Better Angels :: Theirworld Featuring stories from globally renowned activists, campaigners, comedians, youth and world leaders, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit. “This is not your average listen. You won’t want to miss it” - Elle Magazine. “The theme of her show could hardly be more relevant at the moment.” - New Statesman en-gb Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:25 +0000 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:18:25 +0000 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Denis Mukwege interview special Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:09:00 +0000 Theirworld

Ahead of today's Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, host Sarah Brown revisits her interview special with this year's joint winner Dr Denis Mukwege.

Dr Mukwege is a modern-day hero and a truly remarkable man, with an unwavering dedication to the physical and mental health of women. Using his medical expertise, Dr Mukwege has become a trusted witness to the physical consequences of gang rape. 

He has enduring courage for speaking up for change and working hour after hour, to operate and save the lives of women whose bodies and spirits are damaged.

This interview special focuses on Dr Mukwege’s career as a world-renowned gynaecological surgeon who founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, to help women who are victims of gang rape and other sexual violences. 

These acts are widely used as a tool of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are increasing so much so that women there are seeing the threat of sexual violence encroaching on their everyday lives. 

Dr Mukwege's global influence is growing so much that he is the world's leading male advocate against sexual violence offering both practical and advocacy solutions.

Interview Special: Gordon Brown and Liesbet Steer Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:57:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this Better Angels interview special guest host Tom Fletcher speaks to former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown and Director of the Education Commission Liesbet Steer about the new International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd).

IFFEd has been proposed to generate the huge sums needed for countries to ensure all their young citizens can go to school and receive a quality education. The facility was announced earlier this year by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres with the support of the World Bank President, and in this Better Angels interview special Tom talks to the key people behind the facility to explain the overall vision and how it will really work.

Interview special: Valerie Amos Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:46:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this Better Angels interview special guest host Tom Fletcher speaks with British politician and diplomat Baroness Valerie Amos, who served as the Leader of the House of Lords, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Secretary of State and Emergency Relief Coordinator and British High Commissioner to Australia.

Valerie also served as Secretary of State for International Development and in doing so became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. Today Valerie is the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, becoming the first black woman to lead a university in the United Kingdom. Valerie’s extraordinary career has seen her break ground many times and take on great challenges with enormous composure, leaving a track record of solid achievement in her wake.

In this interview special, Valerie shares her perspective and private thoughts on the barriers she’s crossed and the experiences of her professional life.

Image credit: UN Geneva

Learning in the Digital Age with Tom Fletcher, Episode 5 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:30:39 +0000 Theirworld

If we can see what change is needed, why is it so hard? The final episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher.

Throughout the series we’ve heard from world leaders, teachers, tech entrepreneurs, CEOs and Prime Ministers from around the world about what the future of learning looks like, and what skills people will need in the future.

The final episode explores the how...if we can see what change is needed, why is it so hard? Three gurus on social media and campaigning give their answers on how to make change happen in the Digital Age. And a philanthropist and former Prime Minister explain the practical ways they are changing education.

Tom speaks with co-founder and CEO of Purpose Jeremy Heimans, author and entrepreneur Jonah Sachs, founder of Beautiful Destinations Jeremy Jauncey, Founder of People’s Postcode Lottery Annemiek Hoogenboom and former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown.

Thank you to Tom Fletcher and all the Better Angels he spoke with along the journey to make this special series, we hope you have learnt something valuable and continue to champion your activist spirit!

Learning in the Digital Age with Tom Fletcher, Episode 4 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:21:00 +0000 Theirworld

Episode 4: What can humans do better than the robots and how do we learn those skills?

The fourth episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher continues to explore jobs of the future and the skills people will need for these, such as creativity, problem solving and the tasks humans can do better than the robots.

Tom speaks to British Labour politician Cathy Ashton, Emirati politician and President of Zayed University Sheikha Lubna, 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner Andria Zafirako and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

Learning in the Digital Age with Tom Fletcher, Episode 3 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:10:00 +0000 Theirworld

The third episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher explores the importance of connectivity and creativity in the Digital Age and asks what are the most important skills to gain for the jobs of the future?

Tom speaks to former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, co-founder of Technology Will Save Us Daniel Hirschman, neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart and British tech entrepreneur Tabitha Goldstaub.

