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May 28, 2021

On previous episodes of the podcast, we’ve discussed behavioural science when it comes to decision-making, we’ve talked about psychology and psychological frameworks – or mindset – when it comes to uncertainty and risk. However, we have never covered hypnosis. So, when I got the opportunity to have Jason Linett on the show, I naturally jumped at the chance.

Jason is a Certified Professional Hypnotist. He has spent nearly two decades learning and applying how hypnosis can change behaviours. As I read Jason’s bio and thought about the whole concept of hypnosis I considered how it could be used unethically (I was reminded on our conversation on cults with Steve Hassan) and also wondering about the circumstances under which hypnosis might work. Jason demystifies the practice and differentiates it from manipulation.

We get into all of that in this episode. Jason shares his background, we get into what hypnosis is and isn’t, we discuss the ethics of hypnosis, how Jason uses it with his clients, he shares some specific techniques, and much more.

Show notes:

Jason’s website

Jason on Facebook

Jason on Twitter

Hypnotherapy Board

Dave Elman

Implicit Learning

Future Pacing

Double Bind

Meta Model Questions

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May 9, 2021

Today, we talk about creativity, joy and passion – and how a sense of values can serve as an anchor during uncertain times. My guest is Jen Ables. Jen is someone who has worn many hats in her life. One of her first hats was as an insurance underwriter – so we start there, but it gets much more interesting!

We go on a trip in this conversation with Jen that includes the difference between success and happiness, uncertainty and resilience, Jen’s journey to becoming a dance instructor and which included a trip to the Obama White House for the “United State of Women” summit. We cover Jen’s work with wounded military veterans using dance as part of their physiotherapy and mental recovery. We get into gratitude and in what I think is a timely episode as many of us grapple with the past year of this pandemic and beyond, ways in which we can embrace uncertainty during challenging times.

Show notes:

Jen’s website

Jen on LinkedIn

Jen on Instagram

Dr. Drennan, Temple School of Business

Dr. Martin Luther King – The Drum Major Instinct

Bruce Lee – “flowing water never goes stale”

Nobel Prize winners and hobbies

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Apr 13, 2021

Today we meet Nick Bradley. Nick is a world-renowned business growth and scale-up specialist. He hosts his own podcast, the popular Scale Up Your Business podcast and is the co-founder of The Fielding Group, a growth accelerator that helps companies improve their business performance.

Nick has an interesting background in that he worked for what some might call the dark side of business, private equity. He led turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions and scale-ups before deciding that he wanted to use that knowledge to help founders and entrepreneurs. Nick discusses that world and that decision, his background in endurance athletics, and much more.

Show notes:

Nick’s website;

The Scale Up Your Business podcast;

The Fielding Group;

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

David Goggins

Jocko Willink

Zig Ziglar

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Mar 9, 2021

As human beings, there are many ways in which we tend not to make great decisions, particularly when risk is involved. So, what does great decision-making under uncertainty look like? This episode is jam-packed with plenty of insight, useful techniques and fascinating research. Making her second appearance on the All Things Risk podcast is Annie Duke. Annie is a former World Series of Poker champion (she’s won ~$4 million in the game before retiring in 2012) and is now a speaker, consultant and decision scientist.

We had Annie on the show a couple of years ago to discuss her first book Thinking in Bets – Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts – a best-seller. Today, Annie joins us to talk about her latest book How to Decide – Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. In it, she merges her poker expertise with her cognitive psychology research to create a series of tools anyone can learn to make better decisions.

We get into a ton of great stuff about decision-making in this podcast covering risk, faulty information, how to make great decisions quickly, we talk about quitting, why decision-making isn’t taught in schools, Annie’s work for the Alliance for Decision Education and much more.

Show notes:

Annie’s website

How to Decide

Thinking in Bets

The Alliance for Decision Education

Michael Mauboussin

Daniel Kahneman

Amos Tversky

Richard Thaler

Pete Carroll

Motivated reasoning

Satisficing

Angela Duckworth and Grit

Alex Honnold - Free Solo

Cass Sunstein

Barry Staw

Katy Milkman

Jack Horner

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Feb 24, 2021

Today, we welcome Rory Douglas to the show. Rory is a financial educator, a high-performance coach, author and the CEO of Aqua Financial Centre.  As you will hear, Rory spent a lot of time working with clients in the music industry and those with a significant amount of material wealth. So, we get into the world of wealth management and what wealth actually means.

