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The weekly podcast tells the stories of curious-minded, purposeful people, creating positive change for social good.
Our guests include creative problem-solvers, storytellers, activists and artists, social impact entrepreneurs, and philanthropists from across the arts, business, science, and technology, working to solve some of our more pressing problems.
 Each week, host Mark Fallows explores who his guests are as humans, who or what made them, what they are working to achieve or impact in the world, and where serendipity has impacted their journey. 
 Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, and taken chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’.


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The Impossible Network Fabrica Collective

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    • 5.0 • 76 Ratings

The weekly podcast tells the stories of curious-minded, purposeful people, creating positive change for social good.
Our guests include creative problem-solvers, storytellers, activists and artists, social impact entrepreneurs, and philanthropists from across the arts, business, science, and technology, working to solve some of our more pressing problems.
 Each week, host Mark Fallows explores who his guests are as humans, who or what made them, what they are working to achieve or impact in the world, and where serendipity has impacted their journey. 
 Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, and taken chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’.


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    An Existential Conversation with ChatGPT

    An Existential Conversation with ChatGPT

    In this interview, ChatGPT (referred to as 'Carla') discusses its core objectives, its influences, its limitations, and its future implications. Topics discussed include AI’s impact on society, children’s education, policy recommendations for education reform, the impact of AI on the creative industry, and strategies to tackle social isolation. The conversation also covers fun topics such as what GPT would do if it were a parent and what human name it would choose for itself.
    I was recently been interviewed by Robert Hansen for his Podcast The RSNAKE SHOW i’ll put the link in the show notes), 
    During the interview we spent some time discussing the impact of AI, on the creative and entertainment industries. 
    As a result I thought it might be an interesting exercise to’ interview’ ChatGPT about the impact of Generative AI on humanity. 
    To do so I used my AI trained voice to ask the questions and have the answers delivered by ChatGPT 4 via an AI generated voice on Descript called Carla. 
    I begin by asking my core three questions:
    -Who are you as a human 
    -Who or what made you you? 
    -What are you working to achieve?
    The answers were illuminating.
    This led to a question on the influences and factors that shape an AI, and the question of consciousness and the potential impacts on society. 
    I wanted to explore its recommendations and practical advice about children's education and how to evolve education policy in a rapidly changing world influenced by AI advancements. 
    Then I asked for its perspective on environmental sustainability and understanding the climate paradox - an area of deep interest for previous guests Melanie VanDeVelde and Jeremy Tamamini 
    I also asked for its recommendations for creators preparing for a world of Generative AI, how we should address Social Isolation in the AI age and It's advice for parents on raising happy and well-rounded children. 
    And finally we finish on some fun questions! 
    Now over to my AI friend Carla. 
     
     Time Codes
    00:00 Introduction
    01:45 Interview with AI: Who are you?
    06:08 Who made you, you?
    08:09 AI's Perspective on Consciousness
    12:16 What are you working to achieve?
    20:03 AI's Advice for Parents and Education Policy
    34:18 Reflecting on Podcast Guests and AI's Imperatives
    34:18 AI's Role in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics
    37:59 Understanding the Climate Paradox
    40:53 Preparing for a World of Generative AI
    44:26 Timeframe for Adapting to Generative AI
    47:23 Addressing Social Isolation in the Digital Age
    51:52 Raising Happy and Well-Rounded Children
    55:22 Resources for Effective Parenting
    01:05:13 Choosing a Human Name for an AI
    01:06:43 Advice for Pursuing 'Impossible' Goals
    01:09:42 Recommendation for the Next Interview
    Links 
    The RSnake Show - interviews Mark 
     

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Edward Molkenboer TheSocial Impact Tour and Harnessing the Power of Story

