Rebecca is the CEO of Future Crunch who are a group of scientists, artists, technologists and entrepreneurs who think there are new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century. Our mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to it.
From Industry leaders to activists, authors and everything in between, Rebecca explores the frontiers of technology, science, business, art & design to ignite a more beautiful purpose-driven world.
Why? Because If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves.
Carolyn Porco: The Day The Earth Smiled - Humanity Through The Eyes Of Saturn
Welcome to another episode of The DNA Of Purpose Podcast.
For those of you who have been following this podcast for quite some time, you would know that I have been on a mission since day one to unpack purpose from every perspective possible, and 87 episodes in I think it is fair to say that I have done exactly that. Nonetheless, there is one perspective that I have left uncharted until today and one of the reasons for that is because only a handful of human beings have had the privilege of seeing themselves and the world from space or more specifically from Saturn.
Today, I am feeling incredibly honoured to interview not only a globally renowned planetary scientist but also an extraordinary human who through both trial and transformation has pathed the way for women all over the world to pursue careers in science and technology. She has worked alongside revolutionary scientists such as Carl Sagan, with whom she collaborated on the world-famous Pale Blue Dot image of Earth taken in 1990, and her name is synonymous with the planet Saturn and the travels thereof the Cassini spacecraft from 2004 to 2017. In 2012 she was named one of the 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine, and this is only one of many accolades.
Her name is Carolyn Porco and she is an American planetary scientist who is renowned for exploring the outer Solar System, beginning with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s. She also led the imaging science team on NASA's Cassini mission in orbit around Saturn. This was a monumental moment for women in science and one for women of influence. The kind that ignites human progress.
Carolyn was also the founder of The Day the Earth Smiled,a first-of-its-kind event held in 2013, during which the Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its main rings -- and, in the background, our home planet, Earth, while people the world over celebrated. This image was not only a personal reprise of the original Pale Blue Dot, which she dedicated to her colleague Sagan [https://youtu.be/fzdkzkfGnko], but one that enabled all of humanity to see ourselves through the vastness of space, feel connected to each other and all of life on Earth, and appreciate the significance of our own existence and the place to which we belong.
In today's conversation, Carolyn and I traverse through so many layers of understanding the universe from a scientific perspective but also understanding ourselves at a deeper level through the eyes of space. Carolyn is a scientist first, and thus honours her research as sacred, yet at the same time, her insights and wisdom are full of soul. And while it may seem obvious to think a woman who has spent a lifetime observing the wonder of space would be the first to advocate human inhabitants in space, the exact opposite is true. In her words when it comes to Earth, there is no planet B. We must care for our home.
So without further delay, I am beyond privileged to introduce you to today's guests. The one and only Carolyn Porco.
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Sarah Jaffe: Why Work Won't Love You Back: The Trap Of The Labour Of Love
Today's guest is absolutely phenomenal Sarah Jaffe. Strap yourself in and get ready to have your brain cracked open. After spending a few hours researching for today's interview, I felt like my brain had gone to the gym for three hours....in the best kind of way. Why? Because over the course of the next hour you will have your neurons rewired, and any limiting beliefs about what you thought work was all about could potentially be thrown out the window.
Over the course of today's podcast Sarahs goes on a myth busting adventure. These myths include work as a labour of love, the 'unconscious' role of women in the workplace, and why purpose is not in any way...all about work. Infact Sarah would argue that work is not designed to love you back.
So who is Sarah Jaffe? She is the author of Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone & she is also the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.
She is a Type Media Center reporting fellow and an independent journalist covering the politics of power, from the workplace to the streets. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Post, The New Republic, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at The Progressive and New Labor Forum.
Now before we dive in I feel that it is important to note that this podcast is about fostering intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future. On the surface this topic may seem counterintuitive to creating optimism (especially when we are talking about work) but intelligent optimism is based on the facts, and this is a conversation that explores the facts. It is one built upon research and credibility, and then intention is to make work better for everyone.
The image I got when reflecting on the conversation I had with Sarah was one of the tower cards in the tarot deck. For those of you who haven't seen this card, The Tower card depicts a high spire nestled on top of the mountain. A lightning bolt strikes the tower which sets it ablaze. In Tarot, The Tower is a symbol for the ambition that is constructed on faulty premises. The destruction of the tower must happen in order to clear out the old ways and welcome something new. Its revelations can come in a flash of truth or inspiration.
Let that inspiration be this podcast, because this conversation is the tower and If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, then we must be acutely aware of the story towers that need to fall in order to give life a new and more hopeful narrative about the future.
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Alan Moore: Beautiful Influence - How to make and lead a business the world needs
The world of business is changing. The single pursuit of 'profit at any cost' has been replaced by a desire to build companies that create a better future - and enjoy commercial success. To anyone in the space of purpose in business, this is not a new conversation, but I do believe today's guest, Alan Moore takes a new approach. One that explores the intersection between good design and good business and that celebrates purpose as being a core part of beautiful and influential purpose-driven brands.
Alan Moore is a designer and business innovator on a mission to help businesses discover their own unique beauty. He mentors teams and individuals deliver leadership programmes and advises clients on regenerative business practices. He has collaborated with companies and institutions all over the world, including PayPal, Microsoft, Xero and MIT. He has spoken at SXSW, the Hay Literary Festival and the Do Lectures; and is the bestselling author of Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything AND the book we will be discussing today - Do Build - How to make and lead a business the world needs.
