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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.

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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.

    148: Gillian Burke - Comfortably Living Life In A State Transition And Environmental Certainty

    148: Gillian Burke - Comfortably Living Life In A State Transition And Environmental Certainty

    GUEST OVERVIEW


    This week's guest, biologist, TV producer, presenter, public speaker, voiceover artist, writer, and mother, Gillian Burke, is second generation Kenyan, has lived a life transition - or as she refers to as a state of liminality. 
    In this broad-ranging interview, Gillian deconstructs the complexity of her racially ambiguous 'creole' identity. Part West Indian, part SriLankan Gillian was born in Kenya, grew up in Vienna, and studied and settled in the UK, where she has built a successful career in broadcasting with the BBC. 


    Gillian recounts her early memories of always feeling like an outsider, navigating change and uncertainty both in Kenya and Austria. She describes how her love of the outdoors developed, being comfortable in nature, and developing her environmental consciousness. She explains why the experience of growing up in the global south and the lack of buffer between environmental issues and the impact of home life, as well as witnessing the exploitation of nature, the environment and marginalized populations led her to develop her thirst for social justice and building a career in nature and environmental broadcasting. 


    Gillian describes her path to the UK, her education in an international Baccalaureate school, developing a love of performing arts and ending up studying biology at Bristol University in the UK in 1992 and landing a job in the Natural History unit at the BBC. 
    From 40 min in, Gillian explains why she feels we in many developed nations lack humility as we face the humbling impact of the Covid virus. We discuss how our path to progress is unsustainable, the climate crisis, the urgency to act, and the importance of looking to natural solutions and our interconnectedness to nature's matrix. Gillian discusses the regenerative power of the soil, indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and solutions that could pull us back from climate calamity. Finally, Gillian explains why she is focused on connecting the big existential issues facing us to what we do in our homes and how we live. 
    I hope you are inspired to follow the environmental passion and purpose of Gillian Burke.


    SOCIAL LINKS
    Website 
    Instagram 
    Blog 


    LINKS IN THE SHOW


    Liminality 
    Water Bear 
    Dan McDougall
    Baccalaureate school
    BBC Natural History Unit 
    Kimberly Latrice Jones
    Wangari Maathai
    Young Chances Foundation 
    Project Drawdown 
    Kiss the Ground 
    Mike Tyson Biography
     
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    147: Carmen D'Alessio on Studio 54 - Our 2019 Interview Revisited

    147: Carmen D'Alessio on Studio 54 - Our 2019 Interview Revisited

    Due to a guest rescheduling, this week we are republishing part two of last year's interview with New York nightlife legend Carmen D'Alessio.
    We loved this show not just for the incredible stories she tells, but for what she represents. Carmen is living proof that that reinvention is ageless, energy is infectious, and a reminder of the power of a large network.
    If you’ve not heard Carmen, buckle up, if you have I am it's worth a second listen.
    Now over to Carmen
    Guest Overview
    Born to a Peruvian father, and a Chilean mother, but grew up to become a legend of New York nightlife, impresario co-founder of Studio 54, and to this day not only continues to reinvent herself but also entertainment experiences, is this week’s guest Carmen D'Alessio.
    In Part two of this interview with Carmen D'Alessio, the New York nightlife legend, impresario, and co-founder of what is often referred to as the greatest club of all time; Studio 54, we explore the untold story of the nightclub’s formation.
    We start the interview with Carmen recounting her second marriage and leaving Italy and working for Valentino in Rome to return to NYC to build her ‘Queen of the Night’ reputation.
    If you’ve seen the 2018 Netflix documentary on the infamous nightclub you’ll hear the other side of the founder’s story on how the sensational nightclub came into existence.
    Carmen also recounts her memories of those unparalleled 33 months of hedonism, having her mother around her, and how the era ended and the world changed
    We also cover how she’s continued to reinvent herself and nightlife experiences around the world
    Finally, we cover her quick-fire questions and answers
    I hope you enjoy the wit, wisdom, and wonder of Carmen D’Alessio.
    What we discuss:
    How she moved into fashion
    Beginning her career as a nightlife promoter
    How a 1976 bicentennial party reported in the WSJ got her on the map
    How she met Ian Schrager and Steve Rubel and her collaboration with their Enchanted Garden ended up in Time
    How she was forced to invite them to collaborate when her Studio 54 backer dropped out
    The evolution of their business arrangement and how that saved her from jail
    How the day to day operation worked
    Her superpower of connecting people
    Spontaneity and living without consequences
    How Aids changed everything
    Building her list of 8000 names
    How nightlife has evolved as she has aged
    Carmen’s evolution
    Staying young, her sense of adventure and freedom
    Her mother’s lust for life
    Acqua fit in her 70’s
    Confronting conventions
    The Gospel according to carmen
    Her feeling of youthfulness
    Being thankful
    Her principles
    Establishing an environmental foundation
    Her patience and faith
    Links in the Show 
    Steve Rubell
    Ian Schrager
    Baby Brasa
    Andy Warhol 
    Imelda Marcos
    Federico Fellini 
    Infinity club 
    Enchanted Garden 
    Sterling St Jacques
    Grace Jones 
    Basquiat
    Cher 
    Michael Jackson 
    Keith Haring 
    Las dos lunas
     
