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Better Angels with Sarah Brown

Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit.
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Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit. 

 

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Executive Producer:Ben Hewitt & Lolita Laguna

Editor: Lolita Laguna

Music: Pete Lyons

Photo: Brian Aris

Studio: People's Postcode Lottery studio in Edinburgh

May 14, 2019

In this new series of the Better Angels podcast, host Sarah Brown is exploring how different personality types call for change.

For the final episode of this series, Sarah speaks with Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Change at Save the Children Kirsty McNeill, who is leading teams to galvanise the public and influence policy makers on humanitarian action, global development and help for children here in the UK.

May 2, 2019

In this new series of the Better Angels podcast, Sarah Brown is exploring how different personality types call for change.

In this episode of the series, Sarah speaks to a range of guests about the new styles of campaigning, ones that look different to what we usually see and don’t always start with big budgets. These campaigns are often down to one person, affected in a personal way, which can launch some of the most innovative ideas.

First we hear from James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand, co-founders of Oscar’s Book Prize, an annual prize for the best books written for under-fives, awarded each year in memory of Oscar Ashton. Sarah talks to James and Viveka about their young son Oscar, who passed away 2012 when he was three and a half years old and how Oscar’s Book Prize has grown over its six years of operation.

Next, Sarah speaks with Ivan Rosales, a campaigner whose own immigration status gave him insight into the experiences of those living in limbo right now in the United States, as undocumented young people. Using his experience, he founded the New York State Leadership Council, an organisation that empowers immigrant youth to drop the fear and challenge the American immigration system. 

Sarah then speaks with Carys Afoko, co-founder of Level Up, a new feminist organisation launched at the start of 2018, with a mission to build a community of feminists who can work together to end sexism in the UK.

Paul Divakar, a renowned Dalit activist and former General Secretary of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, based in Delhi, speaks with Sarah about a personal trauma that inspired him to act.

Finally we hear from Kirsty Mcneill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Change at Save the Children, who is leading teams to galvanise the public and influence policy makers on humanitarian action, global development and help for children here in the UK.

Apr 26, 2019

In this Better Angels interview special, host Sarah Brown speaks with James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand, co-founders of Oscar’s Book Prize, an annual prize for the best books written for under-fives, awarded each year in memory of Oscar Ashton.

Oscar’s Book Prize champions the vital importance of reading to young minds and as Chair of Theirworld, who recently mobilised a global campaign for investment in early learning and pre-primary education, Sarah understands the importance of advocacy such as this.

Invited this year to be a judge of Oscar’s Book Prize 2019, Sarah talks to James and Viveka about their young son Oscar, who passed away in 2012 when he was three and a half years old and how Oscar’s Book Prize has grown over its six years of operation.

Apr 24, 2019

In this new series of the Better Angels podcast, Sarah Brown is exploring how different personality types call for change. In this episode of the series, Sarah speaks to a range of guests about the Voices of activism. 

First we hear from Scottish actor David Tennant about his work supporting various charities, including Comic Relief and Worldwide Cancer Research. Sarah speaks to David about how to best use his well known voice for a good cause.

Sarah then speaks with Omotoke Titilope Olowo, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from Nigeria, who represented her country and the charity at the United Nations meetings in 2018. Sarah speaks with Omotoke about her work as a special needs therapist at a school in Nigeria, and how her work shapes her campaigning voice.

Next, we hear from Kim Polman, founder of Reboot the Future, a non-profit organisation that aims to use the Golden Rule, 'treat others as you would wish to be treated,' to inspire, unite and hold to account leaders and citizens to build an increasingly compassionate and sustainable world. 

Finally, Sarah speaks with Natasa Pantelic about her work as a local councillor in England, and how she is finding a voice to make a difference in her local community. 

Apr 17, 2019

In this Better Angels Interview Special, Sarah Brown speaks to Caroline Criado Perez, a writer and feminist activist and one of Britain's best known campaigners for women’s rights and visibility.

