Welcome to Decoding Purpose, the podcast where we speak with influencers, celebrities, industry leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors, wise sages and everything in between to explore how life's turning points act as catalysts for a more meaningful and purpose-driven life. In Decoding Purpose, we unlock how choice, crises or even chance can ignite personal, professional or even planetary transformations. The kind of change that helps, heals and builds hope for life on the planet, in creation of a more peaceful and abundant future.
Lillian Kikuvi: The Diversity Economies - Inclusion and The Future
Welcome to another episode of the Decoding Purpose Podcast. For those of us here in Australia the Jacaranda flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and with talks of possible vaccinations and borders opening here in Australia there is a sense that maybe this new normal is starting to feel...well a little more normal. That said, the new part is undeniably a wave whose wake is yet to crash. This has been a year of change like no other, and the ripple from that change will be felt for many years to come.
One thing that has been established in 2020 is the fact that this virus has levelled all of humankind. A virus that did not distinguish between rich or poor, black or white, male or female. In addition to that, in our pursuit to find a vaccine the world has collaborated more so than ever before. After all, when it comes to solving problems, collaboration trumps genius, and diversity by design is a new world superpower. Diversity in people, but also the diversity of humankind and technology.
For all of these reasons and more, today I wanted to talk to a woman who is an influential advocate for diversity, inclusion, and the future. Her name is Lillian Kikuvi whose core focus is on decoding the intersection between diversity and the role it plays in propelling individuals and organisations into a future that supercharges the power of inclusivity.
To give you some background information, Lilian is a Kenyan born Australian with a rich cross-cultural experience in Australia spanning over two decades. She has discovered significant barriers and opportunities in Australia in the areas of diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion. As a result, she is passionate about flipping the narrative that diversity is not only an ethical or social decision but an economic one.
As a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Network Lilian believes that systematic and sustainable change can only happen when people collaborate. She is also a member of my tribe at Future Crunch who are a think tank made of unlike minds on a mission to foster intelligent and optimistic thinking.
As a speaker and an independent corporate consultant on diversity in the workplace, Lilian has a focus on bridging the gap between the role of organisational diversity today and the possibilities for what it could look like tomorrow. She has an intersectional approach to diversity which we will talk more about in the podcast & she challenges that what is considered diverse is not always obvious, and more often than not, it is hidden or yet to emerge.
So without further delay get ready to dive into a conversation built upon a foundation of research, yet translate in a way that questions the status quo and asks us to get comfortable with the uncomfortable is creating a new space for richer conversations about diversity and inclusion both in Australia and around the world. Welcome to the podcast.
Park Howell: Brand Bewitchery & The Purpose Of Storytelling
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Decoding Purpose Podcast.
Now, for those of you who are regular listeners of this show, you may have heard me reference what I call the DNA of purpose as a framework to understand purpose decoded. Top-level, this is a concept that explores DNA (the genetic kind that is) as a metaphor for how we can connect with our individual sense of purpose and also as an acronym. Purpose is D; a Decision. N; a Narrative. And A; an Alignment to self. That self may be the individual self or in the case of today's podcast a collective self such as a business or a community.
Once the decision to have a purpose is made, then the next part of the process is to find the narrative and to unpack the story, and that is exactly what we will be unpacking in detail in today's episode. So why is narrative so important in a conversation about purpose? Because purpose is the story we tell ourselves about who we are, purpose is the story we share with our team or clients about why our organization exists, and purpose is the story that we share with the world. Without the story, our purpose is like a sailing boat without sails.
Luckily today's guest has both the boat and the sails. Sails that have brought his story all the way from Arizona into the studios of the Decoding Purpose Podcast. His name is Park Howell and he is a 30+ year veteran of the advertising industry who has guided hundreds of purpose-driven brands to substantial business growth. Today he chooses to focus on the one area of advertising that he loved the most, and the one area he felt was most relevant to today's digital landscape. The art and evolution of storytelling.
As the founder of The Business Of Story and the author of Brand Bewitchery, Park now consults, teaches, coaches, and speaks internationally helping leaders and communicators rise above the noise of the Attention Economy in order to be heard using the power of brand and business storytelling.
