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Futures Lit with Jen Ross
15 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
A conversation with Dr Nicole Garofano - PART 1 | Solid waste management & plastics research
In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Nicole Garofano about how she got into plastics research and what constitutes solid waste management. Nicole has had an interesting career journey and provides a little insight into how she got started, after ending up in Barbados in the Caribbean. Nicole explains what is involved with solid waste management and the issues it presents for small island states that have limited land availability. This episode was recorded in late 2016 at the start of Nicole's research on solid waste management in small island states. Check back in a few weeks time for part two with Nicole, where she will share her research findings from the past 3 years.
32 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
A conversation with Fiona Pakoa | Africa, work-life balance, calculated risks & willingness to fail
In this episode of Futures Lit, Jen Ross speaks with international education and development specialist Fiona Pakoa. Fiona grew up in Africa and Latin America. She then worked in Africa and the Pacific, before changing pace to create some work-life balance. Fiona re-invented herself in Australia in the international education sector, before later returning to work in Africa. The common futures literacy skills, which you'll hear weaving through Fiona's story, are the ability to take calculated risks, try new things and be willing to potentially fail. If you enjoy this podcast, please like it, review it, and share it with your friends. Thank you.
5 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Futures Lit Introduction
Futures Lit is a podcast about literacy for the future - the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to optimise our way forward. During 2020 the world hit pause. A lot of people pondered the big questions, including what is most important to us, how do we build back better and how we prepare for an uncertain future. The term 'futures literate' was coined by UNESCO and is described as a capability that addresses poverty of imagination - it's a skill that helps people imagine the role of the future in their day to day lives (reference - https://en.unesco.org/futuresliteracy/about). One source of information to hone our creative and imaginative skills is the lived experience of others. This podcast brings you conversations with a range of people from diverse backgrounds, unpacking their origins and paths, and tapping into their knowledge and skills. We can draw on transferrable skills from unlikely places to future proof our lives and our teams, and become more futures literate. If you like the podcast, please review it, like it and share it with your friends. Thank you!
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