(Image of Helen Clark: UNDP)

Learning in the Digital Age with Tom Fletcher, Episode 2 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:38:00 +0000 Theirworld

The second episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher moves from head to heart as he looks at what character we will need to thrive in the future.

Hear Tom speak to a range of guests about what characters we need to thrive in the Digital Age, from resilience, to courage and emotional development.

You’ll hear from retired British Army officer Sir Graeme Lamb (pictured above): Lebanese sportsman, mountaineer and explorer Maxime Chaya: and Julie Chappell, British communications specialist and formerly Britain's youngest Ambassador. 

Tom asks the question: Can we learn to be kind, curious and brave?

Interview Special: Annemiek Hoogenboom Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:29:00 +0000 Theirworld

A political science graduate, Annemiek started her career as a university lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, before moving to Sudan to set up a new communications faculty at Ahfad University in Omdurman.

As part of Tom's special series on Learning in the Digital Age, listen to Tom speak with Annemiek about how private sector is making a real difference on the ground for the global education crisis, sometimes ahead of NGOs and government.

Annemiek discusses with Tom how her personal experiences in Sudan shaped her passion for the education, a passion which now shapes the work of the People’s Postcode Lottery, one of the largest donors in the world finding solutions to the global education crisis.

Learning in the Digital Age with Tom Fletcher, Episode 1 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:46:00 +0000 Theirworld

This special series of Sarah Brown’s Better Angels podcast follows Tom Fletcher, diplomat and global education campaigner, as he travels from the Beqaa Valley to Silicon Valley to find out how we can learn the right things in the right way to thrive in the Digital Age. Tom asks everyone - from Prime Ministers to tech CEOs to movie stars and a classroom of 12-year olds - about the key lessons that made them who they are, what future generations need to take humanity forward, and how to unleash this opportunity?

Episode one of the series explores the overarching question: What should future generations learn in order to thrive in the Digital Age?

Speaking with President of Theirworld Sarah Brown, political economist and Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford Will Hutton, former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Rev. Prof. Fadi Daou, entrepreneur and journalist Emma Sinclair and Chief Executive of the British Library Roly Keating, Tom explores  what is at the core of a good education with these entrepreneurs, politicians and thinkers.

Interview Special: Clare Rewcastle Brown Thu, 06 Sep 2018 10:02:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this interview special, host Sarah Brown speaks with campaigner and investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown, whose campaign to protect the Borneo rainforest ended with the disgrace and fall of the Malaysian Prime Minister.

Clare's incredible investigation into the deforestation of Borneo, what it had done to the indigenous people and what it continued to do to the environment is explored in-depth in this episode.

From being banned from travelling to Malaysia and battling an attempt to place her on Interpol's most wanted list, Clare fought relentlessly against the wrongdoings of Malaysia's political elite to save the Borneo rainforest.

Interview Special: Jessica Morris Wed, 16 May 2018 12:57:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this powerful interview special host Sarah Brown talks to Jessica Morris, a campaigner and change maker who channeled her skills and career as a highflying communications executive to become a fearless campaigner to tackle a challenge that was threatening her own life; a rare form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

May is Brain Tumour Awareness Month in the United States where Jessica lives, and there is much to talk and learn about brain cancer. Just last week, hundreds of brain cancer advocates rallied at Capitol Hill to push for more funding for medical research, acceleration of drug discovery, and development.  

Glioblastoma has taken the life of Senator Ted Kennedy, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden and most recently Dame Tessa Jowell.

Since Jessica’s diagnosis, she has channeled her energy and frustrations into ways to accelerate progress against brain cancer. Alongside a medical team and a community of others living with brain cancer, Jessica founded OurBrainBank.

Listen to this emotive episode that explores Jessica’s journey since diagnosis and her optimism throughout the journey.  

Innovation and Education Wed, 02 May 2018 10:31:23 +0000 Theirworld

In this episode of Better Angels with Sarah Brown, we hear from high profile leaders live from Washington DC during the World Bank Spring Meetings. These leaders came together at a breakfast hosted by The Global Business Coalition for Education, to focus on the need for innovative thinking around education delivery, and why it is so important for business, government and civil society to all work together on this cause.

