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Barefoot: A Podcast from Boris A. Angelov
40 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
[BG] Мани Асарлъкян - Момичето в Сянка
The second episode from the family series is live! Happy Birthday, grandma! Днес хванах под прицел рожденичката, баба Мани. Тя ще ви разкаже една история за момиче, което не обичаше да й обръщат внимание. Жена, която не обичаше да готви и шие, но беше влюбена в работата си. Майка, която почти се гордее с децата си. Баба, за която да имаш out of body experience си е в реда на нещата.
43 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
[BG] Баба Стоименка - Mомичето Което Устоя
This is the first episode of the Family Series all of which will be in Bulgarian. Apologies to all 5 English speaking fans!I decided to take on this project because I realized I rarely have barefoot type of conversations with my family. And you might ask, why publish it? And my answer to this is because sharing that intimacy and awkwardness if you will, carries with it a spark that can provoke listeners like you to have that conversation. To start inquiring about the people who are closest to you. ----- Днес ми гостува Стоименка (also known as баба Тинка), която ще ви разкаже малко повече за това какво е да израснеш покрай Искъра, да започнеш работа на 11 години и да ходиш на бригада без да ти плащат и стотинка за труда. Ще ви научи как да намерите бъдещия си мъж на танцова забава във Враждебна и ще разкрие тайните на нейния work life balance, балансирайки между семейство, работа и нива с над 20 култури.
53 minutes | Jul 25, 2020
Forged in Fire: Taking the Leap & Turning Hobbies into Business with Keaton Goddard
A year ago, on one of our days off, I got Keaton to share his story of how he decided to quit his secure job and take on his own craft. During our conversation, we talk about: summertime in Nantucket getting a real job dealing with parentspursuing your craft his daily routine and workflow dealing with insecurities the promise of security the importance of boredom
87 minutes | May 25, 2020
Megi Hamza - Empathetic Listening, Monetizing Your Efforts & Marketing
During our conversation, we talk about Megi's early days and her relationship with her parents and how their beliefs made her feel special and gave her confidence but also some anxieties. I then ask her a few questions from our mutual friends so you get to hear her amazing laugh.We also talk about:empathetic listening the good and the bad use of marketing its connection to philosophy sharing your inner demons with other people saving your time and monetizing your efforts Megi Hamza is a Digital Marketing consultant and an AUBG graduate in Economics and Business. She's currently pursuing an MSc. in Strategic Marketing Management from BI Norwegian Business School. She’s also one of my to-go people when you have a broken heart or a life dilemma.
73 minutes | May 2, 2020
Applying Behavioral Insights to Education, Business & Personal Life
Why do we continue making bad decisions? Behavioral economics might have the answer to a better you. I had the pleasure of speaking with Milena Nikolova, Ph.D. about the role of behavioral sciences in education, business, and personal life. We discussed:how her interest in human relationships and dynamics led her to study psychology making the most out of our time in universitybridging the gap between professors and studentsthe dark side of behavioral insights increasing the millennials’ engagement the role of immersion in education vs short attention span engagement Can Tiki Tok be used for good?implementing insights about human behavior in business sustainability and the future of tourismexamining the success factors of regional entrepreneurship The Elevate AcceleratorMilena holds a Ph.D. in Business (Consumer Behavior and Sustainable Tourism) from The George Washington University (GW) School of Business. She has 13 years of combined experience as academic educator and researcher at The George Washington University School of Business (2003-2008), the Department of Business at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) (2011-2018) and most recently as Professor of Business and Co-director of the Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship at Varna Free University / Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (2018-currently).She is currently working on a book on behavioral economics for tourism (Elsevier) as a single author and recently published a book on the startup ecosystem in the Balkans called Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Unexpected Places.
80 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Prof. Diego Lucci: The Promise Of Philosophy And Its Application In Business, Relationships & Crisis
"Philosophy would not give you many answers, but it will teach you how to pose the right questions” During our conversation, Prof. Diego Lucci shared the questions that led him to study philosophy. He soon realized that the unexamined life is not an easy life. We discussed the promise and practical side of philosophy and how it helps people live a better life, he stressed the importance of employing reason vs tradition and the role of curiosity and clarity. We talked about the paradox of liberal mentality, the philosophers that have helped him personally, the role of philosophy in business, misconceptions about happiness, acquiring status, fantasies vs outcomes, relationships, and Stoicism as an antidote to panic and suffering. Prof. Diego Lucci holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Naples and now he teaches at The American University in Bulgaria.
