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EPISODES 76-90

#90 Thresholds of Being: Connecting to the webs of land, life and death with Dr Sharon Blackie

In a world where the only constant is change, how can we find the best of our wisdom? How can we find true connection to the spirits of the places we live so that we might learn better how to be in the transition that is coming? How, above all, can we approach death with equanimity, and even joy? This week, we explore all of this with author, mythicist – and elder – Sharon Blackie.

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#89 Power to the People: an Energy R-Evolution for the 21st Century with Howard Johns

How are we going to create the power that we need in a world where fossil fuel use has to end? How can we end the central control of power and keep safe our data in a world where data-mining is a pernicious – and lucrative – as coal mining? Howard Johns has spent all his professional life finding answers. He shares them here.

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#88 Beaver ReWilding: Gateway to Transformation – with Eva Bishop of the Beaver Trust

How can we begin to reverse the destruction of our countryside, the pollution of our rivers – and our disconnection from the Natural World? Beavers, of course. Eva Bishop of the Beaver Trust tells of the UK introduction of beavers and puts it in a whole-system context.

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#87  Meeting the World unmasked – with Forrest Landry

When Forrest Landry was 16 years old, he took a vow to meet the Natural World openly, fully, without any projection or expectation on his part – he was not going to take one step and wait for the rest of the world to take 99 steps to him – he was going to go all the way. His life has been shaped by the experience – and he talks to us this week about where that has taken him.

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#86  The Road to Glasgow: Climate Pilgrimages converging on COP26 with Bamber Hawes and Benjamin Christie

How can ordinary people persuade our elected Overlords that they need to change the system? Across the UK, Climate Actions are being prepared. We speak to two people involved in Pilgrimages to Glasgow about what drives them and what they hope will change.

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#85  A Bridge to the Future: Walking the path between Wisdom and Despair with Matthew Taylor

What is it that makes us human? How can we bring the best of ourselves to the current crises – individually, and as a civilisation? This week, we talk to Matthew Taylor, former Chief Executive of the RSA, former political strategist to Tony Blair on the road to a better future.

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#84 Active Hope: bringing resilience and reconnection to the world with Chris Johnstone and Madeleine Young

As our world hurtles towards tipping points, how can we be part of the solution? How can we find resilience, in ourselves, our lives and our communities? Above all, how can we bring Active Hope to the world? Dr Chris Johnstone and Madeleine Young have set up an online training course based in Joanna Macy’s work that reconnects and we talk about it in this week’s podcast.

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#83 Being, Belonging, Beyond: Bringing the sacred to a turbulent world with Sue Philips of Sacred Design lab

As we hover on the edge of  The Great Turning, how can we find a spiritual practice that draws from the roots of who we are and yet provides the sustenance we need to help us navigate our changing world? Sue Philips of Sacred Design Lab explores the possibilities.

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#82 The Mermaids had to happen! Reflections on G7 activism (part 2)

In a world that is literally burning, with politicians whose positions of power are predicated on their not listening, what are the most creative, thoughtful, caring people on the planet doing to bring about change? Sophie Miller of Ocean and Extinction Rebellions was an integral part of the stunningly impressive actions at the G7 summit earlier this summer. In this second of two parts, she reflects on her experience – and looks ahead to future actions.

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#81  Fire at Sea – Activism & Mermaids at the G7 Summit (part 1)

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’   As our world burns ever faster and our politicians cling ever more desperately to the old ways of being and behaving, Sophie Miller of Ocean Rebellion commits her creativity, artistry and courage to bringing truth to power.

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#80  How to save our planet with Mark Maslin

How did we get here? How bad are things really? Is there still hope? (Yes!) and… crucially – what can we do, individually, collectively, in our businesses, in our governments, around the world, to turn the bus from the edge of the cliff? Professor Mark Maslin is a climate scientist with a mission to explain in clear terms all we need to know. And he does it with panache, enthusiasm and optimism.

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#79 Behave More! Rebuilding Our World Differently with Alexandra Kurland

Imagine a world where we listen to the voices of the young as much as the old, the women as much as the men, all races, all abilities, all income streams – all species… where we honour difference, where compassion and empathy are our keynotes, not competition and separation. If this is the world we want, how do we get there? In this second of two parts, we explore the existential question of our time with behaviourist Alexandra Kurland.

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#78 Behave! – Solving the existential crisis of our times, with Alexandra Kurland

If we have all the technical and scientific answers to solving the climate and ecological crisis – which we do – how do we bring the greater mass of humanity to a place where we all work together, bringing our boundless creativity to the creation of a regenerative world? Exploring the world of behaviour with Alexandra Kurland, behaviourist, horse trainer and regenerative farmer. First of two parts.

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#77 The Hijacking of our Common Law – and how to set it free: with Mothiur Rahman of New Economy Law

Does the law take care of you? Does it work in your interests, for common senses of justice – a genuine common-weal? If not, why not? And what can we do to change the way things are going? Mothiur Rahman of New Economy Law explores our current crisis of agency.

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#76 Braver Angels: building trust, empathy and decency across the political chasm

How can we rebuild trust in politics, politicians and each other? How would it feel to be free of partisan divisions? Could we heal our world in time? Braver Angels is dedicated to helping people bridge divides – to find the better angels of themselves and each other.

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