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Feb 26, 2017

This week’s episode not only demonstrates the importance of context and nuance, but also of going beneath the various layers to develop a better understanding of a topic. In this case, we will be exploring a place that is being talked about quite frequently: Russia.

I grew up during the Cold War, when Russia was the enemy. It would appear that this is a country on the path to being the enemy once again. While I am no fan of the current US administration, I think there is a problem with the potential vilification of a country. In thinking about all this, the question I arrived at is “what does Russia want?”

I am no expert on Russia. However, I am very fortunate that my guest today is, and is very well placed to answer this question. Meet Tim Stanley. Tim is a Brit based in Moscow and is Senior Partner for Russia/CIS at Control Risks, an independent global risk consultancy. Tim has been living and working in Russia for the past ten years helping clients manage the various risks associated with working in the country.

However, Tim’s interest in Russia goes beyond this. This is Tim’s second stint in the country. His first started back in 1991 when he arrived as a student shortly after the August putsch. The country was in a state of incredible transition and Tim was similarly present during Gorbachev’s dissolution of the USSR later that year. Tim return in 2007 after living in the USA for several years.

To truly understand a country as a foreigner I believe that one needs to live there for an extended period of time, speak the language, and understand the culture. Tim possesses all of these qualifications and is in a position to provide a level of understanding of Russia that you will find very difficult to obtain elsewhere.

On the show, Tim shares:

  • What Russia was like in 1991 and the transition it underwent in a short period of time – Tim share some great stories from that time;
  • Differences between Western and Russian culture;
  • What brought him back to Russia in 2007;
  • Comparisons between life in the country in the early 1990s and now;
  • What Russians generally think about:
    • Vladimir Putin
    • The USA and Donald Trump
  • Myths and misconceptions about Russia;
  • The future of Russia-US relations;
  • Russia’s relationship with the EU and China
  • Loads more!

Tim is very knowledgeable and is a great guy. I am very grateful for his appearance on All Things Risk and I am sure that after listening, you will too. 

Show notes:

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Ep. 59 “The Destroyer of Worlds” - http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-59-the-destroyer-of-worlds/

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Feb 20, 2017

Today, I have the honour of bringing you the youngest guest I have had so far on All Things Risk – but you perhaps wouldn’t know that from speaking to him.  Meet 18-year old Souleyman Bah (remember that name!).  Souleyman is a sprinter on Team GB (Great Britain)’s paralympic team. In 2015, he gold in the 100 metres at the Paralympic School Games in Rio – a junior paralympic games.  He is currently training for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

However, there is more to Souleyman than sprinting. He as born in Guinea (Conakry) in West Africa – one of the poorest counties on earth. At a young age, it was clear that he had a problem with his vision but because of a lack of facilities in the country, no diagnosis was possible. Souleyman’s parents decided to move to Britain so that their son could get proper diagnosis and treatment. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – a type of severe “tunnel vision” that degenerates over time. Souleyman has this in one eye and is completely blind in the other.

Souleyman’s has a very profound, mature and inspiring attitude towards life and it comes through in this conversation.  He has a great You Tube channel, has participated in a BBC 3 show about visual impairment and has inspired many people. We have a wide-ranging conversation that covers:

  • Souleyman’s background, moving to the UK and adjusting to life here;
  • Language and how that affects how one thinks;
  • Visual impairment – and what not to say to a blind person!;
  • Running and elite training;
  • Success, performance and the flow state;
  • Process versus outcome goals;
  • Overcoming injuries;
  • Risk and resilience;
  • Transhumanism and philosophy;
  • Sport and its role in helping young people’s lives;
  • The millennial generation
  • Lots more!

Show notes:

Souleyman on You Tube – https://www.youtube.com/user/Soulbah1

On Twitter – https://twitter.com/KingSoulGB

On Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kingsoulgb/

On Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/souleymanb1

Souleyman BBC interview  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctZhWiJ63_I

Souleyman’s gold medal performance at the 2015 Paralympic School Games - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/partially-blind-london-teen-wins-gold-at-paralympic-school-games-a3131211.html

BBC 3 show “Things not to say…” - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64ScZt2I7wGxZlXAu0r0UPqpvzF23mgc

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10959.Sophie_s_World?ac=1&from_search=true

Simon Sinek on millennials - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

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Feb 13, 2017

We now live in a "post-truth" world where objective facts are seemingly less relevant than personal emotions and beliefs.  What does this mean for the concepts of "gut feel" and critical thinking? Are these two concepts at odds with one another?  I explore this question in this in-betweenisode.

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Feb 6, 2017

What’s the formula or recipe for making a living as a “One Man Variety Show” in which you travel the world and connect with audiences? Well, there isn’t one. The probability of following someone else’s exact journey is infinitesimally small.  However, there is a formula for creating a path that is your own and which leads to fulfilment and success. The first step is to “just go”.