Speakers include CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva and Adviser to The Global Business Coalition for Education Professor Tom Fletcher. A panel discussion follows with speakers including UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi, Norway’s Minister for Development Nikolai Astrup, Denmark's Minister for Development and Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs and Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union, Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor

Contributors to the episode discuss issue around the skills young people need for the jobs of the future, and how innovation can help deliver a  thorough, education to everyone.

#YouPromised live special Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:31:01 +0000 Theirworld

Sarah Brown joins award-winning magician Dynamo and champions of global education for a live podcast from the UN-EU Syria Summit in Brussels.

In this episode of Better Angels, Sarah Brown chairs a Q&A with Theirworld Ambassador Magician Impossible Dynamo, who went to Brussels as part of their #YouPromised campaign, to showcase his film '72 Hours,' which calls on world leaders to keep their promise to get all Syrian refugee children into education.

You will also hear from Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of Operations in the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department and Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) - a global fund to transform the delivery of education in emergencies.

This episode was recorded by the EC Audiovisual Service and the copyright for the content is held by the European Union, 2018. You can find the full content, including video here:© European Union , 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

Sandi Toksvig Special Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:33:58 +0000 Theirworld

In this Better Angels special, Sarah Brown introduces Theirworld ambassador, comedian, writer, producer and activist Sandi Toksvig.

Sandi is a mighty moral force championing human rights, passionate about LGBTQI equality and determined to put gender equality at the forefront of her campaigning and professional life.

Between presenting TV and radio and writing books and plays, Sandi generously gives her time to charities and their events. Most recently becoming involved in politics, as the co-founder of Women’s Equality Party in the UK.

Sandi was invited by the Adam Smith Global Foundation to give the 2018 Adam Smith Lecture in Fife, Scotland and Theirworld President Sarah Brown attended to hear Sandi’s informative, thought provoking and entertaining lecture,

Listen to Sandi’s lecture on gender equality and why feminism makes economic sense.

The lecture takes you on a journey to discover why achieving gender equality holds up as a smart, progressive and fair way for society to operate.

#ChangeTheCulture: International Women’s Day Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:20:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this episode, host Sarah Brown speaks to an array of inspirational women live from Theirworld’s International Women’s Day breakfast, including the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, singer and activist Annie Lennox, actor Kim Cattrall, TV presenter June Sarpong, BBC’s Lyse Doucet, Director of Development and External Affairs of Safer London Sarah Castro, comedian, actress and writer Arabella Weir, Jess Phillips - MP for Birmingham Yardley, award winning academic Dr. Nicola Rollock who specialises in race equality, former Editorial Director of Hearst UK and Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Louise Court and campaigner and advocate for the rights of those experiencing forced marriages and honour based abuse, Jasvinder Sanghera.

You will also hear from Esperande and Nidia, two survivors of sexual violence as a weapon of warfare who are bravely speaking out about their experiences, in an effort to #ChangeTheCulture. Both Nidia and Esperande are part of a newly launched Survivor Network, supported by the Dr.Denis Mukwege Foundation. The network aims to support other women around the world who are victims of sexual violence due to war.

Tune in to this International Women’s Day special to hear from those women working to #ChangeTheCulture and find out how you can too.

The Importance of Girls' Education Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:49:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this Better Angels episode focusing on the importance of girls’ education, Sarah Brown talks to an array of inspirational guests including Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Julia Gillard, young education champions Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, and co-founder of HOPE for Children Cameroon and Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador Joannes Yimbesalu.

Amina Mohammed talks about the the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on the gender and education goals. She highlights the basic right to education that all girls are entitled to and the potential it brings to their future life and family.

Julia Gillard discusses her move from politics into education and her role with the Global Partnership for Education.

Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, who were also attacked in the shooting of Malala Yousafzai on their school bus in Pakistan in 2012, discuss their journey back into education, as well as how they now help and inspire other girls to continue fighting for their right to education.

Joannes Yimbesalu talks about his work with children in rural Cameroon and how to ensure they stay in school and learn in a safe environment.

Audio of Queen Rania with thanks to Girl Rising

Audio of Michelle Obama with courtesy of Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Audio of Malala Yousafzai with thanks to the United Nations Audiovisual Department

New Year Special Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:24:00 +0000 Theirworld

As 2017 turned out to be a shade darker than the already gloomy 2016, people around the world are bracing for what comes next. High human costs of war, attacks and assaults on women, children, hospitals and schools, and the ever-growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Yet where there is darkness, we can always find light. We can find the very best of humanity in individuals who offer hope and inspiration, through the generosity of their acts, both large and small.

