Rebecca Tapp is the Host of The DNA Of Purpose Podcast and the CEO at Future Crunch. From CEO's to activists, authors and everything in between she explores the frontiers of technology, science, the political economy, design and art to gather the information we need to create a more purpose-driven world via a deeper connection to our DNA. The unique code inside of us all empowering us to be the change that we seek in the 21st century.
If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves.
Gaia Vince - Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
Now, up until this interview I had never heard of the word The Anthropocene but it has had me thinking a lot about why we are seeking out purpose in our lives at this time more than ever. For those of you like me who have never heard of this term, The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.
This thought is both terrifying and hopeful all at the same time. It is incredibly difficult to absorb the fact that scientists predict that human effects on the planet will be seen in the fossil record as far away as 10 or even 100 million years. But the one thing we can be responsible for as we become more aware and conscious of our impact in this Anthropocene is that the future needs us now more than ever, and that now is the time to take ownership of the impact that we have.
And that brings me to the topic of today's conversation and today's guest. Her name is Gaia Vince and she is the author of two books Adventures In The Anthropocene and also the topic of today's conversation: Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time.
Gaia Vince is an award-winning science journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker with a focus on how human systems and Earth's planetary systems interact. She is an author and has written a slew of articles from names such as the BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Australian Geographic and Science.
Over the course of today's episode, Gaia explains how, through four key elements -- fire, language, beauty, and time -- our species diverged from the evolutionary path of all other animals,to become who we are today. She explores how a primate took dominion over nature and turned itself into something marvellous.
Gaia believes that we are living in a unique time in Earth's history, in which climate change, globalisation, communications technology and the increasing human population are changing our world - and us - as never before.
So as always, grab yourself a coffee or tea, and strap yourself in. We are about to embark on a journey through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time with the one and only Gaia Vince.
Juliet Love: Love Style - Sustainable Style and Purposeful Interior Design
As of today here in Sydney, we are in week two of a lockdown. That doesn't make us special. Let's face it. Over the last two years, we have all been in and out of some kind of quarantine. It's been tough, but as with anything there is always a silver lining and for me, some of that silver lining has been finding a new appreciation for the place that I call home.
Today's guest is someone who knows the inside of homes better than most. To be more specific she knows not only to make our homes more beautiful but also more sustainable. Her name is Juliet Love, she is a qualified interior designer, author and television presenter.
Juliet has recently secured herself a guest role on the Seven Network's flagship program Better Homes and Gardens. Her television career began on Foxtel's Lifestyle program The Party Garden where she first met her now-husband, award-winning landscape designer and presenter Charlie Albone. Juliet has also been a regular guest on The Morning Show on Channel 7, hosting a series entitled Amazing Homes and as a style expert on national current affairs programs. Alongside working as a television presenter, Juliet remains a sought-after interior designer and stylist. For the last five years, Juliet wrote a regular column for News Corp published nationally as well as a book "Love Style".
In today's conversation, we went around the world. We of course spoke about beauty and aesthetics when it comes to design, but we also explored all of the trends redefining sustainable and green interior design.
Juliet also has a passion for health and nutrition after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and has recently studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition NYC to become a qualified Health & Nutrition Coach. With that in mind, she is also passionate about the creation of symbiotic and chemical-free environments.
So without further delay take a good look around your home because your perception of your space is about to evolve. They say that world change starts in the home, and in the case of today's conversation that statement couldn't be truer.
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Kelvin Campbell: Why Smart Urbanism Starts With Making Massive Small Change
Welcome to another episode of the DNA Of Purpose podcast.
As you all know by now this podcast is brought to you by Future Crunch. The team was excited last week to be announced as one of the Time out Melbourne Future Shapers and as were also featured in an article (https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/things-to-do/future-shapers-future-crunch-want-us-to-be-optimistic-about-the-future). In that article, our co-founder Angus was asked a question around whether we had any advice for anyone looking to affect change.
Angus said this: regardless of how we feel about some of the world's largest question marks right now - global pandemics, artificial intelligence, climate change, social change - reactions that come from fear are rarely ever the solution. Something that's really worked for us is to look for what we call "mini-utopias" - small bubbles of progress, examples of individuals, organisations or communities really getting it right.
I share this today a) because the idea of mini-utopias is one that I love, but also because this is an idea that I believe encapsulates the essence of what today's guest is all about.
His name is Kelvin Campbell and he is a collaborative urbanist and writer. He is also the author of 'Making Massive Small Change'. He is the chair of Smart Urbanism and the Massive Small Collective, an international network of collaborators facilitated by his son Andrew Campbell, a sustainability expert.
Kelvin believes that the key to fixing our broken patterns of urban development does not lie in grand plans or giant projects; rather, it lies in the collective wisdom and energy of people harnessing the power of many small ideas and actions to make a big difference.
