A weekly magazine show with a news roundup, culture section and an interview with interesting people from Luxembourg’s society e.g. from the worlds of art, literature, science and politics.
92. Sadhguru on Saving our Soil, plus Miss Tourism & Luxilux, 22/07/2022 12:00
Sadhguru is a world-renowned yogi who is currently turning the world's attention to the quality of our soil. And it's the final week to enter Miss Tourism
Giuseppe Catellaneta tells us more. Netty Thines talks about the Luxilux app to discover the city, and Sasha Kehoe gives us a round-up of the week's news.
Sadhguru, 64, is a busy man. A man who only needs a first name.
Perhaps you know of him due to his lifetime's work as a yogi and spiritual leader. Or you may have become more recently acquainted with his beneficent face as he travelled across 27 countries on his motorcycle: 30,000km in 100 days; raising awareness of his Save Soil campaign, generating the world's largest people's movement.
In this interview he talks of the urgent action required in order to feed our soil, otherwise we in turn cannot be fed. Sadhguru has been talking to policy makers and farmers for over 30 years about the state of the soil, and says that no one took action.
"30 years of soil degeneration - a good pillow to sleep on."
Save Soil is a global response to this crisis.
Across the world soil is dying. 52% of agricultural soil is already degraded. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says we may have only 60 years of agriculture left if soil degradation continues, inevitably resulting in a global food crisis.
Sadhguru's educational track did not follow what we, today, might consider to be the 'intellectual' path. And yet he always observed, listened and remains curious. His travels and ability to work with people all over the world means his observations are global. On education he says:
"The biggest mistake we have made in the process of creating human societies is the way we have structured education. We have made people misunderstand that memory is intelligence."
Sadhguru founded the Isha Foundation in 1994, which is a yoga and spiritual non-profit organisation.
He is also the guide and inspiration for the Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet established by Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Center.
Discover Luxembourg with Luxilux
Netty Thines, a communication's expert and co-founder of Mediation, has recently launched Luxilux, a city app to discover Luxembourg's heritage with trails and tresure hunts, challenges and cultural highlights. There's even vouchers for free drinks and restaurant reductions. Today you can explore Luxembourg city and Esch Sur Alzette with, with Schifflange coming very soon. https://www.luxilux.lu/en/
Miss Tourism Luxembourg
There's still one week to go to enter Miss Tourism Luxembourg: calling all females, 18-35 years old, 1.65 metres tall or above. You can apply online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Giuseppe Castellaneta tells us more.
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91. Sasha, Séan and Steve, 20/07/2022 12:55
We catch up on the week's news with Sasha Kehoe plus more from the wonderful minds of Séan Cleary and Steve Whiting.
Sean Cleary, Executive President of the Future World Foundation talks about his insights on so many levels of issues in the world right now and how we can begin to address them.
Steve Whiting, Head of Payments at Soldo, talks more about the role of fintech in our fast changing geopolitical world.
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90. Metaverse and much more!, 09/07/2022 11:00
Following on from ICT Spring here are some more interviews I had the opportunity to undertake on a whole range of diverse conversations...
...From the metaverse to embedded finance, solopreneurs to the SnT department of the University of Luxembourg.
My guests are Mike Butcher, Steve Whiting, Catherine Barba and Carlo Duprel.
Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch, and co-founder of ThePathfounder.com magazine and its editorial events. Mike has been named one of the most influential journalists in European technology by Wired and The Daily Telegraph. He co-founded The Europas Awards for European startups, the non-profits TechVets and Techfugees, the co-working network TechHub. He is a regular tech commentator on the BBC, Sky News, CNN, CNBC and Aljazeera and has been a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK and he’s a “Maserati 100 innovator”. He has advised the UK government on tech startup policy and awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Steve Whiting, Head of Payments at Soldo, is a self-confessed payments geek, with more than thirty years’ experience developing real-time transaction processing systems and growing payments companies to scale.
Prior to joining Soldo in 2015, he played a key role in establishing Postilion for S1 Corporation as a global retail payments solution and taking Alaric to the point of acquisition by NCR.
