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10,000 Heroes is a show about Purpose.

We interview people we admire about their journey with Purpose.

Which is a journey we’re all on – whether we like it, or acknowledge it, or not.

And then we share their insights, tools, and struggles with you.

10,000 Heroes (10kh) provides inspiration, intimacy, and maybe even a little bit of guidance, as to what it means to live a truly purposeful life, and how we each can get there in our own unique way.

In my mind, it’s not just a podcast, it’s a hero generation machine.

Because a World on Fire needs People with Purpose.

The Ten Thousand (10,000) Heroes Show Ankur Shah Delight

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

10,000 Heroes is a show about Purpose.

We interview people we admire about their journey with Purpose.

Which is a journey we’re all on – whether we like it, or acknowledge it, or not.

And then we share their insights, tools, and struggles with you.

10,000 Heroes (10kh) provides inspiration, intimacy, and maybe even a little bit of guidance, as to what it means to live a truly purposeful life, and how we each can get there in our own unique way.

In my mind, it’s not just a podcast, it’s a hero generation machine.

Because a World on Fire needs People with Purpose.

    Pacific Northwest Sea Gardens and What We Owe Our Descendants (with Nicole Norris)

    Pacific Northwest Sea Gardens and What We Owe Our Descendants (with Nicole Norris)

    Two years ago I overheard a conversation at a local farmers' market about Clam Gardens. 
    Being a nosy podcast host, I eavesdropped, eventually inserted myself, and got some contact information.
    Today I caught up with Ala̱g̱a̱mił Nicole Norris, of Halalt First Nation on what's now known as Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
    Nicole is a Shellfish Aquaculture Specialist, Intergovernmental Communicator, Cultural Support Worker;  knowledge holder, and language preserver for the Hul’qumi’num.
    She's also incredibly fun to talk to and not afraid to get deep and trippy from the beginning, as you will soon hear. 
    I had several shifts in understanding during our interview, especially around how we as humans relate to the other species around us, as well as how we relate to our ancestors and our descendants.
    Let's jump in.

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    The Third Side

    The Third Side

    In this episode I present what I learned from William Ury's The Third Side.
    The basic idea is that our communities and societies are the most important element in developing an effective conflict management system, and that the essence of being effect is to exert peer pressure on resolving the conflict instead of taking the "side" of any of the parties.
    Hence, the 3rd side...
    (For the video version, go here: https://www.youtube.com/@tenthousandheroes)
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    • 27 min
    Civic Engineering V1 Plan (How to Prevent a Civil War)

    Civic Engineering V1 Plan (How to Prevent a Civil War)

    For the last few months I've been reflecting on How to Prevent a Civil War.
    Here's why I think we need to act:
    - It is in the avowed interests of multiple powerful actors -- both inside and outside of the US -- to foment widespread discord, confusion, and animosity.
    - The logical conclusion of widespread discord, confusion, and animosity is civil war.
    - The people working on this have lots of resources and effective technology (ie AI chatbots) at their disposal.
    Basically, in absence of our concerted actions, things are going to get worse.
    The most effective tool I have come to so far is conversation.
    Honest, deep, vulnerable, heart-opening conversation.
    This podcast is V1 of a model I'm playing with that I'd like to try out.
    (For the video version, go here: https://www.youtube.com/@tenthousandheroes)
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    • 21 min
    The Six Dimensions of Conflict Transformation

    The Six Dimensions of Conflict Transformation

    The concept I want to present today is the Six Dimensions of Conflict, which comes up in Chapters 2 and 3 of The Crossroads of Conflict by Ken Cloke.
    Ken has a model where he breaks down conflict and how we approach it into six areas, and then looks at that sextet from 4 different angles:
    - Orders of Resolution
    - Math/Geometry
    - Location in the body
    - Mediation style

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    • 24 min
    Three examples of slow dialogue

    Three examples of slow dialogue

    As part of my journey towards understanding what brings us together and what keeps us apart, today I want to share three examples of social dialogue I learned about in the past couple of weeks. I will resist the temptation to draw conclusions prematurely, but just let us all ruminate together with these three examples.
    The first is from Nelson Mandela's autobiography -- Long Walk to Freedom (PDF) -- which I'm currently reading.
    The second is a description of traditional dispute resolution in pre-partition Punjab from a recent interview I did with Somia Sadiq.
    (From: http://10kh.show/00117-every-conflict-hides-a-story-with-somia-sadiq
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    And the third is from a listener who called me yesterday and shared his experiences with a facilitator named Bob Chadwick. I'll share a little bit of what I learned in the call and then read a passage from Chadwick that I found online.
    (From: Bob Chadwick, https://managingwholes.com/chadwick.htm/)
    So, I don't know how you see yourself in this moment, but I see you as someone, like me, who is interested in and capable of preventing a civil war. Someone whose actions or inaction will have a lot of consequences where you live, not just this year or this election cycle, but for the next generation and the next phase in our social development. 
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    • 19 min
    A Sober Roadmap to Nuclear Disarmament (with Ward Hayes Wilson)

    A Sober Roadmap to Nuclear Disarmament (with Ward Hayes Wilson)

    As Lao Tzu used to say:
    "Do the hard thing while it is still easy."
    According to my guest, Ward Hayes Wilson, it's a pretty good time to work on nuclear disarmament.
    This is precisely the opposite of all my reflections on the issues, which usually end in hopeless shrugging and attempts to resign myself towards guaranteed nuclear annihilation.
    (Much harder when you have kids!)
    Ward has a very different take, which is rooted in 30 years of obsessive study of the issue and the fundamental premise -- which he has confirmed will military leaders around the world -- that nuclear weapons are simply not useful for warfare.
    Bonus: He's also smart, hilarious, and does great accents. 
    (For the video version, go here: https://www.youtube.com/@tenthousandheroes)
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Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Ward Wilson ,

Great, great podcast

Ankur is so smart, so easy, so insightful that every interview has unexpected twists and turns and every conversation seems to dive down to depths you didn’t expect just from looking at the guest. Ankur has that rare ability to get down the the deep heart of the matter and taking guests there encourages them to be more open, more forthcoming and to go deeper themselves. Also, I love the topic. He does it in such an unpretentious way, but what could be more important than trying to figure out what our purpose is in life? This is a great, great podcast. Tell your friends.

Youngjohnb ,

Great insight from a wide variety of perspectives

Always interesting interviews and conversations with accomplished and inspiring people. Never a lecture, rather an accessible and entertaining time spent with people who have something valuable to say.

Mel Maria Mont ,

Inspiring & Thought Provoking

I love the diverse backgrounds of the guests and it amazes me how I’m able to relate to their personal experiences in a way that helps me deeply reflect on my own. The host asks brilliant questions and I also love the energy that he brings to every conversation.

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