15 episodes

In this world of sound bites, real Conversations Matter.  Our goal is to snap you out of the daily grind, connect you with people who are making an impact, and inspire introspection and creativity.  We are going back to the old fireside chat. We believe when you take time to really listen, you can find your own meaning and inspiration in everyone’s story.

Conversations Matter Molly Birkholm & Hans Hickler

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

In this world of sound bites, real Conversations Matter.  Our goal is to snap you out of the daily grind, connect you with people who are making an impact, and inspire introspection and creativity.  We are going back to the old fireside chat. We believe when you take time to really listen, you can find your own meaning and inspiration in everyone’s story.

    Molly Birkholm: From Finding Peace Amidst Pain to Living Love

    Molly Birkholm: From Finding Peace Amidst Pain to Living Love

    You asked and we listened! In this special episode, Hans holds space for a conversation with Molly, who gives deep insight into her life and career. Molly shares the story of her near-death experience and healing journey, and the tools she discovered along the way that prove it’s possible to experience peace even when life seems to be falling apart. Molly and Hans discuss the ever-evolving nature of the human experience, and Molly gives tips on unlocking creative potential, finding your voice, and challenging the edge of compassion.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Nikki McKean: From Surviving Cancer Twice to Reframing Suffering

    Nikki McKean: From Surviving Cancer Twice to Reframing Suffering

    In Episode 13, Molly and Hans interview Nikki McKean -- a photographer, restaurant owner, wife, and mother of two young girls who has lived through two cancer diagnoses in two years. In this episode, Nikki describes how she came alive through an experience that may have otherwise left her feeling broken. She shares her journey through recovery, which culminated in her "Let’s Radiate Project" -- the creative endeavor born out of her second cancer diagnosis. This episode dives deep into healing trauma, the art of deep listening, reframing suffering, and practicing how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

    • 58 min
    Hector Marcel: From Conscious Leadership to Reframing Hardship

    Hector Marcel: From Conscious Leadership to Reframing Hardship

    In episode 12, Hans and Molly interview Hector Marcel -- a true mix of east and west. Hector describes coming from a poor family in Argentina and turning into a successful businessman in Australia -- by age 25. Not only that, Hector is also a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and has a gift for speaking to western business through the lens of eastern philosophy (which has turned into his career). In this episode, you'll learn how to collectively gain and build trust in an organization, strategies for reframing hardship, the value in helping your competitor be successful, and how to turn danger into opportunity.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Mike Drescher: From Media Entrepreneur to the Health and Wellness of Women

    Mike Drescher: From Media Entrepreneur to the Health and Wellness of Women

    In Episode 11, Hans and Molly interview Mike Drescher -- a media entrepreneur turned women's undergarment designer who shares the twists and turns that shaped his life and unconventional career path. An eccentric speaker with a true zest for life, Mike showcases how serendipitous life events combined with tenacity and grit got him where he is today. This episode gives a little bit of everything, from the ethics of cosmetics and curing childhood ailments to live theater projects and our inherent interconnectedness.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Suketu Mehta: From the Art of Storytelling to the Future of Immigration

    Suketu Mehta: From the Art of Storytelling to the Future of Immigration

    In Episode 10, Hans and Molly interview Suketu Mehta -- a famed author and journalist specializing in works on the subject of immigration. In this episode, Suketu discusses his career trajectory and his work, including his awarded book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. He then dives into his vast knowledge on immigration, exploring historical examples of problems caused by artificial borders, and describing current events that are likely to cause problematic mass migration in the future. This leads into a conversation about the concept of "othering" -- what it is, why we do it, and how we can stop it.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Alison Thompson: From Global Rescue Missions to the Need for New Solutions

    Alison Thompson: From Global Rescue Missions to the Need for New Solutions

    In Episode 9, Hans and Molly interview Alison Thompson -- a humanitarian volunteer and founder of Third Wave Volunteers, which has over 30,000 volunteers and followers globally. In this episode, Alison walks us through many of her humanitarian undertakings and the process of mobilizing an entire rescue team. She also speaks to the role corporations play in giving back, and how to ensure we're not causing even bigger problems for people during a crisis. Alison describes her work as "love in action," and shares what this work has taught her about what all humans from across the globe have in common.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

ValHB2020 ,

Inspiring, positive and meditative conversations

Was suggested to give the podcast a listen and am glad I did.
At the end of each conversation I am at the same time inspired as well as relaxed. The hosts create a sense of calm and lead the guests through sharing their inspiring story. There is a regular pause, which I appreciate, it allows to be more present and absorb the information. Thank you and look forward to more episodes.

mtsteinberg1 ,

So refreshing!

These conversations are a breath of fresh air! Intelligent and informative. Molly and Hans ask simple yet penetrating questions. One gets the sense that they are really listening to their guests and allowing them to reveal themselves. All this to the benefit of the listener. Looking forward to more insightful conversations!

keefebowl ,

Amazing Podcast

Really enjoying this podcast. Hans and Molly are incredible hosts and I’m looking forward to upcoming episodes. Great job!

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