How did everything come to be the way it is? My guest in Episode 12 of the podcast (I very deliberately decided to post this conversation in Episode 12 – listen to the episode to find out why), runs a blog and is working on a forthcoming book that attempts to answer this very question.
Kevin Knabe is a User Experience Designer. He has worked at Apple, Rodale and other leading organisations . He designs and improves the way we work with products. His blog (and book by the same name) is called “The Making of Sense” (www.themakingofsense.com). It’s awesome.
In it, Kevin applies his design background to all kinds of things and asks the simple question, “why did they design it like that?” When you read his posts, you come to understand that many of the things that we take for granted and our quite common in our everyday experience were actually designed on the basis of randomness, quirks of history, the needs or other factors present whenever the thing was invented, and many other interesting phenomena. I find the whole concept behind his blog and book to be strangely empowering.
In this episode, Kevin share many of the excerpts from his blog and forthcoming book and it makes for a very interesting and fun conversation. We talk about:
- The origin of language and writing;
- The origin of the calendar – and how it could be improved (including a proposal to celebrate Festivus);
- The concept of time – where Kevin discusses Einstein and the theory of relativity, a very trippy part of the conversation;
- Randomness and risk in design
- And more
I am sure that you will enjoy it!
Have you been to the theatre lately? Perhaps you’ve attended a performance at the National Theatre in London, or watched a broadcast of one at your local cinema. If so, you’ll know that they do some amazing things at these live productions – performers float or even ”fly”, shows have live birds flying, and they even set things on fire. How do these productions do these things within the confines of a theatre or arts centre, and how do they balance risk while maintaining the artistic integrity of the production?
Enter, stage right, my guest on today’s episode, Ms. Anna Glover. Anna leads the Safety Risk and Fire Management team at the world renowned National Theatre here in London. As you will soon find out, Anna does NOT do Health and Safety risk. Rather, she and her team are a core part of these internationally acclaimed shows – full stop. The work she does embodies what great risk management is all about – taking risk with intelligence and confidence – and achieving great things in the process. We obviously cover this fascinating line of work in the episode – including her work with top directors, choreographers, designers, and actors, and on some amazing shows.
But, there is much more to Anna than this. We have a great conversation around how Anna got into this line of work. This is a wonderful example of how to find your path – or more precisely, how to let it find you. We move on to have a great discussion about Anna’s philosophy on risk, fear, and many other things. We also cover:
This is an amazing episode and I am sure you will enjoy it!
Anna Glover’s website – http://annagloverconsulting.com/
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/annajglover
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annagloverconsulting/
Some people Anna has worked with:
“The Light Princess” – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Princess-Original-Cast-Recording/dp/B0131W0S4Q
Book recommendation – Creativity, Inc.by Ed Catmull –https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18077903-creativity-inc?from_search=true&search_version=service
Book recommendation – The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin –https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693669-the-organized-mind?ac=1&from_search=true
Poem – “The Bright Field” by RS Thomas:http://emilyspoetryblog.com/2013/10/23/the-bright-field-by-r-s-thomas/
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
Today we talk geopolitics, career paths, and much more with my guest Daniel Wagner. Daniel is the founder and CEO of Country Risk Solutions and a veteran of country and political risk management. He has been a practitioner in this fascinating area of risk for many years – he has written a couple of books on the topic and several articles. He frequently appears on CNN, RT, the Huffington Post, and other media outlets to offer his views on international affairs.
What is country and political risk? If you are new to this field, or don’t know much about it, it is basically the management of risks created by political actors or conditions So, it might be things like the prospect of war or political violence in a country in which your organisation is working, policy uncertainty, or things of that nature. I have worked in this area, and it is fascinating.
Like many great conversations however, this one starts with Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin. Daniel interviewed Robert Plant in the early 198os. From there, we move into how Daniel got into country risk and his career path to date. We also riff about a number of interesting topics such as the role of China, multilateral institutions, and the upcoming US elections (Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump). Daniel also offers his thoughts on risk management generally and we discuss his upcoming book Global Risk Agility and Decision-Making. We will have Daniel and his co-author Dante Disparte on a future episode to get more into the nuts and bolts of the book in a future episode.
Country Risk Solutions: http://www.countryrisksolutions.com
Daniel’s book, Country Risk, A Practitioner’s Guide: http://www.amazon.com/Managing-Country-Risk-Practitioners-Cross-Border/dp/1466500476/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462225124&sr=1-3
Daniel’s forthcoming book: Global Risk Agility and Decision Making (Macmillan, July 2016): http://www.amazon.com/Global-Risk-Agility-Decision-Making/dp/1349948594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456840522&sr=8-1&keywords=global+risk+agility+and+decision+making
Articles written by Daniel:http://countryrisksolutions.com/publications.htmlFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Country-Risk-Solutions/206650596087696?sk=wallLinkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/danielwagnercrsTwitter: http://twitter.com/countryriskmgmt
Daniel on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CountryRiskSolutions
Daniel’s interview with Robert Plant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIvEBNf5TfA
My guest on today’s show is endurance adventurer Luke Tyburski. I first came across Luke in a couple of podcasts I listen to, saw that he also based in London, and connected with him to do this show. Luke’s story is amazing and inspiring. Last year, Luke devised, designed, and completed “The Ultimate Triathlon” – a 2000 km adventure from Morocco to Monaco that involved: 1) swimming the Strait of Gibraltar (equal to 400 laps of a 50m pool), 2) cycling 1,300 kms across the Spanish coast into France (equivalent to the entire length of Britain), and 3) running 14 marathons to Monaco – all done in just 12 days!
However, this is not just a story of someone who did something epic. Luke’s approach is a beautiful example of how to take risks, even when things don’t fully work out – as is the case in his efforts to turn from struggling journeyman to footballer to full-blown professional.
We also discuss his battle with depression. This is a very real, authentic conversation about this illness. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, I urge you to have a listen to the first 30-40 minutes of this show, as Luke provides a number of wonderful insights.
From there, we go on to discuss Luke’s training and completion of the Marathon des Sables (MDS) – a great part of the conversation when we tackle the nature of motivation, authenticity, and tackling life.
We then get into a number of Luke’s further adventures, leading to the Ultimate Triathlon.
I thought the conversation was pure gold. We cover, among many other things:
•Taking risks in life
•Training for, and running the Marathon des Sables (http://www.marathondessables.co.uk/)
•The Brutal Extreme Triathlon (http://www.britishtriathlon.org/take-part/events/detail/the-brutal-extreme-triathlon-_1495)
•The Mount Everest Ultra Marathon
•The Ultimate Triathlon, including:
•The resilience of the body and mind;
•Dealing with injuries;
•Superfoods, and real food
•And much more!
Luke on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luke.tyburski.1?fref=ts
The Ultimate Triathlon on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theultimatetriathlon/?fref=ts
Luke on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luketyburski
Luke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LukeTyburski
Connect with Luke on email: LukeTyburski@gmail.com
Nominate Luke to give a TED Talk: https://speaker-nominations.ted.com/