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Jun 25, 2017

 

Did you know that in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries there were some extraordinary women explorers? You might be forgiven for not knowing this. However is out to change all of that. Meet Jacki Hill-Murphy.

Jacki is an explorer, teacher, film-maker and author. Jacki has recreated and written about the journeys of early female explorers like:

  • Isabel Godin, the first known woman to travel the length of the Amazon;
  • Mary Kingsley, who climbed Mount Cameroon in 1885;
  • Isabella Bird who journeyed over the Digar Pass in 1890;
  • Kate Marsden, the extraordinary adventuress who travelled by horse and sledge across Siberia (and also the subject of Jacki’s forthcoming book The Extraordinary Tale of Kate Marsden)

There is loads of interesting stuff to these women – from their motivations for their journeys, the role they had in their societies, to the contributions they made. Jacki is the perfect person to tell their tales.

In this wonderful conversation we cover:

  • Jacki’s background, including her love of travel and an amazing year-long pan-African trip she took in 1988;
  • The inspiration to recreate the journeys of these Adventuresses;
  • Stories from Jacki’s travels to the Amazon, Siberia, the Himalayas, and more;
  • The historical context within which these women carried out their journeys;
  • The fascinating Kate Marsden who is the subject of Jacki’s forthcoming book;
  • Travel and the unknown
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

Jacki’s website

Jacki on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackihillmurphy

Jacki’s book Adventuresses: Rediscovering Daring Voyages Into the Unknown

Isabel Godin

Mary Kingsley

Isabella Bird

Kate Marsden

Feature on Jacki in The Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/meet-the-woman-retracing-the-steps-of-our-forgotten-female-explo/

Launch event for Jacki’s new book: The Extraordinary Tale of Kate Marsden

Colonel John Blashford Snell

Gerald Durrell

Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

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Jun 18, 2017

How do we move from a “death economy”, characterised by short-termism and environmental degradation, to a “life economy”? We tackle this question on this week’s episode, and after listening to it, you will understand how it fits into the arc of my guest. That arc goes from being in the Peach Corps, to becoming an “Economic Hit Man”, through to expertise in shamanism and indigenous wisdom.  

I am delighted to bring a wonderful conversation with New York Times best-selling author, former economist and “economic hit man” John Perkins. John's 2004 book Confessions of An Economic Hit Man spent 73 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list (it has recently been updated to create New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man).

The term “economic hit man” is what John uses to describe his work in the 1970s and early 1980s with developing countries. It’s a system based on creating indebtedness and dependency (and as you will hear, with potentially devastating consequences with those who don’t participate). It is firmly rooted in the “death economy” and as you will also hear, it is still prominent today, only in different forms.

As you will also hear, John is out to change things. We have a fascinating conversation that covers:

  • John’s time in the Peace Corps and how that shaped his world view;
  • Being an economic hit man, including working with two former clients and friends who refused this “assistance” on offer;
  • Big business and international development;
  • The death economy and the life economy;
  • Sustainability;
  • Indigenous wisdom and shamanism;
  • How love and compassion is the future of business – and how we can help make that happen
  • Loads more!

Show Notes:  

John’s website: http://johnperkins.org/

John on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnperkinsauthor/

John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/economic_hitman

John on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnperkinsauthor

DreamChange:  https://www.dreamchange.org/

The Love Summit: https://www.dreamchange.org/the-love-summit/

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2159.Confessions_of_an_Economic_Hit_Man

New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26593431-the-new-confessions-of-an-economic-hit-man

All of John’s books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1452.John_Perkins?from_search=true

Omar Torrijos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Torrijos

Jaime Roldós Aguilera: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_Rold%C3%B3s_Aguilera

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May 29, 2017

What are the odds that a skinny teenager from Latvia goes on to become a world-class fitness model? What are the odds that that same kid goes on to develop his own fitness methodology and to help others achieve and exceed their health and fitness objectives?

