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Jon Richardson and the Futurenauts - The Book of Revelations

Comedian and professional worrier Jon Richardson doesn’t sleep much at night. The questions he is asking himself in the small, dark hours see to that. Are we going to run out of food? Is it already too late to stop climate change? Should I start learning Mandarin? Are killer death robots from the future already among us? Will my kids grow up to see a real tiger or giraffe? Could Trump become ‘President for Life?’ Why hasn’t anyone yet made an intelligent hairbrush? Oh they have? As you were…Playing on his own paranoia Jon will discuss his fears with guarded optimists Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson aka ‘The Futurenauts’. Authors, futurists and provocateurs, to ease Jon’s angst Ed and Mark take him on adventures through the futures we need that already exist today.

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    • 4.8 • 605 Ratings

Jon Richardson and the Futurenauts - The Book of Revelations

Comedian and professional worrier Jon Richardson doesn’t sleep much at night. The questions he is asking himself in the small, dark hours see to that. Are we going to run out of food? Is it already too late to stop climate change? Should I start learning Mandarin? Are killer death robots from the future already among us? Will my kids grow up to see a real tiger or giraffe? Could Trump become ‘President for Life?’ Why hasn’t anyone yet made an intelligent hairbrush? Oh they have? As you were…Playing on his own paranoia Jon will discuss his fears with guarded optimists Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson aka ‘The Futurenauts’. Authors, futurists and provocateurs, to ease Jon’s angst Ed and Mark take him on adventures through the futures we need that already exist today.

Get in touch with the show - hello@jonandthefuturenauts.com

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    S3 EP12: The Future of Systems (With Michael Pawlyn)

    S3 EP12: The Future of Systems (With Michael Pawlyn)

    S3 EP12: The Future of Systems with Michael Pawlyn

    Our guest this week joining to discuss the future of systems is the brilliant Michael Pawlyn.

    BIO:
    Michael Pawlyn is a British architect noted for his work in the field biomimetic architecture and innovation, as well as jointly initiating the 'Architects Declare' movement in the UK

    He was part of the principal team of architects that conceived and designed The Eden Project and is a regular keynote speaker at events on innovation and environmental sustainability. His best selling RIBA book Biomimicry in Architecture was published in 2011 and a revised second edition, with a foreword by Ellen MacArthur, was published in 2016. He was one of the three founders of The Sahara Forest Project - a way of supplying fresh water, food and renewable energy in arid conditions - and remains actively involved as a Founding Partner and Design Manager.


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    Thanks, Jon, Ed, and Mark.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    JRATFN - War in Ukraine (with Lieutenant General Richard Nugee)

    JRATFN - War in Ukraine (with Lieutenant General Richard Nugee)

    JRATFN - War in Ukraine (with Lieutenant General Richard Nugee)

    This episode we're joined once again by Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE to discuss the war in Ukraine.

    Thanks, Jon, Ed, and Mark.

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    • 52 min
    TOPIA SPECIAL 01: The Big Bang (The Futurenauts interview with Jon Richardson)

    TOPIA SPECIAL 01: The Big Bang (The Futurenauts interview with Jon Richardson)

    TOPIA SPECIAL 01: The Big Bang (The Futurenauts interview with Jon Richardson)

    Welcome to the first in this special TOPIA series of candid conversations with remarkable people keeping our planet cool. This podcast is for people who have ever wondered just what this mind-bender of a universe is all about, or want to be entertained with inspiring positive stories.

    TOPIA is a kaleidoscopic new culture and positive impact magazine bursting with nature, art, design, travel, and perspectives from the world's wildest edges. The theme of Season 01 is THE BIG BANG. It features cosmic chats and stories of stardust, super volcanoes… and talking beavers.

    In this podcast, we go back to the origins with Jon Richardson – finding out why he wants to make people laugh and why we need humour at all. We discuss Big Bang epiphanies, transforming difficult times into laughs, mental health, and what “a world of good” looks like.

    TOPIA is a place where anything goes – as long as it’s good:
    Fall down the rabbit hole: worldoftopia.com
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    • 39 min
    S3 EP11: The Future of the Office (With Julia Hobsbawm)

    S3 EP11: The Future of the Office (With Julia Hobsbawm)

    S3 EP11: The Future of the office (With Julia Hobsbawm)

    Our guest this week joining to discuss the future of the office is the brilliant Julia Hobsbawm.
    Julia's fantastic new book 'The Nowhere Office' is available now.


    BIO:
    Julia Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur, writer, and consultant who addresses the challenges of the hyper connected age, in particular remedies of what she has called Social Health for organisations.

