The Occupational Philosophers

A not so serious business podcast to spark imagination, creativity and curiosity

The Occupational Philosophers

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Ep.85 – Reboot guest episode with Dr Peter Lovatt (AKA Dr Dance!)

By Simon Banks | February 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

As they take a quick break to record new episodes, The Occupational Philosophers wanted to reshare one of their favourite guests and their very first with Dr. Peter Lovatt. Dr Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist,…

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What’s the show about?

Would you like to fulfill your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work or simply underwater basket weaving.

Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived personally and professionally in the process.

So, if you would like to listen to a “not so serious business podcast” and would like some thoughts, tools, and tips on staying curious, creative and asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process) then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

And why a ‘not so serious business’ podcast’? Whilst your business (and ours) is a serious business, we felt that after the year of 2020 there is enough seriousness in the world without us adding any more. And we have tried it (being serious) and it just didn’t work.

Episodes

Ep.85 – Reboot guest episode with Dr Peter Lovatt (AKA Dr Dance!)

By Simon Banks | February 11, 2024

As they take a quick break to record new episodes, The Occupational Philosophers wanted to reshare one of their favourite guests and their very first with Dr. Peter Lovatt. Dr Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist,…

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Ep. 83 – In the wild with Dr Barbara Doran

By Simon Banks | January 31, 2024

In this short ‘in the wild’ episode, Simon (one-half of The Occupational Philosophers) connects with Dr Barbara Doran, Director of Strategic Innovation and Creative Intelligence live from the World Building Studio Day at the University…

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Ep. 82: Guest episode with Dr Cyndi Burnett – Author, Academic & Creative on a mission to infuse creative thinking into every classroom around the world!

By Simon Banks | December 30, 2023

In Episode 82, The Occupational Philosophers chat with the amazing Dr Cyndi Burnett – Author, Academic and Creative on a on a mission to infuse creative thinking into every classroom around the world! Dr Burnett…

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Ep. 81 In the Wild with Dr.Samuel West at the Global Innovation Forum, London

By Simon Banks | December 7, 2023

In this special, ‘In the Wild’ episode , The Occupational Philosophers get out of the studio (well, one of them does) to have a nice, cosy fireside chat in a London pub, with Dr Samuel…

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Ep.80 – Inbetweeners – What is Philosophy?

By Simon Banks | November 16, 2023

In this short, sharp Inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers discuss “What is Philosophy”, after a teenager asked Simon that very question and he struggled a little to answer! He set off to explore and their…

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Ep 79 – Inbetweeners – Introducing The Parkers – Radio drama

By Simon Banks | November 6, 2023

In this short, sharp inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers introduce their latest experiment, a new Radio play, The Parkers! Listen as Simon tries to convince John this is a good idea, before they lead you…

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Ep.78 – Inbetweeners: High or Low Curiosity? Whats an NFC? Say what?

By Simon Banks | October 26, 2023

In this short-ish, sharp-ish inbetweener episode, The Occupational PHilosophers explore a test for curiosity called The need for cognition (NFC) What is the NFC?  It’s a personality variable reflecting the extent to which individuals are inclined towards effortful…

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Ep 77 Guest episode with Dr Marco Motta, expert in data analysis & visualisation, philosophy doctorate, and funk-rock musician!

By Simon Banks | October 18, 2023

In Episode 65, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Dr Marco Motta, who specialises in data analysis and visualisation, with a strong track-record transforming the performance reporting culture of large organisations. He marries this with a…

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Ep.76 – Inbetweeners – How the light gets in

By Simon Banks | October 11, 2023

In this short, sharp Inbetweener episode, The Occupational Philosophers discuss what John discovered when he attended the recent ‘How the Light Gets In’ festival in London; a curly mash up of philosophy, music and comedy:…

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