The Reliants Project is a podcast about how networks shape your wellbeing, relationships and community. Through conversations with the leading thinkers in the field of network science the show will help you actively cultivate your network, whether your goal is to build your relationships more deliberately, make better introductions, or activate networks to make an impact in the world.
How Social Support Increases Our Resilience to Loss with Pat Hiller
In this episode, I speak with Pat Hiller. She was directly introduced to me by my mother’s friend. This episode covers topics that may be triggering for some people. [TW: SI, mention of su*c*de].
Pat had two, long, loving marriages, the first for more than 30 years and the second one just shy of 30. Unfortunately, she had to experience both of her husbands passing away, as well as several other people that were near and dear to her. She was kind enough to share her experience.
How Networks Support People Displaced by War with Khusraw Razbaan Ahmadzai
In this episode, I speak with Khusraw Razbaan Ahmadzai. He is a friend and colleague of my partner. Razbaan is a proud dad as well as a network and systems engineer. He spent his early childhood in Kabul, Afghanistan before moving to Islamabad, Pakistan during the civil war in the early 90s. In this episode we talk about:
-What it feels like to be part of a community displaced by war
-The role of the Afghan diaspora in his childhood
-How networks allowed him to access professional opportunities
Why Connections Are Critical During Natural Disasters with Karsang Tamang
In this episode, I speak with Karsang Tamang. We met when he convinced me to hire his father as a porter and I had the opportunity to meet his mother and other relatives in their village, Thulo Syafru. It's at the intersection of two popular trekking routes north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border. On April 25th 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. This terrible natural disaster killed almost 9k and injured 22k. Most of the buildings in Thulo Syafru were also destroyed.
How Having Kids Changes Your Network with Guang Ming Whitley
In this episode, I speak with Guang Ming Whitley. She's the CEO of the Whitley household and stayed home to raise 4 wonderful children. She has written both fiction and non-fiction books. She is also an elected official in her local town council. She co-founded Aenea, a mentorship program for young adults. We talk about:
-How becoming a stay at home mom impacted her relationships
-How her family navigate the challenges of finding people to spend time with
-The importance of networks for young adults
Pairing Up, Splitting Up, and How Partners Cultivate Networks Differently with Max Dickins
In this episode, I speak with Max Dickins. He reached out to me on Twitter after seeing a tweet about the show. Max is an Author, Playwright, Actor, Presenter & Comedian. He is currently researching friendship and loneliness. We talk about:
-When he noticed that his network wasn't as strong as he'd like it to be
-How he audited his network to understand how it has changed
-How he and his fiance think about their networks and what differs
-New strategies he has implemented to nurture relationships
Challenges and Opportunities of Moving to a New Place with Nina Hobson
In this episode, I speak with Nina Hobson. Nina is no stranger to relocation. She has lived in 10 countries on 4 continents and has moved countless times. She also writes The Expater, a blog that shares what it’s like to live abroad to help make it more accessible to others. In this episode we talk about:
-What she does to plan for a move today
-Why it’s sometimes necessary to throw that plan out the window upon arrival
-Her strategies for making friends in new places
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Really interesting guests. Hosts asks great questions. Can't wait to hear more!
This really could change your life...
The Reliants Project reminds me of Richard Feynman’s graphic on the difference between information and knowledge. In life some of our most pivotal moments are a result of serendipity. If we spend a small amount of time thinking about how and who we engage with in life, and how we try to make a difference in people’s life, then we might be surprised years later to find how those small investments made our live more fulfilling, in our careers, hobbies, friendships, relationships. At a moment when there’s so many new podcasts, and many that feel a bit the same, here’s one that really could change your life. Like compound interest.
This is a thought-provoking and far-reaching reframing of networks. Well executed.