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45 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Rebel Jester Mystic Poet | Contemporary Persians
Neil Koenig, ex BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews Mohammed Afkhami, philanthropist and art collector. If asked to name a country associated with modern art, few people today might think of Iran. The collector Mohammed Afkhami is working hard to change that perception. In this age that we are in now anything that promotes misunderstood or unknown cultures is a plus. In recent years he has amassed a large collection of Iranian art. Mr Afkhami says his love of art began at an early age: “we used to visit my grandfather's house multiple times a week, and he collected Islamic art and antiquities, Western artworks, Japanese lacquer…it was a fascinating and enchanting house of treasures”. He left Iran as a young child, after the revolution at the end of the 1970s. After embarking on a successful career in finance, he eventually returned in the early 2000s. “It felt like coming home” he explains. Mohammed Afkhami was surprised and delighted by the quality of contemporary art available, even though there were only a small number of galleries open at the time in Tehran. He bought works by Sirak Melkonian and Massoud Arabshahi for around $500 apiece. Since then, the collection has grown to include works by artists such as Shirin Neshat, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Parviz Tanavoli, Abbas Kiarostami and many more. What is the art scene like in Iran today? According to Mr Afkhami it is thriving, despite the impact of sanctions. There are now hundreds of galleries in Tehran, he says: “an artist is lucky to have a show that lasts longer than a month, because there's such a backlog of artists wanting to exhibit”. In an interview with me for ideaXme, Mohammed Afkhami talks about his passion for his country’s art, how he built his collection and how he works with artists and galleries, and how art can serve to broaden understanding and break down cultural barriers. “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians—The Mohammed Afkhami Collection”, can be seen at the Asia Society in New York until May 2022. Drawing from the collection of financier and philanthropist Mohammed Afkhami, the exhibition comprises paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos. Of the 23 participating artists, over a third live in Iran, over a third live outside of Iran, and five live in New York City. These established, mid-career, and emerging artists are working from unique vantage points, informed by a rich cultural heritage as well as more recent extensive social and political unrest in Iran. Referencing “contemporary Persians,” the exhibition’s title evokes an ancient culture that is still very much alive today. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Fereshteh Daftari. Neil: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilkoenig/ https://twitter.com/neilkoenig?lang=en ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. More soon. Get involved: https://radioideaxme.com/get-involved/ Mission: Move the human story forward™
50 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
ALIVE Art | Marcello Dantas
Neil Koenig, ex BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews curator Marcello Dantas. Are humans the only creatures who can appreciate art? Perhaps not, says Marcello Dantas. His latest project aims to create “art that’s meaningful to other species”, such as birds, bees, or bats. Mr Dantas, a curator who has worked with many internationally known artists, is no stranger to innovative ventures. In 2021, he was appointed curator of the SFER IK Museion, located in the jungle near Tulum, Mexico - and this might be his most unusual undertaking so far. SFER IK, described as “an interdisciplinary arts centre”, is an unusual structure built largely from natural materials. It’s the creation of the architect and social entrepreneur Roth, who’s also the founder of the nearby Azulik hotel. Although construction was complete by late 2019, the pandemic meant activity had to be paused. The museum is now due to relaunch in March 2022, with a show by Japanese artist Makoto Azuma, known for pioneering work with plants and flowers. The centrepiece will be a 15m high “artificial tree, made of plants” explains Mr Dantas, which will have “a common nutrient body that will feed this amazing biodiversity that will exist inside the museum.” A key goal will be to try to create what he calls “bio-agreeable” art - work in tune with its location, in this case, in the middle of a jungle in which humans are a distinct minority. It’s also one example of the kind of work that Marcello Dantas finds particularly exciting: pieces that are integrated with their setting. Another is an exhibit which will appear soon at SFER IK, by Mexican artist Hector Zamora. This will involve the use of thousands of balls, moving around inside the gallery: “it will be like you are inside of a giant pinball machine’ explains Mr Dantas. “Think about what's the most prohibited thing in a museum, apart from setting it on fire - playing football perhaps? But what if the museum plays football with you?” For Marcello Dantas, works like these point towards an exciting future for art, and away from the current approach of the modern art world, which he finds a little dispiriting: “you see a painting hanging on a white wall in Hong Kong, and then you see the same painting on a white wall in New York”. For him this model is sterile: “we want to go from sterility to fertility”. In this ideaXme interview, Marcello Dantas talks to producer, journalist and ideaXme board adviser Neil Koenig, about his career in the world of art, his plans for the SFER IK museum, and how he sees the future of art developing. Marcello Dantas is an award-winning curator and artistic director specialising in interdisciplinary practices both in and outside Brazil. He was the name behind the conception of distinct museums and cultural institutions across South America, such as the Museum of Portuguese Language; Japan House Sao Paulo and the Museum of Nature in Brazil; Museo del Caribe and Museo del Carnaval in Colombia; and the Telecommunications Museum in Argentina. In 2021, he was appointed curator of the SFER IK Museion in Tulum, Mexico. He has also curated some of the most popular solo shows of the last decade, including Ai Weiwei’s Raiz, the largest exhibition ever staged by the artist in Brazil in 2018. Marcello Dantas has also curated several solo exhibitions with some of the most influential contemporary artists of today, including Anish Kapoor, Laurie Anderson, Erwin Wurm, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Bill Viola and many more. Since 2014, he has become part of the curatorial board at the Vancouver Biennale, and in 2020, he was appointed curator of the 13th Biennial Mercosul that will take place in Brazil in 2022. Interview links https://www.sferik.art https://br.linkedin.com/in/marcello-d... https://twitter.com/marcellodantas https://roth-architecture.com Neil https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilkoenig/ https://twitter.com/neilkoenig?lang=en ideaXme ideaXme https://radioideaxme.com ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. More soon. Get involved: https://radioideaxme.com/get-involved/ Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
53 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Art's New Frontier | ACUTE ART
