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In this interview series sponsored by Post Carbon Institute, Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, talks with provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path.

What Could Possibly Go Right‪?‬ Vicki Robin

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In this interview series sponsored by Post Carbon Institute, Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, talks with provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path.

    Bonus: Hazel Henderson on Vicki's CoVida Conversations

    Bonus: Hazel Henderson on Vicki's CoVida Conversations

    Bonus episode: With the recent passing of Hazel Henderson, Vicki Robin revisits her April 2020 interview with Hazel as part of her CoVida Conversation series. This earlier series inspired the What Could Possibly Go Right? podcast.

    Hazel Henderson (1933-2022), D.Sc. Hon., FRSA, went virtual (her own words) on May 22, 2022, at the age of 89.  A prolific writer, Henderson authored nine books and hundreds of articles leading to what is now known as sustainability and growing the “green” economy. Henderson is best known as a Lifelong Futurist who 40 years ago forecasted the need for the current transition from the fossil fuel era to the 21st century green economy worldwide in her groundbreaking book, The Politics of the Solar Age, (Doubleday, 1981) which was the lead review in the New York Times Book Review on Sept. 13, 1981.  Her passion for the environment and her grasp of finance led to her creation of the global socially responsible investment industry single handedly. Her accomplishments are valuable and current going forward especially her advocacy to hold polluters accountable to the world’s stakeholders, not just the stockholders.

    Read the full tribute on Hazel's website at https://hazelhenderson.com/

    See also Vicki's tribute at https://vickirobin.com/hazel-henderson/
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    #84 Douglas Rushkoff: Finding a Different Kind of Play

    #84 Douglas Rushkoff: Finding a Different Kind of Play

    Douglas Rushkoff makes a third appearance in our series, sharing his latest thoughts on What Could Possibly Go Right? Listen to his previous interviews in episodes 28 and 52.
    Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, his twenty books include Team Human, based on his podcast. Others include bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. 
    Before our season break, enjoy this casual chat between Douglas and Vicki which included themes of:
    Exposing “the false premise of winning at capitalism”Exploring that life often gets better, not worse as we avoid consumerist comfortsRebuilding non-monetary social capital and being careful of the “transactional bias in the way human beings relate to each other”Complete show notes HERE
    Connect with Douglas Rushkoff
    Website: rushkoff.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/rushkoff

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    #83 Margaret Klein Salamon: Embracing Our Emergency Mode for Climate Mobilization

    #83 Margaret Klein Salamon: Embracing Our Emergency Mode for Climate Mobilization

    Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, is the Executive Director of Climate Emergency Fund. She is a clinical psychologist turned climate activist whose work helps people face the truth of the climate emergency and transform their despair into effective action. She founded and directed The Climate Mobilization from 2014-2020, advocating an all-hands-on-deck, whole society mobilization to protect humanity and the living world from climate catastrophe. She is the Founding Principal of Climate Awakening, a project to unleash the power of climate emotions through scalable small group conversations. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth, a radical self-help guide for the climate emergency
    She addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The need for a widescale consciousness shift to prioritize climate mobilizationThe psychological defenses being used during this climate emergency, such as compartmentalization, wilful ignorance and intellectualizationThe drive to action from the “combination of morality with something new…like enlightened self-interest.”Complete show notes HERE

    Connect with Margaret Klein Salamon
    Website: https://www.climateemergencyfund.org/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClimatePsych

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    #82 Betsy Taylor: Using Regenerative Agriculture to Give Our Land a Break

    #82 Betsy Taylor: Using Regenerative Agriculture to Give Our Land a Break

    Betsy Taylor is president of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions LLC. For over thirty years, she has built a solid reputation as a philanthropic advisor, social change leader, motivational speaker, and problem solver. For the past four years, Betsy has worked to build the field of regenerative agriculture through grant-making, network development, global convenings, and general cheerleading about the potential of our lands to sequester carbon pollution while boosting food security and habitat protection.
    She addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The increased resilience of healthy soil farms against climate change impactsThe boost to food production and bio-diversity offered through regenerative agriculture practices. “It's phenomenal what the land will do if you just give it a break.”The value in shifting to bio-regional production and supply chainsComplete show notes HERE
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    Connect with Betsy Taylor
    Website: https://www.breakthroughstrategiesandsolutions.com

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    #81 Helaine Olen: Insist On Your Dignity

    #81 Helaine Olen: Insist On Your Dignity

    Helaine Olen is an award-winning opinion writer for the Washington Post Opinion section. An expert on money and society with a deep understanding of public policy, she writes, speaks and consults on issues including Social Security, retirement, healthcare, student loans and women’s financial issues. Helaine has appeared on The Daily Show, Frontline, C-Span, the BBC, MSNBC, All Things Considered, Marketplace and more to share her forward-thinking commentary on politics, economics and consumer and regulatory issues. 
    She addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The “Great Resignation” and Americans’ changing relationship with workThe need to insist on dignity in our working livesThe call “to not confuse your needs, with corporate needs or government needs”The benefits of building better social safety nets and increased government supportComplete show notes HERE
    Connect with Helaine Olen
    Website: http://helaineolen.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/helaineolen

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    #80 Britt Wray: Feeling and Healing Our Climate Anxiety

    #80 Britt Wray: Feeling and Healing Our Climate Anxiety

    Dr. Britt Wray is a Human and Planetary Health Fellow at Stanford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on the mental health impacts of the ecological crisis. She is the creator of Gen Dread, the weekly newsletter about “staying sane in the climate crisis” and the author of Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis (2022). She has hosted several podcasts, radio & TV programs with the BBC and CBC, and is a TED speaker.
    She addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The “profound moment of collective wake up” and the eco-anxiety we find ourselves inThe impacts of the climate crisis on young people and their feelings of despair and betrayalThe importance of acceptance and “leaning into that vulnerability and lack of control” for outcomes, while still taking actionComplete show notes HERE

    Connect with Britt Wray
    Website: www.brittwray.com
    Newsletter: gendread.substack.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/gen_dread
    Twitter: twitter.com/brittwray

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I’m loving these conversations. Some have left me in tears and feeling helpless, but others have left me so full of energy to be part of the change. Thank you Vicki Robin!

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