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The Ikigai Podcast
58 minutes | 19 days ago
The Impact of AI and Human Enhancement on Ikigai With Dr. Soenke Ziesche
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast I speak with Dr. Soenke Ziesche on the fascinating subject of the impact of AI and human enhancement of on ikigai. Dr. Soenke holds has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. Soenke has worked for over 20 years for the United Nations in the humanitarian and recovery sector. And, until 2019 he worked as a senior researcher on artificial intelligence at the Maldives National University. Currently, Soenke is an independent consultant, mostly for the United Nations, based in New Delhi, India.
86 minutes | 2 months ago
Lack of Ikigai: Loneliness and Relational Meaning
In this episode of the ikigai podcast, I am speaking with Dr. Chikako Ozawa-de Silva on the subject of A Lack of Ikigai: Loneliness and Relational Meaning.Chikako is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.Chikako’s research focuses on cross-cultural understandings of well-being, especially mental well-being, and contemplative practice. Her work brings together Western and Asian (particularly Japanese and Tibetan) perspectives on the mind-body, religion, medicine, therapy.
63 minutes | 2 months ago
021 - Houkousei - Theorising the Temporal Aspect of Ikigai or Life Worth Living
In this episode, I welcome back expert in leisure behavior science, Assistant Professor of Alberta University, Shintaro Kono.This is part 3 of a 3 part podcast series. On episode 4, we discussed your research on valued experiences and how ikigai relates to leisure. On episode 17, we talked about experiencing ikigai in the context of interpersonal relationships.On this episode, episode 21, we will discuss houkousei - life directionality, where we can experience ikigai from associations with the past, present, and future
70 minutes | 4 months ago
020 - Dr. Iza Kavedzija on Happiness and Ikigai - Insights From Ageing Japan
In episode 20 of the Ikgai Podcast, Dr. Iza Kavedžija shares her insights on happiness and Ikigai from the perspective of the elderly in Japan.Having spent 14 months observing and conversing with her interlocutors, a group of elderly friends who regularly spend time at a community cate Iza come to discover that "Happiness in the Japanese context can usefully be understood as deriving from a series of negotiations or “balancing acts” between contrastive values and orientations to the world." Interestingly, her interlocutors rarely spoke directly of “happiness”. In Japan, stating such things about oneself could be perceived as bragging, and it is customary in Japan to represent oneself and one’s associates in a modest, self-deprecatory manner.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
019 - Kokorozashi: A Personal Mission That Benefits Society
Kokorozashi could be defined as something that not only will satisfy and fulfill a person but also as something that has a positive impact on society. Kokorozashi, a word rooted in bushido is very relevant to leadership and business in Japan. In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I speak with the Dean of the Graduate School of Management at GLOBIS University, Tomoya Nakamura. GLOBIS is the largest and fastest-growing business school in Japan and aspires to develop visionary leaders who will create and innovate societies.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
18 - The Art of Namba Walking
This is episode 18 of the ikigai podcast and my guest today is someone who I like to think of as my Senpai or the Senpai I wish I had while living in Japan, William Reed. William is a Japan certified coach, a best-selling author, a long time resident of Japan, almost 50 years, and has an eighth-degree black belt in Aikido, an 8th dan in Shodo, which is brush calligraphy, and a seventh dan in small brush calligraphy. The list of Will's achievements in Japan goes on and on - too many to mention in this introduction, but I should mention that Will holds a Master Teacher rank in Namba Walking, which he defines as the art of physical finesse.