    She is Chair of The Workshift Commission and is Founder and Chair of the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence. Her bestselling book The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World was published in 2020 and won two US Awards for Best Business Book and Best Self-Help Book of 2020. Her previous books include Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload which was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year.

    Awarded an OBE for services to business, her articles are amongst the most downloaded on the Strategy + Business site and she is an adviser to the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project.

    She regularly speaks to global audiences in government, private and public sectors. Julia is a founding trustee in the UK of OurBrainBank, a patron of Saving Faces: Facial Surgery Research Foundation, patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and is the Founder of the Social Capital Network.


    We hope you enjoy. Please rate and review.
    Thanks, Jon, Ed, and Mark.

    Get in touch with the show;

    Hello@jonandthefuturenauts.com

    TWITTER: @JANDTHEF  


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    S3 - EP10: The Future of the Citizen (With Jon Alexander)

    S3 - EP10: The Future of the Citizen (With Jon Alexander)

    S3 EP10: The Future of the Citizen (With Jon Alexander)

    Our guest this week joining to discuss the future of the citizen and citizenship is the brilliant Jon Alexander. His fantastic new book 'Citizens' is available to pre-order now.

    BIO:
    Jon spent the first decade of his career working in the advertising industry, selling some of the world's biggest brands, and winning plenty of awards along the way. Then he realised he was caught up in a story he didn't believe in: The Consumer Story.

    In 2014, Jon co-founded the New Citizenship Project with Irenie Ekkeshis, a former ad-land colleague. Their mission was to figure out how to use their skills not just to sell stuff to Consumers, but to involve people in the decisions that affect their lives as Citizens.

    They have since partnered with organisations and institutions including the Co-op, The Body Shop, National Trust, BBC, European Central Bank and many more.

    Jon is a Fellow of the Young Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a member of the World Economic Forum's Political Entrepreneurship Network and of the OECD's Innovative Citizen Participation Network. He holds three Masters degrees in disciplines spanning humanities and business, and has won several essay awards including the inaugural Ashridge/European Academy of Business in Society Sustainable Innovation Award, and the Young Foundation's Beyond Meritocracy Prize. Along the way, he has also represented Great Britain in two different sports.


    We hope you enjoy. Please rate and review.
    Thanks, Jon, Ed, and Mark.

    Get in touch with the show;

    Hello@jonandthefuturenauts.com

    TWITTER: @JANDTHEF  


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    S3 - EP9: The Future of Carbon Drawdown (with Dr Gabrielle Walker)

    S3 - EP9: The Future of Carbon Drawdown (with Dr Gabrielle Walker)

    S3 EP9: The Future of Carbon Drawdown (with Dr Gabrielle Walker)

    Our guest this week joining to discuss the future of carbon drawdown is the brilliant author and lecturer - Dr Gabrielle Walker.

    BIO:
    Gabrielle gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world. She is also an accomplished moderator of high-level debates, guiding panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders. She has extensive experience at designing and facilitating innovative “safe-space” conversations between global leaders, from small round tables through to major international meetings. Gabrielle has presented many TV and radio programs for the BBC.

    She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written very extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books including co-authoring the bestselling book The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on, which was described by Al Gore as “a beacon of clarity” and by The Times as “a material gain for the axis of good”. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.

    A self-confessed “ice addict” Gabrielle has made more than a dozen trips to both poles. She has also climbed trees in the Amazon rainforest, swum with piranhas, been sneezed on by a humpback whale, hooked lava out of a live volcano, and flown in zero gravity.


    We hope you enjoy. Please rate and review.
    Thanks, Jon, Ed, and Mark.

    Get in touch with the show;

    Hello@jonandthefuturenauts.com

    TWITTER: @JANDTHEF  


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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
605 Ratings

605 Ratings

treens14 ,

Fantastic! But two requests…

This podcast is brilliant and I find every episode fascinating, enlightening and funny. My only small gripe is the futurenauts both sometimes mumble and speak too fast and I can’t hear what they’re saying - Mark in particular! Also I do sometimes think the episodes are a bit of an echo chamber; perhaps this is just inevitable and appropriate if the three of them agree but I do sometimes wish they’d challenge each other and the external guests a bit more!

PongoSnograss2 ,

Just fascinating, informative and hilarious!

All 3 presenters are excellent and so clever and well informed but open to all ideas. It’s uplifting and eye opening

Hanmay25 ,

A must listen

Great guests and great conversations. I listen to every episode several times to make sure I take in the nuance in each one.

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