52. THE QUIET RENEWABLES REVOLUTIONReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we’re looking into the sky, the sea and all around us for our energy and talking about the good news that we see in the revolution in costs and take up of renewables around the world. And we’’ll be asking our guests Jeremy Leggett from SolarCentury and Juliet Davenport from Good Energy what more we should be doing in the UK and globally.
Comedian Sooz Kempner addresses dressage, compensatory crisps and dips for date rejections, start school term with the rest of the rest of the film you started watching at the end of term, parental rent paying fairness, free school dinners for EVERYONE, The Purge but for one day a year men can't tweet.
51. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Not for the binReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Ed and Geoff are back in the same room after their summer holidays / "lads tour". This week we hear from Saasha Celestial-One and Lindsay Boswell about the disgusting situation of food waste the country has gotten in to, despite so many below the breadline going hungry. We look at the Foodshare and Olio programmes and what they're doing to roll us back to the era of making the most of everything we have and hopefully reduce the UK throwing one-third of all food away.
Comedian Phil Wang takes on groups of pedestrians, inconsistent bigots, Lemsip defaults, Whitewashing, eating at restaurants, Summer, saying "we" when speaking about your favourite sports team... and the School syllabus avoiding teaching about the British Empire
50. REVERSING THE CYCLE OF GANG VIOLENCE: Lessons from ScotlandReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! The final of our "lads on tour" live shows. Here we talk to the Edinburgh Fringe audience about correcting the "recreational violence" cycle many young people get trapped in. Karyn McCluskey is our guest and has an extraordinary story of inspiration and success in tackling the issue.
Comedian Luisa Omielan shares the heartbreaking story of her mothers sad death (donations welcome for Helena's Hospice foundation - https://www.helenashospicefoundation.org/) and still manages to give us her ideas for how to make the world a better place. Support for early years, mandatory paternity leave, and giving free travel to everyone for a year when they leave school.
49. BIG DATA CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTHReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Private companies are collecting a lot of information about each of us, but when it comes to our health and wellbeing, that might not be such a bad thing. Mass anonymous data may be the answer to curing many health issues, and provide insights to make sure the right support is on offer for local communities. Mhaari Aitken and Anna Schneider join us to talk us through their research and how it can be taken forward.
Friend of the show Ayesha Hazarika pops by to reveal more anecdotes about her time working for Ed and we throw to the audience for their ideas of how to make the world a better place
48. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: remaking our welfare stateReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we ventured to Lunar festival and spoke to Hilary Cottam about the welfare state. Her new book Radical Help looks at a how the whole system could be re-designed to better support everyone in society.
Comedian Bethany Black asks the Geoffocracy for a Pokestop, no more drinking on public transport and for men to require at least two women as chaperones if they're out past 9pm.
47. IDEAS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE: humankind respecting the EarthReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! We took a trip to Latitude festival. While there Professor Simon Lewis joined us on stage to talk about the book he's co-authored called The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the new planetary age we're in which sees Earth being fundamentally altered by human activity. He tells us what we need to do now.
Comedian Jen Brister joins us to pitch ending period poverty and introducing emoting classes for boys and we hear ideas from our audience.
46. WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKY TOWN: power and prosperity in townsReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! We took a trip to Hebden Bridge, awarded 5th best place to live in the world, to find out how towns and villages can thrive. Lisa Nandy MP and Beth Paramor both know a thing or two about what powers places to success, and what can be done to help those which aren't.
Comedian Debs Gatenby is all about the empathy. She pitches national service in retail, catering or concessions, enforced work playtime and OAP run call centre's.
45. BLOCKCHAIN PARTY: Can it be a force for good?Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! We're getting technical in this episode, we're finding out why many are claiming blockchain to be the technology which could free us from monopolies and grant us better democracy. Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University and UCM in Madrid, and Alice Casey, Head of New Operating Models, Nesta, join us and get us up to speed with what blockchain is all about and whether the hype is true
Comedian Vikki Stone groups the noisy neighbours together, shares ownership of tools and other household stuff, and suggests a way to overcome procrastination
CHEERFUL IN EDINBURGH - NEXT WEEKEND (4th/5th AUGUST)Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Join us at the Edinburgh Fringe next Saturday and Sunday (4th/5th August) - we're recording live episodes at the Pleasance Grand, the epicentre of the biggest arts festival in the world.
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44. THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS: Businesses with a social purposeReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we're talking Social Enterprise, the companies whose primary reason for existing is not profit but social or environmental purpose. Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu (formerly of Barclays) and Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, join us to tell us why social enterprise works for business and society and how we can have more of them in the Geoffocracy.
