26 episodes

'How Good Are Humans!' is a social project with many intentions. Primarily, it is to unveil the truly inspiring, motivating and moving personalities within society. It shines a light on those who are going above and beyond the call of duty to better themselves and the community around them; from adventure athletes raising money for charity, to quiet bookworms endeavouring to help others learn.Ultimately, this project is a celebration of humanity in a time when the world could do with just a little more of it. With each episode, join me on a quest to discover amazing people around the world in this quirky interview style podcast. Quirky, because I really have no technical idea what I'm doing. My method: just stick a microphone in front of someone interesting and ask questions out of curiosity.The subjects and their idiosyncratic missions will be different from week to week, but trust me when I say that the common thread is they are all heartening and uplifting. You may even know one of the guests, but have no idea of the work that they are quietly achieving. Remember, above all, that the most inspiring person that you have never met could be sitting right beside you.

How Good Are Humans‪!‬ Isaac McCarthy

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

'How Good Are Humans!' is a social project with many intentions. Primarily, it is to unveil the truly inspiring, motivating and moving personalities within society. It shines a light on those who are going above and beyond the call of duty to better themselves and the community around them; from adventure athletes raising money for charity, to quiet bookworms endeavouring to help others learn.Ultimately, this project is a celebration of humanity in a time when the world could do with just a little more of it. With each episode, join me on a quest to discover amazing people around the world in this quirky interview style podcast. Quirky, because I really have no technical idea what I'm doing. My method: just stick a microphone in front of someone interesting and ask questions out of curiosity.The subjects and their idiosyncratic missions will be different from week to week, but trust me when I say that the common thread is they are all heartening and uplifting. You may even know one of the guests, but have no idea of the work that they are quietly achieving. Remember, above all, that the most inspiring person that you have never met could be sitting right beside you.

    Epic, Plastic-free Adventurers | International Ocean Film Festival stars | Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon

    Epic, Plastic-free Adventurers | International Ocean Film Festival stars | Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon

    This week, on the 26th episode of the How Good are Humans podcast (and the 10th produced in Far North Queensland), we unveil two super fun and adventurous human beings: Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon.

    Lucy and Mathilde have been living plastic-free lives since March 2016. They also completed an impressive 2000km kayaking adventure along the inside passage, located on the western Canadian coastline.  As part of that adventure, they raised more than $20,000 for organisations concerned with cleaning the oceans.

    They made a documentary film of their adventure, a film titled 'Changing Tides', which is featuring in the 2021 International Ocean Film Festival. 

    Lucy and Mathilde were kind enough to come on the podcast and speak about their adventure, their film, and how to do it all while living plastic free. 

    We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs, and I enjoyed every second of recording this episode.
    I hope you come to see, like I have, just how good these humans really are.

    Find out more about Lucy, Mathilde, their adventures, and how to live a plastic-free life at: passageadventures.org

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Respectful Relationships | Critty Wallace | RespectMe

    Respectful Relationships | Critty Wallace | RespectMe

    This week, on the 25th episode of the How Good are Humans podcast, we unveil a courageous and admirable human being: Critty Wallace.
    Critty works with RespectMe—a violence prevention and respectful relationships education program.
    Informed by the National Standards for the primary prevention of sexual assault through education, the RespectMe program works with primary and secondary school students and school staff to raise awareness of ethical behaviour, and promotes the prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence by building appropriate knowledge and skills.
    Critty’s motivation to work in this field sits deeper than her personal values. Throughout her adolescent and adult lives, she has endured and overcome her own share of disrespectful behaviour, abuse, and trauma.
    Critty has trekked an arduous journey in regaining her sense of agency and finding her voice. This journey has surely not yet culminated, but has inspired a newfound purpose: doing everything in her personal and professional capacities to ensure that other women do not suffer the same circumstances.
    There is a lack of respect for women in Australian society.
    According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual assault or threats of assault, and 1 in 6 women have experienced violence by a current or former partner.
    It would be an understatement to say that we have a problem in this country, but we certainly do.
    Thanks to a group of indomitable human beings like Critty Wallace, this vital issue is getting the attention it deserves—but, more can surely be done. I hope our conversation serves as a catalyst for more informed conversations.
    Critty speaks about her own experience of intimate partner violence. She outlines the prevalence and types of gendered violence present in society, and explains the underlying causes. We address the topics of consent and unhealthy expectations in relationships. We conclude by talking about the RespectMe program and how it achieves its aims.
    Critty is a wonderful and wise person, and her calm and collected demeanour makes this topic just that little bit easier to engage with.

