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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.

    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
    142: The Possibility-Expanding Serendipity Mindset - Dr. Christian Busch

    142: The Possibility-Expanding Serendipity Mindset - Dr. Christian Busch

    This week’s guest, Dr Christian Basch, describes himself as a practical philosopher. 


    He is also Author of the new book the Serendipity Mindset, and Director of NYU’s Global Economy program.


    In this absorbing interview Christian describes his upbringing in Germany to a cerebral intellectual father and empathetic and loving mother. 


    Christian explains how his supportive parents instilled a sense of belief that whatever his focus in life, everything was possible. 


    Christian discusses his wayward upbringing, his search for where to channel his energies and the life defining car crash that made him re-evaluate his attitude to life and set him on the path to writing the Serendipity Mindset. 


    He maps out how In 2008 in London he formed his innovative global Sandbox network and describes the community they build as a serendipity accelerator. 


    We cover purpose and social entrepreneurship and how he has worked with many of the top CEO’s to focus on how their companies can link their purpose to the sustainable development goals. 


    If you want to jump forward to where we get into the specifics of the Serendipity Mindset head to AROUND 40 MIN min. 


    Christian explains how the Serendipity Mindset is grounded in creating the structures and mindsets that enable people to create their own luck and I ask Christian to explain the role of procrastination in serendipity and what he calls productive procrastination. 


    He sets out why spotting something unexpected and connecting dots when you see them is key to a serendipity mindset. He explains why sagacity and tenacity are the core elements to unlocking serendipity and why we need to avoid seeing life linear and more a series of random twisting lines and being prepared to see failure as an opportunity. 


    Christian covers fear of failure, loss and overcoming self limiting beliefs and worthiness. 


    I ask Christian about the role of his work to affect change in organizational behavior, and how brand values can define meeting agendas, and examining and learning from failure to solve large problems. 


    We also discuss polarization, diversity, inclusion and seeking common denominators to solve our contemporary challenges.  


    Finally we cover serendipity scores and the value to reframing behaviors. Christian describes how as a daily habit and a life philosophy it can transform how we view uncertainty and the unexpected from a threat to an ally. 


     I hope you are empowered by the mind altering playbook of Dr Christian Busch. 


    Social Links 


    LinkedIn


    Twitter


    Instagram


    Website


    Show Links and Notes


    The Serendipity Mindset


    Goethe Quote - If you take someone as they are you make them worse
    But if you take them as what they could be you make them capable of becoming what they can be


    Sandbox 


    Million Peacemakers 
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    141: A Purpose Worth Living For In A Post Pandemic World

    141: A Purpose Worth Living For In A Post Pandemic World

    This week I want to make a change to our usual interview format. 


    Instead, I want to talk about the issue of climate change. Whatever your perspective on the causes few will deny that dramatic and potentially irreversible changes are occurring that threaten humanity’s existence on the planet. 


    We're now well into the fourth quarter of this tumultuous year. With news around our tiny unseen enemy still in abundance, and as we focus on addressing the immediate Covid-19 pandemic, we must not lose sight of the more significant existential threat: our climate crisis. 


    The urgency to build on the much-cited 'We're all in this together' sentiment cannot be overstated. If we are to avert a climate collapse, now is the time to start a new contagion, one that spreads a radical and positive change in consumer and corporate behaviors. 


    Behavior change is hard, but we should take inspiration from positive societal shifts that have emerged in recent months:
    1. Covid-19 and our sheltering in place demonstrate that most people can, individually and collectively, on a global scale, radically change our way of life, sacrificing what once seemed sacrosanct. 
    2. The collective spirit of resistance and rage, ignited by the death of George Floyd and spate of other racial injustices, demonstrates the power of people to unite and confront the status quo. 
    3. The rapid collective action by some corporations, businesses, and brands in changing their marketing, operations, and supply chains to battle the pandemic prove business can be on the right side of race history. 


    However, Covid-19 has not only exposed the deep and systemic social, economic, educational, racial, and technological inequity; it's also directly impacted our progress to achieve the UN's seventeen sustainable development goals (SDG's). As UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently stated: 


    "As Member States recognized at the SDG Summit held last September, global efforts to date have been insufficient to deliver the change we need, jeopardizing the Agenda's promise to current and future generations. Now, due to COVID-19, unprecedented health, economic, and social crisis is threatening lives and livelihoods, making the achievement of Goals even more challenging."


    The climate target adopted at the 2015 Paris Agreement was to keep global temperature rise this century to less than 2 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels, but set a 2030 target to limit the rise to +1.5°C.


    While Covid-19 may have paused the global economy, it's estimated to only reduce 2020 Carbon emissions by 6%, significantly below the required 50% annual reduction we need in this coming decade to avoid a climate abyss - the point at which there may be no way back. 


    So what if we consider Covid-19 a wake up call to our global fragility, a kickstarter to elicit unified action to avoid climate calamity. With 2019 being the second warmest year on record, coming at the end of the warmest decade on record, we are currently "way off track meeting either the 1.5°C or 2°C targets", according to Guterres. 


    With the world's average surface temperature projected to surpass 3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, our children, and their children will experience melting ice caps, rising sea levels, flooded coastal capitals, mass migration north, food and water shortages, and mass social unrest, economic breakdown, and war. 


    We have a simple choice. To act or not to act. 


    As individuals, if we choose to act, we can start living more sustainable lives. As consumers, employees, or investors, we have the leverage to demand accelerated action from the corporations and brands that form the fabric of the carbon economy.  


    We have individual role models; Bea Johnson and Joshua Spodek are examples of positive environmental behavior leaders. Two recent books, The Future We Choose

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