Ep. 33: The Female Web3 Ecosystem, Circular Fashion, & Journalism for Luxury Brands with Maria Popova
In this episode, Manasi and Sualeha sit down with Maria Popova, CEO & Founder of Shiny, a metaverse ecosystem that helps other businesses and individuals navigate web3 and Everyday Goddesses, a 2,222 generative collection aimed at growing female influence in the NFT space. We discuss Maria’s early career background in journalism, media, and high-end fashion as the former head of production at Savior Flair, and her experience successfully leading partnerships with luxury brands. While women only make up ~15% of crypto users and 16% of NFT sales, Maria illuminates solutions for widening the increasing female participation in the Web 3 space along with high-impact uses for blockchain through credentialing in the legal space. We close the episode by discussing her newly launched Dubai based-start up, WRDRB, which supports sustainable consumerism in the fashion industry.
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Ep. 40: IGNITE Norma K. Stone Young Women Run Texas 2023 - From Representation to Influence: Exploring the Power of Media for Social Changes
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Ep. 39: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Innovating In A VUCA World, and Agile Governance With Rebecca King
58:56In this episode, Manasi and Sualeha sit down with Rebecca King, The Lead of the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR). With a background in consulting, specifically with a focus on education, Rebecca currently works at the WEF to contextualize the interrelationship between emerging technology and governance models in both a local and global context. We begin the episode by breaking down the promises and misconceptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, superexponential growth, and the power of emerging industries, such as the growing global bioeconomy that is projected to grow to over $30 trillion in the U.S. alone over the next two decades. Rebecca shares her insight on our current VUCA context—a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity—expanding on how jumps in private and public data accessibility and individual interpretation have influenced VUCA innovation as well as scientific polarization. Rebecca also expands on how government often finds itself on the back foot of innovation, but experimentation and iteration in government through the form of policy entrepreneurship and gov-tech allows for both tech and innovation to become more aligned. We close out the episode by discussing the framework of agile governance, and its relevance to how countries, organizations, and governments are able to navigate the unknowns of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) https://initiatives.weforum.org/c4ir/home Rebecca's Work: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/09/4ir-tech-policy-making-challenges-future-governance/ https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/01/data-can-help-tackle-global-challenges-2022-predictions/ https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/03/should-government-leave-innovation-to-the-private-sector/
Ep. 38: Pitfalls of Finnish Exceptionalism, Anti-Science Beliefs, and Auditory Neuroscience with University of Helsinki Post-Doc Caitlin Dawson
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Ep. 37: How global communities thrive when girls realize their full potential — an episode with Malala Fund Assembly
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Ep. 36: SXSW 2022 Live Podcast Stage — Gen Z on the Power of Authentic Voices
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Ep. 35: The Social Cost of Carbon, De-Risking Global Investments With the UNCDF, and Effective Altruism with Angela Zhong
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Ep. 33: The Female Web3 Ecosystem, Circular Fashion, & Journalism for Luxury Brands with Maria Popova
1:12:15In this episode, Manasi and Sualeha sit down with Maria Popova, CEO & Founder of Shiny, a metaverse ecosystem that helps other businesses and individuals navigate web3 and Everyday Goddesses, a 2,222 generative collection aimed at growing female influence in the NFT space. We discuss Maria’s early career background in journalism, media, and high-end fashion as the former head of production at Savior Flair, and her experience successfully leading partnerships with luxury brands. While women only make up ~15% of crypto users and 16% of NFT sales, Maria illuminates solutions for widening the increasing female participation in the Web 3 space along with high-impact uses for blockchain through credentialing in the legal space. We close the episode by discussing her newly launched Dubai based-start up, WRDRB, which supports sustainable consumerism in the fashion industry. Check out Everyday Goddesses here: https://www.everydaygoddesses.io/about-everyday-goddesses Check out WRDRB here: https://wrdrb.ae/
Ep. 32: Democratizing Prosthetics for Amputees in Vietnam with Ella Trinh, Co-Founder of Vulcan Augmetics
1:03:23In this episode, Manasi and Sualeha sit down with Ella Trinh, Co-founder & COO of Vulcan Augmetics, a startup that develops affordable, high-functioning prosthetics to reach unserved amputees in Vietnam. We discuss transferable skills Ella adopted from her first venture in fashion e-commerce and the attitudes that led her to successfully adapt to the healthtech and robotics industries when founding Vulcan. Ella also breaks down the market gap for low-cost prosthetics in developing nations and why there continues to be an annual 3-4% increase of amputees in Vietnam. We end the episode by discussing the future of prosthetics and how it ties to human evolution! Vulcan Augmetics: https://en.wearevulcan.com/