Starting with The Women’s Room project, a national campaign to call for female experts to be better represented in discussion, Caroline then took on the Bank of England, who were at risk of removing the only other female face, apart from the Queen, from British banknotes. This lead to the Bank of England announcing Jane Austen would feature on the £10 note. In 2018, Caroline’s latest campaign culminated successfully in the instillation of the first ever female statue, of suffragist campaigner Millicent Fawcett, in London’s parliament square, opposite The House of Commons.

Ever engaged as a feminist activist, Caroline works now to inspire and explore women’s participation in the democratic process, and has just published a new book Invisible Women.


Building on her interview in The Noise of Activism, you can hear Caroline’s full interview here, and explore what inspires her work.

Apr 17, 2019

In this new series of the Better Angels podcast, Sarah Brown is exploring how different personality types call for change.

In this episode of the series, Sarah speaks to a range of guests about the Noise of activism, and how the volume of a protest can help it reach audiences fast and with impact.

First, we hear from British journalist and feminist activist Caroline Criado Perez about her work with The Women’s Room project and her campaign against the Bank of England, when they were at risk of removing the only other female face, apart from the Queen, from British banknotes.

Sarah then speaks with education development practitioner, youth advocate and Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador Gideon Olanrewaju, about Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative, an organisation he founded in 2014 to ensure access to quality education for those in rural communities across Africa.

Finally, we hear from Inna Modja, a Malian musician and activist for women and girls rights and climate change. Sarah speaks with Inna about her Great Green Wall project with the United Nations, her upcoming documentary film which saw her take a life-changing journey through Africa and her concept of the African Dream.

Apr 10, 2019

Listen to Sarah Brown in conversation with Sarah Corbett, Claire Heuchan and Stuart Beveridge with special episodes of their interviews from the Quiet Activism podcast

Claire Heuchan is the award-winning black feminist writer who blogs under the name Sister Outrider.  

Apr 10, 2019

In these interview specials, listen to Sarah Brown’s extended interviews with guests from the Quiet Activism Better Angels episode.

Stuart Beveridge, who has been blind since birth, works for Seescape challenging large technology companies to improve their accessibility and better communicate what features they offer.

Apr 10, 2019

In these interview specials, listen to Sarah Brown’s extended interviews with guests from the Quiet Activism Better Angels episode.

 

Sarah Corbett is a professional activist and founder of Craftivist Collective - a social enterprise that combines craft and activism to engage people with social justice in a non-confrontational way.

Apr 3, 2019

In this new series of the Better Angels podcast, Sarah Brown is exploring how different personality types call for change.

In this first episode of a new series, Sarah speaks to inspiring guests about quiet activism and how introverts are using their gentle voices to create big change.

First, we hear from Sarah Corbett about the the challenges that introverts can face and the art of gentle protest. Sarah is professional activist and founder of Craftivist Collective - a social enterprise that combines craft and activism to engage people with social justice in a non-confrontational way.

Sarah also spoke to Claire Heuchan, the award-winning black feminist writer who blogs under the name Sister Outrider. Listen as they discuss how about the significance reader’s attach to Claire’s blog and how through building connection and being honest about mental health, she has created change.

Stuart Beveridge has been blind since birth and through his work with Seescape, is challenging large technology companies to improve their accessibility and better communicate what features they offer. Accompanied by his guide dog Ron, Stuart spoke to Sarah about how accessibility in technology is breaking down barriers and how social media creates partnership and community.

Mar 12, 2019

Live from Theirworld’s International Women’s Day breakfast event in London and hosted by Sarah Brown and U.S. activist and youth skills campaigner Jamira Burley, this Better Angels episode features inspiring women from a variety of sectors joining together to discuss safe schools and how to break down barriers to girls’ education.

You will hear from actor Indira Varma, TV presenters Anita Rani and Fiona Phillips and Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

The event was headlined by young women, including Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz – who were attacked by terrorists in 2012 on their way home from school in Pakistan. The opening panel also included Yara Eid, a remarkable young Palestinian woman who grew up in Gaza and continued her education despite experiencing attacks on her home and school.

At the event, Theirworld’s 2019 Inspiration Award and #WriteTheWrong Award were presented to Jude Kelly CBE and Shaheed Fatima QC respectively for their contributions to the girls’ education movement.

Join Theirworld, Sarah Brown and Jamira Burley in breaking down the barriers to girls’ education.

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