Episode number 12

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It’s time to be more Than a Chain. It’s time for the podcast for civic leaders who aren’t just in it for the buffet. It’s hosted by Duncan Bhaskaran Brown and includes all these great features:

  • Network News
  • Media Mayor
  • The BIG BIG interview
  • Mayor of the Month


Network News


We all like to be in the know, we all like to stay in the loop. So, here’s a sneak peek of what will be happening at Unchained 2018, the free online conference for serious civic leaders.


We’ve got an amazing interview with influence expert Bob Burg. You can watch the highlights on the networks Facebook group.


If you want to see the whole thing then you’ll have to wait till October 22nd when the main event kicks off. Get in the know on the Facebook group.


Media Mayor


There’s a bumper crop of civic news this time, hear all about it!


Big city mayor tackles big challenges


Mayor, chair or something else?


That’s Doctor Adviser Lord Mayor


Pen power


Mayor for Hope


There’s hope for us all


The BIG BIG interview


Without doubt one of the most important things civic leaders can do is to share the council’s message in the media.


Mind you, that is hard. Which is why you need to meet Alastair Greener, he’s a media expert with years of experience which he’s ready to share with you. He’s ready to help you present yourself.


You can find out more about him at his website, on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Mayor of the Month

Susanna M. Salter holds a special place in the history of civic leadership. In 1887 she was elected as Mayor of Argonia, Kansas. Thus becoming the first female mayor in America.


She was not a forthright suffragette who forced her way into public office. In fact, her name placed on ballot as a prank. The men of her town hoped that a humiliating loss would make women think twice about running for office.


Unfortunately for them they underestimated the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. This forthright group of women rallied behind Susanna and put all their fierce zeal into getting her elected.


She romped home with a two thirds majority.


Unsurprisingly there was a lot of press coverage when she took office. The interest stretched across the nation, sparking debate about whether other communities could follow suit or if we were all doomed to a world of petticoat rule.


Her year in office was nowhere near as eventful as her election. Though it is recorded that she was paid a dollar for her troubles and she had a child while in office.


At the end of the year she decided not to re-stand, this may have had something to do with the nine children she had to look after. She enjoyed her retirement form politics and lived to 101. She passed away in 1961 having witnessed a massive change in both politics and society. I’m sure she reflected on the part she had played in it.


Coming up next time


Some people are amazing, some people have stories. Dr Carl Austin Behan is an amazing person with an amazing story. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so you’ll have to tune in to hear from one of the standout civic leaders of the decade.


The next episode of More than a Chain hits the airwaves on Tuesday 18th  September. Don’t miss out!


Don’t forget you can sign up for our Facebook group. 





Duncan Bhaskaran BrownEpisode number 12

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