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Make Things Better

Make Things Better

By Hive IT
The main goal of The Make Things Better Podcast is to create a discussion on how technology is used, with the hope of bringing in areas of sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

We intend to talk about topics such as; technologies impact on mental health, inclusive design and design accessibility, the social impact of design, compassion in digital spaces, new ideas around how we use technology, data privacy issues, procrastination when using technology and more!
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Overcoming Imposter Feelings with Amanda Cookson
We were joined by the lovely Amanda Cookson to discuss and better understand the imposter syndrome (which isn't actually a syndrome).    Amanda is full of really useful knowledge, techniques, and tips on how people can work towards overcoming imposter feelings.   In a warm episode full of Amanda's positive energy and passion to help people, we discussed:    4:41 - What is the Imposter Syndrome?  7:46 - How our primitive brain impacts imposter feelings   10:46 - Imposter Syndrome or Imposter Feelings?   15:39 - How difficult is it to overcome imposter feelings?  21:10 – More techniques to help overcome imposter feelings  28:04 – How to increase awareness of your imposter feelings  32:14 – What can people do to Make Things Better?  PDF Containing more information –   Twitter - Twitter - LinkedIn -  LinkedIn -   If you enjoy this video, please consider leaving a review and have a great rest of your day!
October 20, 2021
Principle Guided Decisions with Cam Spilman
It was a pleasure to welcome Cameron Spilman onto our 7th episode of the Make Things Better Podcast.   Cam is the Co-founder and Managing Director at Paper - a people-focussed business that brings design to the tech industry.   In our chat we discuss Paper's core principles and how these guide Paper's decisions.   We talked about: How Paper was Founded What Paper's principles are and how they were formed How building relationships with people impacts Paper  Challenges in sticking to principles Subconscious Dreams and a new definition for success? The influence of Paper's principles on Paper's team  Focusing on collaboration instead of competition   What people can do to Make Things Better? Thanks a lot for listening, if you get a chance please leave a review as it would be hugely appreciated! You can find Cam and Paper on Twitter @camspilman or @papersheffield You can find us, Hive IT, on Twitter @HiveIT_uk
September 29, 2021
Life as a Software Engineer with Nick Tsim
Nick Tsim is one of our Senior Software Engineers at Hive IT and it was a pleasure to welcome him onto the Make Things Better Podcast.   We had a chat about a range of topics centred around Software Engineering and Nick explained to us:   00:46 - How Nick went from Graduating with a Chemistry Degree to becoming a Software Engineer  2:10 - Deciding to become a Software Engineer  3:45 - Favourable aspects of being a Software Engineer  5:02 - Favourite project to work on  6:57 - Approaching the DfE Explore Education Statistics Project  8:44 - How much time do Software Engineers spend writing code?  10:34 - Are people sensitive around the code they have written?  12:35 - What skills are useful as a Software Engineer?  17:45 - How important is focus as a Software Engineer?  20:37 - What is the best thing about working at Hive IT?  22:49 - What can people to do Make Things Better?   You can also find the full transcript to the episode here: Thanks a lot for listening and if you enjoy it please leave a review, cheers!
August 17, 2021
Becoming Aware of Hype with Gemma Milne
Gemma Milne joined us on the Make Things Better podcast to discuss hype.   Gemma's book Smoke & Mirrors; How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It helps to explain how hype in Science and Tech can have significant impacts on society and how critical thinking can help us understand complex topics better.   In this episode we discuss a range of topics centred around how we can become more aware of hype:   2:57 - What is Smoke & Mirrors about?  5:48 - How much does hype maintain the status quo? 17:36 - How much has hype led to growth in cryptocurrencies?  21:34 - Virtual Reality hype  30:24 - How much does complexity impact headlines?  35:30 - Critical thinking in the attention economy  39:54 - Making trade-offs in quantity and quality of knowledge/understanding  44:35 - A checklist for avoiding hype  48:10 - Feeling empowered to think about Science and Tech   You can also find the full transcription to this podcast episode here:  This podcast is brought to you by Hive IT. We are a friendly digital agency based in Sheffield. Our aim is to make a positive difference in the world. We started the Make Things Better podcast to attempt to discuss with various people how, as humans, we can make the world a little bit better.   Thanks for listening, leave a review if you enjoyed it thanks so much!
July 30, 2021
