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Jun 24, 2020

Today we welcome back John Perkins to the podcast. If you are new to John, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He has written and spoken extensively on the global economy, American imperialism, and the so-called “death economy”.

However, there is another fascinating side to John. He has studied shamanism for decades, dating back to the late 1960s during his time in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. John is also the founder and a board member of both Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance, both of which are organisations dedicated to establishing a world that future generations will want to inherit.

John’s latest book is called Touching the Jaguar – Transforming Fear Into Action to Change Your Life and the World. This is a book in which John combines his background in the global economy with his experience in shamanism, healing, and indigenous wisdom. Here at All Things Risk we strongly believe in the power of combining domains of knowledge and expertise and John provides that.

This is a conversation that is inspiring – with the authentic, grounded and wise type of inspiration we so desperately need given where things seem to be going in the world. In it, we discuss John’s background as an “economic hit man”, shamanism, ayahuasca, but the bulk of it focuses on fear and perception. This is what the “touching the Jaguar” metaphor is about. John also describes and exercise we can all do to help us make change happen. Enjoy!

Show notes:

John’s website

Touching the Jaguar – Transforming Fear Into Action to Change Your Life and the World

Dream Change

The Pachamama Alliance

Ayahuasca

B Corporation

The Green New Deal

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

Ep 51 with John Perkins

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Jun 12, 2020

Our latest update with Daniel Wagner on Covid19 and the geopolitical state of the world focuses on what’s been happening in the USA with the race-related protests and riots, the latest on Covid19, what has been happening between the USA and China and lots more.

Show notes:

Daniel’s latest book – The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World in Amazon and in Amazon’s UK site

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

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

Daniel’s other recent books:

China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

AI Supremacy

Virtual Terror

NPR Podcast – “American Police”

Daniel’s latest  article on the US presidential election

“Wolf Warrior” diplomats and China’s ambitions

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst and Ep 132Ep 129,  Ep 124Ep 119 Ep 102 Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

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Jun 8, 2020

Today’s episode in many ways is about resilience. There is an awful lot happening right now. We have a global pandemic of course, there are riots happening the USA following the murder of George Floyd – and protests around the world because of that event, a global economic recession, not to mention all the other stuff happening before all of this.

There is plenty of risk and uncertainty out there (and let’s not forget, opportunity). On top of that, we are all dealing with whatever personal stuff we have going on because well, we are all human. As a result, we need to think about resilience, and that means, getting back to basics – the breath.

That may sound strange. However, most people don’t know how to breathe properly. When we don’t breathe well, it increases stress, reduces resilience, and our overall quality of life. My guest today is Patrick McKeown. Patrick is a world-renowned author and breathing practitioner. His book, The Oxygen Advantage, is based on years of scientific research.

Patrick tailors his breathing exercises for anyone looking to improve their health, fitness, and sports performance. He works with professional and Olympic athletes. We was recently made a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in the UK for his contribution to and understanding of breathing.

His message is simple – how we breathe at rest and exercise affects our health, including our mental health and our performance. That means nasal breathing and as you will hear, light breathing. And this also means nasal breathing throughout the day – sleeping, exercise, work and rest.

Patrick shares a ton of fascinating stuff about the breath, including:

  • Why most of us don’t breathe properly and what we can do about that;
  • The benefits of nasal breathing;
  • Breathing and anxiety and depression;
  • Why taking so-called ‘deep breaths’ is bad advice;
  • Exercises we can do to test and improve our breathing;
  • Comparisons between what Patrick does and the Wim Hof technique;
  • Tons more!

Show notes:

Patrick McKeown

The Oxygen Advantage

Patrick’s YouTube Channel

Links to the studies mentioned by Patrick

2 tests you can do – The Body Oxygen Level Test (BOLT) and The Maximum Breathlessness Test

Oura rings

The Vagus Nerve

Parasympathetic nervous system

The Bohr Effect

Stanford Medical School study on breathing and tranquillity

The Wim Hof method

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May 31, 2020

Today’s episode is a bit of a shorter one from our usual format. We talk to Dr. Jason Selk. Jason one of the world’s top performance coaches. He has worked with professional and Olympic athletes as well as leaders of many of the world’s leading organisations. He was the sports psychologist for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team when they won the World Series in 2006 and again in 2011.

