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Wednesday 10 April 2024 to Tuesday 31 December 2024

Culture. Connection. Empowerment.

Our World, Connected is a podcast which examines the most pressing issues of our time and uncovers the human stories behind them. 

Join host Christine Wilson, Director of British Council Research and Insight, and a diverse lineup of world-renowned experts for global conversations about culture, connection, and empowerment.

In each episode, we explore the transformative power of arts, culture, language, and education amidst global challenges like peacebuilding, sustainable development, climate change, and the growth of AI.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify now!


Episode 1: Is culture the missing key to global progress?

Culture is fundamental to who we are as human beings. Yet it is missing from global efforts to resolve the most pressing human issues of our time.

Discover why recognising the importance of culture can open the door to a more equitable, sustainable and connected world - and hear about priorities for action.

Our host, Christine Wilson, is joined in the studio by Professor Alexandra Xanthaki, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. We also travel to Brazil, where Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco tells us about his work as an International Consultant for Culture, Creativity, and Development - and how, amid the vibrant rhythms of Maracatu, culture creates new opportunities for communities.

In this first episode of Our World, Connected podcast, Christine, Alexandra and Pedro discuss topics such as locally-led development, cultural and human rights, and whether culture deserves its own Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Episode 2: How to ensure gender equality for the next generation?

Though progress has been made, there is still a long road ahead to gender equality.

Join us as we explore existing and emerging barriers and opportunities for women's empowerment, from deeply rooted social norms to new frontiers in technology.

In the studio, our host Christine Wilson explores the multifaceted dimensions of gender equality with Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the London School of Economics. Our expert on-the-ground, Dharini Priscilla, reports from Sri Lanka, where digital technology creates new opportunities as well as new dangers for women's well-being and empowerment.

Together, Christine, Naila and Dharini confront the pressing issues and promising developments driving the agenda for gender equality worldwide.

Episode 3: Released 9 May 2024

Our Host, Christine Wilson

Christine has been with the British Council since 2004. In her 20 years with the organisation she has heard powerful stories from all over the world, and is delighted to be able to share them with listeners on Our World, Connected.

She is based in Scotland, from where she oversees the Research and Insight team’s work supporting accessible, high quality research across arts and culture, language, education, skills, youth participation, and more. She is also a member of the advisory board for Edinburgh University's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Before joining the British Council, Christine was also in the business of stories, as a journalist - prior to that, she worked in the music industry. When not at work, she will likely be found either fermenting things, supporting Liverpool FC, or out on a long walk.