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Apr 14, 2019

 

This episode was put together as a bit of an experiment – and a very successful one at that. This was our first live recording with an audience and it took place in Louisville, Kentucky at the USITT 2019 conference. USITT is the US Institute for Theatre Technology – and it aims to advance the skills and technology of those working in theatre, entertainment, and the performing arts. Basically, if you think about live shows that might have pyrotechnics, crazy lighting and sound, special effects, amazing stunts and other things, then you aren’t far off. 

What’s interesting about all this is that many of these shows are pushing boundaries and trying new things – and that means risk and uncertainty. Which of course means an open door for some amazing insights. That is exactly what we have for you.

My guests are Anna Glover and Bryan Huneycutt.  If you are a long-time listener to the podcast, you will remember Anna as my guest on Episode 11. Anna is currently the Director of Organisational Health and Wellness at the Yale University School of Drama. Bryan works at Disney in Entertainment Safety. Both do cool jobs in helping directors and those involved in live theatre do amazing things and do them safely. We have a fascinating conversation that offers fantastic insights applicable to just about any domain. It also features some very thoughtful questions from the audience.

We cover:

  • How to speak truth to power and how to speak up;
  • Building a “just” organisational culture;
  • What to do when things go wrong;
  • Why you should ask questions to which you already know the answers;
  • How to learn from mistakes;
  • Pigeons, yes – pigeons;
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Anna Glover Consulting

Anna on LinkedIn

Anna on Instagram

Yale School of Drama

Bryan on LinkedIn

Bryan on Instagram

USITT

The National Theatre

War Horse

Duncan Wardle on Creativity

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Apr 7, 2019

 

For the last few episodes, we have had “big picture” conversations (which BTW I love). However, as much as I enjoy those types of conversations, and as much as we like to frame them in positive terms, when we think about the state of our politics, divisiveness, intolerance and the closed-minded we often see around the world, it is hard not to think that a certain level, the world is in a dark place.

Well, this week we are going to flip the script on all of that. This is an episode about adventure, sport, entrepreneurship, culture, and one that reminds us that the world is an amazing place, particularly when cultures collide and we bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to those interactions. My guests are Usman and Adeela Omar.

Usman and Adeela are brother and sister, hail from Pakistan but live in the UK, and are young entrepreneurs. The projects they are working on embody that sense of connectedness and the wonderful things that can happen when that connectedness exists.

The first project is something called TriPakistan, which must be the coolest and most beautiful triathlon in the world – it certainly is one of the highest. This is a triathlon taking place on July 21st of this year in the Karakoram region of Pakistan. If you check out the photos of this project, you will be stunned by the beauty of this part of the world – a part that we hear so little about. The other is a project called Lemon Doves which focuses on handmade products from local communities in Pakistan.

In speaking to Usman and Adeela, I get the wonderful impression that “the kids are all right” if these two are anything to go by. We get into a number of interesting topics, including:

  • Usman and Adeela’s backgrounds growing up in Pakistan;
  • What they think of life in the United Kingdom;
  • Usman’s cycling adventures and participation in the upcoming Silk Road Mountain Race – a 1700km, 26,000m elevation gain event in Kyrgyzstan;
  • TriPakistan and its origins;
  • Lemon Doves;
  • Risk-taking with regard to these endeavours;
  • Travel and adventure;
  • Loads more

Show notes:

TriPakistan

TriPakistan on Instagram

Lemon Doves

Lemon Doves on Instagram

Usman on Instagram

Adeela on Instagram

The Silk Road Mountain Race

Escape the City

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Mar 31, 2019

Today, we have a big picture conversation about populism – that thing that seems to be taking over the world, whether we are talking about Donald Trump, Brexit, Bolsonaro in Brazil or Duterte in the Philippines. But, what is populism? Why do people vote for populists?

Besides unhelpful explanations that are unhelpful (like everyone is insane), how can we better understand this phenomenon? Today we take our understanding of populism – and as a consequence, our world - up several notches.  

My guest is Sam Wilkin. Sam is a political risk expert, an author and a speaker. His latest book is called History Repeating – Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall. In it, Sam shows us that there are patterns to populism – the same drama plays out time and again in places as diverse as Iran, Russia, and yes, the United States with Donald Trump.