74 minutes | 6 months ago
017 - How We Can Find Ikigai In Our Interpersonal Relationships
In episode 17 of the Ikigai podcast, Assistant Professor Shintaro Kono shares his research results from a qualitative study on how Japanese university students experience ikigai via interpersonal relationships. Theorizing the Interpersonal Aspect of IkigaiIkigai is strongly influenced by "ibasho"; authentic relationship. In such relationships, students felt that they could be true to who they were and that their close others genuinely cared about them. In summary, Shin's research and resulting theory suggest that having authentic relationship is characterized by two distinct types of subjective perceptions; self-authenticity and genuine care. Authentic relationship was often developed and maintained through two modes of interaction; "experiencing together", and "communicating experiences". Lastly, these interactions were conditioned by echoed values and trust.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
016 - Why Ikigai Is The Most Honourable and Rewarding Thing One Can Do
In Japanese Culture, finding your Ikigai is the most honorable and rewarding thing one can do. It’s the key to a long and happy life. So what exactly is Ikigai? The literal translation is “the reason for which one lives”, which does the word justice. Your Ikigai can be your job, your lover, your family, your hobby, or anything else. It’s whatever brings you satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life. If you’ve ever woken up next to someone you truly love, you know the feeling.In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Yohei Nakajima shares with us that in order to truly understand the nuances of this word, you must know the different ways in which it’s used. Ikigai is something you can have, feel, search for, or find.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
015 - Take Heart With Genki Habits
In episode 15 of the Ikigai Podcast Nick chats with Misako Yoke, founder of Genki Habits and author of Take Heart - Your Are Stronger Than You Think. Misako Yoke is also a published author in Japan, an award-winning speaker, a certified Tiny Habits coach, and a Life Story coach. The word “Genki” (energetic, enthusiastic, high-spirited) perfectly describes her personality.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
014 - The Power of Kaizan With Bob Emiliani
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I talk with Bob Emiliani on the subject of Shinjijutsu Kaizen. Kaizen goes far beyond the popular notion of "continuous improvement". Discover how Kaizen is a humanistic approach that helps people realize their full potential. The teachings of Chihiro Nakao will enlighten you on a wide range of business subjects and teach you to think differently - to think by using your hands and see by using your feet.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
013 - Professor Ken Mogi On Kodawari
On episode 13 of the Ikigai Podcast, Ken Mogi returns to discuss the Japanese concept of kodawari.What is Kodawari?In Ken's own words, "Kodawari is a personal standard, to which the individual adheres to in a steadfast manner. It is often, though not always, used in reference to a level of quality or professionalism to which the individual holds. It is an attitude, often maintained throughout one’s life, constituting a central element of ikiagi."
51 minutes | a year ago
012 - Dr. Dean Fido on the Ikigai-9
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I speak with Dr. Dean Fido on his translation and validation of the Ikigai-9. The Ikigai-9 is a psychometric tool used as a means of measuring Ikigai across the dimensions of:optimistic and positive emotions toward lifeactive and positive attitudes towards one's futureand acknowledgment of the meaning of one's existence.The Ikigai-9 consists of nine items measuring one’s reason for being through dimensions of emotions towards one’s life, attitudes towards one’s future, and the acknowledgment of one’s existence.The Ikigai-9 StatementsI believe that I have some impact on someone.My life is mentally rich and fulfilled.I am interested in many things.I feel that I am contributing to someone or to society.I would like to develop myself.I often feel that I am happy.I think that my existence is needed by something or someone.I would like to learn something new or start something.I have room in my mind.
30 minutes | a year ago
011 - Finding Ikigai in Classical Japanese Swordsmanship
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, Finding Ikigai in Classical Japanese Swordsmanship, I'm speaking with Saneteru (Steven) Radzikowski, founder and current head instructor of Shinkan-ryu Kenpo, a unique style of classical Japanese sportsmanship.Shinkan-ryu KenpoShinkan-ryū Kenpō takes the ideas of munen 無念 (non-worldly thoughts), which is a Buddhist concept and attempts to pierce the fog of mental constructs to show the real truth of our minds and the world. The techniques of the sword and mind are shared at the same level. One does not develop only the sword without the mind in the true tradition of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō.
63 minutes | a year ago
010 - The Way of Tea With Tea Master Randy Channell Soei
In this episode of Ikigai Podcast, I speak with Candian Tea Master, Randy Channell Soei. Soei Sensei, a longterm resident of Kyoto is one of a handful of foreigners licensed to teach all aspects of "Tea Ceremony".In this episode, we talk about "The Way of Tea" and Japanese philosophical ideas related to Tea Ceremony including Wakei-Sejyaku, Bunburyodo, Zanshin and Mushin.