Creating Inclusive Work Cultures with Sara Wachter-Boettcher
Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a coach, strategist, facilitator, author, and speaker dedicated to changing design and tech for good. Sara is the founder of Active Voice, a leadership development company on a mission to make work culture better for everyone.    Sara is also the author of three books:  Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech Design for Real Life Content Everywhere In today's episode we mostly focused on what individuals, organizations and society in general can do to create more inclusive, healthier Work Cultures.    We talked about:    0:00 - Introduction to Sara and her work   4:20 - Questioning ourselves and our organization's culture to make change  10:05 - The balance between productivity and employee welfare  14:22 - Is education key to changing our future?  24:15 - Compassion in the workplace  28:01 - Improving communication at work  31:59 - Who is responsible for creating inclusive work cultures?  36:09 - Making work more accessible during the pandemic  The Full Transcript can be found here: Sara was an amazing guest and you can find her website at    We really hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact with any feedback.    If you do enjoy the podcast, consider giving it a review on Apple Podcasts, it would be hugely appreciated. This podcast is brought to you by Hive IT, you can check our website out at
July 14, 2021
Accessibility in Design with Reginé Gilbert
Reginé Gilbert is a user experience designer, educator, and international public speaker with over 10 years of experience working in the technology arena. She has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place—one that starts and ends with the user.  Full Transcript: In this episode, we discussed:  0:00 - Introduction to Regine Gilbert 1:16 - Becoming aware of accessibility issues 7:20 - Colour Contrast issue 8:22 - Awareness to actions 10:18 - Knowing yourself as a designer 11:41 - Connect with others 12:55 - Accessible design for our older selves 15:57 - Accessibility in Augmented/Virtual Reality 18:36 - Applications of AR/VR/XR? 19:56 - Who is raising awareness of accessibility issues in XR? 21:05 - How common will AR/VR/XR be in the future? 23:59 - Tips to make design more accessible 25:38 - What can people do to make things better? We really hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact with any feedback.  If you do enjoy the podcast, we'd hugely appreciate any positive reviews on apple podcasts and make sure to subscribe for more.  This podcast is brought to you by Hive IT, you can check our website out at
July 8, 2021
Exploring Digital in the Third Sector with Ross McCulloch
It was a pleasure to speak to Ross McCulloch, who is the director at the Third Sector Lab. Ross provided us with a real comprehensive breakdown on how digital is, and can be used to improve people's lives through various charities.  We got to understand various topics in a lot more depth and we were able to discover, through various stories, how powerful collaboration, community and ultimately people coming together to share ideas, thoughts and feelings can be in creating a real social impact. 0:00 - Introduction 06:47 - How do the Third Sector Lab help charities with their digital approach? 12:14 - Engagement with charities on social media 15:19 - How vulnerability online can help people connect 20:40 - Why work in the Third Sector 26:15 - The commercial sector's impact on the third sector 31:26 - Can charities become more effective through collaboration?  35:00 - A new approach emerges for charities 37:00 - How can charities become more effective online? We really hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact with any feedback. If you do enjoy the podcast, we'd hugely appreciate any positive reviews on apple podcasts and make sure to subscribe for more. This podcast is brought to you by Hive IT, you can check our website out at
June 23, 2021
Advice for designers with Allan Noy
Welcome to the first episode of The Make Things Better Podcast! In this episode, we discuss a wide range of topics and you can see what we talk about at different times below: 00:00 - Introduction 01:03 - Who are Hive IT? 05:21 - What is The Make Things Better Podcast about? 08:43 - The impact of working from home 10:53 - The polarization of social media 11:35 - Allan's experience in design 21:51 - Is it now easier to be creative? 25:35 - Is there any innate skill involved in design? 27:47 - The subjectivity of design 31:58 - Accumulating design skills 34:57 - Top tips for designers 43:09 - The importance of collaboration in design 48:11 - Receiving criticism  59:59 - Why is design important? We really hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to contact with any feedback. If you do enjoy the podcast, we'd hugely appreciate any positive reviews on apple podcasts and make sure to subscribe for more. This podcast is brought to you by Hive IT, you can check our website out at 
June 9, 2021