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58 minutes | 5 days ago
162: Tweedy The Clown - Alan Digweed's Perspective On Life As A Clown
Guest Overview Alan Digweed aka Tweedy The Clown is this week's guest. In this fascinating interview, we discuss Alan’s early life and the serendipitous moment he announced to his parents his intention to build his career in clowning. Alan explains the appeal of clowning, the influence, and inspiration of clowning genius du Laurel and Hardy, as well as the great like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Harry Langdon. He explains how he made his start pre-internet days at British Summer Holiday camp Butlins before pursuing opportunities in Circus to hone his craft and refine his clown character. Alan describes how everyone has a clown character, aligned to our inner child, why the core characteristics tend to be based on different personalities, and why all good clowning is based on solving problems.We discuss how Alan met American clown genius Bill Irwin at the famous Grimaldi Church service in London to honor the king of clowns Joseph Grimaldi where clowns attend in full costume. This encounter led him to develop his skills through one on one sessions with Bill. Alan explains the impact of the pandemic on his work and how he pivoted to creating a children's show online and the different experiences of not having a live audience. We also discuss how his performance will have to evolve while social distancing remains in place. We also discuss the evolution of a circus and clowning such as Archaos and Avner the Eccentric and Typeface.Finally, we cover where Alan thinks he will be in 2030 and all the quick-fire questions. I hope you will be uplifted by the joy, optimism, deeply thoughtful Tweedy The Clown.Social Links Website Twitter InstagramFacebook Youtube Links in Show Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton Harry LangdonNorman WisdomLaurel and HardyGiffords Circus Butlins Cirque Du Soleil Bill Irwin Grimaldi Church ServiceBenny HillJohnny HutchArchaos
59 minutes | 11 days ago
161: Sarah A. Abdallah - Re-imaging, Re-designing, and Re-creating With Functional Creative Design.
Sarah A. Abdallah, polymath, innovator, and founder of New York-based bespoke Architecture & Design Studio - Functional Creative Design, is this week's guest.In part two we deep dive into Sarah’s journey prior to starting her design studio Functional Creative Design, working with Rockwell Group, Tony Chi & Associates, Perkins and Eastman, and Grand Hotels, and her vision and focus which led her to start her studio.Sarah describes her desire to add an additional layer to design and space planning. She discusses the importance of listening, fusing all input, using her functional skills and knowledge base, to meet a client's vision.We discuss sustainability in the industry, the need to take a 360 view, the impact of Covid, and the battle that many firms have to stay in business. Sarah explains her principles underpinning Functional Creative Design, how design will change in a post-Covid world, the power and value of our connectivity, how intimacy can be created through technology, physical spaces that incorporate the outdoors indoors, and the need to deliver improved accessibility and social justice, across all socio-economic groups. Anyone considering leaving their corporate job, Sarah’s story will provide inspiration of what is possible when you reimagine and add value to a category.Social Links Functional Creative Design LinkedIn Twitter InstagramLinks in the show Naomi LevineParsons School of Design NYUClubhouseRockwell GroupPerkins and EastmanTony Chi AssociatesTo Good To GoChef Chloe Bill Dowzer Back The NeighborhoodRobin Sharma - Monk Who Sold His FerrariNew York State of MindBridgerton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
64 minutes | 12 days ago
160: The Non-Conforming, Curiosity Fueled Journey of Thought Leader and Entrepreneur - Sarah A. Abdallah
Sarah A. Abdallah, polymath, innovator, and founder of New York-based bespoke Architecture & Design Studio - Functional Creative Design, is this week's guest.In this two-parter we spend the first hour exploring Sarah’s experience of being born a bi-racial child to Egyptian immigrant parents, growing up in New York, with two younger siblings. Immersing her in a culture that nurtured her natural curiosity, her parents instilled in her the foundational values of human kindness, the importance of education, and respect and understanding of other faiths. Sarah discusses how she developed an appreciation and love of the environment, her deep spirituality, questioning conventional wisdom, and rejecting parental pressures to conform. Sarah recounts overcoming the limitations of dyslexia, how her childhood curiosity of after-school clubs helped shape her into the thought leader and Entrepreneur she is today, and her prolific educational journey through psychology, art therapy, higher education, and interior design. Sarah also discusses how serendipity led her, at 21, a First Generation Muslim Egyptian American to live with the then 70-year-old, iconic lawyer, Jewish civil rights activist, and philanthropic fundraiser for NYU, Naomi Levine. In