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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. 63: Perry Marshall - Randomness and Evolution 2.0

Among the things we like to do here, is speak to people who look at phenomena from slightly different lenses. Today, that phenomenon is evolution and my guest is Perry Marshall. Perry is an entrepreneur, an engineer, an expert on online market, and someone who has very thoroughly looked at the science of evolution. He has written a book entitled Evolution 2.0 - Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design. Evolution 2.0 aims to look at evolution in a way that is different to what...

Duration: 01:05:46

Ep. 62: Tonya Recla - Play, Fear, and Super Powers

This is an episode about play, fear, power, and in fact “super powers”. My guest is Tonya Recla. Tonya is a former US counter-intelligence agent. She and her husband own a company that specialises in online reputation and risk management. She is also the Executive Director of something called “Super Power Experts” which helps people achieve enlightened self-actualisation. This involves helping people develop things that one might as “intuitive abilities.” I have to admit, I have some...

Duration: 01:08:24

Ep. 61: Tim Davies - Decision-Making and Performance on Fighter Jets

We have had many conversations here about successful risk-taking and effective decision-making. Now imagine having to make tough decisions within split seconds, when not only are the highest stakes possible on the line, but you are affected by the immense G forces that come with flying combat aircraft. What is involved in all that and what lessons can this provide to other areas? Meet Tim Davies, my guest in episode 61. Tim is a fighter pilot, squadron leader for the Royal Air Force (RAF)...

Duration: 01:31:15

Ep. 60: Linda Swindling - Negotiation and Why You Should "Ask Outrageously"

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is a critical element of effective risk-taking. This is true for many pursuits, from physical challenges, career decisions through to personal relationships. It is also a crucial component in negotiation. My guest in this episode is Linda Swindling. Linda is a negotiation expert, speaker, author and self-professed “recovering attorney”. Her latest book is entitled Ask Outrageously – The Secret to Getting What You Really Want. Among the things we discuss...

Duration: 01:14:17

Ep. 59: Cathy O'Dowd - Decision-making and Risk on the World's Highest Mountains

This week, we talk mountains. My guest is Cathy O’Dowd. Cathy is an adventurer, speaker and author. She was the first woman to have summited Mount Everest from both the North and South sides. In addition to the Himalayas, Cathy has climbed mountains in Central and Southern Africa, the Alps, and South America. She also completed a dog sled expedition across the Norwegian Arctic. Cathy speaks and consults to businesses and other organisations. As soon as you start to listen to this episode,...

Duration: 01:20:41

Ep. 58 - Benjmain Chandelier - Conquering the Haute Route

Around here, we like to take risk and push ourselves. There is a high (pun intended) chance that you will be listening to this episode while I am cycling through the Alps. I will be taking on an event called the Haute Route. "Haute route" literally means "high road" in French and Haute Route cycling events are at the very top end of amateur cycling "sportives" both in terms of difficulty and professional organisation. The 7-day Alps event takes on the most famous and difficult Alpine...

Duration: 00:50:41

Ep. 57: Daniel Wagner - Understanding "Virtual Terror"

It may sound trite, but when The Economist this week talked about the end of the internal combustion engine this week, and we hear stories about ransomware, the hacking of Game of Thrones, or cyberwarfare, we truly are experiencing the dawn of a new age. That new age is driven by the virtual world and it involves hackers, bots, cyber warriors and cyber terrorists – and it may evolve into something even more dystopian. This is a difficult age to understand and there are few materials...

Duration: 00:59:59

Ep. 56: Laura Dal Farra - On Culture, Change, Martial Arts and Authenticity

Every great conversation, particularly when listening as a podcast episode, is like a work of art. While we are all listening to the same thing, each individual listener will pick up on slightly different things or points. Every great conversation is also an experiment in uncertainty because we don’t know exactly where it will go. Today’s episode is a great conversation. Laura Dal Farra makes her return to the show. Laura was my guest on episode 3. She is a writer, entrepreneur and...

Duration: 01:26:38

Ep. 54: Michele Battle-Fisher: Transhumanism is Coming, Are We Ready?

This is a discussion that encompasses technology, health, innovation, the future, and of course risk and uncertainty. It raises a number of fascinating and challenging questions around personal freedom and public protection. Today, we’re talking transhumanism. My guest is Michele Battle-Fisher. Michele was my guest on episode 20. She is a respected systems theorist, bioethicist and futurist. Michele is an adjunct professor at Wright State University in Ohio, USA. She is also a...

Duration: 01:23:02

Ep. 53: Alex Sidorenko - Making Great Decisions "With Risks in Mind"

When I started the All Things Risk podcast, I very deliberately stayed away from discussing the risk management profession (which is also my day-to-day profession). This is because I wanted the show to make risk and uncertainty concepts available to everyone. I didn’t want to make a podcast by risk professionals, for risk professionals. Risk isn’t something to be the sole domain of a small group of people with their own jargon and technical language. Risk is all around each and every one...

