72. Diana Reynolds – The Bigger Picture

“If you’re looking at the bits you’re not seeing the bigger picture” On this week’s Survival of the Kindest podcast I am delighted to welcome Diana Reynolds. Diana is the Sustainable Development Change Manager for Welsh Government, where she is a leadership coach and manages a long term behaviour change programme. Diana has, in variousContinue reading “72. Diana Reynolds – The Bigger Picture”

Aunties and Little Fish

Aunties and Little Fish Each week we (CC-UK) meet online with wonderful people from around the world and we never know what we’re going to talk about.  This is our members only ‘Kitchen Table’ and it really does feel like a virtual version of the sorts of conversations that emerge in that sort of informal setting.Continue reading “Aunties and Little Fish”

69. Olaf Kuhlke – Cultural Entrepreneurship

This weeks survival of the kind of podcast features Olaf Kuhlke. Olaf was brought up in Germany and studied cultural geography. He went on to study higher degrees in Canada and the United States. He is an associate professor in the department of geography and philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Olaf’s career TookContinue reading “69. Olaf Kuhlke – Cultural Entrepreneurship”

68. Amara Leigh Hull – Happiness, Love and Health

“I guess we don’t really get taught so much at school about how to deal with hormones and how to accept them and be like, that’s okay, that’s fine.”

CW: depression and suicide.

This week Julian talks to TR-14er Amara Leigh Hull. Amara talks openly about the hardships she has been through ranging from depression in school, to how lockdown changed her life, and where dance and music has fitted in with that.

Throughout lockdowns, very dark periods, and going to uni, Amara has kept up working as a leader with the TR-14ers. To hear her speak about the place it has in her life is to learn from someone what a difference community can make.

Birmingham City Charter

Birmingham gain City Charter accreditation Birmingham is the UK’s first accredited Compassionate City The people of Birmingham have been recognised for their compassion in the way communities have supported each other during some of the most difficult times, by being crowned the UK’s first Compassionate City on the 14th March. Accredited by Compassionate Communities UK,Continue reading “Birmingham City Charter”

66: David Aynsley – TR14-ers and What Community Policing Can Be

‘I realised that deprivation is lack of access to human rights. Because every measure of human rights, every human right is also a measure of deprivation. It’s almost the same language.’

The story of how a policeman became instrumental in setting up a Cornish dance group is fantastic. The TR14-ers, named by its young members, are based in Cambourne in Cornwall (a.k.a TR14) and was set up in 2005 by David Aynsley our guest this week. David’s core of compassion, and his understanding of how communities can be nurtured led him to sign his Neighbourhood Police Team up to the first ever Connecting Communities programme run by our former guest Hazel Stuteley, and the rest is history.

It is an extraordinary story that shows what policing can do. The TR14-ers are now a self-run charity, the lessons are free, the young dancers self-organise and lead the dance sessions. This conversation is full of stories that show how you can feed what is good in a community that to many looks like there is nothing, how you can be a supportive police force, how amazing and hard that is, but mostly how worth it it is.

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65: Bennet Zelner – Regenerative Economics

‘My focus now is on how do we transform the economic system so that it fosters connection, that it helps people connect to other people, helps them connect to themselves and helps them connect to the natural world.’

This week Julian talks to regenerative economist Bennet Zelner. While economics is not something that is habitually associated with compassion, in this episode Bennet highlights how it affects us on a day to day level: How our current economic system is draining monetary resources from communities for the benefits of shareholders, and how large the impact of having a different system could be.

Bennet’s work is revolutionary, and his mission of injecting humanity back into economics is well funded and long over due. By changing the way we think about money – as something that benefits many rather than just a few, we can change society.

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63: Part 2 of Hazel Stuteley O.B.E – It’s Not Rocket Science

“The biological changes, the chemical changes that happen in the brain when people get a sense of inference and control is huge. It’s massive.”

This week Julian and Hazel conclude their conversation about Hazel’s amazing work after the enormous success of the Beacon project in Cornwall.

While Hazel had a disappointing stint with the Government, who failed to grasp the importance of what she achieved, her success did not go unnoticed. Through speaking up and down the country Hazel met a hoard of doctors, and various academics, who understood how transformative the Beacon project had been.

Hazels work since then has been no less successful. And throughout all of it she has held onto the key principles that drove the initial project – connection, listening, and giving people space. While it sounds simple, it is incredibly hard to execute with authenticity.

For more information on the work that Hazel has done you can hear last week’s episode, and also look at C2.

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62: Part 1 of Hazel Stuteley O.B.E – Beacon

‘I was taught how to be compassionate, and you need to be taught’

This week is the first part of a conversation with Hazel Stutley O.B.E. Her work has been lauded widely for both the impact that it has had and the way that stakeholders are at the centre of her work, in a way that has been truly transformative.

In part 1 Hazel talks about how she came to community development, and in particular how she started the Beacon project in Cornwall which went on to win awards and, more importantly, had remarkable side effects on the community ranging from better school grades for primary school children, to safer housing.

Hazel’s kindness, and belief in the ability of humans to also be kind and engaged given the opportunity, shines throughout this episode. Through connection and communication grounded in compassion, Hazel has achieved so much, and shown what is possible.

For more information on the work that Hazel has done you can tune in to next week’s episode, and also look at C2

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