Neil Koenig, former Senior BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews Daniel Birnbaum, artistic director Acute Art. Chapter headings: 00:00We're here to idea everyone! To fire up your curiosity and connect you with the people and ideas that shape our world. 00:20 Welcome to ideaXme. I'm Neil Koenig. 00:25 For more than 50 years the Serpentine Gallery has shown work by some of the world's most famous contemporary artists. 00:38 This creature is a product of augmented reality. 01:04 A parallel digital version of the show has been launched in Fortnite, a hugely popular video game developed by Epic Games. 01:15 The artistic director of Acute Art and curator of the New Fiction show is Daniel Birnbaum. 38:04 At the centre of the game is a replica of the Serpentine Gallery. 38:57 I think it will be the best attended exhibition ever produced. 39:42 What kind of work is on show in both worlds? 39:52 KAWS, many people know his work. 41:15 On the Acute Art App and you can place those paintings in your living room. 41:26 It is an exhibition that lives in 3 worlds. 51:33 Maybe that hybrid world will be the future of art. 52:45 There will be entirely new kinds of platforms I think. The pandemic has had an impact on most aspects of our lives, and the art world is no exception. With many galleries and museums closed, there’s an urgent need for new ways to experience art. Technology might provide some answers, and one enterprise at the forefront of developments is Acute Art, which collaborates with artists on projects involving virtual and augmented reality. Acute Art has already worked with many high-profile artists, including Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Bjarne Melgaard, Jeff Koons and many more. The most recent project that Acute Art has been involved in is NEW FICTION, the first major solo exhibition in London by KAWS (Brian Donnelly b.1974). The show, which opened in January 2022 at the Serpentine gallery in London’s Hyde Park, includes new and recent works in physical and augmented reality. A parallel digital version of the exhibition launched simultaneously in Fortnite, the hugely popular video game developed by Epic Games. In addition, an app developed by Acute Art will “offer a bridge between the virtual and the physical worlds”. All the paintings and sculptures in the exhibition, as well as a miniature version of the entire show, will exist as AR works on the app, which can be viewed at home by audiences around the world, and shared on social media. In this interview, producer, journalist and ideaXme board adviser Neil Koenig talks to Acute Art’s artistic director, Daniel Birnbaum, about his career in the art world, the creative challenge of curating the NEW FICTION show, and what part technologies such as augmented and virtual reality might play in the future development of art. Before joining Acute Art in January 2019, Daniel Birnbaum was Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Previously, he curated the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), “Airs de Paris” (with Christine Macel) at the Centre Pompidou (2007), the 2nd Yokohama Triennial (2008), and “Zero” (with Tijs Visser) at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin (2015). In 2009 he was director of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Daniel Birnbaum co-authored ‘Spacing Philosophy: Lyotard and the Idea of the Exhibition’ with Swedish philosopher and professor Sven-Olov Wallenstein published by Sternberg Press in September 2019. Video footage of Fortnite game courtesy of Epic Games © Epic Games. Video stills shot by Neil Koenig. Video and stills from Acute Art App. Links: David Birnbaum: https://acuteart.com/tag/daniel-birnb... Acute Art: https://acuteart.com https://www.serpentinegalleries.org https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en... Neil Koenig: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilkoenig/ https://twitter.com/neilkoenig?lang=en ideaXme links: ideaXme https://radioideaxme.com ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
46 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
The Truth About Cryptocurrencies
Neil Koenig, Producer, Journalist and ideaXme board adviser interviews David Roche, Founder of Independent Strategy and Quantum Economics. The news today is full of stories of fortunes made or lost through investment in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto currencies. But what exactly are these new digital currencies? How did they come about, how do they work, and why are they so popular? In this interview, David Roche tells the story of the birth and development of this new kind of money, the impact it is already having on global economics and politics, and the reasons why central banks and governments are so worried by the rise of crypto currencies. David Roche is a global investment strategist based in Hong Kong. During a long career he has forecast some of the major turning points that have affected global markets, such as the demise of the Soviet Bloc and the subsequent fall of the Berlin Wall, and the financial crisis that swept Asia in the late 1990s. David Roche grew up in County Kildare in Ireland. He holds an MA from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA with the highest distinction from INSEAD. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a diploma in accounting and finance from the UK’s Association of Certified Accountants. In his youth he spent time in various countries, including a period in what was then known as the USSR. He says he fell into a career in investment strategy “by accident”. After a spell working for JP Morgan, he joined the multinational financial services enterprise Morgan Stanley, where he was Head of Research and Global Strategist. In 1994, after leaving Morgan Stanley, he founded Independent Strategy, an investment research firm which provides advice to institutional investors and governments. He often contributes to many top financial publications and is also a regular commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV and CNBC television networks. He is also the author of several books, including “New Monetarism”, “Sovereign DisCredit!” And “DemoCrisis”. David Roche Links: Independent Strategy: https://www.instrategy.com/the-team/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/daithideroishte Neil Koenig Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilkoenig/ https://twitter.com/neilkoenig?lang=en
30 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Dr Renard Siew, Climate Change Activist and ideaXme Climate Change Ambassador interviews Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Amongst the many subjects discussed, they talk of COP26, climate change activism, key objectives for 2022 and the Commissioner's new legislation relating to deforestation. Virginijus Sinkevičius biography: Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries 2019-present Minister of Economy and Innovation 2017-2019 Member of the Parliament 2016-2019 Chair of the Committee on Economics of the Parliament 2016-2017 Deputy Leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union 2016-present Team Leader of the Group for Regulatory Affairs, Invest Lithuania 2016 Project Coordinator, Lithuanian Airports 2015-2016 International Group Project Manager, AB Lietuvos Paštas 2014 Assistant Project Manager, Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEPÁ), Washington (USA) 2013-2014 Author and Editor of news portal The Lithuanian Tribune 2011-2015 Master of Arts in European Studies, Maastricht University (Netherlands) 2012-2013 Bachelor of Economic and Social Studies, Aberystwyth University (United Kingdom) 2009-2012 Responsibilities of the Commissioner: Ensuring the environment, oceans and fisheries remain at the core of the European Green Deal. Presenting a new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: from Natura2000, deforestation, species