Duration: 01:31:38

Inbetweenisode 14 - The Power of "Maybe"

In this short inbetweenisode, I discuss how to use the power of “maybe” to set meaningful objectives, and then what how to approach risks to those objectives. I bring a powerful analogy from the world of cycling into the mix. Show notes: Chris Boardman: Chris Boardman 1994 Tour de France Prologue Time Trial: Haute Route: PEST / PESTLE analysis:...

Duration: 00:11:05

Ep. 52: Jacki Hill-Murphy - Recreating Journeys of Extraordinary Adventuresses

Did you know that in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries there were some extraordinary women explorers? You might be forgiven for not knowing this. However is out to change all of that. Meet Jacki Hill-Murphy. Jacki is an explorer, teacher, film-maker and author. Jacki has recreated and written about the journeys of early female explorers like: The Extraordinary Tale of Kate Marsden There is loads of interesting stuff to these women – from their motivations for their journeys, the...

Duration: 01:20:44

Ep. 51: John Perkins - From Economic Hit Man to Life Economy Champion

How do we move from a “death economy”, characterised by short-termism and environmental degradation, to a “life economy”? We tackle this question on this week’s episode, and after listening to it, you will understand how it fits into the arc of my guest. That arc goes from being in the Peach Corps, to becoming an “Economic Hit Man”, through to expertise in shamanism and indigenous wisdom. I am delighted to bring a wonderful conversation with New York Times best-selling author, former...

Duration: 01:01:28

Ep. 50: Ru Wikmann - Purpose, Fitness, Philosophy, and Mindfulness

What are the odds that a skinny teenager from Latvia goes on to become a world-class fitness model? What are the odds that that same kid goes on to develop his own fitness methodology and to help others achieve and exceed their health and fitness objectives? Meet Ru Wikmann. Ru is a London-based fitness expert, personal trainer, WBFF pro fitness model, and body transformation coach. As you will hear, Ru adds philosophy and mindfulness to his approach to fitness. He is also lots of fun and...

Duration: 01:27:59

Ep. 49: Nancy Hartwell - Understanding and Combating Human Trafficking

Somewhat coincidentally with this week’s episode, I came across this article written by the late Alex Tizon, a Pullitzer prize winning journalist entitled “My Family’s Slave”. In it, Tizon describes how his parents effectively kept a woman against her will to cook, clean and take care of his family. This falls squarely under the modern definition of slavery. This week, we delve into the topic of human trafficking and modern slavery. It is a topic that is sobering but important. It also...

Duration: 01:19:25

Ep. 48: Kathy Gruver - Health, Stress and Resilience

Building personal resilience involves taking care of both body and mind. To help do this, many people are increasingly turning to “alternative medicine” as Western medicine seems inadequately equipped to deal with disease prevention and optimal performance. At the same time, the world of alternative therapies is fraught with confusing information and dishonest practitioners. This is why Dr. Kathy Gruver’s work is so valuable. Kathy is my guest in this week’s episode. She is someone who...

Duration: 00:52:00

Ep 47: Charles Cassidy - Evidence-Based Wisdom

From the Stoics to Shakespeare, from Gandhi to Nelson Mandela - wisdom is something that seems to transcend societies and cultures. We might hear that a certain person is “wise” or even “wise beyond their years”. What exactly does this mean? Can we zero in on the essence of wisdom and learn to become wiser? Can doing so help us manage life’s uncertainties? Can it make us happier? Meet Charles Cassidy. Charles researches and promotes “evidence-based wisdom”. As Charles puts it,...

Duration: 01:40:36

Ep. 46: Neville Johnson - The Legendary John Wooden, Success, and Wisdom

My guest on this week’s episode doesn’t get awestruck very easily. Neville Johnson is a Hollywood lawyer in California, USA. He has represented a number of celebrities, artists, actors, and writers, particularly against the bullying tactics of large companies over royalties. His clients have included the Beatles, amongst other. However, there is one individual with whom Neville has worked that left a huge impression on him. That person is the late and legendary UCLA (University of...

Duration: 01:01:42

Ep. 45: Gleb Tsipursky - How to Find Your Purpose Using Science

Having meaning and purpose in our lives is vital. This not only makes us happier, but it also makes us more resilient. An organisation with a very strong sense of purpose is better able to withstand headwinds and any crises that may arise. Similarly, we as individuals become more resilient in the face of uncertainty if we can connect our activities to a deeper sense of purpose. What do we do however, when we don’t know what that purpose is? How do we find meaning when it seems...

Duration: 01:24:32

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