Are you a podcast fan?
I love them. I really like the fact that I can be pottering around doing mundane stuff like the housework, or driving the car, and can still feel like I’m learning and being productive!
I’ve been checking some out, and wanted to share with you some that might be useful, informing and inspiring for those of us doing ‘good business’.
1) The Better Business Show with Tom Idle
Tom is writer, editor and journalist in the field of corporate responsibility. The Better Business Show is “a weekly podcast, full of insight, inspiration and hope for organisations looking to create positive social and environmental change in the world”. Not only does Tom interview some amazing people doing brilliant stuff, but he also talks about the things going on in the business sector, and in the wider economy, and the implications of these things in relation to doing “Better Business”.
2) Inspiring Social Enterprise
In this podcast, Fergal Byrne “talks to experienced and successful social entrepreneurs and change makers, committed to building a better world.” There is an archive of nearly 80 episode and Feral has interviewed some of the great and good in social enterprise who are blazing a trail and sharing their experiences of how they built successful businesses that are not only financially sustainable but are having a positive impact on the world too.
3) Soulful PR podcast with Janet Murray
This isn’t a podcast specifically aimed at ethical business, but I’m a huge fan of everything Janet does, and she give brilliant advice for all business owners in her podcast (and on her blog too!). Each week Janet interviews people about PR in it’s very broadest sense (creating blog content, starting podcasts, using Instagram effectively etc) and also shares advice around common issues faced by many entrepreneurs, such as how to be more productive, and how to brand your business.
4) Changemaker Podcast
This podcast is recently launched but I’m really excited to follow it as it grows. Jackie Biederman hosts this “storytelling podcast for people with big ideas, who dream about working with purpose, and want to make the world a better place to be.” As well as interviews with people running ethical businesses, she also has a series of “minis” where she spends just literally a couple of minutes exploring some of the things we all need to be thinking about as we go out and change the world – things like knowing our strengths and weaknesses, and how we often need to look deeper into things to really understand them.
5) Conscious Chatter
Another one that is not specifically an ethical business podcast, but Conscious Chatter is all about sustainable fashion, which I know is something that lots of us are concerned with.
The host, Kestrel, has interviewed the likes of Patagonia and Timberland, but also explores things like the use of natural dues, and how sustainability can be incorporated into the fashion curriculum.
6) People Fixing the World from BBC World Service
“Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.”
I love the premise of this! As a mending enthusiast I love the idea that we as individuals and as business owners, can not only fix our own stuff, we can also contribute to fixing the world too.
7) The Good Life Project
Again, not one that is specifically focussed at ethical business, but one I think that will be inspiring for many of us. With The Good Life Project, Jonathan Fields is “on a quest to help each other live more meaningful, connected and vital lives. No sleepwalking, no fluff, no delusion or confusion. We’re about living in the real world, pursuing our good lives in a way that is powerful and inspired, yet also sustainable and practical.”
He’s interviews some big names like Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert and Sir Ken Robinson, and as I see it, “Good Business” is very much part of a “Good Life” so I wanted to include this one!
8) The Voices of Social Change Podcast
Josh at Social Change Nation is on a mission “to help build a community – a NATION of sold out change agents who are shifting the course of this world through their businesses, their work, their for purpose organizations and any other networks that folks are using to change the world.”
He interviews businesses that make a dollar and a difference, as well as creating other episodes looking at the factors that can help us to succeed as ethical entrepreneurs.
9) The Ethical Business Podcast
“Inspiring people doing inspiring things”. Sounds good to me!
I love the bit on their About page where they say “there are thousands upon thousands of business owners doing amazing things to have a positive impact on the world. But most of you are slogging away, day-in, day-out, with little recognition and no fanfare.” And the fact that these guys are using their podcast, and their social reach, to share these amazing stories and to highlight all the good stuff that is going on.
10) The Making Good Podcast, with me…!
I have been saying for at least two years that I want to start a podcast. I’ve had a running list in my head of all the brilliant people I want to interview, and all the things I want to discuss. But I’ve been terrified, and I’ve been putting it off.
I even bought the microphone a year ago, and it has sat in the bag in my office looking reproachfully at me ever since.
But bouyed by recently facing my fears and having at go at some Facebook Lives, and launching my first online course, I’m seizing the momentum and have already recorded the first four interviews! So now I have to follow through and produce it. The editing is still scaring the pants off me, but I know I can figure it out, with the help of good old You Tube, and some podcasting friends.
I’ve have had some brilliant chats with Sara Venn from Incredible Edible Bristol, Chris Hellawell from The Edinburgh Tool Library, Saascha Celestial-One from the food app Olio, and Sophie Unwin from The Edinburgh Remakery.
I love that it has already given me the opportunity to reach out and speak to so many of the people I really admire, making so much good stuff happen in the world, and I hope it will inspire others to act on their dreams and half-formed ideas and to get out there too.
Who would you love to hear from? Who are your heroes and heroines who are showing us all that we can do business that is good for people, planet and profit? Do let me know, and I’ll see if I can get them on!