To start off 2018, Sarah Brown called out via social media for people to contribute their best actions of the year, the ones that highlight the ‘Better Angels’ of their nature. For the first podcast of 2018, we are sharing the stories of amazing people across the world and their inspiring acts.

Our stories come from:

  • Kiko, who has learnt to row and is aiming row solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for a hospital and, importantly, empower other women.

  • Maisha, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador (GYA) from Singapore, who is a champion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on gender equality.

  • Oraeki Chukwujekwu Francis, a GYA who teaches secondary school students about career choices to help them plan their life after school.

  • Lavanya, a 19-year-old British student on her Gap year in India, volunteering to help children with their education.

  • Tauseef, another GYA who organised the Global Transformation Forum, one of the largest events in Malaysia, as well as taking part in other incredible work globally.

  • Marshall, a GYA from Malawi who is taking Theirworld’s #5for5 campaign to the next level in Malawi, to support early childhood development in his country.

Safe Schools Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:27:00 +0000 Theirworld

In this episode of Better Angels focusing on Safe Schools, Sarah Brown talks to the Director for Education Cannot Wait Yasmine Sherif, Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha, who helped to secure the release of dozens of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, former Theirworld GYA and active campaigner Courage Nyamhunga, and activist and campaigner Sylvia Kayko.

Yasmine talks about Education Cannot Wait and its work globally, helping the more than 75 million children today who are severely affected by armed conflict, war, persecution and natural disasters get back into education.

Courage talks of the millions of children who miss out on the chance to go to school and the ‘lost generation’ that could result.

Zannah speaks to Sarah about safe schools in Nigeria and the climate felt around sending children to schools after the abduction of over 200 girls by Boko Haram in 2014. He also discusses the logistics of the Nigerian Safe Schools programme, and the many instances where children of Boko Haram members are in the same classrooms as other children.

Finally, Sylvia discusses her own experience of being forced out of education and pressured into early marriage, and how her own background and struggles led her to campaign and fight for girls to stay in education.

Interview Special: Harriet Lamb Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:08:00 +0000 Theirworld

Harriet Lamb became CEO of International Alert in November 2015, a not-for-profit organisation that works to enable people to find peaceful solutions to conflict, believing ‘peace is within our power.’ Harriet leads peacebuilding activities around the world, overseeing programme implementation, strategy, fundraising, advocacy and outreach.

Before working with International Alert, Harriet was CEO of Fairtrade International and Executive Director of the UK-based Fairtrade Foundation. Sarah first met Harriet when approached with the challenge to make 10 Downing Street completely Fairtrade, which was achieved in 2009.

Under Harriet's leadership, Fairtrade products in the UK went from £30 million in her first year, to $1.3 billion in 2011. Harriet was awarded an OBE in 2006 in recognition of her work in growing Fairtrade in the UK.

Now with International Alert, Harriet's focus is firmly on peacebuilding processes, the role communities play, how to protect development and how to avoid abuse of human rights.

Listen to Sarah talk with Harriet about her long career and dig deeper into the role of peacebuilding and how and where it can be effective.

#BetterAngels Interview Special: Dr. Denis Mukwege Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:08:00 +0000 Theirworld

Dr Mukwege is a modern-day hero and a truly remarkable man, with an unwavering dedication to the physical and mental health of women. Using his medical expertise, Dr. Mukwege has become a trusted witness to the physical consequences of gang rape. He has enduring courage for speaking up for change and working hour after hour, to operate and save the lives of women whose bodies and spirits are damaged.

This interview special focuses on Dr. Denis Mukwege’s career as a world renowned gynecological surgeon who founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, to help women who are victims of gang rape and other sexual violences. These acts are a widely used as a tool of war in DRC, and are increasing so much so that the women of the DRC are seeing the threat of sexual violence encroaching on their everyday lives. His global influence is growing such that he is the world's leading male advocate against sexual violence offering both practical and advocacy solutions.

Dr. Mukwege has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize no less than three times, yet remains modest and selflessly dedicated to his work and to the wider campaign to change what is happening to women in the DRC and other conflict zones. Listen to Dr. Mukwege talk about his life’s work at the Panzi Hospital and on the global stage.