Mitchell On Meetings

David Mitchell invites us (on zoom) to explore how the humble meeting took over the world.

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01It Started With A Thing20210313AKA The ThingDavid Mitchell investigates meetings from the ancient "thing" to zoom. Also on the agenda: executive coach Sophie Bryan teaches David to chair a meeting; fellow comedian Russell Kane explores how different personality types behave in meetings; and Dutch sociologist Wilbert van Vree sums up several millennia of meetings history.
Producer: Chris Ledgard

David Mitchell investigates meetings from the ancient 'thing' to zoom.

David Mitchell invites us (via zoom) to investigate the story of how the humble meeting took over the world and what we should do about it. On the agenda for episode one: David’s fellow comedian Russell Kane explores how different personality types behave in meetings; executive coach Sophie Bryan teaches David to be a good chairman; and Dutch sociologist Wilbert van Vree sums up a millennium of meetings history.
Producer: Chris Ledgard

02Double Zoom20210320Technology makes it easier to hold a meeting than ever before. No-one needs to leave home. David Mitchell thinks it's all spinning out of control and wants to know what we can do about it. He visits a council zoom meeting in Cheshire (not that one); he picks the brains of Imperial College Business School meetings expert Sankalp Chaturvedi, and hears from the former Leader of the House of Commons, Sir Davd Lidington.
Producer: Chris Ledgard

David Mitchell hears how our meeting culture is spinning out of control. What can we do?

03 LASTThe Brainstorm20210327David Mitchell started the series as a meetings sceptic. Has he been converted? In the last episode in the series, David is joined by Professor Margaret Macmillan to tackle one of history's biggest meetings - the 1919 Paris Conference. We learn there's nothing new about management away-days or brainstorming sessions - they were being used a hundred years ago.
Producer: Chris Ledgard