 

Meet Chris Ruggiero.  Chris is an entertainer, author and podcaster.  He has travelled throughout the USA and internationally doing his “one man variety show” which involved juggling fire, throwing knives, and connecting with all types of audiences. Chris has appeared on the Ellen De Generes Show (a highly popular show in the USA) and has written a book called Just Go: Adventures of a Travelling Entertainer and a Guide to Living Your Dream

Chris is fun and interesting and he joins me on Episode 39 in which we cover:

  • Chris’ background, getting into entertainment and starting his travelling variety show;
  • Connecting with audiences;
  • Professionalism versus amateurism;
  • Honing your craft;
  • Risk and risk-taking;
  • What he means by “just go”;
  • Entertainment and fame in the digital era;
  • Success and chasing dreams

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Jan 29, 2017

Why is it that sometimes, good people do “bad” things?  This is a question that has been on my mind as late, and it’s also one that tees up this week’s episode.  Tom Hardin, AKA “Tipper X”  - the most important FBI informant in the largest insider trading case in decades - is my guest, and I am both grateful and delighted to have him on the show to share his story.

Tom is a former Wall Street executive – he was a junior partner at a hedge fund that specialised in the tech industry.  Tom and his partners felt that they were falling short in a very competitive industry in which they also felt that some of their competitors were crossing an ethical line – that is, they were engaging in insider trading (which is of course illegal in the USA and most countries).

As you’ll hear from Tom, there came a moment when he decided to cross that same line. He made a few small, but illegal trades based on “Material Non Public Information” MNPI – that is, information that has not gone to the public and if used in a stock trade, can make the trader a lot of money.  In Tom’s words, this was “taking some crumbs off the table.”  No one gets hurt. Until….

One day while picking up his dry cleaning, Tom received a tap on the shoulder.  It was the FBI. He was charged with a felony. As part of his arrangement with the authorities, he became “Tipper X” – the FBI’s most cooperative witness in Operation Perfect Hedge – the largest insider trading investigation in 25 years.  Tom’s efforts led to 80 guilty pleas and convictions – including and eventually, of Raj Rajaratnum of the Galleon Group, one of the largest hedge funds in the world at the time.

Tom’s story is a cautionary tale.  He wore a wire.  He had to inform on some of his friends and former colleagues.  His felony conviction meant he could not find employment in the career he chose, in spite of his education at the prestigious Wharton School.

However, it is also a tale of resilience. Tom now does speaking and training for compliance departments of hedge funds, the FBI and for business and law schools.  He tapped into running and now runs ultra marathons. His story is also the subject of an upcoming documentary.

I found myself enthralled in my conversation with Tom. A reason for this is that several years ago, I almost breached a similar ethical line. I was fortunate not to have – but I can’t say it never would have happened. I think we all have the potential to inadvertently cause harm and do things we know we shouldn’t.  Tom’s tale should give us all pause to think about why and how we might not do the right thing – and how to avoid that. 

Show notes:

Tom’s website: www.tipperx.com

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamtipperx

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamtipperx

On Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-hardin-0952324

Article in the Wall Street Journal “’Tipper X’ Hangs over Galleon” - http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703672104574654693200452698

Story on Tom’s sentencing in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/business/dealbook/onetime-mystery-informant-in-galleon-insider-trading-case-to-be-sentenced.html

The Galleon Group: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galleon_Group

Tom on the Rich Roll Podcast: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/tipperx/

Dan Ariely: www.danariely.com

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek 

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Jan 22, 2017

What does it take to set a world record for cycling the largest distance in one month? Meet this week’s guest, André Goeritz. André is an artist and an ultra endurance cyclist. Last year, he set the world record for the highest mileage cycled in one month – 6,679.8 miles or 10,750 kilometres. What goes into doing something like that and why would anyone attempt it? It’s not for the money (there isn’t any in this endeavour) or fame (apart from within the ultra cycling community).

 As with my other conversations with people who have achieved something epic, this one is about much more than cycling. It’s really a deeper conversation about venturing into the unknown. André is a fascinating guy. He was born in Germany, grew up in the UK and has lived in the United States for the past several years. He has worked on a cruise shop, dabbled as a professional body builder and studied fine arts. His journey has been non-linear and along the way, he has overcome many challenges. In many ways, his world record-setting ride was a microcosm of how he approaches life.

In this conversation we get into:

  • “Re-inventing” yourself – can one really do this?;
  • Overcoming obstacles;
  • Cycling – how André got into the sport and what led him to ultra distances;
  • His world record attempt – how he prepared, the challenges he faced (there were many!), his motivation for this, strategy and tactics;
  • Nutrition – André is a vegan and he has some thoughts on this in terms of endurance athletics, as well as overall wellbeing;
  • Mental strength and mindset;
  • Tackling the unknown, taking risks and dealing with uncertainty;
  • The arts and the art work he is currently doing;
  • Lots more!

This was a fabulous conversation that I am sure you will all enjoy!

