“After” The E Word at Channel 4

In the Channel 4 BarThis is the last of three podcasts I’ve produced associated with The Policy Unplugged event at Channel 4 last week, The E Word. Fifty or so thinkers in education – without many of the usual Whitehall suspects gathered to talk about the state of education policy in the UK, to see where there was common ground and explore their differences. I was there as a host with special responsibility to help record the day and capture the essence of the conversations.

With a hard afternoon’s talking behind them, the guests repaired to the bar for….more talking (and some drinking) Again, I mingled among them to find out what they had thought of the day. And they told me. This was right at the beginning mind, goodness knows what they were saying when they’d had a few more sugar-free Red Bulls.

After The E Word (25:30 mins – 11.6MB)

Photos for the event are in this photoset

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During The E Word at Channel 4

Dave HarrisThis is the second of three podcasts I’ve produced associated with The Policy Unplugged event at Channel 4 last week, The E Word. Fifty or so thinkers in education – without many of the usual Whitehall suspects gathered to talk about the state of education policy in the UK, to see where there was common ground and explore their differences. I was there as a host with special responsibility to help record the day and capture the essence of the conversations.

After introducing themselves to each other and discussing their passions about education, the guests gathered around subjects that had emerged in the discussion. I joined a table hosted by Victoria Marks to talk about Lifelong Learning. In this section you hear from Pat Kane, Tom Bewick, Dave Harris, Marion Seguret, Victoria and err… Lloyd Davis.

During The E Word (19:03 mins – 8.7MB)

Photos for the event are in this photoset

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“Before” The E Word at Channel 4

PolicyUnplugged 003This is the first of three podcasts I’ve produced associated with The Policy Unplugged event at Channel 4 last week, The E Word. Fifty or so thinkers in education – without many of the usual Whitehall suspects gathered to talk about the state of education policy in the UK, to see where there was common ground and explore their differences. I was there as a host with special responsibility to help record the day and capture the essence of the conversations.

First off, I spent some time mingling with the guests, finding out what they were expecting from the event.

Before The E Word (11:49 mins – 5.4MB)

Photos for the event are in this photoset

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Saira Khan meets London bloggers

saira khanAfter the e-word extravaganza (yeah, yeah stuff’s coming) I popped down to Fulham to meet up with Saira Khan who’s reporting on blogging for BBC Radio Five, but who British TV audiences will know as “that feisty, gobby woman with the megaphone who should have won” from The Apprentice. I’m so glad that when I wrote here about the show earlier in the year, I was nice about Saira and picked her (or James) to win. Note to people in the rest of the world – Saira was pipped to the post (as I also kind of predicted) by the dull but worthy Tim.

So anyway, we had a great chat – Geoff Jones was being interviewed as I approached the ‘crowd’ consisting of Suw Charman and two other guys who I’d seen before, but never got really introduced to, so I can’t tell you who they were with any certainty, though I think one hangs out here and the other is here but they could both be the same guy… or not. We were joined a little while later by Sal – everyone seemed to be Australian, but that’s not a bad thing.

[Update: Alan Connor was there too, doh! my brain! and he’s now kindly linked to this piece in one of his Weblog Watch pieces for the BBC News Magazine section – hello people from BBC-land]

Saira was delightful, excitable, very sweet and clearly easily drawn into the Perfect Path charm machine. She’s also just amazed that there’s this enormous subculture that she didn’t know existed until recently. We recorded a little interview (I believe it’s going to be part of the Julian Worricker Show and it’s called the 5 Live Report due to be broadcast at 10:00 BST on October 2nd – should be listenable across the globe through the BBC player for a week thereafter. I also got to meet the lovely Clare, who’s producing the show (and is a closet podcaster who’s about to jump out and reveal herself as such)

The bar we were in was visited by some wandering masseuses and you can read about my massage experience on Geoff’s blog including a picture of me being attended to by Melissa (oooooh) from urban chill (great massage, but ditch the Flash on your website, guys)

The E Word – Policy Unplugged

I’m at the Channel 4 HQ in Horseferry Road at a cafe style session on education policy. About 50 interesting and vociferous people have gathered to talk about Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, well at least that’s what Channel 4 wants them to talk about – we’ll see how that actually works out.

We’re just going into an Open Space session to pull out what people are really interested in.

As usual, pics and flicks later on.

Our Social World sampler

Rather than wait until I’ve got my act completely together to put something else together (a pattern is emerging here) here’s a (highly compressed) sampler of speakers from Our Social World, in speaking order: Ben Hammersley, Simon Phipps, Tom Coates, Johnnie Moore, Lee Bryant, Loic Le Meur, (lunch) Euan Semple, Suw Charman, Julian Bond, Simon Grice, Max Niederhofer, Colin Donald and Ross Mayfield [sadly the overrun meant that I’d gone before Hugh spoke]

Still, hope it conveys a flavour of the day.

If anyone featured would like higher quality clips of their bit, do give me a shout.

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Rough video of smooth people

To make up somewhat for the dismal showing so far today (see below on The Secret Agent) I give you a very scrunched up version of all the video I shot on Saturday at Podcastcon UK.

See if you can spot among the audience: Alex Bellinger, Nicole Simon, Rachel Clarke, Kosso, Jo Twist, Ben Metcalfe, Hugo Schotmann.

And now that I’ve seen how to embed video (even if I can’t get it to work yet), here’s a surplus picture of Alex for his many adoring fans:
Alex Bellinger

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