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Author: Mike Oldham

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Mike Oldham lost his brand new job as an Event Director right at the start of the coronavirus crisis.⁣⁣It lasted less than a day! Despite the obvious challenges that threw up for him and his family, he was determined to turn it into a positive. He decided to start this podcast from his home in SW London, creating a series of interviews in order to share stories of how the crisis was affecting other people - personally and professionally - and how they were coping as the whole world went into lockdown.⁣ ⁣Most importantly, he wanted to focus on the ways in which his guests each plan to emerge from this crisis in a positive way. ⁣⁣If you would like to support the podcast you can do so here (25% of donations go to NHS Charities Together): https://www.gofundme.com/what-happens-now-podcast
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In the tenth (and final) episode of Season One of this podcast, I wanted to go back and re-visit the day I was made redundant from the job I was due to start just before the covid crisis hit. So much has happened since then, and I thought it would be really interesting to speak to the CEO who actually let me go, and find out what that day - and the two months since - were like from his perspective. Philip Ross is the CEO and founder of Unwork, a company that specialises in creating concepts for new ways of working. Philip is a futurologist, or futurist, and therefore has some really fascinating insights in to how he views the future of work. In this episode, we discuss some of those ideas, as well as the impact of coronavirus and how things are likely to change (for the better!) in the future. And of course, I had to ask him about that day in March.....---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.And please subscribe to this podcast, so that when Season Two comes around it will pop straight to the top of your feed.Thank you!
With many borders shut and thousands of planes grounded, international travel has come sliding to a halt over the past couple of months. Eulanda Osagiede is a travel writer, photographer and co-founder of travel and lifestyle website Hey, Dip Your Toes In and in this episode she joins me to discuss how the travel industry has been impacted, and how people like her and her husband Omo who rely on it functioning are adapting to the changes. Eulanda and Omo engage in and discuss all kinds of cultural interactions on the HDYTI blog and have written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement and especially how they feel people can be allies to black people at this time. So we also took some time to talk about the #BLM movement and why it's so important that the travel industry - and wider society as a whole - confronts its prejudices. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
As some of the lockdown measures begin to ease, more and more people are expecting to return to work. But there is a large question mark over how many of their jobs - and even their employers - will survive as we begin to emerge from this pandemic. It's likely things will get worse for the jobs market before they get better. So does that mean mass unemployment and disaster for the economy? Or is this the perfect moment for people who want to change direction with their career, and seize upon the new opportunities the crisis has presented?One person who knows all about forging an opportunity out of crisis is Claire Owen, the  founder of recruitment agency Stopgap.  In this episode, we talk about the kind of jobs that are going to be in high demand in the future, as well as what it takes to go it alone in the world of business. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
When Mike Oldham lost his job at the start of the coronavirus crisis, he was determined to turn that in to a positive.He started the What Happens Now podcast as a way of sharing the stories of different people - including TV presenters, fitness instructors, environmental activists and more. How they were coping during lockdown, and how they can prepare for a more positive future.---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
The environment has had a much-needed opportunity to breathe during lockdown. Pollution and emissions are down, and some damaged elements of nature are bouncing back. We're presented with a unique opportunity to decide what kind of world we want to build as we emerge from the crisis.Andrew Medhurst leads the Extinction Rebellion finance team and I had the chance to ask him how XR have adapted during this crisis, and how they might seize upon the opportunity for us all to 'reset'. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
If you're fed up with hearing about coronavirus, this episode is definitely for you. Mauro Gatti started The Happy Broadcast in 2018 as a way of using his art "to spread some positivity". Little did he know how much we would all need it! Mauro's a fascinating guy; he lives in LA, but doesn't like surfing. He's an Emmy winner. And he's built up a following of nearly half a million people(!) for The Happy Broadcast project. But he doesn't consider himself to be an influencer, or even a journalist or artist. Just a creative guy, doing something positive to help people's mental health. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
During our time in lockdown there's been a lot of discussion about how our mental health's been affected and the various ways we cope with the anxiety and stress it's caused. Lynsey Crombie - better know as the Queen of Clean - is best known as one of the stars of Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and is a regular on ITV’s This Morning. Lynsey is not only obsessed with cleaning, she also uses it as a coping mechanism; a positive way of keeping her mental health in check, as well as getting some frequent exercise and keeping her house sparkling. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
Alan Mahon is the founder of Brewgooder, a company that uses the power of craft beer to bring clean water and life to thousands of people.During the coronavirus outbreak Brewgooder have had to adapt, and face a battle to survive long term. But despite the challenges, they have created a unique #oneonus campaign that allows customers to buy a round of drinks for an NHS Champion. In this episode, you can hear how encounters with a potentially fatal parasite and George Clooney(!) led Alan to launching Brewgooder.---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
Carly Rowena is one of the UK’s top fitness influencers. With over 400,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, she's also a mum and creates a variety of workouts for the whole family.With the fitness (and influencer) industries in disarray due to the coronavirus outbreak, we're relying more than ever on home workouts and Carly talks to me about how she's adapting to the new "normal" and keeping her audience engaged. Her videos are brilliant. If you scroll through her YouTube, you’ll find a video about a “10 minute upper body workout” right next to one called “porn made me think I was gay”.She’s not your typical fitness blogger. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
The first episode of this podcast is an interview with the BBC's Helen Skelton-Myler about life in lockdown, how the world of TV is being affected by the coronavirus crisis....and a positive look to the future.Helen recently starred in the Channel 4 show Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins and is a former Blue Peter presenter who is a regular on BBC's Countryfile. In this episode she talks about balancing her family and work life at a time when making TV has become a challenge. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
One of the most surreal parts of lockdown has been the total lack of football on TV. In this episode, Luke Shanley from Sky Sports talks about how the coronavirus crisis has affected the game, and what positives might emerge when the players finally return to the field. Luke is an expert in Scottish football, but also has plenty of insight in to the Premier League and we discuss various aspects of the world of football as it shows signs of sparking back to life. ---To support this podcast, please visit my GoFundMe page where 25% of all donations will go to NHS Charities Together.
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