Beyond this, this is a conversation about how finding a sense of purpose and meaning can (as we’ve explored before on the show) serve as a powerful anchor in the midst of stormy waters. But that takes work – it doesn’t ‘just happen’. We explore that too.

We also get into Rory’s background growing up with dyslexia and that that meant to his development  - and we get into an interesting phenomenon the population of entrepreneurs have twice as many dyslexics as the general working population of most advanced economies. We also get into decision-making, dealing with setbacks, and much more.

Show notes:

Rory Douglas

Aqua Financial Centre

The rule of 72

The 20/10 rule

Psychology, stress and performance (Yerkes-Dodson law)

Cracking the Rich Code

Broke – ESPN 30 for 30 film

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Feb 8, 2021

Today, we welcome fellow podcaster Steve LeClair to the show. Steve is an acclaimed wealth management professional in the USA. Beyond that, Steve is a bit of a kindred spirit in many ways because last year, he started a podcast called “Embracing Uncertainty” in which Steve interviews successful entrepreneurs about how they manage uncertainty. Obviously, given the past year, there are plenty of lessons.

Steve is also – like most interesting people – someone who has had a non-linear career path. He has applied lessons from one experience into another. We get into that, Steve’s experiences working for a telecoms company during the dot com bubble, dealing with setbacks, living, as Steve puts it, “a life of significance” and much more.

Show notes:

Embracing Uncertainty podcast

Steve on LinkedIn

Article – “Why Older Entrepreneurs Have the Edge”

The Guidry Group

Nick Bradley

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Jan 18, 2021

How often do you play? How often do you allow yourself to be silly, to do something just because it’s fun, with no particular objective in mind? As you will hear, most adults don’t play enough, something that may be an even bigger problem during this pandemic. “Play” is another way of saying “embrace uncertainty”. Remember when “uncertainty” wasn’t referred to as negatively as it currently is? We need to rediscover play.

Enter, Stage Right, Jeff Harry. Jeff’s mission is to show individuals and organisations how to tap into their true selves, to feel happiest and most fulfilled by playing. He has worked with Google, Microsoft, the NFL and many others. Jeff is also an accomplished speaker and has presented at the likes of SXSW and Australia’s Pausefest. He speaks to audiences around how major issues in the workforce can be solved using play. He was also selected by Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers for his work around addressing toxicity in the workplace. His company is appropriately named Rediscover Your Play.

We get into the importance of play in this episode, how to initiate it, how Jeff gets serious adults to embrace play, how he helps organisations deal with toxic people and so much more.

Show notes:

Jeff’s company, Rediscover Your Play

Jeff on Twitter

Jeff on LinkedIn

Steve Job’s Stanford commencement speech – “connecting the dots”

Steven Johnson

Flow states

Elizabeth Gilbert

Viola Davis

Dr. Stuart Brown on play

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Jan 5, 2021

Once again, we take a look back at some of our most memorable, popular, and relevant clips from our episodes of the past year. And, when we say “best of” this is always in quotation marks because we couldn’t include everything, and each episode may provide something special to every listener – this is all highly subjective!

 

2020 was of course, a challenging year and 2021 looks like it may be equally challenging. However, one of the things we have been reminded of in the past year is that uncertainty is an enduring aspect of life. We have been fortunate to bring together a variety of guests who have shared insights, tools, and practices on uncertainty that can serve us very well into 2021 and beyond.

 

We have clips from our episodes with:

 

Mike Clark

Dr. Jason Selk

Patrick McKeown

Jonny Miller

Georgie Nightingall

Chris Sparks

Alec Torelli

Christian Hunt

Saray Khumalo

Dr. Richard Harris

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

Steven Hassan

Robert Fitzpatrick

Frans Johansson

Paul Orlando

Dr. Todd Boyd (AKA “The Notorious PhD”)

Toby Kent

John Perkins

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Dec 26, 2020

For the past three years, Daniel Wagner has joined the podcast at this time of year to “reflect forwards” on the past year and into the next. This is that episode for 2020-2021 and there is a lot to discuss from Covid, to the USA, China, Brexit, the Middle East to some reflections on what the craziest year in recent memory means for our thinking about risk and uncertainty.

