Ep 220 Maff Potts – The Power of Human Connection: Bridging Social Issues With Friends and Purpose

Ep 220 Maff Potts – The Power of Human Connection: Bridging Social Issues With Friends and Purpose

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Ep 220 Maff Potts - The Power of Human Connection: Bridging Social Issues With Friends and Purpose

This week’s guest, Maff Potts, is the pioneering force behind Camerados, an ever-expanding global social movement centered around one simple yet powerful concept: Public Living Rooms. Designed to foster a sense of togetherness within our communities, these spaces provide a welcoming environment where people can come together, share a cup of tea or coffee, engage in conversation, and experience the transformative power of human connection – all without any expectations or agenda.

Before launching Camerados, Maff served as CEO for various charities, witnessing firsthand how traditional approaches to tackling social issues like homelessness, domestic abuse, and social isolation often fell short by merely addressing the symptoms rather than the root causes. This revelation led him to the realization that the two fundamental needs every individual requires are “friends and purpose.”

By stepping outside conventional frameworks, Maff has harnessed the potential of Public Living Rooms to alleviate the symptoms of numerous social issues and address their underlying causes. As a genuine difference maker, Maff has successfully established over 170 Public Living Rooms across five countries.

If you’re feeling disheartened by the current state of our societies and the erosion of social connection in the wake of the pandemic, this episode will inspire and uplift you. To join Maff’s mission, become a Camerados, and create your own local Public Living Room, simply follow the link in the show notes.

Now, let’s hear from Maff Potts himself.


What we discuss 


00:00 Intro 

03:00 Who is Maff Potts?

04:10 What made Maff?

06:15 The values instilled in him 

09:41 His love of Jazz and music

13:30 Seven days that changes his life

18:00 What he is working to achieve?

22:00 His experiences in running homeless charities

25:20 The problem with the charity model

30:45 The emergence of Camerados as an idea  

36:10 Witnessing death caused by isolation

38:30 The value and Impact of Camerados

42:50 Mutal Aid as a model 

46:00 Maff explains the Public Living Room concept and principles

50:00 How it works in practice

51:50 My Camerados commitment

53:00 Taking Camerados on the road in the UK 

57:00 The origins of the name 

58:20 Where Maff want to be by 2030

59:30 Can brands play a role?

01:02:00 The actions people can take 

01:05:00 Dealing with doubt

01:07:25 On failure and emergence

01:10:00 His talents 

Social Links


Maff on Linkedin 




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