Jason trains people and teams to develop mental toughness. He has written a number of books on the topic, including Executive Toughness and 10 Minute Toughness. If you have been a follower of our show, you will know that to manage, let alone embrace uncertainty, how we think is just as important as what we think. As you will hear, the ‘how’ of thinking is a skill. Just like any other skill, it can be trained. The more we do this, the better we get at it.

So, this episode can be perhaps thought of as a bit of a training session. Jason gives us his background and a bit of theory, and some wider thoughts on responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but the crux of the episode is the short mental workout Jason developed around mental performance that he uses with his clients. It’s incredibly useful, particularly now.

Show notes:

Jason’s website

Jason on Twitter

Jason on LinkedIn

10 Minute Toughness

Executive Toughness

The St. Louis Cardinals

John Wooden

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May 20, 2020

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more is being said and written about the mental health impact it is having. Dealing with uncertainty can be mentally draining. So, this and our subsequent episode will focus on mental conditioning – the ways in which our thought patterns, emotions and physiology affect our judgement. This is something we have talked about before on the show but the current situation brings it all into sharp relief.

My guest today is Mike Clark. Mike is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and has a Masters in Sports Psychology. Mike works with all types of performers – from athletes in a variety of sports to musicians – to help them improve their mental game. Even though Mike and I recorded this episode just before the Covid19 lockdowns, I am amazed at how prescient and useful it is. Mike discusses and shares tips and techniques around:

  • Fear and uncertainty;
  • Cognitive fusion;
  • Resilience;
  • Reframing;
  • Body language
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Mike Clark;

Mike’s company Clark Performance Consulting;

Mike on Twitter;

Mike on Instagram;

Twitter thread – Clark Kent, Superman and problem solving versus problem prevention;

The Association for Applied Sports Psychology;

IMG Academy;

Michael Sachs;

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May 7, 2020

This is a special episode for me. My guest is none other than my father, Julian Cattaneo. My dad is a retired university professor. He taught Business Administration at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. That’s where he is based, but it’s not where he was born, nor is it where I was born.

This conversation is based on my mom and dad’s decision to emigrate from Argentina to Canada in 1977. I was only four years old at the time. That is a major decision for anyone to make and I wanted to explore the whys and hows of that decision with him. I think there is a lot that you can take away from it.

It is nice but a bit strange to interview your father. I recorded this in early March in Canada. I am based in the UK but was visiting. This was just before the declaration of a global pandemic because of Covid19 . Like many of you with loved ones, particularly older loved ones, I don’t know when I will see him again and I am concerned for him given what coronavirus does to older people. However, I am grateful to have had this conversation and to bring it to you.

We cover:

  • The context around life in Argentina in the 1970s and the reasons for the move;
  • How he and my mother made the decision;
  • The push and pull any decision to immigrate;
  • Life in North America;
  • How the decision worked out;
  • Any “rules” or a philosophy my dad has around how the runs his life

Show notes:

The University of Windsor

The University of Michigan

Argentine foods mentioned:

            Mate

            Dulce de leche

The Dirty War

Germany’s Gastarbeiter programme

Bad math on at MSNBC

Ben Goldacre

Some books on Argentine history:

            A History of Argentina in the 20th Century by Luis Alberto Romero

            Dirty secrets, dirty war by Robert J. Cox

            A State of Fear: Memories of Argentina’s Nightmare by Andrew Graham-Yooll

            Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number by Jacobo Timerman

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Apr 23, 2020

Today we talk about decision-making, resilience, mental training and more with our guest, Chris Sparks. Chris is a professional poker player who was ranked among the Top 20 of the world’s best online players. It is this experience making an exponential number of decisions and performing at an elite level that has given Chris a number of insights and practices that he has further developed. He helps people apply these to both their work and their personal growth.If you listen to a couple of our previous episodes with Annie Duke and Alec Torelli you will know that poker mimics life because it is a game that involves decision-making under uncertainty and incomplete information. This makes Chris’ expertise and experience highly transferable. He is the founder and CEO of The Forcing Function, a company that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of entrepreneurship.

In this episode, Chris shares a wealth of very useful techniques to improve performance and deal with uncertainty and that are incredibly useful, particularly now. We cover:

  • Decision-making techniques;
  • What to do when things go wrong;
  • Why we are all “mental athletes” and the importance of mental training;
  • The importance (and limitations) of story;
  • What Chris learned at Davos
  • Much more!