part two we deep dive into Sarah’s journey prior to starting her design studio Functional Creative Design, working with Rockwell Group, Tony Chi & Associates, Perkins and Eastman, and Grand Hotels, and her vision and focus which lead her to start her studio.For anyone with children, hearing Sarah’s journey and experience will provide valuable insights into encouraging young children’s curiosity and appreciation of other cultures and backgrounds and the value of education. In part two Sarah describes the experience of working with Tony Chi Associates, Rockwell Group, Perkins and Eastman, and Grand Hotels and her desire to add an additional layer to design and space planning. She discusses the importance of listening, fusing all input, using functional skills and knowledge base to meet a client's vision.We discuss sustainability in the industry, the need to take a 360 view of sustainability, the impact of Covid, and the battle that many firms have to stay in business. Sarah explains her principles underpinning Functional Creative Design, how design will change in a post-Covid world, and how intimacy can be created through technology, physical spaces that incorporate the outdoors indoors, and the need to deliver improved accessibility across socio-economic groups. Social Links Functional Creative Design LinkedIn Twitter InstagramLinks in the show Naomi LevineParsons School of Design NYUClubhouseRockwell GroupPerkins and Eastman
67 minutes | 25 days ago
159: Art On The Ave - Shining a Spotlight On Under-Represented Artists - Jackie Graham and Barbara Anderson
Guest Overview This week we welcome Mother and daughter team Barbara Anderson and Jackie Graham's, Founders of Art on the Ave, a New York based social impact initiative that spotlights the work of under-represented artists and turns storefronts into exhibition spaces and streets into open air galleries. In the first part of this interview we ask Barbara about Jackie as a child and explore with Jackie the impact of her mother and father on her life and career direction in art and work ethic. Jackie discusses her international upbringing and its influence on her sense of self and feeling of being a global citizen. We discuss how Jackie’s character and organizational skills were evident at an early age and how curiosity was cultivated. Jackie discusses education and her focus on art business and how a serendipitous summer internship opened her eyes to the value of accessibility to the arts and how that ultimately prepared her for the work she and Barbara are now doing with Art on the Avenue. We talk about the role of art in teaching children about socio cultural moments in history. Then we dive into their work with Art on the Ave, launching it as a response to the pandemic, the shuttered stores, barren windows and deserted neighborhoods in New York’s upper west side, with the aim of supporting local artists and bringing life back to the streets. Turning New York's Columbus Avenue's empty storefronts into a gallery space, Art on the Ave has reimagined street art and democratizes art spaces and community art access. Their second exhibition launches in the West Village and runs from April 15th through May. After over 150 submissions to their latest exhibition, their curated works will be displayed along Bleecker Street, Christopher Street and Hudson Street, creating what Barbara calls the West Village wander.Through organizations like Art on the Ave are reimagining the role of art in communities, its impact on what a neighborhood is, while creating new commercial opportunities for artists. If you want to learn more we have added links to Art on the Ave in the show notes. But for now be engaged, entertain and educated by the marvelous mother and daughter team of Barbara Anderson and Jackie Graham Social Links Art on the Ave InstagramTwitter Links in the show A Prayer for Owen MeanyA Little Life The Outsiders SE HiltonIt’s A Sin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
79 minutes | a month ago
158: Re-Engineering Education For A 2030 World - Kellie Lauth
Guest OverviewThis week's guest is Kellie Laugh - a woman on a mission to re-engineer education and prepare children for the world of 2030, and mobilize a workforce capable of tackling the complex problems we are sure to face when the calendar turns to 2030.In this extended episode, we cover Kellie’s upbringing, developing a hard work ethic at an early age, the guiding influence of her mother and father in developing her foundational life values during what she describes as a magical childhood.Kellie describes how her mother and father nurtured and cultivated her curiosity and exposed her to the realities of social inequity at a young age.We explore her education experience, her focus on science and math, and the lack of gender diversity that drove her desire and intentionality to help young girls and underrepresented students through education and access.Kellie discusses her willingness to lean into discomfort and confront failure, following the path of education and the serendipity of a tragic event made her more resolute to make the most of her opportunity in life.Her response was to build a STEM, problem-based learning system that