcome How do we get customers to their desired outcome the fastest way possible? This is what we need to be doing. 10:00 What is the Prod MBA? The market need is that there are Product Managers to master core competencies of Product Management. As a Product person, I was seeing so many courses and books that were so far removed from reality, that it wasn't helpful. The real world of product is messy, it's uncertain and you come up against challenges of your own ego, pressure of people pulling in different directions. There is a psychological aspect to product We teach these competencies by building a real product from scratch - because that is the best way you are going to learn. 13:00 Some examples of ideas people have tackled in the gym? Akash: Gym towels and prototyping bamboo towels. Nittin: Healthcare and how to choose healthcare options in the U.S. What we teach is that it is all about understanding where the biggest problems are in the market Is it an addressable problem? Is it an acute problem? Is it worth addressing? We don't talk about solutions until 8 weeks into the program. It's a massive mindset shift for...
24 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Happy Goodwin Day - 1 year of pods
The Problem Busters celebrate reaching the big 1 year of podcasting together in this short yet witty episode. What were we thinking setting this show up? What have we learned and what is next for the show? All will be revealed in this annual celebration episode. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. Show mentions: Happy Goodwin day!!! 1 year today What we planned when we started? It was a crazy idea... to highlight people helping fix things around them. What we have learned? People were interested! and hundreds of people have listened. We've met some amazing people. "Met" 😁 There is a lot of improving going on. When you start to look for it, we are surrounded by people doing positive things. There is plenty of positive news around. Lock down has been both master and teacher. It held us apart physically, yet brought many together. Lockdown was a mirror we couldn't help but look into. The air was cleaner, no cars, peace and quiet, trivialities no longer important. Focus on what was important - planet, freedom and loved ones What we are doing next? A long list of interesting people to talk to Happy good news, each month. More nerdy science!! Episode: Avoiding burnout with Daryl Woodhouse Gone Workabout - Episode: Made in the 90s Logo and concept by Christy Connor.
34 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Happy Good News - Sep 2021
In this first edition of Happy Good News, the Problem Busters have a quick chat through some positive news articles from the week that was. This may even become a regular fixture on the show... About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. Show mentions: Carbon capture Iceland (or on YouTube) UK green sector nearly 4 times side of manufacturing: Low-cost rail firm Lumo launches in UK Rewilding - The Monks Wood Wilderness experiment An NHS rule change means more gay and bisexual men can now donate blood Climate cafes - getting together to discuss climate change. Logo and concept by Christy O'Connor
61 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
On art and ecology with Eva Bubla
Ecological artist and activist Eva Bubla shares how art can challenge us to see the wood for the trees when it comes to our impact on the planet. She takes the Problem Busters on a fascinating tour of eco-clever projects spanning multiple countries. If you have ever wondered if your creativity could get people thinking in a positive way, then this episode is for you. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that highlights people with ideas to solve the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Eva Bubla is a Hungarian artist who deals with environmental and ecological issues. Her insightful and thought-provoking projects have both an activism and education element and have been widely recognised. Eva has participated in a range of projects and artist collectives, including Green Root Lab and PAD. Eva is currently based in Budapest. Eva's website Show mentions: 01:50 Art has always been in my mind. Ever since being a child. My current practice is rooted in Indonesia, because that is where I started dealing with environmental issues. I studied there and stayed longer, those experiences pushed me in this direction. Wanting to deal with environmental issues both as a person and as a citizen. 03:00 What sparked the interest in the environment specifically? 2011-13 I was at University, we had a task to form groups and experiment using art. I used to study painting before (a solitary process), but this working with a group, on location at the beach, was exciting. We were asked to use materials we found on the spot. Using material on-site was one of the sparks in taking me in this direction. Because the materials included a lot of rubbish on the beach - it was obvious to use that, and one of the experiences that started my journey. This was 9 years ago and my perspective has changed a lot. I would not now use rubbish as a material (I find it contradictory), but at the time it was a moment that got me starting thinking about the environment. 06:00 The question of visibility. We have services that take rubbish away, so it is not visible how much rubbish we create. Governments such as the UK government pay for rubbish to be exported to other countries. Many just put it to landfill, it's important to follow the chain and have visibility of it. Greenpeace UK as an important group in raising awareness here. Documentary: Plastic China. A movie about family businesses that process plastic, horrible waste, which was imported into China from other countries. It's a must-see for all of us. Regulations are already changing, a lot of countries are already saying no to waste that is exported to them from other countries. Making art from things that have been found can really shock people. In that project - we built the shape of a nautilus shell, but the material related to this human habit of generating waste. I no longer want to create artworks from waste because it has the risk of making waste look aesthetic. 11:00 Earliest memory of being interested in art - kindergarten! My first memory that comes to mind is sitting at a small table in kindergarten and drawing a tale for children. 12:30 Project: Designated Breathing Zone. The first version came out of a residency with HONF foundation (art and engineers - makers). My...
