this is an oral historyof public service in the hardest times

Over the course of forty episodes we interviewed practitioners who have worked in public service for many years — amidst serious violence, political instability, or acute marginalisation.

Guests included human rights defenders, aid workers, diplomats, clinicians, and community organisers. The majority were from the global South.

In each case we talked through career trajectories; successes and failures; experiences linked to race, class and gender; and self-care amidst extreme stress.

Your host is Ian D. Quick — I’m a consultant who’s worked on organisational development & learning for the last twenty years, in highly marginalised places.

For those interested, we talk about the “why” and “how” of the podcast in the wrap-up episode #40.

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