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Standing on the Shoulders is a podcast about giants. Not the kind you run into in fairytales...but the more metaphorical, inspirational kind - whose symbolic shoulders you can stand on to reach greater heights. Across each episode Aleks Krotoski chats to innovators and visionaries about what they’ve learned from inspirational giants that shaped their lives.
 
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The Resilient

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The Resilient is a podcast about powerful people, like you and me. It’s an eavesdrop session on their toughest times, and what they’ve done since then. It’s about life transitions, difficult decisions and unexpected twists and turns. Because life happens. It's brought to you by Flowerapp.com and is produced and presented by Dr Aleks Krotoski and Pillowfort Productions.
 
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Lex Gillette is a blind Paralympics champion in the long jump category. He started losing his sight aged seven and despite ten different surgeries at the age of eight doctors told him there was nothing they could do. At school his coach introduced him to long jump, which he excelled at, collecting medals at all levels. He is the current world recor…
 
Martha Lane Fox is an entrepreneur and internet activist who first made her name with lastminute.com. She’s had a fascinating and varied career, revolutionising the Karaoke industry, and helping the UK government transform its digital service. She is a director of Twitter and Non Executive Director of Chanel, Chancellor of the Open University, and …
 
Ytasha Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, the imagination, and its applications. Ytasha frequently lectures on the subject across the world. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture is the leading primer on the subject and taugh…
 
If there’s one thing that makes the world go ‘round, it’s trust - trust in institutions, trust in science, trust in the economy, trust in each other. Trust is what protects our vulnerability; it’s behind the unspoken social contracts that keep us safe. Without trust, we’re done.And since the beginning of our love-hate relationship with the Web, we’…
 
Roman Mars is an American radio producer and host of the podcasts 99% Invisible, which has been telling stories about design and the things that shape our world for a decade. Both have been credited with defining a new movement of independent radio and podcast creators thanks to their innovative approach to storytelling. Roman talks to Aleks about …
 
Lemn Sissay is a poet, performer, and chancellor at the University of Manchester. His work ranges from volumes of poetry and plays to documentaries, and an autobiography. He’s been awarded an MBE for services to literature by the Queen, and in 2019 won the PEN Pinter Prize, given to writers who take an “unflinching, unswerving” view of the world. L…
 
Futurist, designer and filmmaker Anab Jain talks to Aleks Krotoski about the wild world of future-oriented thinking, our hyper-connected planet, and about an anthropologist and a mushroom that inspired much of her work. ---------- Anab Jain is a designer, futurist, filmmaker, and writer. She develops tools that help people ask the right kinds of qu…
 
Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly talked to Aleks about growing up in ‘50s Liverpool, finding and fostering revolutionary theatre, and about a woman many refer to as ‘The Mother of Modern Theatre’. Jude Kelly is a British theatre director and producer. She has directed more than a hundred plays and her work has appeared at the Royal Theatre …
 
Aleks Krotoski talks to L'Oréal's Rachel Weiss about bringing together her two great loves, make-up and technology, and about being an early adopter of podcasting, blogging, online dating, and beauty-blogging. She also talked about her undying love of a musical innovator and icon, who she considers her secret mentor. Rachel Weiss leads strategy, gr…
 
Aleks Krotoski talks to Facebook's Anna Higgs about finding your way up the rickety climbing frame to success in a creative field, why she was sneered at at film school, and about an inspirational movie giant who produced some of the most iconic movies ever made. Anna is a producer and executive working in the intersection between film and digital …
 
Aleks Krotoski chats to innovator and visionary Beth Comstock about the giants that shaped her career. Beth Comstock's mission is to understand what’s next, navigate change and help people and organizations do the same. By cultivating a habit of seeking out new ideas, people and places, she built a career path from storyteller to chief marketer to …
 
Gangs are territorial, every street, every block is mapped out according to who’s in charge, where. It’s still true today. But now that the internet is where we do so much of our social lives, gangland has also gone online. Territory isn’t just where you physically operate, but where the mind wanders as well, but what happens when staking out terri…
 
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