In our most ambitious episode to date, we have not 1, not 2, or 3 but 4, yes FOUR guests on this episode. It all started with the viral campaign called 'The Hiring Chain' from Italian organisation CoorDown. CoorDown's mission is to advocate for the rights of people with Down's Syndrome, and this year on World Down's Syndrome Day (March 21st) they released a campaign to encourage businesses around the world to employ people with Down's Syndrome. The beautiful video, with a song stung by Sting, shows the power of representation, and the impact of seeing people with Down's Syndrome in work.
We sat down virtually with CoorDown's Head of Communications, Martina Fuga, Alison Thwaite, Employment Development Manager from the UK Down's Syndrome Association's WorkFit programme, Superintendent Damian Pettit from the West Mercia Police and his colleague Bethany Greaves (plus Dad!), who found her job at West Mercia Police through the WorkFit programme. We talk about the Hiring Chain campaign, how companies can work with the DSA and the importance of a rich and diverse work force. It's a great chat and one of our most favourite to date.
About your hosts
A New Media artist currently undertaking a PhD in virtual reality, Jack is motivated by the positive impact technology can have on our day to day lives both operationally and emotionally. Outside of PhDs and podcasting, Jack is a proud dad to three turtles and an ever-growing number of house plants. Find Jack at @jacktionman on Instagram and Twitter
A digital content editor by day, Neil is also a men’s lifestyle blogger at whatneildid.com where he covers a range of topics from travel and style to health and mental well-being. You’ll never find him too far from a coffee. Find Neil at @Whatneildid on Instagram and Twitter