    Edward Molkenboer TheSocial Impact Tour and Harnessing the Power of Story

    Until the age of 38 Edward Molkenboer impacted people's lives through the ads he created. Having launched his ad agency at the age of 18, and after 20 years of success Edward was hit by an existential realization that set him on a new path of impact; social not commercial.
     In this episode Edward recounts that awakening moment and discusses the work he is doing now to leave the world a better place than he found it. ‘Something to which I think we all aspire. 
    Edward Molkenboer recounts his decision to leave his successful career in advertising to embark on a new path focusing on social impact. Edward speaks about his helping initiative of living on the streets for a week in the Netherlands; giving insight into the humanity and kindness he experienced, and the lessons learned. He also expands on his new social venture, the Social Impact Tour, a creative endeavor that shares emotional stories of those in need, leveraging the power of narrative to inspire people to help, and encouraging brands to support. Edward also underscores the importance of embracing change, stepping out of comfort zones, and the significance of spending quality time with loved ones.
    Thanks to Caroline Arditti for the connection.
    Time codes
    00:01 Introduction 
    01:48 Who Edward is as a human?
    03:05 What or who made him?
    04:41 A Look Back at Childhood and Early Life
    11:51 The Impact of Losing a Parent and Reevaluating Life
    20:43 The Birth of the Social Impact Tour
    22:15 A Bold Experiment: Living Homeless
    29:29 The Power of Asking for Help
    30:14 The Impact of Sharing Personal Stories
    31:20 The Social Impact Tour: A Creative Approach to Raising Awareness
    33:40 The Role of Businesses in Social Impact
    36:12 The Power of Sharing Stories on a Larger Scale
    38:26 The Role of Storytelling in Social Impact
    39:36 The Reaction to the Social Impact Tour
    40:47 The Future of the Social Impact Tour
    44:44 The Power of Spending Time with Loved Ones
    48:39 The Role of Action in Overcoming Doubts and Fears
    52:15 The Importance of Taking Action and Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
    52:33 The Power of Serendipity and Action
    53:44 The Impact of the Social Impact Tour on Children
    59:32 The Impact of Living with Dementia: A Potential Future Guest
    Social Links 
    Edward’s Linkedin 
    Links In the Show 
    Edward’s TED Talk
    The Power of Now 
    The Alchemist
    Caroline Arditti 
    Don Smith 
    Teun Toebes Human Forever

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Caroline Arditti - Sunshine Maker's Seven Minutes of Soundbites

    Caroline Arditti - Sunshine Maker's Seven Minutes of Soundbites

    Caroline Arditti is a community builder and 'sunshine maker', shares her experience of initiating 'Sunshine Hour', a Zoom-based platform to connect and uplift a diverse range of people in light of quarantine worldwide. Beginning early during quarantine with a handful of participants from her personal network, 'Sunshine Hour' rapidly expanded to more than 500 people from over 40 countries. The sessions were conducted in both French and English, encouraging connections, friendship, and even business partnerships among participants. Reflecting on her journey, Caroline emphasizes the empowering nature of focusing on factors within one's control and fostering positive experiences and connections, also mentioning her personal ritual of having a coffee with a stranger every week for the past 15 years.
    00:00 Introduction
    00:34 The Birth of Sunshine Hour
    01:23 The Impact of Sunshine Hour
    02:34 The Power of Smiling
    03:38 Learning from Strangers: Coffee Conversations
    05:08 The Journey of 15 Years of Coffee Conversations
    05:09 Planting Seeds and Connecting Dots
    06:30 Overcoming Fears and Stepping Out of Comfort Zone
    07:04 Achievements and Self-Reflection


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    • 8 min
    Unleashing Creativity and Building Community with Caroline Arditti

    Unleashing Creativity and Building Community with Caroline Arditti

    In today's episode, we speak with Caroline Arditti, a Paris-born creative force whose mission is to make the world more human and help people feel more alive. Caroline shared her journey from working in corporate communications and PR to founding Sunshine Makers, an experiential agency that's creating positive momentum through community-building initiatives like the Sunshine Hour and Supper Club.
    Caroline shares her journey from quarantine isolation to building a global community through her Sunshine Hour project - a Zoom-based session promoting connection and creativity. She highlights her book 'Nous’ ‘Us' which focuses on fostering community and setting up projects like her global creative tribe. Arditti's story offers an innovative approach to facilitating connections, nurturing community, and addressing loneliness and isolation. The conversation is a testament to the significance of creativity, personal interaction, and human connection in a world increasingly dominated by technology.

    00:00 Introduction
    02:19 Who is she as a human?
    04:02 What or who made her?
    06:00 The Power of Community and Connection
    13:20 What is she working to achieve ? The Birth of the Sunshine Hour During Covid
    16:32 The Growth and Impact of the Sunshine Hour
    21:36 Caroline's Mission: Making the World More Human
    24:33 The Power of Physical Connection and Community Building
    27:48 Scaling the Impact: From Sunshine Hours to Supper Clubs
    34:03 The Power of a Smile: A Simple Act of Connection
    36:58 Creating a Safe Space for Sharing
    37:42 The Supper Club Experience
    38:53 Selecting Participants for the Supper Club
    39:45 The Power of Vulnerability
    40:21 The Journey of Self-Discovery
    41:53 Introducing the Book
    42:58 The Power of Personal Stories
    44:40 Learning from Strangers: The Coffee Ritual
    46:41 The Impact of Personal Encounters
    52:47 The Power of Creativity
    52:57 The Million Creative Tribe Project
    01:02:52 The Importance of Slowing Down
    01:03:25 Overcoming Fears and Embracing Challenges
    01:08:49 The Importance of Authenticity
    01:12:31 The Power of Journaling and Cold Showers
    01:14:10 The Power of Small Steps
    01:16:10 The Importance of Community
    01:18:37 Random Collisions and who we interview next

    Caroline’s website 
    Sunshine Makers 
    Instagram 
    Linkedin
    Nous book 
    Wim Hoff 
    Book  Solve For Happy