Show notes:

André’s blog: http://andregoeritz.blogspot.co.uk/

André on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/4823140

The HAMR (Highest Annual Mileage Record) 30 day record - http://www.ultracycling.com/wp_news/?p=1088

The 80/10/10 diet - https://www.amazon.co.uk/80-10-Diet-Balancing-Luscious/dp/1893831248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485120005&sr=8-1&keywords=80+10+10

The China Study - https://www.amazon.co.uk/China-Study-Comprehensive-Nutrition-Implications/dp/1932100660/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485120030&sr=8-1&keywords=china+study

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Jan 15, 2017

What happens when the world of science fiction meets science fact, particularly human meeting machine? We are getting ever closer to such a world. This raises all kinds of interesting questions around the risks new technologies like genetic engineering pose, ethical and political issues, and even questions around what it means to be human. In fact, there is an entire movement dedicated to advancing the human condition through technology. It's called transhumanism, and we are going to hear more and more about it over the coming years. This week we take a look at this fascinating movement.

My guest this week is videographer and editor Ford Fischer. He is also the co-founder of an independent media site called www.news2share.com. Ford is embarking on a project to understand this movement from an independent, grass-roots perspective via a documentary called "Transhuman".  You can find out more and support his indiegogo campaign here - http://news2share.com/start/2016/11/28/news2share-to-produce-transhuman-a-documentary/ 

We have an enthralling conversation that covers, among other things:

  • What Transhumanism is and comprises;
  • The current state of technology around transhumanist goals - super intelligence, super wellness, and super longevity:
    • Genetic engineering
    • Body hacking
    • Life extension
    • Singularity - i.e. uploading our conscious onto a computer
  • Risks associated with these technologies;
  • The political dimension of transhumanism - there is even a Transhumanist Party whose leader, Zoltan Istvan is an advisor to Ford's documentary;
  • Transhuman: A Documentary and how you can support it;
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

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Jan 11, 2017

Does it feel like the odds of achieving something aren't in your favour? Then forget the odds, and embrace the power of small victories. This in-betweenisode offers some perspectives on why and how.

Jan 2, 2017

 

Why is our first episode of 2017 part 2 of the “best” of 2016? Because as many of us are looking to make some changes, take some risks, or become more resilient, many of our 2016 conversations have featured some great insights and perspectives that can help. And as a side note and a tip on the practice of New Year’s resolutions: start small. 

This episode is designed for you to dip in and out of as you see fit (although nothing wrong with listening to it in its entirety in one sitting!).

It features clips from the following episodes:

Ep. 1 with Master Tammy Parlour: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/01/24/the-all-things-risk-podcast-is-now-live/

Ep. 2 with Martian Cioana: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/02/02/the-all-things-risk-podcast-episode-2-with-ultra-endurance-cyclist-martian-cioana-is-now-live/

Ep. 3 with Laura Dal Farra: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/02/16/20160216ep-3-laura-dal-farra/

Ep. 5 with Tarran Kent-Hume: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/03/09/ep-5-tarran-kent-hume-kayaking-the-amazon-facing-fears-and-chasing-dreams/

Ep. 7 with Robert Earl Stewart: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/04/05/episode-7-robert-earl-stewart-writing-running-poetry-and-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-rpwa/

Ep. 9 with Luke Tyburski: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/04/27/ep-9-luke-tyburski-taking-risks-battling-depression-and-becoming-the-ultimate-triathlete/

Ep. 11 with Anna Glover: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/05/10/episode-11-ms-anna-glover-creativity-risk-the-performing-arts-and-how-to-let-your-path-find-you/

Ep. 15 with Faisal Hoque: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/06/episode-15-faisal-hoque-entrepreneurship-resilience-and-surviving-to-thrive/

Ep. 16 with Hayden Lee: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/06/ep-16-hayden-lee-travel-pure-uncertainty-and-near-death-stories/

Ep. 18 with Laura Bingham: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/07/30/ep-18-laura-bingham-cycling-across-south-america-with-no-money/

Ep. 19 with Hari Kalymnios: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/08/11/ep-19-hari-kalymnios-health-leadership-and-becoming-super-human/

Ep. 22 with Drew Taddia: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/09/13/ep-22-drew-taddia-professional-athlete-wellness-warrior/

Ep. 26 with Anke Herrmann: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/10/18/ep-26-anke-herrmann-going-walls-embracing-uncertainty-flamenco/

Ep. 27 with Jonathan Pritchard: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/01/ep-27-jonathan-pritchard/

Ep. 28 with Kayt Sukel: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/08/ep-28-kayt-sukel-art-risk/

Ep. 30 with Nicholas McCarthy: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/21/ep-30-nicholas-mccarthy-one-handed-concert/

Ep. 31 with Sean Douglas: http://www.allthingsrisk.co.uk/2016/11/29/ep-31-sean-douglas-rock-bottom-resilience-coach/

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Dec 25, 2016

I had a number of excellent conversations with awesome guests this year that touched on “big picture” topics and it is my pleasure to share some highlights of these in the first of two “best of” episodes.  They discuss the origins of the calendar and the concept of time, systems thinking, corruption and ethics, the global financial crisis of 07-08, Brexit, Trump and technocracies, counterinsurgency, and saving lives.  Featured clips are from:

Stay tuned for Part Two!

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Dec 19, 2016

We talk about "lenses" on the All Things Risk Podcast - ways of viewing the world.  One  of the lenses through which we can understand human potential is sport, and in particular, endurance sport.  The conversation in this week's episode may, at first glance, seem like a discussion about nutrition in this domain, and in a way it is.  But, it is about much more than that.