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Dec 15, 2020

Imagine a fantasy world in which there is endless abundance, a world in which risk and uncertainty don’t exist and a world in which all you have to do is think positive thoughts, do what you’re told, and – provided you do it – all your dreams will come true. You might be surprised to hear that millions of grown adults believe or have believed in this fantasy world – and in the process have lost fortunes, friends, marriages and in some cases, even their own lives as the fantasy crumbles and reality sets in.

This is exactly what happens to many people who get involved in multi-level marketing schemes (MLMs) or their cousins, ‘gifting’ schemes. And yet, the purveyors of these fantasies are legal, billion-dollar companies like Amway, Herbalife, Nu Skin, Arbonne, and others. Why does that happen how is this legal and possible?

Meet this episode’s guest, Robert FitzPatrick. Robert is a world-renowned expert in examining and revealing deception and fraud in bogus, home-based businesses. He is a recognised authority in MLMs and pyramid scheme fraud and has been featured in the programme 60 minutes, ABC World News and NBC Dateline in the USA, the BBC in the UK and the CBC in Canada. Robert’s latest book is called Ponzinomics – The Untold Story of Multi-Level Marketing.

The book describes how MLMs were created in the USA, escaped criminal and civil prosecution and spread all over the world. It explains how the legitimate business of direct selling was turned into pyramid selling, and how a business can become a delusional belief. We get into all of that in the episode, discuss why only a fraction of a fraction of 1% ever make any money in an MLM (hint – unless you started the scheme, then it’s not you), what you can do if a friend or loved one is involved in an MLM, and much more.

Show notes:

Ponzinomics

Pyramid Scheme Alert

False Profits - Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes

Pyramid and Gifting Schemes

Amway

Herbalife

NXIVM

Aleph cult in Japan

John Oliver on MLMs

Schitt’s Creek MLM episode

Anti-MLM Reddit

Betting on Zero – Netflix documentary on Herbalife

Steve Hassan

Bill Ackman

Marauders of Hope

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Dec 12, 2020

How are you? This is a question we all regularly ask and answer on a daily basis. And in doing so, we rarely, if ever, expect or deliver a genuine response. As we are finding out – this is a huge problem, particularly amongst so-called high achievers – leaders in organisations, entrepreneurs, and others. The coronavirus pandemic seems to have only exacerbated that.

This is something that frustrated my guest and his collaborator so much that he decided to look deeply into it. Jonny Miller – who you will get to know in this episode – and Jan Chipchase were both frustrated at the impact that burnout was having on their peers, family, friends, and themselves. So, they set out to explore the common triggers to burnout, how extensive the problem is, and what we can do about it. They set up a survey which was completed by 261 people, a follow-up survey during the covid pandemic, interviews and a literature review. The result is the Emotional Resilience in Leadership Report, which offers a fantastic analysis of what’s happening, including the hidden stressors that can cause burnout.

Jonny is the founder of Curious Humans, an independent consultancy that helps leaders ask better questions. He operates a coaching practice for founders and executives, hosts his own podcast and was one of the co-founders of Maptia. In this conversation, we cover tons of ground on emotional resilience, burnout, hidden stressors, and what we can do to prevent and combat burnout.

Show notes:

Emotional Resilience in Leadership Report - summary deck, full report

Curious Human podcast including Breathwork episode with Edward Dangerfield

Some resources on emotional resilience

Jonny on Twitter

Jonny’s TEDx talk

“That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief” by Scott Berinato

Internal Family Systems

Escape the City

Fear Setting

Jane McGonigal

Ep. 149 of All Things Risk with Lan and Harlan Cao

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Dec 3, 2020

This is our first-ever mother and daughter guest combination on the podcast. I am delighted to bring you this conversation with Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Cao, co-authors of an amazing book entitled Family in Six Tones.

Lan Cao is an acclaimed author who was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1961, a turbulent time in that country’s history – which would only get more turbulent. During this time, she found solace in books and stories. In 1975, as South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam, Lan was adopted by an American officer and went to live in the United States. Her parents followed several months later. Lan began American high school and her initial time in the USA coincided with loneliness, loss of country and at times hostility. In that, she again found solace in reading. So, it is perhaps not surprising that - during and after a career in law – she became a writer.

