All The Small Things is a weekly interview series hosted by Venetia La Manna. Venetia will be speaking to inspiring people, thought leaders, writers and activists about the rituals that help provide structure when we need it most - or perhaps if creativity lies in the chaos if it all. We'll be learning about the small things that keep them in-check and uncover more about what makes their minds tick. What’s more, we’ll hear about the seemingly small moments that perhaps felt insignificant at the time, but their impact turned out to be life-changing.
This podcast aims to encourage us to pay closer attention to the present moment and cherish all the small things.
Note: this podcast is a follow up from Talking Tastebuds.
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Mo Gawdat on the future of AI and how we can save the planet
50:20TW: death and grief.Mo Gawdat is a writer and entrepreneur. After a 30 year career in tech and serving as Chief Business Officer at Google [X], Google's 'moonshot factory' of innovation, Mo has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world. In 2014, motivated by the tragic loss of his son, Ali, Mo began pouring his findings into his international bestselling book, Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy. His mission to help one billion people become happier, #OneBillionHappy, is his moonshot attempt to honor Ali by spreading the message that happiness can be learned and shared.His latest book is Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World, a blueprint to safeguard humanity's coexistence with future technology. Technology is putting our humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or the policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Because, believe it or not, you are the only one that can fix it. It’s a book about kindness and compassion and love and how ultimately, they are what will save us.Find Mo: @mo_gawdatBuy his book: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/all-the-small-thingsFind his app: appii.appFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcastThis episode is brought to you in partnership with Kaspersky. Download their free mindfulness course on digital stress and smartphone addiction cyberspa.kaspersky.comThis episode was co-produced by Venetia La Manna and Holly Falconer. It was edited by Nada Smiljanic. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Chloe Asaam on fast fashion's waste crisis
31:07Chloe Asaam is a designer, researcher, community organiser and Program/Operations Manager for The OR Foundation.The OR Foundation is an incredible charity and campaign who are raising awareness about the fashion waste crisis, specifically in Ghana’s capital Accra, where 15 million used garments pour into the area every week from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, flooding the city’s sprawling clothing market.The OR (which stands for choice) work at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development, our mission is to identify and manifest alternatives to the dominant model of fashion – alternatives that bring forth ecological prosperity, as opposed to destruction, and that inspire citizens to form a relationship with fashion that extends beyond their role as consumer. They want to catalyse a justice-led circular economy. At every level their initiatives are founded on the belief that Justice within the violent yet beautiful world we share begins with Reckoning, Recovery and Reparations.With a background in Fashion Design, Chloe sees the negative impact of fast fashion’s thoughtless overproduction and she is on a mission to do something about it. Chloe’s work with The OR Foundation builds on her personal advocacy and gives her the space to have a tangible impact on the people working within the Kantamanto ecosystem, specifically the kayayei (female head porters).Learn more about the work of The OR FoundationSupport their work: https://theor.org/donateFind Chloe: @chloe_asaamFind The OR Foundation: @TheORisPresentFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcast This episode was produced by Venetia La Manna and edited by Nada Smiljanic. The music was composed by William Haxworth and the artwork was designed by Alex Sedano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tessa Khan on the fight for a fossil fuel free future
36:52Tessa Khan is an international climate change and human rights lawyer, campaigner and strategist.She is the founder and director of Uplift, a new organisation helping to move the UK towards a fossil fuel-free future. They strategically resource, connect, and elevate ideas and voices to set in motion a just transition away from fossil fuel production that is in proportion with the scale of the climate crisis. Before this role, she co-founded and is co-director of the Climate Litigation Network, a project of the Urgenda Foundation, which supports groundbreaking strategic climate litigation around the world. She has spent more than fifteen years supporting grassroots, regional and international movements for justice and has served as an expert advisor to UN human rights bodies and national governments, while working in Thailand, Egypt, India, the US, the Netherlands and Australia. Tessa is a trustee of Global Greengrants Fund UK and a member of the Steering Committee of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. Her writing has been published in international media outlets