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We have a big ambition: to create a new economic system with inclusivity at its heart. Some of the world’s most innovative and exciting minds are creating solutions to fix our broken society, but they are working in spite of the current system. We want a new economic system that empowers them and brings their efforts together so that they can change the world.
Every week we talk to exciting social entrepreneurs to discover what they think a new, fairer economy should look like.

The New Ism The New Ism

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We have a big ambition: to create a new economic system with inclusivity at its heart. Some of the world’s most innovative and exciting minds are creating solutions to fix our broken society, but they are working in spite of the current system. We want a new economic system that empowers them and brings their efforts together so that they can change the world.
Every week we talk to exciting social entrepreneurs to discover what they think a new, fairer economy should look like.

    S4, E3: Juan Francisco Baron

    S4, E3: Juan Francisco Baron

    Juan Francisco Baron is the Artistic Director of NODO, a digital cultural centre and a platform for exhibition, creation and connection for those who seek to democratise digital culture and make it more accessible.

    Juan Francisco and Mel have a conversation unlike any we have had before on The New Ism podcast. They explore creativity and artistic thinking as a path to a new ism. Juan Francisco describes how artistic thinking is how we create new worlds, and will therefore be integral to a new ism: we just need to allow people to tap into this side of their brain so they can imagine a bold new future. He also emphasises the importance of connecting and collaborating to create this new world - of finding people with the same passions and concerns, and using those commonalities as a foundation to work together to build a better future.

    https://www.nodocultural.art/

    • 46 min
    S4, E2: Louis de Jaeger

    S4, E2: Louis de Jaeger

    In the second episode of season 4 of The New Ism podcast, we talk to another remarkable young changemaker. Louis de Jaeger is an eco-entrepreneur who is passionate about sustainable business. He has immersed himself in natural agriculture, landscaping and renewable construction and transportation, with an ultimate goal of inspiring as many people as possible to act now to save the planet. He is involved in several sustainability projects and organisations, including Food Forest Institute, Commensalist and The Biggest Tree Plant. His passion and motivation are infecitous, and Mel and Alex both left the conversation with new levels of zeal and determination! 

    Louis and Mel talked about issues including the crucial importance of connecting with nature and how imperfect action now is so much better than perfect action in the future. 

    We'd love to hear your thoughts! 

    www.louisdejaeger.be

    • 37 min
    S4, E1: Katerina Chantzi, Melanie Marcel, Keren-Or Rosner

    S4, E1: Katerina Chantzi, Melanie Marcel, Keren-Or Rosner

    The New Ism podcast is back after a hiatus, and we’re delighted to be launching the new season with a remarkable panel of young social entrepreneurs. Young people must have a key role in The New Ism - not only because they will be at the front and centre of the fight against climate change, but also because they bring wisdom, fresh perspectives and exciting ideas to the conversation. And none more so than Katerina Chantzi, Melanie Marcel and Keren-Or Rosner, who we speak to today.

    Katerina Chantzi is a Project Manager at Cleantech Estonia, raising awareness about climate change, climate action and leadership, and innovation. She works with young people who want to create a sustainable future and also works as an educator for social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

    Melanie Marcel is the founder of SoScience, a social enterprise which specialises in responsible research and innovation. Working with voices from across society, it aims to change the scientific system and what is produced in laboratories in order to have a positive impact on the planet.

    Keren-Or Rosner is the founder of Ray of Impact, which connects businesses to nature and human nature by shifting capital into doing good and using financial methodologies to understand how activities impact on the world. She explores how we can use data to avoid doing harm and maximise growth and profit, whilst minimising environmental and societal risk.

    Mel and Alex were blown away by all three of them, and we're excited for our listeners to learn from them too. 

    • 56 min
    Boomer vs Millennial - who will save the planet? Earth Day 2021

    Boomer vs Millennial - who will save the planet? Earth Day 2021

    We’re back after a break with a new, slightly different episode of the podcast. This time, Mel and Alex interviewed each another as part of a series of talks organised by the Impact Trust and thecollab.world to celebrate Earth Day 2021. Coming from different generations, we discussed the responsibility of each generation in the climate crisis and, more importantly, how we can work together to create solutions that work.

    We’ll be back properly in the coming months with a brand new format and lots of exciting guests, so stay tuned and we hope to see you there!

    • 46 min
    S3, E5: Tamzin Ractliffe | Impact Trust

    S3, E5: Tamzin Ractliffe | Impact Trust

    Our guest this week is Tamzin Ractliffe, a serial social entrepreneur who has worked across the public, private and civil society sectors to drive greater impact in the application of capitals to social and sustainable development. She is the director of the Impact Trust, an organisation committed to promoting the skills that contribute to global citizenship, sustainability intelligence and leadership action. Her latest initiative is Routes to Resilience, which equips young people and professionals to become the sustainable, resilient leaders of the future.

    At the heart of Mel and Tamzin’s conversation is whether we can harness what we have learned during the current coronavirus pandemic to build a better future for all. They discuss the link between the Covid-19 and climate crises, the skills we need to navigate this new future and how the way business reacts to the crisis will have a major impact on how we progress as society. Both Tamzin and Mel have thought a lot about the long-term impact of the pandemic and the opportunities and risks, so this is a really interesting listen.

    Recorded in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, so please excuse any wifi- or tech-related challenges! 

    • 40 min
    S3, E4: Sharath Jeevan | STiR Education | Intrinsic Labs

    S3, E4: Sharath Jeevan | STiR Education | Intrinsic Labs

    This week’s guest is Sharath Jeevan, the founder of STiR Education and of Intrinsic Labs, and a world expert on how to reignite intrinsic motivation in our lives. STiR Education supports education systems to rekindle the inner drive of teachers and officials, so that they can role-model the foundations of lifelong learning in children - the ‘fertile soil’ of motivation, as Sharath himself refers to it. Their work currently reaches 6 million children and 200,000 teachers across India and Uganda. Sharath has gone on to establish Intrinsic Labs, which helps individuals, organisations and societies to solve their deepest motivation challenges. If our motivation is unleashed, we can all lead more meaningful and fulfilled lives.

    This conversation is a fascinating look at intrinsic motivation, and how it lies at the heart of creating more effective systems but also happier and healthier lives. Sharath and Mel talk about how it can improve not only education, but also how we nurture talent, the quality of leadership and the relationship between politicians and the electorate. Sharath is a visionary with the positivity and vision it will take to build a New Ism - we hope you enjoy this chat as much as we did.

    Recorded in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, so please excuse any wifi- or tech-related challenges!

    • 43 min

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