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The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.

The All Things Risk Podcast Ben Cattaneo

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.

    Ep. 171: Thatcher Wine - On Monotasking

    Ep. 171: Thatcher Wine - On Monotasking

    One of the ways in which to manage uncertainty is by creating routines and rituals that drive a degree of certainty in our lives. In previous episodes, we’ve talked about decision-making and decision quality – that we cannot control outcomes but we can control the quality of our decisions. That requires focus. And focus isn’t easy in this day and age of seemingly infinite distraction.
     
    With that, I want you to meet our guest, Thatcher Wine. Thatcher is the CEO of Juniper Books. You may have come across them for their beautiful, hand-crafted book sets. The reason I invited Thatcher on the show however is because he recently wrote his own fabulous book – The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better.
     
    I think that we believe – even subliminally – that we need to multi-task to be successful. Thatcher’s book tackles that myth and introduces the concept of “monotasking muscles”. He believes we can use monotasking as the foundation for everything in our lives. The book presents twelve monotasks – from reading, listening, playing, creating, sleeping, and more. It is based on research in neuroscience, productivity, and the attention economy which all demonstrate monotasking’s benefits.
    In the episode, we cover Thatcher’s background, the origins of the book, what monotasking is, we dive into some of the monotasks most related to the themes of this show, and Thatcher shares some tips on how we can strengthen our monotasking muscles.
    Show notes:
    The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better
    Monotasking Tips
    Juniper Books
    Thatcher on Twitter
    Peter Drucker
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 170: "The Best" of 2021

    Ep. 170: "The Best" of 2021

    This is our annual “best of” episode, featuring some memorable clips from our 2021 podcasts. I use the term “best of” loosely because I recognise that all listeners get something a bit different out of each guest and episode. We feature clips from the following (in the order they appear in the “Best of” 2021):
    Ep. 154: Jeff Harry – Why and How to Rediscover Play Ep. 161: Lauren Yee – How to Cultivate Curiosity Ep. 159: Jen Ables – Creativity as an Anchor During Uncertainty Ep. 169: Stan Lui – The White Hat Guys, Bringing Cool Creativity to Compliance Ep. 155: Steve LeClair – Embracing Uncertainty Ep. 160: Jason Linett – Demystifying Hypnosis to Change Behaviours Ep. 157: Annie Duke – How to Decide Ep. 163: Tony Blauer – “Know Fear,” not “No Fear” Ep. 158: Nick Bradley – Purpose and Mindset in Business and Life Ep. 166: David Richman – “Cycle of Lives”, Cancer, Death, Living, and Cycling Ep. 164: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky – Cognitive Biases and Returning to the Office Ep. 162: Steve Adelman – The Return of (Safe and Secure) Live Events Ep. 167: Ethan Lou – “Once a Bitcoin Miner” Ep. 168: Dante Disparte – On Risk and the Future of Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Digital Finance Ep. 165: Richard Fenning – Risk Tales from the Edges of Globalisation _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 169: Stan Lui - The White Hat Guys, Bringing Cool Creativity to Compliance

    Ep. 169: Stan Lui - The White Hat Guys, Bringing Cool Creativity to Compliance

    This episode is all about how to take something that is important but frankly, considered to be less-than-exciting, and making that thing interesting and relevant. Anything that involves following rules is often like this – and if you do compliance or legal work, you will have come across this. And even if you don’t, chances are that you have faced this dilemma at some point.
    When faced with this challenge, it’s crucial to get creative – or risk the consequences. Meet Stan Lui, our guest in this episode. In his day job, Stan is the Legal Director of a Hong Kong-based automotive firm. That means that he works with colleagues on legal topics that are considered ‘boring’ but are very important – consider the risks of fraud or corruption for instance.
    So, Stan reached into his many creative talents – like street theatre – and founded something called the White Hat Guys. The White Hat Guys aims to create and innovative and engaging compliance narrative. This includes videos, interesting training and lots of cool techniques for what Stan calls “maximum message stickiness.”
    We get into all of that, how and why Stan set up White Hat Guys, cultural differences on these and related topics, and a range of things in between.
    Show notes:
    Stan on LinkedIn
    White Hat Guys
    White Hat Guys on Instagram
    The 6 hats of decision-making
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 168: Dante Disparte - On Risk and the Future of Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Digital Finance

    Ep. 168: Dante Disparte - On Risk and the Future of Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Digital Finance