and habitats, to sustainable seas and oceans. Delivering on the Commission’s zero-pollution ambition, including air and water quality and hazardous chemicals. Leading on a Circular Economy Action Plan to promote the use of sustainable resources Promoting plastic-free oceans and proper implementation of legislation on plastics, particularly microplastics. Ensuring full implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. Effective control and enforcement and respecting the maximum sustainable yield objective. Evaluating the Common Fisheries Policy by 2022, including the social dimension, climate adaptation and clean oceans. Contributing to the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy on sustainable food, maximizing the potential of sustainable seafood and the aquaculture sector. Promoting international ocean governance, playing a lead role in international discussions. Ensuring Europe leads the way to an ambitious agreement at the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Taking a zero-tolerance approach to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Contributing to WTO discussions on a global agreement to ban fisheries subsidies that cause overfishing, illegal fishing and overcapacity. ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
29 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Smithsonian Institution FUTURES Show: An Invitation for Everyone to Imagine the Future
Neil Koenig, ideaXme interviewer, senior television producer and journalist, interviews Rachel Goslins, Director of the Arts and Industries Building, at the Smithsonian Institution. Neil Koenig comments: What does the future mean to you? A forthcoming exhibition in America’s capital city will attempt to help visitors to answer this question. The Arts and Industries Building (AIB) in Washington DC is one of the oldest parts of America’s vast Smithsonian Institution. It originally opened in 1881 as the first national museum in the US. Over the years, millions of visitors have experienced world-changing inventions like the electric light bulb, the steam locomotive and Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone at AIB. After almost a century of showing exhibits such as these, the building’s 100,000 square foot halls closed completely in 2004. AIB will be relaunched soon with a new exhibition, called FUTURES. This multidisciplinary project will feature artefacts drawn from the Smithsonian’s vast collection and research centres, as well as large-scale commissioned artworks and dozens of interactive exhibits, with the aim of “encouraging visitors to embrace their own role in shaping what is to come”. In this ideaXme interview, AIB Director Rachel Goslins talks to journalist and producer Neil Koenig about re-launching a museum in the middle of a pandemic; the wider challenges facing the museum sector; and her goals for the FUTURES show, and the original research under-pinning it, which reveals that what most of us want from the future is “not flying cars and robots” but values like “peacefulness and sustainability”. RACHEL GOSLINS, FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE ARTS AND INDUSTRIES BUILDING Rachel Goslins has more than 20 years of experience across the worlds of art, law and public policy. Before her new role as AIB’s Director, Rachel served as Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, advising the Obama White House on cultural policy from 2009 to 2015. Under her tenure, the Committee spearheaded campaigns of cultural diplomacy and national investment in the arts, including: the Turnaround Arts project, the first federally-led, public-private partnership to introduce arts education programs to low-performing elementary schools, and Film Forward, which recovered and restored Haitian art and artefacts endangered by the 2010 earthquake and its aftermath. Earlier, Rachel founded a documentary production company, directing feature documentaries for the Public Broadcasting Service, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and History. She is a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. VIDEO AND IMAGE CREDITS Contemporary images of Arts + Industries Building and portrait of Rachel Goslins by Farrah Sheiky All video b-roll and images courtesy Smithsonian except: Images of FUTURES exhibition, renderings courtesy Rockwell group. me + you in the Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building, rendering, courtesy Reddymade. Pegasus' vehicle, 2020, Virgin Hyperloop, courtesy Virgin Hyperloop. Goddard 1935 A-Series Rocket, 1935, Robert H. Goddard, courtesy National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Water Harvester, Waha, Inc. courtesy Waha, Inc. LINKS Rachel Goslins https://www.si.edu/about/bios/rachel-... FUTURES exhibition at the Arts and Industries Building https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/future... ideaXme https://radioideaxme.com ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
61 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Daring to Hope: Liberating Women!
Historian and author, Sheila Rowbotham talks of her life and work helping women to shape their own futures. Neil Koenig, Radio and TV producer and journalist, interviews Sheila Rowbotham, author and historian of feminism and radical social movements. In this interview, Sheila looks back at the early days of the women’s liberation movement in Britain, in which she was a key participant. She recalls the thrill of taking part in Britain’s first women’s liberation conference, held in Oxford in 1970. She remembers the growing excitement as the movement gathered steam, at a time when everything seemed possible; the highs and lows of campaigning on issues such as nurseries, contraception, and better conditions for night cleaners; and the challenges of balancing one’s personal and political life. And she shares her hopes, dreams and fears for the future. Sheila Rowbotham is the author of many books, including her memoirs of the 1970s, Daring to Hope, which will be published soon by Verso Books. Other titles include: Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History. Her later works include Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties; Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century; and the biography Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography. Sheila Rowbotham is the author of many books, including her memoirs of the 1970s, Daring to Hope, which will be published soon by Verso Books. Other titles include: Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History. Her later works include Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties; Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century; and the biography Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography. Her poetry and two plays have been published and she has written for newspapers and journals in Britain, the US, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Sweden and Sri Lanka. She lives in Bristol. SHEILA ROWBOTHAM LINKS https://www.versobooks.com/books/3863-daring-to-hope https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003tbv https://www.bl.uk/people/sheila-rowbotham Film about the Women’s Liberation Conference, Oxford, March 1970, made by Liberation Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlJ5IO7QbLU https://lcva.gold.ac.uk/videos/594bba5c1c423d243c1b14a7 PHOTO CREDITS Sheila Rowbotham at Women’s Liberation Conference, Oxford, March 1970 ( Liberation Films ‘A Woman’s Place’) Sheila Rowbotham – credit James Swinson. Links ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
21 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Farming Revolution For The Betterment Of Humanity!