Comedian and Author Jo Burke advocates for smiley passports, fancy dress, and enforced speakerphone for anyone choosing to make calls on public transport
43. LEARNING FOR LIFE: what should a national education service do?Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
This week we’re talking education and what the big vision should be at our live show at The Politics Festival. We’re joined by Melissa Benn, author of forthcoming book Life Lessons: The Case For A National Education Service and Holly Rigby, a teacher in inner London, who make the case for a broad, lifelong education.
Plus comedian Aisling Bea on what we can learn from Love Island, why we need to go into group therapy with strangers and why we all need a social media ‘minder’.
42. TECH FOR GOODReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we're back to technology, but looking at how it can benefit humanity. Through open platforms and open data, handing the power back to the population can allow some very positive outcomes. We speak to Greta Byrum, Francesca Bria and Adam Greenfield to find out how it's working around the world and what we could try here.
Comedian Cariad Lloyd brings us her (and her husband's) ideas of providing some empathy to those not backing ending period poverty, traffic lights of percentages of fact and opinion in journalism and fines for bad public transport usage.
41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform societyReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This episode, like the companies we're talking about, is owned by everyone who works for it. Cooperative ownership allows the workers to own a stake in the businesses they're working for, allowing them more autonomy and reward for its successes and the understanding and responsibility to help when it's failing. Our guests Joe Guinan from the Democracy Collaborative and Ander Etxeberria from Mondragon Corporation share examples of where this has worked, for the workers, the community and everyone the businesses serve.
Comedy duo Helen & Ellie from the Scummy Mummies podcast bring us maternity/paternity service, micro-chipped dog shit, relationship MOTs, public transport badges/badgers & political funding transparency
40. SILICON VALLEY SERFS: protecting kids from tech overloadReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we've looked up from our phones to look down at the generation of children addicted to theirs. In the wild west of the internet, children aren't as safe as you may hope and it's not just from adult content. Our guests this week Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of 5Rights Foundation, and Dr Richard Graham, a Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, explain why treating children as adults on their technology is such a worry and what we can do about it.
Comedian John Robins is banning online comments, issuing chip licenses, alcohol pricing and funding to cure minor ailments
BE CHEERFUL IN LONDON THIS COMING SUNDAY!Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
We're recording a live episode at Kings Place, London this Sunday (24th June) as part of the Politics Festival. We'll be talking ideas with guests including author Melissa Benn, and we'll be joined by top comedian, Aisling Bea.
BOOK TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/rtbclive
39. ENDING JOBS FOR THE BOYS: overcoming the workplace gender divideReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we discuss the issue of "boys jobs" and "girls jobs" and how men being under-represented in care roles and women being under-represented in the sciences is a self-fulfilling prophecy taught from an early age. We're joined by scientist Nia John, Carole Easton of the Young Women’s Trust and Australian gender equality supremo Libby Lyons to discuss the proactive ways we can achieve workplace equality and stop the "leaky pipe" of lost talent.
Broadcaster Lauren Laverne gets has a gym alternative that would help us keep clean, wants more glitter, access to nature and DOGS.
38. UNIVERSAL BASIC SERVICES: Shaping the 21st century welfare stateReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Could providing more services free at the point of access (like the NHS and education) relieve need and tackle inequality? Our guests Henrietta Moore and Jonathan Portes think so and we hear from academic Oded Cats on how one idea — free local transport — has worked elsewhere.
Comedian Stuart Goldsmith wants to paint the town pink, artist salaries, Japanese plane boarding and mental health lessons in school
37. RETHINKING ECONOMIC SUCCESS: beyond the growth obsessionReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello. We started our Festival tour at ‘How The Light Gets In’ at Hay-on-Wye, joined by Doughnut Economics author Kate Raworth. Listen to a fascinating discussion about how we think about economic success, going beyond economic growth to the environment, care, fairness and everything else that matters!
Comedian Rachel Parris wants legislation for women's toilets, some Internet downtime, jigsaws, and a buddy system for grown-ups.
36. THE GENERATION GAME: Turning round the fortunes of young peopleReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we went on an outing to speak to Lord David Willetts about the Resolution Foundation's new report into how to tackle the crisis in wealth, housing and life chances facing the younger generation and how to build political support for these ideas.
Comedian sisters Flo & Joan recommend a service industry national service, school band for everyone and deanonymising social media.
35. LAW AND DISORDER: fixing the justice crisisReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello. There is a quiet crisis in our justice system: barristers striking, courts creaking, defendants being denied a fair hearing and victims being callously disregarded. It's high time to talk about what has caused it and what we do to fix it? We have best-selling (anonymous) author, The Secret Barrister, and Penelope Gibbs from Transform Justice to give answers.
Comedian Alfie Brown joins us, advocating for Philosopy and slower motorways