29 episodes

Join me, Prof Wayne Visser, for inspiring conversations with leaders in the breakthrough movement to regenerate nature, society and the economy. Thriving is about going beyond sustainability to a net positive agenda of innovation and regeneration. Each episode is a dialogue with thought leaders and pioneering practitioners, capturing their perspective on the six great transitions to thriving: how to go from degradation to restoration of ecosystems, from depletion to renewal of resources, from disparity to responsibility in communities and workplaces, from disease to revitalisation of health, from disconnection to rewiring through technology, and from disruption to resilience in infrastructure and institutions. We also explore what kind of leadership are needed to create a thriving future, and how organisations can take action to integrate thriving into their strategies, products and services. This is not about false hope or blind optimism, but we actively focus on innovative solutions and positive tipping points for change. The podcast builds on the foundations of my bestselling book "Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy." I look forward to having you join the movement for thriving and welcome your suggestions for who I should feature as invited guests on the podcast. Credits: Host: Wayne Visser. Podcast music: Amil Raja

Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement Wayne Visser

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Join me, Prof Wayne Visser, for inspiring conversations with leaders in the breakthrough movement to regenerate nature, society and the economy. Thriving is about going beyond sustainability to a net positive agenda of innovation and regeneration. Each episode is a dialogue with thought leaders and pioneering practitioners, capturing their perspective on the six great transitions to thriving: how to go from degradation to restoration of ecosystems, from depletion to renewal of resources, from disparity to responsibility in communities and workplaces, from disease to revitalisation of health, from disconnection to rewiring through technology, and from disruption to resilience in infrastructure and institutions. We also explore what kind of leadership are needed to create a thriving future, and how organisations can take action to integrate thriving into their strategies, products and services. This is not about false hope or blind optimism, but we actively focus on innovative solutions and positive tipping points for change. The podcast builds on the foundations of my bestselling book "Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy." I look forward to having you join the movement for thriving and welcome your suggestions for who I should feature as invited guests on the podcast. Credits: Host: Wayne Visser. Podcast music: Amil Raja

    28. Don't Be Mean to the Holocene, with Lucy Siegle

    28. Don't Be Mean to the Holocene, with Lucy Siegle

    My guest this week is Lucy Siegle, a British journalist, broadcaster and author of books on ethical living, including most recently Be the Ultimate Friend of the Earth.  In this episode, she talks about:
    What the role of the media is in educating people on social and environmental issues – and how requirements for “balanced” reporting can be a barrierHow the politicisation of media is slowing progress, while the public (and often business) is ahead of politicians on issues like climate changeWhy it’s important to bring a fun element (like quizzes) into media coverage and knowledge presentation on sustainabilityHow documentaries and books on the fashion industry and plastic in the ocean have helped to build movements of changeWhy it is important to tell the stories of successful change that is happening in order to kindle the fires of hopeKey links
    Lucy Siegle (LinkedIn)
    Lucy Siegle (Guardian profile)
    Be the Ultimate Friend of the Earth (book)
    Turning the Tide on Plastic (book)
    To Die For (book)
    A Swirling Story (poem)
    Thriving (book)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 32 min
    27. Regeneration: Putting Life at the Centre of Everything, with Paul Hawken

    27. Regeneration: Putting Life at the Centre of Everything, with Paul Hawken

    My guest this week is Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, activist and author of the bestselling books The Ecology of Commerce, Drawdown and Regeneration. In this episode, he talks about: 
    Why sustainability has become a “weasel word” and limited practice that we may be better off avoiding altogetherHow regeneration is different to sustainability – and is necessary to move beyond an extractive economyWhy climate change will never be “solved” unless we protect and restoring life (biodiversity and natural systems) on earthHow regenerative agriculture shows a pathway from a destructive industrial model to a thriving systemWhy regeneration represents one of the biggest opportunities for creating purpose and meaning in people’s livesKey links:
    Paul Hawken (website)
    Project Regeneration (website)
    Project Drawdown (website)
    Earth Affirmation (poem)
    Thriving (book)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 57 min
    26. The Yin and Yang of Inclusion and Innovation, with Francoise Chombar

