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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!

Show notes:

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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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