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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:

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:

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:

John on Facebook:

John on Twitter:

John on Linkedin:


The Love Summit:

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:

New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:

All of John’s books:

Omar Torrijos:

Jaime Roldós Aguilera:


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