Cheerful is a space for optimism and progressive ideas

Our podcasts uncover the people, movements and ideas solving the biggest challenges facing society.

Latest Episode

Is mobilising 3.5% of the population all it takes to achieve political change? As Extinction Rebellion continue their latest action in London, we’re talking about the ideas behind non-violent civil disobedience. We hear from some of those involved in Extinction Rebellion, before spokesperson Zion Lights talks us through their theory of change. Historian Talat Ahmed explains Gandhi’s approach to civil disobedience and how this has inspired movements since. And Serbian activist Srdja Popovic tells us about the principles of effective non-violent strategy that he teaches to campaigners around the world.

The podcasts

Reasons to be Cheerful

Our flagship podcast brings Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd together with smart thinkers and inspiring campaigners from around the world.

Cheerful Book Club

Coming soon: Join Ed, Geoff and friends in a conversation about the most important non-fiction books. Leading authors explore the ideas behind their work.