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History doesn't write itself and the world doesn't change itself, people do - "THIS IS MY WHY: Stories of social change" talks to some of the incredible people who are dedicated to changing our world for the better and explores why they do it. The podcast is hosted and produced by Brian J. Higgins. Brian is the CEO of the Resource Alliance, a nonprofit that works globally to strengthen the social impact sector by supporting organisations and social movements to develop the critical human, fi ...
 
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Henry works with generations in the workforce to help them become more productive and effective. She gives us an overview of the generations, busts some myths and provides us with some hacks for getting the best out of every generation in the workforce. Stereotyping occurs across all generations, and all involve myths, such as someone being ‘being …
 
Khakan always felt "different", on the peripheral of any circle - family, social, political or otherwise. With a background is in Health & Social Care he is acutely aware of what it means to be treated differently when from a more marginalised community. Khakan felt, even from a young age that he did not really fit in. He felt different but was not…
 
Esi is an advocate for disability inclusion in the workplace and longs for a world where disabled people are treated equitably in every cornerstone of life and that their disability is recognised and celebrated, and feel that they belong and are valued. Status quo about what being welcome and valued should be, inclusion is a feeling that comes from…
 
Andrew talks about domestic abuse following his own previous experiences in a former marriage. His passion is to generate awareness of all the faces of domestic abuse, including parents abused by children, LGBTQ+, male victims, and women abused by men. Andrew, in a former marriage, was a long-term victim of domestic abuse. He is now a passionate ca…
 
Hung, who is a “triple immigrant”, believes that there is no truth, only consensus, and the manner in which we collectively cope with this revelation will define how gentle or cruel our future humanity is going to be. Hung as a “triple migrant” believes when you are from an ethnic background that is not native to a country you end up living in, alt…
 
Michelle was in Sri Lanka on boxing day 2004 as the Tsunami hit. The impact of that highlighted to her that each of us have our own inner Essence that makes us who we are, She has now developed her own programmes for assessing people in organisations Michelle always thought she understood human behaviour but began to question this after she was cau…
 
Iain believes that the “Why of D&I” is quite simple. Everyone should be given the same opportunities and feel included and be encourage to open their eyes, to talk, to listen and to learn. Iain is a 54-year-old heterosexual white male whose wish is for everyone to just be able to be themselves. He is aware that these characteristics put him in a pr…
 
Rachel is radio presenter with Sonder Radio in Manchester. who present her own show. As an Aussie transgender woman she has amassed varied experience in her life from being a Nurse, prospector and more recently a Transgender advocate. Rachel is a dual national who sees her home as Australia, despite being born and now residing in the UK. She lives …
 
Niels helps managers to become better leaders by making them master the concept of sustainable leadership. He also works to bring Diversity and Inclusion to the centre of attention of organisations and the people who work there. Many organisations say that they treat equality, diversity & inclusion as a ‘must have’, yet often it is an area where bu…
 
Greg is a global D&I director who is frustrated by the level of performative action in industry and the reliance of the same old soundbites that don’t effectively move the needle on diversity and inclusion. Greg believes we reuse the same lingo and terminology, i.e. ‘bringing your authentic self to work’, used as well-meaning terms, but without unp…
 
Marcus works with businesses that want to scale fast and is not afraid to ask shitty and uncomfortable questions. He challenges thinking, especially when it is learnt behaviour to help organisations remove the constraints that hold them back Marcus believes we very rarely self-reflect because we are busy and fixated on carrying on doing things the …
 
Ever since Andi can remember they have always looked at the edges, at those people who haven't quite fitted in and now feels that they also occupy that space - "on the edge" Growing up Andi never quite felt as though she fitted in, despite as she says, ‘playing the game’ and following expectations by going to university and then starting her career…
 
Lulu was a criminal defence lawyer for 11 years prior to coaching and empowering women to come to the forefront in society as an asset and not as a weakness. Lulu used to be a criminal defence lawyer, fighting for people’s freedom from incarceration. She is now a coach and uses the word ‘rebel’ and all ‘rebels want freedom’ in her branding, especia…
 
Mandy Hickson is a former Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 pilot, now keynote speaker and author of the best selling book an officer not a gentleman, D&I is incredibly important to her and she feels we still have some way to go Mandy joined the Royal Air force in 1994 aged 21 and became part of the first group of women allowed to fly fast jets and only …
 
Mindy encourages people to be more thoughtful in their conversations, interactions and the way they show up in the world. This includes putting more thought' into 'thought leadership'. Mindy believes there is broad recognition that we don’t have a level playing field in many sectors/pockets of society and she believes things can be different. She l…
 
Peter speaks to organisations who let their most valuable resource slip through their fingers, and what they can do about it through knowledge recognition and risk assessment. We all accumulate a vast amount of knowledge during out lifetime but how do we download this, and what happens to it all, especially specialist knowledge that has the power t…
 
Respect is Antoinette's No.1 value and she has an allergic reaction each time she witnesses someone being disrespected. She believes that everyone deserves to be who they are and everyone deserves to be heard. Antoinette works with women in leadership to help further their careers, as they often contact her after experiencing imposter syndrome, con…
 
Mushtaq Khan is passionate about tackling inequality, giving people the best chance in life through helping the social housing sector become more inclusive through leadership and governance, community services and workforce development. When soldiers were returning from the trenches after World War I, the government launched an initiative called ‘h…
 
Diksha grew up in Uganda with Indian heritage and saw prejudice against the indigenous people first hand and then she herself became a refugee at the age of 15 and now wants to free all women from being prisoners of pain. Diksha has been a practising therapist for 23 years and offers integrated wellbeing services for women helping them manage stres…
 
Penny was just getting into her stride with managing in-person programmes when September 11th 2001 shifted her ways of working and forcing her to be an early adopter of virtual working. Penny started her career as a Project & Programme Manager, working to ensure every programme was as good as it could possibly be and quickly realised that in order …
 
In the inaugural episode of This Is My Why, Brian J. Higgins sits down with Peabody Award-winning Sesame Street alumnus and CEO of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), Naila Farouky to find out what drives a psychology graduate who has lived in Egypt, Kenya, the US, Jordan, Switzerland, and South Africa to switch gears and move to philanthropy. Suppor…
 
Neil, the CEO of the REC, talks about his belief that responsible and conscious capitalism can be inclusive and be able to realise the benefits to their business Inclusion is more than a buzz word in 2021, it is a critical business priority. The main message Neil shares with the Business leaders he works with is ‘don’t leave it to your HR Director’…
 
Stacy is a parent, actor, feminist and member of the Women's Equality Party who is passionate about intersectional feminism Until we are free of the discrimination that comes from not looking like or being like someone else then none of us are safe and none of us are really free. The same is true for inclusion, if the world that you are in does not…
 
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