 Our conversation is both fun and engaging – much like Sam’s book. And once we understand the logic of populism, we are better able to tackle the risks it poses – and as you’ll hear, some of that is surprising and counter-intuitive. We cover: 

  • What populism is;
  • Why people vote for populists;
  • Populism and inequality;
  • Similarities between populists of different countries and eras;
  • The dangers of irregularly removing a populist from office;
  • What populists tend to do once in power;
  • Risks to our world posed by populism;
  • Much more

Show notes:

Sam’s website;

Sam on Twitter;

Sam on LinkedIn;

History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall;

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Mar 15, 2019

At the time of writing and editing this episode, the United Kingdom was a few days away from crashing out of the European Union without a deal on its future relationship with the EU – something that would be economically catastrophic. If you are in the UK and whether you voted Remain like I did, or voted Leave in the Brexit referendum, I think the vast majority of us can agree that the UK’s politics is a mess. And, if you follow our podcast from outside the UK, you are probably looking on in bewilderment – but at the same time likely have similar frustrations about politics and institutions in your own country – again, regardless of political affiliation.

The reality is that around the world, the institutions that underpin democracies have not kept pace with technological and societal change. As a result, we have divisiveness within and across societies, self-interested leadership, and corruption. And that’s tragic, because democracy is worth fighting and dying for and because the world’s biggest risks require strong institutions both within countries and multilaterally.

Against this backdrop, this latest episode is in incredibly timely. Our guest is Ed Dowding. Ed is a social entrepreneur who has founded businesses in democracy and public decision-making and in sustainable food and agriculture. In undertaking these ventures, Ed has for years come against the constraints that have now bubbled up to the collective surface. And in so doing, I think Ed is someone ahead of his time. However, Ed’s time may just perhaps be coming.

We talk about all of these things in this fascinating episode, covering:

  • Minimalism;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Why there are dis-incentives to fix problems on agriculture;
  • Sustainable sourcing;
  • “Delegative” or “Liquid” democracy;
  • The constraints to modernising our democratic institutions;
  • Loads more!

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Mar 3, 2019

Have you ever hid behind anything – perhaps something that held you back? Are you still hiding behind something – is it paralysing you? I want you to meet Nadia Finer.

Our conversation with Nadia in the latest episode of the podcast is both fun and powerful. It is about not hiding, and becoming bigger and stronger than you think you could be. Nadia is one of the UK’s foremost business coaches and an accomplished author. As you will hear, for many years Nadia had an insecurity – her voice. That insecurity affected many of the other aspects of her life.

It was when she stopped hiding behind that insecurity that she started to flourish. This took bravery – which, as you will hear – is a skill. Nadia took all of that, turned it on its head, launching her brand, her site, and helping many others, particularly entrepreneurs to “unleash their bigness”.

And, if that’s not enough to convince you that Nadia plays big and faces fears, then how about knowing that she has gotten into boxing, and has already fought three bouts. We talk about all of that, taking risks, and much more.

Show notes:

Nadia’s website

Nadia on Twitter

Nadia on Instagram

Nadia on LinkedIn

Nadia’s book, Little Me, Big Business

Joseph Campbell

The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes

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The46in219 – my 46 km birthday run – https://the46in219.carrd.co/
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Feb 19, 2019

 

Today, we talk China and how it is attempting to create a world in its own image. My guest is Daniel Wagner, someone we have had on the show quite regularly. Daniel is an author, speaker and expert on country risk – he is the founder and CEO of his firm Country Risk Solutions.

Daniel is also a prolific writer and his latest book – China Vision: China’s Crusade to Create a World in its Own Image is out now and it brings a much-needed, more nuanced look at China and its place in the world. In the book and in this episode, Daniel explains how China is on the precipice of global supremacy, why the Chinese government acts the way it does, and what that means for the world.