Amanda Christensen, ideaXme guest interviewer and strategy executive at Cubaka interviews Marc Oshima, co-founder and chief marketing officer at AeroFarms. AeroFarms is a Certified B Corporation. They use the latest breakthroughs in indoor vertical farming, artificial intelligence and plant biology to fix our broken food system and improve the way fresh produce is grown and distributed locally and globally. Their objective is to solve both current and future food challenges by producing high quality safe produce using the latest science and technology. AeroFarms Transforming Agriculture Since 2004: AeroFarms has been transforming agriculture with people and planet in mind. They have built a proprietary agriculture platform to grow a wide array of products, delivering superior flavour, better quality and improved nutrition with the most sophisticated levels of traceability and food safety in our industry. AeroFarms' Vision: To understand plant biology and to be great farmers and solve broader problems in agriculture. To serve communities by leading with brand and providing access to high-quality, consistent, and safe products. To protect the environment for future generations, growing more while using less. Marc Oshima's biography: Marc is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean- technology company that builds and operates responsible, state-of-the-art indoor vertical farms around the world, enabling local production and transforming agriculture. A Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for Food and by Inc. as one of the Top 25 Disruptive Companies. An award-winning marketer with an extensive background in retail, branding, and media, Marc is also passionate about increasing access to healthy food and has led the marketing for major food retailers. Marc has been recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of the 2018 American Food Heroes. With his B.A. from Columbia College and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, Marc is also Board Co-Chair of Chefs Collaborative, a 25 year old non-profit improving our sustainable food systems, and a member of the United Fresh Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council. Links Marc Oshima: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcoshima https://twitter.com/oshimagoodfood?la... https://www.aerofarms.com Links Amanda Christensen: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/amandamchr... Links ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
32 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Amanda Christensen, ideaXme guest interviewer and strategist at Cubaka, speaks with David Grinspoon, PhD. astrobiologist, senior scientist at the Planetary Institute and award winning author. They talk of NASA's Davinci+ mission to Venus. Specifically, they discuss: What we can learn from Venus to increase our understanding of climate change on Earth. Further, Grinspoon talks more broadly of how we all need to "human up", his call to action for humans to tackle the geological damage that we have created thus far to ensure our future survival. ideaXme interview chapters: 00:53 I am interested in worlds, not just this one, at least in the sense of planets. 01:08 I am trained as a planetary scientist. 01:56 I was trained by the people that built these first spacecrafts. 04:13 NASA just selected 2 Venus missions. 07:35 This is the first time that we'll send 21st Century instruments to Venus. 10:46 This is going to launch in 2029. 11:51 For me one of the fascinations in general is with what we call comparative planetology. Venus It is a treasure of information of how climate works on planets. 21:55 We have to look at all other aspects of how we interact with the planet. 22.51 We need to human-up! 29:40 I had the good fortune of knowing Carl Sagan. 30:07 I don't know if I would be a space scientist if I had not encountered him at an early age. 31:38 I am very grateful for his presence on Earth and his influence. Biography: David Grinspoon PhD., is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author. Moreover, he is also a successful musician. Grinspoon's is part of NASA's recently announced *Davinci+ mission to explore Venus. "I’ve been pushing for this for literally my entire career. The last U.S. Venus mission launched in 1989, the year I finished grad school. There's so much to learn about climate, history of Earth-like worlds and life in the universe. I can’t describe how thrilled I am". David Grinspoon. His newest book is Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe. He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Japanese Space Agency. In 2013, he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress, where he studied the human impact on Earth systems and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of Human Civilization. His technical papers have been published in Nature, Science, and numerous other journals, and he has given invited keynote talks at conferences around the world. David’s popular writing has appeared in Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Sky & Telescope Magazine, where he is a contributing editor and writes the quasi-monthly “Cosmic Relief” column. His book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday. His previous book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Nonfiction. David has been a recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society, and has been honored with the title “Alpha Geek” by Wired magazine. He lectures widely, and appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio, and podcasts, including as a frequent guest on StarTalk Radio and host of the new spinoff StarTalk All Stars. Also a musician, he currently leads the House Band of the Universe. *NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour. The missions' aim is to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world when it has so many other characteristics similar to ours – and may have been the first habitable world in the solar system, complete with an ocean and Earth-like climate. Links David Grinspoon: http://funkyscience.net https://twitter.com/DrFunkySpoon?ref_... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... Links Amanda Christensen: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/amandamchr... Links ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
65 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Adam Rogers, WIRED magazine: How The Science Of Colour Made Us Modern
Andrea Macdonald founder of ideaXme interviews Adam Rogers award winning author and Senior Correspondent WIRED magazine. We spoke to Adam about his new book Full Spectrum: How The Science of Color Made Us Modern. In this interview you'll discover that colour is everything. Moreover, how mankind's need to understand and create colours is at the heart of how our species evolves - from philosophy and culture to science and technology. Full Spectrum: Full Spectrum is a a lively account of our age-old quest for brighter colors, which changed the way we see the world, from the best-selling author of Proof: The Science of Booze. From kelly green to millennial pink, our world is graced with a richness of colors. But our human-made colors haven’t always matched nature’s kaleidoscopic array. To reach those brightest heights required millennia of remarkable innovation and a fascinating exchange of ideas between science and craft that’s allowed for the most luminous manifestations of our built and adorned world. In Full Spectrum, Rogers takes us on that globe-trotting journey, tracing an arc from the earliest humans to our digitized, synthesized present and future. We meet our ancestors mashing charcoal in caves, Silk Road merchants competing for the best ceramics, and textile artists cracking the centuries-old mystery of how colors mix, before shooting to the modern era for high-stakes corporate espionage and the digital revolution that’s rewriting the rules of color forever. In prose as vibrant as its subject, Rogers opens the door to Oz, sharing the liveliest events of an expansive human quest—to make a brighter, more beautiful world—and along the way, proving why he’s “one of the best science writers around". National Geographic. From this conversation: Who are you? I wrote a book called Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern. The basic premise of the book is that there is fundamental science and technology behind the way humans both see and make colors and that the pursuit of that technology has been one of the shaping forces behind human history. In 2015 you wrote an article that was read by 38 million people around the world. That article focused on the many subjects in this book. Could you talk of that article? Sure that article was an article about The Dress. Some people saw that dress as being white with brown trim and some people saw it as being blue with black trim. It became like the war of the roses with colors. When people looked at the color of the dress their brains made an assumption. The colour that people see: The realm of linguistics. An interesting study by Paul Kay and Brent Berlin. Sir Isaac Newton: How light is made up of a spectrum of colours. Light shining through these new optical technologies called prisms. Stimulating the human brain "to see colours". They were able to induce a specific color in the brain. Can we talk of exponential technology and how that is both advancing our understanding of colours and how it is producing new colours? Maybe beginning with Michael Foshey's work at MIT? Foshey and Shi were trying to create three dimensional colors. Their computer knows something about color that no human knows, some fundamental truth about the science of color that no human knows. How do you think the science of colour will evolve with more complex exploration of space? Recently NASA sent to the Space Station a very powerful digital camera. The company is called Red. How aliens who live under different stars may see colour. Maybe what they see is fireworks. Maybe what they see periodically is a beautiful light show. Colour is this amazing interaction between the world that exists inside our heads and world that exists outside our heads. Adam Rogers is the New York Times best-selling author of Proof: The Science of Booze, which was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and won the IACP Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Book as well as the Gourmand Award for Best Spirits Book in the United States. He is a deputy editor at Wired, where his feature story "The Angels' Share" won the 2011 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Before coming to Wired, he was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT and a writer covering science and technology for Newsweek. He lives in Oakland, CA. ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
44 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
How has Covid-19 changed science?
Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. William A. Haseltine, President ACCESS Health International. In this interview William Haseltine talks of: -How Covid-19 has changed science? -How "unprecedented levels of scientific collaboration" and knowledge sharing were sparked in this crisis and became institutionalised -The pioneering science that created solutions for a global pandemic -What we can learn from unprecedented collaboration -How this collaboration could be used as a blueprint for future moonshots, not limited to science -The critical role of socio-political systems to tackle the current pandemic and future co-operation -How the drug companies that have profited from the pandemic could step up to help poor/pressured countries -Science as a superpower - William Haseltine's new book amazon.com/Science-As-Superpower-Lifelong-Possible-ebook/dp/B096N55DZ6/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1623067428&refinements=p_27%3AWilliam+A.+Haseltine&s=books&sr=1-2 -What the future holds - hope! Dr William Haseltine's biography: In Dr. Haseltine’s career at the forefront of medical research and application, he has educated a generation of doctors at Harvard Medical School, designed the strategy to develop the first treatment for HIV/AIDS, is well known for his groundbreaking work on cancer, and led the team that pioneered the development of new drugs based on information from the human genome. His relentless focus on delivering world-changing results led TIME magazine to name him one of the “25 Most Influential Global Business Executives.” Today, as the Chair and President of ACCESS Health International and an internationally recognized expert on the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Haseltine is dedicated to ensuring that quantum advancements in medical technology translate to improved health outcomes around the world. Dr. Haseltine has founded more than a dozen biotechnology companies, including Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Eight pharmaceutical products from companies he founded are currently approved by U.S. and international regulatory agencies. He is the author of more than two hundred peer reviewed manuscripts and eleven books, including two books on COVID: A Family Guide to Covid and A Covid Back to School Guide. His autobiography, My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19, was published in October 2020. He is currently chair and president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International. Links Dr. William A. Haseltine: williamhaseltine.com linkedin.com/in/whaseltine/ twitter.com/WmHaseltine?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor twitter.com/ACCESSHI?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Links ideaXme: radioideaxme.com instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... facebook.com/ideaXme/ linkedin.com/company/1867... podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
31 minutes | May 20, 2021
The Future of Smart Cities and Smart Nations
Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. Ayesha Khanna CEO and founder ADDO AI. In this interview Dr Ayesha Khanna talks of: - Smart Cities and smart nations - opportunities and threats - Singapore, voted as lead smart city - ADDO AI https://www.addo.ai - Ethics and security related to the advancement of exponential technology - Her charity 21st Century Girls 21C Girls http://www.21cgirls.com - Rich Connectedness™ - the impact it has had on her career and especially to the motivation for founding her charity - AI for good - Her new book U and AI to be published in 2022 https://www.ayeshakhanna.com/books Official Bio: Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government's agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country's digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision. Ayesha is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils, a community of international experts who provide thought leadership on the impact and governance of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Her clients have included SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company; Mercy, one of the largest hospital networks in the United States; Singtel, Singapore's largest telco; SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm; Habib Bank, Pakistan's largest bank; and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. Ayesha serves on the Board of Sport Singapore, the lead government agency tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation. Ayesha was also on the Ministry of Education, Singapore, steering committee that led to the development of SkillsFuture, the country's innovative program for preparing citizens for jobs in the fourth industrial revolution. She serves on the Board of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a leading polytechnic in Singapore with 44 full-time programs through 9 academic schools and a student population of almost 15,000. Ayesha is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore. Programs include Code in the Community, a program sponsored by Google and that has taught thousands of children coding, and Empower, which has partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to teach girls the basics of artificial intelligence. She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics. Links: www.ayeshakhanna.com https://sg.linkedin.com/in/ayeshakhanna https://twitter.com/ayeshakhanna1?lan... Links ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
33 minutes | May 20, 2021
Building the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter
Andrea Macdonald, founder ideaXme interviews Loay Elbasyouni, senior director for engineering at Astrodyne TDI. Loay was one of the engineers - lead electrical and power electronics engineer (to 2018), on the NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter whilst working for AeroVironment. In this interview, which took place before the attempted 4th flight of the Mars Helicopter, discover the technical challenges the team faced in building the first powered aircraft to fly on Mars, moreover discover the personal challenges and significant people who were part of Loay's journey to work on this project. This interview provides more technical details relating to the building of Ingenuity as well as information relating to Loay's personal story. Loay's detailed role on the NASA Mars Ingenuity helicopter: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter NASA-JPL - Acted as Power Electronics lead and Electrical lead on Ingenuity Mars Helicopter NASA-JPL. - Lead Ingenuity Propulsion system and design motor controller, inverter, servo controller, motor, and signal management with JPL-NASA avionic box. - Design schematics and layout for Motor controller/inverter servo controller. - Lead all electrical design review with JPL-NASA. - Worked with JPL-NASA control team on motor control algorithm. - Electrical and functional testing for Propulsion motor. - Worked with Perseverance rover team on components selections. - worked on space radiation study to use earth rates components in space applications. Other Projects - Participated in low to High power UAV design with a power level of 100W - 1MW that include sub components such as DC-DC converters, motor, Motor controllers or inverters. - Participated in design review, system specification, components selections such as a generator, Motors, Motor controller, DC-DC and Avionics control systems. - Design HV Power System for Electric planes and ground control stations. - Design high-density isolated DC-DC up to 1KW - Design BLDC Motor controllers 100W-250KW - Design Battery chargers DC-DC charger and AC charger. - Circuits design and simulations. - Systems level simulation - PCB layout designs - Power supply design and optimizations - Used Ii-ion and li-polymer as energy storage - Integrated Solar panels using peak power tracking. - Led Power electronics design effort for Tether UAV - Electrical engineering lead for a Space program, and other earth based UAV. - Design Space Electronics - Worked on products cycle from concept to production. Source: Loay Elbasyouni's Linkedin Profile. Loay links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elbasyouni https://twitter.com/fromgazatomars?la... ideaXme links: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
53 minutes | May 2, 2021
News From The Lunar Ark!
Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Jekan Thanga, PhD., Head of SpaceTREx laboratory, Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded ASTEROIDS laboratory and Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. They discuss the latest developments at the laboratories. Moreover, ideaXme receives a news exclusive relating to SpaceTREx's proposal to build a "Noah's Ark" on the Moon. Jump to timestamp - 37 minutes to discover that news! The Lunar Ark: SpaceTREx in collaboration with the ASTEROIDS laboratory has proposed utilization of lunar lava tubes as a modern day "Lunar Ark." These subsurface lava tubes are only 4-5 days journey from Earth and are hypothesized to have been pristine for 3-4 billion years. These shelters could be the ideal location for preserving seeds, spores sperms, eggs, and DNA of Earth's rich biodiversity. They estimate needing to preserve 6.7 million species of plants, animals and fungi. SpaceTREx: The Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory at University of Arizona's Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department develop systems engineering design and control solutions for space, planetary and asteroid exploration, using small spacecraft, robots and sensor network devices. Research is focused on developing enabling technologies for extreme environment exploration, interplanetary CubeSat explorers and on-orbit servicing spanning spacecraft constellations, propulsion, power and communications. The laboratory and key personnel have a diverse range of expertise including CubeSat design, development, launch expertise, smart system design and control using bio-inspired and neural network control paradigms, space weather and extreme-environment robotics. News relating to the Lunar Ark: Jekan Thanga, Head of SpaceTREx: [37:10] In the next week or so at the Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference, we're going to be giving an update to the world about progress that we've been making on the Lunar Ark project. And I can give you an early indication of what that update will entail. We've branched out into two fronts, further exploring and advancing the Lunar Ark concept. One is, we've been looking at how we could start the Lunar Ark project in the near term. In the original idea we talk of preserving six point seven million species. It's going to take a lot of resources. It's going to require advancement in cryogenic. We think it's at least 30 years away. But can we get started now? Can we at least start to see important bio matter there as we speak? And so that's the second thrust that we're looking at. What would it take specifically to go out and explore these lava tubes in one mission and in that second mission? What would it take to take seed samples just like from Svalbard and deploy them into these laboratories? And so we've been doing some early feasibility studies on those fronts. And on a second thrust, we've been trying to we've been identifying the component technologies that are needed for this whole effort of, you know, the Lunar Arc. And one of that means transport of all this bio matter from Earth on at least a five day journey to the Moon under cryo conditions. And so you need some kind of cryo container that can do that for you. And so we've developed a prototype cryo container experiment. And so we'll be sharing details about that in this upcoming conference. And that, too, is another effort to further build up the building blocks necessary for the bigger project. Official Bio: Jekan Thanga heads the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory at University of Arizona. He is the Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded ASTEROIDS (Asteroid Science, Technology and Exploration Research Organized by Inclusive eDucation) Laboratory which is in the process of being upgraded into a research center. Jekan Thanga has 20 years of experience working in the aerospace research sector and is a senior member of the AIAA. He has been an expert reviewer for government agencies including NASA and NSF and has been a Subject Matter Expert on space matters for DoD organizations. Jekan Thanga links: https://ame.engineering.arizona.edu/f... https://www.linkedin.com/in/jthanga http://spacetrex.arizona.edu http://spacetrex.arizona.edu/lunarark... ideaXme links: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
30 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
From Communist Russia To Quantum Economics
Neil Koenig TV Producer and Journalist interviews David Roche, Founder of Independent Strategy. Neil Koenig comments: The great financial crisis that began in 2007 mostly took the world by surprise. And the main reason why so few experts saw it coming, says the global investment strategist David Roche, is that most of our existing tools for analysing how economies work are “useless”. He argues that fresh ideas are needed, building on insights drawn from other fields of study, such as quantum physics. He is well placed to make such a case, having forecast some of the major turning points that have affected global markets, such as the demise of the Soviet Bloc and the subsequent fall of the Berlin Wall, and the financial crisis that swept Asia in the late 1990s. David Roche grew up in County Kildare in Ireland. He holds an MA from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA with the highest distinction from INSEAD. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a diploma in accounting and finance from the UK’s Association of Certified Accountants. In his youth he spent time in various countries, including a period in what was then known as the USSR. He says he fell into a career in investment strategy “by accident”. After a spell working for JP Morgan, he joined the multinational financial services enterprise Morgan Stanley, where he was Head of Research and Global Strategist. In 1994, after leaving Morgan Stanley, he founded Independent Strategy, an investment research firm which provides advice to institutional investors and governments. He often contributes to many top financial publications and is also a regular commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV and CNBC television networks. He is also the author of several books, including “New Monetarism”, “Sovereign DisCredit!” And “DemoCrisis”. For David Roche, “the first thing that's wrong with [conventional] economics is consensus thinking”. The traditional view, he explains, is that human behaviour is consistent, stable and predictable - whereas in fact it is “disruptive”. In this interview he explains why getting to grips with the baffling worlds of quantum physics and mechanics may help economists and forecasters to build models that better reflect the incoherence of today’s economic scene. Credits: Video host, video editing and text by Neil Koenig. TV Producer and Journalist and ideaXme board advisor. David Roche Links: Independent Strategy: https://www.instrategy.com/the-team/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/daithideroishte?r... Neil Koenig Links: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilkoeni... Twitter:https://twitter.com/neilkoenig?lang=en ideaXme links: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
47 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Mysteries of the Universe: To Be Revealed By Studying Muons and Neutrinos?