Meet Erica and Warren Pole. Erica and Warren are founders of the highly innovative sports nutrition company "33 Shake" - 33shake.com.  33 Shake sells  whole food plant-based sports nutrition products. Erica and Warren are endurance athletes and in the course of their training, they found it very difficult to get good, natural sports nutrition. So, they made their own based on research and experimentation.  Soon however, they were sharing their creations with others and before they knew it, they had a business on their hands.

Now, 33 Shake has grown very impressively.  They have a presence in 25 countries but more significantly, some of the world's elite athletes are customers (like British multi-Olympic Gold medallist and Tour de France Winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and British double Gold Medallist Phil Hindes), and Chrissie Wellington, 4 time Ironman World Champion is a brand Ambassador.  For a company that started out on a kitchen table, that is very impressive.  But how did that happen? Listen to find out!

This is a fabulous conversation that covers:

  • Entrepreneurship and risk-taking;
  • Nutrition and sports nutrition (particularly plant-based, vegan nutrition);
  • Superfoods;
  • Endurance sport as a channel to explore your limits;
  • Working together as husband and wife
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

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Dec 12, 2016

Like any other field, the professional discipline of risk management is filled with jargon and multi-syllabic words. That can make it seem distant and inaccessible to many.   That’s a problem because we all deal with risk and uncertainty on an everyday basis.  If only there was a way to make the practice and benefits of risk management accessible to all of us.

Meet John Lark, this week’s guest on the All Things Risk Podcast, John is a speaker, consultant, author, and risk management expert.  He recently authored a book which is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses get the most out of managing risk.  In actuality, it’s a book that can help anyone and John is perhaps the most qualified person on the world to have written.

John has worked in risk management for many years in the Canadian government and over the past several years via his own firm Coherent Advice.  He is an expert in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and has helped many organisations and individuals manage their risks.  Above all, John is fun and engaging.  He is also a friend and a mentor and all of this makes for an entertaining and informative conversation that covers:

  • Confirmation bias and how to overcome it;
  • The importance of context;
  • Trump and the outcome of the US elections
  • Getting what you want;
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP);
  • Negotiation;
  • John’s book
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

John’s firm, Coherent Advice: http://www.coherentadvice.com/

John on Linkedin: http://bit.ly/2hj3EW9

John’s book Risk Management - A practical guide for SMEs - http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/publication_item.htm?pid=PUB100367

Jonathan Pie’s post-US election rant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs

Neuro-linguistic programming - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming

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Nov 29, 2016

Today, we revisit a theme we have explored many times on the show: resilience.  Resilience provides us with agency or control of our circumstances. Even though we live in one of the safest times in human history, we also live in the midst of high levels of uncertainty and ambiguity. If we want to be able thrive and perform well, cultivating resilience is an incredibly important skill and practice.  My guest is all about that.

Meet Sean Douglas. Sean works in the United States Air Force and is a resilience trainer, author and speaker. Nine years ago however, Sean faced the lowest point of his life. He was staring down the barrel of gun and almost committed suicide. Sean shares what he was feeling during this episode, and more importantly, what he did to bounce back and regain control of his life.

Since then, Sean has used this experience to help others. He trains people to become mentally, physically, spiritually and socially resilient. He combines his military and leadership training (he spent time as a drill instructor and has that drill instructor intensity!) with his personal experiences to help his clients. We talk about all this and lots more.

Show notes:

Article in Rolling Stone "Why We're Living in the Age of Fear" - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-were-living-in-the-age-of-fear-w443554 

Sean's website - http://sdsmotivates.wixsite.com/seandouglasspeaks 

Sean on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SeanDouglasSpeaks 

Sean on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-douglas-a0890473 

Sean's book Decisions: The Power to Overcome Self-Defeating Behaviourshttps://www.amazon.com/Decisions-Power-Overcome-Self-Defeating-Behaviors/dp/1532943865/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

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Nov 20, 2016

Probabilistically speaking, if you were born without your right hand, what are the odds that you would become a world-class concert pianist? You might be mistaken (and forgiven) for assuming that the chances would be relatively low. However, that's perhaps because you have not heard of my guest on this week's episode.

Meet Nicholas McCarthy. Nicholas is a world-class concert pianist who has played all over the globe. He was born without his right hand. He was the first left-hand only graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. He has played alongside Coldplay at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic games, has a wonderful solo album, was a guest presenter at the BBC Proms, is a radio host and will soon launch his own podcast called "Of Note". He has also appeared on several prominent podcasts, including the Tim Ferris Show.  

Nicholas is hugely inspirational. In addition to this however (and as usual as this show's USP), I apply a risk lens to Nicholas' story and it provides some wonderful insights into the question: "how can you turn the odds of something you want to achieve to your favour?" We cover loads of great stuff in this incredible conversation:

  • Nicholas' background growing and how he got interested in the piano (and some great insights on parenting here);
  • The challenges that he faced in studying the piano at a world-class level (there were several!)
  • Left-hand repertoire, the style of playing in which Nicholas specialises;
  • The balance between talent and diligent practice;
  • Risk and risk-taking;
  • Much, much more

I am delighted to bring this conversation to you and I hope you check out Nicholas' work.