and academic publications, and she has been invited to speak at the United Nations and events convened by The Economist, Wall Street Journal and TEDx. In 2019, Tessa was named by TIME magazine as one of fifteen women leading the fight against climate change. She is also an awardee of the Climate Breakthrough Project.If you’re UK based, you should know that the government has spent 4 BILLION propping up the oil and gas industry since we signed the Pairs Agreement in 2016. At the end of October 2021, The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP2 6will be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. Boris Johnson has referred to this as the turning point for humanity, yet our government is spending billions propping up the oil and gas industry, which is directly causing the overheating and destruction of our planet.Actions and links for this episodeLearn more about the work of Uplift.The Government are set to approve the climate-wrecking Cambo oil field later this year. If we want a liveable climate, we can’t allow any new oil and gas extraction. To learn more and take action please head to: stopcambo.org.uk/take-actionWrite to your local MP to ask that they take action at COP26 and speak up against fossil fuelsCheck out the PaidToPollute campaignCheck out podcast guest Daze Aghaji's campaign to sue the government for failing to tackle climate change: crowdjustice.com/case/carbon-budgets/Find me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcastThis episode was co-produced by Venetia La Manna and Holly Falconer and edited by Nada Smiljanic. The music was composed by William Haxworth and the artwork was designed by Alex Sedano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gina Martin on upskirting and changing the law
40:34[CW: sexual assault] Gina Martin is a campaigner, speaker and writer, best known for founding and running the national campaign to make upskirting illegal and changing English and Welsh law by creating the Voyeurism Act. Three other countries have since followed suit. In 2020, alongside Black plus size model Nyome Nicholas Williams and photographer Alex Cameron, Gina helped change Instagram’s Nudity policy, which previously censored larger Black women’s bodies. Gina’s first book Be The Change, is a practical guide for activists starting out. She’s also an ambassador UN Women UK and advocates for regular people creating change in their communities, with a specific focus on young people, as you’ll hear in this episode.We also talk about Gina’s campaigning, touching on the less glamorous side that doesn’t make into mainstream media, the lessons she’s learned and the depths of what she’s been through.Buy Gina's book hereWatch her TEDx Talk hereFind Gina: @GinaMartinFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcastThis episode was co-produced by Venetia La Manna and Holly Falconer and edited by Nada Smiljanic. The music was composed by William Haxworth and the artwork was designed by Alex Sedano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hassan Akkad on the power of storytelling in the fight for a free world
40:29Hassan Akkad is a photographer, filmmaker and activist. He came to the UK in 2015 after fleeing Damascus after he was tortured by Assad's regime. He documented his journey in the BAFTA award winning documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe and later caught public attention again when he applied to be a cleaner at his local hospital at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic. During his time on the COVID ward, Hassan shared images of his fellow cleaners, porters and cooks on his social media which went viral. Then, when Hassan found out that porters and cleaners working for the NHS would not be protected through the government's NHS bereavement scheme, he was outraged and his campaign to include those people in the scheme directly led to the second notorious government U-turn of 2020. Hassan’s memoir “Hope Not Fear: Finding My Way from Refugee to Filmmaker to NHS Hospital Cleaner and Activist” was released in September 2021. It’s a searingly honest and heartbreaking account of his journey and his unparalleled compassion, kindness and advocacy. Hassan shows us that standing together and uniting in kindness and love is the single most important message of our time. Order Hassan’s book hereFind Hassan on Instagram: @HassanAkkad and twitter @Hassan_AkkadFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcastSupport Choose Love / Help Refugees: helprefugees.org/ This episode was co-produced by Venetia La Manna and Holly Falconer. It was edited by Nada Smiljanic. The music was composed by William Haxworth and the artwork was designed by Alex Sedano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Brand new season! Aja Barber on the cost of fashion consumption
