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Welcome to Thrivalism, Interaction’s podcast focused on the art of thriving – flourishing and evolving under any conditions. In this series we’ll examine how to create thriving businesses, culture, careers and places. We’ll explore key topics such as: workplace design and build, culture and community, sustainability, and, of course, the future of ‘work’. Join us and our guests as we explore how people and business can set themselves up to not just to survive – but thrive. 

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In this episode, we're in conversation with Ruth Moody. Ruth is an Executive Coach, with a wealth of experience helping both mothers and businesses improve their return-to-work experience. Check out her website here: Home - Ruth Moody (ruthmoodycoaching.co.uk)It's a conversation that hits close to home for many – the challenges and triumphs of mothers returning to the workforce. We take a deep dive into the dynamics, attitudes, and practical strategies surrounding this pivotal and often...
Join Toby in a lively conversation with Alicia Grimes, co-founder of the Future Kind Collective, a team of design-led business culture consultants. Alicia shares insights on service design and its impact on employee experiences. They discuss the challenges companies face as they scale and how to maintain a strong culture. They also dive into the importance of play and fun in the workplace, and how it fosters creativity and human connection. Don't miss this engaging episode on thriving in the ...
In this episode Toby talks with fellow workplace culture podcast host Lizzie Benton. Lizzie hosts the "Make It Thrive" podcast and is "a curious explorer for better ways of working."They discuss what they've learned since diving headfirst into workplace culture, touching on topics such as the role of middle-manager, useless workplace culture initiatives and planning for alien invasions. Check out the podcast or just read the full transcript. Find more from Lizzie here: Liberty Mind | Ad...
In this insightful podcast episode, join us as we dive into the world of landscape architecture with Andrew Grant, a seasoned expert in the field. With a career spanning decades, Andrew shares his journey and the evolution of sustainable design practices.Starting with his early experiences growing up on a farm in East Yorkshire, Andrew discusses how his deep connection to nature and the environment shaped his unique perspective on landscape architecture. From his studies in Edinburgh to...
In "Beyond Salary" Toby Brown hosts Emma Wharton Love, co-founder of We Are the Loves, an employer branding agency. They delve into the concept of Employee Value Proposition (EVP), emphasizing that it goes beyond salary and encompasses compensation, benefits, culture, development opportunities, and more. Key takeaways include:Understanding EVP: EVP is like an organization's CV, representing what it offers employees in exchange for their skills. It covers a wide range of factors, in...
Podcast Show Notes: Outside the Office - Exploring The Woodland Workplace.Toby Brown in Conversation with Tom Vaughton of Varn Search Marketing.Intro:Host: Toby Brown, Head of Marketing, InteractionGuest: Tom Vaughton, Founder and MD of Varn Search MarketingIntroduction:Toby introduces the episode and his guest, Tom Vaughton, from Varn Search Marketing Agency.Toby highlights how impressed he was with Tom's innovative approach to workplace well-being during the lockdown.Transition to Woodland ...
In this special episode we catch up with Richard O Gorman, AKA Instagram's HouseHomo. Richard designs colourful and awe-inspiring murals for Interaction and many others, having gained Insta notoriety for his incredibly vibrant do-over of a Birmingham Victorian terraced house. In this episode he's in conversation with Interaction's Account Design Lead, Lucy Symons.Watch here: https://youtu.be/ccbCwfCkRS0Show notesRichard on Instagram (@househomo)Tour Richard's Eclectic Victorian Terrace T...
Nick Elston is one of the highest-profile speakers on the Lived Experience of Mental Health.Nick's perspective is that we can either let our adversities, our challenges, define us negatively for the rest of our live or we can use it to forge something powerful Nick shares his ‘Lived Experience’ through insights, tools, tips and techniques on how business can better engage with mental health and how individuals can begin finding the help they need. Thanks for listening! Check out Int...
Natasha Wallace is author of The Conscious Effect: 50 Lessons in Organisational Wellbeing. In this episode we discuss how a breakdown led her to rethink how leaders should connect with themselves and their organisations. Thanks for listening! Check out Interaction's website for more workplace culture content and case studies (or just follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter).
