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Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.

Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.
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Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.

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Episodes

Episode 77- Self Actualisation (aka 'First World Problems')

5/21/2019
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This is a bit of a therapy session really. If you've ever felt a bit depressed even though everything is going really well, maybe you'll hear something in this episode to help you understand why. ---- This week's links ---- [1] US refuses to sign declaration protecting the Arctic because it references climate change - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-climate-change-arctic-trump-pompeo-declaration-sign-a8903706.html [2] UN waters down rape resolution to appease US's...

Duration:01:03:46

Episode 76 - What if we all got paid the same?

5/14/2019
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We talk a bit about hugging gravestones before getting onto the subject of equal pay for everyone. Like, everyone. ---- This week's links ---- [1] David Graeber - Bullshit Jobs - https://amzn.to/2VAcEvq [2] Video of JP Morgan - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/apr/11/jp-morgan-ceo-cant-explain-how-one-of-his-low-paid-employees-should-budget-her-salary-video [3] Bernie Sanders to Disney -...

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 75 - Climate Emergency

5/7/2019
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The UK government has declared a Climate Emergency. We talk about the implications. Sorry for Michael's echoey voice this week - sub-optimal editing environment. ---- This week's links ---- [1] UK Government Declares Climate Emergency -https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48126677 [2] Michael’s new video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyOJHO1p2Y Hans Rosling on global population growth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTznEIZRkLg [3] Heathrow Airport -...

Duration:00:55:18

74. Extinction Rebellion

4/30/2019
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We talked about Extinction Rebellion in the news and the British Parliament's reactions to Greta. Michael complains a bit despite having been to Italy. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Gail Bradbrook - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Bradbrook [2] Bloody Brilliant Women by Cathy Newman- https://amzn.to/2UNX8XA [3] Greta to Parliament transcription - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/greta-thunberg-full-speech-to-mps-you-did-not-act-in-time [4] FT on XR -...

Duration:00:54:44

Episode 73 - Wealth

4/16/2019
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This week we talk about vegan ice cream and plumbers. Oh and how some people seem to have way too much money. And what that means to them and what it means to us. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Banking person grilling person banking - https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1116143763804622848 [2] XR rebellion week - https://extinctionrebellion.org.uk [3] George R R Martin dark times - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdA5Q82ByjE [4] Lorenzo’s thread -...

Duration:01:02:06

Episode 72 - Defining an Ideal Society

4/9/2019
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Rutger Bregman was saying everybody knows what they're against but not so many know what they're really for. We take this opportunity to hash out some goals for the next phase of human society. Where will we live and what will we do all day? ---- This week's links ---- [1] Rutger Bregman - Taxes at Davos - https://www.theguardian.com/business/video/2019/jan/30/this-is-not-rocket-science-rutger-bregman-tells-davos-to-talk-about-tax-video [2] Utopia for Realists -...

Duration:01:03:43

Episode 71 - Brexit Architect Challenged

4/2/2019
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SWEARY ONE THIS WEEK. We read through a blog entry by Dominic Cummings, director of the Leave Campaign, where he explains how "a startup created in a few months could win a referendum that should have been unwinnable." Dominic put a bomb under the British government in 2016 by using hi-tech manipulative tactics to win the EU Referendum apparently to prove how broken the system is. As two people who have spent a lot of time designing and improving systems we start to unpick the problems with...

Duration:01:03:52

Episode 70 - Pre-Brexit Depression

3/26/2019
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Mixed bag of content this week. We talk about all the biggest Brexit twats as we grit our teeth and prepare to accept our fate. ---- This week's links ---- [1] James O’Brien + Jacob Rees Mogg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF3OQkWEyZA [2] Conservatism video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agzNANfNlTs [3] Adam Buxton royals video - “Today on Xantiar” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2o4W4-ULjM [4] Lorenzo’s idea to track people’s views -...

Duration:00:44:20

Episode 69 - Kate Raworth #IWD #IWD2019

3/19/2019
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International Women's Month continues with our discussion of Kate Raworth's "Doughnut Economics", changing the goals of economic theory to target a safe and just space for humanity. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Kate Raworth - https://twitter.com/KateRaworth [2] Doughnut Economics - https://amzn.to/2TQLIqb [3] Berlin referendum - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/berlin-landlords-ban-germany-private-rent-housing-referendum-vote-a8796471.html ---- Credits ---- Music and...

Duration:00:45:36

Episode 68 - Greta Thunberg #IWD #IWD2019

3/8/2019
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It's International Women's Day but we were going to talk about Greta anyway. We read out her post that explains what she's doing (that was written partly in in response to a lot of online hate) and talk about what's so impressive about her. ---- This week's links ---- Greta’s Post https://www.facebook.com/gretathunbergsweden/posts/767646880269801 Fallacymania - https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/gw8vYALJgQ29qQsDM/fallacymania-party-game-where-you-notice-fallacies-in Vice article about...