integrated local business partnerships that created a pathway to employment for children.Kellie describes the more significant impact of the system on the children’s perspective on possibility and life transformation.Now scaling the system nationally, Kellie describes transforming from the inside out and investing in teachers to drive the transformation needed.Kellie discusses the imperative of now and how she’s forming partnerships with local and nationals organizations to help them leverage the Mindspark strategy. Finally, we discuss the importance of diversity, playfulness, and innovation.We finish with Kellie’s principles, her hard choices, her advice on confronting the impossible, and the other quick-fire questions.I think you’ll be uplifted, inspired, and energized by the gentle determination and disruptive spirit of Kellie Lauth.Social Links MindSpark LinkedIn Facebook Twitter InstagramLinks in the show CU Boulder Title one schools IBM Rutger Bergman Lupin Adam Grant See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
86 minutes | a month ago
157: Unpacking The Weird And Wonderful of Modern Cultural Phenomena - Charlie Quirk and Britton Rice
Guest Overview This week we interviewed the co-hosts of the podcast The Furious Curious - Charlie Quirk and Britton Rice. In the first 20 minutes of the interview, Chas and Brit explore the impact of their parents and upbringing on their values, cultivating curiosity and the life attributes that have prepared them for their life in advertising and for hosting a show that describes itself as a 'podcast that unpacks the weird and wonderful of modern cultural phenomena’Charlie discusses his fiendish focus on things that interest him, and how it prepared him for a career in strategy in advertising and branding,Brit discusses his dyslexia and how his commitment to working harder enabled him to navigate school, the importance of sport and music in building relationships and empathy.We cover a lot of ground here. We explore the serendipity of their first meeting and the resonating connection that's endured.. We explore what drew them to advertising and their favorite ads. They deconstruct the organizational structure of agencies and changing complexion of the business as well as discussing the evolving role of brand purpose. For any listeners to The Furious Curious, you will want to hear the genesis of the show and how the pair apply their intellectual rigor to delivering a weekly dose of cultural insight and entertainment in a highly engaging manner. We discuss the future of the show and whether a video version is something they have considered. The quick-fire questions also provide a deeper insight into what makes this podcast duo tick. I hope you are engaged, entertained, and enlightened by the wit and wisdom of Charlie Quirk and Britton Rice. Social Links Charlie’s Website Britton’s Website InstagramTwitter Links in the show Cheap Trick Surrender Ghost World Brian Eno Oblique Strategies CardsAtomic Habits James Clear Re-work book Ted LassoPepsi Crystal PepsiReebok Emmet Smith Mad Men Nike Instant Karma See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
156: Rowan C. Leslie - The Serendipitous Path to Traditional Music Mastery
Guest Overview This week we interview our first musician, Glasgow-based, Irish born, Fiddle player, teacher, and composer, Rowan C Leslie. ( shout out to Scott Duncan for recommending) Rowan began playing the fiddle when his mother joined him in learning to play at age seven. Rowan recounts the experience of growing up in a small village of Broughshane, Northern Ireland, his supportive parents encouraging his sporting, musical, and his academic pursuits. We discuss growing up with English parents, attending an integrated school in a country historically defined by its religious divide. Rowan explains the draw to fiddle and traditional music, how it defined his sense of identity, the influential role of his charismatic musical mentor on his journey, and the abundant experience of building his musical network. Rowan describes his educational experiences, the differences across the traditional music spectrum, the global cultural influence of Irish traditional music, and his traditional music influences.We discuss the resurgence of interest in traditional music, the impact of the pandemic on himself and other musicians, and expanding his teaching to a global network of students. Rowan describes creating his first album in lockdown, Escaping the Dawn, releasing a book called Contemporary Fiddle Tunes from The North East of Ireland, and his hopes of returning to touring in 2021. We get into the evolution of traditional music, the differences in classical and traditional, the impact of AI and technology on music, and the role of serendipity on his journey. Rowan ends the interview playing a short excerpt of one of his tracks from his new album. I hope you enjoy this insight into the world of traditional music with Rowan C Leslie.Social Links Website Spotify Bandcamp Instagram FacebookLinks in ShowRiverdanceClannadMartin HayesFrankie GavinLiz DochertySum41Elephant Sessions Contemporary Fiddle Tunes from The North East of IrelandWonderwall Soul Disney+
88 minutes | 2 months ago
