28 episodes

Imagine...a world where human happiness and wellbeing drove our decision making, a world where technology was used to amplify human potential rather than replace it.

Human First is designed to high grade your curiosity and amplify your skill in intentional adaptability, helping you to positively influence the future for yourself and others.

Human First Penny Locaso

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Imagine...a world where human happiness and wellbeing drove our decision making, a world where technology was used to amplify human potential rather than replace it.

Human First is designed to high grade your curiosity and amplify your skill in intentional adaptability, helping you to positively influence the future for yourself and others.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    What does happiness really look like? What if your version of happiness and success isn't what you thought it was?

    In this episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso joins Beth Lepely as she shares how a move from US to Australia forced her to re-assess who she is as a human being and what defines happiness. This episode will make you re-think about what actually drives your happiness.

    This Week Explore:

    • How improv comedy can help you build the skills to thrive in the future
    • Why the bad stuff and negative emotions are necessary for maintaining happiness
    • How your definition of happiness may not be what you think it is
    • How Beth's response to the question "who are you as a human being" will surprise you
    • Why "life blueprints" are most effective when used in this one particular way
    • What does happiness look like for Beth

    Where To Find Beth
    Instagram
    Twitter
    Facebook
    The Improv Conspiracy Theatre

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 24 min
    Crushing The Stigma Around Mental Health

    Crushing The Stigma Around Mental Health

    A better way to finding your happy. What does it mean to be human? To Aaron Williams, it means being present, surrounding yourself with family and friends, and enjoying the simplicity of life. However, sometimes finding your happy place is not as easy as it sounds.

    In this powerful episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso joins Aaron Williams to talk about their shared passion for mental health. In response to Aaron's own struggles with depression and suicidal thinking following the tragic death of a young mate in 2003, he started exploring leadership in mental health. Why was it difficult for Australian men to find support? He believed there was a better way.

    This Week Explore:

    • How traveling across South America for six months changed Aaron's perspective on happiness
    • How he plans to empower people to actively seek and achieve happiness
    • What he fears the most about the future
    • The one critical question that people often do not ask themselves and why it is so important

    Where To Find Aaron
    LinkedIn
    mindstar

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 23 min
    Building the Next Generation of Innovation Leaders

    Building the Next Generation of Innovation Leaders

    How do we lead teenagers into this complex age? In this episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso talks role models, real innovation, and selfies with Madeleine Grummet, an authentic human being that shows up as she is. As a co-founder, investor, and startup mentor, Madeleine works across the innovation ecosystem bridging the gap between education and the tech industry.

    This Week We Explore:

    • What innovation actually means, and is it solving real problems
    • To whom do young girls look, and who is going to lead them into this complex age
    • The misconception around STEM (or STEAM)
    • The You Are Not Your Face Project and what it feels like to be a girl in the world right now
    • What's happening with human connection in the next generation
    • Who is the real selfie?

    Where To Find Madeleine
    LinkedIn
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Facebook

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 33 min
    How To Be A Dreamer, Wanderer, and Wonderer

    How To Be A Dreamer, Wanderer, and Wonderer

    Raising your visibility to realise your potential. In this week's episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso sits with Sarah Anderson as she shares her fascinating path from art history at Melbourne University, to running social and digital communications at ANZ, to starting her own business, and to becoming a yoga instructor. What is the mindset that has helped her along her journey?

    This Week Explore:

    • How social media gives people, especially women, a voice
    • What lies at the intersection of being authentic and putting yourself out there
    • How to use mindfulness and reflective journaling to reach one's potential
    • Her Human First experience in Antarctica
    • The one question she always asks herself
    • The power of letting go
    • How she creates space to focus, by ditching the time scarcity mindset

    Where To Find Sarah
    Twitter:
    LinkedIn
    VisibilityCo

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 36 min
    Finding Wobbly Balance in Life

    Finding Wobbly Balance in Life

    Forget about finding balance in life, find tilt instead. In this episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso interviews Brooke McAlary, author of the book 'Slow', and discusses how she is imperfectly embracing being an author, being a mother of two children, and trying to live mindfully.

    This week we explore:

    • How Brooke lives more mindfully by 'Tilting', rather than 'Balancing' her life
    • What is 'Wobbly Balance' and how that helps her
    • What's got Brooke curious at the moment
    • The human element of building a community, the sense of belonging, to feel seen and be heard, and to feel more human
    • Brooke's new project, the Slow Experiment Club, which focuses on face-to-face human connections rather than digital connections
    • How Brooke stays connected without Twitter or Facebook
    • Brooke's major concerns around the climate crisis, and what she's doing to make an impact
    • What one question would Brooke like people ask her but that they don't?

    Where To Find Brooke
    Slow Your Home
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 36 min
    Reviving The Lost Art Of Letter Writing

    Reviving The Lost Art Of Letter Writing

    When was the last time you wrote a letter? In this episode of the Human First Podcast, Penny Locaso talks about the power of creativity and our inner muse with Melanie Knight, a human being who is passionate about human connection and spreading safe spaces around the world for people to be creative and social in subtle and playful ways. Melanie is reviving the lost art of letter writing through two big projects - Dead Letter Club and The Library of Letters.

    This week we explore:

    • Why her creative letter writing movement has been one of her most life-changing projects
    • How her latest project, The Library of Letters, is promoting empathy, wellbeing and human connection
    • The difficult moment in Melanie's life that inspired her to embark on this journey
    • Her concerns about technology's impact on creativity, anxiety, and human connection in the real world
    • The difficulty in creating the space to turn off

    You can learn more about how to write an open letter at The Library Of Letters

    Where To Find Melanie
    The Library Of Letters
    Dead Letter Club
    LinkedIn

    Where To Find Penny
    Email
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

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    • 33 min

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