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38 Remembering Polly Higgins: Ecocide and Protecting the Earth

I was really saddened to hear that Polly Higgins, the ecocide lawyer and environmentalist, passed away yesterday. She was a very special person doing important work for our planet. In the summer of 2017 I was part of a project called Unibus, where we drove a bus full of young people around the UK for 6 weeks visiting intentional communities and inspiring people. Polly was one of those people and was in part inspiration for me starting Ministry of Change. She invited us to her office in...


37 Sally-Anne Airey: How To Be A Mindful Leader

Hi from the French Alps! In this episode Sally-Anne shares her story of transitioning from her role as a commander in the Royal Navy to her work as a Mindful Leadership coach in the French Alps. I have a beautiful chat with Sally-Anne Airey about mindfulness and the role that plays in her life and work, as well as what it means to be a leader in the world today. Sally-Anne invited me to come and stay with her and her husband Simon at their lovely chalet in the Alps, so I've been here...


#36 Anneli Roberts (Pigletish): You Are Not Alone

In this episode I traveled to Cardiff, Wales to hang out with Anneli Roberts who runs a mental health project called Pigletish. She blogs, Tweets and Podcasts about mental health and her work as a mental health advocate helps thousands of people everyday. Pigletis website: Anneli's Twitter: @pigletish Ministry of Change Patreon's can also access a copy of the transcript here In started this podcast with a poem I wrote - If you want to skip straight to the...


#35 James Arnoldi: The Messiah Complex & Growing into the Unknown

In this episode I chat with James Arnoldi about a period in his life a few years ago when he experienced a spiritual awakening / psychotic episode where he believed that he was Jesus. He shares his experience, the process becoming human again and seeing the divinity in all humans. Here is a link to New Unity the Non-Religious church that we mentioned in the conversation. If you are a Ministry of Change Patreon then you can access a copy of the transcript (also available as a PDF download)...


#34 Lucy Purdy: Positive News and How To Change The World

Hello - and welcome to the first episode of 2019! Today's episode features a conversation I had with Lucy Purdy, the editor of Positive News Magazine at the end of last year. Positive News uses the approach of Constructive Journalism to highlight the issues that need tackling in the world and also offer solutions, or highlight people that are working on solutions. It is about agency rather than fear mongering. Shameless plug alert: I was also featured in the latest edition of Positive News...


2019 Update: What's Next For Ministry of Change?

Hi everyone! Welcome to 2019. I hope it is going well so far. I thought I'd start the year off with a little update interlude, before I launch into the full podcasts over the coming weeks, to fill you in on where I and Ministry of Change are now (both physically and in terms of direction) and what some of the plans and ideas are for the coming year. I'd love to hear your ideas of people I could speak to or places I could visit. I'll be back in a few days with episode number 34 of the...


#33 A Year On The Road: Ministry of Change 2018 Review

We are now coming to the end of the first complete year of Ministry of Change, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to reflect back over 2018 and see the evolution of the project and my own growth. I recruited my friend, Adam Bates, someone who I know has listened to almost all of the episodes, to turn the tables and interview me. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions about the journey so far, or have any ideas for things you'd like me to explore over 2019 then send me...


#32 Kai Brouwer: What Happens When Adults Forget to Play

I recorded this conversation over the summer with Kai Brouwer who runs Funbase in Amsterdam. Funbase is a co-working 'treehouse' that doubles up as a play centre for adults. There is a big ball pit, retro and contemporary video games, board games... all the necessary tools for a community of adults to reconnect to their playful inner child. Kai talks to me about his experiences with depression and what happens when we forget to play as adults. Here is a copy of the TRANSCRIPT And here is...


#31 Chrissy Kelly: No One Is Broken

Chrissy Kelly is a wonderful person and she does lots of amazing work around the psychology of thinking with children in the care system and teenagers, to empower them to access their wisdom and use their own agency. Read the TRANSCRIPT Check out her website: Fabulous Thinking Follow her on: Twitter: @chrissy_kelly Instagram: @fab_thinking To support Ministry of Change and for bonus content check out:


(Interlude) Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Apologies to Queen if this infringes copyright - I'm hoping it will fly under the radar. When I first started this podcast, I used to do little interludes like this one, but I got all swept up in making it more professional - but I remembered recently how much I enjoyed making these little bonus extras, so here is one I made a few weeks ago after going to watch Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema. Thanks to everyone who is supporting my Patreon and enabling me to create these spaces to talk...