    I hope you come to see, like I have, just how good this human really is.

    Find out more about the Cairns Reclaim the Night event on Friday, 29th of October 2021: www.facebook.com/events/cairns-australia/reclaim-the-night-2021/873485513585804/

    Find out more about RespectMe: respectme.org.au

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Creating the Perfect Vibes | Wendy Kumma | the Nest Cairns

    Creating the Perfect Vibes | Wendy Kumma | the Nest Cairns

    “If you’re happy and genuine at work, it makes everything better. It makes your staff feel better. It makes your customers feel better. It sounds cliché, but when you’re going to work you can choose happiness, which makes such a difference to the people walking through your doors.”
    How do you create the perfect vibes for customers? What is it like to rip the guts out of 300 fish in a day? What are the logistics behind eloping in Las Vegas? And how can one rediscover a dormant faith and weave it back into the fabric of their life?
    On this episode of the How Good are Humans podcast, we unveil Wendy Kumma, whose story runs deep, twists often and winds around far-flung pillars of authenticity and imagination.
    Wendy is a (multiple) cafe owner; she is someone who just gets hospitality. As the owner of the Nest café in Cairns (and also the Nook), Wendy has cultivated an F+B atmosphere that spoils the comfort senses of each patron. The Nest is a microcosm for harmonising community and business; it breaks the transactional barrier between staff and customer, and in its place opens the space to friendship. When you walk through the doors, the staff learn your name, your story, and — if you’re extra lucky — your birthday. They’ll remember how you like your coffee. They’ll ask about that thing that only a month ago you were really excited for. They’ll ensure, whilst you’re sitting under their roof, that it feels like an extension of your home. For Wendy, this is the only way a business ought to operate.
    Wendy’s story however is so much broader than hospitality. She’s grown up in a family that was afflicted, but not defined, by mental illness. She left her studies to chase intrepid experiences around the world. She met the love of her life on a beach in Cairns and found herself married, in Las Vegas, just months later. They then spent three Alaskan summers living on a boxy boat, chasing Atlantic salmon and getting to know each other (and the insides of fish) properly. Wendy also speaks about the role her Christian faith has played over the course of her life, and the meaning that she has discovered within.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation, and come to see, like I did, how good this human really is.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Outback Mike | Epic Adventurer and Film Maker

    Outback Mike | Epic Adventurer and Film Maker

    How young is too young to envision and plan out a professional life full of adventure? Could you do it as a young teenager? Realistically, is that even a worthwhile endeavour? Would you stick to your plans? Would you succumb to life's superficial distractions? Whilst planning an ideal future as an adolescent sounds a tad quixotic, I've interviewed many people who have demonstrated that embarking on such an endeavour and realising the resultant goals is an outcome within your grasp. This episode's guest is no different.
    Enter Michael Atkinson, an epic adventurer and film maker. At age 13, Michael, or 'Outback Mike', planned to travel the world, join the military as a pilot, become a survival expert, and then make adventure films. He's achieved every step of his plan and isn't slowing down.
    Recently, Mike embarked on an epic adventure wherein he crafted a dugout canoe from a single four-tonne log, launched it from Townsville and sailed around Cape York. He survived off what the land and seas offered him, which at times wasn't much. He also had to navigate rough seas and, occasionally, the dangerous wildlife.
    During his journey, he interacted with several tradition owners and Indigenous Australian communities, and enjoyed learning from their traditional way of life which is harmonious with the environment.
    We talk about all of this and more during this episode.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation, and come to see, like I did, how good this human really is.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Will Genia | Australian and International Rugby Union Legend

