The Occupational Philosophers

A not so serious business podcast to spark imagination, creativity and curiosity

The Occupational Philosophers

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Ep.44 – Inbetweeners: Works in Progress

By Simon Banks | September 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

In this short, sharp Inbetweener episode, John reflects more on his recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience where he saw many performers showcasing a ‘Work in Progress’… something not quite finished, something which needs feedback, and…

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Would you like to fulfill your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work or simply underwater basket weaving.

Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived personally and professionally in the process.

So, if you would like to listen to a “not so serious business podcast” and would like some thoughts, tools, and tips on staying curious, creative and asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process) then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

And why a ‘not so serious business’ podcast’? Whilst your business (and ours) is a serious business, we felt that after the year of 2020 there is enough seriousness in the world without us adding any more. And we have tried it (being serious) and it just didn’t work.

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In Episode 14, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Tanya Chua, a creative and design powerhouse. She is on a mission to bring more creativity into both education and the greater world. Tanya sits at the intersection of art and design, advertising, visual storytelling, and inspiration. She has been headhunted more times than Mad Men's Don Draper and in a former role, travelled to 35 countries to oversee on-ground PR and be the point of contact for the world-famous DJs that headlined the platform, including Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, and Pete Tong!In this episode, they explore:- The mindset and habits you can adopt to help fuel your own curiosity and creativity - Why employees having a ‘side hustle’ can be great for your organisation- How creativity can be a force for good and help solve BIG world problems- The benefits of visual learning and visual literacy to help foster greater critical thinking- Why the greatest risk for organisations and leaders is in not being creativeAs always, there are some great thought experiments such as:- Bond Villan Lair or University Island?- Dessert Island DiscsSubscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts Say hello and listen at #visualliteracy #creativity #education #learning #learningisfun #learningthroughplay #learningeveryday #socialmedia #socialmediaeducation #eyeyah #internetsafety #visualcommunication #reimaginecommunication #occupationalphilosophers #newpodcast #businesspodcast #creativitypodcast #imaginationpodcast #curiositypodcast #innovationpodcast #curiosity #imagination #creativity #innovation #creativelearning #earlychildhoodeducation #storytelling #storyteller ... See MoreSee Less
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The Occupational Philosophers Back Catalogue In Episode 9, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Eleanor Tweddle - a podcaster, an entrepreneur, and author, with a best-selling book, Why losing your job could be the best thing that ever happened to you! (and she is also an amazing coach, consultant, and very funny)After 23 years of corporate life, working for brands such as Costa Coffee, RAC, Virgin Atlantic, and Vodafone, Eleanor found herself redundant and so began a journey of self-discovery - getting really curious and asking herself questions about who she was and how she wanted to be, reimagining a new way of working and living, and connecting with lots of people - and now Eleanor helps other people thrive in the face of redundancy with her own business ‘Another Door’.Eleanor has been featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Glamour, and Grazia. In this episode, they explore:Why staying curious about yourself and what’s possible is key to reimagining your worldThe better question to ask yourself when deciding a way forwardWhat individuals, teams, and organisations can learn about providing space for reflectionWhy you should think about what you want to be, rather than what you want to doThey also discover:How Lego provides the perfect analogy for lifeWhy you should just stop giving a shitAnd why you should never look a penguin in the eye unless you have a planAs always, there are some great thought experiments such as:Twoddle or Tweddell? Is this saying real or utter hogwash?Guess the ‘RE' song and artist You can subscribe wherever you like and listen right here of good stuff at our website ... See MoreSee Less
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In Ep. 14, we chat with Tanya Chua, creative/design powerhouse, who sits at the intersection of art and design, advertising, visual storytelling, and inspiration.

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You move, you improve!
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