We get into all that and more. Daniel gives us an overview of:

  • Where its global vision comes from;
  • China’s relationship with the West and the US specifically.
  • China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” and the neo-colonial bent of that;
  • China’s very different approach to the rule of law;
  • Its ambitious and highly successful project to control the internet – and some of the dark implications of that;
  • Its “Social Credit System” – a real-life version of Black Mirror;
  • Prospects for violent conflict between China and the West;
  • Cyber security;
  • The internal pressures China faces;
  • Much more

Show notes:

China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

Daniel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/countryriskmgmt

Daniel’s company, Country Risk Solutions: http://countryrisksolutions.com/

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst, Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

China’s

China’s “Social Credit System”;

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI);

Assassin’s Mace

China’s moon landing

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Feb 4, 2019

Today, I get to share a conversation with one of my favourite people – ultra endurance athlete, adventurer, speaker, coach and author Luke Tyburski. This is Luke’s second appearance on All Things Risk. If you listened way back to episode 9, you know that Like completed a crazy adventure called the Ultimate Triathlon. This involved swimming across the Strait of Gibraltar, cycling along the coast of Spain, and running along southern France into Monaco – 2,000+ km over 12 days. The Ultimate Triathlon is now the subject of an award-winning documentary.

However, there is a deeper, more interesting, raw and inspirational side to Luke. For years, Luke concealed a diagnosis of clinical depression – and it is only very recently that he shared how he persevered through some of the darkest moments in his life in his new book Chasing Extreme. The message of Chasing Extreme and that Luke brings is particularly important to us men – we don’t typically acknowledge our feelings – and the longer that goes on, the more we suffer – the outcomes of that are never positive. Luke is a great role model to inspire us to talk about these things more openly (as I do at a point in the conversation). In doing so, I think we all benefit.

We get into all of that, as well as the importance or purpose in facing uncertainty and facing challenges, Like’s future challenges, and loads more.

Show notes:

Luke’s website

Chasing Extreme

The Ultimate Triathlon documentary 

The 500 Man Challenge film by Fizeek Media 

Jane O'Connell

Michael Gervais

Peter Carroll

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

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The46in219 - my 46 km birthday run – https://the46in219.carrd.co/
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Jan 28, 2019

Some thoughts on uncertainty and that special moment when you know you will meet and overcome a tough challenge. That, and my upcoming 46 km run, The46in219

Show notes:

My 46 km birthday run - https://the46in219.carrd.co/ 
David Goggins - https://davidgoggins.com/ 

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Jan 20, 2019

Today, we talk about something we all feel - fear. Unfortunately, it is accurate to say that there is a lot fear in the world. It is equally accurate to say that we rarely acknowledge our fears openly. This creates unrealised potential, division, and paralysis. If only there was a better way to approach fear.

Meet Hilary Gallo. Hilary is an author, speaker, and enabler. His latest book Fear Hack offers a unique and powerful take on fear. Instead of fighting your fear, Hilary advocates befriending it. We talk about all of that and more, including:

  • Hilary’s background as a lawyer and negotiator – and what he learned during his extensive time in the corporate world;
  • Fear in politics and society;
  • Fear and the narratives we use;
  • The power of reframing;
  • Why Hilary believes we are on the cusp of something amazing;
  • The importance of backing yourself;
  • Tons more!

Show notes:

Hilary’s website

Hilary on Twitter

Hilary on LinkedIn

Hilary on Instagram

Fear Hack

www.hive.co.uk

Hilary’s earlier book The Power of Soft

“We must rethink the purpose of the corporation” by Martin Wolf in the Financial Times

Positive News

www.hive.co.uk

George Lakoff

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Jan 7, 2019

This is our now 3rd annual “best of” episode – some of my and your favourite clips from the podcast over the past year. Let me be honest with you – this is probably the most difficult episode to put together. That’s because not only is it a lot of work, it is brutally difficult to leave stuff out. The method is highly unscientific. In putting this together, I was reminded of this scene from the film Dead Poets’ Society. A good long-form conversation is like a piece of art – there are a multitude of ways of looking at it and there are different things that different people can take away from it. So, you will probably think that this collection is missing some great clips – and you’d be right. It's "best of" in quotes / inverted commas.

Nonetheless, these are some of the conversations that stuck with me and with some of you. If you are new to the podcast, this is a great way of understanding the show. If anything piques your interest, go back and check out the full episode. And please go back and check out any of our other great episodes.

In this one, we’ve got clips from:

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Dec 29, 2018

Our final episode of 2018 is a look back at how some of the year’s “big picture” risks played out and a look ahead at 2019 in geopolitics, technology, the economy and society. My guest is Daniel Wagner, who I have had the pleasure of having on the show half a dozen times now. We did an episode in the same format at this time last year and it was fun and interesting, so thought we should do it again.

If you don’t know Daniel, he is the founder of Country Risk Solutions and a prolific author and commentator. We get into a variety of things including the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, cybersecurity, technological change, sex robots, and a few things to be positive about as well.

