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The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools

The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools
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The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools






Ep. 99 - The "Best of" 2018

This is our now 3rd annual “best of” episode – some of my and your favourite clips from the podcast over the past year. Let me be honest with you – this is probably the most difficult episode to put together. That’s because not only is it a lot of work, it is brutally difficult to leave stuff out. The method is highly unscientific. In putting this together, I was reminded of this scene from the film Dead Poets’ Society. A good long-form conversation is like a piece of art – there are a...


Ep. 98: Daniel Wagner - The Big Risk Picture in 2018 and 2019

Our final episode of 2018 is a look back at how some of the year’s “big picture” risks played out and a look ahead at 2019 in geopolitics, technology, the economy and society. My guest is Daniel Wagner, who I have had the pleasure of having on the show half a dozen times now. We did an episode in the same format at this time last year and it was fun and interesting, so thought we should do it again. If you don’t know Daniel, he is the founder of Country Risk Solutions and a prolific...


Ep 97: Oliver Bullough - Moneyland - How to Take the World Back from Kleptocrats

Today, we take a little trip to a place called “Moneyland”. Moneyland is a virtual place – but it is also very real. In fact, it is the third richest “country” in the world. Moneyland is the title of the Times of London’s Business Book of the Year, written by our guest Oliver Bullough. Oliver is an award-winning investigative journalist. He previously wrote two non-fiction books on Russia’s history and politics. The book’s full title is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Rule the World...


Ep. 96: Chris Solarz - Running, Ultra Endurance and Mindset

I try to find words and concepts that encapsulate my guests, what they are about, and what we cover in each episode. In thinking about this one, the word that kept coming back to me was “mindset”. My guest is ultra endurance athlete Chris Solarz. Chris has set nine world records, including the total combined time for marathons on all seven continents, number of stairs climbed in 12 days, fastest time to visit all 468 stations in the New York City subway system, and more. He has completed...


Ep. 95: Gary Alejano - Values and Risk-Taking in Public Life

This one is a conversation about personal risk-taking, “skin in the game”, democracy, values, geopolitics and much more. It is a conversation that resonates based on what is happening across much of the world – particularly the rise of populism and authoritarians like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, and the entrenchment of old hands like Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, to name a few. However, it is also a conversation about personal and collective...


Ep. 94: Deepak Shukla: Rap, Tax, Life, Love, Entrepreneurship and Facing Fears

It’s great to be back with another episode! This one is about quite a few things, but if I had to define it with one word, it would be fear, and what happens when we take on our fears in the face of uncertainty. My guest is Deepak Shukla. Deepak is many things – CEO of Pearl Lemon SEO, an award-winning Search Engine Optimisation company, an ultra endurance athlete, a rapper, and many other things. If there is anything that underpins what Deepak is about, it is a willingness to face his...


Ep. 93: Lloyd Figgins - Travel Survival to Push Boundaries

This one is all about travel. Without question, travel is awesome. We can and should explore this amazing world and all that it has to offer. However, we need to travel safely and intelligently. And, for certain types of travel, we need to build some foundations so we can push the envelope. That’s what we get into today with Lloyd Figgins. Lloyd is a travel risk expert, adventurer, author and speaker. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a respected authority on travel...


In-betweenisode 16: Decide Like a Human Being

Some thoughts on what it means, and how, to make decisions “like a human being”. Show notes: Bruce Lee’s 1971 interview with Pierre Berton; Ruth Chang’s TED talk on how to make hard choices; The microbiome its links to neurobehaviours; Cardiovascular exercise and the brain; The benefits of meditation; Headspace App; Calm App; Our podcast episode with Adam Connors on networking; Our podcast episode with Tom Hardin, AKA “Tipper X” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Get your free audio book...


Ep. 92: David Quammen - The Tangled Tree

This conversation is absolutely fascinating. In fact, it blew me away. My guest for this episode is science, nature, and travel writer David Quammen. David’s books have included The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin which chronicles’ Charles Darwin’s reluctance to publish his On the Origin of Species, Spillover which later informed shorter books Ebola and The Chimp and the River: How AIDS emerged from the African Forest. David has also written hundreds of articles for the...


Ep. 91: Daniel Wagner and Keith Furst - AI Supremacy

Browse through anything about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and chances are, you will run into two types of articles: First, you will find all the thought pieces by the likes of the Big 4 accountancy firms, major consultancies, the World Economic Forum and others that discuss all the opportunities that AI provides. Second, you will find very technical articles for the “techies” that focus on the ins and outs of these technologies. What you will struggle to find are pieces...