Meet Ru Wikmann. Ru is a London-based fitness expert, personal trainer, WBFF pro fitness model, and body transformation coach. As you will hear, Ru adds philosophy and mindfulness to his approach to fitness. He is also lots of fun and we get into a wide range of topics in this episode including:

  • Growing up in Latvia and moving to the UK;
  • Transforming from a skinny kid to a pro fitness model;
  • His philosophies on fitness and health, and making changes that will stick;
  • Taking risk and risk-taking;
  • Knowing your purpose;
  • Ru’s fitness app Fitswap;
  • Meditation and mindfulness;
  • Language and culture;
  • Lots more!

Show notes:

Ru’s website

Ru on:

        Twitter

Facebook

YouTube

Linkedin

        Instagram 

Fitswap

The Shredded Brainiac podcast

Binaural beats

Binaural Beats apps

“What are the functions of various brain waves” in Scientific American

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May 21, 2017

Somewhat coincidentally with this week’s episode, I came across this article written by the late Alex Tizon, a Pullitzer prize winning journalist entitled “My Family’s Slave”. In it, Tizon describes how his parents effectively kept a woman against her will to cook, clean and take care of his family. This falls squarely under the modern definition of slavery.

This week, we delve into the topic of human trafficking and modern slavery. It is a topic that is sobering but important. It also mind-boggling to learn that that are some 25-30 million slaves currently in the world.

My guest is Nancy Hartwell. Nancy is an American author, translator and playwright. She has written three books on human trafficking. Nancy first became fascinated and horrified with this topic several years ago whilst she was living in Cameroon (Nancy lived there for fourteen years and has worked and travelled extensively across the globe). This was prompted when an acquaintance of hers, a German woman in her early twenties, mysteriously disappeared. It was later revealed that she was sold into the sex trade in the Persian Gulf.

Since then, Nancy has been collecting stories on human trafficking which she eventually turned into three books – two fiction and one non-fiction. She has also examined the various aspects of human trafficking in the modern world. In this conversation, we discuss:

  • What human trafficking is;
  • The scale and scope of the problem;
  • The different forms of human trafficking and modern slavery;
  • Why governments are not doing enough;
  • Ways in which we can help combat the problem;
  • How to protect our children and loved ones from human trafficking

Show notes:

Nancy's website: www.nancyhartwell.com 

Nancy's ecourse on human trafficking: http://www.nancyhartwell.com/ecourse.html 

Nancy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nancy.hartwell.71 

Nancy on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-hartwell-2806318/ 

Nancy's books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancy-Hartwell-Enonchong/e/B00J20KGAI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1495408466&sr=8-3 

The Madeleine McCann case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Madeleine_McCann 

US State Dept. Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016 - https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2016/ 

"15 Ways You Can Fight Human Trafficking" on the US State Dept website - https://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/help/ 

"My Family's Slave" by Alex Tizon - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/ 

The CNN Freedom Project Report on Mauritania: http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/category/mauritania-slaverys-last-stronghold/ 

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May 15, 2017

Building personal resilience involves taking care of both body and mind. To help do this, many people are increasingly turning to “alternative medicine” as Western medicine seems inadequately equipped to deal with disease prevention and optimal performance. At the same time, the world of alternative therapies is fraught with confusing information and dishonest practitioners.

This is why Dr. Kathy Gruver’s work is so valuable. Kathy is my guest in this week’s episode. She is someone who can bridge the gap between Western medicine and alternative therapies. Kath is a health expert, author, television host and speaker. Kathy has for many years focused on the mind-body connection and alternative medicine. 

Kathy is the author of a book called The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and is the host of a television show of the same name. Kathy is also an expert on stress management. While this is a bit of a shorter episode because Kathy had a limited time window, we still covered loads of great stuff including:

  • Health and the core components of health;
  • Alternative medicine and how it can be viewed as a complement to Western medicine;
  • Stress how to manage it;
  • How to make changes that stick;
  • How to spot potentially bogus alternative therapies;
  • Nutrition;
  • Risk-taking

Show Notes:

Kathy’s website - http://www.kathygruver.com/

http://www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com/

Kathy on Twitter - https://twitter.com/KLGruver

Kathy on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DrKathyGruver4health/

Kathy on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathygruver/

Kathy’s author page on Amazon

Kathy on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Gruver 

http://www.webmd.com/

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Apr 26, 2017

From the Stoics to Shakespeare, from Gandhi to Nelson Mandela - wisdom is something that seems to transcend societies and cultures. We might hear that a certain person is “wise” or even “wise beyond their years”. What exactly does this mean? Can we zero in on the essence of wisdom and learn to become wiser?  Can doing so help us manage life’s uncertainties? Can it make us happier?