Show notes:

Daniel and Keith Furst’s latest book:  AI Supremacy: Winning in the Era of Machine Learning

www.ai-supremacy.com

Daniel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/countryriskmgmt

Daniel’s company, Country Risk Solutions: http://countryrisksolutions.com/

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst, Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

Dec 24, 2018

Today, we take a little trip to a place called “Moneyland”. Moneyland is a virtual place – but it is also very real. In fact, it is the third richest “country” in the world.

Moneyland is the title of the Times of London’s Business Book of the Year, written by our guest Oliver Bullough. Oliver is an award-winning investigative journalist. He previously wrote two non-fiction books on Russia’s history and politics.

The book’s full title is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Rule the World and How to Take it Back. It is where many of the world’s mega rich, particularly kleptocrats in a variety of countries characterised by high levels of corruption, hide and spend their stolen wealth.

As you will hear from Oliver, Moneyland is a lawless, stateless place. It is also one that the West’s own institutions have helped to create, and in the process undermine the foundations of Western stability. We cover that and more in this enthralling conversation, including:

  • What Moneyland is and how it got created;
  • How Moneyland works – how kleptocrats can steal, hid and spend their ill-gotten wealth (and do things like buy passports);
  • Tax havens and how they work;
  • The role of the West in creating Moneyland, and how Moneyland is undermining democracy;
  • What we can do to fight back against Moneyland

Show notes:

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Rule the World and How to Take it Back

Oliver on Twitter

A Kleptocracy Tour of London with Oliver

Kleptocracy Tours

Viktor Yanukovych

Francis Fukuyama

Walid al-Juffali

The Eurobond

Gabriel Zucman’s The Hidden Wealth of Nations

Civil Society Groups:

            Global Witness

            Transparency International

            Corruption Watch

            FACT Coalition

            The Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative

            Sherpa

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Dec 10, 2018

I try to find words and concepts that encapsulate my guests, what they are about, and what we cover in each episode. In thinking about this one, the word that kept coming back to me was “mindset”. My guest is ultra endurance athlete Chris Solarz. Chris has set nine world records, including the total combined time for marathons on all seven continents, number of stairs climbed in 12 days, fastest time to visit all 468 stations in the New York City subway system, and more. He has completed hundreds of marathons, the Ultraman triathlon, the Epic 5 challenge, and recently raced the Deca Man, 10 Ironman distance triathlons in 10 days.

So, who is this guy? Is he some type of professional ultra endurance athlete? Actually, no. Chris is married, a father of three and a Managing Director at a hedge fund. This is where the concept of mindset comes in. Chris has an incredible way of prioritising and integrating family, his passion for endurance sport, and his career. Of course, this isn’t easy, as you will hear. However, there is a lot we can take away from the mindset that Chris has developed and apply it to any aspect of life.

We get into that. Chris talks about his background, how he got into running and ultra endurance events, some of the world records he has set and more. However, this isn’t a conversation about endurance training. It is about motivation, family, overcoming obstacles, managing time, prioritising, decision-making, and much more.

I feel very privileged to bring this one to you. Chris is very authentic and insightful. I think you’ll love it.

Show notes:

Chris on LinkedIn;

Interview with Chris in The Week;

Chris’ 12 hour treadmill world record;

Chris’ stair climbing world record;

Chris at the Epic 5;

Arthur Lydiard;

“It’s Okay to be Good and Not Great” by Brad Stulberg

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Nov 18, 2018

This one is a conversation about personal risk-taking, “skin in the game”, democracy, values, geopolitics and much more. It is a conversation that resonates based on what is happening across much of the world – particularly the rise of populism and authoritarians like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, and the entrenchment of old hands like Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, to name a few. However, it is also a conversation about personal and collective values and taking risks based on these. It, therefore, offers many lessons across a variety of contexts.

My guest is Philippine Congressman and opposition member Gary Alejano. Before becoming a Congressman, Gary was a soldier in the Philippine Marine Corps and risked his life in various combat operations. He was awarded the Medal of Valour for his service to his country.

In 2003, he was one of a group of young officers who led a mutiny to protest corruption in his country’s armed forces. Yes – I said this one is about risk-taking. This was known as the “Oakwood Mutiny” (named after the luxury Manila hotel Alejano and his colleagues occupied). It was an incident that received worldwide attention.