66 minutes | a year ago
009: Gregg Krech on Japanese Psychology in Times of Uncertainty
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast podcast, I speak with author, poet, and one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology, Gregg Krech.Gregg Krech is the author of several books including the award-winning book Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and The Japanese Art of Self Reflection, The Art of Taking Action - Lesson From Japanese Psychology and Tunneling for Sunlight: Twenty-One Maxims of Living Wisdom from Buddhism and Japanese Psychology to Cope with Difficult Times.Along with his wife Linda, Gregg is the founder of The ToDoInstitute.org, a non-profit centre in Vermont that uses Japanese Psychology as an alternative to traditional Western approaches to psychology. These methods include Naikan Therapy, Morita Therapy and Kaizen.Gregg's work supports a blend of the psychological, the spiritual and the practical based on values such as purpose, gratitude, mindfulness, compassion and constructive action. Over the past 30 years, Gregg has introduced Japanese Psychology to more than 10,000 people through his workshops and online courses.
34 minutes | a year ago
008: Paul Akers On Banishing Sloppiness By Falling in Love With Japanese Precision
In this episode of The Ikigai Podcast, I interview Paul Akers about his latest book, Banish Sloppiness. Paul Akers is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company specializing in woodworking tools and hardware for the professional builder. Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life. As you would expect, Paul is also passionate about Japan and teaches people the philosophy of Japan through his Japan study missions. Paul and I had a great conversation about how lean manufacturing, precision, and Japanese culture changed his life.
43 minutes | a year ago
007: The Andres Zuzunaga Venn Diagram of Purpose
In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I interview author and astrologist, Andres Zuzunaga, Andres is the original creator of the Venn diagram of purpose. In 2014, his Venn diagram was merged with the Japanese concept of ikigai by Marc Winn, who simply replaced the word at the center of the Venn diagram, "purpose" with "ikigai'.A few years later the Venn diagram went viral, and now millions of people believe the Venn diagram represents the Japanese concept of ikigai.In our discussion, Andres explains how his Venn diagram was inspired by astrology, and he shares his thoughts about how it has been misinterpreted and misunderstood as a Japanese concept.
57 minutes | a year ago
006: Rock Star Neuroscientist, Ken Mogi's 5 Pillars of Ikigai
In this episode of The Ikigai Podcast I interview neuroscientist and best selling author Ken Mogi. Ken Mogi is a very down to the earth life-loving neuroscientist, researcher, university lecturer, author, broadcaster and media commentator. Ken was very generous with his time, and we discussed the 5 Pillars of Ikiagi from his book, The Little Book of Ikigai. The 5 pillars are: starting small, releasing yourself, harmony and sustainability, the joy of little things and being in the here and now.It was an absolute joy to interview Ken and learn more about Ikigai.
22 minutes | a year ago
005: Marc Winn On Merging Ikigai With The Venn Diagram of Purpose
In this episode of the Ikiagi podcast, I speak with Marc Winn, creator of the Ikigai diagram. In 2014, Marc wrote a blog post that merged two concepts, the Venn Diagram of Purpose and his understanding of the Japanese concept of Ikigai to create a meme that would eventually go viral to impact thousands of lives. Marc and I discuss how his blog post came about and his personal ikigai, making Gurnsey the best place to live in the world.
32 minutes | a year ago
004: Finding Ikigai in Leisure with Professor Shintaro Kono
In episode 4 of the Ikiagi Podcast, I interview Assistant Professor Shintaro Kono who has a Ph.D. in Sport and Recreation. We discuss his research, which revolves around the relationship between leisure engagement and ikigai. In this episode, we talk about "keiken" - valued experiences, which include enjoyment, effort, stimulation, and comfort. Also, Professor Kono offers advice on how you can find ikigai in leisure activities.
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