Show notes:

The Forcing Function

Chris on Twitter

The Forcing Function’s Expected Value Calculator

The Fermi problem

Firebreak

Narrative bias

Article – Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

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Apr 21, 2020

Three weeks ago, we released an update episode on Covid19 with today's guest Daniel Wagner. It proved to be a very popular episode. That's perhaps not surprising given there is a lack of broad, balanced and thoughtful big picture analysis of what is going on. 

As a result, we decided to record another - this one was recorded on April 18, 2020 and we cover:

-More on the USA's response;

-An update on the origins of the virus based on a new chapter to Daniel's book The America-China Divide;

-What we can expect in the near future;

-Postives from the situation;

-Much more!

Show notes:

Lloyd’s City Risk Index

Daniel’s latest book – The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World in Amazon and in Amazon’s UK site

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

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

Remdesivir

Daniel’s other recent books:

China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

AI Supremacy

Virtual Terror

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst Ep 129 Ep 124Ep 119 Ep 102 Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

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Apr 13, 2020

Self-isolation can be difficult. If you read any of the advice about how to best deal with isolation – which comes from astronauts, submariners and others – you will come across some of the same bits of advice. These include maintaining a routine and staying physically active. However, there is one bit of advice that is crucial but that we all find very challenging – even before the coronavirus pandemic. That is maintaining and creating a meaningful connection with others.

However, as you will hear, now is a great time to do just that. My guest in this episode is Georgie Nightingall. Georgie is the founder of Trigger Conversations, a business that is all about helping individuals and organisations engineer meaningful and stimulating conversations so that they happen more often. Since its launch in October 2016, they have stimulated 5000+ meaningful conversations between strangers and held over 8- events. Georgie has given a TedX talk on this topic and trained numerous organisations.

In this episode, she shares a number of useful tips and tools that we all need right now to take advantage of an opportunity to connect and re-connect with others. And as you will also hear, that starts by embracing the uncertainty that an interaction with another human being can bring. This was a fun, inspiring and very insightful conversation!

Show notes:

Trigger Conversations

Georgie on Medium

Trigger Conversations on Facebook

            On Instagram

Neuro-linguistic Programming

Mukbang

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Apr 1, 2020

For just about all of us, our lives currently feel disrupted, and frozen – and there is significant uncertainty as to when that will end. There is a way of helping to turn that on its head however – and that is by trying different things. This being a show about uncertainty, this is a great time to walk that talk.

Welcome to our first ever “cross-cast”. I join forces with Christian Hunt, founder of Human Risk and the host of the Human Risk podcast. We decided to record a joint episode, put it up on each of our shows. The result is the aptly named “All Things Human Risk”.

We had Christian on the show for episode 115. His approach to using behavioural science to tackle risk makes him one of these rare people that helps us think differently. And right now, that is exactly what we need. This was a fun conversation that had loads of great stuff, including:

  • Why even the current situation is hard for so many of us;
  • Opportunities in uncertainty;
  • Routines versus doing new things;
  • The importance of “doing nothing”;
  • Grief;
  • Travel;
  • Naps;
  • Conspiracy theories;
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

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Human Risk

Christian on Twitter – as I once put it to him in Trump-like fashion “you have some of the best tweets”

Ep 115 of All Things Risk with Christian

Atul Gewande Checklist Manifesto

Man in plague mask on BBC

NYTimes Front Page

HBR article on grief

Conspiracy theories and coronavirus 

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Mar 25, 2020

Today we take a special look at the Covid-19 pandemic. While we are rightfully tracking case numbers globally, practising social distancing and concerned about the lockdowns that are going on in our respective parts of the world, there has been relatively little produced about the medium and longer-term geopolitical and economic impacts of the outbreak. What should we expect over the coming weeks and months?

Today, start to ask some of those longer term questions with Daniel Wagner, who has been a guest on the podcast several times. This episode was recorded on Sunday March 22, 2020 and we tackle, among other things:

  • The origins of the pandemic;
  • China’s initial failure to control it and later success in doing so;
  • Failures in Western countries to manage the outbreak;
  • What to expect over the coming months.

