About

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Crisis What Crisis? launched in June 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic. As the situation continues to unravel, so too does the uncertainty of our ever-changing world. Crisis is still very much the shared experience.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time with bereavement, illness and wide-spread mental health challenges affecting so many. Economically so many have all been impacted in some way –  housing worries, job losses and for some the basics of putting food on the table. There’s also the fight for equality rightly taking its place in all areas of business and culture, and the climate crisis may have had a slight reprieve from the headlines since the beginning of the year, but it’s by no means gone away.  And then there’s just life in general … and all the unexpected drama it can bring. 

So, surrounded by all this uncertainty Crisis What Crisis? will hopefully provide a few landing lights…some practical guidance for anyone who is facing a serious problem in their lives, whatever its nature, to help find their way through.

Previous guests have included the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, former US ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, presenter and producer Richard Bacon, celebrated chef and restaurateur, Mark Hix and the amazing Ruby Wax. They showed that crisis does not have to mean hopelessness. Indeed, it can be the pivotal moment which leads to a better, happier and more meaningful life.

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Your Host

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Andy Coulson

As a creator, manager and survivor of crisis Andy is fascinated by everything it involves. He started the podcast to give a voice to those who have endured all manner of different challenges in their lives. “There are plenty of podcasts out there that tell the stories of the successful,” he says. “But there are far fewer that look hard into the world of the unravelled. I think there’s enormous value to be had by listening to those stories and that’s what Crisis What Crisis? is all about.”

Andy is Founder of Coulson Partners and trusted adviser to global CEOs, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He was previously Downing Street Director of Communications, a lead strategist in the 2010 General Election and Editor of News of the World.

Charities

We’re proud to promote our guests’ favourite charities and causes, especially those that have helped them and others get through crisis: Bowel Cancer UK, Child Bereavement UK, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, ICR Everyman appeal, Just For Kids LawOCD-UKThe ADHD Foundation, Tickets For Troops, Women in Prison and Working Chance.

The Music

The music featured in Crisis What Crisis? is Allies by Some Velvet Morning. See more about them at: www.somevelvetmorning.co.uk.