Show notes:

Nicholas' website: http://nicholasmccarthy.co.uk/

Nicholas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NMcCarthyPiano

Nicholas on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicholasMcCarthyPianist/

Nicholas' solo album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solo-Nicholas-McCarthy/dp/B0113MCFVU

Nicholas' YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/nmccarthypiano

Nicholas playing Nocturne by Alexander Sciarbin (the piece this episode opens with) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwNxn-iFRuI

Twitter Account for "Of Note" Nicholas' podcast (to be launched at the time this episode went live) - https://twitter.com/OfNotePodcast

Facebook page for the "Of Note" podcast - https://www.facebook.com/OfNotePodcast/ 

Nicholas' TEDx talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9dNZKNVqrw

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Nov 14, 2016

Today we take a look at the important and fascinating world of humanitarian aid and conflict  and disaster response, particularly in some of the world's most crisis-stricken areas. My guest is Ros Kirkland. Ros has eighteen years of experience in this field for both the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the British Red Cross.

Ros has been involved in relief operations in North Korea, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, China, Mongolia, Bangladesh and Darfur, Sudan. We talk about these experiences and she provides some interesting insights into how these operations work.  In addition, we also cover:

  • Governance in disaster relief
  • What it's like to have a career in this field, including challenges and ways in which to overcome these
  • Climate change and the future of humanitarian aid
  • Loads more!

I'm sure you will enjoy this great conversation!

Show notes:

Ros on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosalind-armitage-95477623?authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=W3cK&trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Amynetwork%2CentityType%3AentityHistoryName%2CclickedEntityId%3Amynetwork_82520272%2Cidx%3A1

Ros in her Trustee role in the Women's Sport Trust: http://www.womenssporttrust.com/our-trustees/ 

The International Committee of the Red Cross: https://www.icrc.org/en 

The British Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.uk/ 

Mark Blyth on Global Trumpism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkm2Vfj42FY

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Nov 8, 2016

What happens to our brains when we take risks? How do successful risk-takers process information? Do they look at risk any differently? What does the science of risk-taking tell us?

Meet Kayt Sukel, author of The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution and Chance.  Kayt is a science writer and traveller who “has no problem tacking interesting and often taboo subjects spanning love, sex, neuroscience and politics.”  Her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New Scientist, The Washington Post and National Geographic Traveller.

In the Art of Risk, Kayt studies “risk-takers” of various vocations – from base jumpers to fire fighters. We talk about this, and the conversation brings up loads of great stuff around diligent practice and hard work, decision-making, and how we can all get better at taking risks.

 But – there’s more to Kayt than this.  According to Forbes magazine, Kayt “knows more about sex than you or I do.”  Her first book is titled Dirty Minds: How Our Brains Influence Love, Sex, and Relationships (retitled This is Your Brain on Sex: The Science Behind the Search for Love).  So, as you would do with anyone you speak to the first time, we talk about sex – that’s the beauty of podcasting!

Along the way we touch on a range of fascinating topics:

  • Pop science;
  • How the brain works;
  • The nervous system;
  • Decision-making;
  • Gut feelings;
  • And much more!

Show notes:

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Nov 1, 2016

 

What would life be like if you could read people’s minds? Of course “mind reading” isn’t magic.  However, why mind reading tricks work is fascinating stuff.  What is even more fascinating is knowing the power of an understanding of how the mind works. This can be used to take risks successfully, improve performance, and design your life.  That is exactly what I discuss with my guest on this week’s episode (among many other things).

Meet “mind reader”, mentalist, coach, author and entertainer Jonathan Pritchard (check out his main project http://www.likeamindreader.com/).  Jonathan also hosts a podcast and runs a website called “A Life Well Designed” (in which I had the pleasure recently of being a guest).  He’s also a martial artist (he studies Wing Chun) and we connect all of these threads, plus a few more in this super fun conversation that covers:

  • Mind reading and mentalism;
  • How mind reading can be applied to lifestyle design;
  • Why and how pickpocketing works;
  • “Echo time” versus “real time”;
  • Martial arts;
  • Design concepts and lifestyle design;
  • Cognitive psychology and how we navigate reality
  • Much more!

Show notes:

Jonathan's main project "____ like a mind reader": http://www.likeamindreader.com/

Jonathan’s site and podcast “A Life Well Designed” - http://www.alifewelldesigned.com/

A Life Well Designed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alifewelldesigned

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/alwdtweets

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alifewelldesigned/

A free preview of Jonathan’s book How to Think Like a Designer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8DfZgHPERJ_T3hSWm0zYllISHM/view

David Epstein’s book The Sports Gene: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16171221-the-sports-gene?from_search=true

Apollo Robbins on “The Art of Misdirection”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZGY0wPAnus

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Oct 17, 2016

Imagine that an obstacle (like a wall) that has been in your way is removed.  Would you take that risk you’ve always been meaning to take?  How about when you no longer find joy in what you are doing?   What steps would you take to change it?

