Have You Heard? is where the Pod Bible team meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. Today we’re speaking to Adrian Brown about a new show, Reimagining Government, from the Centre for Public Impact and Apolitical…
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
My name is Adrian Brown, and I’m the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact. Reimagining Government is a new, six-part podcast, that explores radical new approaches to addressing global issues such as the climate crisis, equitable healthcare provision and rebuilding trust with marginalised communities. By speaking with public servants and politicians at the heart of government, we’re shining a light on how to reimagine government so that it works for everyone.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
It is very difficult to remember, as I’ve been listening to podcasts for a long time. Some of the earliest were probably BBC radio programmes that have been issued as podcasts.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
It’s a brilliant way for us to reach new audiences and create engaging new forms of content. In addition, the challenges that governments are grappling with are so complex. Using a long-form format like this really allows us to dive into these topics more deeply, and to tell the stories of the people working hard to tackle them.
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
I particularly enjoy The Weeds, Vox’s podcast for politics and policy discussions.
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who must be the world’s most inspirational public leader right now. Many people questioned his suitability to lead a country with his previous career as a comedian and actor. However, he’s proved to be a hugely inspiring public speaker, and a shining example of how to build the legitimacy that is vital for governments to achieve impact successfully.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
The importance of keeping the tone conversational and engaging.
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
Episode 1, which lays out a new vision for better government and what needs to be improved, is hard to beat!
Where can the Pod Bible readers find out more about you?
Check out our website at www.centreforpublicimpact.org.
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