Ever wondered what life in one of the world's most liveable city is like? Experience Adelaide through a local's eyes with the Adelaide Living podcast. Listen to inspiring conversations with people of different ages, cultural backgrounds and operating in vastly different social and professional fields.
Dr Kristin Alford: Futurist & Director of MOD. (Museum of Discovery)
Puzzling, joyous, surprising, fun - even a "a little bit icky": checking out a MOD. exhibition* - physically or virtually - is guaranteed to illicit some sort of emotional response and hopefully inspire inquiring minds to discover more.
Sitting at the intersection of science and art, the University of South Australia's Museum of Discovery is led by futurist Dr Kristin Alford. A 'Big Picture thinker', Kristin's interests lie in building people's capability to navigate the future and inspiring them to play a role in shaping it.
In this episode, Kristin explains MOD's approach to presenting its exhibitions to encompass both western and Aboriginal ways of thinking and, as the world slowly emerges from under COVID-19's cloak of uncertainty, how now is an opportune time to reflect on old systems and processes, and start re-imagining the future we want to move towards.
Caleb Maru - social entrepreneur, youth advocate
Since 2015, Caleb Maru has worked tirelessly, and mostly in his downtime from studying at the University of Adelaide, into getting various youth-focused social enterprises off the ground and making a positive difference to young people's lives.
Tackling subjects like gender equality, racism, mental health, and - in his latest project, Humanitee - issues facing young refugees and asylum seekers; Caleb seeks to provide platforms for young marginalised voices to be heard.
In this episode, this inspiring young man shares how Adelaide's "connected community" helped him bring Humanitee to life, and his hopes that the model can now be used by other socially-conscious organisations as a way to engage with young people, in a way that can raise funds for causes that they care about.
Dr Michelle Perugini: Co-Founder & CEO, Presagen and Life Whisperer
Personal experience, especially a traumatic one, can often be a catalyst for striving to make positive change in the world.
For Dr Michelle Perugini, her own struggle with fertility was a motivation for combining her passions for healthcare and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to improve pregnancy rates for women undergoing IVF.
The company she co-founded, Presagen, is already making life-changing inroads in the 'femtech' space - a term coined to describe the sector that uses technology to improve women's healthcare outcomes.
Michelle has big goals and intends to keep kicking them from her city-base at Lot Fourteen, where the COVID-19 situation has in no way dampened the "collective spirit" of Adelaide's thriving entrepreneurial community.
Damon Gameau - filmmaker '2040'
Damon Gameau found fame early on in his acting career with roles in award-winning films 'The Tracker' and 'Balibo' as well as popular TV series, 'How I Met Your Mother' - but behind the camera is where he's found his true path: inspiring hope through positive storytelling.
Following the success of his debut documentary 'That Sugar Film', Damon released '2040', tackling the subject of the effects of climate change with a refreshingly optimistic 'solutions-based' approach that shifts the narrative beyond the negative.
In this episode, Damon shares what gave him the courage to start telling his own stories, why he chooses hope as the way to bring more people into the climate conversation and the importance of 'dreaming' in shaping a better future for us all.
Durkhanai Ayubi: Afghan-Australian social commentator, co-owner, Kutchi Deli Parwana
Forced by conflict to flee her birthplace of Afghanistan with her family when she was just two, first to a Refugee Camp before re-locating to Australia, Durkhanai Ayubi has grappled with questions around identity and belonging much of her life.
In Adelaide she has found the freedom to think, explore and seek out answers to many of those questions, as well as the opportunity to forge a connection, for herself and the broader community, back to her family's roots - through the sharing of Afghani food.
Jim Whalley, Chief Entrepreneur, Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur
From uniformed days as a Royal Australian Air Force fighter pilot to co-founding Adelaide-based Nova Systems - Australia's largest privately owned defence company - and being appointed South Australia's first Chief Entrepreneur in 2018 - Jim Whalley has worn many hats throughout his career.
Right now his focus is firmly set on laying the foundations for a world-leading entrepreneurial environment across the state, where brilliant ideas have every opportunity to become thriving realities, generating commercial and community returns.
In this episode, Jim shares his personal journey to Adelaide, and the opportunity he believes we have here in South Australia to make entrepreneurship, as he puts it, "more accessible and more acceptable, and to have an engagement and support from the community."