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Hear from high profile and grass-roots leaders everywhere, enabling the regeneration of life on this planet. They're changing the stories we live by, and the systems we create in their mould.

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Hear from high profile and grass-roots leaders everywhere, enabling the regeneration of life on this planet. They're changing the stories we live by, and the systems we create in their mould.

    54. Sport's Role in Averting Climate Crisis: With Sports Environment Alliance ED, Dr Sheila Nguyen

    54. Sport's Role in Averting Climate Crisis: With Sports Environment Alliance ED, Dr Sheila Nguyen

    This Black Summer in Australia saw a national T20 cricket match cancelled due to smoke, international tennis players choking on the pollution, and sports facilities burned down around the country. A few weeks ago, Australia’s Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese tweeted: “It’s Australian Open time. The eyes of the world are on us. The world is seeing air so toxic that players are collapsing and others are needing medical treatment. We can’t just sit by and accept this as the new normal. We need climate action – now.”

    Leaving aside the apparent contradictions in some of Mr Albanese’s other statements, this one well reflects our reality. And while fundraising by elite sport for communities most directly affected by the fires has been brilliant, and sport has been such an effective advocate in other areas of cultural life, the climate and extinction crises continue to threaten the places we love, and the things we love doing, including sport. So what role can sport play in reversing the trajectory of these crises, and furthering regenerative change?

    Dr Sheila Nguyen has been working at bringing together sports from around the country over the last decade or so to explore just that. Sheila is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sports Environment Alliance. Its members range from the biggest clubs in the land, to the smallest - from the reigning Australian Rules premiers the Richmond Tigers Football Club, to the Swamp Rats cricket club, along with local governments and others with responsibilities around sport. It goes by the hashtag #noplanetnoplay.

    Sheila was among the 2019 Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence, and is about to head to London next month to co-chair and MC the UN’s Sport for Climate Action’s Sport Positive event at Wembley Stadium. But as a lonely, overweight daughter of Vietnamese refugees, none of this seemed likely. Until sport changed her life.

    Get more:
    Sports Environment Alliance - http://sportsenvironmentalliance.org/

    Music:
    Hotel California, by The Eagles
    The System, by the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

    Note: Malcolm Speed finished his term as Chair of the Alliance last month.

    Title pic: The SCG covered in bushfire smoke. (AAP) sourced at https://au.sports.yahoo.com/officials-prepare-bushfire-smoke-interrupt-scg-test-072254307.html

    Thanks to our generous supporters for making this episode possible. To learn more about The RegenNarration, and how you can support it, head to our website at www.regennarration.com.

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    #053 Fire & Phoenix: A brief introduction to 2020

    #053 Fire & Phoenix: A brief introduction to 2020

    The summer here in Australia has been witnessed by people around the world, saddened and concerned as they’ve watched this country burn and be subsequently shrouded in heavy palls of smoke. This is a special introduction to the new year of The RegenNarration, in reference and reverence to all that has happened, and what it means from here.

    More of us than ever now will be looking to continue to come together, in the wake of this trauma, to explore how we do transform towards regenerative ways of doing things that actually work.

    Music:
    Morning, by Beck.

    Thanks to the generous supporters of this podcast for making it possible.

    To learn more about The RegenNarration, and how you can support it, head to our website at www.regennarration.com.

    Title pic: Firefighters struggle against the strong wind in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales, December 31, 2019. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty. Sourced from Insider.com - https://www.insider.com/australia-fires-burned-twice-land-area-as-2019-amazon-fires-2020-1

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    #052 Regenerating Society Soundtrack 2019: The music chosen by our guests with highlights from 2019

    #052 Regenerating Society Soundtrack 2019: The music chosen by our guests with highlights from 2019

    We’re signing off for the year with this podcast of highlights and music as chosen by our brilliant array of guests throughout 2019. It’s the year’s Regenerating Society Soundtrack! With sincere thanks for tuning in, continuing to share and rate the podcast, and of course for donating and supporting its production. It couldn’t happen without you.

    Thanks also for getting in touch throughout the year to share stories, questions and insights, and to tell us how much you’ve valued the podcast. It’s been great to see our listener numbers spike further this year, and even more fulfilling to hear how the stories are landing and what the podcast means to you. Thank you very much!

    You’ll see the track list for our 2019 Soundtrack below. Have a wonderful festive season and we hope to join you again for a regenerative new year.