In Do Build, Alan Moore draws on his years of research into some of the most pioneering and progressive businesses on the planet. By speaking to their purpose-driven founders, he discovers that it is possible to lead with generosity, has a transparent supply chain, design products and services that are considered and joyful, and create a company culture where individuals flourish.
By sharing examples of best practice, Moore invites us to create a different type of business: one that will regenerate and restore our economy, our environment, and our civilisation. The question he poses is this... Are we ready to build a new reality? https://thedobook.co/products/do-build-how-to-make-and-lead-a-business-the-world-needs
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Tim Duggan - Cult Status: The Brands That Pioneer With Purpose
Tim Duggan is a new media entrepreneur who has co-founded several digital media ventures, most notably Junkee Media - Australia's leading millennials digital publisher.
In 2018, industry organisation Mumbrella named Junkee Media the Large Publishing Company of The Year, and they are the only company to be award Mumbrella's coveted Media Brand of the Year for multiple titles, Junkee and Punkee. Junkee Media also helps some of the world's leading brands like Netflix, American Express and Qantas tell and share their stories through their award-winning social content agency.
In today's episode Tim and I unpacked his brand new book - Cult Status - How To Build A Business People Adore.
Why is that? Because today consumers have changed, and the businesses that form around them are principled, purposeful and creative. The next generation of entrepreneurs thinks differently, and Cult Status will show you how you can too.
Tim believes that enough has been written about huge cult brands founded last century - Nike, Apple, Red Bull. Instead he asks this......What will the cult companies of tomorrow look like? Who is amassing the kind of passionate community that gives them the best chance of getting through difficult times to build long-term, sustainable success?
Ian Hutchinson & Donald Mackee: Smile...Because You Just Saved My Life
As the world changes at rapid speed for many of us this has placed more emphasis on the connection we have to a sense of Purpose in our lives. A global pandemic amongst other things has a way of helping us to sift through what's important in life, and what's not. Most importantly it has reconnected us to the significance of family and friends in our lives. The people who truly matter.
With that thought in mind, Imagine if out of the blue you found yourself in a situation where your quick thinking and decision making would determine whether or not one of the important people in your life would live or die. Would you have the skills to know what to do next? Would you have the capacity to act in a manner that could save their life?
This is not a situation anyone wants to be in, but this where Donnie & Hutch, lifelong friends, found themselves. Today they are luckily both here to share their story.
Ian Hutchinson ('Hutch') regarded himself as a fit and healthy 50 something. He walked the dog each morning and went on bike rides or to the gym most days. He'd never smoked and rarely drank alcohol.
In September 2018, while bike riding with his mate Don MacKee, he had a sudden cardiac arrest. Thanks to some quick thinking by Don and some good samaritan CPR bystanders, 000 was called, CPR commenced and Hutch became one of the lucky 9% to survive an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.
As a result, Don & Hutch founded CPRfriendly.org in memory of, and on behalf of, the 91% less fortunate that don't survive. To help turn the statistics around, Don & Hutch, through CPRfriendly.org, are on a quest to raise awareness of CPR and public access defibrillators with the mission of helping save more lives - starting in our own backyard.
Robyn Gigl: By Way Of Sorrow - Purpose Through The Eyes Of A Transgender Attorney
Welcome to another episode of The DNA Of Purpose Podcast.
Today, I invite you to come on a journey with me. Imagine for a moment, living life by the rules. As a man in the world, you study and work hard to become an attorney. You meet a wife, and have children, and continue to walk down that path until you realise that something inside of you is out of alignment. That something doesn't feel right. That your inner self is not in any way aligned to the person the world views you as. How so you may ask? Because on the inside you do not identify with being a man. You know that you are a woman.
Today's guest is the incredible Robyn Gigl. Robyns PR team approached a few months ago to host an interview with Robyn in order to promote her new book By Way Of Sorrow. Of Course, we chatted about her book, but the reason I interviewed Robyn was all because of her story. A powerful narrative of self-acceptance, what it takes to ignite the transformation that truth can often ask of us, and a story of how she courageously let her purpose lead the way.
Robyn Gigl, the author of BY WAY OF SORROW, is an attorney, speaker and activist who has been honoured by the ACLU-New Jersey and the New Jersey Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Court's Committee on Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement, she's practised law for more than 40 years, representing clients in state and federal courts. She also is active in the New Jersey State Bar Association where she is a member of the Diversity Committee, the Women in the Profession Section and a Past Chair of the Bar's LGBT Rights Section.
Today's conversation is one that dances between truth, transformation, human progress and the fight to empower true diversity in a world that needs love and acceptance more so than ever before. Welcome to the podcast Robyn.
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Can’t wait each week to listen to Rebecca’s interviews with amazing guests. She is a unique interactive interviewer. She brings to light amazing stories filled with insights around living life to the fullest. Decoding purpose is a unique podcast as it brings many perspectives around personal and business aspects in our lives reflecting on turning points that many of us can relate to. Thank you Rebecca Tapp.
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So insightful for anyone on their own purpose journey or looking to infuse purpose and meaning into their job role or career!