Show notes:

Daniel on why America’s CEOs, Mayors and Governors need to step up on Covid-19

Daniel on why the USA should relax sanctions on Iran during Covid-19

Lloyd's City Risk Index

Daniel’s latest book - The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World in Amazon and in Amazon’s UK site

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

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

Daniel’s other recent books:

China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

AI Supremacy

Virtual Terror

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst Ep 124Ep 119 Ep 102 Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

 

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Mar 13, 2020

I am delighted and honoured to bring you an amazing conversation that comes at an excellent time. While the world is currently gripped by the Coronavirus, there was a time when the world’s foremost news story was something completely different – and more positive. In 2018, the world’s foremost international news story was something that made us all feel good – the rescue of the Wild Boars football team from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.

As you will hear however, that happy ending was by no means guaranteed. My guest today is Dr. Richard Harris – or Harry as he is known. Dr. Harris is an anaesthesiologist and expert cave diver. It was the confluence of these two skills that brought him to play the crucial role he played in the rescue. The stakes could not have been any higher and Harry did not even think the plan he helped design and would implement would work. But, as he puts it, it was a choice between letting the kids die a slow, painful death – or giving it a go.

For his efforts, he and his compatriot Craig Challen were given the Australian of the Year award. In spite of that, Dr. Harris is humble, possesses a service mindset, and is very quick to acknowledge that this was an amazing team effort – and a victory for the human spirit.

This is a wonderful conversation that deals with many of the themes we regularly tackle at All Things Risk:

  • Decision-making;
  • Planning;
  • Mindset;
  • Resilience;
  • Morality and ethics;
  • Humility,
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Dr. Richard Harris

Dr. Harris on Twitter

Craig Challen

The Tham Luang Cave Rescue

Harry on the prospects of the rescue succeeding

Craig and Harry’s book Against All Odds

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Feb 24, 2020

Today, we go back to some lessons from a game that mimics life – the game of poker. We welcome Alec Torelli to the show. Alec is a professional high stakes poker player, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker. He is the founder of Conscious Poker, a popular poker training platform. He has spend 14 years as a poker pro, including 3 he spent in Macau.

It goes without saying that Alec has made many high-pressure decisions under uncertainty and with high stakes involved. It also goes without saying that his experience in doing so creates many transferable insights from the poker table to other aspects of life and business. We cover a lot of these lessons in this wonderful conversation, including:

  • The ins and outs of decision-making;
  • The role of luck in life;
  • Handling adversity;
  • Managing your bankroll;
  • Reading body language;
  • Managing emotions;
  • The life of a pro poker player;
  • Tons more!

Show notes:

Alec’s website

Alec on Twitter

            On Facebook

            On Instagram

            On LinkedIn

Conscious Poker

Ep. 90 of All Things Risk with Annie Duke

Good Vibes and the Resonance Theory of Consciousness

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Feb 4, 2020

Today we take a close look at some advice, some perceived wisdom that is everywhere: "going with your gut" - that is, making decisions based on what feels right.

It's advice that is incredibly popular. It's incredibly common. And it's incredibly wrong. A gut feel is a terrible way to make a decision.

To explain, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is back with his third appearance on the podcast. Gleb has authored a new book - Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters

If you have not listened to our previous episodes with Gleb, he has an academic background in neuroscience and behavioural economics, is the founder and CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, is the author of several books and has made numerous appearances in prominent media outlets.

In this episode, we tackle the subject of decision-making based on gut feel, why this is bad advice, and what to do instead. This is a great conversation for anyone who makes decisions, and that is all of us. Not only that, but if you are an entrepreneur, business owner, someone in a leadership position or have a big decision to make in the near future, you will especially want to listen to the whole episode. 

Show notes:

Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters

Disaster Avoidance Experts

Gleb on LinkedIn

Gleb’s website;

Gleb on Twitter

Enron scandal

Bernie Ebbers and the Worldcom scandal

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The WeWork scandal

The Planning Fallacy

Bikeshedding (Parkinson’s Law of Triviality)

Gleb’s 5 questions to avoid decision-making disasters

Gleb’s 8 steps for making effective decisions

Gleb’s 12 mental skills to avoid cognitive biases

Episodes 45 and 76 of All Things Risk with Gleb Tsipurksy

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Jan 20, 2020

This one is a conversation about innovation, diversity, and of course, uncertainty. Our guest is Frans Johansson, one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners around innovation. Frans’ mission is to prepare individuals and organisations to prepare for the future. Frans is the author of the best-selling book on innovation The Medici Effect, the ideas of which led to Frans founding The Medici Group, a consulting firm that operates where diversity and innovation meet. Frans is also the CEO of the Medici Group.

