17 episodes

Humans Cogs brings you conversations that inspire and delight by bringing extraordinary ordinaries into the light.

Our guests take us deep to explore universal human truths, start the candid conversations we need to have, and get beneath the skin to the real things that make us who we are.

Hosted by renowned psychologist and media contributor Sabina Read, and award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Madeleine Grummet, each episode features real conversations with extraordinary guests who reveal what makes them tick, share lessons on living and loving well, and challenge what we think we know about ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Human Cogs is a point of connection for us all – celebrating and reflecting on the things that bring us together, and the things that tear us apart.

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Human Cogs Podcast Human Cogs

    • Relationships
    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Humans Cogs brings you conversations that inspire and delight by bringing extraordinary ordinaries into the light.

Our guests take us deep to explore universal human truths, start the candid conversations we need to have, and get beneath the skin to the real things that make us who we are.

Hosted by renowned psychologist and media contributor Sabina Read, and award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Madeleine Grummet, each episode features real conversations with extraordinary guests who reveal what makes them tick, share lessons on living and loving well, and challenge what we think we know about ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Human Cogs is a point of connection for us all – celebrating and reflecting on the things that bring us together, and the things that tear us apart.

Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

www.humancogs.com

    Mykel Dixon on everyday creativity, making magic at work and unleashing your inner wild.

    Mykel Dixon on everyday creativity, making magic at work and unleashing your inner wild.

    We all have a slightly dysfunctional relationship with creativity. We love it, value it and want more of it but often just can’t seem to find the time, space or resources to cultivate it, whether that’s a book not written, a garden unplanted or a song not sung.

    Mykel Dixon is an award-winning speaker, musician, learning designer, event curator and author. A gypsy by nature, musician by trade, fierce non-conformist and prolific anti-perfectionist, he works with senior leaders and teams of Fortune 500 and ASX200 companies to unlock breakthrough creativity.

    In the spaces between, he rocks out with his band, is a brilliant lyricist and poet, and pushes to the edges of himself to explore the seemingly endless bounds of human creative potential.

    In this episode of Human Cogs, hosts Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet dive into places they didn’t plan to go and uncover Mykel’s turbulent past, expulsion from high school, weeks spent in silent Ashram retreats, plus they unpack why his early and prolific self-expression was contaminated with feelings of shame.

    This high-energy conversation is pretty wide-ranging, from spiritual woo woo to seeing the world around you as a canvas, divergent thinking that put humans on the moon in the 60s to making magic from the mundane.

    But in a world being whacked with wicked challenges right now, Mykel’s Infectious optimism and sense of creative possibility are contagious, and he reminds us that the common practice of dialling ourselves down is something we should all learn to do a little less.

    For anyone who has ever sat in the grandstand but wanted to play the game, for the starters not finishers, the dreamers not doers, this is a conversation that will give you the fuel you need to stop listening to the voices in the world and start listening to the voices in you; the courage to unshackle yourself from the self-imposed constraints of the everyday; and the safety to go the edge (and just a little bit beyond) to unleash your inner wild.


    Mykel Dixon is the author of best-selling book ‘Everyday Creative - A Dangerous Guide To Making Magic At Work’.

     

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    • 36 min
    Hugh Sheridan on living without labels, the price of fame and seeking the Hugh-man he wants to be.

    Hugh Sheridan on living without labels, the price of fame and seeking the Hugh-man he wants to be.

    You might think you know Hugh Sheridan.

    A four time Logie-award winning actor who’s played starring roles on shows like House Husbands and Packed To The Rafters, he is also the Number 1 Ticketholder for the Port Adelaide FC, and spends his time living and working between homes in LA and Sydney. 

    He’s also an accomplished international jazz singer, ballet dancer, film director, screenwriter and passionate human rights advocate.

    But what you might not know is that there is a deeper, hidden, vulnerable - and very human - side to Hugh Sheridan, which he now wants to share publicly. 

