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Time flies: That’s a wrap for Season 1 of the Blue Door Podcast

As season one of the Blue Door Podcast draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on some of the highlights from the interviews and discussions we have had over the past six months. This week brings you a super-sized version to last you until our return in September, so ensure you’re subscribed to be notified as episodes return.

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Strategic partnerships [00:02:03]

Back in episode four, we considered the value of strategic partnerships, when O2’s then CEO Mark Evans met up with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland. They were talking between the second and third lockdowns in the UK and reflected on what it has meant to run an internationally recognised brand in 2020.

The return to the office [00:12:43]

In episode six, we discussed the workplace of the future with Chris Early, Estates and Development Manager at Telefónica.

What will the physical workplaces of the future be like? How is innovation and the approach to improving services is evolving. How will desk-based workers need for offices evolve over the coming years?

Chris talked about what he thinks are the key considerations for every business as many of us start to return to the office.

The goal of net zero [00:22:00]

In episode 10 we discussed climate change, and the goal of net zero. The discussion considered the changes that individual organisations can make, the importance of collaboration and partnerships, bringing your suppliers along on the net zero journey, as well as the effects of the pandemic on the targets already in place.

We spoke with Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at O2, about what net zero actually means.

Smart City reality [00:31:22]

In episode 12 we turned our attention to smart cities, and eavesdropped onto a panel discussion from Blue Door Expo in October 2020.

What is it that makes a smart city smart? We asked our expert panel what needs to happen to finally make the smart city a reality? What do we have to do to make town and city infrastructure smart by default?

Cyber security [00:42:29]

For episode 14, we turned our attention to cyber security – It’s a topic that demands a careful balance – ensuring there is protection of an organisation’s data, people and things whilst minimising the impact to employees, customers and citizens who just want to be able to do what they need to do.

We joined another panel discussion from Blue Door Expo and discussed the key aspects of designing and developing a cyber-security approach that keeps people at its centre.

Women in tech [00:52:23]

To finish up this highlights episode, we focus on women in tech from episode 22. We were joined by Jo Wimble-Groves a couple of weeks ago. As well as being the co-founder of Active Digital, she’s also a Mum, blogger, supporter of women in leadership and technology, and focussed on helping young girls get involved in a STEM syllabus.

Jo spoke about how Active Digital was planning to adapt their working culture now that many are starting to return to the office.

Remember you can listen to, stream or download our extended highlights episode, episode 24, here.

And on that final note, we wrap season one, take some planned time away for summer and make plans to return to everywhere you find good podcasts later this year. A final gentle reminder to ensure you’ve subscribed to be notified as soon as new episodes become available.


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