Meet Anke Herrmann.  Anke is my guest on Episode 26. She is an entrepreneur and coach and lives in Andalucia Spain where she runs her own studio specialising in making custom flamenco dance costumes.   Anke takes both an inspirational and very practical approach to these types of questions.  And, while we’re on the topic of uncertainty and obstacles, Anke took her first (and biggest) risk in February 1989.  Born and raised in East Germany, she moved across the Iron Curtain to West Germany.  At the time, no one had any idea how long the Eastern Bloc would remain closed to the world.

When the Berlin Wall came down later that year, a world of opportunities opened up for her and she took full advantage.  She lived in Australia and the UK and has worked in areas as diverse as translations to software development.  Throughout her career and life, she seemed to know when and how to make a change. Eventually, she found her way to Granada, Spain where she opened her studio.

We talk about all of this in a fascinating conversation that I am sure you will not only enjoy, but get a number of pearls of wisdom that you can apply in your own life.  We discuss:

  • Growing up in East Germany before the fall of the Iron Curtain;
  • Moving to West Germany
  • Taking risks and balancing certainty with uncertainty;
  • How and why she decided to move to Spain;
  • The beauty of flamenco;
  • Lessons in entrepreneurship
  • Coaching others (Anke helps self-employed creative women “kick the stress out of their business”)
  • Loads more!

Show notes:

Anke’s about.me site: https://about.me/anke_herrmann

Anke’s coaching: http://sewingenious.co/

Anybody interested in learning how to sew flamenco dance costumes? http://www.flamencodressmaking.com/

Anke on Medium: https://medium.com/@sewingenious.co

Anke on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anke-herrmann-751a8965

Anke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/anke_herrmann

Anke on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/herrmann.anke or https://www.facebook.com/flamencodressmaking/

Anke on Pinterest: https://es.pinterest.com/sewflamenco/

Anke on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sewflamenco/

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Oct 10, 2016

Where does the rise of anti-elite sentiment, as evidenced by Brexit and Trumpism come from? Why and how have much of the Western world, particularly in the EU, been told what to do by a bunch of technocrats?  Why is government debt not like household debt? And why is austerity (the policy of cutting back public spending) dangerous?

This episode is a “big picture” conversation with a focus on the global economy. Don’t worry - you don’t have to be an economist or a financier to only follow and enjoy it. However, you do have to think critically to get a lot of it. Fortunately, my guest will help you do that.

He is economist, researcher and author Mark Blyth.  Mark teaches political economy at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA. If you were to place a bet on Mark ending up teaching at an Ivy League school, you would have received long odds.  Mark was born and grew up in Dundee, Scotland in relative poverty. As he puts it, “probabilistically speaking, I am as an extreme example of intragenerational social mobility as you can find anywhere.” He is a product of the welfare state.

Mark’s background is part of the story.  Mark’s book Austerity: History of a Dangerous Idea discusses the history of the (empirically wrong) theory that cutting public spending (austerity) can spur economic growth.  You may have seen video clips of Mark talking about austerity and describing The Hamptons as “not a defensible position” in describing the anti-elite sentiment and the results of the Brexit vote in the UK.

Mark is not only knows his subject, he is very engaging and entertaining. He’s the economics and political economy professor you wish you had.

We have a fascinating and fun conversation that covers a lot of very important ground:

  • Mark’s background;
  • The history and practice of austerity;
  • Technocracies;
  • The Euro and Europe’s future;
  • Brexit, globalisation and anti-elite sentiment;
  • His outlook and the risks he sees to the global economy (it's much more positive than you might think);
  • Loads more!

 Show notes:

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Oct 3, 2016

 

We have long-form conversations in large part because we get to go deep with our guests.  Today, we almost get to do that literally as we go under the surface of the ocean and discuss a fascinating world.  My guest is maritime historian, shipwreck expert and author Taylor Zajonc.  Taylor is an incredibly interesting guy and we have the rare opportunity to talk about topics that are both fascinating and have few people know as much about them as Taylor.

At the age of 19, Taylor was part of an expedition to explore the deepest archeological site on the planet – a trading ship three miles (over four km) under the ocean’s surface in the Bermuda Triangle in the 1800s. 

Having done this, it was clear that Taylor was not going to become an accountant!  Instead, he became a shipwreck researcher and has now studied numerous shipwrecks (from The Titanic to many others).  We talk about all of this in this very interesting conversation that covers:

  • What the ocean floor looks like several thousand meters below the surface;
  • Risk in undersea expeditions;
  • Insights into the commonalities in the causes of shipwrecks;
  • Wilderness survival – Taylor is also a trained wilderness survival expert;
  • The psychology of human beings when everything goes wrong;
  • Becoming an author and his inspiration for writing his first novel The Wrecking Crew.

And loads more!

Taylor is very interesting and a lot fun.  I am sure you will enjoy the conversation!