62 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Prof. Jean Crombois: The Funny Thing About Life; New Hope for The EU Vision, Integration & Bulgaria
“Whatever plan you make, life always surprises you” - Jean Crombois' life story is a clear example of that.During our conversation, we talk about how we both ended up in AUBG because of women. He told the story of how he started from being a journalist, covering European Union stories for magazines in Brussels, then establishing academic traditions in European Studies in non-EU countries like Russia and Morocco, and eventually coming to Bulgaria to be a professor in AUBG. As a native Belgian, and someone that holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History, he shared his perspective on the European Integration Process. and European vision. We discussed the two competing narratives in the union and the tension between nationalism and federalism, the need for global cooperation when it comes to global issues and crisis as a moment of truth. We then delve into the Bulgarian context and its relationship to the EU, Bulgarian salaries, the need for entrepreneurship and the future of Bulgaria as a member state.
65 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Lynnette (Part 2): Virtual Identity, Online Sharing, Free Speech, Ethics & Persuasion
In this second part of our conversation, Lynnette shares her research on virtual identity, social media, and how people identify with their avatars. She mentions the implications of having online identities and the perks and issues of free speech. We then talk about hitting the share button and the problems with privacy, getting meaningful content in the marketplace of ideas and why bad ideas spread faster. We also talked about the needed marriage of ethics and persuasion, the problem with Google search engine and the responsibility of social media platforms. We then finished off with the importance of reimagining society and giving yourself space to be messy and creative in this crazy pandemic times.
66 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Prof. Lynnette Leonard (Part 1): The Courage to Know Yourself, Networking & Soft Skills, Responding to the Pandemic - US vs BG
The record-breaking 2h 30min had to be broken down into two episodes. In this first part of our conversation, Prof. Lynnette Leonard and I talked about her connection with baking, being an introvert and having moments of silence versus being an extrovert. Lynnette told a fascinating story of how she came to Bulgaria with her husband and the things she had to overcome while doing so. We talked about how to have better conversations, the role of status and curiosity in communication & social awkwardness during cocktail parties. We also discussed how difficult it can be to get to know yourself and what you truly stand for. Finally, she shared her perspective on the influence of American culture, specifically, the culture of productivity and consumption and how that affects their response versus the response to the pandemic in Bulgaria.
58 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Surviving The Financial Crisis & The Future of Finance with Ali Termos
The global economy is experiencing a downturn like never before and there are lots of signs that hint a depression similar to the one in the 1930s. In today’s conversation, I speak with Ali Termos, who is a Finance Professor in AUBG and is also known for contributing to the strategic and impactful studies funded by the World Bank and the EU on economic development in Lebanon. During our conversation, we cover topics like the flaws of the financial system and the circumstances that led to the crisis, the consequences of the crisis and what can we expect in the future. The vicious cycle of economic downturn, government, and corporate reactions, what’s the most efficient channel to allow the money into the market in a way that we survive the crisis, the major debates countries face - one of them being supporting wall street (meaning businesses) vs main street (meaning the public); the need for global collaboration - the possibility of a global digital currency, the economies of the future and measures taken in Bulgaria.
54 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Culture Shock in Japan, Crisis Management, CORONAVIRUS Impact on Businesses, and Learning from the Outbreak with Arthur Pantelides.
Arthur went from being an aerospace engineering student in Boston to managing positions in corporate businesses in the States, Japan, and Europe and then went back to Academia. During our conversation, we talked about culture shocks, his experience in Japan and how it relates to the current emotional roller-coster most people are going through. We delve into the current outbreak, how it affects small, medium and large business and political, economic, social, and technological factors incorporated by the coronavirus. We discuss some measures people can take when dealing with a crisis of this sort, retooling strategies, lessons learned and what would it mean for someone who is just entering the job market and looking into the future.
