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Stories of impending doom can have a numbing and resigning impact. But there are changes we can all make that will not only help create a movement that averts environmental crisis, but can enable us to live more connected, flourishing and well lives.
Most organisations have a mission statement, vision statement, values, and now even a purpose. But as useful as they are in setting the direction of an organisation, they can be very difficult to recall without having them in front of you. They tend to become dry bits of information in and of themselves, but when brought together with a relevant story they become full of life and meaning.
There is a gender imbalance amount female entrepreneurs and business founders. One Roof is a coworking community designed specifically to help correct this, designed with intentionality to meet the needs of women in business leadership.
Kyrstie’s book, Grow Just One Thing, is a perfect way to describe subtle disruption. If we are able to make one small change, the benefits of that change can be disproportionate to the change, and enable us to bring many other positive things into our lives. Kyrstie’s way of doing this is to encourage all of us to start growing one thing in our garden or house.
Leather tanning is an ancient craft, which uses ancient tools and is embedded with ancient rituals and wisdom. Josh McLean is one of the people around the world preserving tanning, and using it as a way to help us reconnect with who we are.
In an age where we are told that technology is helping us connect in one way, and disconnect in another, The Good Karma network is helping neighbours connect in person, and help each other, using tech tools accessible to all of us.
Will probably has many audacious goals, but two that I know about are to travel to Mars, and to make a quality alternative education financially accessible to the masses, which he is currently doing through the Fitzroy Academy.
Rachel is embodying many of the themes running through this show: abundant living with frugality; connecting with other whole-heartedly; work on and with nature; and focusing on personal wellbeing.
Xian Han has decided to take on the momentous trend of ever increasing personalisation we all experience in our digital world. She has founded Refni, a start-up aimed to help people become aware of, and expand the boundaries of, their filter bubble.
Stepping into the workplace of Nathan Loutit is like stepping into the future: 3D printers everywhere; walls with which you can touch and move images around. The future is happening now, and the Centre for Design Innovation and Swinburne is helping industry to harness it.
Jaddan Comerford created the Unified record label over 15 years ago, around the time of the plunge in the music industry. Over that time he has helped shape an organisation that puts people at the centre of its every aspect.
Matt Devine and his family are living off-grid in a way that enables them to connect to the land, connect with each, and become net contributors to this ecosystem we are all part of.
Are the restrictions on expression, and involvement in activities outside of work, actually good for the organisations that impose them, or the people that are part of them? Ruby Lee thinks not, and is a living example of how removing them can help both individuals and organisations flourish.
Penny Locaso is on a mission to help 1 million women find happiness in life and work.
This family’s way of living is an intentional response to the context the find themselves in. A context where technology is seen as saviour and Earth as foe. Where things like slowing down, reusing, and connecting to land are inferior to doing more, buying more, and putting distance between us and the dirt.
Eddie stopped me in my intellectual tracks: he was right…as I observed my words time was the topic I seem to talk the most about. And here he was telling me that reconceiving and redesigning time was within my power.
Special things can happen when we tell stories. Why do they seem to be prohibited from the workplace? A first hand experience of the power of story telling within the NAB planted the seed for a new career for this week’s guest.
Although he followed a path of personal and spiritual development my guest for this week found that something was still missing. Something that only seemed to open up to him through the assistance of the Sharmantic and consciousness expanding plants.
Achievement through work was the only concept of success and joy that Rachel Service had. Burning out, and some compassionate friends, helped her to see the myriad of other ways she could experience joy in her life. Something she now helps others see as well.
The impression of Samuel Alexander that lingers most is his empathy for our planet and his fellow humans, his willingness to challenge what it means to flourish as a human, and the alignment of what he talks and writes about with the way he lives.
Caitlyn has a way of taking things that can be awkward, inaccessible and intangible, and making them safe, fun and empowering. Crucial when it comes to talking about mindfulness and play and sexuality.
Barry is one of the people that has helped open my eyes to the joy, wonder, and possibility of following my curiosity and being open to whatever the outcomes may be.
His practice of this is through experimentation with the letter forms of the Latin alphabet, something he started doing 10 years ago and has now developed over 100 alphabets.
This century it is estimated there will be 1 billion tobacco related deaths globally. Many of us unknowingly support this through the investment of our superannuation in tobacco related industries. Dr Bronwyn King is going about denormalising this practise.
