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Listen to the podcast the way that suits you
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.
Karen talks about the joys of living a frugal life, reusing and upcycling the things that the rest of us discard.
This Melbourne cafe is my new favourite, and it is changing the way people think about eating. If I was to make a prediction it would be that in a couple of years time there will be 10s of cafes around Melbourne modelling themselves on this one.
The links between sexuality, creativity, expression and accessing our full potential are brought together by this week’s guest.
Growing our own food makes us more likely to eat healthily, be aware of our food system, and to get those happiness inducing soil microbes onto our fingers. In a city that becomes more densely populated by the day, where do we find the land to grow this food?
This Melbourne maverick reveals the most important skill for us to develop in an age of unprecedented uncertainty and disruption.
Innovation is something that everyone seems to be doing at the moment. But what constitutes innovation? Can it be taught? And is there a science and method behind it?
Creating platforms that provide a strong footing for others to bring their ideas to life is at the heart of Alvaro Maz’s two ventures: Creative Suburbs and Code for Australia.
Not many of us take a moment to consider how and where our clothes were made when we purchase them or put them on each morning. For Siggi it was these types of musings that led her to devoting her working life to creating consciousness in the way in which we all relate to fashion.
Questions like ‘What is the secular equivalent of a church pastor?’ and ‘What would an inclusive, mystery exploring alternative to religion look like today?’ prompted this week’s guest to create an inclusive weekly service that crowd-sources wisdom to explore the wonder of existence.
It is not too far-fetched to image that meditation studios could soon become as plentiful as yoga studios. Happy Melon is one wellness centre that has been created with mindfulness as its focus, and I am excited about the implications for our city.
Eric Agyeman has some excuses at his disposal. As a six year-old his family moved to New Zealand from Ghana, as an eleven year-old to Melbourne, and as a fifteen year-old was sent on a seven-year ordeal back home to Ghana.
Kinfolk is a great Melbourne cafe. Of course this means that they make excellent coffee, serve quality food, and that it has a great look and feel. But hang around for a little while and you will start to notice there is a bit more going on than initially meets the eye.
Matt and business partner Dave created a wellness centre in Fitzroy North that puts service and results before profits. The results, and the people that are moving into the area to be near the gym, speak for themselves.
Maria Cameron talks about the suburban community that has emerged around her without a manifesto, without planning, but as an outcome of the small daily decisions made about what it means to them to live a good and ethical life.
Suburban football clubs, the Australian variety, are an amazing microcosm of their local culture, a place that brings people together but where many of their unconscious prejudices and misgivings are given a place to camp and grow. Jamin talks about what he is doing with clubs so that sport can serve a far greater purpose than it currently does within local communities.
It was around 2008 that Nicole Avery started thinking about writing her own blog. She had been out of the paid workforce for about 8 years while she focused on bringing up the first four of her five children, and she started to think about how she might get back into working and what that might look like.
Consistent action. Incremental tinkering. Small improvement in the short term. Large benefit in the long term. These are the subtle teachings of this week’s guest Kyle Wood.
Jason is the author of two books (The Game Changer, How to Lead a Quest), a sought after keynote speaker, and an expert in motivation and work design. He is on his very own quest to rid the world of poorly designed work.
Melina Chan is one of Australia’s experts in creating a vibrant community and culture within workplaces. Melina is on the leadership team of Inspire9, the original coworking space of Melbourne located within the inner-city suburb of Richmond.
What could the benefits be if a small portion of Australia’s $500B procurement spend was redirected to social enterprises? Mark Daniels talks us through one remarkable example, and where this conversation is headed over the next 5-10 years.
If you were an equity holder in a startup business with a lot of success, and a lot of upside, would you be willing to give back a big chunk of your allocated equity because you felt you did not deserve it? Because you had not been able to do all that you committed to doing when your equity was first allocated to you?
How many of the things we do every day are done because of this feeling: that we are not good enough? The type and frequency of the food we eat; the clothes we buy; the decisions we make about work, and the decisions we make at work; and the comments we leave with those we love most.
I remember the first time I walked past ‘The Good Copy’ on Johnston St in Collingwood, Melbourne. I knew there was something interesting and different about the space and it pricked my curiosity so much that I had to go in for a look.
I talk with Jirra Lulla Harvey about the emerging wave of Aboriginal entrepreneurs, and how this is subtly and profoundly bringing about a change in the race conversation within Australia, as well as improving the wellbeing of all Australians.
Al Jeffery is an inspiring speaker and entrepreneur who is embarking upon a coliving experiment in inner urban Melbourne.
Subtle Disruptors is a podcast about purpose-driven people, doing under the radar work, that is having a positive impact on our world. In this introductory episode I talk about what a subtle disruptor is, and how to start on the journey of becoming one based on my own experience.