#30 Bipolar Barbie: Mental Illness, Social Media & Your Authentic Self

In this episode I chatted with Bipolar Barbie - a mental health advocate and social media influencer from Australia, who blogs and vlogs about her experiences living with Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I first got to know Bipolar Barbie through her presence on Instagram, and she uses her visibility on social media to share her story to help and inspire thousands of people around the world. I learned a...


#29 My Story: Depression, Anxiety & Learning that I am Enough

People often ask me if I'm going to share my own story on the podcast - well here it is. Last week I had the opportunity to speak at an event in Brighton run by Dave Perrins (featured in Ep.5 of the podcast) called Share Your Story. The theme of the evening was 'Strength from Weakness: Journeys in Mental Health and Vulnerability' and I was invited to speak alongside two people, Rachel, who shared her journey with eating disorders, and Phil, who talked about navigating depression. Despite...


#28 Kitty's Story: A Change of Perspective

I recorded this conversation with Kitty a few months ago on the Isle of Wight. Kitty's story is fascinating. After spending 31 years working as a mental health nurse for the NHS, after clinically dying due to medical negligence she found herself on the other side of the mental health services, giving her a unique perspective of both sides - the role of the mental health professional and that of the service user. Kitty's story revolves around depression, anxiety, PTSD and the road to...


#27 Dara Blumenthal: What Does it Really Mean to Be Human in the 21st Century?

I recently had the opportunity to go to New York City. While I was there I met up and recorded this conversation with Dara Blumenthal. Dara has spent most of her life contemplating the question of what it really means to be human in the 21st Century. It's a fascinating question and one that is also close to my heart. Dara is a facilitator and coach, but more than that, she is someone with a deep love for people and the planet. We talk about how to self-author your life, the power of...


#26 Kitchen Table Chat: On Anxiety with Steph, Charlie, Dave and Marcus

“Anxiety is trying to tell you something I think. I think that's why it's so different for everyone. It's not this one size fits all ‘this is an illness’. It's about what's behind it.” Earlier in the year I was sitting at my friend Steph’s house in Bristol, having a cup of tea and a chat with here around the kitchen table. The conversation naturally flowed into talking about anxiety, something that is a part of both of our lives. I realised then that this was the kind of conversation I...


#25 On Anxiety and Wild Swimming with Joe Minihane

I’m always interested in hearing ways that people have found to help them explore their experiences with things like anxiety and depression, so I was really excited when I was introduced to Joe Minihane. Joe is the author of the book, Floating: A Life Regained, which documents his journey wild swimming around the UK and the effect that had on his anxiety and his ability to navigate his feelings. Having done a bit of wild swimming myself over the last few months, it was good to be able to...


#24 Mark's Story: A Powerful Story of Addiction, Recovery and Transformation

A few months ago I was on the Isle of Wight and I was fortunate enough to meet Mark Langford. Mark has a powerful story about his struggles with addiction and his mental wellbeing. A word of warning, Mark is very open and honest, and his story contains some difficult parts regarding drug taking and suicide ideation/ attempts, so please bare this in mind if this is something that could be a trigger to you. I’m so grateful to Mark for sharing his story, and I hope he can inspire you as much...


#23 Transforming the Way We Live and Learn with Nadežda & Justus

How could exploring alternative ways of living and learning help us to transform society into something that could help more people thrive? In the last episode of this podcast Charles Eisenstein said “Mental illness is built into society as we know it, and therefore to heal mental illness or to foster mental health is fundamentally a social, political, economic problem. It’s not just how do we treat people better”. On my explorations into ‘mental health’ I often find myself back exploring...


#22 Charles Eisenstein: Mental Health and Interbeing

In this podcast I chat to Charles Eisenstein about mental health, wholeness and the deeper social, political and economic problems that lay behind the high levels of depression and anxiety in our culture today If you could take a moment to rate and review this podcast on iTunes that would help these stories reach more people, and I’d appreciate that so much! If you feel that you would like to contribute to a future episode please get in contact - - and check...


#21 Reclaiming Cornwall From Depression (an audio adventure)

This episode is a bit of an experiment - earlier in the year I filmed a mini 'documentary' about a journey I made to reclaim Cornwall, UK from the dark and stormy memories of depression that I had associated with it on a former trip while depressed a year or so earlier. I decided it worked quite well as an audio story as well, so this is what I've uploaded here. I hope it works for you in this format, but you can also follow the link below to watch the original! Here is the link to the...