So without further delay, kick back and get ready to unpack the structure behind how we can ignite a message into a movement, turn words into wonder, or take a brand and make it truly bewitching. Welcome to the podcast.
Purpose Decoded: Business, Well Being & Memorable Moments of Purpose
Welcome to another episode of the Decoding Purpose Podcast.
Today we have prepared a one-off mash up episode as a part of the recent nominations for The Australian Podcast Awards. I guess you could call this episode PURPOSE DECODED.
Firstly, a BIG congratulations goes out to all of the nominees. This is such an exciting time for the podcasting industry, especially in 2020. Despite the chaos, I think we can celebrate podcasts as being such a great way, and an easy way to inspire, educate and to engage humanity in conversations of all types that change the world.
As we say at Future Crunch If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves - and it is through meaningful conversations that we can create cognitive dissonance and flip the narratives that need to change in order to create a more purpose-driven world.
Now, On this occasion Decoding Purpose did not make it through to the nomination stage, but we still won because we created some great content focussing on three key areas which I am excited to share with you today. Those categories include purpose as a way to enhance well being and mental health, purpose in business and then a feature on Decoding Purpose as an exciting thought leadership podcast. This last one featured grabs from some of my favourite memorable moments where we gained clarity on what this thing called purpose is all about.
Some of the incredible guests in the well-being category include.
Sarah Rowan: Australia's leading performance and speed painter.
Kaila Colbin: The Founder of Boma Global and CEO Boma New Zealand
Richie Harkham: A Return On Resilience
Sarah Nally: The co-founder of Wonder and Wander
Our business thought leaders included:
Amanda Daff: Employment Innovations
David Burkus: Global Thought leader and Author on Purpose
Christos Tsolkas: The Author of The Gift Of Crises.
Jason Harris: Founder of Mekanism and author of The Soulful Art of Persuasion
Lisa Messenger - Founder of Collective Hub, Serial Author and all-round Game Changer.
Finally, in the new podcast award we have:
Greg Page: The orginal yellow wiggle.
Zach Mercurio: Global Purpose Sensei, Author and Speaker.
Julie Masters - Host of Inside Influence Podcast & CEO of Influence Nation
Jamie Skella: Technologist and Futurist
Kaila Colbin: The Founder of Boma Global and CEO Boma New Zealand
So, kick back and get ready for some epic shots of wonder, wisdom and wealth, found only in the decoding of....you guessed it. Purpose.
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Liz Volpe: A World That Inspires Extraordinary Dreams
In 2020, the world has stopped and with that experienced a collective pattern interrupt (no surprises there). In many ways, this has acted as a catalyst for a one way trip into the tunnels of introspection. We ask ourselves: Is my world on track for what I want it to look like tomorrow? Is the world at large on track for how we, as a collective, want it tomorrow? These are big questions to ask ourselves as adults let alone as kids and teenagers, and that is why it is so vital that we empower these young people with the inspiration to DREAM BIG and give them the tools to make those dreams happen. Our future depends on it.
So today, I am excited, because whilst I pride myself on finding all sorts of inspiring people to interview for this podcast, it's nice to be able to bring you a special guest from my inner circle. Someone who happens to also be one of Australia's most respected entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Her name is Liz Volpe, and I can attest to the fact that her definition of being the best, is found in being the best for those that she serves.
To give you some background information, Liz is the founder of Project Gen Z who are on a mission to inspire, educate and activate the next generation of world changers. Project Gen Z run workshops in entrepreneurial thinking all over the world (now virtually as well), in addition to selling an amazing range of products at the Dare To Dream Shop to support kids and teenagers in pursuing their dreams of running a business. On a side note, the Project Gen Z entrepreneurial community via social impact trips have raised over 500,000 dollars for Sunrise Cambodia. (More Info Here: https://www.projectgenz.com.au/)
In addition to that Liz is also the co-founder of The League of Extraordinary Women (A hugely successful networking group for female entrepreneurs) and she is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ambisie. Ambisie is a purpose driven platform of shared stories, inspiring the next generation to find and pursue their passion.