Frans is all about how diversity drives innovation. This means diversity of culture, of experiences, of opinions, and how to apply these things outside of one’s framework. According to Frans, this is the key to navigating uncertainty and having success. Frans’ own background reflects this. He's the son of a Swedish father and African-American mother. He grew up in Sweden but went to university in the USA.

This is an awesome conversation that covers:

  • Innovation, with, among other things, reference to:
    • Picasso
    • Angry Birds
    • Formula 1
  • How to innovate and test ideas
  • Failure and risk
  • Gut instinct versus rationality
  • Contrarian views
  • Frans’ own approach to decision-making under uncertainty
  • Lots more!

Show notes

Frans’ website

Frans on Twitter

Frans on LinkedIn

Frans on Facebook

The Medici Effect

The Click Moment

The Medici Group

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Count of Monte Cristo

Range by David Epstein

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Jan 5, 2020

We welcome Daniel Wagner back to the show, this time to discuss his latest and insightful book The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the WorldThe book is an important follow-on to China Vision, which was published last year and on which he joined the podcast. The America-China Divide describes how China has benefited from the US-led international system, the complexity of the US-China relationship and where this is all going.

Daniel describes a vision for the future that we all need to understand, discuss and shape. This is China's Century. But what do we do about that? As Daniel puts it, we need to "wake up" and craft our own vision for co-existence with that reality.

The book has received a number of very positive reviews from renowned China scholars and policy-makers. And if you are a listener of All Things Risk, you will know that Daniel has a wonderful knack for explaining complex geopolitical phenomena in a way that is clear and understandable. 

Show notes:

The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World in Amazon and in Amazon's UK site 

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

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

Daniel’s other recent books:

China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

AI Supremacy

Virtual Terror

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst, Ep 119 Ep 102 Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

Jan 2, 2020

This is Part Two of our annual “best of” the year episode for 2019. We have clips from:

Episode 111 – Alastair Humphreys

Episode 114 – Tikiri Herath

Episode 110 – Nancy Roberts

Episode 104 – Ed Dowding

Episode 118 – StJohn Deakins

Episode 105 – Sam Wilkin

Episode 102 – Daniel Wagner

Episode 117 – Paul-Olivier Dehaye

Episode 113 – Jeremy Gilley

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Dec 31, 2019

This is Part One of our annual “best of” the year episode for 2019. We have clips from:

 

Ep. 100 - Hilary Gallo

Ep. 101 - Luke Tyburski

Ep. 112 - Nicole Davis

Ep. 103 – Nadia Finer

Ep. 115 – Christian Hunt

Ep. 109 – Alex Hutchinson

Ep. 107 – Anna Glover and Bryan Huneycutt

Ep. 116 – Alex Sidorenko

Ep. 120 – Allison Schrager

Ep. 108 – Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere

Ep. 106 – Usman and Adeela Omar

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Dec 18, 2019

After doing 120+ episodes of All Things Risk, it’s hard not to have some episodes that completely embody the ethos of the show – to embrace uncertainty. This is one of those episodes. My guest is adventurer, travel risk expert, author and speaker Lloyd Figgins.

In 2012, Lloyd and his friend David Whiddon rowed 3,000 nautical miles (~5,000 km) from Morocco to Barbados on a plywood boat. This was an amazing journey involving two years of preparation. We hear all about it from Lloyd – from the idea, the preparation, the journey, and its aftermath.

It embraces everything about uncertainty that we love. It is also at once inspiring and filled with practical examples applicable to any endeavour.

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Dec 7, 2019

What can we learn about risk from how services are priced at legal brothels? What does systemic risk have to do with the paparazzi? How are big wave surfers a bit like actuaries? What does fraud tell about how people mis-calculate probabilities?

Meet Allison Schrager, author of An Economist Walks Into a Brothel. Allison is an economist, a journalist and co-founder of LifeCycle Finance Partners. She worked academically and professionally on retirement finance. She has worked with some of the world’s prestigious financial institutions and has written for the likes of The Economist, Bloomberg, Wired, Playboy and Foreign Affairs.

It’s this stacking of skills and experience that I think makes her book An Economist Walks Into a Brothel so insightful and entertaining. In the book, Allison looks at the pricing of sex work at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Las Vegas, risk calculations of big wave surfers, how poker players stay rational in the midst of high stakes and a lot more. So many the risk concepts are highly applicable to contexts outside of hardcore finance, Allison’s work exemplifies that and today, she joins us to share her insights in our latest episode.