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    • 55 min
    146: Raw And Resilient - Navigating 2020's Hospitality Apocalypse With Robert Marchetti

    146: Raw And Resilient - Navigating 2020's Hospitality Apocalypse With Robert Marchetti

    Guest Overview
    This week we welcome back our previous guest, Robert Marchetti the New York-based, Australian hospitality veteran. 


    Robert recently launched his own podcast The Raw Hospitality Show, where he interviews industry icons and what he describes as boots on the ground 'hospo peeps' (that an Aussie term) those unseen folk whose voices are seldom heard.  
    Robert’s aim with the new show to inspire, motivate, and entertain the 16 million+ hospitality folks in the USA, and 50 million+ globally. 
    With Covid-19 continuing to decimate the industry, Robert hopes that by interviewing industry veterans and on the ground game-changers, their views and insights into what’s next will inspire a generation of hospitality workers to remain resolute and resilient through these challenging times. 


    In this fast-paced episode, Robert also covers how he embraced the challenges of Covid19 with a positive attitude and a radical acceptance that he may well lose his Soho restaurant and bar Gran Tivoli and Peppi's cellar. He explains the need to pivot, how he’s used this time to reorientate his business and goes on to explain the work he is now doing with Creative community workspace Neuehouse. 


    Robert is more than resilient, he radiates practical positivity with a grounded sense of humor that is uplifting in these strangest of times. 


    I hope you agree. 




    Social Links
    Robert Marchetti Hospitality
    The Raw Hospitality Show
    Instagram
    Youtube


    Link in the Show
    Neuehouse
    Shep Gordon
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    145: Wired This Way - Jessica Carson Mapping Creative Archetypes And Her Journey To Self Discovery

    145: Wired This Way - Jessica Carson Mapping Creative Archetypes And Her Journey To Self Discovery

    Guest Overview 
    Jessica Carson, creator, teacher, and author of Wired This Way, a book about Finding Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Well-being as a Creator, is this week's guest.


    In this wide ranging episode, we cover Jessica’s early life and development being the perfect combination of her right and left-brained parents. 


    Jessica refers to Jungian psychology as a reference point to her adolescent development, and her innate passion and self-imposed pressures and character polarities and the impact that had on friendships and relationships.


    She discusses the transformational time of her life working as a social director at a start-up discovering her social fluidity and her empath character. 
    Jessica discusses the common characteristics of the empath, the value, and the downsides and need for protection. She explains how this led her to study neuroscience at Georgetown. 
    From around 30 min we get into creativity and serendipity. 


    We discuss Jessica’s experiences of serendipity, describing herself as a ‘Serendipitor’ and by embracing the synchronicity of life she overcame her dis-ease, distress and angst. 
    Jessica explains the different creative archetypes she has mapped in her book Wired this Way, which discusses the light and dark sides of different creators and she then explains the shared ten dimensions of a creator. 
    Jessica discusses the dance between creativity and productivity and the deficit of creativity in our ‘hustle culture and the need for creative self-discovery. 
    Jessica makes historic references and provides an overview of her six muses she uses as a framework and as a creative and customizable approach to the journey of self-discovery, a tapestry to understand what archetype a person is. 


    We discuss happiness, creativity, self-discovery, procrastination, and creative incubation, and creative rebirth in the context of the times we live. 


    We also cover education and mental health, innovation, and the importance of diversity in the innovation process. We end by discussing fear and failure. 


    I hope you are stimulated by the creative explorations and archetypes of Jessica Carson. 


    Social Links 
    Instagram 
    Website


    Links in Show 
    Wired This Way
    Sophie’s World 
    Jung 
    Witness Movie
    The Empaths Survival Guide 
    Scott Barry Kauffman -Transcend: The New Science of Self Actualization 
     
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    144: Tyrique Glasgow - Running a Corner to Changing Lives (From the Archive)

    144: Tyrique Glasgow - Running a Corner to Changing Lives (From the Archive)

    This week we re-publish our first ever episode, recorded on a cold day in late 2018 on the streets of South Philadelphia with Tyrique Glasgow. 


