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Across the UK, local authorities are declaring a climate emergency, seeking to lead action at a local level to reduce carbon emissions, increase biodiversity, transition to net zero and ultimately improve the quality of life of their residents and the local environment. In this podcast series from UCL and the Local Government Association (LGA), researchers and policy professionals from councils across England share their reflections on working together on the Net Zero Innovation Programme - ...
 
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Real World Public Mental Health Translating evidence into practice Welcome to the Real World Public Mental Health (RWPMH) podcast, where we look at how the evidence is being used in the real world to prevent and promote better mental health for all. This podcast will include a diverse range of speakers from academics to practitioners, all of them sharing their experience and expertise in working on mental health at the population level. Stu King (BSPHN Committee Member and founder & CEO of b ...
 
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In this episode, we explore some of the challenges our teams have had to overcome as they take their projects from theory to practice. We speak to two of our partnerships - one from Hertfordshire and the other from the London Borough of Sutton. Joining us are Julie Greaves from Hertfordshire County Council, Michael Page from the University of Hertf…
 
In this episode we explore how the partnerships have approached working in a cohort, and how the network has benefitted their projects. Two of our partnerships will be joining us today, The University of Worcester and Worcester City Council, and Essex University and Colchester Council. The two teams have been asked to reflect on how the programmes …
 
Dave Tyrrell from Knowsley Council joins us for this episode to discuss his work with the LGA to deliver a twelve week free trial to improve understanding of assistive technology solutions and encourage increased take up. Dave provides insights into how behaviour change techniques helped residents build understanding and confidence to engage with t…
 
In this episode, we talk with one of our partnerships and reflect on their participation in the Action Learning Groups. We speak to partners from Barnsley Council and Leeds Beckett University who are delivering a project on low-energy housing. The Action Learning Groups were a chance for the projects to come together with other partnerships and dis…
 
Guests: Sally Armour is the Child Health Commissioner for NHS Highland, working with the Highland Health & Social Care partnership, children and young peoples integrated service partnerships and regional planning groups in Scotland. This involves having oversight of population and wellbeing and influencing the service design and delivery of health …
 
In this episode, Esther Barrott, a graduate on the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), takes us on a journey to find out more about councils and the workings behind them. Esther looks at the general perceptions that surround councils, what councils actually do for communities, the role they have played throughout the pandemic, and why i…
 
In this episode, we catch up with one of our partnerships and reflect on our series of sandpits. We speak to partners from Lewes and Eastbourne Councils and University of Sussex who are undertaking a project looking at alternative financing mechanisms applied to sustainability projects. The sandpits were developed to create a space for teams to bra…
 
Guests: Professor Peter Fonagy is the Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL and the National Clinical Adviser on children and young people’s mental health at NHS England. He is the Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London, which is particularly poignant as he himself found help as…
 
Hazel Wright from the Behavioural Insights Team joins us for this episode of Nudges for Social Good. Hazel and her team work extensively with local authorities across the UK to embed the use of behavioural science. This episode explores how a busy councillor or local government officer could initiate a project with guidance on the key stages of del…
 
This is the third in the series of our Forget What You Think You Know series. In this episode, Birmingham City Councillor, Paulette Hamilton is joined by Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council; Julie Yates, Lead Consultant for Screening and Immunisation at Public Health England; and Eleanor Kelly, Chief Executive at …
 
Guests: Professor Kate Pickett Professor of Epidemiology at Department of Health Sciences York, and the University's Research Champion for Justice and Equality. She is co-author of The Spirit Level and The Inner Level and Co-Founder and Trustee of The Equality Trust. Kate is Co-Principal Investigator for the Born in Bradford study. Rose Ssali Progr…
 
In the first episode of our Together Towards Net Zero podcast series, we speak with one of our teams from Cambridgeshire County Council and UCL who are undertaking a project on a procurement carbon calculator and code of practice. We discuss how they approached, undertook and reflected on our series of workshops, which explored the different challe…
 
In this episode, Claire Thompson, Community Insights and Marketing Manager at North East Lincolnshire Council, discusses the process of delivering their LGA project aimed at improving cancer screening rates to prevent late diagnosis in residents. Claire also shares insight into how covid-19 has impacted the public health sector in Lincolnshire and …
 
Host Stu King, CEO of BeeZee Bodies, and guests discuss Public Mental Health in the workplace and supporting employers. Professor Dame Carol Black was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge until 2019. She has advised the British Government on the relationship between work and health. Professor Neil Greenberg is Professor of Defence Mental Health …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on our communities. In the UK alone, tens of thousands have tragically passed away as a result of the virus. Restrictions on our daily lives have been immediate, and, for peacetime, unprecedented in scale. The impact on local people, and on the services which support them, has been huge. Homelessness i…
 