155: The Multidimensional Mental Health Mission of Dr Tara Emrani and Mehdi Ansari
Guest Overview This week I welcome two guests - NYC-based Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tara Emrani and Corporate Lawyer Mehdi Ansari. Tara and Mehdi were born and raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving to the US. Given the time challenges of having two guests, we didn’t spend much time on their backstories or upbringing. Meeting while both studying at UC Berkeley, Tara and Mehdi describe their journeys to Psychology and Law. I ask Tara to explain her humanistic, multidimensional approach to treatment and the differences to the new talk therapy platforms like Talk Space or Better Help. Tara discusses the mental health challenges that have emerged since the onset of the pandemic and how she helps her patients deal with them, and the underlying stresses, sadness, anxiety, and depression. She describes pivoting to online therapy and the differences to in-person treatment.Mehdi describes the pandemic impact on his firm’s staff, work practices, and relationships. Mehdi discusses why he is trying to drive the firm's mental health narrative and across the legal industry. He discusses how different structural approaches firms are taking as we snap back and the many unexpected impacts on training, teamwork, and career progression. He also explains the value of serendipitous water cooler moments and why those are lost on Zoom or Teams,, and the increased associated transaction costs. Both Tara and Mehdi discuss the future role of therapy inside organizations, the resultant positive impact on the bottom line, staff retention, and a happier, more productive environment. Mehdi reflects on the paradigm shift needed for mental health and mindfulness training to be taught in Universities. Medhi and Tara discuss parents' role to prepare children for an AI future and the displacement AI will have on today's simple transactional processes.Finally, they both reflect on the impact of serendipity on their journey. If you’re a parent or have been affected by mental health personality or while in a work environment, I think you’ll be uplifted by the clarity and commitment of Tara and Mehdi to changing the narrative around mental health. Social Links Dr Tara Emrani Website InstagraLinks in the show Tehran Talk space Better HelpCarl Rogers Sullivan and CromwellBillionsTI86 1984 Book I Will Survive John AdamsAudry Hepburn
82 minutes | 2 months ago
154: The Reimagining of The National Arts Club - Ben Hartley
Guest Overview This week's guest is Sydney-born, New York-based Ben Hartley - Executive Director of The National Arts Club - what he describes as a 122-year-old startup.Ben recently invited us into the spectacular Gramercy square location to record this fascinating interview.Ben recounts his early years and his parents' positive influence, his adventurous and analytical father, and his strong and emotionally engaged mother.Ben describes how his world view was expanded, and curiosity sparked as a result of being taken on a grand European canal boating tour when aged seven. Ben describes his embrace of discomfort as a means of pushing one's capabilities and his approach to seeking out serendipity. At 12 minutes - Ben describes his educational experience, how it opened a window to the world, the value of studying for a semester in Trenton, New Jersey, a decision that ultimately led him to return to NYC to study his Masters in Arts management. At 23 minutes - we discuss the common threads running through the career path he has taken. We discuss his journey to the National Arts Club, and his experience of leading the international roll out of the Guggenheim to Bilbao and beyond. At 29 minutes - Ben explains the mission and structure of The National Arts Club. He provides a concise overview of the history of the Arts Club's, being the first club to welcome women as members, some events from its colorful history, the characters that defied this unique institution, and the recipients of its famed Medal of Honor. Ben describes how COVID has enabled him to apply his creativity to innovate and pivot the service of the club, develop and vibrant digital program, and build community and connectivity. He describes the recent exhibitions curated in partnership with new art collectives that have emerged in New York during the Black Lives Matter protests displayed alongside the work of photographer Graham Macindoe We discuss the provocative role of art in today's society and the changing nature of distribution and the future role of the national arts club in the culture of the city and country and the innovative programs he has initiated connecting communities beyond the arts. Ben's refreshing perspectives will undoubtedly provide inspiration and provoke new ideas for anyone struggling to reimagine and reinvent their business or brand or deal with personal challenges in these changing times. Social Links The National Arts Club website Instagram TwitterFacebookLinksRoger Pilkington Tom CrenzGuggenheim Bilbao Richard Serra Frank Gehry Charles DeKay
70 minutes | 2 months ago
153: What is Mark's Story and What is Back The Neighborhood? The Furious Curious Find Out.