Can the world of financial planning be subtly disrupted? Corey Wastle and Verse Wealth do just this by getting underneath the spreadsheets and numbers and starting with asking why.
There is nothing about the way Summer lives that takes as accepted the status quo. From working on three projects concurrently, to empowering mothers to find flexibility and responsibility in their work, and to writing about bringing slowness and sustainability to fashion, Summer is the epitome of a subtle disruptor.
Its easy to critique a system from the sidelines without knowing too much about it. But what about really understanding that system, and then finding ways to use the system for good? This is the work of Andrew Macleod.
While simple in the steps that need to be followed, leaving the familiar confines of the corporate world is not typically an easy task. And once the move has been made, there are some many potential voices to listen to about what to do next. How to filter out the noise?
The feather, the brick or the steam-train. Life seems to give us progressively more obvious hints that something needs to change. Often it isn’t until the crisis that we see the opportunity.
Creating ideas that spark conversations, and moving from conversations to meaningful change: The subtle disruption of the creative agency.
As I start releasing new episodes for 2017, I discuss what I have been pondering over my three month break and the two questions that will shaping the podcast this year.
The themes and learnings that emerged from year one of Subtle Disruptors.
There are options for spending well over the holiday seasons – spending so that you get something that benefits not just the person you are buying for, but others in need as a positive social by-product. Cliff Moss talks about The Good Xmas Trail, a social enterprise helping promote other social enterprises this Xmas.
There are obvious problems to the economic system we have created for ourselves, but no obvious solutions. Jodie has created a platform to enable a sharing economy, a system she sees as one they could help us transition from what we have now to something more inclusive and connecting.
N’fa Jones helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream in Australia. Now, with the same gentleness and assurance with which he create music, he helps lift the eyes and spirit of those he serves at his Northcote cafe.
There seems to be a paradox with constraints: when we choose the bring certain constraints into our life, they seem to help us think and act in less constrained ways. For this week’s guest, choosing to live with some carefully selected constraints are a feature of her life and work.
More and more of us are going to find ourselves living in apartment type housing, and living in closer proximity to our neighbours. How then can we make this experience as good as possible, so that we enjoy and actually thrive in this new set-up, rather than feeling more isolated and unwell?
Dr Jason Fox returns to the podcast for a second time, sharing ways we can make habits and rituals for meaningful progress in a milieu that rewards us for busyness.
The creativity and beauty of diversity – Shalini is spreading the goodness of hearing and celebrating all of our voices, whether it be through the interpreting work she does, the impact and way she affects people through the music she plays, or creating forums and platforms for large corporates or smaller social enterprises to have a positive social and environmental impact.
40 years ago Philip O’Carroll co-founded Fitzroy North Community school. Today it is still going strong, consistently rating in the top 1% of the state in areas like literacy and numeracy, and equipping kids with the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.
To have a sustained positive impact through business, it is paramount to get the business foundations right. Ben and Harvee are partners in an accounting firm helping purposeful businesses get their profits sorted so they can continue to positively impact people and our planet.
While I thought I may talk about them in separate episodes, I did not ever consider I may talk to a guest about feminism and football in the same episode. After spending an hour with Carmen Hawker, I am even more inspired by what gender equality and gender liberation could bring to the game I love, let alone the broader society within which I live.
Something is starting to shift. Little pockets are springing up where men are able to show up as they are, talk freely about how they feel, and connect with other men doing the same.
Design is all around us and impacts our mood, wellbeing and feelings whether we know it or not. Kate is on a mission to help us all be better designers and to be true to ourselves as we create the places within which we work and live.
Developing the mindset and tools to sustain our wellbeing and performance in an era of stress and busyness.
Understanding and accepting ourselves as individuals and as a species; and understanding where we are in space, time, history, biology and ecology: for me these are two of the most important subtle disruptions we can make in our own lives, and two things of which this week’s guest is an exemplar.
The little caravan, and little shop, that is a place for people to gather, make, connect and be heard.
Finally, the topic I have been avoiding some time: the disruption brought about through science and technology. Gus talks specifically about how we can harness it as a force that helps those most in need, using it to enable life to thrive on this planet, and how to build a movement around this quest through conditional optimism.
The cross-over, or overlap, between art and business is dicey territory. It is this borderland that this week’s guest seems to have been playing in his whole life.