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EPISODES 136-150

#150  Compass: Charting a Progressive Route through the Political Maelstrom with Neal Lawson

In a world where our ‘democracy’ is manifestly not fit for purpose, how can we turn the brief, bright fireworks of political sanity into floodlights of progressive values, of liquid democracy that leads to an equitable, regenerative culture? With Neal Lawson of the progressive campaign group, Compass.

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#149  The Kindness of Strangers: Ocean Rowing, Solitude and Transformation with Dr Roz Savage MBE

What happens when we realise we’re trying to be something we’re not? For Roz Savage, this led to a transformation that took her from Management Consultant to the first woman to row solo across the world’s 3 big oceans. Now she devotes her life to the healing of the planet.

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#148  Matereality and Corporate Mischief: reshaping Business as if the job were to create a world that works with B.Lorraine Smith

What if businesses existed not to price-gouge consumers and destroy the planet, but to be part of a pathway to a flourishing future? What if the end-of-year reports were not expensive exercises in greenwash, but were actually truthful – and useful. With B.Lorraine Smith, creator of Matereality.

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#147   Flourish: Designing new paradigms and expanding our agency with Sarah Ichioka

What will it take to restore balance in our world? How can we repair our devastated environments, and secure future generations’ survival? And what’s they key to unlock the mindset shift to enable truly regenerative transformation? With Sarah Ichioka, co-author of Flourish: Design Paradigms for our Planetary Emergency.

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#146  Re-imagining our Relationship with Profit: Envisioning a genuinely sustainable future in a not-for-profit world with Jennifer Hinton

We live in a world run by profiteers: the rush to make money destroys people and planet with equal disregard. But how would the world look if all businesses existed to promote wellbeing in all its forms? How could we make this work? Re-imagining our relationship to profit with Dr Jennifer Hinton, of Lund University.

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#145  Re-Enchantment: Creating rituals to re-discover our embodied sovereignty with Isla McLeod

What do we do when we feel disempowered, disconnected, alone and afraid? We can throw ourselves more deeply into social media, drink, drugs and deeper disconnection…or we can build rituals with intention, creativity, gratitude and kindness that re-connect us with the web of life. 

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#144  The Meat Paradox: Ethics, morality and shamanic spirituality: exploring the politics of protein with Rob Percival

Our relationshiph with the animals that we may choose to eat is complex, full of moral and spiritual dilemmas.  For most of our evolutionary history, we have eaten meat and held this tension in ways that gave thanks and treated animals as relations. But in the past decades, we have created hells on earth in our industrialised farming and abattoirs so that eating from them is no longer remotely ethical. How do we resolve the paradox? Is global veganism the answer or are there other ways to create a generative relationship with our humanity and the food we eat?

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“As elders, our job is to die, as eventually we come to live — always in service to life.” How do we do this? How can we pass into our elder years with grace and rage and depth and honouring of who we are, and emerge wiser, and more attuned to our soul’s calling. With Dr Sharon Blackie, author of Hagitude: Reimagining the Second Half of Life

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#142  Beyond the tribal divisions of right and wrong: Exploring Restorative Engagement with Sophie Docker

We know that tribalism is destroying us, that the need for ‘we’ to be right and ‘they’ to be wrong and to become enraged when we’re challenged…is what’s destroying us. But how do we change? How do we connect across our differences and hear pain without attributing blame? Exploring all this and more with Sophie Docker of The Restorative Engagement Forum and Open Edge.

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#141   Co-Creators of the future: exploring the birth of a new education system with YouthxYouth co-founder Zineb Mouhyi

If we are in the dying days of the system, how can we best hold space for the new one to be born? How can the older generations become allies to the young people whose world is emerging around us? How can young people make sense of a senseless world and find belonging. Zineb Mouhyi, co-founder of YouthxYouth talks about being the emergence, empowering today’s young people.

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#140   A Wild Farming Life: Building a regenerative croft from scratch with Lynn Cassells

What happens when you follow your dreams of living on the land, in connection to the seasons, to life and death, to the more-than-human world? How does it feel to follow your heart and see what truly makes it sing – and to do it in connection to the land that called to you? With Lynn Cassells, co-author of Our Wild Farming Life.

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#139  The Politics of Being: Wisdom and Science for the new world with Dr Thomas Legrand

‘What do we have except the possibility to walk a path with heart?’ Dr Thomas Legrand has trained with shamans in Mexico and with Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France. His book, ‘The Politics of Being’ brings ancient wisdom and twenty first century science together to develop a compelling story of humanity’s future if we bring the best of ourselves to ourselves and each other in every moment.

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#138  Banking on the Beetles: Creating a local circular agro-economy with Liberty Nimmo of The Three Turnips

BioChar, plant-dyed wool, rare breed sheep and cattle, veg boxes, and a commercial kitchen: all part of building a local regenerative, circular economy providing affordable food to local people. And it happened in the past six months.

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#137  Of Course We Can!  Lifting the lid on possibility with James Brown, multi-Paralympian Gold Medalist and Climate Activist

What can we do, we who see the climate emergency racing towards us, but feel powerless? What is activism at its core and where do we find the courage to put our principles – and our fear, love and compassion – into action? James Brown, multi-medal winning Paralympian and Climate Activist talks about the nature of courage, action and his sources of hope.

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#136  Bridging the Gap: finding truth, reconciliation and climate justice with Saurav Roy

If we have ten years to stop carbon emissions, how can we both rein in the power of the global finance and heal the damage done to the globals south in ways that are meaningful? Saurav Roy is an ecological economist whose work focuses on healing the north/south divide.

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