68 minutes | May 28, 2021
Avoiding burnout with Daryl Woodhouse
We talk to Daryl Woodhouse about burnout and how to avoid it. A timely episode for many who have survived lockdown by working (even harder) from home. As we step out into the world again, some will be in balance and looking to keep it that way, while others will have lost sight of the outdoors and be in need of a rethink. Daryl shares his story from corporate to start-up, the experience of running a coaching and training business during lockdown, and what he has learned along the way. Plenty of tips are shared in a bite-sized and easy to apply way. This episode will get you thinking, and will likely cause you to reclaim a bit of your precious daily time for spending what you love most. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Daryl Woodhouse is a speaker, coach and founder who helps leaders and their teams grow performance and maximise life-work balance. He has a long track record of working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 to plucky startups. His most recent program The Life Work Effect has just hit the market to help people achieve balance. The Life Work Effect site Daryl's LinkedIn Daryl's website Show mentions: Two halves of career to date: Corporate leadership up to a FTSE Top 10 level, and lucky enough to benefit from a leadership development program that got me where I am today. Then in 2012, I started my first business. Starting a business and there being a lot to learn to do so (and how to beat the odds and not fail). Advanced Business Partnerships scaled up to 7 figure revenues in the first few years in the areas of leadership, coaching, mentoring and non-executive leadership training. 2016 coming away from that business and getting involved in several technology companies and a few exits, and getting into lecturing in business, then keynote speaking. 05:00 Having a major burnout was the result. Something that was a long time coming as a workaholic who put work before life for too long. A personal tragedy finally brought everything out and showed that life happens and if burnout is not dealt with, then health problems result and relationships are the result. Coming back from burnout and moving to a 4 day week, seeing work life improving as a result, means I've realised that less is sometimes more. Less is sometimes more, I've realised there is a better way than the traditional rat race many corporates and entrepreneurs just accept. 07:20 It should be life work balance, not the other way around. Sustained success comes with planning life first, then fitting work around it. 08:00 Signs of burnout? A number of things came up for me. Things like working long hours, always being too busy, too rushed and regularly late for meetings (even just a few minutes), they love work and see it as a hobby, but it can be a very unhealthy one. For overachievers, it is a natural habit to try to pack too much into the day. Being aware of being too reactive to time gremlins and to be proactive in how we spend our time (and the boundaries we set) is the key to overcoming them. 10:00 Tips for putting life first? Do exercise at the start of the day, not at the end. Make time for lunch. Garmin watches as a way to track stress during the day and as a trigger to have down...
58 minutes | May 15, 2021
Becoming a product company with Jason Knight
Jason Knight takes the Problem Busters through the ins and outs of Product. What is Product as a function and why is it so important? What do businesses stand to gain from becoming "Product companies" and why does doing it your way matter so much? This episode answers the "what is Product anyway?" question and will leave you with a solid understanding of the product-driven mindset that permeates modern companies and has resulted in the products you love, and the apps you use every day. Jason is a straight-talking Product leader who hosts the One Knight in Product podcast, and we talk about how to start a podcast, what is involved in podcasting and why we all love it so much. About the show: Problem Busters is a show that explores solutions to the biggest and the smallest of problems. Hosts Jonathan Goodwin and Oliver Happy discuss making the world a better place with guests from far and wide. About our guest: Jason Knight is a Product Leader, Podcaster and speaker. He is Product Director at RegTech startup DueDil, and is host of the popular One Knight in Product podcast. Jason lives with his family near London. Jason's podcast: One Knight in Product Contact Jason on Linkedin Follow Jason on Twitter Show mentions: Starting out with 19 years in big corporate, from research, to analytics, to product management and now product leadership Transitioning to a Fintech startup 02:15 Doubling down on the growth journey and ensuring you don't go stale by keeping learning and getting to understand things you didn't understand before. Podcasting as an interesting ride - and a way to talk to interesting people. A way to talk to up and coming product leaders Podcast: One Knight in Product 03:00 Anyone could start a podcast. Anyone can! As with most things, just go for it, try it and get started. Apply the Lean startup terms to learning podcasting - test and learn. Just get started with a cheap mic, plugged into your laptop. You will meet some really interesting people. Book: Lean Startup There are now well over a million podcasts out there in the world. 07:45 It being easy to set up a podcast means that many people have. That also means there are many - and it's hard to get attention of people who you want to have tune in. It can be an emotional rollercoaster YouTube as the second largest search engine on the planet and a great place to get into podcast promotion and discovery 09:00 One Knight in Product as a podcast focused on Product Management themes Inclusion and Diversity as important topics in our world today Themes in Product, things people are struggling with and focusing on. 10:00 Aspirations of becoming a Product company don't always match with reality of a business. Need to find your own way. 11:30 Top down, setting of culture is vital for becoming a product company. Having the correct mindset and alignment is absolutely critical. Enabling the culture and the cross-functionality and the teams that are needed to have discussions and make difficult prioritisation decisions. 12:30 What is a product? Something that solves and important problem in a scalable way, for as many people as possible, in a profitable way. 16:40 What is a product company vs. what is a professional service company? A product is something you can buy in a standard way, a professional service is a service that is customised for you. As a product person, you will be asked to do a lot...