World Autism Awareness Day

Autism affects so many of our lives and families, and yet so many of us know very little about it, make unfair assumptions about people who live with it, or make crass jokes about people, using it as a derogatory term. In this episode of the Black Swan Podcast, I interview, the amazing Deborah Brownson, who recently won an MBE for her incredible work around autism. I am so glad that she is here in Morecambe Bay, though her work has a national and international reach – and rightly so!


World Autism Awareness Day is a good time to talk about Autism! The podcast is full of profound wisdom from a woman who has two sons with Autism and is working tirelessly to raise awareness, change perspectives and create practical resources and support networks to help people who live with Autism and the carers who support them. I hope you find it interesting, challenging, comforting and inspiring. Here are the links to the podcast, depending on your preferences!:





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The Black Swan Podcast

I’m super excited to announce the launch of a new podcast: “Black Swan Podcast”


Until 1791, people in the UK assumed all swans were white. Then a black swan was brought to these shores and so perspectives and previously held beliefs and opinions had to change. Sometimes anomalies cause us to stop and think and change our mind, or shift our thinking about something. Our current political and economics systems are not socially just for humanity and are incapable of giving us a future that is sustainable for the planet. This podcast explores anomalous examples of where other possibilities are emerging, which challenge our long held ideologies and allows us to open our eyes and reimagine an altogether different future, based on self-giving, others-empowering love, kindness and positive peace.


So, initially by talking with people around this amazing area of Morecambe Bay, and then looking further afield, gathering stories of some beautiful people about their lives and work, I’m looking to stir up more hope and add to the growing tapestry that is emerging of the kind of future that will be good for future generations. I’m still learning how to do this and the quality will improve as time goes on (!) – but welcome to the journey – subscribe for free and be encouraged and challenged as we all learn to see things in new ways.


You can listen through most podcast browsers, except google play, which isn’t available in the UK yet for uploading. The RSS feed and the iTunes link are below.

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Health and Society

Tweet Every year I get to give a guest lecture at UCLAN medical school on health and society. Here is my lecture from this year – always a moving feast and next year it will be different. It’s about an hour long, so makes good as a podcast, if you’re interested! Mainly aimed at doctors [Continue Reading …]