Our host Mark Fallows was recently invited to be a guest on another podcast, the entertaining and educational - The Furious Curious.Hosts, Charlie Quirk and Britton Rice asked Mark to join them and discuss the urban regeneration project, Back The Neighborhood that he, Elaine Castillo Keller, and Vanessa Barboni Hallik are working on, as well as the genesis of The Impossible Network and Fabrica CollectiveIf you enjoy this we encourage you to subscribe to The Furious Curious and follow @backtheneighborhood on Instagram.LINKS:LINKS:Fabrica The Impossible Network https://backthenighborhood.com © Charlie Quirk, Britton Rice See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
152: Science, Serendipity, and Visual Storytelling - Scott Duncan Climatologist
Guest OverView This week's guest is meteorologist, Scottish Highlander, Gaelic speaker, and bag-piper Scott Duncan. Now London-based Scott grew up in the wilds of northern Scotland. Inspired by Scotland's dramatic natural habitat he developed a love for nature and especially climate. That led him to study meteorology at Reading Uni and Oklahoma University and propelled him to be one of the most talked-about climate communicators, resulting from his imaginative and creative application of climate pattern data visualization on Instagram and his own website. In this episode, Scott recounts his early years, the role of family, and the impact of growing up in such an inspiring environment. Developing an expansive world view of climate at a young age, Scott discusses his path to becoming a climate communicator, his intuitive interest and appreciation for the power of storytelling, and how this has transformed how he tells the story of climate. Scott provides a refreshingly simple explanation of the issues our planet faces, at the poles and beyond, he explains how he deals with activists, deniers, and trolls, and why he focuses on reputable data sources to navigate the politically charged field of climate communications. We discuss the decade of action, the expectations of the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow in November and Scott provides insight into what the target numbers mean. He also provides examples of the extreme weather patterns we are experiencing. I think you will leave this episode more grounded, informed, and inspired. Social Links WebsiteInstagram TwitterLInkedin Links in the ShowGaelic Berkley Earth Drawdown Kiss the GroundMike HudemaZachery Labe Kate Rawworth Ed Hawkins Guy Callendar500 Miles Tubthumping Casa De PapelMy Family and Other Animals See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
151: Courage, Heart and Humanity of LGBT Academic and Advocate - Graeme Reid
Guest OverviewHuman rights are inextricably linked to identity. We all strive for our basic inalienable rights as human beings, regardless of race, religion, language, ethnicity or gender. This week we welcome one of the most vital thinkers in academia and advocates for LGBT human rights, Graeme Reid. Graeme is the Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, a respected expert and lecturer at Yale. Born in Johannesburg in Apartheid South Africa, raised in a politically liberal home, Graham’s demonstrated his individual will at an early age courageously confronting the conventional thinking of white South African establishment. Having studied Anthropology at University, Graeme’s ground-breaking Masters; ‘an ethnographic study of a black Pentecostal church on how a church community created the possibility for an integrated cultural identity for gay and lesbian Christians’ followed by his PhD thesis “How to be a’real-gay’ emerging gay spaces in small town South Africa” …established him as both a creative and leading thinker on gender identity. In this shorter than usual episode Graeme shares his personal story, his wisdom and perspective on where we find ourselves in today’s politically charged environment and what might be an inflection point in history. Enjoy the courage, heart and humanity of Graeme Reid. Social Links Graeme HRW Twitter Links in The Show Gayle Rubin Gay activist Simon Nkoli Graeme’s books:How To Be A Real Gay: Above the Skyline: LGBT Rights Yale Human Rights WatchFleabag Havelock EllisOlive Schreiner: Eleanor Marx: Anna Freud: Shaggy Bain - Beyond All Imagining See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
74 minutes | 3 months ago
150: Designing A Sustainable Fashion Future - Vanessa Barboni Hallik, Founder, Another Tomorrow
Guest Overview What does it take to walk away from a successful career in Investment banking to form a woman's sustainable fashion startup, committed from the outset to sourcing responsibly grown, ethically manufactured materials, blending classic design with leading edge technologies, while building a platform for education, and advocacy? Well, by confronting fear, embracing uncertainty, accepting failure, trusting in serendipity while remaining resilient, steadfast, and focused on the bigger mission are the characteristics that enabled this week's guest, Vanessa Barboni Hallik, to launch Another Tomorrow - what New York Times described as a 'Brand as Ethically Minded as It Is Refined'.In this fascinating and broad-ranging interview Midwest born, Vanessa Barboni Hallik covers everything from her early life, and architectural ambitions, to her journey to an investment banking career and why she changed course to launch her ground-breaking sustainable women's fashion brand. Vanessa describes the impact of her free spirit artist mother and sociology professor 'wanna be hippie' father in cultivating her curiosity and the creative environment of constructive play that built her belief in the sense of the possible. Vanessa explains the circuitous path she took through education, the life-altering impact of her mother's tragic death when Vanessa was 19, and how the event that set her on a path to banking, the inner conflict she experienced having been raised in an environment