Family in Six Tones is a dual person memoir by Lan and Harlan. Harlan is 18 years old and starting university. She obviously has a very different upbringing from Lan. The contrast in cultures and personalities makes this book incredibly interesting through its interwoven chapters written by both Lan and Harlan. Lan describes struggling to find her place in the USA as a 13-year old refugee through to being a mother, and the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Harlan describes her own struggles and challenges which are different to that of her mother.

In all of this, there is something quite universal that fits many of the themes of our show around dealing with uncertainty, risk and setbacks. We cover so much ground in this episode – Lan discusses her life in Vietnam, moving to the USA, geopolitics. Harlan and Lan discuss cultural differences – particularly between the individual and the collective, we focus on uncertainty, and tons more.

Show notes:

Family in Six Tones

Lan’s website

Lan on Goodreads

The Tet offensive

Realpolitik

“Pottery Barn rule”

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Nov 18, 2020

Today, we talk about unintended consequences, which seems very appropriate for 2020. My guest is Paul Orlando. Paul is a specialist in helping startups succeed, teaches business at the University of Southern California and for the purposes of this episode, is an accomplished thinker and writer on unintended consequences or so-called “second order effects”. He runs a blog by that name and his insightful articles have appeared in a range or publications.

Paul has written over 80 articles on unintended consequences that offer fascinating insights we discuss in this episode, including:

  • Why self-checkouts create an increase in shoplifting;
  • How AI facial recognition technology can lead to false arrests;
  • Why eliminating disease-carrying mosquitoes is not such a good idea

Paul’s work on unintended consequences is an apt reminder that for better or worse, human beings do not know how everything works, that uncertainty is an enduring aspect of our world, and that this has profound implications for the way in which we make decisions. Unintended consequences are all around us. As we understand them better and appreciate complexity and systems more, we can, as Paul puts it, thrive.

Show notes:

Paul’s Unintended Consequences blog;

Paul on Twitter;

Paul on autonomous vehicles;

Paul on self checkouts;

Paul on AI and false arrests;

Paul on mosquitoes;

The precautionary principle;

Charlie Munger

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Nov 3, 2020

With the results of the US election now in and a Biden presidency forthcoming, what does it all mean? What is Trump’s legacy? What challenges does the Biden administration face? How does it deal with Covid 19? What about foreign affairs and the rest of the world?

Daniel Wagner returns to the show to discuss these and related topics.

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

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Oct 16, 2020

As we’ve either learned or have been reminded in 2020, the world is filled with uncertainty. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if more of us, and more of our institutions and ways of living embedded more resilience -  ways to withstand and even thrive in the midst of stressors and shocks? Has any of this been done before?

Well, here’s some good news – it has, at least in a few places. One of those places is Melbourne, Australia, one of the world’s most liveable cities and a city that has received positive press coverage for the way it has handled the Covid-19 pandemic. Our guest today has had something to do with that. He has been described as “the man helping to future-proof Melbourne”. Meet Toby Kent.

Toby was Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer, a position appointed under the Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Resilient Cities Initiative. In this role, Toby created and delivered Australia’s first urban resilience strategy, Resilient Melbourne, a collection of Melbourne’s 32 councils, State, private and non-profit organisations, And, as part of that strategy, Toby warned – back in 2015 – that a pandemic was among the 20 things that could threaten Melbourne.

So, we obviously get into that and talk about some of the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic. We also get into a number of broader areas as well including the environment, climate change, mental health, anti-fragility, and community resilience. Toby has an extensive background in sustainability and resilience and I am sure that you will enjoy this conversation.

Show notes:

Toby’s website

Toby on Twitter

Toby on LinkedIn

Resilient Melbourne

Meet the Man Helping to Future-proof Melbourne” – article in The Age

Jane Jacobs

The Rockefeller Foundation

Deepwater Horizon

Social Capital and Disaster Recovery by Daniel Aldrich

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

City Limits, the Grattan Institute

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Oct 7, 2020

It has been a few weeks but we are back! Today's conversation is about purpose, loss, wellness and entrepreneurship. My guest is Chris Lampitt. Chris is a London-based entrepreneur who started his career and spent several years in the banking industry. That is, until an incident caused him to question his purpose and his physical and mental health. Since then, Chris dedicated himself to health and wellness and made a career out of this - even starting his own company called FIT20:20 last year. 