    1. Podcast Theme, featuring Let Them Know, by the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (& a range of guests from the podcast’s first year in 2017)
    2. Albert Wiggan (young Aboriginal leader from episode #034) on True Blue, by John Williamson (Albert’s choice of music)
    3. Stephen Jenkinson (from #035) on Jo, by Goldfrapp
    4. Mother Canoe, by Stephen Jenkinson and Gregory Hoskins (Stephen’s choice)
    5. Michael Shuman (from #036) on Heroes (We Could Be), by Alesso featuring Tove Lo (Michael’s choice)
    6. Nora Bateson (from #037) on Reasons, by Earth Wind and Fire (Nora’s choice)
    7. Damon Gameau (from #038 live at the premiere of the film ‘2040’) on Velvet’s Unicorn, by Bryony Marks on the ‘2040’ original motion picture soundtrack
    8. David McLean (from #039) on Sweet Home Alabama, by Lynyrd Skynyrd (David’s choice)
    9. Emma Lee (from #040) on Love Is In the Air, composed by Vanda and Young, performed by John Paul Young (Emma’s choice)
    10. Douglas Rushkoff (from #041) on Good Vibrations, by Psychic TV (Douglas’ choice)
    11. Karen O’Brien (from #042) on Who’ll Stop the Rain, by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Karen’s choice)
    12. Darren Sharpe (from #043 live at the National Sustainable Living Festival)
    13. David Pollock (from #044 at Wooleen Station) on King of Fools, by Paul Kelly (David’s choice)
    14. Miriam Lyons, Ian Dunlop and Jan Owen AM (from #045 live at the National Sustainable Living Festival) on The System, by the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
    15. Kate Raworth (from #046)
    16. Economic Man vs Humanity a Puppet Rap Battle, a collaboration between Kate Raworth, puppet designer Emma Powel, and song-writer Simon Panrucker
    17. Amy (from #047 live at the Global Climate Strike)
    18. What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong (prompted by Amy’s sign and conversation)
    19. Katherine Trebeck (from #048 live at The Platform in Perth), Frank Fisher (tribute feature from #050 live at Swinburne University in Melbourne), and Hazel Henderson (from #049 and #050) on A Thousand Years, by Sting
    20. What If? (Impact: The Musical), by Jacqueline Emerson and co. (Hazel’s choice)
    21. Jake Claro (from #051) on Food, by Land of Milk and Honey
    22. The Wheel, by Bill Callahan (Jake’s choice)

    Get more:
    To access the full catalogue of episodes, head to our website https://www.regennarration.com or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Title pic: Anthony introducing episode #048 live at The Platform in Perth. (Joni Sercombe)

    Thanks to our community of donors and partners for making the podcast possible. Please consider joining them by donating or becoming a podcast partner at https://www.regennarration.com/support

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    Thanks for listening!

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    #051 Farm to Plate: Regenerating a state's economy through food, land & culture, with Jake Claro

    #051 Farm to Plate: Regenerating a state's economy through food, land & culture, with Jake Claro

    Jake Claro is the Director of the Vermont Farm to Plate Program, widely regarded as the most comprehensive state-wide food system plan in the United States, and the only one with full government engagement. It is approaching the end of its first decade, and gearing up for the next, with a growing global reputation.

    The program takes a coordinated, long-term and collaborative approach with all parts of the food system - beyond a simple focus on agricultural output. Since 2010, and in the wake of the GFC, as so many communities and industries have struggled, the program has helped Vermont achieve enormous value – such as a rise in local food purchases of around 75%, 742 new businesses, over 6.5k new jobs in food-related industries, and a sharp reduction in the increasingly critical area of food insecurity. And that’s just the quantifiable stuff - all on the basis of improving the health of people and country.

    Jake himself is a recipient of the Rachel Carson award at the Bard Centre for Environmental Policy, sits on a multitude of boards, and shares the story here of his instructive beginnings in this work.

    This podcast bookends our year, in a way, exploring the rewriting of our economic source code via the transformation of local economies. The first conversation recorded this year was with Michael Shuman, one of the architects of the crowdfunding reforms that became the “JOBS Act,” signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. In this episode, we hear about one particular local economic success story that’s capturing international attention.

    Jake will be a special guest at the Food for Thought Festival in Albany, Western Australia, between the 19th and 23rd of March 2020. For that and other possible dates around Australia, stay tuned to our partners supporting the production of this episode.

    Episode #051 of The RegenNarration is produced with thanks to Community Food Events, the Food for Thought Festival, Sustain: the Australian Food Network, Commonland, and the Centre for Social Impact at UWA.

    Title slide pic: Jake Claro, Farm to Plate Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund provides an update on the next 10 years of Vermont Farm to Plate, at the recent annual gathering.

    Music:
    The Wheel, by Bill Callahan
    Food, by Land of Milk & Honey

    Get more:
    https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com - Vermont Farm to Plate Program
    https://www.vsjf.org - Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
    https://www.foodforthoughtfestival.com - Food for Thought Festival

    Thanks to our community of donors and partners for making the podcast possible. Please consider joining them by donating or becoming a podcast partner at https://www.regennarration.com/support

    And say hello & send us your comments by text or audio - https://www.regennarration.com/story

    Thanks for listening!

    • 56 min
    #050 Reclaiming Money, Media & Mind: Part 2 of the conversation with Hazel Henderson

    #050 Reclaiming Money, Media & Mind: Part 2 of the conversation with Hazel Henderson

    Welcome to episode 50 of The RegenNarration podcast! Which also commemorates the 76th anniversary of the birth of pioneering Australian systems thinker, and the man who introduced Anthony to the work of Hazel Henderson, the late Professor Frank Fisher. Fittingly then, this dual milestone episode features part 2 of Anthony’s conversation with Hazel.