40:40Welcome to series 3!Aja Barber is a writer, stylist and consultant whose work deals with the intersections of sustainability and the fashion landscape, building heavily on ideas behind privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism and colonialism.Her brand new debut book “Consumed: The need for collective change; colonialism, climate change & consumerism”, is a blazing polemic against both the exploitation and injustice of the fashion industry and the cynical manipulation of consumer culture as a whole. It’s divided into one learning section and one unlearning section, so by the end, you’ll understand why fashion is exploitative, how it’s causing a humanitarian crisis and contributing to climate breakdown and you’ll feel equipped to be a better consumer and, fundamentally, a more active citizen. Order Aja's book hereFind Aja: @ajabarberFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @atstpodcastThis episode is kindly sponsored by Vestiaire Collective. Download the app here and join the #CollectiveForChange: https://bit.ly/2XqPLw5This episode was produced by Venetia La Manna and edited by Nada Smiljanic. The music was composed by William Haxworth and the artwork was designed by Alex Sedano. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Season 2 Finale! Rachel Ama on her birth story, motherhood & making plant based accessible
45:41Rachel Ama (she/her) is a cookery author and YouTuber with over half a million subscribers. A new Mum, Rachel has spent the last year in London, writing her most accessible and delicious book yet “One Pot, Three Ways: Save Time With Vibrant, Versatile, Vegan Recipes.” The recipes revolve around one main centrepiece dish that makes flavour-packed vegetables the worthy hero of every meal. With over 80 brand new recipes inspired by her Caribbean and African roots, Rachel offers three creative and flavoursome ways to serve and use each one-pot recipe. It is an absolute delight, just like Rach.In this episode, we discuss her birth story, relationship with her mum, parenting style, thoughts on the vegan community, her ambition to make plant based food and cooking accessible for everyone and much more.I use strong language more than a few times in this episode (I think it was due to the excitement of being reunited with my pal), so please bear that in mind if you're listening with people who might take offence.Find Rachel: @RachelAma_ Pre-order her book: https://bit.ly/3wVGlViFind me: @venetialamannaFind the show: @ATSTpodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Olympian Jazmin Sawyers on periods, sleep & her training regime
45:14Jazmin Sawyers (she/her) is a professional long jumper, former bobsledder and singer-songwriter from Stoke. A personal philosophy to say "yes" to as much as possible has taken her to the final of the Rio Olympic Games, Will.I.Am's team on The Voice UK and hosting the red carpet at BBC's Sports Personality of the Year. She is the current British long jump champion and is taking part in the Olympics in Japan this month.Find Jaz on Instagram: @JazminSawyersFind me @VenetiaLaManna and follow the show @ATSTpodcast.This podcast was edited and produced by Venetia La Manna and co-produced by Holly Falconer. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tom Rasmussen on the system of marriage & redefining love
48:46Tom Rasmussen (they/them) is a Lancaster born, London based writer and singer. When out of drag, they are contributing editor at Dazed Beauty, LOVE Magazine and Refinery29, and a regular contributor to the Independent and i-D. Their work has also been featured in Vice, Broadly, Tank and the Gay Times. In 2018 they were named an LGBT trailblazer by The Dots and one of the voices of now for i-D. Tom also forms half of the radical queer punk band ACM. Their first book, Diary of a Drag Queen, was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2020.This month sees the release of their second book: “First Comes Love: On Marriage and Other Ways of Being Together”. It’s a witty and incisive exploration of what marriage means along the whole spectrum of sexuality and class. They look at why people get married - for security, romance, or celebration, and why others see taking part in this deeply binary, normative system problematic in itself, examining what the future looks like for this historic and universal institution.Follow Tom: @tomglitterBuy their book: https://bit.ly/3xuAIhXFind me @VenetiaLaManna and follow the show @ATSTpodcast.This podcast was edited and produced by Venetia La Manna and co-produced by Holly Falconer. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ashley 'Dotty' Charles on outrage culture & social media
56:28Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles is a broadcaster and writer from south London. After joining the BBC in 2014 she became the first solo female to host the BBC Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show in 2016, leading the breakfast show to its highest-ever audience and interviewing everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Will Smith. She has presented TV programmes including BBC One’s music show, ’Sounds Like Friday Night’, and BBC Three’s ’Story of Grime’ documentary series. Dotty is currently the Lead Cultural Curator at Apple Music and the host of Apple Music 1 show The Dotty Show, as well as a Commissioning Editor at GRAZIA. Last year, The Times lauded her as ‘the powerful new voice of her generation.’Her debut book “Outraged: Why Everyone is Shouting and No One is Talking” is an essential read for anyone who uses the internet and engages with outrage culture (that’s most of us). Dotty takes a candid and hilarious exploration into the state of cancel culture in our online world, and how we can channel our collective outrage back into the fights that matter.Buy Dotty’s book: https://bit.ly/36c7999Follow Dotty on Instagram: @thedottyshow/Find me @VenetiaLaManna and follow the show @ATSTpodcast.This podcast was edited and produced by Venetia La Manna. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.