Meet Charles Cassidy. Charles researches and promotes “evidence-based wisdom”. As Charles puts it, “psychologists are finding that societies do share an agreed understanding and conception of wisdom”. Through his site (www.evidencebasedwisdom.com), Charles takes the emerging research in this fascinating field, and “translates” it so that we can use it.

Based in London, Charles joined me on the All Things Risk podcast for a wonderful conversation that covered:

  • What wisdom is;
  • Wisdom and decision-making;
  • Wisdom and “convincing” others who many disagree with us;
  • Compassion and being generous;
  • What the key components of wisdom are;
  • Wisdom and uncertainty management;
  • Does more experience equate to more wisdom?;
  • Can wisdom be measured?;
  • Wisdom, meditation and mindfulness;
  • Short-term practices that can make us wiser “in the moment”;
  • Is wisdom a state or a trait?;
  • We have Artificial Intelligence (AI), can we have Artificial Wisdom (AW)?;
  • Can becoming wiser make us happier?
  • And more

Show notes:

 Evidence-based wisdom:

            Website

            On Twitter

            On Facebook

            On YouTube

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – The Destroyer of Worlds

The Wisdom Scorecard – Test your wisdom level

How to have better political arguments – TED talk by Robert Willer

Negotiating the Impossible by Deepak Malhotra

Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene

Influence by Robert Cialdini

Give and Take by Robert Grant

Future Babble by Dan Gardner

The Hedonic Treadmill

The Serenity Prayer

The Stag Hunt and Nash Equilibrium

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Igor Grossmann

Deep Mind Technologies

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Apr 17, 2017

My guest on this week’s episode doesn’t get awestruck very easily. Neville Johnson is a Hollywood lawyer in California, USA. He has represented a number of celebrities, artists, actors, and writers, particularly against the bullying tactics of large companies over royalties. His clients have included the Beatles, amongst other.

However, there is one individual with whom Neville has worked that left a huge impression on him. That person is the late and legendary UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) basketball coach John Wooden. Neville wrote two books about Coach Wooden and spent a considerable amount of time with him, former players, family members and colleagues. Neville’s first book is an authorised biography of John Wooden while the second is a book of some of Wooden’s most profound sayings.

John Wooden was one of the most successful coaches in the history of any sport. His teams won 10 national championships in the span of 12 years, included seven in a raw. At one point, his teams did not lose a game in three years. Wooden’s former players include Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton.

Counterintuitively, Wooden never talked about winning. To Wooden, winning was the by-product of the process of hard work and diligent practice he instilled in his teams. In fact, he was more than a basketball coach.  John Wooden was a teacher, psychologist, philosopher, poet and purveyor of timeless wisdom.

Neville and I discuss some of that wisdom on this fabulous episode. We cover: 

  • What is was like working with John on the two books;
  • Wooden’s famous Pyramid of Success;
  • How Wooden had an influence on Neville’s own work as a lawyer;
  • Success versus winning;
  • Some of Neville’s areas of legal expertise, particularly privacy law;
  • Neville’s other books;
  • Neville’s music
  • Much more!

Show notes: 

Neville’s authorised biography of John Wooden The John Wooden Pyramid of Success: The Ultimate Guide to Life, Leadership, Friendship and Love

Neville’s book Woodenisms: The Wisdom and Sayings of Coach John Wooden

John Wooden’s great Ted Talk The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

Neville’s poetry book What Took You So Long

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Apr 9, 2017

Having meaning and purpose in our lives is vital. This not only makes us happier, but it also makes us more resilient. An organisation with a very strong sense of purpose is better able to withstand headwinds and any crises that may arise.  Similarly, we as individuals become more resilient in the face of uncertainty if we can connect our activities to a deeper sense of purpose.

What do we do however, when we don’t know what that purpose is? How do we find meaning when it seems elusive?

Meet this week’s guest, Gleb Tsipursky. Gleb is a scholar (he is a professor at Ohio State University in the USA in history and decision sciences). However, he isn’t an academic that has permanently set up shop in the ivory tower. He is also an entrepreneur, author, speaker and activist. He has written a book entitled  Find Your Purpose Using Science.