We talk about that. We also talk about his becoming a Congressman and getting into politics – including the negative perception people in the Philippines have about their politicians (which of course, is a phenomenon many people have about their politicians across most countries in the world, particularly now!). We also discuss:

  • Opposing his President’s bloody and ineffective “war on drugs”, which by some estimates has led to the deaths of over 20,000 people;
  • What is happening inside the Philippines;
  • Fake news, democracy and authoritarianism;
  • China and geopolitics in the region;
  • Running for a Senate seat next year;
  • Taking acute personal risks in public life;
  • Much more!

I came away from this thinking that Congressman Gary Alejano is one of the world’s good guys. I hope you enjoy this fascinating conversation.

Show notes:

Gary Alejano’s page

                On Facebook

                On Twitter

                On YouTube

The Philippines “War on Drugs”

Rappler

Antonio Trillanes

The Oakwood Mutiny

Philippine v China South China Sea Arbitration case

"debt-trap diplomacy"

Failure of the UN’s 10 year War on Drugs

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Nov 10, 2018

It’s great to be back with another episode! This one is about quite a few things, but if I had to define it with one word, it would be fear, and what happens when we take on our fears in the face of uncertainty. My guest is Deepak Shukla. Deepak is many things – CEO of Pearl Lemon SEO, an award-winning Search Engine Optimisation company, an ultra endurance athlete, a rapper, and many other things.

If there is anything that underpins what Deepak is about, it is a willingness to face his fears and to do difficult things – and the power in doing that. Deepak grew up in London, is the son of immigrant parents and as you will hear, followed a non-linear and unconventional path. It is one that has led him to some interesting places in his career and life. This has included the TEDx stage, kick-boxing in Brazil, ultramarathons, Ironman triathlons, a stint as a tax consultant, his rap career, and loads more.

 We get into all of that and along the way cover some valuable ground about facing uncertainty, managing your career, having an experimental mindset, dealing with mental health challenges (which we as men need to speak more openly about), entrepreneurism, and more,

Show notes:

Deepak’s website;

Pearl Lemon SEO;

Deepak’s rap channel;

DJ Luck and MC Neat - A Little Bit of Luck;

Books mentioned:

            The Four Hour Work Week;

            Rich Dad, Poor Dad;

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari;

The Alchemist;

The Secret;

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Oct 21, 2018

This one is all about travel. Without question, travel is awesome. We can and should explore this amazing world and all that it has to offer. However, we need to travel safely and intelligently. And, for certain types of travel, we need to build some foundations so we can push the envelope.

That’s what we get into today with Lloyd Figgins. Lloyd is a travel risk expert, adventurer, author and speaker. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a respected authority on travel risk and crisis management. He makes regular appearances on the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

He has also led many expeditions to some of the most interesting yet hostile parts of the world, including the jungles of Colombia during that country’s civil war, helped evacuate clients during a coup in Madagascar, and as you will hear, face a direct threat to his own life in Syria a few years ago. Lloyd is also an adventurer, having rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in a plywood boat!

This episode however focuses on Lloyd’s recent book The Travel Survival Guide: Get Smart, Stay Safe. This is a great handbook, which draws on Lloyd’s direct experiences, for anyone planning an overseas trip. It is loaded with practical advice on everything from aircraft safety, accommodation, medical emergencies, natural disasters, crime and much more.

We get into all of that and as you will hear, Lloyd believes in taking the measures he recommends not to detract from travel experiences, but to push the boundaries and enhance them. If you need any confirmation of that, the foreword to the book was written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer.

This was a very interesting conversation that I am sure you will enjoy.

Show notes:

Lloyd’s website;

Lloyd on Twitter;

The Travel Survival Guide: Get Smart, Stay Safe;

Lloyd’s company LFL Risk Mitigation;

Sir Ranulph Fiennes;

The Royal Geographical Society;

How burglars use social media to commit crimes;

The TRIP Group;

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Oct 19, 2018

Some thoughts on what it means, and how, to make decisions “like a human being”.