Show notes:

Taylor’s site: http://expeditionwriter.com/

Taylor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorZajonc

Taylor’s first book The Wrecking Crew: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27181669-the-wrecking-crew?from_search=true

Taylor’s upcoming sequel Red Sun Rogue: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29887294-red-sun-rogue

Taylor’s interview with Outside magazine: http://expeditionwriter.com/undersea-survival-stories-with-outside-magazines-new-podcast/

Article in National Geographic referencing Malcolm Gladwell’s “cockpit culture” theory in his book Outliers: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130709-asiana-flight-214-crash-korean-airlines-culture-outliers/

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Sep 20, 2016

Imagine bringing together some of the world’s most distinguished artists to tell the story of arguably the most important advancement in the recent history of humankind.  That advancement is the vaccine.  And just some of the artists we’re talking about are:

 Imagine working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make something called “The Art of Saving a Life”.  Who could make something like this happen?

Meet Christine McNab. Christine is my guest on this week’s show.  She is a photographer, development consultant, TED speaker, and many other things (including being a fellow Canadian). Christine is one of those rare and wonderful people who can connect things.  She was the designer and driver behind the Art of Saving a Life and joins me to share the story of this amazing initiative.

However, there is more to Christine than this (and to understand how the project came to be you need to understand how Christine approaches things). We discuss a wide range of topics, including her most recent project “A River Runs With Her”.  We also cover:

  • Christine’s background in journalism;
  • Her work as Director of Communications at the World Health Organisation (WHO) – and we get into things like SARS, risk communication and related areas;
  • Moving on from that role (and taking risks);
  • The Art of Saving a Life of course
  • A River Runs With Her
  • And much more!

 I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and am very excited to share it with you!

Show notes:

Christine’s website: http://www.christinemcnab.com/

Christine McNab Photography on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristineMcNabPhotography/?fref=nf

Christine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Christine_McNab

Christine on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinemcnab

Christine’s wonderful TEDMED talk “Capturing the Art of Saving a Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12agLV1DAI

The Art of Saving a Life: http://artofsavingalife.com/

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Sep 13, 2016

Sometimes, that “edge” you may be looking for ends up providing you with an advantage, but in unexpected ways.  That’s just how uncertainty works.  This was true for my guest on this episode Drew Taddia.  Drew spent many years as a professional baseball player.  Being from Canada, one of the disadvantages he had to contend with is not playing as many games as his American counterparts prior to taking a risk and moving to the USA to try his hand at that country’s “greatest pastime”. 

Trying to bridge the gap, Drew turned towards nutrition.  He started to figure what works (mostly a plant-based whole foods diet).  Eventually, these efforts paid off – but not exactly as intended.  Drew decided to try his hand at coaching and training others in diet and nutrition.  What started off rocky, has turned into a successful career as an author, fitness expert, podcast host and many more things. 

Today, Drew joins me for a fun, engaging and informative conversation about:

  • Drew’s background story including his baseball career;
  • Taking risks;
  • Building resilience through:
    • Nutrition, particularly of the plant-based (vegan) variety;
    • Managing stress
    • Mindfulness
  • How to make positive changes that will endure
  • Finding a career that you love
  • Loads more

It was a blast speaking to Drew and I am sure you’ll find it entertaining and extremely useful.

Show notes:

Drew’s website: http://trueformlife.com/

Drew’s podcast “Exploring Mind and Body” - http://exploringmindandbody.com/

Drew on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrueFormLife

Drew on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trueformlife

Drew on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewtaddia/

Drew’s book Detoxify Yourself: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21398927-detoxify-yourself?from_search=true

 

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Sep 4, 2016

How many people can draw a line in their lives that connects living in the West Bank, yacht racing around the world, doing polar expeditions, and becoming the CEO for a highly successful technology firm?  Probably one - and this week, he joins me on the All Things Risk Podcast to talk risk, digital media, leadership, and much more.  Meet Tony Haile, founding CEO of Chartbeat (www.chartbeat.com), explorer, adjunct Professor, and many other things.

The things that Tony has done may, at first glance, seem disparate and unrelated.  However, as you'll soon grasp, the way that Tony looks at them, they are completely connected.  One of the threads that runs through Tony's endeavours is around risk and risk-taking.  Tony has for instance, applied many lessons from his polar expedition days to the world of tech start-ups.

Chartbeat, the company Tony led as CEO for seven years is similarly an interesting story - not only because it went from start-up to market leader in its field, but also for what it does.  Chartbeat helps media companies understand how its audience engages with content (as opposed to the blunt instrument of measuring clicks and page views). Tony's work at Chartbeat revealed that in spite of the click bait economy of which we are a part, there is a massive demand for thoughtful and nuanced content.  We talk about this, including the future of digital media and investigative journalism in part of this episode.

This all makes for a fun, wide-ranging and very insightful conversation that I am certain you will not only enjoy, but also take away some practical things you can use.  We cover:

  • Tony's background, including studying International Relations and living in the West Bank Palestinian territory;
  • Polar expeditions and working with explorer and endurance athlete Ben Saunders;
  • Lessons in risk management Tony took from the world of yacht racing and polar expeditions and applied to the world of tech start-ups - this part of the conversation will perhaps challenge any preconceptions you might have about tech entrepreneurs being risk-seeing mavericks prone to recklessness;
  • Chartbeat - what it does and how he helped make it a success;
  • Lessons from his time as a CEO;
  • The state of digital media;
  • The future of investigative journalism;
  • Book recommendations - Tony is a avid reader and lists the books he as read each year on his website (www.tonyhaile.com) - this led to an interesting discussion on genes and transhumanism (although we did not have enough time to cover this properly!)
  • And much more!