This month Stu is joined by: Dr Jen Dykxhoorn, Senior Research Fellow in Public Mental Health at UCL Ed Davie , Councillor at London Borough of Lambeth Caron Walker, Assistant Director for Adult Public Health Improvement at Calderdale Council Some technical problems meant that only part of Caron and Stu’s conversation could be recorded, but check o…
 
Welcome to episode one! This podcast is released in conjunction with PHE's webinar on 3rd November 2020: Prevention & Promotion for Better Mental Health in Local Systems (COVID-19). Click for details and to register for this free event. Stu King chats with Dr Jonathan Campion, Director for Public Mental Health & Consultant Psychiatrist at South Lon…
 
This is the first in the series of our Forget What You Think You Know podcast. In this episode, Ben Murray visits Norwich to find out about their award winning council housing scheme, Goldsmith Street. What makes this scheme so special is that it is the first council housing scheme to ever win the prestigious RIBA Stirling Award, beating off compet…
 
Jim McManus, Director of Public Health and Michelle Constable, Head of the Behaviour Change Unit, talk about a project aimed at getting council staff moving - quite literally. Calorie labelling the stairs and footprints on the floor leading to the stairs resulted in nudging 20 per cent of council staff out of using lifts. The pair also speak about …
 
Liverpool City Council was one of the first councils to trial an innovation project under the LGA Behavioural Insights Programme. In the podcast, Sue Cummings, Head of Behavioural Insights and Change, explains Liverpool’s approach to tackling childhood obesity through a successful project to reduce sales of high sugar fizzy drinks using a different…
 
In the inaugural episode, Tim Pearse, Behavioural Science Lead at Barking and Dagenham, shares his insights about an LGA project aimed at helping more domestic abuse victims access support in Kent, and a sucessful project in Barking and Dagenham which prevents residents from falling into rent arrears by using text messages to outline available coun…
 
Jim and I discuss the soon-to-be-released Blackphone – product of a collaborative effort between Phil Zimmermann (PGP) and Geeksphone. This is their way of taking back privacy for consumers in wake of the NSA revelations. We also talk about Knox Security for the GS4, the SED technology found in Samsung’s 840 EVO 500GB SSD, hacked Internet-connected…
 
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, OCZ Bankruptcy, Buy The Right Tablet!, DNS Explained, nslookup, TestDisk, Thoughts on Google Glass & Privacy – RRPG025Kevin Schoonover(@schoondoggy1979) joins Jim (@jcollison) and Rich O’Neil (@dvn7) for RRPG #25. We’re all over the map on this one as you can tell by the title of the article. Kevin’s been coming up with …
 
Verizon Window Phones – Nokia Lumia 928 & 520 Kyle Wilcox and Eddie Ramirez join Jim Collison and me to talk about smartphones, specifically a couple of Windows phones from Verizon – the Nokia Lumia 928 and Nokia Lumia 520. We don’t go into all the features as much as hit upon some key points to compare and contrast with the Samsung Galaxy S4 which…
 
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org Jim and I discuss WordPress, the free blogging software that makes it easy for anyone start their own web site with freely–available site templates and plugins. Jim is the experienced one having set up and run his WordPress–based web site theaverageguy.tv for the last few years now. I’m just a beginner who’s recently…
 
The guys from Home Tech Podcast show #117 hang around post-show to help me, Rich O’Neil, figure out what to buy as a replacement for my 2 1/2-year old $199 Acer Aspire 5251-1317 laptop. The cheap little laptop has been holding its own, especially since I had I installed an SSD in it, but the screen is beginning to die and I don’t know if I’m going …
 
This week on Rich’s Random Podcast Generator, we’re joined by John Horton, a University of Southern Maine theatre major on the Gorham campus who’s involved in the technical aspects of theatre. John grew up in a hi-tech household. His dad was a MIT grad who worked as a design engineer for DEC, and later Intel. John was breadboarding basic circuits a…
 
“The Last Password You’ll Have to Remember!” Amber Gott, Online Community Manager for LastPass.com joins Jim and Rich to talk about online password management and security. Online security has always been a hot topic, and it’s only going to be more so as time goes on. With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to look at how you’re handlin…
 
This week Jim and Rich go guestless and spend some time covering Acronis True Image Home 2012 Backup & Recovery Software. After talking for a few minutes about working with our friends and neighbors on their PC problems, we take an in depth look at the Acronis UI and spend some time covering items that might be helpful for both beginner and expert.…
 
Nathaniel Lindley joins Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil on RRPG #18 to talk about how he uses a Mac Mini, CrashPlan and Drobo together for his home and social back up strategy. A former CrashPlan employee, Nathaniel has a lot of interesting things to say about this solid and flexible backup solution. Listen Mobile: ”In early 2008, my friend and I were…
 