    26. The Yin and Yang of Inclusion and Innovation, with Francoise Chombar

    My guest week is Francoise Chombar, Chairwoman at MELEXIS and STEM Platform, and board member at AMS and Umicore. In this episode, she talks about:
    How technology can be a force for positive impact, but only if it is inclusive – and how inclusion is a driver for innovationWhy diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) needs to become a societal and organisational habit to be effectiveWhat being a Steminist – a STEM feminist – means and why it is a crucial solution to economic and societal inequalityWhy diversity is not only about diversity of gender or ethnicity or other profiles, but also about diversity of perspectivesHow having the diverse role models, especially during education, is a key to increasing diverse participation in STEM careersKey links
    Francoise Chombar (LinkedIn)
    Melexis (website)
    STEM Platform (webpage)
     If (poem)
    Thriving (book)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 32 min
    25. The Factory as a Forest, with Jon Khoo

    25. The Factory as a Forest, with Jon Khoo

    My guest week is Jon Khoo, Head of Sustainability (EAAA) at Interface. In this episode, he talks about:
    Why doing “less bad” is no longer a credible option and what becoming a restorative enterprise means in practice, in terms of ambitious strategy and regenerative designHow Interface is learning to live zero, love carbon, let nature cool and lead the industrial revolution (the four elements of the Climate Takeback mission)Why changing the narrative on sustainability and climate action is critical to inspire and how innovation in nature can help usHow new leadership is about democratisation: connecting to people and empowering them to be part of a meaningful change processWhat we can learn from indigenous communities, especially about perspectives on nature, experiences of resilience and practicing empathyKey links
    Jon Khoo (LinkedIn)
    Sustainability at Interface (webpage)
    Regeneration (poem)
    Thriving (book)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 34 min
    24. What’s Broken in our Food System, and How to Fix It, with Claudia Lee

    24. What’s Broken in our Food System, and How to Fix It, with Claudia Lee

    My guest week is Claudia Lee, a journalist and podcaster on sustainable food systems. In this episode, she talks about:


    How the food system needs to navigate the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, plastic and chemical pollution and food securityWhy tackling food waste is critical, with pioneering cases like Rice Inc in China; I also share my revolutionary idea to radically cut restaurant and hotel food wasteThe health benefits of plant-based diets and the environmental benefits of regenerative agriculture and cultivated (or cultured) meatThe role of technology in making agriculture more sustainable, including indoor farming, precision agriculture and agro-botsWhy genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may not all be bad and how they should be judged on their impactsKey links
    Claudia Lee (LinkedIn)
    A Better Place (poem)
    Thriving (book)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 30 min
    23. Pessimism is a Luxury We Can No Longer Afford, with Kumi Naidoo

    23. Pessimism is a Luxury We Can No Longer Afford, with Kumi Naidoo

    My guest this week is Kumi Naidoo, Founding Chair at Africans Rising and former Secretary General at Amnesty International and Executive Director at Greenpeace. In this episode, he talks about why:
    Thriving requires a can-do attitude and intergenerational mentality that accepts that social and environmental justice is a struggle of a lifetimeFraming climate change as an environmental issue was a strategic and tactical blunder of major proportionsEnvironmental decline is not from lack of solutions, but rather lack of political will, appropriate economics and inclusive communicationWe need to get better at speaking to the heart, not only the head, including by turbo charging “artivism” and a culture of emergenceThe changes necessary will only happen when we scale societal movements that pressure business and politics to move further, fasterKey links
    Kumi Naidoo (LinkedIn)
    Africans Rising (website)
    The Starfish and the Spider (book)
    Thriving (book)
    Africa Proud (poem)
    Wayne Visser (website)
    Wayne Visser (LinkedIn)

    • 39 min

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