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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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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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