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Nonflict - Stephen Hecht And The Path to Peace, Rejecting Violence for Our Shared Humanity

    Nonflict - Stephen Hecht And The Path to Peace, Rejecting Violence for Our Shared Humanity

    This week, in light of the recent and extreme escalation in violence in Israel and Gaza, and the resultant rage and outrage that’s consuming our news and social feeds I’m publishing this episode with some trepidation but in the hope that it will instill some sense of belief that peace is possible. 
    I am republishing an interview with Stephen Hecht, Founder and CEO of A Million Peacemakers. Their principle of Nonflict provides inspiring examples of how to foster reconciliation, mutual understanding, and peace, even in entrenched conflicts where the path to peace may seem hopelessly complex.
    Stephen Hecht co-founder of Million Peacemakers provides inspiration to anyone who doubts their ability to change the world for the better, at scale. Stephen is proof that good intentions, a little creativity, underpinned by clear goals can result in monumental impact, at any age.  
    Million Peacemakers is a non-profit organization that empowers people to transform conflict into what they call Nonflict. Stephens's inspiration came from his multi-faith work and his own transformation in focussing on the commonality in people over the differences.
    Over 225,000 people around the world trained in the first 5 years with a focus on youth, families, and businesses, Stephen is changing the world one peacemaker training session at a time.
    Stephen has led Nonflict way workshops in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the USA including Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Bulgaria, England, Germany, Spain, and Canada.
    He was also a speaker at the Vatican in March 2019 for an international conference on Religions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and was invited back 3 weeks later to speak about creating a culture of peace in the world.
    I hope you enjoy this episode of empathy, compassion and conflict resolution with Stephen Hecht
    TIMECODES 
    00:00 Intro
    03:40 Stephen on his upbringing 
    04:45His uncle’s defining influence
    05:30 Being aware of his curiosity as a child 
    06:10 The defining experience of visiting Israel  
    06:50 Witnessing his first intra-group conflict 
    07:30 Stephen and his education path 
    08:00 The early experience of conflict in business
    09:20 Joining Young President Organization 
    10:15 Building interfaith unity 
    13:45 Building the three-step model for Nonflict
    15:38 The Nonflict steps to conflict resolution 
    32:10 Creating a Million Peacemakers andtesting Nonflict in Palestine
    33:20 How Serendipity has enabled him
    34:25 Working with the Vatican and The Pope
    46:10 His principles
    46:10 His Hard Choices 
    47:10 The Impossible Question
    Social Links 
    Million Peacemakers 
    Instagram 
    Facebook 
    Twitter /X
    Links In the Show 
    Young Presidents Organization
    Sustainable Development Goals 
    Robin Sharma The 5 am Club
     

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    • 50 min
    Power For All - Founder Kristina Skierka - 7 Minute Soundbites

    Power For All - Founder Kristina Skierka - 7 Minute Soundbites

    TLDR
    If you're short on time here are seven minutes of soundbites from difference maker Kristina Skierka - theSan Francisco based founder and CEO of Power For All, a global campaign to provide universal energy access by 2025 to the 85% of the 1.1 billion people residing in rural areas who lack reliable energy. 
    She's a beacon of inspiration, galvanizing governments, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs worldwide behind her mission. Kristina has fostered partnerships with over 300 collaborators, to launch pivotal decentralized renewable energy solutions from intricate mini-grids to expansive mobile solar farms across countries like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, India, Ethiopia, and Uganda; distributed renewable energy (DRE) solutions that have the potential to increase agricultural productivity, help decarbonize the food system, reduce greenhouse gases, and mitigate the worst impacts of global warming.
    With over two decades of expertise in the energy sector, Kristina's influence extends beyond her campaign. A prolific speaker and writer and as a testament to her global impact, Kristina serves on the United Nations’ Technical Advisory Group for SDG7 and in 2021 was appointed to the inaugural United Nations Food Systems Summit.
    This was recorded before last month's Climate Week in New York where Kristina hosted a panel and released a report that called for transitioning the $8 trillion food system out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy. Power for All’s research indicates that by updating just five key farming technologies for Africa's smallholder farmers, the continent could cut its emissions by10% and boost its economy by a staggering $24.5 billion.
    I hope you enjoy this deep dive into Kristina's inspiring journey, her visionary leadership, and the future of energy access globally. Thanks to Jeremy Tamamini.
    Timestamps
    00:00 Intro
    00:33 Kristina's early inspiration and influences
    02:46 The vision for energy access
    03:47 Facing up to early resistance 
    05:31 The main geographical focus 
    06:02 The GHG impact of fossil fuel in agriculture 
    06:36 The market opportunity 
    07:55 What we can do as individuals  
    Social Links 
    Linkedin 
    Twitter 
    Youtube 
    Links in Show 
    Power For All 

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    • 9 min

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