Having studied Computer Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, Steve’s formative years were spent in the pioneering days of payments technology, writing code and implementing solutions at companies like Logica and American Express. Today, these early payment architectures and protocols form the bedrock of worldwide payments infrastructures.
Steve believes payments is one of the most vital ingredients of a functional society and that by helping businesses in particular, Fintech companies like Soldo can be a powerful force for good.
At Soldo, Steve is responsible for the technology that connects Soldo’s spend management product to external payment providers and ecosystems, focussing on adding new strategic payment solutions to enable local and regional growth.
Catherine Barba is a Tech entrepreneur, Digital pioneer and a retail & e-commerce industry Futurist
Entrepreneur, e-commerce pioneer, expert in digital transformation and Future of Work, Catherine Barba is one of the most active female business angels in France and committed to the promotion of diversity for years.
After creating and selling several e-commerce companies, she’s about to launch her 4th venture, an educational program for freelancers and solopreneurs.
She was awarded with many distinctions among which that of “Femme en Or” in 2011, “Alumni of the Year” of ESCP in 2012, Women of economic influence in France in 2014, the "Inspiring Fifty" prize in 2015 and 2016, Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
Catherine Barba serves on the board of directors of Renault Group, Etam Group and the French American Chamber of Commerce.
Catherine graduated from the ESCP Business School, ranked among the best business schools in Europe.
Carlo Duprel holds a PhD in Physics, from RWTH Aachen (Germany). He comes most recently from Deloitte Luxembourg where he served as Director in the Advisory & Consulting Group. He held several functions from this position, such as leading the innovation initiative at Deloitte, the FinTech activity and managing the BOOST programme providing professional services to startups. Furthermore, he led the Policy team specialized on providing policy advice to European institutions, agencies and bodies, as well as the Luxembourg Government. Before joining Deloitte, he worked for more than 10 years for the National Research Fund in Luxembourg where he was responsible for Programme Development and International Relation
89. ICT Spring 2022 - eclectic conversations!, 01/07/2022 22:46
World views and life experiences from Tony Parker, Sophie Lacoste, Séan Clearly, Nasir Zubairi and Thomas Kallstenius.
ICT Spring 2022 was buzzing this year with so many people sharing their knowledge on such a range of topics, with the common thread of loving technology in one form or another.
Amongst the guests were Tony Parker, retired NBA Champion & Club President LDLC ASVEL. He's now an entrepreneur and investor.
I also spoke to Sophie Lacoste who speaks about her life growing up with the Lacoste business infusing her life from childhood, to selling the company, and now her work with the Porosus Endowment Fund. We also talk about her clothing brand Fusalp which she runs with her brother Philippe. They bought the company 8 years ago.
Sean Cleary, Executive President of the Future World Foundation talks about his insights on so many levels of issues in the world right now and how we can begin to address them. Joining him are Nasir Zubairi, CEO of the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, LHoFT, and Thomas Kallstenius, CEO of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, LIST.
ICT Spring is hosted within the Digital ICT Week, organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Farvest, to stimulate conversation and digital transformation, illuminate the latest tech trends and present growth opportunities for startups and SMEs.
The Golden History of Roses in Luxembourg, 26/06/2022 13:00
Dr. Claudine Als is a doctor of nuclear medicine, sits on a French think-tank, and is President of the Patrimonies Roses pour le Luxembourg ASBL
In our conversation, Claudine talks about the rich and economically important role exporting the wonderful roses of Luxembourg held before the Great Wars.
Their organisation produced a wonderful book with highly qualified writer and photographer, Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus, Luxembourg - Land of Roses.
Dr. Als is also a member of a French think-tank, and from this work recently wrote a book on resilience: Résilience, potion magique.
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87. Asteroid Day Live!, 26/06/2022 12:00
Danica Remy, co-founder of Asteroid Day, talks about what's coming up for Asteroid Day Live
Danica Remy, one of the four co-founders of Asteroid Day, talks about what's coming up for Asteroid Week. And of course there are so many more global, self-organised events.
These 'dust bunnies loosely held together by gravity' are utterly fascinating, and so is the work being done to get to them to investigate more.
And naturally, there is the risk of an asteroid hitting Earth, so their detection is rather vital!