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A podcast series for curious minds and critical social thinkers

Steph Cutler, 2016 Clore Social Fellow, talks to us about The Aperture, her new podcast series for curious minds and critical social thinkers.

The Aperature

At the start of the year I would never have thought that my diary would be cleared due to a virus! My disability equality and inclusion organisation, Making Lemonade was hard hit by the pandemic and I found myself with unexpected time on my hands. So, I decided to explore an idea that has been in the back of my mind for a while about sharing social change thinking.

I am privileged to have amazing people in my network, including many Clore Social Fellows. I often have great conversations about creating social change with these people, which usually involves putting the world to rights over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. We get energised about what should be done differently or better to make society fairer and share innovative ideas. We then trot off back to our respective worlds and the ideas and energy stay in the cafés and bars. I found this frustrating, so I wanted to find a way to share these amazing conversations.

Over lockdown I decided, ‘if not now, then when?’ and set about using my time to create a new social change podcast series. Having had no idea how to make a podcast at the start of lock down, I launched my first podcast episode this month!

I chat with a social change maker and then invite a poet/spoken word artist to have the last word and record a creative response to the conversation or issue. Episode one is on disability and future episodes include using lived experience to create systems change within the justice system, allyship, social leadership and drug reform. Most of the guests and artists have lived experience, and all are prepared to think differently about how to create social change. Listen out for future episodes with a Clore Social Fellow and a guest who you may have heard on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4!

You can find The Anchor on all the usual places so please listen, like and subscribe.

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