In an increasingly complex and changing world where global problems are felt locally, the systems we use to plan, design, and build our urban neighbourhoods are failing. It's not that the system is broken - but that it was built this way. The good news is that there is another way, and that is what we will be diving into today.
Richard Field: No Straight Lines - Wisdom From The Jaws Of A Lion
Welcome to another episode of the DNA Of Purpose Podcast.
In today's episode, we are traversing from the world of science into the world of wildlife, in particular, what the wild can teach us about ourselves. About our motivations, our sense of personal responsibility, and about our purpose when our life is quite literally in the jaws of an angry lioness.
Today's guest is not only a friend and colleague but also an extraordinary human being who nearly lost his life, to work out how he could best use his life in the creation of a better world.
His name is Richard Field and he is regarded as one of Africa's finest safari guides and today is a globally recognised professional speaker. At only 25 years of age he also became one of the few people who've been mauled by an angry lion and lived to tell the tale. With his life having flashed before him, and his life saved by an onlooker, Richard's recovery didn't obstruct his love for the African wilderness, but it did leave emotional scarring - and forever influenced his outlook on life.
Richard's experience has taught him the importance of responsibility, the impact and effects of giving and taking the blame and the necessity for perseverance and resilience. And while for many of you listening today, let's hope you never get attacked by a lion, but it is fair to say that we all have lions. Behaviours, patterns and beliefs that we are avoiding or not taking responsibility for.
And if the goal is to create a more abundant and optimistic future, then personally and collectively we need to take responsibility for the change that we seek in the world. After all our inner nature influences all of nature.
So without further delay let's get wild with the one and only Richard Field.
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Shasta Henry: The Bug Economy: The Unexpected Influence Of Insects
Welcome to another episode of the DNA Of Purpose Podcast.
Now as for today's interview get ready to get bugged out! Today we are speaking to the one and only Shasta Henry on the unexpected influence of bugs and let me say this! If the point of this podcast is about the creation of a better planet then as it turns out bugs are a crucial part of that ingredient.
Shasta is a scientist; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She's part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to the 21st century that works for everyone.
She is an advocate for invertebrate technology improving the human condition, addressing problems like agricultural waste, hunger, gendered poverty and biodiversity decline. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She's worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
To hear more from Shasta check out the following live stream events.
Science in the Pub: https://pintofscience.com.au/event/the-big-pint-show-2021
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Carolyn Porco: The Day The Earth Smiled: Humanity Through The Eyes Of Saturn
Welcome to another episode of The DNA Of Purpose Podcast.
For those of you who have been following this podcast for quite some time, you would know that I have been on a mission since day one to unpack purpose from every perspective possible, and 87 episodes in I think it is fair to say that I have done exactly that. Nonetheless, there is one perspective that I have left uncharted until today and one of the reasons for that is because only a handful of human beings have had the privilege of seeing themselves and the world from space or more specifically from Saturn.
Today, I am feeling incredibly honoured to interview not only a globally renowned planetary scientist but also an extraordinary human who through both trial and transformation has pathed the way for women all over the world to pursue careers in science and technology. She has worked alongside revolutionary scientists such as Carl Sagan, with whom she collaborated on the world-famous Pale Blue Dot image of Earth taken in 1990, and her name is synonymous with the planet Saturn and the travels thereof the Cassini spacecraft from 2004 to 2017. In 2012 she was named one of the 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine, and this is only one of many accolades.
Her name is Carolyn Porco and she is an American planetary scientist who is renowned for exploring the outer Solar System, beginning with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s. She also led the imaging science team on NASA's Cassini mission in orbit around Saturn. This was a monumental moment for women in science and one for women of influence. The kind that ignites human progress.
Carolyn was also the founder of The Day the Earth Smiled,a first-of-its-kind event held in 2013, during which the Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its main rings -- and, in the background, our home planet, Earth, while people the world over celebrated. This image was not only a personal reprise of the original Pale Blue Dot, which she dedicated to her colleague Sagan [https://youtu.be/fzdkzkfGnko], but one that enabled all of humanity to see ourselves through the vastness of space, feel connected to each other and all of life on Earth, and appreciate the significance of our own existence and the place to which we belong.
In today's conversation, Carolyn and I traverse through so many layers of understanding the universe from a scientific perspective but also understanding ourselves at a deeper level through the eyes of space. Carolyn is a scientist first, and thus honours her research as sacred, yet at the same time, her insights and wisdom are full of soul. And while it may seem obvious to think a woman who has spent a lifetime observing the wonder of space would be the first to advocate human inhabitants in space, the exact opposite is true. In her words when it comes to Earth, there is no planet B. We must care for our home.
So without further delay, I am beyond privileged to introduce you to today's guests. The one and only Carolyn Porco.
Twitter - @carolynporco
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