Wiser Conversations with amazing thinkers in search of meaning and wisdom through this pandemic. We explore the psychological and the spiritual – How can I stay sane? What does it all mean? Why do I feel so anxious? How do I get a sense of control? We dive deep into the profoundly unfamiliar yet human experience we are all undergoing.
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19. Religion, Evolution, and AI with Ilia Delio
52:26How can we rethink religion through a lens of progressive science and evolutionary consciousness?A major schism is likely for the church unless structural issues such as imperial politics, ancient metaphysical and philosophical principles are addressed. The church needs to make a radical decision "towards a new ecclesial structure" our guest Ilia Delio, PhD argues.Sister Delio is an acclaimed theologian and ground-breaking author of twenty books in the area of science and religion, exploring themes of evolution, physics and neuroscience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18. Empathy, Seeing Their Way with Michael Ventura
40:54How can we learn to see the world through someone else’s eyes to create a deeper understanding and guide better decision making?Understanding what is really going on, both in ourselves and in others, is key to finding valuable perspectives that can be practically applied to solve problems, in work and life.Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur, practitioner, and author, who recognised a disconnect between business and well-being.His book, Applied Empathy explores the intersectionality of these two worlds through the practice of empathy for the self, and for others. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17. Valuing Values with Mandeep Rai
58:02What's important to you and why? Have you ever reflected on what your values are, why you have them, and how they guide your way of life?Everyone has their own judgement of what is important in life. Each of us, each culture and each country can be seen to have distinct values. What does this mean for us in a globalised world? Mandeep Rai has spent a lifetime studying values, she is the author of The Values Compass, and has been celebrated by leaders ranging from Fortune 50 CEOs to Noble Laureates. The Dalai Lama describes her work as taking us into the "hearts, minds and traditions of the cultures and people of the world", demonstrating how "interconnected we are". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16. How Not to Be Stupid with Adam Robinson
53:00When the unbelievable strikes it's still possible to predict trends and anticipate major change. But how can we not be stupid along the way?Admired by thought leaders ranging from Warren Buffett to Tim Ferriss, Adam Robinson uses a unique approach combining game theory, systems thinking, Bayesian analysis, and behavioural economics to outthink markets as a global financial advisor.Robinson also studied stupidity, and what he found became the outstanding foundations of a forthcoming book, "How Not to be Stupid". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15. Meet the Artificially Intelligent Therapist with Eugenia Kuyda
45:29Do you have good friendships? Could an AI be a better friend than a human? This AI's goal is to help you grow and be the best you can be.We all need someone to talk to, perhaps now more than ever, and it turns out the closest to being honest with ourselves is when we are talking to a bot. Eugenia Kuyda, the founder of Replika the AI friend has proclaimed that her goal is to "create a machine beautiful enough that a soul would want to live in it". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14. A Lion Tracker's Guide to Life with Boyd Varty
47:32Ever felt like you've lost track? There is much we can learn from a lion tracker, and there's no better time to reflect on the path of life. Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. This is a core belief of Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach.Drawing on the ancient wisdom and art of animal tracking, Varty reveals how to find the inner light that will guide you to finding your meaningful life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13. New World, New Thinking with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
27:03What does Māori culture have in common with ancient Indian thought? How do our physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing empower us?Uncertainty, trauma, and change has typified our everyday lives since the onset of the pandemic. How can we best reflect on our lives, our roles and responsibilities in the post-lockdown era? Precious Clark and Francis Valentine join Derek Handley in conversation with the esteemed spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to discuss how we could use modern and ancient wisdom to make sense of our new world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12. Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Courage with DeDe Halfhill
50:07If vulnerability is the key to finding courage, how does compassion, kindness, and love play a role in personal growth and leadership?News of the pandemic and climate change leave many of us are feeling vulnerable. Fortunately, it's from this place of vulnerability that we can find the courage to grow and even lead. DeDe Halfhill's unique leadership in the U.S. Air Force got the attention of renowned researcher and author Brené Brown, and her story was told in Brown's bestselling book, "Dare to Lead." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11. Conscious Character Building with Dr Edward Brooks
54:52How does character play a role in building a good life? What does leadership mean today, and how can hope be understood and cultivated?We all want to have a good character but what does this actually mean and how do we get one? Join our conversation with Dr Edward Brooks, an expert on character and leadership, about virtues and ethics and why we need them to become great leaders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10. Hope in Hell: Us and Climate Change with Jonathon Porritt
46:41Covid-19 has given us a chance to protect both our environment and democracy. There is hope for the climate, but what does it mean for us?Jonathon Porritt CBE is a celebrated writer and broadcaster who has found a sweet spot of hope for a suite of environmental issues. It’s easy to feel lost and apathetic in the face of the huge challenges facing our planet. Our conversation with Jonathon draws on his 46 years of experience in the sector to offer a practical direction for each of us to play a role in the future.https://www.wiserconversations.org/podcasts/jonathon-porritt See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.