Podcasts

ByJoanne

Autism from an Autistic parent’s perspective

This is a story based on Laurie’s experience as an Autistic Parent of an Autistic child and how tackles the stereotypes and misconceptions of what it is like to be Autistic

Join Laurie as they give a no-hold bared view of how their are so many misconceptions of Autistic People, the language, terminology and tropes that propagate many myths. Laurie is themselves an autistic person and is also the parent of autistic children. They share some insights of the challenges they face parenting and in the world of other parents and society. Laurie is a trainer and speaker on the topic of autistic and neurodiversity inclusion to make the workplace accessible.

 
Published Published: 15.10.2020 Recorded Recorded: 18.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:06:53 Downloads Downloads: 36
 

Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Laurie Morgen Laurie Morgen
Different by default
ByJoanne

Being inclusive means leaving no one behind

Jacqui works with in the space that is creating accessible systems of the future. Working with governments and the UN she is at the forefront in ensuring the future is inclusive for all.

As an Internet of Things (IoT) innovator she not only creates the future but she also shapes it. Jacqui talks about the challenges that she is advising the UN and governments from around the world on creating technology and online systems that are inclusive for all, and when she says for all, she means all people from every country. Jacqui has spoken at Davos and met with the father of the modern internet, Tim Berners-Lee. We explore how the world has changed over the last 20 to 30 years due to the birth and growth of the internet, but we must also recognise that we must remain vigilant of Bad Actors and the Dark Web. How this technology develops as the norm for Gen-Alpha and Gen-Beta will shape the world for the future. How can we now ensure that the Boomers and Gen-Xers are not left behind? Listen in to this fascinating conversation with someone right at the heart of this evolution.

 
Published Published: 08.10.2020 Recorded Recorded: 14.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:12:58 Downloads Downloads: 25
 

Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Dr Jacqui Taylor Dr Jacqui Taylor
Flying Binary
ByJoanne

Why isn’t our public transport network accessible for all?

Andy is a Paralympian who specialises in creating accessible spaces. He joins us to talk about his work with the public transport network and the need for true accessibility for all

Disabled people face a real challenge when using public transport. If we focus on the social model of disability then it is the environment that leads a person to be restricted or denied service due to the disability. Andy talks about the work he does with transport companies, especially one particular rail franchise's approach to Inclusive design for services, that takes into account the necessary adjustments to ensure people of any disability can find that they are being considered. He also talks about his experience as a Paralympian and how his life changed for ever during a sporting event in his youth. There is plenty here for organisations to take away in terms of steering their own thinking around accessibility for all.

 
Published Published: 01.10.2020 Recorded Recorded: 10.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:02:26 Downloads Downloads: 227
 

Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Andy Barrow Andy Barrow
Andy Barrow Consulting
ByJoanne

Stress! We don’t need to suffer and be victims to our emotions

I chatted with Ruth where we talked about the challenges of carrying around stress in our lives and how we can find our own strategies to overcome this often stigmatised condition many of us face.

Do you know the difference between stress and pressure? Ruth talks about the difference and how illnesses can aggravated by everyday stress that is allowed to build and escalate unchecked. By using techniques we can learn to reduce our stress levels, organisations can also promote good health by removing some of the causes of stress in the workplace. Each person can have their own triggers, often something in their personal life, a lived experience or even some childhood memory that doesn't get left behind. Negative experiences can build and compound and we just aren't able to offload without tackling our stress as an illness. With Health and Wellness being promoted in many organisation it is important that learning to overcome stress is part of their Good Mental Health programmes and to remove the sigma of talking about their stress.

 
Published Published: 24.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 05.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:00:18 Downloads Downloads: 386
 

Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Ruth Fogg Ruth Fogg
Stressworx
ByJoanne

Why is it so hard for women to get into the boardroom

Gillian explores some of the challenges women are facing in the workplace on route to the boardroom, and the compromises that still seem to be prevalent to balance family life and career success.

Many women face challenges when trying to progress their career, often organisation don't put enough support in place to help women plan their careers. Gillian talks about some of the factors that can often hinder women, some of them structural and some that are down to their own life choices and desires. We talk on the topics of Debiased Recruitment practices and the whole topic of Meritocracy in hiring and progression that often discriminates against those with less typical characteristics. Gillian also talks about her lockdown project of writing and publishing a book that was her daily journal from the past 6 months, including some topic observations and ironies from this COVID-19 shared experience we've all endured.

 
Published Published: 17.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 04.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:00:52 Downloads Downloads: 156
 

Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Gillian Jones-Williams Gillian Jones-Williams
Emerge Development Consultancy
ByJoanne

How to Simplify Inclusion by Focusing on Behaviours

It was an interesting conversation with Jackie where we talked about how we can focus on the language used in our organisations over and above focusing on Unconscious Bias training as our only tool.

Jackie talks about her views on how organisations can develop their diversity and inclusion programmes by expanding on the baseline of unconscious bias training to look more intersectionally with a focus on the power imbalance and privileges that exist in the workplace. Jackie feel that that only by using a collaborate strategy that involves everyone and being proactive in our ally-ship is the only way we, as a society and our organisation can truly more a shift change in attitudes on inclusion. All to often diversity is focused on without looking at the underlying culture issues that need to be overcome first.

 
Published Published: 10.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 31.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:42:28 Downloads Downloads: 37
 

Joanne sat down to talk to Jackie Handy about ‘How to Simplify Inclusion by Focusing on Behaviours’.