We get into a number of the strategies and practices in the book. These are science-backed ways that can help us develop our sense of purpose. However, there is more to Gleb than this and we also get into some other very interesting areas including:

  • “Socialist Fun” in the Former Soviet Union - Gleb was born in Moldova and did a piece of research around leisure in the USSR;
  • Decision-making – This is another area where Gleb has done research and has some great insights – and it is also a favourite topic on All Things Risk. You can even get a free copy of his decision-making tip sheet (see below);
  • Post-truth politics – Gleb started something called the Rational Politics Project as part of his NGO Intentional Insights.

I am hugely appreciative of Gleb joining me for this great episode of All Things Risk!

Show Notes:

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Apr 3, 2017

Introversion and extroversion are misunderstood.  What is introversion and how does it relate to risk-taking? I offer some thoughts in this latest in-betweenisode.

Show notes:

Introversion-Extroversion test: https://www.psychologytoday.com/tests/personality/extroversion-introversion-test 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/ 

Susan Cain's TED talk "The Power of Introverts": https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts 

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Mar 27, 2017

This week, we discuss risk in love and relationships. I must admit, it isn’t the type of topic that I feel comfortable discussing and if you were to ask me two years ago what the chances of me hosting a podcast episode on this, I’d tell you the chances would be infinitesimally small. And yet, this being a podcast on risk, here we are.

My guest this week is Erik Newton. Erik is a former family law attorney (i.e. divorce lawyer) who describes himself as “someone who has been through a thousand divorces and still believes in love.” He has a unique and real-world understanding of what makes some marriages thrive and others fall apart. He now works with couples to build healthy relationships. He is the co-founder of Together, a site and podcast that provides people with tools for success in relationships. Erik is also a marriage commissioner and has married over 180 couples.

We had an awesome, insightful and incredibly fun conversation that covered:

  • Erik’s background – and how he got into practising divorce law in the first place (he doesn’t strike one as the lawyer type!);
  • What he learned about relationships as a divorce lawyer;
  • Common causes of divorce;
  • Conflict in relationships;
  • Being present in relationships;
  • Monogamy and open relationships;
  • Online dating
  • And so much more!

Show notes:

Erik’s site Together – www.together.guide

            On Twitter - https://twitter.com/together_show

            On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/togethershow/

            On Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/together_show/

            On Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/7596461?pathWildcard=7596461

            On Google+ - https://plus.google.com/114215807768973711486

Erik's podcast conversation with Dr. Helen Fisher

Jiddu Krishnamurti - http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/

Sex At Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

The Ethcial Slut by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt

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Mar 19, 2017

What is your brand? If you are into marketing, media or are and entrepreneur or business owner, you are going to love this week’s episode. If you aren’t, I think you will still love it, perhaps even more. You might even think “brand? I don’t think that way, I’m not a brand”. As you will soon find out from my guest, another way of asking the same question might be “what is your purpose?” or “what is your story?”.

Meet brand strategist, entrepreneur and author Marc Stoiber.  Marc works with clients to future-proof their brands. His book caught my eye – Didn’t See It Coming explores advertising and brands following the implosion of the Mad Men era and the rise of social media and sustainability. Marc got his start in advertising towards the end of this era when as he puts it, it was about product differentiation through “smoke and mirrors.”

The reality now is very different. There is a lot of content and indeed noise about products and brands and it means that authenticity and sustainability are more important than ever. Marc and I have a fabulous conversation that covers:

  • Branding and its origins;
  • The Mad Men era of advertising and its demise;
  • Purpose, meaning and authenticity in brands;
  • Sustainability and green businesses;
  • Patagonia as an example of an authentic brand;
  • Social media and its impact on advertising and branding;
  • Trust (or lack thereof) in major corporates;
  • The Gig Economy;
  • Millennials;
  • loads more!

