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Whether you work for yourself, or by yourself, the Solo Collective is here to make things a little bit easier. Working alone can be hard, and comes with its own challenges. The Solo Collective is a podcast about dealing with those challenges: we want to make solo working better for everyone. Hosted by Rebecca Seal, the bestselling author of 'Solo - How to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind', the Solo Collective is a podcast series is designed to help solitary workers do so happily. Now on sea ...
 
This Is A Token with Alex Monroe is a podcast that celebrates all things jewellery. Alex Monroe has spent half a lifetime designing and making jewellery, but what really interests him is what it means to other people. Every week, Alex explores the relationship between his guest and their favourite pieces of jewellery. Together they uncover the moving, fascinating and often surprising stories tethered to each piece, and the emotional connections they just can’t do without. See acast.com/priva ...
 
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This episode takes the listener into the heart of the magical world of ballet with the incredibly talented Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet, Mayara Magri. Hear about her dedication and passion for dance and the inspiring people she has both met and shared this journey with. A fitting theme of feathers comes through in her chosen jewellery with …
 
In this episode Alex talks to Mother & Daughter duo Delia Folk and Alison Bruhn, founders of The Style That Binds Us, a fashion focused lifestyle platform on a mission to ensure their audience lives their most stylish and fearless life. Alex delves into their shared love of jewellery, exploring the stories behind their favourite pieces, both vintag…
 
In this episode of This is a Token, Alex takes a look at the watch collection of his good friend and neighbour, Jeremy Bowen. Jeremy describes the importance of timing to the absolute second in his job as War Correspondent, and talks of the privilege he feels in witnessing and reporting on history first hand - however upsetting it may be. Hear how …
 
Founder of Not on the High Street, Holly Tucker is an entrepreneur, ambassador and all-round flag-flyer for creative small businesses everywhere. Holly’s book, ‘Do what you love, Love what you do’ is her guide on how to take your passions to the next level, and lead a happier, more fulfilled life. In our latest episode of ‘This is a Token’, we dip …
 
A conversation about the impact of losing a job with Anna Codrea-Rado from our new podcast 'Totally Fine with Tiffany Philippou' Listen to the new show here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/totally-fine-with-tiffany-philippou/id1612599165 Buy Anna's book: You're the Business: How to Build a Successful Career When You Strike Out Alone: https:/…
 
We are absolutely delighted to introduce our latest ‘This is a Token’ podcast episode, where Alex is joined by the wonderful Josie Fear @josieldn. The brilliantly engaging Content Creator and Influencer founded the globally influential blog ‘Fashion Mumblr’ in 2019, and continues to share her love of all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle (as wel…
 
We are so excited to kick off Season 3 of ‘This is a Token’, in conversation with the wonderful and talented Jodie Whittaker. Alongside many brilliant productions, Jodie is perhaps most well known for being the fabulously kooky 13th Doctor in the BBC Doctor Who. Listen in, as friends Jodie and Alex talk us through her most meaningful ’tokens’. From…
 
Season 3 finale! Sue Ashford really does know what solo workers need to thrive - because she's one of the few people to have spent a career studying how freelancers, remote workers, independent workers and the self employed actually work, and what makes them happy. Her research means we now understand much more about making better choices about how…
 
This week we have a bonus episode from our friends at the Freedom Matters podcast which we think you will really enjoy – an interview with Catherine Price, founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again. Host of Freedom Matters, Georgie Powell, talks to Catherine about wh…
 
The work that academic Heejung Chung does is fascinating. She studies flexible working (among many other aspects of work) with particular focus on how gender dynamics can and do impact both the work we do and the choices we make about that work. She's just written her first book The Flexibility Paradox: Why Flexible Working Leads to (Self-)Exploita…
 
Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and author of the brilliant Four Thousand Weeks: Time And How To Use It. (Four thousand weeks is the average length of a human lifetime, which is an arresting way to express it.) Oliver spent 12 years working as a columnist at the Guardian - he wrote 'This Column Will Change Your Life' - writing initially about self …
 
Caroline Williams is the author of 'Move! The New Science of Body Over Mind' - an amazing book about how movement impacts the way our brains work, from our creativity to our mental health. We wanted to talk to Caroline, who is also a solo worker, because it is all too easy to sit still all day long when you work alone. We discuss whether sitting re…
 
We're back! Remember in the show's first ever episode when Tiffany talked about writing a book? Well, that book is out NOW! In this very special episode, Anna interviews Tiffany about her book, Totally Fine (and other lies I've told myself). This is a conversation you won't hear elsewhere as Anna was there throughout Tiffany's twenties and a key ch…
 