As the state pension age increases and the figures for employment in those from 50 – 64 rise, we explore the opportunities and challenges this presents for businesses and older people in the workforce – particularly for women, who face unique challenges as they age. We're joined by Claire Lowson, the founder of Supermenopause, and the woman behind the Age Positive division at the Brand consultancy Propaganda.Claire is on a drive to ‘rebrand’ age, and specifically to shift employer's per...
In this episode we talk to law firm TLT's Chief People Officer Helen Hodgkinson. We discuss the launch of TLT World, the firm's "work anywhere" policy, the role of the workspace in attracting talent and why legal firms need to take notes from other sectors if they want to win the war for talent. Head to www.tlt.com to find out more about working with TLT, or head to www.interaction.uk.com if you'd like to find out more about how Interaction can help you design and build offices that are fit f...
In this episode we talk to Simone Fenton-Jarvis, author of The Human-Centric Workplace. We discuss what makes a workplace great as opposed to just good, common mistakes companies make as they try and build their culture and how many people could share a single satsuma. Simone is a proponent for making workplace culture brilliant and making workplace experiences better for everyone. And she's really passionate about making businesses do that and holding them accountable. It's a gre...
To win the hearts and minds of both employees and customers, companies today need to highlight their efforts to be good global citizens. Businesses that build and positively impact their community of employees and customers creates a sense they are a part of something larger and more meaningful than themselves as individuals. People who feel a sense of purpose and community, particularly where their individual values line up with the company, are more loyal, more productive and happier -...
Remote and hybrid working, the war on talent, sustainability and ESG... the last few years have thrown challenge after challenge at businesses. How do the best businesses thrive when faced with constantly changing circumstances? A key attribute shared by many is the deliberate creation of a cultural compass – a shared vision and intrinsic values which give employees a sense of belonging and a united purpose. From finding a new home in the heart of the pandemic to winning Business Leader’s Emp...
Creating a healthy, high-performing workplace is difficult. Creating a healthy, high-performing workplace while navigating the changes wrought by COVID 19 and establishing news ways of working while also dealing with seismic organizational change is even more difficult. In this episode we discuss how businesses can build in the resilience needed to manage change, what organizations need to be thinking about when it comes to employee wellness and how to keep your workplace culture ...
Although noise around the metaverse is growing. It’s still hard to pin down exactly what it is; is it an ecosystem, a platform or a product? How will it affect our day-to-day lives and relationships? More relevantly to us, how will organizations and businesses use it in the workplace? Will the public even like it or is it just the next Google Glass? What are the opportunities it brings – and what are some of the potential downfalls? No-one really knows. And neither do w...
Episode Synopsis: Despite the initial “office is dead” gloom of the pandemic’s beginning, the signs are showing that demand for high-quality workplaces is still high, although driven by different imperatives; employee-first, geographically diverse and experience-driven. In this episode, we’ll explore the key forces that will be driving the commercial property market in 2022, focusing on how landlords can adapt the way they generate income, offer value and align with the rapi...
Toby and Dieter recap on their experiences so far, discussing the keys points made by each of our guests while bickering occasionally and getting interrupted by a handyman. Show notesDieter Wood on LinkedInToby Brown on LinkedInS1E1: Taxi! Adventures in Building Culture with Autocab's Head of Culture, Lucy SunnerS1E2: Creating Communities with Cubex's Sarah Trahair-WilliamsS1E3: Environmental Hazards with Joanna Watchman, Work in MindS1E4: Beyond The Badges: Tackling Sustainability with ...
Episode Synopsis: As the debate around “the Great Resignation” has shown, recent events have caused many people to re-evaluate what it is they want from their job. Mission, ethics, and ESG can now be viewed as contributions to, not enemies of, an organisation’s bottom line. In this episode we explore how co-working spaces serving as a hothouse for a very modern type of business – ethical, diverse, sustainable and profitable. We examine the rise of the purpose-driven business...
In this episode, our Head of Marketing, Toby, catches up with comedian, coach and co-founder of global secular community the Sunday Assembly, Sanderson Jones. When he's not officiating mass weddings and helping companies with their culture, he's taking inspiration from the way religious organisations foster community and examining ways we can bring more of what he terms "lifefullness" to work. In this episode Sanderson explores the ideas of covenants, congregations and commitment, and di...
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