Show notes:

Marc’s website – https://www.marcstoiber.com/;

Marc on Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcstoiber/

Marc on Twitter – https://twitter.com/marcstoiber

Marc on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MarcStoiber/

Marc’s book Didn’t See It Coming

Patagonia

Backed by Baehr and Loomis

And But Therefore: Randy Olson and the Art of Science Storytelling

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Your Ultimate Speech

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Mar 13, 2017

 

Have you ever caught yourself thinking that you could solve the vast majority of your problems if you somehow won £$1 million / £$5 million / £$x million in the lottery or playing the slots in Las Vegas? I think we've all been there. 

This being a show about risk and randomness, let's talk some probabilities. Here in the UK, the odds of winning the jackpot in the Lotto is about 1 in 14 million. In the USA, the odds of winning the jackpot in the Powerball lottery are 1 in 175 million. The odds of winning millions in the Megaslots in Vegas are 1 in 49.8 million. In other words, you could play the lottery every week, or the slot machines every day, and it would still take you many lifetimes to win the jackpot.

Now, what would happen if you did win? What if, instead of solving your problems, winning millions simply magnified them several thousand times? This could precipitate your downfall, but also your recovery, if you survive that is. Indeed, salvation in this form may not be all that it's cracked up to be.

That's exactly what happened to my guest the week.  Meet business owner, cross-fitter, runner, power lifter, and co host of Lift Heavy Run Long Wilson Horrell.  In 2002, while passing the time during a visit to Las Vegas, Wilson decided to play the slot machines.  In what many would consider to be a dream scenario, he hit the jackpot for $2.3 million. Wow, right?

For many years, Wilson struggled with addiction, and the experience of winning all that money actually served as an accelerator to his downward trajectory, but also his recovery. That is what he is grateful for, and it makes for a fascinating story and conversation about chance, struggle, redemption, endurance and community.  In it, we get into:

  • Winning all that money;
  • Wilson’s struggle with addiction and depression,
  • Recovery and gratitude;
  • Endurance sport and cross fit;
  • The community and podcast Wilson co-hosts Lift Heavy Run Long;
  • Inclusiveness and community;
  • Loads of other great stuff!

Show notes:

Lift Heavy Run Long: www.liftheavyrunlong.com

Lift Heavy Run Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/liftrunlong

Lift Heavy Run Long on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liftheavyrunlong/

Wilson’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bulldawggy123

Lift Heavy Run Long on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4F94BKyCdYH-m1KmA6VdXw

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Feb 26, 2017

This week’s episode not only demonstrates the importance of context and nuance, but also of going beneath the various layers to develop a better understanding of a topic. In this case, we will be exploring a place that is being talked about quite frequently: Russia.

I grew up during the Cold War, when Russia was the enemy. It would appear that this is a country on the path to being the enemy once again. While I am no fan of the current US administration, I think there is a problem with the potential vilification of a country. In thinking about all this, the question I arrived at is “what does Russia want?”

I am no expert on Russia. However, I am very fortunate that my guest today is, and is very well placed to answer this question. Meet Tim Stanley. Tim is a Brit based in Moscow and is Senior Partner for Russia/CIS at Control Risks, an independent global risk consultancy. Tim has been living and working in Russia for the past ten years helping clients manage the various risks associated with working in the country.

However, Tim’s interest in Russia goes beyond this. This is Tim’s second stint in the country. His first started back in 1991 when he arrived as a student shortly after the August putsch. The country was in a state of incredible transition and Tim was similarly present during Gorbachev’s dissolution of the USSR later that year. Tim return in 2007 after living in the USA for several years.

To truly understand a country as a foreigner I believe that one needs to live there for an extended period of time, speak the language, and understand the culture. Tim possesses all of these qualifications and is in a position to provide a level of understanding of Russia that you will find very difficult to obtain elsewhere.

On the show, Tim shares:

  • What Russia was like in 1991 and the transition it underwent in a short period of time – Tim share some great stories from that time;
  • Differences between Western and Russian culture;
  • What brought him back to Russia in 2007;
  • Comparisons between life in the country in the early 1990s and now;
  • What Russians generally think about:
    • Vladimir Putin
    • The USA and Donald Trump
  • Myths and misconceptions about Russia;
  • The future of Russia-US relations;
  • Russia’s relationship with the EU and China
  • Loads more!

Tim is very knowledgeable and is a great guy. I am very grateful for his appearance on All Things Risk and I am sure that after listening, you will too. 