For many of us, looking after our money - as adults, as well as solo workers - feels like one of the most complicated things we have to do. And yet, as Clare Seal points out, most of us lack any kind of financial education and are just muddling along as best we can. Combine that with the fact that for many solo workers, our income is inextricably t…
 
A podcast about those times when we were not ‘totally fine’. Listen as host Tiffany Philippou, author of the best-selling memoir, Totally Fine (And Other Lies I've Told Myself), talks to guests about life-altering experiences that shaped who they are today, but which they wanted to pretend never happened in the first place. This is a show about how…
 
Welcome back to a new season of the Solo Collective, with Rebecca Seal. We are delighted to have you with us. This episode is a fascinating conversation with Madeleine Dore, founder of the website Extraordinary Routines, which started off as a way for Madeleine to try to find herself an optimum routine by interviewing other people about theirs, but…
 
Trigger Warning: This special episode of This Is A Token is an open conversation between Alex and his daughter Connie about experiences of mental health, eating disorders and suicide. There are two weeks dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders. Firstly, the National Eating Disorders Association’s week is running from the 21st to 27th …
 
Is your to-do list getting you down? Your problem might not be your productivity hack, but rather your entire relationship with time. In this guest special, we talk to Oliver Burkeman, author of 'Four Thousand Weeks: Time management for mortals', about a completely different way to think about getting stuff done. Four Thousand Weeks, by Oliver Burk…
 
This week, we're talking about productivity dysmorphia, a phrase co-host Anna Codrea-Rado coined to describe our inability to see our own success. We get into what productivity dysmorphia is, what causes it and what can we do about it. LINKS Do I Have Productivity Dysmorphia? Anna's original article in Refinery29: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2…
 
Bruce Daisley is one of Europe’s most influential voices when it comes to fixing the workplace. His Sunday Times Bestseller, Joy of Work, distilled years of academic research into practical advice while his celebrated business podcast, Eat Work Sleep Repeat, championed bringing joy to our jobs agains. Recently he’s turned his attention to breaking …
 
The driving force behind so many of the actors, writers and directors we all know and love, (including household names James Corden and Luke Evans), the brilliant and hugely respected talent agent Ruth Young steps into the limelight and joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most meaningful pieces of jewellery. From a stri…
 
As humans, we all have a deep need for belonging and community. It's not surprising then that when we move into the professional world, we often turn to colleagues for friendship. This week Amy Gallo, author of the forthcoming book Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and Contributing Editor at Harvard Biz, joins Rebecca t…
 
Renowned jewellery journalist, founder of The Jewellery Cut, and true industry insider - the brilliant Racheal Taylor joins Alex and Connie on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast amongst a background of seagulls in stormy Brighton for a chat about her favourite pieces of jewellery - spanning an eclectic range of innovative designers and makers. From a pa…
 
As we all look for autonomy over our own time, how can we move to a place where work can fit around our lives rather than dictate them? This week Frankie Tortora, host of award-winning podcast Doing It For The Kids, joins Rebecca to wade into the discussion of flexi-working. Frankie shares her experiences of balancing solo working while also juggli…
 
Fashion Stylist, Creative Director and renowned ‘Queen of Thrift’ - the vibrant and pioneering Bay Garnet joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery. Discover an incredibly glamorous, baroque style pearl bracelet - passed down from Bay's Grandmother, and a white gold signet ring by designer S…
 
Mo Gawdat 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 this episode, Rebecca discusses the importance of managing and keeping our emotions in check when we work alone. Using the techniques that Mo has created and brought together from diff…
 
An unstoppable Australian sportswoman who has represented her country in both cricket and football - the inspirational, pioneering and incredibly down to earth Ellyse Perry joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most meaningful pieces of jewellery. From early undefined memories of a Polly Pocket charm bracelet to her treas…
 
For solo workers, it can seem as if there is no clear path to career progression. For people in more traditional roles, progress is marked by a promotion, a bonus or a corner office. So do we need to start thinking about this differently? This week's guest James Mitra, founder of JBM (a values-driven executive search firm) and the host of the 40 Mi…
 
Working from home can make it all too easy to blur the boundaries between personal and professional lives. Tech can complicate that line even more with endless Zoom calls and constant pings from colleagues and clients on everything from Teams to Slack. This week’s guest Charlotte Jee, a tech writer for MIT Technology Review, has been working remote…
 
Cook, food writer. columnist and celebrated author of ‘Made in India’ and ‘East’ - the wonderful and vibrant Meera Sodha joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery. From an enamelled Jemima Puddle-duck brooch she has treasured since she was 4 years old, to a cinnamon red Rudraksha seed bead g…
 
