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In this interview series sponsored by Post Carbon Institute, Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, talks with provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path.

What Could Possibly Go Right‪?‬ Vicki Robin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 89 Ratings

In this interview series sponsored by Post Carbon Institute, Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, talks with provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path.

    #106 Douglas Rushkoff: Tolerating Ambiguity and Choosing Communal Over Isolation

    #106 Douglas Rushkoff: Tolerating Ambiguity and Choosing Communal Over Isolation

    Douglas Rushkoff makes another appearance on our podcast, sharing his latest thoughts on What Could Possibly Go Right?  Listen to his previous interviews in episodes 52, 84, and 97.
    Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, his twenty books include Team Human, based on his podcast.

    Enjoy this casual chat between Douglas and Vicki, including themes of:
    Re-socialization and finding connection for well-beingPutting the soul back into our interactionsQuestioning our social constructs and triggering our agency to create changeHow experiences of awe can have profound impactsSupport the showComplete Show Notes

    • 58 min
    #105 Laura Oldanie: Rich and Resilient Living

    #105 Laura Oldanie: Rich and Resilient Living

    Laura Oldanie is a green living and money coach who blogs at Rich & Resilient Living, where she explores money and lifestyle choices for a regenerative future. Her goal is to help people achieve financial freedom and live their best lives in socially and environmentally conscious ways that equally value people, planet, and profit. 

    She received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009 and has been exploring how to earn, spend, invest, and manage her money to bring about the change she wants to see in the world ever since. She has been a sought-after source of knowledge on regenerative investing, and her work has been featured in Forbes, Your Money or Your Life, Good Housekeeping, CNBC, All Star Money, ChooseFI, The Firedrill Podcast, the Permaculture podcast, and many others!

    She answers the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The “possibilities for us to think more holistically, more resourcefully about wealth and what constitutes wealth”The need to “think about retirement planning on a climate challenged planet”, and to build resilient homes and communitiesThe self-actualization and joy elements that come from resourcefulness and creative frugalityThinking beyond socially responsible investing to more regenerative and meaningful opportunitiesSupport the showComplete Show Notes

    • 36 min
    #104 Susan Griffin: Creating Meaning Through Stories

    #104 Susan Griffin: Creating Meaning Through Stories

    For over fifty years, through twenty books and one Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Griffin has been making unconventional connections between seemingly separate subjects. Whether pairing ecology and gender in her foundational work Woman and Nature, or the private life with the targeting of civilians in A Chorus of Stones, she has shed a new light on countless contemporary issues, including climate change, war, colonialism, the body, democracy, and terrorism.
    She answers the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    An exploration of the boundaries or “binding” of gender The relationship between matter and spiritThe value of writing, “a sort of miracle, of something being created”That “people need meaning… as much as food, water, and air” and that meaning often comes through storiesSupport the showComplete Show Notes

    • 39 min
    #103 Margaret Wheatley: Finding Our Right Work and Path of Contribution

    #103 Margaret Wheatley: Finding Our Right Work and Path of Contribution

    Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D. began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. As a consultant, senior-level advisor, teacher, speaker, and formal leader, she has worked on all continents (except Antarctica) with all levels, ages, and types of organizations, leaders, and activists. Her work now focuses on developing and supporting leaders globally as Warriors for the Human Spirit. Margaret has written ten books, including the classic Leadership and the New Science, and been honored for her pathfinding work by many professional associations, universities, and organizations.

    She answers the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The idea of life affirming leadership, “on what cultivates life, what cultivates growth” and “adapting to circumstances”.The call to be “of dedicated service at the local level where we can still create good lives… embodiments of good human beings, which is the ultimate gift that we can offer.”The need to “get our egos out of the way” and move to a “place of right action and right work”The question of seeing “what's needed here, and then, am I the right person to contribute at this time?”Support the showComplete Show Notes

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    #102 Alisa Gravitz: Citizen Leadership and Individual Actions

    #102 Alisa Gravitz: Citizen Leadership and Individual Actions

    For over 35 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization that develops marketplace solutions to social and environmental problems with a key focus on climate, regenerative agriculture, labor justice and responsible finance.  As part of Green America's Center for Sustainability Solutions, which focuses on transforming supply chains, Alisa Gravitz co-chairs innovation networks on carbon farming, regenerative agriculture, climate safe lending, solar and clean electronics. Ms. Gravitz’s board service includes Ceres, Yes! Media, Network for Good, the Non-GMO Project and Underdog Foundation, along with Green America. 

    She answers the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    The progress in the renewable energy field around the worldThe importance of our own individual steps towards climate action, both in impacting the issue and influencing society’s leadersThe significance of regenerative agriculture for environmental and social benefitsThe role of pathfinders, early adopters, and fast followers in driving positive changeSupport the showComplete Show Notes

    • 46 min
    #101 Anne Stadler: Love is a Guiding Force, Pulling Us Forward

    #101 Anne Stadler: Love is a Guiding Force, Pulling Us Forward

    Anne Stadler is a pioneering elder and board member at Sourcing the Way. Her specialty is offering services that support self-organizing individual and collective leadership. She opens space for the emergence of spirited leadership and inspired forms for collective evolution. A founder and organizer of local, national, and international peace efforts, and an award-winning television producer at KING 5-TV in Seattle Washington, Anne has decades of experience in guiding the formation of emergent communities. 
    She answers the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:
    Learning what love is in your life, guiding and pulling us forward through even bleak times and problemsAppreciating “all these little bubbling initiatives that people undertake out of love” that are creating change Realizing that “We live in an emergent reality. We're creating the future all the time, or we're being drawn into it.”Exploring the principles of Open Space for community buildingSupport the showComplete Show Notes

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Katelynruns ,

Thank you Vicki

It’s hard to stay positive and hopeful about the future. But despair is a waste of the gift of life. Vicki doesn’t flinch from the tough questions but she’s always “and what can we do.” I don’t know what the future of humanity is but I can always use a boost to do my best right now, right here.

WattsUp?? ,

Doing Good Work

Thinking and speaking only of the coming catastrophic events associated with (say the words) Climate Change is not the best way to move forward with positive and sustainable change. ‘What Could Possibly Go Right’ is doing the good work of creating positive change with positive voice.

naturebodyconnection ,

Words We All Need to Hear

Vicki’s interview with Joanna Macy was enlightening, profound, and exactly what we all need to hear in these times. Thank you, Vicki, for this incredible interview.

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