Show notes:

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Ep. 59 “The Destroyer of Worlds” - http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-59-the-destroyer-of-worlds/

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Feb 20, 2017

Today, I have the honour of bringing you the youngest guest I have had so far on All Things Risk – but you perhaps wouldn’t know that from speaking to him.  Meet 18-year old Souleyman Bah (remember that name!).  Souleyman is a sprinter on Team GB (Great Britain)’s paralympic team. In 2015, he gold in the 100 metres at the Paralympic School Games in Rio – a junior paralympic games.  He is currently training for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

However, there is more to Souleyman than sprinting. He as born in Guinea (Conakry) in West Africa – one of the poorest counties on earth. At a young age, it was clear that he had a problem with his vision but because of a lack of facilities in the country, no diagnosis was possible. Souleyman’s parents decided to move to Britain so that their son could get proper diagnosis and treatment. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – a type of severe “tunnel vision” that degenerates over time. Souleyman has this in one eye and is completely blind in the other.

Souleyman’s has a very profound, mature and inspiring attitude towards life and it comes through in this conversation.  He has a great You Tube channel, has participated in a BBC 3 show about visual impairment and has inspired many people. We have a wide-ranging conversation that covers:

  • Souleyman’s background, moving to the UK and adjusting to life here;
  • Language and how that affects how one thinks;
  • Visual impairment – and what not to say to a blind person!;
  • Running and elite training;
  • Success, performance and the flow state;
  • Process versus outcome goals;
  • Overcoming injuries;
  • Risk and resilience;
  • Transhumanism and philosophy;
  • Sport and its role in helping young people’s lives;
  • The millennial generation
  • Lots more!

Show notes:

Souleyman on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/user/Soulbah1

On Twitter – https://twitter.com/KingSoulGB

On Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kingsoulgb/

On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/souleymanb1

Souleyman BBC interview  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctZhWiJ63_I

Souleyman’s gold medal performance at the 2015 Paralympic School Games - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/partially-blind-london-teen-wins-gold-at-paralympic-school-games-a3131211.html

BBC 3 show “Things not to say…” - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64ScZt2I7wGxZlXAu0r0UPqpvzF23mgc

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10959.Sophie_s_World?ac=1&from_search=true

Simon Sinek on millennials - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

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Feb 13, 2017

We now live in a "post-truth" world where objective facts are seemingly less relevant than personal emotions and beliefs.  What does this mean for the concepts of "gut feel" and critical thinking? Are these two concepts at odds with one another?  I explore this question in this in-betweenisode.

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Feb 6, 2017

What’s the formula or recipe for making a living as a “One Man Variety Show” in which you travel the world and connect with audiences? Well, there isn’t one. The probability of following someone else’s exact journey is infinitesimally small.  However, there is a formula for creating a path that is your own and which leads to fulfilment and success. The first step is to “just go”.

 

Meet Chris Ruggiero.  Chris is an entertainer, author and podcaster.  He has travelled throughout the USA and internationally doing his “one man variety show” which involved juggling fire, throwing knives, and connecting with all types of audiences. Chris has appeared on the Ellen De Generes Show (a highly popular show in the USA) and has written a book called Just Go: Adventures of a Travelling Entertainer and a Guide to Living Your Dream

Chris is fun and interesting and he joins me on Episode 39 in which we cover:

  • Chris’ background, getting into entertainment and starting his travelling variety show;
  • Connecting with audiences;
  • Professionalism versus amateurism;
  • Honing your craft;
  • Risk and risk-taking;
  • What he means by “just go”;
  • Entertainment and fame in the digital era;
  • Success and chasing dreams

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Jan 29, 2017

Why is it that sometimes, good people do “bad” things?  This is a question that has been on my mind as late, and it’s also one that tees up this week’s episode.  Tom Hardin, AKA “Tipper X”  - the most important FBI informant in the largest insider trading case in decades - is my guest, and I am both grateful and delighted to have him on the show to share his story.

Tom is a former Wall Street executive – he was a junior partner at a hedge fund that specialised in the tech industry.  Tom and his partners felt that they were falling short in a very competitive industry in which they also felt that some of their competitors were crossing an ethical line – that is, they were engaging in insider trading (which is of course illegal in the USA and most countries).