Andrea Macdonald founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. Kevin Pitts, Chief Research Officer at Fermilab and Physics Professor, University of Illinois. They spoke of 2 exciting research projects. The first focuses on neutrinos and the second on muons: Will these experiments reveal new laws? 13.8 billion years ago matter pitted against antimatter and won. DUNE, a new experiment in the making, hosted by Fermilab attempts to discover why matter won - that is, why the universe and galaxies exist at all. The current models dictate that the Big Bang created equal parts matter and antimatter. Within a second, all the matter and antimatter should have met and annihilated, leaving behind a universe with nothing but energy in the form of light. The first results for a second experiment from the same lab - Muon g-2 were recently published. Although, at the early stages of the experiment (5 runs in total and less than 10% of the data processed) many believe that the results to date show promise to challenge The Standard Model of Physics. Dr. Kevin Pitts: Kevin Pitts of the University of Illinois has been named chief research officer at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory beginning March 1. His focus will be on oversight for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, including advancing scientific excellence across the laboratory through strong communication, collaboration and coordination with the Department of Energy and other partners. He joins the laboratory as it prepares to usher in a new era of science and innovation in particle physics research and discovery. “We are proud to have Kevin Pitts join Fermilab at a time when DUNE is underway,” said Joe Lykken, deputy director for research at Fermilab. “His leadership and research collaboration with Fermilab make him the ideal person to direct the development of the DUNE research program both at the laboratory and with our partner institutions.” Upon its completion, DUNE, supported by the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, will make Fermilab the premier neutrino research institution globally. DUNE is the first international mega-science project at a DOE lab and Fermilab’s flagship project. Hosted by Fermilab, it comprises over 200 institutions in more than 30 countries. Construction work for LBNF, along with the PIP-II accelerator, are in progress at Fermilab in Illinois and at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Pitts joins Fermilab after 22 years with the University of Illinois where he was most recently the vice provost for undergraduate education and a professor of physics in the Grainger College of Engineering. He has a long history working on experiments at Fermilab, including participation in the discovery of the top quark in 1995. Additionally, he has been serving on the Long Baseline Neutrino Committee since 2016. “Fermilab has been an important part of the first-half of my career and I am thrilled to be joining the laboratory as chief research officer,” Pitts said. “After numerous Fermilab research projects and collaborations, I am honored to be leading the ball down the field to further the development of DUNE and other neutrino research projects.” He received a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Anderson University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Oregon. Pitts was a research associate at Fermilab on the CDF experiment. He also works on the Muon g-2 experiment. Kevin Pitts is a fellow of the American Physics Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a member of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, teaching and advising. Fermilab is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science. The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov. Official bio Fermilab. Dr. Kevin Pitts links: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-pit... Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevintpitts?lang=en Fermilab: https://news.fnal.gov/2021/03/fermila... University of Illinois: https://experts.illinois.edu/en/perso... ideaXme links: Website: https://radioideaxme.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... Podcast:https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
69 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
US Intelligence and Resilience
Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. LaMesha Craft, all-source intelligence warrant officer (retired) and now contracted faculty member at the National Intelligence University, USA. Disclaimer: The views expressed by Dr. Craft in this interview do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence Community, or the U.S. Government. Official biography: LaMesha L. Craft’s background includes 20 years of active military service in the US Army as an all-source intelligence warrant officer. Throughout her career, she provided strategic and operational intelligence analysis of nation-state and nonstate threats to US interests, policy, data, and networks in/around Asia, Europe, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. She has also worked overseas in Kosovo, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq. Dr. Craft authored a comprehensive guide to conducting intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB) when analyzing threats in cyberspace. It was recognized as a “best practice” by the Center for Army Lessons Learned and played an integral role in developing Appendix D of Army Training Publication 2-01.3, published in March 2019. She currently serves as a faculty member of the Anthony G. Oettinger School of Science and Technology at the National Intelligence University. Dr. Craft’s education includes a PhD in public policy and administration with a concentration in homeland security policy and coordination, Walden University; an MA in international relations and conflict resolution, American Military University; and a BA in international relations and international conflict, American Military University. Amongst the many subjects covered in this interview: -Dr. LaMesha Craft's career -Cyber threats -Exponential technologies, threats and opportunities for the Intelligence Community -Intelligence successes and learning from failure -The Introduction to Intelligence book published February 2021. Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc ISBN: 9781544374673 https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/intr... -Intelligence and machine learning -The structure of the Intelligence Community in the USA -The importance of ethics in the Intelligence Community -The importance of collaboration within the Intelligence Community -New challenges to security looking to the future Links: Dr. LaMesha Craft https://www.linkedin.com/in/lamesha-c... https://drlcraft.com https://twitter.com/drlcraft20?lang=en https://ni-u.edu/wp/ ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
35 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Blue Abyss: One Giant Step For Extreme Environments Training
Andrea Macdonald, Founder ideaXme interviews John Vickers, Founder and CEO of Blue Abyss. Blue Abyss will be a high tech pioneering training and extreme adventure centre. It will be "the most comprehensive deep sea and space research, training and test facility of its kind in the world, unmatched in its breadth of configuration". Blue Abyss’ primary function will be to enable extreme environment development, both human and robotic, ranging from the offshore energy industry through to the growing human spaceflight sector and adventure tourism. In this interview John Vickers talks of: The need for his planned facility - from resilience research and human progress and exploration to repositioning the United Kingdom as a world innovator. Blue Abyss, which aims to be a world leading training facility, will cater for both the offshore energy sector and government and commercial space exploration endeavours as well adventure tourism. The gruelling journey to reach this point in the project. His personal resilience, necessary to get this far. "Here is an opportunity to introduce new robotic technologies that deliver the strong industrial growth the UK seeks. It's an opportunity to give children the skills and training they need to access the science and technology internships and jobs of the future. It's an opportunity to capitalise on the burgeoning human spaceflight market and welcome a new era of space exploration. And it's an opportunity to secure a lasting legacy for today’s society and for future generations to come". John Vickers, Founder and CEO Blue Abyss. Full transcript will be available here shortly: https://radioideaxme.com Links: John Vickers, Blue Abyss: https://blueabyss.uk/people/john-vickers The team at Blue Abyss: https://blueabyss.uk/people Twitter: https://twitter.com/blueabyssdiving?l... ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzR_jQhKed8 ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
42 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
How To Build Resilience In Tough Times?
Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Craig Fugate, former Administrator at FEMA, USA, (2009-2017), reporting to President Barack Obama. Craig, now Chief Emergency Officer, One Concern, provides his perspective on the recent crisis in Texas - the power grid outage, the current Mexican border refugee challenge (9,500 unaccompanied children at the border in February 2021) and his perspective on working together across nations to build international planetary-wide resilience. Towards the end of the interview he even provides some tips on how we can as individuals all get through these tough and pressured times to build resilience. Craig Fugate's Official Biography: Mr Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009. Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma). During his tenure, Fugate focused not only on restoring FEMA’s response capabilities but on promoting emergency management as a community and shared responsibility. Fugate instituted a permanent effort to build the nation’s capacity to stabilize a catastrophic event within 72 hours. He drove completion of Presidential policy on national preparedness and implemented the National Preparedness System to build unity of effort to address the nation's most significant risks. On Fugate’s watch, FEMA awarded more than $19 billion in preparedness grants, supported more than 700 drills and exercises in 47 states, and had more than 40 million participants take part in grassroots community preparedness drills. During Fugate’s tenure, rates of adoption for disaster resilient building codes nationwide increased from 40% in 2009 to 63% in 2016. Fugate also provided Federal Government-wide leadership on reducing disaster risk through efforts to develop for President Obama’s approval executive orders that reduce the Nation’s flood, earthquake, and wildfire risk through managed Federal investment in hazard-prone areas. FEMA’s use of technology to support operations and enable decision-making flourished under Fugate’s leadership. Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, Fugate served as Florida’s Emergency Management Director. As the State Coordinating Officer for 11 Presidentially-declared disasters, he managed more than $4 billion in Federal disaster assistance. In 2004, Fugate managed the largest Federal disaster response in Florida history as four major hurricanes - Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - impacted the state in quick succession. In 2005, Florida was again impacted by major disasters when three more hurricanes - Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma - made landfall in the state. The impact from Katrina was felt more strongly in the Gulf coast states to the west but Florida launched the largest mutual aid response in its history in support of those states. Under Fugate’s stewardship, Florida’s emergency management program became the first statewide program in the Nation to receive full accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. In 2016, he was the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Lacy E. Suiter Award honoree for lifetime achievements and contributions in the field of emergency management. In 2017, Fugate formed Craig Fugate Consulting LL. and joined One Concern as Chief Emergency Management Officer. Full transcript here shortly: https://radioideaxme.com/interviews/ In this ideaXme interview Fugate talks of: The Texas power grid outage. The current Mexican border refugee challenge. His career. And lastly, as mentioned, provides advice to everyone wanting to build resilience in tough times. Craig Fugate: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigfugateconsultingllc/ https://oneconcern.com/en/about/ ideaXme: https://radioideaxme.com https://www.instagram.com/ideaxme/?hl... https://twitter.com/ideaxm?ref_src=tw... https://www.facebook.com/ideaXme/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/1867... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast... ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
45 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Decarbonise At Speed Or Get Left Behind!
Neil Koenig, TV Producer, Journalist and ideaXme board advisor interviews Keith Clarke CBE, a senior construction industry figure shaping the modern sustainably built world and passionate environmental campaigner. Keith is currently Chair of Constructionarium, Member of Advisory Board, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and Director Women in Property Network. Moreover, until recently he was Chairman of the Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability non-profit. A 40 Year Career in the International Construction Industry Over the past 40 years Clarke has worked in all sectors of the UK and international construction industry, including as Executive Vice President of Skanska AB, Chief Executive of Trafalgar House Construction and Chief Executive of Kvaerner Construction. He has held executive positions at Olympia & York and New York City Public Development Corporation, as well as working as an adviser to the Qatari Government. As Chief Executive of the UK’s largest engineering consultants WS Atkins for the eight years to 2011, Keith led the business to considerable growth, supporting its investment in the Middle East and its involvement in the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He is also credited with shaping Atkins to respond to opportunities created by the low carbon economy. Constructionarium: Constructionarium is a unique learning experience for students studying built environment courses, allowing them to apply the theoretical knowledge in a safe practical setting whist replicating iconic structures from around the world. The Environmental Change Institute, Oxford: The Environmental Change Institute, Oxford was established in 1991 'to organize and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change'. Women in Property Network: Women in Property Network creates opportunities, expands knowledge and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry. They believe that success and its rewards should be founded on merit and expertise, rather than gender. They support young females aspiring to a career in the built environment sector, as well as supporting those in ‘mid-career’ and at board level. Excerpt of transcript: Keith Clarke, Chair of Constructionarium[00:49:51] The good aspect of CO2e, is that you turn it into a singular driver. I think for agriculture and big infrastructure projects, biodiversity net gain is another complexity. So not to belittle that, you've got to deal with the biodiversity issue. But for most buildings or in an urban context, CO2e, carbon dioxide equivalent and greenhouse gas equivalence is a really good singular driver of a new design parameter. It manifests itself in all sorts of ways. Can you reuse the structure? Can you add two floors to the existing foundations? Keith Clarke, Chair of Constructionarium[00:51:58] . The issues we've had with quality, certainly in the UK have been about standards and we have a disgraceful issue going on with fire protection in the UK and in one particular sector, which is housing. All of those things will have to be addressed. However, decarbonising at speed means you really are going to disrupt the industry. So, embrace it or get left behind. Full transcript: www.radioideaxme.com ideaXme is a global network - podcast on 12 platforms, 40 countries, mentor programme and creator series. Mission: To share knowledge of the future. Our passion: Rich Connectedness™!
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