78 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Spotlight - Interviewing the Self
In this episode, I'm being interviewed by Luka Gotsiridze. Luka is a 4-year student at AUBG and I am taking part in his JMC Capstone Project. He invited himself to the show because he was interested in interviewing me, saying it's time for me to be barefoot. Some of the things we covered included being weird as a way of expressing oneself and using it to connect to others, challenging the social norms, the inseparability of the individual from the environment, empathy vs compulsiveness, the role of self-worthiness, breaking out of illusions, my first "spiritual teacher", sexuality and culture, family relationships and the ego paradox.
68 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Robert Phillips on Having a Healthier Relationship with the World of Media and Politics
In this episode, I begin with a story of why I started the Barefoot Podcast and then dive into the story of Prof. Robert Phillips. Why would an American professor come to Bulgaria in the 90s? What's the difference between the students he taught back then and current ones? We had the chance to discuss how people have changed over generations and what contributed to that change. We talked about the role of the government versus the role of the citizen and how much should the public be involved in decisions like BREXIT, the intersection of business and the political world, how can we work for a better society and how to consume the news without getting caught up in the noise.
55 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Prof. Laura Kelly on Exploring Yourself Through Storytelling, Traveling, Discipline and Spontaneity
The first lady on the show, professor, writer and journalist Laura Kelly, the woman who made me go barefoot. She came all the way from the States to live and teach in Bulgaria. Some of the things she teaches at AUBG include writing for media, storytelling and podcasting. What made her travel this far? Why did she choose to be a journalist and what's her relationship with stories? She shares how travelling and writing has changed her perception of who she is, illustrating the fine line between discipline and spontaneity.
99 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
Lubomir Nokov: Founder of Harmonica Organic Foods on Navigating Your Diet and Leading the Future of Food
Lubomir Nokov is the owner and managing director of Bio Bulgaria, a leading producer and distributor of organic food on the Bulgarian market. This is the producer behind what you may know as Harmonica Organic Foods. He is one of the people behind projects such as the Maleevi tennis club, Kapaska, Biomag and Gorichka. During our conversation he shared what was his motivation for working in this field. We talked a lot about the perception of food, different diets, and the way we eat in the 21st century. At the end, he shared his vision for the company and his greatest fear - climate change.
65 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
Hristo Neychev - The Monk Who Didn't Sell His Ferrari
In this episode, serial entrepreneur Hristo Neychev tells his story of pursuing happiness which eventually led him to a Zen master in China. If you find him on LinkedIn, you’ll see that he is a Lean and agile practices consultant. You will read about his 6 startups, the last one of which he sold to Amazon. What you probably can’t read from his LinkedIn profile, however, is that since 2011 he regularly goes to China to visit his Zen master who taught him how to meditate and that not long ago he started teaching meditation himself. So, why does a successful entrepreneur turns to the east, spend two years on a meditation retreat and then return back only to continue with his entrepreneurial journey?
72 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Exploration Of The Self And The Medium Of Film Making Through Psychoanalysis
Who was Sigmund Freud? What was his profound effect on the way we think about ourselves today? Does psychoanalysis work and what is the role of dreams in our lives? Professor Sean Homer dedicated his life to answering the questions of life. He wanted to know why do humans make irrational choices. Through his studies, he has found that under each belief or trauma that we hold on to, there is a fantasy that supports it. Join me and Professor Homer in a conversation about the realms of unconsciousness and its paradoxical appearance in cinema and dreams.
45 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Dr. Clifford Hurst on Finding Your Superpower, The Life of Entrepreneurs and The Importance of Looking Inside
In this episode, Dr. Clifford Hurst, a professor teaching entrepreneurship and a yogi, shares some of his experiences in Silicon Valley studying the life of entrepreneurs and how he got to be a professor. He gives advice on choosing a career path, dealing with stress and the importance of looking inside.
12 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
On Being Barefoot
Being the first episode of an experimental podcast, I decided to play it safe. I read through my imaginary TedX talk where I focus on what does it mean to be barefoot, why do we even put ourselves in situations like this and what stands in our way of doing so? Future episodes will feature guest speakers so the format will feel a bit different. Nevertheless, I think this talk gives you a taste of the questions I will focus on in the future.
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