“They know that initiatives often fail but they show up nonetheless — because that’s the best way they have to make the world more humane.”

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Episode notes

A short episode that sounds a bit different to the usual.

That’s because we’re one year in, and it seemed like a good moment to take stock. So instead of the usual interview format it’s a short reflection from me on what guests have said, and what resonated for listeners.

I also talk about some changes that we’re making to lean into what’s working, and to emphasise what’s important. The most obvious of those is the name, with the new website now live at http://onestepforward.fm/

Why the change?

We’ve had a diverse range of practitioners sharing their lived experience and perspectives: human rights defenders, community organisers, clinicians, aid workers.

But what unifies them is that they think differently about tough times and hard situations.

They know that initiatives often fail but they show up nonetheless — because that’s the best way they have to make the world more humane. Maybe a small step, maybe a blind one, but taken with bravery and in a net positive direction.

That’s the spirit in which we want to continue. One step forward. No-bullshit stories of working for social good in tough times, and hard places.