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Conversations with inspiring change-makers about creating a more resilient world – permaculture, alternative economies, health and wellbeing, regenerative food production, conservation… join us as we dive deep into all this and more.

Happen Films Podcast Happen Films

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Conversations with inspiring change-makers about creating a more resilient world – permaculture, alternative economies, health and wellbeing, regenerative food production, conservation… join us as we dive deep into all this and more.

    #7 - Imagining Decolonisation – and Why It's Good For Everyone with Tina Ngata

    #7 - Imagining Decolonisation – and Why It's Good For Everyone with Tina Ngata

    In Episode 7 of the Happen Films Podcast, Antoinette is joined by Tina Ngata (Ngati Porou), advocate for environmental, indigenous and human rights. Tina is based in Tairāwhiti, East Coast, Aotearoa New Zealand, where she’s a busy community leader working for the rights and wellbeing of her whanau/family and community.

    For many years her blog, the Non-Plastic Maori, documented her journey reducing her personal dependence on plastic, a journey that led to her deepening her understanding of the wider issues of plastics consumption and waste and becoming a prominent activist in that space and beyond. She has spoken for Maori and indigenous rights at the United Nations and in conferences around the world, has published a book of her collected work opposing the continued celebration of colonial history, Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions, and is continually writing, speaking and protesting for justice for humans and Papatuānuku/Mother Earth.

    The intention was for this episode to be Happen Films’ contribution to Plastic-free July – Tina being one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s waste resistance heroes – and the idea was to talk about waste within the context of environmental, indigenous and human rights. And we do… but the focus of the conversation turned out to be colonisation – it’s history; it’s day-to-day presence – and what decolonisation might look like. That’s an appropriate conversation to be having at any time and feels particularly resonant right now, within the extraordinary context of this year, 2020, and everything it’s bringing forth to challenge our thinking, our history, our practices and our plans for the future.

    As Tina says: “Anti-colonialism is not just for indigenous people. Anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism is for everyone – we’ll all get well-being out of deconstructing the ways in which we believe that we have entitlement to each other’s spaces and places and bodies.”
    We hope you enjoy listening to Tina’s wise and profound words and come away as inspired as we have!

    ** Follow Tina **
    Website: https://tinangata.com
    Support Tina on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tinangata
    Watch Tina’s talk during the Claim the Future webinar (July 2020): https://vimeo.com/440273174
    Buy Tina’s book, Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions (digital download – please koha/gift if you can): https://tinangata.com/2020/06/14/kia-mau-resisting-colonial-fictions/

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    #6 - Navigating the Human Predicament with Nate Hagens

    #6 - Navigating the Human Predicament with Nate Hagens

    In Episode 6 of the Happen Films podcast, with Jordan away spending time with an unwell family member, Antoinette is flying solo for the first time. She had the pleasure of speaking to Nate Hagens, someone we’ve been following for a while now because we love his deep knowledge and insight into the interrelationship between the environment, energy, and finance.

    Having begun his career on Wall Street, Nate has a deep understanding of finance, but his career took a change of direction in the early 2000s as he began to understand the repercussions of peak oil. His personal research led him back to university and a PhD in Natural Resources and he’s dedicated the last 20 years to educating himself, freshman students and the world at large about what he terms The Human Predicament.

    Now, instead of Wall Street being the hub of his universe, he states: “Our real stock market is our air, our soils, our forests, our oceans, and the biodiversity we share the planet with. This stock market has been going down for over a millennium and has been in slo-mo crash mode [for decades].”

    How did we get to this point, and how do we move beyond it in a way that ensures the planet and humans will thrive?

    We hope you enjoy the podcast. Check out the links below to dive deeper into Nate’s research, writings and videoed talks.

    Follow Nate Hagens:
    - Website: http://www.energyandourfuture.org
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/NJHagens
    - Book: The Bottlenecks of the 21st Century: Essays on the Systems Synthesis of the Human Predicament by Nate Hagens & DJ White
    - Ecological Economics issue 169: 'Economics for the Future – Beyond the Superorganism’ by Nate Hagens

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    • 56 min
    #5 - Brett & Nici from Limestone Permaculture on Drought, Bushfires, & Answering Your Questions

    #5 - Brett & Nici from Limestone Permaculture on Drought, Bushfires, & Answering Your Questions

    In Episode 5 of the Happen Films podcast we speak to Brett and Nici from Limestone Permaculture Farm. We’ve made two short films about Limestone, we shot the first one in 2015 and the second in 2019. There’s a heap of learning, growth and wisdom shared across the two episodes, but a short film is just never enough, even two of them!

    We wanted to do a follow-up interview with Brett and Nici because during that second shoot there were massive bush fires on the horizon and the farm was in the middle of a long-time drought. How have they come through it all and what’s keeping them going? We’ve also included some questions asked here on YouTube and over on Instagram. Thanks for asking, folks!

    Enjoy the episode.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #4 - Rethinking Renewable Energy with Professor Susan Krumdieck

    #4 - Rethinking Renewable Energy with Professor Susan Krumdieck

    In this episode we speak with Dr Susan Krumdieck. Susan is an American-born, New Zealand-based Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Canterbury University. Her research has developed novel methodologies and tools needed to rapidly downshift fossil fuel use while recovering real value for people and environment.

    • 49 min
    #3 - Jono Frew: Transforming Farms and Changing Lives With Regenerative Agriculture

    #3 - Jono Frew: Transforming Farms and Changing Lives With Regenerative Agriculture

    In this episode we speak with regenerative agriculture coach Jono Frew. Jono started his working life age 11 in farming and he’s been passionate about the industry from Day 1. But his career took an unexpected turn a few years ago and it’s impacted not just how he approaches farming, but how he approaches life.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #2 - Rob Greenfield: Being the (Radical) Change You Wish to See in the World

    #2 - Rob Greenfield: Being the (Radical) Change You Wish to See in the World

    In episode 2 of the Happen Films Podcast we’re joined by a Dude Making a Difference, Rob Greenfield. You might already be one of Rob’s hundreds of thousands of followers; if not, we’re delighted to introduce you to him because he’s one of our favourite people out there working to make the world a better place.

    We’ve been fans of Rob Greenfield’s work for years, and had the opportunity to catch up with him while he was under lockdown in France during Covid-19. With this interruption to daily life giving many the opportunity to reflect on the type of life they’d like to lead, it was interesting to hear about Rob’s personal journey.

    “It’s been about a decade now since I really shifted my life. I was living a very materialistic life. I wanted to be a millionaire by the time I was thirty. Then I started to listen to other perspectives and I just woke up to the fact that my life was not what I thought it was at all. I was buying into all these lies that corporations had sold me on what I needed to do in order to be a happy, healthy, successful human being and I pretty quickly decided that I was going to radically transform my life.”

    Rob has gained notoriety around the world for some of his extreme campaigns – wearing all his own rubbish as he accumulated it over the course of a month (there was a lot to carry!); foraging or growing 100% (100%!) of his food for a year. Rather than fulfil his desire to be a millionaire, his financial vows see him donating 100% of his media income to grassroots charities and his financial net worth kept to the very bare minimum.

    Rob is a great inspiration. Not because we should all choose to live this way – he acknowledges it’s not for everyone – but because he lives his truth in a way that fulfils him, in a way that he can be proud of, and in the way he truly wants to. That seems to us to be something to aspire to, for each of us in our individual ways.

    Enjoy the podcast!

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    • 58 min

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