Unlocking Ambition

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Unlocking Ambition

I’m not against ambition, I think I’ve just been cautious of the wrong kind of ambition. The tasteless kind that sees people trampling on others on their way to the top. Consequently, over the years, I may have been guilty of throwing the ambitious baby out with the nasty bathwater.

And so it was, in my 50th year, that I embraced ambition… or, at the very least, the notion of it being okay for others to having it!

Unlocking Ambition (UA) is Scotland’s flagship business accelerator that provides intensive wrap-around support for Scotland’s most promising and talented entrepreneurs; amplifying Scottish innovations that will benefit society, the environment and the economy.

I’ve been fortunate enough (for over a year now) to provide graphic, audio and video support to the programme by way of a visual identity, three seasons of podcasts and a variety of films and animations that document the programme, capturing interviews with the community or illustrating the financial impact.

In so many ways this is a dream job – I work for a very collaborative team, pitching ideas and doing the kind of work that makes my heart sing.

A highlight is the Unlocking Insights Podcast (links below) – most satisfyingly I got to produce three seasons (so far) including a limited series of Unlocking Net Zero podcasts recorded by Dr Stephanie Terreni-Brown and a variety of entrepreneurial guests, each developing business concepts in Scotland that have a an eco-conscience.

I’m contracted to make them, but they’re genuinely podcasts I would listen to.

Apart from anything else Dr Stephanie is a hidden radio talent… a rare interviewer capable of listening and reacting as well as being extremely prepared.

So, thank you Unlocking Ambition – this programme has irrevocably transformed what I do and how I do it… and I’ve enjoyed every minute.

Last week (for the first time since my involvement) there was an ‘in-person’ graduation and I was on hand to capture and document… and there’s lots to come: Podcasts, a couple of short films, an interview with Made Brave’s Andrew Dobbie and some short films made with the cohorts. Here’s the teaser – more to come over the next few weeks!

  • Darren Nicol
    Posted at 16:13h, 08 April Reply

    Thanks Jon, great to meet you during program and you’ve dome awesome Jon bringing the events to life 👏🚀

    • Jon Gill
      Posted at 16:15h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks so much Darren, great to hear!

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