An interview series exploring ecological empathy through the lens of different industries, disciplines, and perspectives. I speak to leaders in the fields of music, design, investment, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and beyond about how they apply environmentalism to their respective field. Host: Alexa Gantous // Intro Music: Soul Potion // Cover Art: Mariela Mezquita
Loop: Building the Circular Economy with Brian Matuszewski
Brian Matuszewski is a circular economy enthusiast. From 2017 to 2021, he worked at TerraCycle, where he principally led the development of Loop, a global platform for reuse enabled by a coalition of leading manufacturers, retailers, service providers and NGOs. In his last year at TerraCycle, he oversaw TerraCycle's new foundation centered on building solutions to combat river waste plastic pollution in the developing world. Before joining TerraCycle, Brian led sustainability for one of the world's largest vehicle fleet management companies where he helped the automotive industry uncover value in circular thinking. Brian holds two degrees from Cornell University where he explored the intersection of business and sustainability with a focus on human ecology, the built-environment and environmental policy. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia in the United States, Brian now lives in London where he is now advising startups, corporates and governments on enabling a more circular economy.
On Energy in Motion with Jobi Manson
Jobi Manson is a visual artist & sculptor working in the mediums of water, light, sound, & stone. Her curiosities have led her deep into the dimensions that exist beyond language — straight into the heart of matter, time, space & change. Fluidity, as the central underlying force of her wildest inspiration, her work plays with the subtle intricacies of human connection, mapping invisible landscapes, & exploring new ways to attune and translate phenomena of the natural world.
Jobi is also the founder of Sēfari, a water wellness immersion concept, dedicated to helping individuals access complete psycho-somatic transformation, supported by nature.
Sēfari’s are guided, elemental journeys of immersion and emergence. They are designed to shift our state, from chaos to coherence — a harmonization of the head and the heart that has a host of physiological and emotional benefits along with the deeper restoration and embodiment of our innate ability to be in flow.
Crystals, C***s & Climate with Hannah Phang
Hannah Phang is the Head of Marketing and Advocacy at Futerra, the global change agency on a mission to make sustainability so desirable it becomes normal. Futerra combines the magic of creative and the logic of strategy to make sustainability happen for some of the world’s biggest brands such as Google, PVH, IKEA, Sierra Club and the United Nations. Hannah is on the Steering Committee of the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action and co-chairs the working group on promoting broader climate action. Beyond that, Hannah is also a yoga teacher and host of the Crystals, C***s, and Climate podcast, which explores the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and sustainability.
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Across Africa: From the Frontlines with Neha Wadekar
Neha Wadekar is an independent multimedia journalist reporting across Africa. She reports on a range of topics, including women’s issues, climate change and conflict and crisis. Her written and video work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, the Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones magazine, among others. Neha has received fellowships from Type Investigations, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the Groundtruth Project, the Overseas Press Club, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and the Fuller Project for International Reporting.
Business as a Tool for Social Innovation with Samir Ibrahim
Samir Ibrahim is the CEO and co-founder of SunCulture.
SunCulture develops and commercializes life-changing technology that solves the biggest daily challenges for the world’s 570 million smallholder farming households. The company is featured on Fast Company's annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021, and is recognized as a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer and a Financial Times Transformational Business. SunCulture was also named to the London Stock Exchange’s “Companies to Inspire Africa” index. SunCulture has been featured by TED, the Financial Times, the Economist, BBC, and more.
Prior to SunCulture, Samir studied finance and international business at NYU’s Undergraduate Stern School of Business and joined PwC's Financial Services, Structured Products, and Real Estate Group. Samir is recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30, Top Conscious Business Leader by Conscious Company Media, and a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader alumnus.
Samir is also on the Organizing Committee of Shikilia, a coalition of public and private sector organizations providing emergency cash transfers to low-income Kenyan communities.
Stories From The In-Between's with Ayen dela Torre
Ayen dela Torre is the co-founder of Where To Next, a community of travelers based in the Philippines.
Her purpose is to facilitate conversations on creativity, freedom, and empathy so people may deepen their connections with their own selves, with others, and with our natural world. Some of the organizations she has collaborated with include Sony Philippines, Forest Foundation Philippines, and Tripadvisor.
An authentic conversation to create a better world around us every single day
What Alexa has created with this podcast is unique because it feels so personal and unique. I listen to quite a few podcasts but the guests here are diverse and bring a perspective that I’ve never considered many times when thinking about the way we treat the environment and ourselves today. I think this will be a podcast thousands more people will be talking about as her message grows and more people find themselves connected to the things she and her guests are saying. Highly recommend browsing for an episode that peaks your interest based on the guest or topic and giving it a listen.