What's the best strategy for starting a business from nothing? What if you have to start over - either in a new country or because of a business failure or setback in life? We hear from a Syrian refugee who started her cheese making business from the ground up and from South Africa we are joined by the managing director of an organisation advising small scale entrepreneurs who are doing business in tough conditions. Also in the programme, Ed Butler is joined by a venture capital funder who invests in tech start-ups and we'll hear from the leader of Britain's top foundation for boosting entrepreneurship, who says it takes a special type of person to start up a business from scratch.
Razan Alsous, founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese
Neeta Patel, CEO at the Centre for Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneur-Mentor at London Business School
Wybrand Ganzevoort, managing director at Collective Value Creation
George Davies, partner at Hambro Perks
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Is your boss watching you?
How many of us think we are being watched at work? The indications are that workplace surveillance is on the rise. Everything from closed circuit television cameras, key-stroke logging to wearable devices can be used by employers to keep an eye on us as employees and to track our actions and behaviour at work. The use of “people analytics" to shape the workforce is a big and growing area of business. Increasing amounts of data collected on workers is being used to make predictions about our behaviour in the workplace. But is this bad for workers and what is being done with the information collected about employees? Join Ed Butler and guests to find out more about how we are all being watched and measured at work - and what's being done with the information.
Contributors: Dr Phoebe Moore, Associate Professor, Political Economy & Technology, University of Leicester School of Business; Guest Research Fellow, WZB Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society
Dr Ben Waber, CEO and co-founder of Humanyze
Ekkehard Ernst, Chief Macro-economic policies and jobs, International Labour Organization
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Does the office have a future?
Thanks to technology, these days it’s possible to work almost anywhere. You can log on from your kitchen table, in a trendy café or even on the beach. So what’s the point of the noisy, crowded office? Perhaps it’s time we ditched the daily commute and found better places, and better ways, to get the job done. Manuela Saragosa has been discussing, with her three guests, just what kind of spaces we’ll be working in in future, and whether the office has some redeeming features after all.
Kay Sargent, director of workplace at architectural firm HOK
Iwo Szapar, remote work advocate & CEO at Remote-how
Stephen Wood, a specialist in workplace psychology and professor of management at the University of Leicester
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How to give feedback
Giving and receiving feedback is one of the hardest skills to get right in the modern workplace. We dig into the subject to find out the best, and worst, ways to hold frank discussions at work. Ed Butler is joined by three expert guests: Joseph Grenny runs a leadership consultancy, VitalSmarts, in Salt Lake City offering advice to business. He also chairs a not for profit organisation called The Other Side Academy, working with former prisoners or homeless people where feedback is instant and honest. Ed also hears from Craig Mawdsley, joint chief strategy officer at the advertising agency AMV and Erin Meyer, a professor of organisational behaviour at Insead business school in Paris. She's the author of The Culture Map, a book looking at the stark differences in national business cultures around the world.
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Working in space
As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Ed Butler asks whether people will soon be routinely working in outer space. A commercial space race is underway with companies preparing for the day when humans set up a lunar base and then move on to Mars. Ed hears from an expert from NASA, a promoter of commercial opportunities for space businesses and from a psychologist about what to expect from a working life in space.
Pedro Quinteiro, ISPA - University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal
Therese Griebel, NASA, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Space Technology Mission Directorate
Barbara Ghinelli, Harwell Space Cluster
(Picture: The HASSELL design for human habitation on Mars. Credit: Hassell Studio )