Ep. 90: Annie Duke - Thinking in Bets

As a podcast host, you are not supposed to have favourite episodes – but you still do. This is one of those. I have the pleasure today of bringing you my conversation with Annie Duke. Annie is a decision scientist and former professional poker player. In fact, for two decades, she was one of the best in the world. In 2004, she beat a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC national Heads Up Poker...


Ep. 89: Dan Davies - Lying for Money

Today, we talk fraud. If we think about some of the most prominent frauds in recent history – from the Bernie Madoff scandal, the LIBOR case or the collapse of Enron, they all seem to have a number of complexities to them. However, as you will hear, all fraud follows a simple logic. That logic is based on trust. My guest is Dan Davies. Dan is a former regulatory economist with the Bank of England. He has worked at a variety of investment banks and always had a fascination with the many...


Ep. 88: Michael MidKnight - Creativity and Design in Careers and Beyond

Today, it’s all about creativity, design, marketing and careers. That, and authenticity, a now over-used word. In the past, we’ve talked about “inauthentic authenticity” – the appearance of authenticity to create some type of one-sided sales or marketing benefit. This is a practice that one sees regularly online which can create risks and unintended consequences – for all sides in the equation. We need more people who speak their minds and are genuine. My guest today is exactly that. Meet...


Ep. 87: Chuck Garcia - Communicating and Mountain Climbing

Today, it’s all about communication. That, and mountaineering – because these two things are so intertwined. Well, they will seem to be once you listen to my conversation with our guest Chuck Garcia. Chuck is an executive coach, professor at the Graduate School of Engineering at Columbia University, and a speaker. He worked for many years at Bloomberg – and started before it became the giant financial news and media company that it is today. He has worked very closely with its founder...


Inbetweenisode 15: What Am I Reading?

We start this episode with an important announcement – that this is an episode brought to you by Audible. Listeners in the UK and US can get a free 30 day trial to Audible and a free audio book: US listeners – get your free trial and audio book at Audible UK listeners – get your free trial and audio book at Audible As we are talking about books, I thought I’d share with you some recommended books that I have read and am currently reading, and some that I am about to read: Red Card:...


Ep. 86: Ken Bensinger - "Red Card", FIFA, and the Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game

We have released this episode right in the middle of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. You might love football (and you may call it “soccer”). You might revel in Lionel Messi’s unbelievable skills or Cristiano Ronaldo’s athleticism (even though both are now gone from the tournament). Perhaps you play the game. Perhaps your children do. Maybe you support your local club side, one of the big European teams, or both. Your national team’s performance might have a lot of meaning for you. Conversely,...


Ep. 85: Matthew Del Negro - Perseverance and "10,000 Nos"

We often think of outcomes as binary – either they happen, or they don’t. Think about something you want to happen – this could be a career, relationship or personal goal. Now imagine that at some point in the future, you will learn about the outcome of that objective. You get to that future point, and the outcome is a “no”. Now imagine that you can do something about that – but that this requires you to run a type of weird marathon. At every kilometre marker, you once again get to learn...


Ep. 84: Stephanie Harris - How Death Expands Us

This is a wonderful conversation under the banner of “resilience”. My guest is Stephanie Harris. Stephanie is an author and a self growth and progress coach. She is a South African based in New Zealand and specialises in supporting those experiencing grief – that could be grief caused by the death of a loved one, friend or pet – but it also could be caused by a major setback. Stephanie book Death Expands Us is based on her personal experience dealing with the sudden loss of her brother....


Ep. 83: Keith Furst - From Philosophy to Finance, and a lot in between

In our previous episode with Justin Recla on cryptocurrencies, we mentioned that we were going to broaden out the conversation on finance, the global economy, technology and how all of that is changing us. This is exactly what we do in this episode – and then some. My guest is Keith Furst. Keith runs a firm called Data Derivatives, which focuses on implementing financial crime systems. He is an expert in anti-money laundering, fraud and financial abuse. However, Keith also has a background...


Ep. 82: Justin Recla - Navigating the Cryptocurrency Wild West

Sometimes, certain iconic film scenes serve as appropriate metaphors for phenomena in real life. In this episode, we talk about the world of cryptocurrencies. In searching for the appropriate comparative movie scene, I first considered the Matrix’s red pill / blue pill scene. Depending on what you think about cryptocurrencies, you might have varying viewpoints on whether they represent the red pill – emancipation from an artificial reality or the blue pill – a blissful, yet false...