If you've listened to many of our previous episodes, you know that many of our past guests have emphasised the connection between resilience, uncertainty and wellbeing. This has been brought into sharp relief since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris underscores this in this conversation.

On top of this, Chris has recently launched an initiative that combines his passion and background to help the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. The NHS of course been under a lot of strain because of Covid19. Chris shares this on the show as well.

Show notes:

Chris on LinkedIn

Chris on Twitter

FIT20:20

Jordan Henderson's NHS coronavirus fund

Prince William's mental health documentary

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Sep 6, 2020

Today, we discuss diversity, purpose, mountains, setbacks, and success. Our guest on this episode is Saray Khumalo, the first Black African woman to have summited Mount Everest and to reach the South Pole. Saray is an award-winning mountaineer, a speaker, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. She is South Africa, born in Zambia and of Rwandan descent.

Last year, after three previous failed attempts, Saray reached the summit of Mount Everest, to much acclaim and fanfare, including from those who likely doubted her. When you listen to her story, you realise that this achievement encompassed many highs, but also lows and setbacks – including . Mountaineering involves making decisions in an environment in which a poor decision can lead to paying the ultimate price. This is real-world risk management.

Beyond this, the reality is that even in 2020, diversity in mountaineering and adventuring simply isn’t there. Many do not think about a stereotypical adventurer and envision a black woman. And that, is in many ways, why Saray does what she does. This is both an inspiring and insightful episode.

Show notes:

Saray’s website

Saray on Twitter

Saray’s successful summit of Mount Everest

Saray’s South Pole expedition

Saray featured by the Nelson Mandela Foundation- “Madiba exemplified”

Saray’s TED talk

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Aug 25, 2020

Today, we talk cults, mind control, and Donald Trump. My guest is Steven Hassan, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control. Steven has made this his life’s work since the 1970s when he left the cult of the Unification Church (a.k.a. “The Moonies” after its leader Sun Myung Moon). As you will hear, Steven left the cult and deconstructed how his recruitment involved the use of unethical and powerful psychological influence techniques.

Since 1976, he has helped thousands of people exit destructive cults. He has written a number of books on the topic, his first entitled Combatting Cult Mind Control. In 1999, Steven founded the Freedom of Mind Resource Centre which helps rescue victims of mind control and to recover from the experience. Steven is a qualified mental health professional and has also studied neuro-linguistic programming and hypnosis. So, he knows of what he speaks.

This brings us to the focus of this conversation – the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. Steven’s most recent book is called The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control. As you will hear, cults don’t have to be religious – they can be political, commercial (e.g. multi-level marketing schemes) or cults of personality. When Steven started looking into Trump’s behaviour – how he tries to control behaviour, information, thoughts and emotions (Steven’s BITE model of mind control), he found significant parallels between the President and cult leaders like David Koresh, Jim Jones, L. Ron Hubbard and Sun Myung Moon.

The book is a fascinating and in-depth analysis of the US President and also why people who may be sane, rational and well-adjusted can be persuaded to believe outrageous ideas. We get into all of that. In addition, Steven shares expertise on how to engage with anyone who may have been under the influence of mind control as well as how to check ourselves for mind control influence.

 

Show notes:

 

Steven’s bio

Steven on Twitter

Freedom of Mind Resource Centre

Steven’s latest book The Cult of Trump

Steven’s first book Combatting Cult Mind Control

The BITE model

The Unification Church (“The Moonies”)

Margaret Singer

Robert Jay Lifton

The Science of Social Influence by Anthony Pratkanis

Jim Jones

L. Ron Hubbard

Charles Manson

Malignant Narcissism

Opus Dei

National Prayer Breakfasts

Netflix documentary “The Family”

New Apostolic Reformation

Norman Vincent Peale

QAnon

The Mueller Report

The Influence Continuum

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Aug 14, 2020

Today we welcome back several-time guest and friend of the show, Daniel Wagner. As you may know, Daniel and I have been doing a series on Covid19. This time however, we talk China and specifically, the focus of Daniel’s latest book The Chinese Vortex – The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Impact on the World. As you will hear the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a set of large infrastructure projects that China has been using to extend its influence on the world. It is an extension of China’s tremendous and growing power.

