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The humans behind the big ideas shaping our world. Inspiration and help for future creators of big ideas and for all those who love big ideas and great stories.

The humans behind the big ideas shaping our world. Inspiration and help for future creators of big ideas and for all those who love big ideas and great stories.


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The humans behind the big ideas shaping our world. Inspiration and help for future creators of big ideas and for all those who love big ideas and great stories.








Rebel Jester Mystic Poet | Contemporary Persians

Neil Koenig, ex BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews Mohammed Afkhami, philanthropist and art collector. If asked to name a country associated with modern art, few people today might think of Iran. The collector Mohammed Afkhami is working hard to change that perception. In this age that we are in now anything that promotes misunderstood or unknown cultures is a plus. In recent years he has amassed a large collection of Iranian art. Mr Afkhami...


ALIVE Art | Marcello Dantas

Neil Koenig, ex BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews curator Marcello Dantas. Are humans the only creatures who can appreciate art? Perhaps not, says Marcello Dantas. His latest project aims to create “art that’s meaningful to other species”, such as birds, bees, or bats. Mr Dantas, a curator who has worked with many internationally known artists, is no stranger to innovative ventures. In 2021, he was appointed curator of the SFER IK Museion,...


Art's New Frontier | ACUTE ART

Neil Koenig, former Senior BBC producer and current ideaXme board advisor and guest interviewer, interviews Daniel Birnbaum, artistic director Acute Art. Chapter headings: 00:00We're here to idea everyone! To fire up your curiosity and connect you with the people and ideas that shape our world. 00:20 Welcome to ideaXme. I'm Neil Koenig. 00:25 For more than 50 years the Serpentine Gallery has shown work by some of the world's most famous contemporary artists. 00:38 This creature is a...


The Truth About Cryptocurrencies

Neil Koenig, Producer, Journalist and ideaXme board adviser interviews David Roche, Founder of Independent Strategy and Quantum Economics. The news today is full of stories of fortunes made or lost through investment in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other crypto currencies. But what exactly are these new digital currencies? How did they come about, how do they work, and why are they so popular? In this interview, David Roche tells the story of the birth and development of this new kind of money,...


Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Dr Renard Siew, Climate Change Activist and ideaXme Climate Change Ambassador interviews Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Amongst the many subjects discussed, they talk of COP26, climate change activism, key objectives for 2022 and the Commissioner's new legislation relating to deforestation. Virginijus Sinkevičius biography: Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries 2019-present Minister of Economy and Innovation...


Smithsonian Institution FUTURES Show: An Invitation for Everyone to Imagine the Future

Neil Koenig, ideaXme interviewer, senior television producer and journalist, interviews Rachel Goslins, Director of the Arts and Industries Building, at the Smithsonian Institution. Neil Koenig comments: What does the future mean to you? A forthcoming exhibition in America’s capital city will attempt to help visitors to answer this question. The Arts and Industries Building (AIB) in Washington DC is one of the oldest parts of America’s vast Smithsonian Institution. It originally opened in...


Daring to Hope: Liberating Women!

Historian and author, Sheila Rowbotham talks of her life and work helping women to shape their own futures. Neil Koenig, Radio and TV producer and journalist, interviews Sheila Rowbotham, author and historian of feminism and radical social movements. In this interview, Sheila looks back at the early days of the women’s liberation movement in Britain, in which she was a key participant. She recalls the thrill of taking part in Britain’s first women’s liberation conference, held in Oxford in...


Farming Revolution For The Betterment Of Humanity!

Amanda Christensen, ideaXme guest interviewer and strategy executive at Cubaka interviews Marc Oshima, co-founder and chief marketing officer at AeroFarms. AeroFarms is a Certified B Corporation. They use the latest breakthroughs in indoor vertical farming, artificial intelligence and plant biology to fix our broken food system and improve the way fresh produce is grown and distributed locally and globally. Their objective is to solve both current and future food challenges by producing...


Human Up!

Amanda Christensen, ideaXme guest interviewer and strategist at Cubaka, speaks with David Grinspoon, PhD. astrobiologist, senior scientist at the Planetary Institute and award winning author. They talk of NASA's Davinci+ mission to Venus. Specifically, they discuss: What we can learn from Venus to increase our understanding of climate change on Earth. Further, Grinspoon talks more broadly of how we all need to "human up", his call to action for humans to tackle the geological damage that we...