So as you can hear Liz has in every sense of the word dared to dream to change the world, and continues to do so during a time where the world needs her more than ever.With that in mind, kick back and get ready for a serious dose of inspiration for a woman who in every sense of the world is wholeheartedly embodying her purpose on this planet.
Firdaus Kharas: Creativity & Cartoons As Catalysts For Epic Social Change
Welcome To Another Episode of The Decoding Purpose Podcast.
We are living in a world where the social problems we face are impossible to ignore. After all, we are navigating a collective 'dark night of the soul'. A night being defined by a global pandemic, the implications of climate change, the impact of digitisation on our well being and many other issues relating to social justice and equality all over the world.
In 2020 it is crystal clear that there is no shortage of problems to solve, but what we also know is fear-mongering or focussing only on the issues rarely ever provides the solutions that we need. On the flip side, optimism, hopeful thinking and creativity is where we find the power to pioneer a new future. And sometimes it takes darkness for us to look within and more clearly see the potential of our light.
The big question I hope to answer in today's interview is this: How can we harness the infinite power of creative thinking to inspire and influence behaviour change? How can we use our purpose as pioneers of a new future, to tell stories that inspire a shift in thinking about the future in which we are co-creating?
For all of these reasons, I am over the moon to be spending the next hour with Firdaus Kharas who has been at the forefront of using his creativity, creating animations for social change for the last 25 years.
As the founder of Chocolate Moose Media, Firdaus is a pioneer in the world of social enterprise. He has created 4,000 animated shorts, versioned into 371 languages that have been used in 198 countries and seen by over a billion people.
In that time he has addressed deeply sensitive social justice issues, using animation as a tool to enable global commonality and to cut through the filters of personal perception to enable us to remain receptive to messages of influence we may not otherwise have considered.
Firdaus has been showered with 110 awards, he has received the prestigious Peabody Award and was named one of the world's 50 Most Talented Social Innovators and the Best Global Informative Short Film Producer for his unique ability to cross the barriers to human communications like language, religion and culture.
Recently he has also released a brand new book: Creativity - The Key to a Remarkable Life. In the book, Firdaus provides straightforward advice on how to open your mind to become a creative thinker, and some of those ideas we will also explore today.
So get your creative hat on, and let's dive into the world of animation and storytelling to ignite epic social change.
Shelly Horton: Meaning in Media & Magic In Influence
Welcome To Another Episode of The Decoding Purpose Podcast.
Now today's guest is a face and a voice whose 'sparkle' many of our local listeners would feel right at home with - and that guest is the incredible Shelly Horton. The reason she might be familiar to you is because she is a regular on Channel Nine's Today Show, Today Extra, Weekend Today and the 3pm News; her lifestyle segments on 9Honey or hosting Talking Married on 9Now.
For more than 25 years Shel has honed her craft as one of Australia's most loved journalists both in news and entertainment, and today she is also a wild and free woman and entrepreneur. Shelly and her husband Darren co-founded Shell Shocked Media around five years ago. Like so many of us she has found freedom in the purpose and creativity found in running her own business.
It's fair to say that of all of the guests I have interviewed for the Decoding Purpose Podcast that Shelly's charisma and bubbly nature creates a feel good factor which I have no doubt is one of the reason she has pursued a purpose that has enabled her to influence and inspire audiences all over the world.
Influence is certainly a subject we explored as one of the most significant ways we can shift our message into a movement or amplify our purpose. Along with unpacking shills in influence we also got raw, vulnerable and went purposefully deep. This included looking at the social expectations placed on women with a focus on her conscious decision to be child free, the importance of diverse and inclusive representation in the media including whether the media should be leading the way with regards to social expression. We unpacked incredible stories of resilience with a focus on the power of purpose in the bounce back, and finally we focussed on what it takes to act on the 2 minutes of courage that could change your life.
With all of the above in mind, get ready today to land in the world of Shelly Horton. The Shelly Show is one of charisma and razzle dazzle on a foundation of deep introspection, integrity and emotional intelligence.