    In this episode of Human Cogs, hosts Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet chat with Hugh about his lonely childhood; his engagement at the young age of 17 to a woman; his early experiences at NIDA where he then fell passionately in love with a man; and his ongoing quest to assert the need to not be defined by labels, but instead, by the whole and compassionate human he is.

    Hugh believes that we have become too focussed on unhelpful and binary definitions of who we are across the facets of our lives, and invites us all to challenge the way we talk to each other, to move towards a more accepting and united view of humanity, without bias and the impact of boxing each other in.

    He also reveals the drawbacks of fame and living life in the public spotlight; and a life-changing moment in India when he came face to face with himself as an infant, small child, adult and ageing man, and was finally able to accept himself as the boy he was, man he is, and human he seeks to be.

    What he does know is that you don't need a star on Hollywood Boulevard to say that you are someone, and that it’s now time for Hugh to sit in his own skin, accept himself, and as George Michael once said to him: “Just sing what you want to sing.”

    This isn't a story about sexuality, but rather about accepting ourselves as we truly are, and wanting others to do the same.

    Enjoy our conversation with the very Hugh-man, Hugh.


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    • 35 min
    Zara McDonald of Shameless on pop culture, podcasts + being a 20-something in the space between

    Zara McDonald of Shameless on pop culture, podcasts + being a 20-something in the space between

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard of the Shameless empire - a side hustle that turned into a media phenomenon and explosive podcast that's been downloaded 10 million times, was awarded Australia’s Most Popular Podcast in 2019 and has captured the hearts and minds of the 20-30 something generation.

    In this episode of Human Cogs, hosts Madeleine Grummet and Sabina Read chat to Zara McDonald, one half of the Shameless Media brand, which was born on Zara and her cofounder Michelle Andrew’s bedroom floors in March 2018 after they met working as journalists at the Mama Mia Women’s digital media network.

    By their own admission, Michelle and Zara knew sweet F-A about podcasting when they started the journey.

    A few years in, they now have millions of listeners, multiple award-winning shows, have just released a best-selling book (The Space Between) plus are at the helm of a juggernaut Australian media brand that just keeps on growing!

    But behind the scenes of success, in this conversation Zara candidly shares her journey to now, including her battle with imposter syndrome, feeling like she’s “young, ignorant” and never “doing it right”, and the work she’s still doing to try and build a thicker skin so the opinions of others carry less weight. 

    This is a fascinating and candid chat about the boundaries that need to be drawn between our (online) public and private lives, the liminal spaces that 20 to 30-something “mainstream-media ignored” women in today’s uncertain world occupy, and how we can all work to make each other feel way less alone by sharing more of ourselves in the raw truths, lived experiences and real human moments of the space between. 


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    • 37 min
    Kath Elliott on breast cancer, from surrender to survival and acceptance.

    Kath Elliott on breast cancer, from surrender to survival and acceptance.

    ABOUT THE EPISODE

    In between when you woke up this morning and when you go to sleep tonight, 55 Australian women will be told they have breast cancer. The same will happen tomorrow, the day after that and every day ongoing, making breast cancer the most common cancer affecting Australian women.

    In fact, it is estimated that 20,000+ new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2020. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary, which means that over 90% have no genetic link. 

    In this episode, Human Cogs hosts Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet chat to the extraordinarily insightful, soulful and courageous Kath Elliott.

    A successful business woman and mother of 3 boys who worked in the fast-paced world of PR, Kath's life was suddenly stripped bare of the superfluous when one ordinary morning in August 2019, aged 46, she discovered a breast lump while getting dressed to race out the door to another busy day at work.

    What follows is her raw story of surrender, survival and ultimately, acceptance as she has gone deep to find a way back into herself - physically, spiritually and emotionally. 

    But you don’t have to have been personally touched by cancer, or know a loved one who has, to reap the deep insights and life lessons shared in this chat. These lessons are a teacher for us all about the importance of living in your body and not just in your head; what a sliding door moment of cancer diagnosis can catalyse in your life; and how looking death in the eye can make you feel more fully alive than you ever have. 