Show notes:

Tony's website - www.tonyhaile.com 

Tony on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arctictony 

Tony on Linkedin: http://bit.ly/2c7fb7E 

Chartbeat: https://chartbeat.com/ 

Tony's article in Time Magazine "What You Know About the Web is Wrong" - http://time.com/12933/what-you-think-you-know-about-the-web-is-wrong/ 

Feature on Tony and Chartbeat in the Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/innovations/tony_haile_chartbeat.php 

Ernest Shackleton - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton 

Ben Saunders - http://www.bensaunders.com/ 

The Scott Expedition: http://scottexpedition.com/ 

Control Risks: www.controlrisks.com 

Article "What ISIS Really Wants": http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ 

The Last Lion 3 by William Manchester and Paul Reid (although also check out 1 and 2): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/746673.The_Last_Lion_3?from_search=true 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddharta Mukherjee: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276428-the-gene?from_search=true 

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Aug 30, 2016

This is just a short in-betweenisode in which I look ahead to our exciting autumn line-up and make a few announcements about the show. Enjoy the rest of your summer and check in for the next full episode on Sept 6th!

Also, if you are wondering about how to get the show on you Android device but don't know how, there are several ways.  You can download and listen to the show on any of the following apps:

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Aug 24, 2016

Do you ever feel like our organisations are trying to chisel fine sculptures with blunt instruments?  This could be a company pursuing a cost-cutting drive at the expense of innovation and growth, a public policy that aims to solve last year's problem instead of dealing with future challenges, or an education system transfixed on improving test scores at the expense of deeper education.  The world is complex, nuanced and much like one of this show's running themes, interconnected.  The world is digital, and yet, many of our approaches are analog, particularly in the realm of public policy.

Fortunately, there is a better way to look at the world that embraced uncertainty and complexity.  It's called systems thinking and my guest today is an expert in this field.  Michele Battle-Fisher is a professor in the Department of Community Health at Wright State University in Ohio, USA.  She is also the author of a book called "Application of Systems Thinking to Health Policy and Public Health Ethics: Public Health and Private Illness".  She is fun and engaging and we have a very nutrient dense conversation that covers:

  • Michele's background and systems thinking origin story that involves a 5th grade speech contest;
  • What systems thinking is and why it is useful for dealing with uncertainty and risk;
  • Public policy, sub-optimal outcomes and predicting public behaviour;
  • Health and the challenges associated with creating and meeting health targets (including an example from her book that looks at HIC amongst teens);
  • Artificial intelligence (AI);
  • Donald Rumsfeld's famous quote on "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns";
  • "policy puffins"
  • How we can all become better systems thinkers
  • And much more!

Show notes:

Michele's archived blog: orgcomplexity.wordpreess.com

Michele's scholarship webpage: mbattlefisher.wix.com/orgcomplexity

Michele's book- Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Application-Systems-Thinking-Health-Policy/dp/3319122029/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470658466&sr=8-1&keywords=michele+battle-fisher

Springer (publisher) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319122021

Twitter @Mbattlefisher

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/mbattlefisher

Facebook author page @michelebattlefisher

HumanCurrent podcast @Letsworkhappy http://www.human-current.com

Design4Emergence magazine @d4emergence @gabbleduck (editor- Stacy Hale) design4emergence.com

LinkedIn Groups:

  1. System thinking network (formerly Systems Thinking World)
  2. UK Systems Society
  3. SNA for health
  4. Systems Thinking & System Dynamics Practitioners Global Network

Select Research Institutes and Systems Focused Organizations:

  1. Sante Fe Institute santafe.edu
  2. Complexity Explorer (Sante Fe Institute) www.complexityexplorer.org
  3. Donella Meadows Institute www.donellameadows.org
  4. Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science http://www.bcsss.org/
  5. International Society for the Systems Sciences http://isss.org
  6. Rethink Health rethinkhealth.org/
  7. Waters Foundation www.watersfoundation.org
  8. System Dynamics Society systemdynamics.org/

Donald Rumsfeld Documentary http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2390962/

A few recommended books to introduce systems thinking:

  1. Meadows, D. (2008). Thinking in Systems- a primer. Chelsea Green: White River Junction, Vermont.
  2. Mitchell, M. (2011). Complexity: a guided tour. Oxford : New York.
  3. Kadushin, C. (2012). Understanding Social Networks. Oxford: New York.
  4. Caldarelli, G. & Catanzaro, M. (2012). Networks- a very short introduction. Oxford: New York.
  5. Holland, J. (2013). Complexity- a very short introduction. Oxford: New York.
  6. Watts, D. (2003). Six degrees- the science of a connected age. Norton: New York.
  7. Barabasi, A-L. (2010). Bursts- the hidden patterns behind everything we do, from your email to bloody crusades. Plume: New York.
  8. Barabasi, A-L. (2014). Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life. Basic Books: New York.
  9. Booth-Sweeney, L. & Meadows, D. (2010). The Systems Thinking Playbook. Chelsea Green: White River Junction, Vt.

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