As you’ll hear from Tom, there came a moment when he decided to cross that same line. He made a few small, but illegal trades based on “Material Non Public Information” MNPI – that is, information that has not gone to the public and if used in a stock trade, can make the trader a lot of money.  In Tom’s words, this was “taking some crumbs off the table.”  No one gets hurt. Until….

One day while picking up his dry cleaning, Tom received a tap on the shoulder.  It was the FBI. He was charged with a felony. As part of his arrangement with the authorities, he became “Tipper X” – the FBI’s most cooperative witness in Operation Perfect Hedge – the largest insider trading investigation in 25 years.  Tom’s efforts led to 80 guilty pleas and convictions – including and eventually, of Raj Rajaratnum of the Galleon Group, one of the largest hedge funds in the world at the time.

Tom’s story is a cautionary tale.  He wore a wire.  He had to inform on some of his friends and former colleagues.  His felony conviction meant he could not find employment in the career he chose, in spite of his education at the prestigious Wharton School.

However, it is also a tale of resilience. Tom now does speaking and training for compliance departments of hedge funds, the FBI and for business and law schools.  He tapped into running and now runs ultra marathons. His story is also the subject of an upcoming documentary.

I found myself enthralled in my conversation with Tom. A reason for this is that several years ago, I almost breached a similar ethical line. I was fortunate not to have – but I can’t say it never would have happened. I think we all have the potential to inadvertently cause harm and do things we know we shouldn’t.  Tom’s tale should give us all pause to think about why and how we might not do the right thing – and how to avoid that. 

Show notes:

Tom’s website: www.tipperx.com

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamtipperx

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamtipperx

On Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-hardin-0952324

Article in the Wall Street Journal “’Tipper X’ Hangs over Galleon” - http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703672104574654693200452698

Story on Tom’s sentencing in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/business/dealbook/onetime-mystery-informant-in-galleon-insider-trading-case-to-be-sentenced.html

The Galleon Group: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleon_Group

Tom on the Rich Roll Podcast: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/tipperx/

Dan Ariely: www.danariely.com

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek 

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Jan 22, 2017

What does it take to set a world record for cycling the largest distance in one month? Meet this week’s guest, André Goeritz. André is an artist and an ultra endurance cyclist. Last year, he set the world record for the highest mileage cycled in one month – 6,679.8 miles or 10,750 kilometres. What goes into doing something like that and why would anyone attempt it? It’s not for the money (there isn’t any in this endeavour) or fame (apart from within the ultra cycling community).

 As with my other conversations with people who have achieved something epic, this one is about much more than cycling. It’s really a deeper conversation about venturing into the unknown. André is a fascinating guy. He was born in Germany, grew up in the UK and has lived in the United States for the past several years. He has worked on a cruise shop, dabbled as a professional body builder and studied fine arts. His journey has been non-linear and along the way, he has overcome many challenges. In many ways, his world record-setting ride was a microcosm of how he approaches life.

In this conversation we get into:

  • “Re-inventing” yourself – can one really do this?;
  • Overcoming obstacles;
  • Cycling – how André got into the sport and what led him to ultra distances;
  • His world record attempt – how he prepared, the challenges he faced (there were many!), his motivation for this, strategy and tactics;
  • Nutrition – André is a vegan and he has some thoughts on this in terms of endurance athletics, as well as overall wellbeing;
  • Mental strength and mindset;
  • Tackling the unknown, taking risks and dealing with uncertainty;
  • The arts and the art work he is currently doing;
  • Lots more!

This was a fabulous conversation that I am sure you will all enjoy!

Show notes:

André’s blog: http://andregoeritz.blogspot.co.uk/

André on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/4823140

The HAMR (Highest Annual Mileage Record) 30 day record - http://www.ultracycling.com/wp_news/?p=1088

The 80/10/10 diet - https://www.amazon.co.uk/80-10-Diet-Balancing-Luscious/dp/1893831248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485120005&sr=8-1&keywords=80+10+10

The China Study - https://www.amazon.co.uk/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485120030&sr=8-1&keywords=china+study

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Jan 15, 2017

What happens when the world of science fiction meets science fact, particularly human meeting machine? We are getting ever closer to such a world. This raises all kinds of interesting questions around the risks new technologies like genetic engineering pose, ethical and political issues, and even questions around what it means to be human. In fact, there is an entire movement dedicated to advancing the human condition through technology. It's called transhumanism, and we are going to hear more and more about it over the coming years. This week we take a look at this fascinating movement.