Show notes:

Bruce Lee’s 1971 interview with Pierre Berton;

Ruth Chang’s TED talk on how to make hard choices;

The microbiome its links to neurobehaviours;

Cardiovascular exercise and the brain;

The benefits of meditation;

Headspace App;

Calm App;

Our podcast episode with Adam Connors on networking;

Our podcast episode with Tom Hardin, AKA “Tipper X”

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Oct 2, 2018

This conversation is absolutely fascinating. In fact, it blew me away. My guest for this episode is science, nature, and travel writer David Quammen. David’s books have included The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin which chronicles’ Charles Darwin’s reluctance to publish his On the Origin of Species, Spillover which later informed shorter books Ebola and The Chimp and the River: How AIDS emerged from the African Forest. David has also written hundreds of articles for the likes of National Geographic, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, amongst others.

The bulk of this episode however relates to David’s latest book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, which explores the dramatic revisions in our understanding of life’s history on this planet caused by recent discoveries of genome sequencing and the story of a scientist called Carl Woese. You will also hear about the concept of ‘horizontal gene transfer’ amongst others which revolutionises our understanding of the human genome, how we think about all species of life on earth and other profound and radical implications.

David has a wonderful knack in his writing and speaking for making science understandable and pleasurable to absorb. We get into all of that and much more including:

  • David’s background in writing and how he got into writing about science and nature;
  • Pandemics and what we know and don’t know about them, drawing heavily on David’s recent writing on the Ebola outbreak in West and Central Africa;
  • The various themes of The Tangled Tree;
  • The role of personalities in science – to quote David “science itself, however precise and objective is a human activity”;
  • The risks and implications of some of the findings described in The Tangled Tree;
  • Much, much more

Show notes:

David’s website;

David on Twitter;

The Tangled Tree: A Radical History of Life on Earth;

Review of the Tangled Tree in the New York Times

Spillover;

Ebola;

The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged From the African Forest;

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin;

Horizontal gene transfer;

Carl Woese;

Barbara McClintock;

CRISPR

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Sep 11, 2018

Browse through anything about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and chances are, you will run into two types of articles: First, you will find all the thought pieces by the likes of the Big 4 accountancy firms, major consultancies, the World Economic Forum and others that discuss all the opportunities that AI provides. Second, you will find very technical articles for the “techies” that focus on the ins and outs of these technologies. What you will struggle to find are pieces and conversations about the key risks and related implications these technologies create with a broader audience in mind. Until now. Today, we talk AI Supremacy.

If you are a long-time listener to the show, then the names Daniel Wagner and Keith Furst should be familiar to you. Both have appeared on the podcast previously (and in Daniel’s case, he has appeared a record four times on the show) and join me again today. The two have recently teamed up to write AI Supremacy: Winning in the Era of Machine Learning. This is a book that makes AI accessible to a broad audience and opens up a conversation that we desperately need to have. I am delighted to bring this one to you.

The book is loaded with fascinating insights and we get into many of these in this episode including:

  • What AI, machine learning and neural networks are;
  • The opportunities AI brings to a range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and law;
  • AI in policing and “predictive policing”
  • The risks associated with AI and governance, ethics and privacy;
  • AI and sex and relationships – the world in which we live is going to get weirder in this regard!;
  • International relations and AI – the “race” for AI supremacy;
  • What China is doing in this space and why is leading;
  • What most other countries are not doing and what this means;
  • Governance of AI and what we should be doing to manage its risks;
  • Much more!

Show notes:

The book AI Supremacy: Winning in the Era of Machine Learning

www.ai-supremacy.com

Keith’s firm, Data Derivatives

Keith on LinkedIn

Keith on Twitter 

Daniel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/countryriskmgmt

Daniel’s company, Country Risk Solutions: http://countryrisksolutions.com/

Ep 83 with Keith Furst

Ep 69,  Ep 57, Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

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Sep 3, 2018

As a podcast host, you are not supposed to have favourite episodes – but you still do. This is one of those. I have the pleasure today of bringing you my conversation with Annie Duke. Annie is a decision scientist and former professional poker player. In fact, for two decades, she was one of the best in the world. In 2004, she beat a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC national Heads Up Poker Championship.

However, this is not an episode about poker – well it isn’t and it is. As you will hear, poker is a game that mimics life. That is because it is all about making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Therefore, this is a conversation about making decisions. In fact, Annie has a background in cognitive psychology and received a prestigious National Science Foundation fellowship prior to her poker career. She currently is working on many projects in the realm of decision science including with the likes of Phillip Tetlock, a giant in this field.

