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Episode 46 - Andy Norman
Andy Norman, PhD, is the award-winning author of Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Psychology Today, Skeptic, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist. He has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, public radio, The BBC’s Naked Scientist, and The Young Turks. His research illuminates the evolutionary origins of human reasoning, the norms that make dialogue fruitful, and the workings of the mind’s immune system. He champions the emerging science of mental immunity as the antidote to disinformation, propaganda, hate, and division. He likes to help people develop immunity to bad ideas.
Andy directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and is the founder of CIRCE, the Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative.
About the Mental Immunity Project mentalimmunityproject.org
About the Science of Cognitive Immunology cognitiveimmunology.net
#cognitiveimmunology, #mentalimmunity, #AndyNorman
Episode 45 - Healthy Work Campaign
Drs. Peter Schnall and Marnie Dobson speak about the ways in which work can have long-term disastrous consequences on the immediate and long term wellbeing of workers, organizations, and our economic system. Their research shows the scientifically verified effects of many work environments and what can be done about it.
Marnie Dobson, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the Healthy Work Campaign and the Associate Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology, a non-profit organization and sponsor of the HWC. The Healthy Work Campaign is a public health campaign focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the impacts of work stress on mental and physical health. For over 17 years she has been a researcher in occupational health and work stress research and was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Irvine, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. She developed the Healthy Work Survey in collaboration with a team of university researchers, as well as intervention tools to guide organizations in preventing occupational diseases caused by stress and designing healthier work.
Peter Schnall, MD, MPH has been studying the effects work environments can have on the wellbeing of workers as well as the quality of work for nearly 50 years. The Founder and Director of the Center of Epidemiology, Peter's work is widely respected for his understanding of the effects of our modern way of life on individual and community wellbeing.
Episoder 44- Wisdom Weavers
A Message From the Elders - Wisdom Weavers of the World
It all began with a vision.
In 2017, as the Earth's temperature continued to rise, Ilarion Merculieff, “Kuuyux,” Alaskan Unangan traditional and environmental leader, received a message from spirit to gather 13 Elders from all four directions around the world to council on two questions: "How do you see the current state of the Earth...and what do we need to do?"
Through four sacred days and nights on the fertile island of Kauai, diverse ancient teachings collided. Daily councils, ceremonies, and discussions revealed the presence of outstanding overlapping themes amongst every cultural heritage… and yet, profoundly, each Elder held a different piece of the puzzle.
And like the emergence of light after a long, dark night of the soul, a unified message for humanity was born….Drop into your heart.
This is the message of the Wisdom Weavers of the World. Journey with us to uncover the meaning for yourself and add your voice to our ever-evolving collective story.
Ilarion “Larry” Kuuyux Merculieff is the visionary behind Wisdom Weavers, the project founder, and ongoing key speaker. Raised in a traditional Unangan (Aleut) way and received his Unangan name “Kuuyux” at age 4. The name is given to one person in each lifetime amongst his people. Kuuyux means an arm extending out from the body, a carrier of ancient knowledge into modern times, a messenger. Today he is living the legacy of his name.
George Pletnikoff, Unangan elder, has a degree in biology and a deep connection to spirit in both Indigenous and Christian ways. (George was an active orthodox priest for 12 years.
Shay Sloan Clarke - Executive Director, Global Center for Indigenous Leadership & Lifeways (GCILL) - has many years of experience in Indigenous Cultures, both from her training in Rites of Passage work and years of experience doing cultural conservation work. A community steward committed to nurturing communities and communities of practice, Shay is practitioner of rites of passage, circle practices, inquiry/emergence, and a fierce advocate for cultural reclamation and renewal for collective liberation. A life-long learner, Shay has especially learned from Indigenous Peoples, people of color and white people committed to healing and reimagining social fields. She is co-editor of the book Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands and co-author of the report “Cross-Cultural Protocols in Rites of Passage: Guiding Principles, Themes and Inquiry.” Most recently, she served as co-director of The Ojai Foundation, stewarding the organization through fire recovery, evolving communal practices and reimagining its future. After hours, Shay can be found enjoying wild waters or playing with her son, Kian.
Shay Sloan Clarke
Executive Director, Global Center for Indigenous Leadership & Lifeways (GCILL)Shay was invited to serve as the Interim Executive Director of Wisdom Weavers of the World. Shay is a community steward committed to nurturing communities and communities of practice.
#wisdomweavers #IlarionMerculieff #Indigenous culture
Episode 43 - Lina Acosta Sandaal
Lina Acosta Sandaal, MA, LMFT is a psychotherapist, development expert, writer, and founder of Stop Parenting Alone, a parenting education and consulting program in Miami, FL. She is a writer on social emotional learning for Macmillan Education, a human development expert for Telemundo’s national broadcasts and consultant for MomsRising an advocacy group for family rights in our nation’s capital. Her mission is for all parents to fall in love with their parenting journey!
Episode 42 - Paul Irving
Paul Irving is a corporate and nonprofit director and advisor to leaders in business, investment, philanthropy, and academia. Author/editor of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” Wall Street Journal expert panelist, and a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, PBS NextAvenue, and Forbes Pau l speaks and writes about health, finance, and the future of retirement; innovation in the longevity economy; and the changing culture of aging in America and the world.
Irving is a distinguished scholar-in-residence at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and senior advisor at the Milken Institute. He previously served as the Institute’s president and founding chair of its Center for the Future of Aging, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chair, CEO, and head of the financial services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national law and consulting firm.
Irving is a director and chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of East West Bancorp, Inc. and a member of the International Strategic Committee of the Quadrivio Group Silver Economy Fund. Chair emeritus and a member of the board of CoGenerate (previously, Encore.org), Irving serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, the Board of Councilors of the USC Leonard Davis School, and the Advisory Board of WorkingNation. Irving has served on the National Academy of Medicine Global Commission on Healthy Longevity, the Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Health and Housing Task Force, and as a participant in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
Named an “Influencer” by PBS NextAvenue, Irving was recognized with the Affordable Living for the Aging Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award, the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute Life Journey Inspiration Award, the Center for Workforce Inclusion Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Board of Governors Award.
In three decades as a corporate lawyer, Irving represented public and private companies and prominent investors in complex merger, acquisition, and capital markets transactions, and in a wide range of business, governance, and regulatory matters. Throughout his legal career, Irving was actively involved in pro bono services and charitable leadership in organizations including Operation Hope, Human Rights First, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Center Theater Group, and New Roads School.
Episode 41 - Dr. Sofia Vergara
Dr. Sofia Vergara has been a Spanish teacher at New Roads School for the last 17 years and served as Curriculum Coordinator and now Chair for the Spanish division of her department. She is an alumnus of the school and decided to go back and work there after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and minors in both Spanish and Disability Studies. She also earned a Masters degree in Secondary Education and Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership for Social Justice both from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
In 2017, Dr. Vergara was asked to join LMU’s School of Education as a lecturer where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on disability and multiculturalism in special education, specifically in the areas of educational supports for students with disabilities (FBAs, IEPs 504 plans), IDEA, Universal Design for Learning, and transitional planning. Sofia also served as a member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Westside Regional Center, whose mission it is to empower people with developmental disabilities and their families to choose and access community services. These educational and professional experiences, as well as her passion for advocacy and inclusion of individuals with disabilities, are also the essential driving forces behind why, in 2020, Dr Vergara and a colleague co-founded Bridges to Inclusion, a company that provides training and support to educational institutions, organizations, families, and individuals with disabilities.
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