of conscious capitalism, and how after quitting three times she finally found purpose in her entrepreneurial endeavor, She eloquently explains fundamental shifts in banking and finance and the increasing emphasis on environmental and social, and governance factors and the further shifts and regulatory changes she expects, will come post covid. We dive deep into what led At 35 minutes in, we dive deep into Another Tomorrow and why Vanessa focused on sustainable fashion. She covers the challenges she faced and why she's built her business grounded in animal, environmental and human welfare; using technology to deliver supply chain transparency; her commitment to resale, and creating a circular economy as a catalytic force on traditional fashion brands. I think you will be inspired by the clarity of vision and values of Vanessa Barboni Hallik.Social Links Another Tomorrow website Instagram TwitterFacebookLinksMariana Mazzucato book Value of EverythingESG’s Patagonia Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
149: Documenting A Life Beyond Addiction - Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin
Guest Overview This week's guests are Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin. Graham, a photographer and associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York City, has been in recovery from addiction since 2010. Graham and his wife Susan -- a writer, researcher, and adjunct professor at The New School -- have been open about Graham's past struggle with drugs, his ten-year journey to coming clean, which began with nine months of incarceration because of a misdemeanor drug possession conviction.They've published and exhibited the self-portraits Graham took during his years of addiction, written a dual memoir called Chancers, and given many talks about the trajectory that upended Graham's photography career, isolated him from family and friends, and eventually landed him in jail. (I'll add links to the images that appeared in the Guardian and New York Mag coverage in the show notes, the book, and their talks in the show notes. ) Lately, they've shifted their focus to highlighting what it takes to recover from addiction -- a process millions of Americans have been through but is far less discussed both in private and in public settings. They're part of a growing movement of people trying to reframe the narrative more toward solutions and opening a dialogue about ways to help more people succeed with recovery. Graham and Susan recap their journey. We cover why Graham documented his addiction and why he and Susan are now documenting recovery stories across the US. We discuss why many people can't publicly acknowledge their past because of stigma, the consequences of admitting illegal drug use, and why they are part of a growing movement working to provide examples of success and hope to those still struggling with addiction. Their latest exhibit Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery demonstrates that recovery is possible and highlights some of the ways people have rebuilt their lives. We discuss the enduring stigma and cultural projection of drug addiction, the enduring War of Drugs, the racial injustice of drug policies, the need for reform, and we discuss decriminalization and legalization. Graham and Susan provide an enlightening perspective on the ongoing challenges, the Pandemic's impact, and Graham talks about how he has navigated his recovery.If you know someone struggling with recovery or a family member trying to support a loved one, please share this important episode or some of the resources in the show notes. I hope you are inspired by the courage, clarity, and candor of Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin. Social Links Graham’s Website Susan’s Website Beyond Addiction Reframing Recovery Graham’s InstagramLinks in the showGraham and Susan's TED XGraham In New York MagGraham in The GuardianPortugal Drug Policy
104 minutes | 4 months ago
148: Gillian Burke - Comfortably Living Life In A State Transition And Environmental Certainty
GUEST OVERVIEW This week's guest, biologist, TV producer, presenter, public speaker, voiceover artist, writer, and mother, Gillian Burke, is second generation Kenyan, has lived a life transition - or as she refers to as a state of liminality. In this broad-ranging interview, Gillian deconstructs the complexity of her racially ambiguous 'creole' identity. Part West Indian, part SriLankan Gillian was born in Kenya, grew up in Vienna, and studied and settled in the UK, where she has built a successful career in broadcasting with the BBC. Gillian recounts her early memories of always feeling like an outsider, navigating change and uncertainty both in Kenya and Austria. She describes how her love of the outdoors developed, being comfortable in nature, and developing her environmental consciousness. She explains why the experience of growing up in the global south and the lack of buffer between environmental issues and the impact of home life, as well as witnessing the exploitation of nature, the environment and marginalized populations led her to develop her thirst for social justice and building a career in nature and environmental broadcasting. Gillian describes her path to the UK, her education in an international Baccalaureate school, developing a love of performing arts and ending up studying biology at Bristol University in the UK in 1992 and landing a job in the Natural History unit at the BBC. From 40 min in, Gillian explains why she feels we in many developed nations lack humility as we face the humbling impact of the Covid virus. We discuss how our path to progress is unsustainable, the climate crisis, the urgency to act, and the importance of looking to natural solutions and our interconnectedness to nature's matrix. Gillian discusses the regenerative power of the soil, indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and solutions that could pull us back from climate calamity. Finally, Gillian explains why she is focused on connecting the big existential issues facing us to what we do in our homes and how we live. I hope you are inspired to follow the environmental passion and purpose of Gillian Burke.SOCIAL LINKSWebsite Instagram Blog LINKS IN THE SHOWLiminality Water Bear Dan McDougallBaccalaureate schoolBBC Natural History Unit Kimberly Latrice JonesWangari MaathaiYoung Chances Foundation Project Drawdown Kiss the Ground