Earlier this year, Annie’s book was published – Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. It is an excellent book which I highly recommend. We get into a number of the concepts Annie discusses in her book and much, much more including:

  • Annie’s origin story as a poker player and decision scientist;
  • The concept of “resulting” and how we apply this to lives – very useful stuff!
  • “Decision quality” – and why this is so important. Annie discusses an example that comes from American football: the Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll’s decision to throw a pass late during Super Bowl 49 which ultimately cost them the game. Contrary to popular opinion, this was a high quality decision that turned out badly – Annie explains why and why we do this type of thing in other domains.
  • Ways in which we can make better decisions;
  • The importance of thinking in probabilities;
  • Why “thinking in bets” is so powerful;
  • Much more! 

Show Notes: 

Annie’s website

Thinking in Bets – Making Smarter Choices When You Don’t Have All the Facts

Annie on Twitter

www.howIdecide.org

Poker players Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington, Erik Seidel

Chris Moneymaker

UBS’ 2018 World Cup prediction model

Hindsight bias

Malcolm Gladwell on “pulling the goalie”

Phillip Tetlock

Charlie Munger

Decision trees

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates

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Aug 19, 2018

Today, we talk fraud. If we think about some of the most prominent frauds in recent history – from the Bernie Madoff scandal, the LIBOR case or the collapse of Enron, they all seem to have a number of complexities to them. However, as you will hear, all fraud follows a simple logic. That logic is based on trust.

 My guest is Dan Davies. Dan is a former regulatory economist with the Bank of England. He has worked at a variety of investment banks and always had a fascination with the many larger-than-life financial scandals in we have all hear about. Scandals like the collapse of Barings Bank caused by rogue trader Nick Leeson (and the subject of the film “Rogue Trader” featuring Ewan McGregor), the Swiss Nazi gold case, and many more.

Such is Dan’s fascination with fraud that he recently wrote a fascinating book on the topic entitled Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World. This is a very readable book that gives you almost everything you need to know about fraud. Nassim Taleb, of Black Swan fame says that “if you want to learn to fend fraud, read this. And if you want to commit fraud…don’t. But if you absolutely must, read this first.”

We get into the various topics covered in the book including:

  • The concept of the “optimum level of fraud” in and economy – this sounds counter-intuitive but because both fraud and economic growth depend on trust, there will always be a level of fraud in an advanced economy;
  • The types and characteristics of fraud;
  • The mechanics of different types of fraud, including lots of examples;
  • Rogue traders;
  • Why frauds have a “snowball effect”;
  • The role of primal, human emotions in fraud
  • Much more

Show notes:

Lying for Money at Amazon’s UK site

Dan on Twitter

Frontline Analysts

Mentioned during the episode:

The Barings Bank collapse

The Nazi gold case

The Savings and Loan scandal

Silk road

The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey

The Smartest Guys in the Room – The Amazing Rise and the Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates

The 1980s Medicare fraud

The UK Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) Scandal

“ Enron’s Open Secrets” by Malcolm Gladwell

Fred Goodwin

The Kray Twins

Triumph of the Optimists by Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton

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Aug 7, 2018

Today, it’s all about creativity, design, marketing and careers. That, and authenticity, a now over-used word. In the past, we’ve talked about “inauthentic authenticity” – the appearance of authenticity to create some type of one-sided sales or marketing benefit. This is a practice that one sees regularly online which can create risks and unintended consequences – for all sides in the equation. We need more people who speak their minds and are genuine.

My guest today is exactly that. Meet Michael MidKnight. Michael is a Design and Marketing Consultant with his brand Mik Tek Studios, Career Advocate with his series Recruitamentary and a fellow podcast host. We cover the art of marketing, value of genuine authenticity and enjoy the rich depths and importance of storytelling for an experience - Lion King references included!

If Marketing, Sales, Design, Creative Thinking or a wide range of humorous takes on his industry experience as a whole, this would be the episode for you worth listening to. And even if it isn’t there are loads of great insights applicable to many other aspects of our lives.