Duration:00:46:09

Episode 67 - UN Report on Poverty in Britain

3/5/2019
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This week we read through the first couple of pages of the UN’s damning report on poverty in the UK. Follow along here: https://www.ohchr.org/documents/issues/poverty/eom_gb_16nov2018.pdf Get a Grand Podcast mug on our store! https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/672419524/grand-podcast-mug?ref=shop_home_active_1 ---- This week's links ---- [1] Thinknation - http://thinknation.co [2] Rutger Bregman - Poverty isn’t a lack of character -...

Duration:01:12:04

Episode 66 - Tidying Up

2/26/2019
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Mini episode this week. We're a little sleepy. We talk about tidying up and quinoa and then go over our one-page summary of Delton Chen's Silver Gun Hypothesis. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Silver Gun Hypothesis - Delton Chen - https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/silver-gun-hypothesis/ [2] Our summary - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ogShWTfRS6VYEKpFacr94FNQEF7FDycdLg-o12TTjxE/edit?usp=sharing [3] Grand Podcast Mug - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/672419524/grand-podcast-mug [4]...

Duration:00:25:00

Episode 65 - Silver Gun Hypothesis Explained

2/19/2019
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Michael talked to Delton Chen, author of the Silver Gun Hypothesis, and here attempts to clarify the idea. Will this be key to turning back the tide of climate change? We hope so! ---- This week's links ---- [1] Silver Gun Hypothesis - Delton Chen - https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/silver-gun-hypothesis/ [2] Worldwide Generation - http://www.worldwidegeneration.co [3] UN Sustainable Development Goals - https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/ [4] Ecosia...

Duration:01:00:16

Episode 64 - Silver Gun Hypothesis Read Through

2/12/2019
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We spent this week trying to make sense of Delton B Chen's "Silver Gun Hypothesis", an economic theory proposing the addition of a second "positive" economy that acts to mitigate climate change. Well - it's a lot more complicated than that. This is us trying to figure it out. Read along here: https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/silver-gun-hypothesis/ ---- This week's links ---- [1] THE BLOG POST - MAHB - Silver Gun Hypothesis https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/silver-gun-hypothesis/ [2] Global 4C...

Duration:01:32:32

Episode 63 - But this is a civilised country, people said

2/5/2019
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This week we just had a chat. Ivanka talks about her Twitter poem and the conversations around it. Michael is searching for equanimity and talks out an I Ching reading about relinquishing ego. A dog appears. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Ivanka’s poem on Twitter https://twitter.com/ivanka/status/1090519840903884800 [2] Rutger Bregman’s TED talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydKcaIE6O1k [3] Alex Von Tunzelmann’s insight into Ivanka's thread -...

Duration:01:10:17

Episode 62 - How to make people care

1/29/2019
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You worked really hard on a thing. Now you have to make people notice it and then care about it. How? Is this even possible in a world of so many other distractions? We both put out something big last week. Ivanka shared some Trumpiversary reflections (YouTube | Facebook | Twitter ) and Michael finished his first Blank State video (Facebook | YouTube | Twitter). Here are our reflections of how to get people to care. If you listened to Ivanka’s monologue and thought “right, what am I...

Duration:00:48:55

Episode 61 - How to maintain enthusiasm

1/22/2019
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We both put out something big this week. Ivanka shared some Trumpiversary reflections (YouTube | Facebook | Twitter ) and Michael finished his first Blank State video (Facebook | YouTube | Twitter). Here are some conversations about how to stay motivated once that initial wave is complete and you need to persevere with the sharing and marketing efforts required to get something out there. Michael was being difficult this week. Sorry about that. If you listened to Ivanka’s monologue and...

Duration:00:47:12

Climate Action - Ivanka's Trumpiversary special

1/17/2019
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We all have the power to act on behalf of the planet. What will you do? It's the second anniversary of the day that Donald Trump tweeted me. With #seasondo of the podcast in full swing I thought I would take a moment to reflect.

Duration:00:04:00

Episode 60 - How to be effective

1/15/2019
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JOIN US NOW ON DONEGOOD - https://donegood.app What makes some strategies and attitudes so much more effective than others? What did the Leave Campaign do right? Why is Donald Trump so good at getting elected when he's so bad at governing? It's 2019 and it's all kicking off. We've got lots of new projects starting up and ideas about how we're going to make things better. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Brexit film -...

Duration:01:03:28

Episode 59 - How to deal with negative people

1/8/2019
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When you try to do something positive it's never too long until you come up against naysayers and pedants who gravitate towards criticism. We talk about how to avoid getting discouraged by such attitudes and persevere in the face of adversity. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Guilty Feminist Anti Fascist Extravaganza - http://guiltyfeminist.libsyn.com/129-yueltide-anti-fascist-extravaganza [2] Energy back on grid revoked -...

Duration:00:46:51