81 episodes

Coffee Pods is a podcast designed to fuel your difference by by opening up access to the insights, stories and experiences of remarkable people, who've marched to the beat of their own drum and created a positive butterfly effect in their wake. We believe that in the mere amount of time it takes to have a cup of coffee with someone we can learn from a lifetime of experience. So, come have a coffee break with us, and get the inspirational fuel and practical toolkit you need to be the change you want to see in your life, organisation or community

Coffee Pods with Holly Ransom Holly Ransom

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 115 Ratings

Coffee Pods is a podcast designed to fuel your difference by by opening up access to the insights, stories and experiences of remarkable people, who've marched to the beat of their own drum and created a positive butterfly effect in their wake. We believe that in the mere amount of time it takes to have a cup of coffee with someone we can learn from a lifetime of experience. So, come have a coffee break with us, and get the inspirational fuel and practical toolkit you need to be the change you want to see in your life, organisation or community

    Coffee Pod #74: Marta Dusseldorp, highly respected star of screen and stage, on using one’s platform to drive the change that matters

    Coffee Pod #74: Marta Dusseldorp, highly respected star of screen and stage, on using one’s platform to drive the change that matters

    Marta Dusseldorp finds it impossible to live in a small world. From an early age she was able to look around corners and see beneath stories. This gutsy and wonderful #coffeepod conversation ranges from self-discipline and dedication to the bravery of sitting in one’s true, authentic self. Underpinning Marta’s learnings is an incredible sense of the responsibility she feels for her work. Marta builds the awareness that we are given a voice to advocate for ourselves and for each other. She notes that the way to bring people along with you is to show why we are driven in our work, rather than filling up conversations with the what.

    As a UNHCR ambassador, Marta lends her stories and her voice to people suffering from global causes in a similar way to the challenging characters she loves to play. Currently, Marta is rehearsing the ground-breaking work exploring domestic violence by Melbourne playwright Angus Cerini. Under her new production label Archipelago Productions, Marta talks about her passion for producing, and the need to amplify conversations and characters that are hidden. ‘The Bleeding Tree’ will be not only a stage show, but with an ABC live screening, a panel discussion, helplines throughout the stream and a safe space for further discussion after the show.

    In giving oneself wholly to one’s work, Marta discusses the need to seperate technology from the rehearsal space. In an interesting parallel for workplaces today, she notes that the absence of technology, increases people’s ability to concentrate, to tap into creativity and imagination. Download, subscribe, hit play and get into a world where change is not only possible, but joyous, daring and rewarding.

    Marta both articulates and embodies the idea that within the coexistence of vulnerability and confidentiality, sits the power of relatability.

    Checkout Marta's latest work here: https://www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/bleeding-tree
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    • 53 min
    Coffee Pod #72: Globally sought-after inspirational speaker Michael Crossland turns heart-breaking adversity into powerful fuel for change

    Coffee Pod #72: Globally sought-after inspirational speaker Michael Crossland turns heart-breaking adversity into powerful fuel for change

    Life is about choices. Michael Crossland was born fighting for his life and is living proof that adversity is not about what happens to us, but how we deal with it. Still striving for quality of life everyday, Michael is pursued globally to speak to the highest level of leaders, amongst sport, business and education, to empower people to start creating the world they want to live in, today.

    A businessman and elite sportsman, Michael asks, are you a passenger or a pilot? He points out, ‘because there are people in this world that would do anything to have your bad day’. After releasing his first autobiography in 2016, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries. We ask Michael, how do you go about building your resilience, like a muscle, day in and day out?

    Hit play to be inspired. In this utterly compelling coffee conversation, Michael opens up his wealth of knowledge to listeners with the aim helping leaders push through their own barriers to the next level of positive impact. Despite growing up being told only what he could not do, Michael continually shows the world everything that can be achieved if you can just believe that everything’s going to be okay.
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    • 41 min
    Coffee Pod #69: Sisters Rosie and Lucy Thomas head up Australia’s Youth-Driven Movement Against Bullying.

    Coffee Pod #69: Sisters Rosie and Lucy Thomas head up Australia’s Youth-Driven Movement Against Bullying.

    It’s a double shot this week as founders of Project Rockit (www.projectrockit.com.au), sisters Lucy and Rosie Thomas, talk mobilising change, challenging self doubt and creating open-minded global citizens. Rockit is a project and a platform designed to fuel a world for young people where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice. Lucy and Rosie created the business soon after leaving high school, the idea grew from a strong desire to impact the way we treat each other - online and off - and instigate the formative conversations that seem to be missing from the education system.

    Having both received Order of Australia medals, been named by UNICEF among 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age and sitting on a range of boards including Facebook’s Global Safety Board, the synergy between Lucy and Rosie is matched by the synergy between strategy and creation inherent in Project Rockit. Crystal clear on purpose and focused on the For-Profit Social Enterprise model as key to self-evaluation, market research and relevance, the sisters take the view that young people are experts and have worked with hundreds of thousands of Aussie kids through their school workshops – with no preaching lecturing or judging, just real talk.