    Will Genia | Australian and International Rugby Union Legend

    He's played over 100 international rugby union test matches for the Wallabies. He's won a Super Rugby championship with the Queensland Reds, and a Tri-nations and SANZAAR Rugby Championship with the Wallabies. He's also competed in a Rugby Union World Cup final, and captained the Wallabies on four occasions.

    This week on the How Good Are Humans podcast, I am speaking with none other than Sanchez William 'Will' Genia, the former Wallabies' starting halfback who represented Australia in rugby union for a decade between 2009 and 2019.

    We talk about Will's backstory, which included his journey from Papua New Guinea — his country of birth — to Australia. He talks about his ascension from schoolboys to international rugby, and the work ethic it took to get there. We revisit the highlights and lowlights of his storied career, and how they made an impact upon him personally. We then address Will's future career prospects. We complete the discussion with a fun, rapid-fire round of questions, as well as dialling in a surprise podcast guest.

    Will's candid attitude made for an enlightening discussion, particularly concerning the topic of the future of rugby union in Australia, as well as the incidents which have hindered its standing on the world stage and in the public eye.

    I hope you enjoy the conversation, and come to see, like I did, how good this human really is.

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    Soundbite sourced from:

    FULL REPLAY | 2011 Super Rugby Final: Reds vs Crusaders
    Rugby.com.au (YouTube channel)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BKXqEOTetc&t=4295s

    • 1 hr 39 min
    CROCODILES !!! | David and Jo White | Solar Whisper

    CROCODILES !!! | David and Jo White | Solar Whisper

    Think you know a thing or two about crocodiles? You might know that they're big and carnivorous. You might know that they come in salt and fresh water varieties (not entirely accurate). You might even know where to find one, and what its reaction is likely to be if you poked it on the nose.
    But when you think about it, how much do you know about their social behaviour, peculiar habits and importance to the ecosystem? Did you know that they pre-date the dinosaurs? Did you know that the language we use to describe them may affect their conservation status? Did you know that First Nations people have always had a harmonious symbiotic relationship with them, and could teach us a lot about their nature?

    This week on the podcast, I am speaking with David White and his wife, Jo, the owner-operators of Solar Whisper Wildlife and Crocodile Cruises on the Daintree River. For the past 20 years, Dave and Jo's quotidian routine has been to visit and watch crocodiles on the Daintree River. They do so with their solar-powered boats, and bring a group of tourists along with them each time. As well as an operator of an eco-tourism business, Dave sees his role as an educator; to bring about greater knowledge of the wildlife native to Far North Queensland, particularly the Indo-Pacific crocodile (salt water crocodile/estuarine crocodile). Dave takes the time to educate me on the nature and habits of salt water crocodile, as well as their vital importance to the ecosystem. He talks me through the crocodiles' greatest threats which, both interestingly and disturbingly, is mostly attributable to the insidious language used to describe them.

    We recorded this episode whilst floating on the Daintree River at dusk, so you will hear plenty of bird noises over the audio. Dave tells many stories of his encounters with the local crocodiles — all of whom have their own names and quirks — and does so with a good deal of humour.
    I hope you enjoy, and come to realise how good these humans really are.

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    To find out more about Dave and Jo's work and business: solarwhisper.com
    Solar whisper on social media: @SolarWhisper on Facebook, @solar_whisper on Instagram

    Be crocwise videos resources (mentioned in interview): becrocwise.nt.gov.au/education-and-resources/teaching-and-learning-kits/resources

    Bob Katter soundbite was sourced from:
    "Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom!" Bob Katter on same-sex marriage
    ABC News (Australia)
    Youtube channel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i739SyCu9I

    • 1 hr 23 min

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