As you will also hear all is not as it seems with the BRI, nor is all as it was intended. In fact, the BRI is an insightful prism through which to understand not only China’s place in the world, how it views the world, but also its weaknesses. We cover a lot in this episode, including:

  • The origins of the BRI and its objectives;
  • So-called “debt trap diplomacy”;
  • How BRI projects are received;
  • China’s export of authoritarianism;
  • China, the BRI and Covid19;
  • How China views the upcoming US elections;
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Daniel’s latest book – The Chinese Vortex – The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Impact on the World 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

The Belt and Road Initiative

Debt trap diplomacy

The string of pearls geopolitical strategy

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index

Coca Codo dam in Ecuador

The Malaysia 1MDB scandal

DCEP, China’s digital currency

China’s Social Credit System

Daniel’s recent interview on RT’s Crosstalk

Unrestricted warfare

Pew survey on China

Ep. 91 with Daniel and Keith Furst and Ep 138 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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Jul 24, 2020

Today, we have a fascinating conversation about race and popular culture, particularly around what’s happened recently in the United States following the murder of George Floyd and the protests and uprisings that have followed. As you will hear, this event follows an unfortunate pattern and history that sadly, spans decades. I wanted to explore them within some historical and cultural context. So, I invited Dr. Todd Boyd, aka “The Notorious PhD” onto the podcast – and he graciously accepted.

If you are new to Dr. Boyd, he is the Katherine and Frank Price Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Boyd is an author, media commentator, producer and scholar. The has appeared in numerous documentaries, most recently in the popular Netflix series “The Last Dance” which was about Michael Jordan’s last season with the Chicago Bulls. He wrote and produced the cult classic film “The Wood” and produced the Netflix documentary “At All Costs”. Dr. Boyd’s books include The Notorious PhD’s Guide to the Super Fly 1970s, Young, Black, Rich and Famous, The New H.N.I.C. and Am I Black Enough For You? He has written articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Guardian, amongst others.

Dr. Boyd is a pioneer. He developed a new field of study in the 1990s on Hip Hop culture. His work makes connections across sport, cinema, music, fashion, art and politics. This not just  a conversation about race in the USA – and by extension many other countries. It is also a conversation about the importance of popular culture and how culture does more than merely reflect society – it can help shape it in unseen and often uncertain ways.

Show notes:

Dr. Todd Boyd

Dr. Boyd on Twitter

Dr. Boyd on Instagram

Recent piece by Dr. Boyd in the The Guardian on racism in Hollywood

1943 Detroit Race Riot

1967 Detroit Race Riot

The Watts Riot / Watts Rebellion

Rodney King Riot

Ali – Liston II fight

Yo! MTV Raps

Colin Kaepernick and Roger Goodell

1968 Olympics Black Power Salute

Jim Brown

Craig Hodges

Jackie Robinson

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

The Last Dance

Isiah Thomas and the Dennis Rodman comments on Larry Bird

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Stokely Carmichael

Angela Davis

Eryka Badu

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Jul 10, 2020

This episode takes on a topic we’ve not tackled before – sentientism. My guest is Jamie Woodhouse. Jamie is an advisor, campaigner and a former colleague of mine (he was a partner at Accenture). For the purposes of this episode however, he is a sentientist. Sentientism is an ethical philosophy that uses reason and evidence to consider all sentient beings – that is, beings that can experience suffering or flourishing.

Jamie runs a website on the topic, campaigns and provides thought leadership on this topic. This is a conversation that is increasingly relevant given Covid19 and our relationship with the natural world. It is also relevant because it isn’t possible to discuss this topic without discussing reason, evidence and science.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What sentientism is and arguments for it;
  • How it differs from ethical veganism;
  • Why secular humanism (which embraces human reason and ethics as the basis for morality and decision-making) needs an overhaul;
  • Tribalism and why many of us don’t change our minds in light of evidence contrary to our views;
  • Sentientism and artificial intelligence – which led us to the film Blade Runner of course;
  • Much more

Show notes:

Sentientism.info;

Sentientism on Twitter;

Sentientism Facebook Group;

Jamie’s website;

Jamie on Twitter;

Akrasia

Peter Singer

Jonathan Haidt

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity by Toby Ord

Solipsism

Blade Runner

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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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