A Good Good Thing

A Good Good Thing

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By Neil Thornton + Jack Ratcliffe
From climate change to politics, the news can be tough going - so we’re here to help share some positive stories.

A Good Good Thing is a good news podcast that, while not encouraging you to bury your head in the sand, offers a friendly respite, full of fun and inspiring stories, from charities and pop culture to life-changing innovations in science and tech.

From here on in, this is a good vibes only space.
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Reasons to Stay Alive
Reasons To Stay Alive is the bestselling memoir of author Matt Haig that relives Matt's battle with depression and anxiety. The book starts where it all almost ended, on a cliff top in Ibiza and charts his road to recovery. Since it's publishing, the book has become a reference point for conversations about anxiety and depression and their effects. It launched a public conversation around mental health and how we navigate it in a modern world. The book has now been turned into a play, which is touring the UK offering a new audience a way to connect that is both educating and validating. This week we're joined by the play's director, Jonathan Watkins, to talk about bringing Matt's story to the stage and why plays around often taboo topics are a good good thing. This episode contains some issues that people may find triggering, including topics of depression, anxiety and self harm. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter(@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode. About your hosts Jack 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 Neil 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 
43:28
October 7, 2019
Recap: a good good update
We’ve reached our 10th episode! The past 6 months have flown by, so for this episode we’re taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting the charities, people and innovations of episodes past and checking in to see what’s new. We’ve got developments on the hunt for mysterious increase in harmful CFC gasses in the atmosphere, updates on Community Clothing’s continued campaign to save the British clothing manufacturing industry as well the viral rise to fame of Sara Cunningham and Free Mom hugs. We have one word...OPRAH. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter(@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode. About your hosts Jack A computational 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 Neil 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 
35:45
August 26, 2019
Olio: The app fighting food waste in local communities
In the UK today, 8.4 million people are struggling to afford to eat with 4.7 million of these people living in severely food insecure homes, which means they often don’t know where their next meal comes from. And yet, every year around 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away within the supply chain from farm to table. 3.6million tonnes, worth £1 billion, doesn’t even leave the farm. In this episode of A Good Good Thing, we’re taking a look at the app Olio that offers food for thought when it comes to fighting food waste. OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter(@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode. About your hosts Jack A computational 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 Neil 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 
34:18
August 12, 2019
Making a meal out of fake meat
Whether it's ‘fake meat’, ‘imitation meat’, or the rather oxymoronic ‘vegan meat’, meat alternatives and their derivatives are big business. In fact, Barclays analysts estimate the meat-free meat industry can reach a staggering $140 billion over the next decade. Now there’s some food for thought. But do you know the historical roots of vegetarian meat alternatives? Or what variations are being served today? From tofu, soy and seitan, to more modern plant-based alternatives, to actual animal meat grown in labs (without the need for a conscious animal, slaughter and death), this week’s episode breaks down the myths and facts behind the meal. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter(@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack     A computational 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 Neil   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 
34:06
July 23, 2019
Hugging for pride: a mom's journey to acceptance
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! We’re celebrating the rainbow with a Pride special and we couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because we are joined by a very, very special guest. Sara Cunningham is the founder of Free Mom Hugs, and incredible nonprofit organisation she started after a deeply personal journey of acceptance she experienced when her son, Parker, came out as gay.  From the church to the pride parade, Sara talks us though the tumultuous time she had and how she went from a place of prejudice to being the fiercest momma bear advocate for LGBTQ+ young people. She recounts the stories of other parents as well as young people she has met along the way. She also shares her top tips for what makes a good hug. It’s one not to be missed.  In our quick-fire news round, it’s a pride fest as Neil runs down as many good good things happening to the LGBTQ+ community right now. Which one will Jack pick? Listen and find out! Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter(@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and then subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack     A computational 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 Neil   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 
34:55
June 24, 2019
Community matters: reclaiming the streets
What would happen if we reclaimed the transient spaces that surround us; if roads and intersections were more than just throughways, but social spaces? Well, the community of Sellwood in Portland, Oregon did just that. Also this week, Neil relives a chance encounter at a Parisian café, while Jack gets excited about his first Eid invite.  Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack     A computational 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 Neil   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 
34:01
June 6, 2019
A Good Good Thing
From climate change to politics, the news can be tough going - so we’re here to help share some positive stories. A Good Good Thing is a good news podcast that, while not encouraging you to bury your head in the sand, offers a friendly respite, full of fun and inspiring stories, from charities and pop culture to life-changing innovations in science and tech. From here on in, this is a good vibes only space. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
01:44
May 19, 2019
How to succeed at saving the planet
The current state of the planet has hit the headlines over the past few weeks with the actions of Extinction Rebellion in London and other European countries, and the proposal of a Green New Deal in the US. But what about countries that are already making waves in the fight for the planet? We look at some key places leading the charge to reduce the usage of fossil fuels, lower carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy as well as taking the right steps toward tackling consumption by seeking out innovative and ingrained recycling and re-use into every day. We continue the global view with a look at the countries where you, our beloved listeners, are turning in from, the effects Pokemon had on us all as kids and a new book by Riyadh Khalaf for young gay boys that's bringing joy to the queer community.  Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
41:27
May 16, 2019
Virtual reality, real benefits
We look at the very real benefits that new VIRTUAL REALITY technology could bring for learning, anxiety therapy, empathy awareness and entertainment, as discussed by scientists (full disclosure: this is what Jack does for a day-job, please forgive his enthusiasm). We also serve up a heart-warming story of a young hot-dog entrepreneur and the city that chose to support him.  Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
32:32
May 2, 2019
The clothing brand manufacturing a jobs revolution
In this episode, we discuss COMMUNITY CLOTHING - a social enterprise successfully reviving British clothes manufacturing, ensuring quality products at affordable prices, consistent jobs and reducing fast fashion. We (two white men) also look at a study that proves that representation in the media works for empowering unrepresented groups - specifically women in politics. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
33:20
April 18, 2019
The ozone avengers
In this episode, we discuss THE OZONE LAYER - what it is, how it is, and why a huge hole united the whole world in a heart-warming tale of global cooperation. We also argue over new research that outlines five techniques to get over a grudge or disagreement (thankfully, we're fine now).  Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
29:43
March 28, 2019
Fighting food waste, feeding people
We introduce our brand new podcast, A GOOD GOOD THING - a broadcast dedicated to the discussed of positive news, both big and small. This week, we discuss FOODCYCLE, a charity dedicated to reducing food waste and getting grub to where it's needed. We also get tickled Elmo-style by new research that shows kids who watch Sesame Street have "better life outcomes" then those who don't. Keep up to date with us over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@agoodgoodthing) and don't forget to rate, review and subscribe so you don't miss the next episode.  About your hosts Jack    A computational 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 Neil   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 
27:43
March 14, 2019
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