56 minutes | 5 months ago
147: Carmen D'Alessio on Studio 54 - Our 2019 Interview Revisited
Due to a guest rescheduling, this week we are republishing part two of last year's interview with New York nightlife legend Carmen D'Alessio.We loved this show not just for the incredible stories she tells, but for what she represents. Carmen is living proof that that reinvention is ageless, energy is infectious, and a reminder of the power of a large network.If you’ve not heard Carmen, buckle up, if you have I am it's worth a second listen.Now over to CarmenGuest OverviewBorn to a Peruvian father, and a Chilean mother, but grew up to become a legend of New York nightlife, impresario co-founder of Studio 54, and to this day not only continues to reinvent herself but also entertainment experiences, is this week’s guest Carmen D'Alessio.In Part two of this interview with Carmen D'Alessio, the New York nightlife legend, impresario, and co-founder of what is often referred to as the greatest club of all time; Studio 54, we explore the untold story of the nightclub’s formation.We start the interview with Carmen recounting her second marriage and leaving Italy and working for Valentino in Rome to return to NYC to build her ‘Queen of the Night’ reputation.If you’ve seen the 2018 Netflix documentary on the infamous nightclub you’ll hear the other side of the founder’s story on how the sensational nightclub came into existence.Carmen also recounts her memories of those unparalleled 33 months of hedonism, having her mother around her, and how the era ended and the world changedWe also cover how she’s continued to reinvent herself and nightlife experiences around the worldFinally, we cover her quick-fire questions and answersI hope you enjoy the wit, wisdom, and wonder of Carmen D’Alessio.What we discuss:How she moved into fashionBeginning her career as a nightlife promoterHow a 1976 bicentennial party reported in the WSJ got her on the mapHow she met Ian Schrager and Steve Rubel and her collaboration with their Enchanted Garden ended up in TimeHow she was forced to invite them to collaborate when her Studio 54 backer dropped outThe evolution of their business arrangement and how that saved her from jailHow the day to day operation workedHer superpower of connecting peopleSpontaneity and living without consequencesHow Aids changed everythingBuilding her list of 8000 namesHow nightlife has evolved as she has agedCarmen’s evolutionStaying young, her sense of adventure and freedomHer mother’s lust for lifeAcqua fit in her 70’sConfronting conventionsThe Gospel according to carmenHer feeling of youthfulnessBeing thankfulHer principlesEstablishing an environmental foundationHer patience and faithLinks in the Show Steve RubellIan SchragerBaby BrasaAndy Warhol Imelda MarcosFederico Fellini Infinity club Enchanted Garden
74 minutes | 5 months ago
146: Raw And Resilient - Navigating 2020's Hospitality Apocalypse With Robert Marchetti
Guest Overview This week we welcome back our previous guest, Robert Marchetti the New York-based, Australian hospitality veteran. Robert recently launched his own podcast The Raw Hospitality Show, where he interviews industry icons and what he describes as boots on the ground 'hospo peeps' (that an Aussie term) those unseen folk whose voices are seldom heard. Robert’s aim with the new show to inspire, motivate, and entertain the 16 million+ hospitality folks in the USA, and 50 million+ globally. With Covid-19 continuing to decimate the industry, Robert hopes that by interviewing industry veterans and on the ground game-changers, their views and insights into what’s next will inspire a generation of hospitality workers to remain resolute and resilient through these challenging times. In this fast-paced episode, Robert also covers how he embraced the challenges of Covid19 with a positive attitude and a radical acceptance that he may well lose his Soho restaurant and bar Gran Tivoli and Peppi's cellar. He explains the need to pivot, how he’s used this time to reorientate his business and goes on to explain the work he is now doing with Creative community workspace Neuehouse. Robert is more than resilient, he radiates practical positivity with a grounded sense of humor that is uplifting in these strangest of times. I hope you agree. Social Links Robert Marchetti Hospitality The Raw Hospitality ShowInstagramYoutubeLink in the ShowNeuehouse Shep Gordon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
92 minutes | 6 months ago
145: Wired This Way - Jessica Carson Mapping Creative Archetypes And Her Journey To Self Discovery
Guest Overview Jessica Carson, creator, teacher, and neuroscientist is this week’s guest. She is also the author of Wired This Way, a book about Finding Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-being as a CreatorIn this wide ranging episode, we cover Jessica’s early life and development being the perfect combination of her right and left-brained parents. Jessica refers to Jungian psychology as a reference point to her adolescent development, and her innate passion and self-imposed pressures and character polarities and the impact that had on friendships and relationships She discusses the transformational time of her life working as a social director at a start-up discovering her social fluidity and her empath character. Jessica discusses the common characteristics of the empath, the value, and the downsides and need for protection. She explains how this led her to study neuroscience at