16. BIO ANTHROPOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE NATURAL WORLD / Professor Ben Garrod

Today’s guest, Professor Ben Garrod, is an evolutionary biologist, author, broadcaster and primate conservationist, who has worked alongside Dr Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough to ignite a love of the natural world in a wide audience, young and old.

In this episode we explore bio-anthropology, the existence of rituals among non-human primates, our fractured identity with the natural world, and why we need to fall in love with the earth if we are to save it.

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15. PERMACULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM / David Holmgren

This episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with David Holmgren, an internationally renowned environmental designer, ecological educator and author, best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison.

We discuss the science and heritage of the permaculture model, what sustainability really means on the larger scale, and how we can enjoy a richer, more meaningful life through radically changing the way in which we relate to, and draw resources from, the earth.

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14. DECARBONISATION, CLEAN ENERGY, AND POLICY CHANGE / James Glave

In the face of massive existential threat, how can we begin to take action at the scale required to protect the future of life on earth? This episode, I speak with James Glave, an author, editor, and communications professional focused on the low-carbon economy. 

As principal of Glave Communications, James supports a wide range of companies, organisations, and governments committed to decarbonisation. He is also a cofounder and former communications director for Clean Energy Canada, and a senior fellow and lead communications advisor for Future 500 in San Francisco.

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13. BIOMIMICRY, RESILIENCE, AND ECONOMIES OF THE FUTURE / Beth Rattner

In this episode, I speak with Beth Rattner, the executive director of the Biomimicry Institute, a fascinating organisation whose purpose is to naturalise biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design.

We explore everything from technological innovation, resilience and the economies of the future, to what it might mean to re-write deeply-held narratives about what it is to be human, in order to tread a more regenerative path.

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12. CLIMATE CRISIS, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE & THE RISE OF EXTINCTION REBELLION / Liam Geary Baulch

In October 2018 in the UK, a small socio-political group called Extinction Rebellion was born.

Since their inception, XR has become a global movement that has not only given citizens a voice and enabled large-scale acts of peaceful civil disobedience, but also contributed to the decision of governments declaring a climate emergency, paving the way for the legislative change needed to tackle this crisis.

This episode, I talk with Liam Geary Baulch, Creative Actions Coordinator at Extinction Rebellion, about why this movement is necessary, what progress has been made, and what vision of the world it hopes to achieve.

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11. STORYTELLING & THE MYTHIC IMAGINATION / Dr Sharon Blackie

For the first episode of the series 2, I talk with Dr. Sharon Blackie, an award-winning writer, psychologist and mythologist, whose work sits at the intersection of psychology, mythology and ecology.

In this captivating conversation, we explore the mythic imagination, the reclaiming of indigenous Western spiritual traditions, and the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.

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10. SENSUALITY, SEX TECH & PLEASURE / Stephanie Alys

In this final episode of the series, I talk with sex tech founder, Stephanie Alys, about the changing landscape of sex tech… Join us as we discuss how a focus on sensuality and pleasure is helping to re-orient the industry, and redefining some of the ways in which we seek out and experience our sexual selves.

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9. POPULISM, PROGRESS & PERCEPTION / Dr Tom Chatfield

What does philosophy, decision-making and citizenship have to do with data, biases and populism? Tech philosopher and author, Dr Tom Chatfield, takes us on a fascinating exploration of our approaches to life and technology, and examines how the paths we choose may make the difference between surviving and thriving as a species.

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8. PSYCHOTHERAPY, NEUROSCIENCE & RELATIONSHIPS / Dr Gillian Isaacs Russell

Take a walk into the world of psychotherapy as I talk with Dr Gillian Isaacs Russell about the ways in which technology is mediating our relationships both with ourselves and with others. We touch on some of the insights that neuroscience is shedding on how we empathise with, perceive, and relate to the world around us, and discuss what this may mean for the ways in which technology can degrade or enhance our experiences.

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7. PSYCHOMETRICS, ETHICS & BIG DATA / Dr David Stillwell

You’ll have heard all about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but do you know about the ground-breaking research that led to some of the profiling practices hitting the headlines today? Join me as I talk with Dr David Stillwell about the fascinating and sometimes frightening world of psychometric segmentation and data-mining – how it’s done, what it can reveal, and where responsibility for ethical practice may lie.

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