We get into:

  • The origin story of the book;
  • Brothels, surfers and the paparazzi as well as the a spectacular fraud that went wrong, studying H.R. McMaster and the Gulf War;
  • How a number of financial risk concepts are applicable to wider applications – Allison’s 5 rules to risk-taking:
    • The risk free rate and risk versus reward
    • Knowing that we are irrational
    • Diversification
    • Hedging
    • Knowing that uncertainty happens
  • She shares a number of colourful stories from her book and how she conducted the research for it
  • Lots more

This was a fun and incredibly insightful conversation.

Show notes:

Allison’s website

Allison on Twitter

An Economist Walks Into a Brothel

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch

Allison’s article – “Why big-waver surfers are just like actuaries”

Crazy Eddie

Robert Merton

The Black-Scholes-Merton model

H.R. McMaster

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Nov 24, 2019

It’s always a pleasure to welcome back Daniel Wagner to the show. Daniel has been a guest several times. He is a geopolitical risk expert, CEO of Country Risk Solutions, and has written several books on risk topics – including China Vision, AI Supremacy, and Virtual Terror amongst others.

In this episode, Daniel joins me from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire where he is on assignment and we check in on the state of the world, primarily from the perspective of geopolitics. We recorded it about a month ago, October 2019. We cover an amazing amount of ground, including:

  • The China-US trade war;
  • Greta Thunberg and climate change;
  • The trend of “party over country” in the US and UK;
  • Donald Trump and foreign policy;
  • Sustainability;
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative;
  • What’s happening in Hong Kong;
  • Russia and election security;
  • Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon and the fervour this has created in Kenya;
  • Things you might not be hearing about, particularly with regard to Africa
  • Much more

Show notes:

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

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

Daniel’s recent books:

                China Vision on Amazon’s US site

China Vision on Amazon’s UK site

                AI Supremacy

                Virtual Terror

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst, Ep 102 Ep 98  Ep 69,  Ep 57Ep 17 and Ep 10 with Daniel Wagner

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI);

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs)

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Nov 12, 2019

Today we continue exploring data, ethics, technology, and risk. There is a continuation of some of the ideas in Ep. 117, and many alternative viewpoints provided as well.

My guest is StJohn Deakins. StJohn is the Founder and CEO of CitizenMe, a company that enables organisations to solve problems and build closer relationships with the public through ethical user data and research tools. His vision is to create a service for everyone that allows us to unlock the value of our personal data, for our own ends. This will allow us to take control of our digital identities and assert our rights. And, as you’ll hear our data is worth more than we may think.

StJohn is quite a visionary and has been ahead of numerous trends in the tech space for some time. We cover a lot of very interesting ground in this episode:

  • The origins of CitizenMe, and how its vision is to make the internet work as originally planned;
  • The organic data that is all around us as individuals;
  • How StJohn and CitizenMe help people interct with their data;
  • The Cambridge Analytica scandal;
  • Analog versus digital memories;
  • Dark patterns;
  • Problems with our education system;
  • Ethics and governance of data;
  • Adtech;
  • Much more!

 Show notes:

StJohn’s personal site

StJohn on Twitter

CitizenMe

CitizenMe on Twitter

Lloyd’s List

Terms of Service; Didn’t Read

Charlie Brooker on tech’s next Black Mirror moment

Dark patterns

Ad Tech

Radical Everyone

Home Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Contact, 1997 film

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Oct 30, 2019

We have a big-picture conversation today that is a fascinating look at social media, data protection, privacy, accountability and much more. Our guest is Paul-Olivier Dehaye. Paul is a Swiss-based mathematician who helped lift the lid on the Cambridge-Analytica / Facebook scandal. He has extensive expertise in and has conducted research on how social media platforms predict our behaviour and can create dangerous amplification patterns.

If you have seen the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Great Hack (and if you haven’t, I highly recommend you do), you will have come across Paul. He was instrumental in helping one of that documentary’s protagonists – New York-based media professor David Carroll - try to obtain the data Cambridge Analytica held about him. He had been looking at how Cambridge Analytica had been violating EU data protection rules well before both the Brexit referendum in the UK and the 2016 US elections. He has subsequently provided testimony to the UK parliament on this topic.