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 1-31, 2020. 
    Please support Breast Cancer Network Australia if you can.

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    SHOW CREDITS
    Hosts:Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet
    Guest: Kath Elliott 
    Websites: Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) kathrynelliott.net
    Socials: Instagram @healingbreastcancer
    Technical Producer: Daryl Missen at Purple Wax

    Join us on instagram at human.cogs 
    Available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts or listen via our website.



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    • 41 min
    Ben Sorensen on living with autism, 'hacking his brain' and understanding humans.

    Ben Sorensen on living with autism, 'hacking his brain' and understanding humans.

    A self-described “brain for hire”, Ben Sorensen is a media host, presenter, writer, and marketing whizz. Ben also sits on the Autism Spectrum, and has learned to “hack his brain” to find ways to help him make sense of the world.

    From an early age growing up in country Queensland, Ben recognised that the way he processed the world was very different to people around him, and that his brain worked faster and at a more meta level than neurotypical people, leaving him feeling socially isolated and perplexed about how humans work.

    But last year, at the age of 36, Ben sought out a formal diagnosis of ASD, and has continued to kick goals, hone his gift and fully “utilise his asset” - his remarkable brain - and capacity for human kindness.

    In this episode of Human Cogs, hosts Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet explore Ben’s lived experience of autism, the inner workings of a mind trying to decipher the complexity of human emotions and relational nuance, and some of the challenges he has faced in better understanding how to do human well.

    But beyond his diagnosis, we also learn about Ben’s personal philosophy and values including the importance of being “consciously kind”, the need for us all to move from mere tolerance to true acceptance, and his continuing quest for greater equality in the world.

    Ben says he wouldn’t trade his ASD for quids. Because it gives so much more than it takes.


    SHOW CREDITS
    Hosts:Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet
    Guest: Ben Sorensen
    Websites: bensorensen1.combseaustralia.comfriendinme.com
    Socials:InstagramTwitter
    Technical Producer: Daryl Missen at Purple Wax

    Available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts or listen via our website.
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    • 34 min
    Georgia Love on broken hearts, being rejected and learning to love again.

    Georgia Love on broken hearts, being rejected and learning to love again.

    Let’s talk about exes. We’ve all had one and we’ve all been one, so why do some leave such an indelible mark on our hearts while others move on leaving little impact on our lives?

    Breakups can be painful and heart-breaking, a complete surprise or a total relief.

    But whichever way it ends, in the aftermath, there’s always a story to be told as we try to make sense of the way we parted, the reasons why and the grief that trails in the wake of a breakup.

    In this episode of Human Cogs, hosts Madeleine Grummet and Sabina Read hear the behind the scenes story of a relationship breakup that left accomplished journalist, instagram queen, Everyone Has An Ex podcast host, and former Bachelorette Georgia Love feeling completely broken, abandoned, and like she would never love again. 

    Georgia shares the moment when the man she had been with for 3 years and thought was "the one" turned to her on an ordinary morning to say he was done, abruptly ended their relationship and walked out - with no warning and zero explanation.

    If you’ve ever had a break-up you can’t shake, been completely ghosted or have carried old breakup wounds into subsequent relationships, then you’ll relate to Georgia’s raw, heart-felt and honest story of being rejected, struggling to trust and then, finally, learning to love again.  



    SHOW CREDITS
    Hosts:Sabina Read and Madeleine Grummet
    Guest: Georgia Love
    Podcast: Everyone Has An Ex
    Socials:Twitter, Instagram
    Technical Producer: Daryl Missen at Purple Wax


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    • 42 min

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4.8 out of 5
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29 Ratings

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It’s such a great thing Sabina and Mads have put together and we can all learn so much from listening to these really interesting stories. Thanks guys!

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Authentic and inspirational conversations

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