Show notes:

Mik Tek Studios: www.miktek.tv

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmidknight  

YouTube: www.youtube.com/miktekstudios

Mik Tek Studios on Facebook: www.facebook.com/miktekstudios

Instagram: www.instagram.com/miktekstudios

Twitter: www.twitter.com/miktekstudios

Mik Tek Studios Podcast is on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play, search for ‘miktekstudios’)

Recruitamentary:

website: www.recruitamentary.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/recruitamentary  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/recruitamentary  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/recruitamentary  

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Jul 24, 2018

Today, it’s all about communication. That, and mountaineering – because these two things are so intertwined. Well, they will seem to be once you listen to my conversation with our guest Chuck Garcia. Chuck is an executive coach, professor at the Graduate School of Engineering at Columbia University, and a speaker. He worked for many years at Bloomberg – and started before it became the giant financial news and media company that it is today. He has worked very closely with its founder Michael Bloomberg.

Chuck is also an avid mountaineer and this conversation is primarily one around the parallels between mountain climbing and effective communication – and there are more than you realise. There are so many in fact, that Chuck has written a wonderful, best-selling book on the topic called A Climb to the Top: Communication and Leadership Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights.

We get into that and much more including:

  • How Chuck started his career and the early days at Bloomberg;
  • Mountaineering and his expeditions;
  • What makes a great leader;
  • Some very difficult conversations he had following the 9/11 attacks which tragically claimed the lives of three of Chuck’s colleagues;
  • Climbing expeditions to honour fallen colleagues
  • The perils of knee-jerk reactions – both in climbing and communicating;
  • Agility versus planning;
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Chuck’s website;

Chuck’s book: A Climb to the Top: Communication and Leadership Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights;

Chuck on LinkedIn

Climb Leadership International

Michael Bloomberg

Mount Rainier

Mount Elbrus

The Seven Summits

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Peter Drucker

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Jul 21, 2018

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As we are talking about books, I thought I’d share with you some recommended books that I have read and am currently reading, and some that I am about to read:

Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports by Ken Bensinger

Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World by Dan Davies

Signals: How Everyday Signals Can Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy by Pippa Malmgren 

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield 

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress by Steven Pinker 

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan 

Endure: Mind, Body and the Curious Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson 

Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold by Tim Moore

How to Not Die by Dr. Michael Greger and Gene Stone

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Jul 1, 2018

We have released this episode right in the middle of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. You might love football (and you may call it “soccer”). You might revel in Lionel Messi’s unbelievable skills or Cristiano Ronaldo’s athleticism (even though both are now gone from the tournament). Perhaps you play the game. Perhaps your children do. Maybe you support your local club side, one of the big European teams, or both. Your national team’s performance might have a lot of meaning for you.

Conversely, you might not care about the game at all. You might be appalled by the amount of money in it, or the fact that people spend far too much time obsessing over it. You might be all of the above. 

Regardless, what is often called “the people’s game,” or “the beautiful game,” has a very dark side. It is a side that you should know about because it affects our world. That side is corruption, which we talk about in this episode.


My guest is Ken Bensinger. Ken is an award-winning investigative journalist. He has worked at the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and now at BuzzFeed News. He was a Pullizer Prize finalist. He has recently written Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports.

Red Card is an enthralling account if the FBI’s investigation into FIFA, football’s global governing body, arguably the most powerful institution in all of sports. The book shows the greed, arrogance and self-interest of those who ran the sport for decades, and how a determined investigation brought this small cabal to justice. It is also a book that asks questions about the role of big money and politics in sport, including geopolitics.

We get into that and more, including:

  • How the book came about;
  • How FIFA’s structure facilitates corruption, including why that structure has similarities with organised crime syndicates;
  • How the money flowed and how the corruption worked – and very plausibly, how it still might be working today;
  • How the USA got involved in investigating FIFA;
  • Whether or not FIFA is cleaner now;
  • Things Ken is watching out for in Russia 2018;
  • Parallels to the Russia/Trump investigation;
  • Similarities to Russia’s athletics doping scandal;
  • Risks to the sport;
  • Whether or not it is “ok” to watch the World Cup;
  • Plans for a movie;
  • Much more!

Show notes: 

Ken on Twitter

Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of The Most Powerful Men in Sports – UK edition, US edition here

The 2015 FIFA corruption case

The 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids

Christopher Steele and the Trump Dossier

Sepp Blatter

Chuck Blazer

Jack Warner

Jeffrey Webb

Gianni Infantino

Brazil’s Odebrecht corruption scandal

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Icarus Documentary about Russia’s systemic doping in sport

The Russian athletics doping scandal

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