He has actually been looking at how social media platforms trade in and handle data for some time – not just by Facebook but several other firms. He is the founder of personaldata.io a non-profit that promotes digital rights and trust the digital world. It aims to help people control their digital identity.

We get into all of that and more in this fascinating conversation that covers:

  • Social media and behaviour prediction;
  • How amplification patterns work;
  • How Cambridge Analytica first came onto his radar, how he researched the firm and what he found (again, this is before the Brexit referendum and 2016 US elections);
  • Facebook – what the company is and is not doing well in light of all of this. How it is “shooting itself in the foot”. Paul had focused a lot on Facebook because it has been profoundly changing social dynamics around the world;
  • We also discuss other social platforms, particularly Uber and Tinder;
  • The “physics” of social media – and how we don’t really fully understand who this works;
  • Solutions and why many of these like in individuals’ rights to access the data companies have on them;
  • Generic risks we face as we move to an algorithmic society;
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Paul-Olivier on Twitter

                On LinkedIn

Paul-Olivier’s website

On Medium

Personaldata.io

Mydata.org

The Great Hack

The Snowden revelations

Privacy International

The OCEAN model of personality traits

Paul’s running dossier on Cambridge Analytica

Aleksandr Kogan

David Carroll   

Brittany Kaiser

Sockpuppets

“I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets”

Article on James Farrar: “The Londoner Who Brought Uber to its Knees”

Tom Watson

India’s approach to data protection

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Oct 21, 2019

 

It’s no secret that open plan offices suck. This has been confirmed by a recent study from Harvard. Their only redeeming quality is that they’re cheap – great if the only thing that matters to the work that gets done in them is cost. For everything else, they’re terrible.

One of the things open plan offices seem to assume (in addition to assuming human beings are unaffected by distractions) is that all that matters is what happens from the neck up. This directly contradicts a basic truth about biology, decision-making and something that countless guests on the All Things Risk podcast have said – the mind and body are part of the same system.

In this short In-betweenisode, I offer some thoughts on how to do great work and make quality decisions in spite of the constraints open plan offices generate.

Show notes:

Article: It’s Official: Open Plan Offices are the Dumbest Management Fad of All Time

Article: This is Nuts: It Takes Nearly 30 Minutes to Refocus Once You’ve Been Distracted

The Pomodoro Technique

Article: How to Calm Your Mind Using a Simple Breathing Technique

Article: How to Calm Your Mind Using a Simple Breathing Technique 

Coffee naps / espresso naps - scientist agree that they work

Article: How Plants at Work Can Improve Wellbeing and Efficiency

What is a terrarium? Check out Leafage to find out a bit more

Music for concentration:

What are "Binaural Beats?"

Lo Fi beats for concentrating and studying

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Oct 10, 2019

This episode is all about risk awareness. And in many ways, it’s an unusual episode in that we get into risk management as a profession. I tend to stay away from this as a topic because I don’t believe risk should have its own jargon and rituals that only certain hallowed people can use. We all take risks, and as you will hear, the science of risk and decision-making has been around for a while.

My guest, however, isn’t your ordinary risk professional. He’s Alex Sidorenko and he has been on the show before. For the past several years, Alex has been disrupting the way in which organisations think about and practice risk management. Alex runs something called Risk Academy which offers counterintuitive and controversial views on risk management.

Next week (Oct 14-18 2019), Alex is putting together Risk Awareness Week – an online conference which offers some amazing speakers and content on risk as a management discipline – why it’s broken, how to fix it, and much more. Even if – and especially if – you are not a risk professional, you will get tons of value from my conversation with Alex and from Risk Awareness Week.

Alex is fun, and we cover a range of topics including:

  • Why risk management is all about probability theory, neuroscience and decision science – don’t let the marketing fool you;
  • Why so much corporate risk management is bullsh*t;
  • How to de-bias yourself;
  • Some great tips on decision-making;
  • How Alex and some of his colleagues beat the lottery;
  • Much more

Show notes:

Risk Academy

Risk Awareness Week

Alex on Twitter

Alex on Linkedin

On YouTube

Alex’s interview with Grant Purdy

Alex’s favourite risk management books

The Flaw of Averages by Sam Savage and Jeff Danziger

The Failure of Risk Management – Why It’s Broken and How to Fix It by Douglass Hubbard

Alex and colleagues' lottery experiment

My first episode with Alex on All Things Risk

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