Georgetown. From around 30 min we get into creativity and serendipity. We discuss Jessica’s experiences of serendipity, describing herself as a ‘Serendipitor’ and by embracing the synchronicity of life she overcame her dis-ease, distress and angst. Jessica explains the different creative archetypes she has mapped in her book Wired this Way, which discusses the light and dark sides of different creators and she then explains the shared ten dimensions of a creator. Jessica discusses the dance between creativity and productivity and the deficit of creativity in our ‘hustle culture and the need for creative self-discovery. Jessica makes historic references and provides an overview of her six muses she uses as a framework and as a creative and customizable approach to the journey of self-discovery, a tapestry to understand what archetype a person is. We discuss happiness, creativity, self-discovery, procrastination, and creative incubation, and creative rebirth in the context of the times we live. We also cover education and mental health, innovation, and the importance of diversity in the innovation process. We end by discussing fear and failure. I hope you are stimulated by the creative explorations and archetypes of Jessica Carson. Social Links Instagram WebsiteLinks in Show Wired This WaySophie’s World Jung Witness MovieThe Empaths Survival Guide Scott Barry Kauffman -Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
69 minutes | 6 months ago
144: Tyrique Glasgow - Running a Corner to Changing Lives (From the Archive)
This week we re-publish our first ever episode, recorded on a cold day in late 2018 on the streets of South Philadelphia with Tyrique Glasgow. Tyrique Glasgow is the Founder of the Young Chances Foundation, an organization providing after-school support, sports programs, and mentoring for South Philadelphia’s youth. Besides running the foundation, Tyrique works with the District Attorney's Office on its Focused Deterrence initiative, an effort that targets South Philly gang members, to offer an exit route from street life through job training and other services.Tyrique founded The Young Chances Foundation (YCF) is a 501(c)3 organization in 2012 as a second chance opportunity to make better opportunities for himself, his family and his South Philadelphia – Grays Ferry community. Tyrique's personal story is one of radical transformation from dealing drugs to delivering hope and opportunity. Tyrique's lowest point in life was the night in 2004 that it almost ended, as he lay unconscious on the cold ground of his South Philadelphia neighborhood, shot 11 times in the head, back, legs and arms. Surviving this life altering trauma he then had to serve five years in prison before returning to the Grays Ferry community as a reformed citizen, with an unstoppable passion to ‘save the children of Grays Ferry from following a similar path. In 2012 Young Chances Foundation’s Mission was born:I met Tyrique at a fundraising event in New York in mid 2018 and went to interview him later that year on the street Corner he used to run. Interviewing Tyrique was humbling, uplifting and inspiring - a beacon of possibility and the shining example of the potential that one human’s courage and commitment can have. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
97 minutes | 6 months ago
143: Schuyler Moore - Managing Risk, Agile Living And A.I., Cyber and National Security.
Guest overview Schuyler Moore is Director of Science and Technology at the Defense Innovation Board, in the US Department of Defense, by day. At night she is a competitive Hip Hop Dancer by night. She is sister to our previous guest Dr. Merritt Moore(Episode No14).Everything Schuyler shares in this episode is her personal view and perspective. She only speaks herself and does not speak for the Department of Defense or the Defense Innovation Board.LA born, of a Korean mother and American father, Schuyler’s upbringing equipped her with a deep curiosity, an independent world-view, and valuable problem-solving skills. Her unconventional mindset enabled her to defy convention, shed her comfort zone and traveling to teach school girls in Afghanistan in 2013 age, this boundary breaking attitude led her to and become director of science and technology at the DoD only six years later. In this expansive and informative episode, Schuyler shares the value and impact of her parents on her life focus, how her interest in National Security emerged while teaching in Afghanistan, and shares her personal perspectives, knowledge, and insights on agile living and the imperative of how to consider and manage risk in an uncertain and unpredictable world. She explains how she applies this to build confidence, solve problems, maintain humility, and remain calm in the face of chaos. We also discuss gut instinct and innovation and her view on serendipity. Schuyler shares her advice to parents on how to guide their young daughters to thrive in STEM or Steam and her advice to women in the workforce.At 45 min in we also dive deep into A.I. as I ask Schuyler to define in simple terms what A.I. is, before we get into ethics, standards and traceability, the A.I. arms race and the value to humanity. I also ask Schuyler about Cyber warfare threats, defending it using zero trust architecture, and how we as nations and businesses think about our network security. Schuyler shares her recommendations on changes to education to prepare us for the future and hirIng for Creativity and finally we discuss the role of Diversity in innovation.I hope you enjoy this expansive educational exploration of agile living, risk, AI, Cyber warfare and so much more.Social LinksLinkedin Website Links in the showSOLA Open AiGPT3Department of Defense Defense Innovation BoardZucked bookSocial Dilemma Merritt MooreAI BooksRay KurswellCenter for Security and Emerging... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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