    Hazel and Anthony delve deeper here into 3 key systems – money, media & mind – including the growing momentum behind reclaiming media and the internet as ‘public square’, the powerful resurgence underway in public banking, and some brilliant and at times surprising ways we can think about opportunities for regeneration.

    This special podcast with Hazel Henderson wandered across the personal and political, the heart felt and intellectual, the confronting and the thoroughly uplifting. More of Hazel’s story is interwoven throughout this conversation - how being a concerned mother led to her becoming an activist, later evolving into one of the world’s most respected figures in this space.

    Title pic: Hazel Henderson; supplied.

    Music:
    What If? (Impact: the Musical), by Jacqueline Emerson & co. – see the film clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oiWn1AXXk0

    Bullitt, Guitar Solo, by Lalo Schifrin (off the soundtrack to the film Bullitt)

    Get more:
    Part 1 of the conversation with Hazel Henderson - https://www.regennarration.com/episodes/049-changing-paradigms

    Hazel’s website - http://hazelhenderson.com

    Ethical Markets - http://www.ethicalmarkets.com

    Note Ecor’s website, mentioned by Hazel, is now www.ecorusa.com

    Thanks to our community of donors and partners for making the podcast possible. Please consider joining them by donating or becoming a podcast partner at https://www.regennarration.com/support

    And say hello & send us your comments by text or audio - https://www.regennarration.com/story

    Thanks for listening!

    • 55 min
    #049 Changing Paradigms Over a Lifetime, with the legendary Hazel Henderson (part 1)

    #049 Changing Paradigms Over a Lifetime, with the legendary Hazel Henderson (part 1)

    Hazel Henderson is a legendary author, advisor and media producer. It’s very hard to overstate the influence Hazel has had, and continues to have, throughout nearly 60 years of public life.

    She has written 10 books, including ‘Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age', been translated into 27 languages across hundreds of outlets globally, won a multitude of awards, is listed in the Who’s Who in the USA, the World, in Business and Finance, and in Science and Technology, is a member of the Club of Rome, has been named in the Post-Growth Institute’s (En)Rich List as a top 100 luminary inspiring global prosperity beyond financial wealth, and has been repeatedly honoured as one of the ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour’. We could go on!

    Along the way, Hazel’s collaborated with a host of systems thinking pioneers, had defining experiences with the UN and other global agencies, been a pioneering advocate for equitable and sustainable human development, and an influential advisor on socially responsible business and investment.

    In her 70s, she became founder and media producer at Ethical Markets Media, which is a certified B Corporation, producer of the “Transforming Finance” TV series, and publisher of the Green Transition Scoreboard.

    E.F. Schumacher, the revered author of ‘Small is Beautiful: A study of economics as if people mattered’, said Hazel’s writing has “more 'reality' than almost any other writings on societal problems I know.” Senator Edward Kennedy called her "a unique contemporary pioneer in the effort to humanize modern science and technology". 

    This special podcast with Hazel wandered across the personal and political, the heart felt and intellectual, the confronting and the thoroughly uplifting.

    Title slide pic: Hazel Henderson pictured in 1964; supplied.

    Music:
    Quality Control, by Jurassic 5.

    Get more:
    Part 2 of the conversation with Hazel Henderson - https://www.regennarration.com/episodes/050-reclaiming-money-media-mind

    Hazel’s website - http://hazelhenderson.com

    Ethical Markets website - http://www.ethicalmarkets.com

    Thanks to our community of donors and partners for making the podcast possible. Please consider joining them by donating or becoming a podcast partner at https://www.regennarration.com/support

    And say hello & send us your comments by text or audio - https://www.regennarration.com/story

    Thanks for listening!

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

thorhammer24 ,

Great thought fodder

I love that you're doing this, using language that has been decried as too emotive to employ around economics, interviewing innovative thinkers and really advocating a new way of being in our society. Thanks, team.

tjtjw ,

Ten years observations on Cheela Plains

I first visited Cheela Plains just before Evan began the regenerative grazing. My impression was that the Plains pretty much looked like a 20,000 ha graded road.
I returned each year for the next decade. Every year the country looked better. In the first couple of years the bare ground became covered in a mulch of dry grass. The perennial grass density increased each year, as did the diversity of grass species. Buffel grass was the first to take off as it is a true pioneer species (ie what is called a weed by the those that don’t understand ecology and the science of plant community succession).
Once the buffel had started to do its job of restoring soil fertility the good native perennials such Mitchell grass started to reappear. As well as the perennial grass the native woody shrubs also regenerated.
I think one of the very big changes that occurred was the cooling of the landscape. Bare soil reaches 65C in the afternoon for most of the year in the Pilbara. The dry grass mulch Evan recreated using his stock dropped the maximum soil temperature back to 50C, but under live perennial grass the soil max temp is only 35C. Ie a 30C reduction over a significant proportion of the landscape.
At 65C soil microbes are cooked and thus soil fertility is lost. At 35C microbes thrive. I suspect this is one of the key factors behind the miraculous regeneration that I have seen with my own eyes.
The bit that many people can not accept is that this landscape scale regeneration has occurred not despite of cattle, but because of cattle under Evan and Robyn’s management.

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