My guest this week is videographer and editor Ford Fischer. He is also the co-founder of an independent media site called www.news2share.com. Ford is embarking on a project to understand this movement from an independent, grass-roots perspective via a documentary called "Transhuman".  You can find out more and support his indiegogo campaign here - http://news2share.com/start/2016/11/28/news2share-to-produce-transhuman-a-documentary/ 

We have an enthralling conversation that covers, among other things:

  • What Transhumanism is and comprises;
  • The current state of technology around transhumanist goals - super intelligence, super wellness, and super longevity:
    • Genetic engineering
    • Body hacking
    • Life extension
    • Singularity - i.e. uploading our conscious onto a computer
  • Risks associated with these technologies;
  • The political dimension of transhumanism - there is even a Transhumanist Party whose leader, Zoltan Istvan is an advisor to Ford's documentary;
  • Transhuman: A Documentary and how you can support it;
  • Loads more!

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Jan 11, 2017

Does it feel like the odds of achieving something aren't in your favour? Then forget the odds, and embrace the power of small victories. This in-betweenisode offers some perspectives on why and how.

Jan 2, 2017

 

Why is our first episode of 2017 part 2 of the “best” of 2016? Because as many of us are looking to make some changes, take some risks, or become more resilient, many of our 2016 conversations have featured some great insights and perspectives that can help. And as a side note and a tip on the practice of New Year’s resolutions: start small. 

This episode is designed for you to dip in and out of as you see fit (although nothing wrong with listening to it in its entirety in one sitting!).

It features clips from the following episodes:

Ep. 1 with Master Tammy Parlour: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/01/24/the-all-things-risk-podcast-is-now-live/

Ep. 2 with Martian Cioana: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/02/02/the-all-things-risk-podcast-episode-2-with-ultra-endurance-cyclist-martian-cioana-is-now-live/

Ep. 3 with Laura Dal Farra: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/02/16/20160216ep-3-laura-dal-farra/

Ep. 5 with Tarran Kent-Hume: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/03/09/ep-5-tarran-kent-hume-kayaking-the-amazon-facing-fears-and-chasing-dreams/

Ep. 7 with Robert Earl Stewart: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/04/05/episode-7-robert-earl-stewart-writing-running-poetry-and-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-rpwa/

Ep. 9 with Luke Tyburski: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/04/27/ep-9-luke-tyburski-taking-risks-battling-depression-and-becoming-the-ultimate-triathlete/

Ep. 11 with Anna Glover: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/05/10/episode-11-ms-anna-glover-creativity-risk-the-performing-arts-and-how-to-let-your-path-find-you/

Ep. 15 with Faisal Hoque: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/06/episode-15-faisal-hoque-entrepreneurship-resilience-and-surviving-to-thrive/

Ep. 16 with Hayden Lee: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/06/ep-16-hayden-lee-travel-pure-uncertainty-and-near-death-stories/

Ep. 18 with Laura Bingham: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/30/ep-18-laura-bingham-cycling-across-south-america-with-no-money/

Ep. 19 with Hari Kalymnios: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/08/11/ep-19-hari-kalymnios-health-leadership-and-becoming-super-human/

Ep. 22 with Drew Taddia: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/09/13/ep-22-drew-taddia-professional-athlete-wellness-warrior/

Ep. 26 with Anke Herrmann: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/10/18/ep-26-anke-herrmann-going-walls-embracing-uncertainty-flamenco/

Ep. 27 with Jonathan Pritchard: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/01/ep-27-jonathan-pritchard/

Ep. 28 with Kayt Sukel: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/08/ep-28-kayt-sukel-art-risk/

Ep. 30 with Nicholas McCarthy: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/21/ep-30-nicholas-mccarthy-one-handed-concert/

Ep. 31 with Sean Douglas: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/29/ep-31-sean-douglas-rock-bottom-resilience-coach/

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