    Tyrique Glasgow is the Founder of the Young Chances Foundation, an organization providing after-school support, sports programs, and mentoring for South Philadelphia’s youth. 


    Besides running the foundation, Tyrique works with the District Attorney's Office on its Focused Deterrence initiative, an effort that targets South Philly gang members, to offer an exit route from street life through job training and other services.


    Tyrique founded The Young Chances Foundation (YCF) is a 501(c)3 organization in 2012 as a second chance opportunity to make better opportunities for himself, his family and his South Philadelphia – Grays Ferry community. 


    Tyrique's personal story is one of radical transformation from dealing drugs to delivering hope and opportunity. 


    Tyrique's lowest point in life was the night in 2004 that it almost ended, as he lay unconscious on the cold ground of his South Philadelphia neighborhood, shot 11 times in the head, back, legs and arms. Surviving this life altering trauma he then had to serve five years in prison before returning to the Grays Ferry community as a reformed citizen, with an unstoppable passion to ‘save the children of Grays Ferry from following a similar path.  


    In 2012 Young Chances Foundation’s Mission was born:


    I met Tyrique at a fundraising event in New York in mid 2018 and went to interview him later that year on the street Corner he used to run. 


    Interviewing Tyrique was humbling, uplifting and inspiring - a beacon of possibility and the shining example of the potential that one human’s courage and commitment can have.
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    143: Schuyler Moore - Managing Risk, Agile Living And A.I., Cyber and National Security.

    143: Schuyler Moore - Managing Risk, Agile Living And A.I., Cyber and National Security.

    Guest overview 


    Schuyler Moore is Director of Science and Technology at the Defense Innovation Board, in the US Department of Defense, by day. At night she is a competitive Hip Hop Dancer by night. She is sister to our previous guest Dr. Merritt Moore(Episode No14).


    Everything Schuyler shares in this episode is her personal view and perspective. She only speaks herself and does not speak for the Department of Defense or the Defense Innovation Board.


    LA born, of a Korean mother and American father, Schuyler’s upbringing equipped her with a deep curiosity, an independent world-view, and valuable problem-solving skills. 
    Her unconventional mindset enabled her to defy convention, shed her comfort zone and traveling to teach school girls in Afghanistan in 2013 age, this boundary breaking attitude led her to and become director of science and technology at the DoD only six years later.
     
    In this expansive and informative episode, Schuyler shares the value and impact of her parents on her life focus, how her interest in National Security emerged while teaching in Afghanistan, and shares her personal perspectives, knowledge, and insights on agile living and the imperative of how to consider and manage risk in an uncertain and unpredictable world. She explains how she applies this to build confidence, solve problems, maintain humility, and remain calm in the face of chaos. We also discuss gut instinct and innovation and her view on serendipity. 


    Schuyler shares her advice to parents on how to guide their young daughters to thrive in STEM or Steam and her advice to women in the workforce.


    At 45 min in we also dive deep into A.I. as I ask Schuyler to define in simple terms what A.I. is, before we get into ethics, standards and traceability, the A.I. arms race and the value to humanity.  


    I also ask Schuyler about Cyber warfare threats, defending it using zero trust architecture, and how we as nations and businesses think about our network security. 


    Schuyler shares her recommendations on changes to education to prepare us for the future and hirIng for Creativity and finally we discuss the role of Diversity in innovation.


    I hope you enjoy this expansive educational exploration of agile living, risk, AI, Cyber warfare and so much more.




    Social Links
    Linkedin 
    Website 


    Links in the show
    SOLA 
    Open Ai
    GPT3
    Department of Defense 
    Defense Innovation Board
    Zucked book
    Social Dilemma 
    Merritt Moore
    AI Books
    Ray Kurswell
    Center for Security and Emerging Technology
    T Minus AI Mike Kanan 
    CHINAI Newsletter 
    How to Be An Anti Racist
    The Immortalists
    The Pixar Story
     
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    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

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64 Ratings

cavediggergirl ,

Diverse guests

Keep surprising me. Totally refreshing. 👏🏾

Brigjtonrocks ,

Life lessons from ordinary folk

I appreciate the range of folk you find and enjoy their short fire answers at the end - could you make these stand alone ?

wickedlove1983 ,

Diverse and thoughtful

Can you do 15 min take outs?
Enjoyed the CIA lady. 💕

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