A program for lifelong learners seeking to expand their general knowledge, the Wide Open Air Exchange is a place to meet people with fascinating vocations, interesting expertise and special interests.
Hosted by Christine Gallagher.
Marketing academic Dr Sonika Singh
Dr Sonika Singh shares insights about the kinds of research and projects she works on as an academic specialising in digital marketing and data analysis. Sonika is a Marketing lecturer and Marketing Post Graduate Program Director at the UTS Business School. She has a PhD in Management Science from the University of Texas and an MBA from SIMS Pune.
Charities and Social Sector Lawyer Darren Fittler
Darren Fittler is a senior lawyer who runs a Charities and Social Sector practice. He shares his vocational story and life philosophy. Darren is a person who is blind and he explains the difference between the social model of disability as distinct from the medical model. We also hear about Darren's approach to community service, his prior advocacy at the United Nations, his turn to stand-up comedy, and his positive attitude to emerging AI technology.
Roller Derby with Shreddy Kruger
Roller Derby skater Paula “Shreddy” Kruger gives us an introduction to what is roller derby and provides insights to the subculture and philosophy of roller derby as an inclusive sport and community.
Radio station manager, Paula Kruger
Community radio station manager Paula Kruger shares the origins of her interests in radio and storytelling and in doing so tells some of her own personal story. This episode features a discussion of Paula's approach to overcoming a fear of public speaking (in high school) before finding a home in Thailand (in early adult years) and carving out a media career (including many years at the ABC).
Futurist and infophile Ross Dawson
We hear about the vocational pathway of futurist Ross Dawson and his interests in systems thinking and feedback loops. Ross is an author and his most recent book Thriving on Overload contains practical strategies and tools for managing in a world of information overwhelm.
Biotechnology and Plant Science, Associate Professor Tien Huynh
Scientist Tien Huynh is involved in research projects as diverse as developing fire retardant building materials from fungi and exploring the possibilities for planting seedlings on the Moon.
Tien has an inspiring personal story of growing up in wartime Vietnam and overcoming childhood illness to becoming a senior academic doing inspiring outreach work and inclusive workplace mentoring.
Informative, inclusive, and just right
I, just as many other people these days, found myself searching for informative and thought provoking media to keep my head out of the current COVID fog of working from home mixed with binge watching mediocre predictable steaming fair outside of the parenting hours.
With that in mind, obtaining word of mouth suggestion of an insightful podcast providing a range of special interest topics including a film club sounded too good to be true. I am happy to say that my cynicism did not prevail as I have now gained a mindful escape akin to having that first great conversation when you meet someone completely fascinating at a social gathering and you find that the surrounding noise simply dissipates into the background.
I recommend this podcast to anyone looking for some honest brain food, or even as a good conversation starter among your family, friends, and peers. Well done Christine.
My new crush!
Thanks for your company
Interesting exchanges covering a very broad array of topics. Needs more Carlton and Huntsdale!!