Adam Rogers, WIRED magazine: How The Science Of Colour Made Us Modern

Andrea Macdonald founder of ideaXme interviews Adam Rogers award winning author and Senior Correspondent WIRED magazine. We spoke to Adam about his new book Full Spectrum: How The Science of Color Made Us Modern. In this interview you'll discover that colour is everything. Moreover, how mankind's need to understand and create colours is at the heart of how our species evolves - from philosophy and culture to science and technology. Full Spectrum: Full Spectrum is a a lively account of...


How has Covid-19 changed science?

Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. William A. Haseltine, President ACCESS Health International. In this interview William Haseltine talks of: -How Covid-19 has changed science? -How "unprecedented levels of scientific collaboration" and knowledge sharing were sparked in this crisis and became institutionalised -The pioneering science that created solutions for a global pandemic -What we can learn from unprecedented collaboration -How this collaboration could be used as...


The Future of Smart Cities and Smart Nations

Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. Ayesha Khanna CEO and founder ADDO AI. In this interview Dr Ayesha Khanna talks of: - Smart Cities and smart nations - opportunities and threats - Singapore, voted as lead smart city - ADDO AI - Ethics and security related to the advancement of exponential technology - Her charity 21st Century Girls 21C Girls - Rich Connectedness™ - the impact it has had on her career and especially to the...


Building the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter

Andrea Macdonald, founder ideaXme interviews Loay Elbasyouni, senior director for engineering at Astrodyne TDI. Loay was one of the engineers - lead electrical and power electronics engineer (to 2018), on the NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter whilst working for AeroVironment. In this interview, which took place before the attempted 4th flight of the Mars Helicopter, discover the technical challenges the team faced in building the first powered aircraft to fly on Mars, moreover discover the...


News From The Lunar Ark!

Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Jekan Thanga, PhD., Head of SpaceTREx laboratory, Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded ASTEROIDS laboratory and Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. They discuss the latest developments at the laboratories. Moreover, ideaXme receives a news exclusive relating to SpaceTREx's proposal to build a "Noah's Ark" on the Moon. Jump to timestamp - 37 minutes to discover that news! The Lunar...


From Communist Russia To Quantum Economics

Neil Koenig TV Producer and Journalist interviews David Roche, Founder of Independent Strategy. Neil Koenig comments: The great financial crisis that began in 2007 mostly took the world by surprise. And the main reason why so few experts saw it coming, says the global investment strategist David Roche, is that most of our existing tools for analysing how economies work are “useless”. He argues that fresh ideas are needed, building on insights drawn from other fields of study, such as...


Mysteries of the Universe: To Be Revealed By Studying Muons and Neutrinos?

Andrea Macdonald founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. Kevin Pitts, Chief Research Officer at Fermilab and Physics Professor, University of Illinois. They spoke of 2 exciting research projects. The first focuses on neutrinos and the second on muons: Will these experiments reveal new laws? 13.8 billion years ago matter pitted against antimatter and won. DUNE, a new experiment in the making, hosted by Fermilab attempts to discover why matter won - that is, why the universe and galaxies exist at...


US Intelligence and Resilience

Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Dr. LaMesha Craft, all-source intelligence warrant officer (retired) and now contracted faculty member at the National Intelligence University, USA. Disclaimer: The views expressed by Dr. Craft in this interview do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence Community, or the U.S. Government. Official biography: LaMesha L. Craft’s background includes 20 years of active military service in...


Blue Abyss: One Giant Step For Extreme Environments Training

Andrea Macdonald, Founder ideaXme interviews John Vickers, Founder and CEO of Blue Abyss. Blue Abyss will be a high tech pioneering training and extreme adventure centre. It will be "the most comprehensive deep sea and space research, training and test facility of its kind in the world, unmatched in its breadth of configuration". Blue Abyss’ primary function will be to enable extreme environment development, both human and robotic, ranging from the offshore energy industry through to the...


How To Build Resilience In Tough Times?

Andrea Macdonald, founder of ideaXme interviews Craig Fugate, former Administrator at FEMA, USA, (2009-2017), reporting to President Barack Obama. Craig, now Chief Emergency Officer, One Concern, provides his perspective on the recent crisis in Texas - the power grid outage, the current Mexican border refugee challenge (9,500 unaccompanied children at the border in February 2021) and his perspective on working together across nations to build international planetary-wide...


Decarbonise At Speed Or Get Left Behind!

Neil Koenig, TV Producer, Journalist and ideaXme board advisor interviews Keith Clarke CBE, a senior construction industry figure shaping the modern sustainably built world and passionate environmental campaigner. Keith is currently Chair of Constructionarium, Member of Advisory Board, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University and Director Women in Property Network. Moreover, until recently he was Chairman of the Forum for the Future, a leading international sustainability...