    So how are two young entrepreneurs navigating the journey of taking a grass roots social movement to a sustainable, scalable, accountable social enterprise? Over the last 12 years, Project Rockit has become a global business and with it, the ambition to break open the echo chamber and have better conversations around conflicting views only increases. In between growing a team, gathering capability and taking care of each other, staying in close contact with school kids remains paramount. The sisters draw strength from these students “who are sick and tired of bullying and prejudice and want to make their voices heard against it”.

    In this #coffeepod special we cover so much ground with humility, courage and humanity. I’m left feeling utterly elated at the world our young people are striving to create for us all. Listen and learn.
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    • 56 min
    Coffee Pod #68: Jules Lund, radio and TV personality and CEO of Tribe, cuts through ego, perfectionism and insecurity in a candid talk about designing the life you dream of living

    Coffee Pod #68: Jules Lund, radio and TV personality and CEO of Tribe, cuts through ego, perfectionism and insecurity in a candid talk about designing the life you dream of living

    In an honest and vulnerable discussion, Jules takes us back to his roots as a year 9 kid sitting up the back of class, heckling teachers, when one day a future mentor acknowledged him and changed his life forever. Now CEO of TRIBE, the fastest growing self-serving marketplace, Jules is moving from control to intention, perfectionism to purpose and is figuring out how to balance the desire to create something amazing, with the instinct to spend more time with those you love.

    A hit of inspiration and a coffee date for anyone who is wanting to take on the world while nurturing the world inside themselves, Jules uses wise-cracks to crack open powerful truths. As an advocate and contributor of Reach Foundation, Jules learned the value of vulnerability early. Beyond merely talking authentic leadership, Jules moves through the actions he takes everyday to return to a vulnerable place and get clarity and cut through as a leader. There are so many takeaways in this ripper #coffeepod.

    Drink up the sheer determination, dedication and empowerment Jules brings to the table and start designing your life, today…. Oh and checkout an Ikigai map while you’re at it ;)
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    • 46 min
    Coffee Pod #76: Changing our scale to change our impact with Dr Susan Graham, using AI and drone technology to restore natural ecosystems

    Coffee Pod #76: Changing our scale to change our impact with Dr Susan Graham, using AI and drone technology to restore natural ecosystems

    Dr Susan Graham is intent on tackling the biggest challenges of our day. Learn how her young team of audacious problem-solvers maintain an attitude of persistent positivity while staring down our planet's dramatic loss of biodiversity, and two billion hectares of degraded land. Dr Graham sees this mass degradation as an enormous opportunity. She is intent on solving for the mismatch of scale when it comes to rate of degradation to rate of restoration.

    An entrepreneur from a young age, Susan has learnt to balance urgent action with deep thinking. Studying both medicine and engineering, she says "I wanted to scale beyond my hands." Where engineering has enabled scalable impact – Dendra became not only the first company to ever plant trees with drones, but as well, to dare to undertake species level analytics of complex biodiverse ecosystems –  Australian directness means the team get to the nub of the matter really quickly. There is a compelling tenacity to Susan's confidence to ask 'What's next? How can we change carbon markets?' for example.

    We hope you enjoy this conversation with Dr Susan Graham, and clearly hear her call to action to know that today is our day. Now is the time. The need for each of us to play our best game is urgent.
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    • 27 min
    Coffee Pod #75: From Life as a Scientist to Life on Mars with NASA's Dr Abigail Allwood

    Coffee Pod #75: From Life as a Scientist to Life on Mars with NASA's Dr Abigail Allwood

    Dr Abigail Allwood is not only the first Australian but the first female to lead a Mars mission! As the principle investigator of the most complex mission NASA has sent to the Red Planet, Perseverance is specifically tasked with answering the question of whether life ever existed on a planet other than Earth. As an Advance Award winner, Abigail is driven by a passion for science. From her home in Califonia, she wonders how can 'thinking like a scientist' can open our minds and reduce our biased worldview right now? Abigail also ponders what can we do to get more girls to imagine having a global (or interplanetary) career in STEM?

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

cjt.xo ,

Beautifully executed and inspiring

I’m hooked with only having listened to one podcast!! Sharing such inspiring and motivating stories from people who have stories that can create a mindset shift in us all.
Coffee pod #53 listening to Rob Jones discuss the struggles he has faced and choosing to view challenges as a ‘Positive disposition’ is an extremely powerful message. Thank you for sharing this story.

T. Rankin ,

A Podcast Worth LIstening To

I've been listening to Holly's podcast for awhile now and I continue to be delighted by the richness and depth of her interviews. She does her research, finds really interesting people to talk to and asks really relevant questions. If you're interested in hearing more from people who are changing their world, this is the podcast to listen to. For every podcast episode I listen to, I know I will come away with new knowledge, a fresh perspective or both.

sobeywankenobi ,

Refreshing interview with Alex Bodman

I appreciated Alex’s call to action - to reframe the way you look at something and realise the potential in it. Heaps of value and insight throughout this interview. It’s an episode I’ll listen to more than once.

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