Mike Howard, Eddie Ramirez, Tim Black, and Paul Braren join Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil for some talk about PC repair, Apple love/hate, white-knuckling over the coming of Windows Phone 8, Drobo’s next (fast) storage devices with mSATA SSD capability, Paul’s personal experience with Lenovo’s USB 3.0 Dock, and Eddie’s new computer repair bench which…
 
Jim Collison is off today, visiting family in Kentucky. Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW joins Rich O’Neil as co-host for the show, and joining those two are John Stutsman, Paul Braren, and John ‘Diehard’ Zajdler. Discussions center on Windows 8 – Start screen and features such as Restore + Reset and File History, plus the Splashtop app for iPad and Android…
 
This week’s episode is all about hacking the HP Proliant MicroServer N40L. John Stutsman, John Zajdler, Jim Collison, and Jay Moore each own one. Check out this post over at the Home Server Show forums to see what John S. has done with his MicroServer. It’s a great post with benchmarks and photos. While you’, you might want to check out the other p…
 
This week the guys help Jim buy his first SSD. They talk in depth about the characteristics and inner workings of SSDs while trying to help Jim get the best bang for the buck. Though it’s an excellent choice, you might be surprised to see what Jim finally settles on. The guys also discuss media streaming devices in the sub-$100 range. Over the last…
 
Today I’m joined by John Zajdler MS WHS MVP and Mike Faucher of BYOB. Jim Collison is off today. So…John’s HP MediaSmart Server EX 490 has died (motherboard) so he’s modding it with plans to turn it into a port multiplier drive bay. Mike had an issue caused by a miniport adapter in bridge mode that was absolutely killing his wired network speed. Th…
 
Michael Martis of BYOB joins us for the first time along with regulars John Stutsman and Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW. Michael M. works with servers, RAID and virtualization so we hit him up with a bunch of questions. The guys analyze some RAID 5 benchmarks and talk about RAID setups. Most any drives will work in a RAID, but some have better firmware, a…
 
Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW once again joins us in the Google+ Hangout. This week’s topic include multi-monitor setups, Belarc Advisor, home-user RAID problems, Google+ pluses and minuses, and an extended discussion on podcasting and what it takes to get things rolling. Belarc – “System Management for the Internet Age” – is a software suite which provi…
 
Jim and Rich are joined by John Zajdler, Mike Howard, Tim Black, Jay Moore, and newcomer Paul Braren. Paul’s a long-time IT guy who launched his own tech site – Tinkertry – last July. He’s been a busy guy ever since, posting some fairly technical articles ranging from SSD caching to virtualization with special emphasis on VMWare products, something…
 
Jay Moore, John Stutsman, and Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW fame join the show this week. Topics include uses for VM servers in the home, pop screens and swivel mounts for microphones, Apple v. MS, and the good ol’ Ford Pinto. A majority of people own computers that run on the Intel platform. Mike’s entire household runs on AMD because he like’s the bang…
 
John Zajdler, Microsoft MVP – Windows Home Server and co-host of The Home Server Show podcast, and Mike Howard, creator of the jpeg2RAW podcast join the show this week. Topics include in-home streaming devices, a Netflix apology email, Mouse without Borders, Windows 8 and the Metro UI, and what will now be known forever more as The Full Fo-Shay. Li…
 
John Stutsman, Jay Moore, and Mike Howard join this week’s show. John is an Electrical Engineer with some power industry experience, Jay is a systems admin for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and Mike is a fellow podcaster and creator of jpeg2RAW over at novstudios.com. Topics include post-9/11 technology, the electric power grid, virtualization, and …
 
This week we stray a bit from the usual tech talk with a couple of discussions: how we get our news, and one in particular – the current state of writing skills. As Jim and Mike are both involved in hiring new personnel at their respective companies, they see a number of resumes. However, their actual interview processes vary a good deal from each …
 
Were you one of the lucky few who found and picked up a “couldn’t give ‘em away a week ago” HP TouchPad tablet for $99? Well, people all over the US went crazy this past weekend trying to track down and acquire the elusive 16/32GB tablets which had been retailing for $399/$499 respectively. Listen Mobile: There had been some price drops the weekend…
 
Listen now: Download episode right-click > Save target/link as… From the Guys who brought you the Home Tech Podcast, and a production of the Average Guy Network, Rich’s RPG is a weekly show about the world of technology hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Using Google+ hangout to meet up with technology guys and gals, they discuss whatever is h…
 
Listen now Subscribe with iTunes Download the mp3 (right-click > save target/link as…) From The Average Guy Network, home of the ‘Home Tech Podcast’ and other fine podcasts, a new show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Along with guests, they explore the world of technology in an open format. Anything goes, hence the name of the podcast. Usin…
 
One weekend, Rich O’Neil (and some of tech guys that hang around the Home Server Show Podcast) thought, “what would happen if we just recorded some of the conversations we have around our tech stuff?” The result was this podcast that we recorded on July 31st. Rich’s Random Podcast Generator was born! Interested in your feedback. We used Google+ Han…
 
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