Networking can often inspire dread. We associate it with warm wine in plastic cups and awkward conversations. Thankfully, this week’s guest Abadesi Osunsade, founder of Hustle Crew and VP of Belonging at Brandwatch, joins Rebecca to offer a fresh perspective and explains how mutual appreciation can lead to meaningful connections, online and offline…
 
Award winning Political Journalist and Radio 4 broadcaster, with her 'Today' programme Alex's favourite thing to listen to - the bright and bee-rilliant Martha Kearney joins Alex for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery! From an epic charm bracelet from a Varinasi market documenting a year of travelling in her thirties, to a pair of …
 
Sometimes despite all our external successes, whether it's building a high-flying career or achieving those internal-facing goals, the feeling like a fraud can overshadow our achievements. This self-doubt is called imposter syndrome. In this episode psychotherapist, speaker, and bestselling author Anna Mathur joins Rebecca to discuss how the need f…
 
Award winning writer, broadcaster, Frank Skinner’s radio show and host of the much-loved ‘Walking the Dog’ podcast - the brilliant, funny and insightful Emily Dean joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery! From a glamorous 90’s Vivienne Westwood choker that taught her an incredible life les…
 
So many of us go about life with that critical voice in our heads. A voice that tells us, whether, in our work or personal life, we are the worst person in the world. This inner critic can often lead to anxiety. This week Rebecca gets to the heart of what causes this intrusive worrying with the author of The Kindness Method, Shahroo Izadi. They dis…
 
Auctioneer, Jewellery and Silver specialist, Gemologist AND one of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow Experts - the brilliant and pioneering Kate Flitcroft joins Alex on our ‘This is a Token’ podcast for a chat about her most treasured pieces of jewellery. From a series of special and sentimental treasures tying her to her much-loved late grandmother, to …
 
In the last 18 months, we have seen a re-evaluation of our relationships to work. With more time at home and less time commuting, we’ve been able to think about what we want out of the work-life balance. Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back, has been thinking and talking about this relationship for a long time. She joins Rebecca in this …
 
We are so excited to kick off Season 2 of ‘This is a Token’ with the witty and wonderful Raven Smith. Raven is a wearer of so many interesting hats - from Humorist, Writer and Cultural Commentator to Instagrammer, Style Icon and more recently Jewellery Designer! You will of course recognise Raven and his slightly naughty influence from our genderle…
 
Maybe you’re the type to avoid difficult conversations at all costs? Or maybe you go into complicated conversations all guns blazing? Whichever camp you’re in, we’re here to help you get the most out of these conversations. And who better to talk about difficult conversations with than someone who has been described as ‘a therapist at happy hour’? …
 
Welcome back to Season 2 of ‘This is a Token with Alex Monroe’ - our podcast celebrating the magical nature of jewellery, and the individual stories behind some very precious pieces. Every week, starting from the 10th of August, Alex will explore the relationship between his guest and their most meaningful pieces of jewellery. Together they will un…
 
When we think of self-care, we might think of a long bath or a wine at the end of the day but it’s so much more than that. We need to think about what self-care looks like in our lives. In this episode, we’re joined by Emma Gunavardhana, Host of The Emma Guns Show, who shares her transitional rituals from getting up and active before sitting at her…
 
It's the season finale! And this week Tiffany interviews author and journalist Natasha Lunn. Natasha's new book, Conversations on Love explores love in all its forms through Natasha's personal story and interviews with the likes of Alain de Botton, Esther Perel, Dolly Alderton, Roxane Gay, Dolly Alderton and many more. We talk about love and work a…
 
A conversation with best-selling author Otegha Uwagba on toxic workplaces, privilege and money. LINKS: We Need to Talk About Money: https://amzn.to/3wenuo9 Otegha's Twitter: https://twitter.com/OteghaUwagba In Good Company podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/in-good-company/id1294215581 The Writers Co-op Podcast. Listen now: https://podc…
 
A conversation with the best-selling author about work, identity and career crises. Elizabeth Uviebinené's book, The Reset: Ideas to Change How We Work and Live, is out now: https://amzn.to/3wDYB6p The Writers Co-op Podcast. Listen now: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-writers-co-op/id1498113138 Website: https://www.thewriterscooppod.com/ …
 
A nuanced discussion about coaching, courses and work shame. LINKS Online courses are exploiting the unemployed: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/apr/18/online-job-coaches-are-exploiting-the-unemployed-during-pandemic Sophie Heawood turns to a life coach: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/jan/13/will-the-countrys-leading-life-coaches-he…
 
It’s said that loneliness can increase your risk of death by 26% and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Being a solo or an at-home worker increases your chances of being lonely, something our host Rebecca Seal dealt with and a feeling that led to the creation of The Solo Collective. Chartered Psycholo…
 
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