Happy Porch Radio

Happy Porch Radio

We explore the topics that connect the esoteric digital world to real world issues affecting us all. Design, UX, development, PR, comms, social and web and digital agency leadership are “what” we all do. Yet we need more conversations about how and why we can use our skills to really, positively tackle the big questions from climate change and environmental disaster to inequalities and global security.

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November 4, 2021 30 min

Today we are taking this opportunity to wrap up Season 6!

We have focused on a variety of different circular economy initiatives and organisations in Africa and have had so many fascinating and illuminating conversations, so we are super excited to look back and pick out some of the highlights and biggest lessons we have learned during these episodes. 

From dealing with waste to new ideas about construction and footwear, we really ...

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Welcome back to Season Six of Happy Porch Radio.

Today, we are joined by Julia Venn from Foodwise, a social enterprise which fights against food waste, and food insecurity by helping businesses repurpose their own food in order to help people in need.

We talk to Julia about the importance of distinguishing between contexts across Africa’s diverse countries, and how she came to leave Germany to co-found Foodwise Mauritius, Morocco, ...

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Welcome back to another episode of Happy Porch Radio!

You may already know that, in season six, we are talking about the circular economy across Africa.

Today, we are joined by Audrey S-Darko, who is the team lead at Sabon-Sake, a regenerative agricultural startup based in Ghana.

During this episode, we take a look at the circular economy from the angle of agriculture and bio waste.

You’ll hear about Sabon-Sake’s dual focus, transf...

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The construction industry has long functioned on the basis that waste is an inevitable byproduct of doing business.

With up to 30 percent of all materials delivered to construction sites ultimately ending up in landfill, there is an incredible opportunity to not only to recycle more construction waste, but to repurpose perfectly good materials to address socioeconomic inequalities.

Today, we are joined by Kausar Khan, Carin de Beer...

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In season six of Happy Porch Radio, we are focusing on the circular economy across the continent of Africa.

Today, we are joined by Keiran Smith, Cofounder and CEO of Mr. Green Africa, which is the first recycling company to be a Certified B Corporation on the African continent.

Mr. Green Africa leverages business as a force for good to realise sustainable and long-term social, environmental, and economic impact through the collect...

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The concept of circularity operates on various spheres of life and business. Today’s guest, Fela Buyi, prioritises a number of these with his social enterprise and trendy shoe business in Africa. 

He founded Salubata, a company based in Nigeria that makes modular shoes from plastic waste with a mission to invent lifestyle technologies that help people and the planet.

You’ll hear how this inspiring entrepreneur brings together his i...

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Today’s guest, Sarah Karamsi, is a project manager at Hello Tractor, an agricultural technology company that connects small, struggling farmers to labour, equipment, and access to mechanization to rise above the poverty line.

Tune in to hear us reflect on the differences between the European and African contexts, with a particular focus on using infrastructure as a tool to reduce poverty in the agriculture community.

Sarah introduc...

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In season six of Happy Porch Radio, we are talking about the circular economy across the African continent.

Today, we are excited to be joined by Chris Whyte, the co-founder of the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) where he currently serves as an executive team member. His work examines the developing circular economy applications across Africa, with a particular focus on transitioning to a circular economy where waste is a r...

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In season six of Happy Porch Radio, we are talking about the circular economy across the African continent.

Today, we welcome Joanna Bingham and Deborah Nartey of Footprints Africa to provide us with some really powerful context to set the scene for a new season.

Footprints Africa is an organization that supports small and medium-sized businesses to adopt future-friendly practices, address the challenges of growth, and create new j...

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This is a little teaser for the next season, which is coming in the next few months. We've had a bit of a break after Season Five, and we're really excited about what's coming next!

African entrepreneurship, enthusiasm and innovation can create solutions that work in the local context and cultures. Opportunities that can be harnessed to tackle climate change and reduce environmentally damaging consequences while also im...

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December 29, 2020 25 min

Hello everyone, and welcome to the final show of Happy Porch Radio Season 5.

Today, we look at this past season, highlighting each of our guests, how they’re changing the world, and some of the pertinent details about them.

A few of the main topics and themes we covered in this season were keeping things in use, reuse, and services.

One overriding theme, though, was how holistic the circular economy is, and why we need a combinatio...

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Reath is on a mission to build the digital infrastructure required for businesses to shift to the circular economy. 

They specialise in the tagging and tracking of reusable assets, and building the “digital passports” they need – think Google Analytics for the circular economy!

Co-founders, Claire Rampen and Emily Rogers combined their professional backgrounds in operations and commercial strategy in technology businesses to help o...

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The pandemic has given us the time to redesign our business processes and move us toward a circular economy.

As today’s guest, Unusual Rigging Managing Director Tom Harper explains, our industries are having a “Phoenix in the flame moment.”

Our conversation with Tom focuses on his passion for the circular economy, how he introduced sustainable innovations into his company, and the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID.

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December 3, 2020 44 min

Bright colours might be in, but fashion and glamour have a dark side, with textiles and accessories being a major contributor to environmental damage.

Today we speak with Aisling Byrne, co-founder of Nuw, a clothes-swapping app built on community ideals. We open the conversation by taking a look at Nuw’s inception, as Aisling details the characteristics of fast fashion and why it’s so important to adopt a new model of fashion.

Aisl...

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Did you know that 99% of the things we buy are thrown away within 12 months of purchase? When it comes to pollution, the world is in a post-crisis state, and recycling alone won’t be enough to bring us out of it.

Yet, Stephen Clarke says that we can start taking achievable and cost-effective measures to reverse our damage. As the Head of Communications at TerraCycle and Loop Europe, Stephen argues that a zero-waste concept is the a...

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The vast majority of material resources are lost into landfill or leaked into the environment after consumption. Some companies see a real opportunity to bring together the biggest global brands across a variety of industries, using insights and data intelligence to understand the impact of materials throughout their lifecycle and create a more sustainable future.

Welcome back to Season 5 of Happy Porch Radio, which is concerned wi...

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Continuing our exciting exploration of the circular economy, we are joined by Ellekari Klaasse and Mariëlle van Hemert, the brains behind Circular Stories.

The organisation is a magazine and online platform for the sharing of inspiring stories of companies and individuals in the circular space.

Our guests see their role as connectors in the greater picture of circularity and by promoting these examples, they can help both the brand...

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Along with some of the other big problems with the fast fashion industry, the incredibly high volume of textile waste is a major one. These materials end up burned or buried, but there is one company here to rescue them, resurrecting an age-old model to try and solve it in a brand new way.

Today’s guest is Stephanie Benedetto, a corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur. Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Q...

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In this episode of Happy Porch Radio, we speak with a circular economy pioneer and the co-founder of Circular IQ, Roy Vercoulen.

Circular IQ helps their customers to transition towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy through their digital platform and circularity programs.

One of their many successes includes having developed the CTI Tool for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, allowing businesse...

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The impact that the circular economy would have is so broad that no single conversation can quite cover its reach.

Today’s conversation with Craig Melson, Program Manager at techUK, touches on many topics, proving an excellent overview of how technology is moving us towards the circular economy.

We open by talking about Craig’s role and what techUK is doing to help the tech industry embrace more sustainable practices.

Craig then sh...

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