In order to become more inclusive we need to focus on the language that we use and behaviours that we demonstrate. Jackie has found when speaking to companies about their D&I strategies, the initial focus tends to be on unconscious bias and discrimination awareness training, which although she admits are a fundamental part of the D&I journey she feels this can put a negative spin on how employees feel about the topic. If someone’s first experience of Diversity and Inclusion is a training courses, it is often them being told that they are biased, and this can lead to them feeling extremely uncomfortable. It can make people feel defensive and ashamed, especially if they thought they were inclusive and affect engagement. Training should be used as part of an ongoing conversation around D&I, but not necessarily as an opening gambit, or in isolation, as this will affect the desired outcomes. It needs to be part of a holistic approach to imbed Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace. Jackie’s advice is to focus predominantly on proactive behavioural steps that can be taken, as this fosters a far more positive feeling. 

Both Joanne and Jackie agree that it is no longer enough to say we are not racist; we now need to be both deliberate and proactive. It needs commitment from everyone to take small steps and look at how we can start the conversation. Jackie suggested companies having a ‘code of ethics’, encouraging people to start conversations in a non-threatening space so they feel able to share and learn from one another. We also need to educate ourselves on not only what it means to have privilege, but also to not. When facing a potentially uncomfortable, or challenging topic our first response can be defensive, something known as the fragility response, where we try to protect ourselves, but we need to try to understand why we respond this way in order to address the issue and move past it.

With any campaign or training an organisation undertakes they need to ensure that the message carries on beyond that, otherwise it will only have a tokenistic effect. We also need to be careful that we don’t discriminate a group just to benefit another – everyone has value and this needs to be appreciated. To achieve this Jackie promotes behaviour, because then you are ignoring all other expressions of our identity and focusing on the one thing that we have in common. We constantly say we do not like labels but continue to use them, but if we take the time to develop relationships and our identity within that relationship then we have a mutual platform we can build from. Inclusion boils down to a love of another human being, we all should take personal responsibility for being the one to make a difference. Jackie longs for the day that D&I is no longer a ‘thing’. We all have an innate need to feel as though we belong and that we are valued for who we are. If we can all start from a place of love, we could continue to develop our bonds and relationship with our fellow human beings, so it is imbedded within us.


Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Jackie Handy Jackie Handy
Runway Global
ByJoanne

Finding your courage and voice to speak out

I caught up with Madeline who is a survivor of a gang rape she experienced in her teens. She talks very candidly about how she found the courage to overcome shame and speak out.

Madeline shares how she overcame her own shame and stigma of being the victim of a gang rape at the age of 13. She is now an activist for speaking out for other victims of rape to challenge how these victims who are most often women are treated by both the system and society. Through her own strength, that took many years to find, she is a storyteller with the Forgiveness Project that works to shares stories of forgiveness in order to build hope, empathy and understanding. Madeline is also a patron of “SAY Women” and “Justice is Now”. At this time of lockdown with COVID-19 we have to recognise the increased level of domestic abuse and be able to actively support those victims to speak out and be heard.

 
Published Published: 03.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 27.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:48:20 Downloads Downloads: 24
 

Joanne sat down to talk to Madeline Black who at the age of 13 was a victim of gang rape to discuss the topic ‘finding your courage and voice to speak out’.

Madeline found that for years shame silenced her, she was ashamed of her history and story, but by finding her voice she steps into the shame and stopped worrying about other people’s opinions.  Shame took away her ability to speak and kept her quiet for over 30 years. Our fear of being judged by others is huge, but the judgement often comes from ourselves. With cases of sexual violence there is often no support from society and the fear of victim blaming makes it exceedingly difficult for people to come forward. Our rape culture allows the perpetrator to almost disassociate themselves from the crime and seems to place blame on the victim. What the victim was wearing or how they were acting is still called into question and this stops people coming forward, for fear of judgement or disbelief. However, these crimes are all down to the perpetrator – people should be able to wear what they want, act how they want and go wherever they want to without any fear of repercussions. Madeleine says that what we do not speak about will leak out of us in other ways and in order to find her courage she had to first lose her fear – something that took a long time to come to terms with. She says you cannot eradicate shame by hiding in the shadows, you need to be able to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

With the rising popularity of social media online abuse is rife and can have a negative mental health impact on the victims. Women are being targeted, even on supposedly professional platforms by ‘trolls’. Madeline believes it is important to share and call these people out, as so many other people will have experienced the same. 

Madeleine feels there is power in finally having alignment – when you are holding a secret you have an internal and external persona and if you are able to reconcile this and be open about it, the effect can be incredibly freeing and allows you to continue your personal growth and development. Despite being a public speaker and discussing her experiences she does not want to be referred to as brave, instead she wants it to be normal that people are able to speak out and be accepted for who they are. She does accept it is a personal journey to reach that point, each person must find acceptance with who they are and what has happened to them. It is a paradox because the event can clearly shape your life, but it is does not have to define you. Both Madeleine and Joanne believe in the power of sharing stories, there are always elements that can resonate and hopefully help others. Madeleine uses her lived experience to help and inspire others. She believes we are all a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for and, although it may take a long time and lots of support, we can get through anything that happens to us. She also believes courage is contagious, when you see someone speak out it can inspire the same from you. It causes a ripple effect.

For a lot of people home is not a safe place and lockdown has really magnified this. The calls for refuge and support has risen dramatically during this period. It is is also difficult time for people’s mental health as we struggle to deal with the uncertainty. We may have all started to grow and adapt in to this new ‘normal’, but Madeleine believes the impact of this will be felt for years to come.


Please connect with our hosts and guests, why not make contact..?


Brought to you by your host
Joanne Lockwood Joanne Lockwood
SEE Change Happen

A huge thank you to our wonderful guest
Madeline Black Madeline Black
The Courage Cultivator
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Contact Us