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Sep 20, 2016

Imagine bringing together some of the world’s most distinguished artists to tell the story of arguably the most important advancement in the recent history of humankind.  That advancement is the vaccine.  And just some of the artists we’re talking about are:

 Imagine working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make something called “The Art of Saving a Life”.  Who could make something like this happen?

Meet Christine McNab. Christine is my guest on this week’s show.  She is a photographer, development consultant, TED speaker, and many other things (including being a fellow Canadian). Christine is one of those rare and wonderful people who can connect things.  She was the designer and driver behind the Art of Saving a Life and joins me to share the story of this amazing initiative.

However, there is more to Christine than this (and to understand how the project came to be you need to understand how Christine approaches things). We discuss a wide range of topics, including her most recent project “A River Runs With Her”.  We also cover:

  • Christine’s background in journalism;
  • Her work as Director of Communications at the World Health Organisation (WHO) – and we get into things like SARS, risk communication and related areas;
  • Moving on from that role (and taking risks);
  • The Art of Saving a Life of course
  • A River Runs With Her
  • And much more!

 I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and am very excited to share it with you!

Show notes:

Christine’s website: http://www.christinemcnab.com/

Christine McNab Photography on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristineMcNabPhotography/?fref=nf

Christine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Christine_McNab

Christine on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinemcnab

Christine’s wonderful TEDMED talk “Capturing the Art of Saving a Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12agLV1DAI

The Art of Saving a Life: http://artofsavingalife.com/

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Sep 13, 2016

Sometimes, that “edge” you may be looking for ends up providing you with an advantage, but in unexpected ways.  That’s just how uncertainty works.  This was true for my guest on this episode Drew Taddia.  Drew spent many years as a professional baseball player.  Being from Canada, one of the disadvantages he had to contend with is not playing as many games as his American counterparts prior to taking a risk and moving to the USA to try his hand at that country’s “greatest pastime”. 

Trying to bridge the gap, Drew turned towards nutrition.  He started to figure what works (mostly a plant-based whole foods diet).  Eventually, these efforts paid off – but not exactly as intended.  Drew decided to try his hand at coaching and training others in diet and nutrition.  What started off rocky, has turned into a successful career as an author, fitness expert, podcast host and many more things. 

Today, Drew joins me for a fun, engaging and informative conversation about:

  • Drew’s background story including his baseball career;
  • Taking risks;
  • Building resilience through:
    • Nutrition, particularly of the plant-based (vegan) variety;
    • Managing stress
    • Mindfulness
  • How to make positive changes that will endure
  • Finding a career that you love
  • Loads more

It was a blast speaking to Drew and I am sure you’ll find it entertaining and extremely useful.

Show notes:

Drew’s website: http://trueformlife.com/

Drew’s podcast “Exploring Mind and Body” - http://exploringmindandbody.com/

Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrueFormLife

Drew on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trueformlife

Drew on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewtaddia/

Drew’s book Detoxify Yourself: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21398927-detoxify-yourself?from_search=true

 

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Sep 4, 2016

How many people can draw a line in their lives that connects living in the West Bank, yacht racing around the world, doing polar expeditions, and becoming the CEO for a highly successful technology firm?  Probably one - and this week, he joins me on the All Things Risk Podcast to talk risk, digital media, leadership, and much more.  Meet Tony Haile, founding CEO of Chartbeat (www.chartbeat.com), explorer, adjunct Professor, and many other things.

The things that Tony has done may, at first glance, seem disparate and unrelated.  However, as you'll soon grasp, the way that Tony looks at them, they are completely connected.  One of the threads that runs through Tony's endeavours is around risk and risk-taking.  Tony has for instance, applied many lessons from his polar expedition days to the world of tech start-ups.

Chartbeat, the company Tony led as CEO for seven years is similarly an interesting story - not only because it went from start-up to market leader in its field, but also for what it does.  Chartbeat helps media companies understand how its audience engages with content (as opposed to the blunt instrument of measuring clicks and page views). Tony's work at Chartbeat revealed that in spite of the click bait economy of which we are a part, there is a massive demand for thoughtful and nuanced content.  We talk about this, including the future of digital media and investigative journalism in part of this episode.

This all makes for a fun, wide-ranging and very insightful conversation that I am certain you will not only enjoy, but also take away some practical things you can use.  We cover:

  • Tony's background, including studying International Relations and living in the West Bank Palestinian territory;
  • Polar expeditions and working with explorer and endurance athlete Ben Saunders;
  • Lessons in risk management Tony took from the world of yacht racing and polar expeditions and applied to the world of tech start-ups - this part of the conversation will perhaps challenge any preconceptions you might have about tech entrepreneurs being risk-seeing mavericks prone to recklessness;
  • Chartbeat - what it does and how he helped make it a success;
  • Lessons from his time as a CEO;
  • The state of digital media;
  • The future of investigative journalism;
  • Book recommendations - Tony is a avid reader and lists the books he as read each year on his website (www.tonyhaile.com) - this led to an interesting discussion on genes and transhumanism (although we did not have enough time to cover this properly!)
  • And much more!

Show notes:

Tony's website - www.tonyhaile.com 

Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arctictony 

Tony on Linkedin: http://bit.ly/2c7fb7E 

Chartbeat: https://chartbeat.com/ 

Tony's article in Time Magazine "What You Know About the Web is Wrong" - http://time.com/12933/what-you-think-you-know-about-the-web-is-wrong/ 

Feature on Tony and Chartbeat in the Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/innovations/tony_haile_chartbeat.php 

Ernest Shackleton - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton 

Ben Saunders - http://www.bensaunders.com/ 

The Scott Expedition: http://scottexpedition.com/ 

Control Risks: www.controlrisks.com 

Article "What ISIS Really Wants": http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ 

The Last Lion 3 by William Manchester and Paul Reid (although also check out 1 and 2): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/746673.The_Last_Lion_3?from_search=true 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddharta Mukherjee: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276428-the-gene?from_search=true 

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