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Bloom is a conversations podcast about anything and everything, featuring interviews with people who have led meaningful, interesting, and flourishing lives

Bloom Nick Fabbri

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Bloom is a conversations podcast about anything and everything, featuring interviews with people who have led meaningful, interesting, and flourishing lives

    Benson Saulo on Identity, Faith, Family, Social Impact and Living Courageously

    Benson Saulo on Identity, Faith, Family, Social Impact and Living Courageously

    Originally published with transcript at: https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/bensonsaulo
    Benson Saulo is an inspirational and trailblazing 32 year old Australian, who has had a wide and diverse career across the social purpose sector, consulting, banking and finance, diplomacy and advocacy. Benson has recently been appointed as the first Indigenous Consul-General to the United States, where he will take up his post in Houston, Texas at the end of 2020 along with his wife Kate and daughter Anais.  In this interview, Nick and Benson discuss:

    Benson’s early life in Tamworth in rural NSW, and his early career in the banking and finance industry following moves to Sydney and then Melbourne


    The importance of culture and identity, growing up as the son of an Indigenous mother and a Papua New Guinean father


    Becoming a husband and a father, and the role of family in Benson’s life


    Walking the Camino de Santiago and the importance of faith, spirituality, and mindfulness


    Benson’s year as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations in 2011, and the powerful stories that have stayed with him from travelling around Australia


    The social purpose/impact space in Australia, and Benson’s work with the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy and other organisations


    Benson’s appointment as the first Indigenous Consul-General to the United States, and his upcoming move to Houston, Texas to represent Australia


    The current state of affairs in the US, with the COVID-19 pandemic, mass civic unrest, and economic devastation


    What kind of an impact Benson would like to make in the future

    Follow Benson on Twitter @bensonsaulo

    • 56 min
    Elly Symons on Greece, Identity, the Parthenon Marbles, and the Life and Legacy of Samuel Symons

    Elly Symons on Greece, Identity, the Parthenon Marbles, and the Life and Legacy of Samuel Symons

    In this interview, Nick and Elly discuss:

    Elly’s love of Greece and Cyprus


    Questions of identity, home and belonging


    The Parthenon Marbles, and Elly’s work to reunite them through the Parthenon Committee of Australia


    Life and living history in Athens and Europe


    Reflections on the incredible life and legacy of the late Samuel Symons


    Living through a cancer diagnosis as an individual and as a family


    Samuel’s contributions to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre


    Love, memory and gratitude


    How we remember loved ones, compared with the memorialisation of historical figures or events

    Follow Elly on Twitter @ellymariasymons

    • 45 min
    Gareth Evans on Life, Politics, Australia, and Good International Citizenship

    Gareth Evans on Life, Politics, Australia, and Good International Citizenship

    Transcript available at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/garethevans
    In this interview, Nick and Gareth discuss:

    Gareth’s early life and influences, and what drew him to politics


    Some of his most enduring political and policy achievements


    Reflections on Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as men, and as Prime Ministers of Australia


    The current world order, and the state of multilateralism and global cooperation on “problems without passports”


    Mass-atrocity events, and the personal and moral challenges of being Foreign Minister of a sovereign state with competing policy priorities


    The development of the global political commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)


    Memories and reflections on Gareth’s work as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group (ICG) in Brussels, and the differences in preventing deadly conflict from within an NGO than in government


    Reflections on his time as Chancellor of the Australian National University, and the university’s unique role in Australian society


    The meaning of Australia, and some of Gareth’s most treasured corners of the country


    Reflections on life and retirement

    Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was Chancellor from 2010-19. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.







     

    • 57 min
    Gray Connolly on COVID-19, Geopolitics and Australia, and Reflections on Faith, Love, and Grief

    Gray Connolly on COVID-19, Geopolitics and Australia, and Reflections on Faith, Love, and Grief

    Transcript available at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/grayconnollyIn this interview, Nick and Gray discuss:

    Gray’s life and career in the law, including his military service in the Royal Australian Navy


    The geopolitical lessons of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic


    The Dragon-Bear strategic alliance between China and Russia


    The 2020 US presidential election, and reflections on Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump


    How the pandemic has brought out the Australian ethos of looking after our most vulnerable, including a reflection on Simpson and his donkey


    How the pandemic has upended the Australian political landscape and forced the conservative Liberal-National Coalition - and governments around the world - to abandon ideology in the face of crisis


    Longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on Australian society, including changes to Federation and federal-state relations


    Observations on modern Australian politics and the quality of our politicians and polity


    Reflections on love, faith, grief, and the meaning of Australia

    Gray Connolly is a Sydney-based Barrister and Writer, and he is a reservist serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy. He writes about geopolitics, faith, history and war on his Strategy Counsel website. Gray’s writing has also appeared in an interesting range of Australian periodicals, including Meanjin and The Daily Telegraph. He regularly features on the ABC and Sky News as a commentator. He is a lifelong South Sydney and Richmond supporter. Twitter @GrayConnolly





      

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Dr. Hugo Slim on Life, Conflict, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and Humanitarianism

    Dr. Hugo Slim on Life, Conflict, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and Humanitarianism

    In this conversation, Nick and Hugo discuss:

    Hugo’s early life and career as a frontline humanitarian worker in Africa and the Middle East


    The bureaucratisation of humanitarian organisations over recent decades


    The magic of young people in humanitarian (and other) organisations


    The experience of civilians in war and conflict, the ‘seven spheres of suffering’, and memorialisation of the dead


    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Hugo’s term as Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy


    Recent developments in International Humanitarian Law and warfare


    The impact of COVID-19 on relief work in conflict zones


    The changed ethical landscape that many in western nations now find themselves in as a result of the pandemic.

    Dr Hugo Slim recently concluded 5 years as Head of Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Before joining ICRC in 2015, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford where he led research on humanitarian ethics and the protection of civilians. Hugo has combined a career between academia and practice. He was Chief Scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue from 2003–2007 and Reader in International Humanitarianism at Oxford Brookes University from 1994–2003. Between 1983 and 1994, Hugo worked for Save the Children and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. He received his PhD in humanitarian ethics from Oxford Brookes University in 2002. His most recent books are Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster (2015 Hurst/OUP) and Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War (2007 Hurst/OUP).

    • 48 min
    Professor Peter Doherty on COVID-19, Life, Science, and The Road Less Travelled

    Professor Peter Doherty on COVID-19, Life, Science, and The Road Less Travelled

    In this interview, Nick and Professor Doherty discuss:
    Peter's life and career in science and advice for young research scientists today
    The work of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in tackling the global burden of COVID-19
    The different public health responses to COVID-19 around the world
    Globalisation, pandemics and the 21st century
    President Donald Trump and the American response to COVID-19
    The state of scientific literacy and education in Australia and the world
    The proliferation of conspiracies about COVID-19, including 5G and Bill Gates
    How our societies could change as we recover from the pandemic
    Professor Peter Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discovery of how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells. He was Australian of the Year in 1997, and has since been commuting between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity is named in his honour, and the institute is leading a lot of the research into COVID-19 in Australia.

    • 44 min

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