    This is the second of our two consecutive episodes about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and digital finance. You don’t need to have listened to the first of these with Ethan Lou in order to get out a lot of this one – at the same time, we do recommend you listen to it. In it, we covered the ‘wild west' of the cryptocurrency world.
    Today, we continue to talk about the risks and opportunities in this space, but our focus turns to the present and future of these technologies – including other uses of blockchain, stablecoins, and even a prediction or two.
    I am delighted to bring to you my conversation with Dante Disparte. Dante is a global leader in harnessing risk and emerging technologies to improve economic competitiveness and resilience. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle. Circle is a digital financial services firm, which among other things, has built the US dollar coin (USDC). Prior to this, Dante was a founding executive at the Diem Association. Diem (previously known as Libra) is the blockchain payment system of Meta (formerly known as Facebook of course). Dante was also a member of the USA’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You may also be familiar with his name as he co-authored Global Risk Agility with Daniel Wagner, a frequent guest on All Things Risk.
    We get into a fair bit in this conversation, including:
    The risks and opportunities of crypto and blockchain, which include Dante’s take on his former professor Nassim Taleb (author of The Black Swan)’s prediction that Bitcoin goes to zero. Dante has great respect for Taleb but disagrees with this particular take; Stablecoins and what Dante calls “digitally-enabled and secure networks”, including some interesting applications for these technologies; Geopolitics and cryptocurrencies; What the future holds; A lot more! Show notes:
    Dante’s website
    Dante on Twitter
    Circle
    The US Dollar Coin (USDC)
    Nassim Taleb’s take on Bitcoin
    Yuval Noah Harari and Sapiens
    Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and fraud
    Our conversation with Oliver Bullough on “Moneyland”
    “How Robert Mueller Used Bitcoin to Catch Russia”
    The Diem / Libra project
    The potential use of blockchain to speed up insurance payments following disasters
    “Is America Losing the Digital Currency Race” – Dante’s piece in Project Syndicate
    Web 3.0
    Our episode on Global Risk Agility with Daniel Wagner
    Our episode with Ethan Lou, author of “Once a Bitcoin Miner”
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 167: Ethan Lou - "Once a Bitcoin Miner"

    Ep. 167: Ethan Lou - "Once a Bitcoin Miner"

    The next two episodes will be focused on cryptocurrencies and we will be giving this the full “All Things Risk” treatment. If you look at many of the resources available to try and understand this stuff, you will inevitably be driven to the areas of computer science, finance, economics and in some cases, philosophy. Bitcoin has even been described as a libertarian nirvana and many cryptocurrencies have an almost cult-like status amongst some of their proponents. On top of this, there is plenty of mis-information based on a lack of transparency – which of course can lead to fraud as much as (if not more than) riches.
    What I have long thought is that there was a lack of explanation for the cryptocurrency phenomenon based on the human condition. That is, until now. Meet Ethan Lou. Ethan is a journalist at Canada’s Financial Post, an early crypto investor, and the author of a fabulous new book called Once a Bitcoin Miner – Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West.
    I came across Ethan upon reading his opinion piece in Canada’s Globe and Mail in which he equates the world of crypto to the “frontier myth” in which participants are motivated not just by greed and speculation but also by a sense of adventure and even fantasy. That entails good and bad things, particularly when that fantasy comes up against reality. Ethan has met a range of colourful and sometimes dodgy characters during his crypto journey and he shares of some of that in this episode. This path even took him to North Korea, and we discuss that too. He also discusses whether or not these assets are in a bubble and shares advice for the crypto-curious.
    Regardless of your views of and experiences in cryptocurrency and blockchain, I don’t think you can fully understand these things without understanding the perspective that Ethan shares. His insights are colourful, based on first-hand experience, and very revealing.
    Show notes:
    Ethan’s website;
    Once a Bitcoin Miner;
    Ethan on Twitter;
    Ethan’s Financial Post column;
    Ethan’s Globe and Mail article;
    Anthony Di Iorio;
    Virgil Griffith;
    Ronny Chieng video in the Daily Show;
    Nassim Taleb on Bitcoin;
    Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs);
    Gerald (Jerry) Cotton and the Quadriga insolvency;
    Bitcoin ETFs
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 166: David Richman - "Cycle of Lives", Cancer, Death, Living, and Cycling

    Ep. 166: David Richman - "Cycle of Lives", Cancer, Death, Living, and Cycling

    What can we learn about living from the prospect (indeed the certainty) of dying? Meet David Richman. David is an author, speaker, trainer, and endurance athlete. For the purposes of this conversation, he is the author of Cycle of Lives, a book that tells 15 different people’s stories around the emotional chaos of cancer. David lost his own sister to cancer, which, as will hear, led to his ventures in endurance sport. That is relevant because not only did David write 15 very compelling stories, but he also rode a bike across the United States to meet with those subjects in person, covering a distance of over 5,000 miles (approximately 8,000 kilometers).
    We talk about all of that and more, including:
    The certainty of death, and what that does to those facing it directly, and those around them; How to have difficult conversations; Various stories from the book; Endurance sport and pushing one’s limits. Show notes:
    David Richman;
    David on:
                Twitter
                LinkedIn
                Instagram
    Cycle of Lives;
    Chris Boardman
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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16 Ratings

Applejack1982 ,

Informative, wide ranging, above all hugely interesting

I am a keen podcast listener and this is one of the best I have found - the guests are very varied and the perspectives they bring are fascinating.

deepakpshukla ,

Awesome podcast

What I really like about Ben's podcast is:

#1 The focus of the podcast
#2 The long form
#3 The exploration of how risk has shaped things
#4 The amazing people he's interviewed

3rd Mind ,

Inspirational conversations

I was fascinated by the chosen theme for this show and its proved to be an excellent starting point for all the conversations. The interviewer has found some amazing people to interview, all 'every day heroes' who have achieved some amazing lifestyles without the aim being either riches or rewards. And they are all the more interesting for that. You get the sense that they just found something that they couldnt not do and started doing it. Ben Catteneo has a really easy way of drawing these normaly shy people out of themselves a little and getting them to verbalise what they live by. Inspirational

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