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Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business leaders to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them.

What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected.

What Were You Thinking is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture, technology and fresh thinking.
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In this episode Laura is joined by Nimco Ali OBE, Activist and Co-Founder of the Five Foundation. They discuss Nimco's campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and finding support in unexpected places. They also cover feminism, the myth of the African superwoman, and much more. You can follow Nimco and Laura on Twitter: @NimkoAli and @LauraRound ++ In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month.
Laura Round is joined by Entrepreneur Dominic McVey. He isn't your average businessman. Dom was recognised by the Queen as a pioneer in entrepreneurship at the age of 18 and was a millionaire by the age of 15. He passionately believes that the private sector has a huge role to play in improving society and he talks in this podcast why it’s important for businesses to have a purpose and do good. His mantra is “doing good is good business”.   Dom is 35 years young and has already set up successful businesses, including in Africa and Asia. He talks to me about how to encourage more entrepreneurs to follow suit in investing in developing countries. You can follow Dom and Laura on Twitter: @DominicMcVey and @LauraRound ++ In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month.
Laura Round is joined by Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell, Former First Minister of Scotland. They discuss the future of the Union, how English politicians can engage better with Scotland and the future of the House of Lords. He also shares memories of relaxing at the bar at Gleneagles during the G8 summit with world leaders including Chancellor Shroder, President Chirac, Prime Minister Koizumi and President Putin. You can follow Jack and Laura on Twitter: @LordMcConnell and @LauraRound ++ In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month.
Laura Round is joined by Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. They discuss diplomacy, the power of tech and what impact his time serving in Afghanistan and Iraq foreign policy and working as a journalist in the Middle East have had on him and his politics. He also shares his secret to building strong relationships with politicians around the world. You can follow Tom and Laura on Twitter: @TomTugendhat and @LauraRound ++ In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month.
Laura Round is joined by Labour MP Jess Phillips about what has influenced her views and priorities as a politician. It is clear that her time working at Women’s Aid has had a profound impact on her politics, not least now she’s Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. We talk about gender equality, the idea of an exchange programme for MPs and how entering parliament changed some of her views whilst she has always stayed loyal to her core principles. We also talk about tribalism and her journey from growing up in a household where her father used to get in fights with Conservatives at election counts to receiving fan mail from conservative voters. You can follow Jess and Laura on Twitter: @JessPhillips and @LauraRound Edited by Alex Graham ++ In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month.
In the first episode of What Were You Thinking, Laura is joined by Nick Timothy who was Joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May in Number 10 and in the Home Office. Nick provides a rare glimpse into what it is really like working in Downing Street. It is a fascinating discussion where he talks about the threats of China, Theresa May's change of heart on Huawei and his concerns around policing. Nick even shares stories from a meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office, which he hasn’t discussed publicly before… It really is quite something! Follow Nick on Twitter here: @NJ_Timothy and check out his new book called Remaking One Nation: Conservatism in an Age of Crisis. And follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraRound In What Were You Thinking former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them. What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected. This podcast is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture technology and fresh thinking. Give them a follow: @BigTentIdeas And if you are looking for more content, become a friend of the Big Tent for only £6 per month. 
Former political advisor Laura Round speaks to politicians, opinion formers and business people to find out about the experiences, people and places that have inspired them.  What motivates them? Why did they decide to do what they do? What are the most memorable and surprising situations they have found themselves in? The answer is often unexpected.   What Were You Thinking is in partnership with the Big Tent Ideas Festival, the non-partisan festival of politics, culture, technology and fresh thinking.
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