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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. 71: Gary Noesner - Hostage Negotiations, and Why Listening is More Important Than You Realise

How often do you get to listen to an hour’s worth of wisdom from the from the FBI’s former chief hostage negotiator? Well, today we get that chance. Meet Gary Noesner, who led the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit until his retirement in 2003. Gary is now a consultant, speaker and author of the book Stalling for Time, part of which forms the basis of a new miniseries on the Paramount Network called “Waco”. Yes, Gary was involved in negotiations with Branch Davidians in the lead up to the 1993...

Duration: 01:08:09

Ep. 70 - "The Best" of 2017

This is our second annual “best of” episode which is a compilation of what I and some of you have considered to be your favourite excerpts from our episodes in the past year. It’s always difficult to leave things out, and we had an amazing set of guests and conversations in 2017. The clips that didn’t make it are in no way “lesser” than those that did – the selection process was not highly “scientific”. However, we had to exclude more than we could include. This year’s compilation...

Duration: 02:22:24

Ep. 69: Daniel Wagner - A Look Back at the Big Picture in 2017 and Forward to 2018

Today, we look back at “big picture” events of 2017 and forward to risks that may not be on people’s radar for 2018 with 4-time guest of the podcast Daniel Wagner. Those of you who have caught my previous episodes with Daniel know that he is a geo-political risk expert, CEO of Country Risk Solutions, regular media commentator, and author of many articles and books – most recently “Virtual Terror”. Daniel’s views are often contrarian and always insightful. We talk US politics, climate...

Duration: 01:03:48

Ep. 68: The Extremes of Animal and Human Physiology

What can we learn about ocean animals that can tell us about the environment? What happens to birds when they take their physiologies to their limits? How close are we to seeing a sub-two hour marathon? This is a somewhat different episode of the podcast in which I talk to three speakers from this year’s Humanature conference. The conference brings together experts from a number of fields to explore the links between extreme life and human performance and health. I was fortunate enough...

Duration: 00:37:41

Ep. 67: Eldor Arbel - Security From the Inside Out

How does Israel’s approach to public security differ from that of the USA and Western Europe? What can we learn? Today, we explore public security, terrorism, body language, mindset and more. My guest is Eldor Arbel. Eldor is the CEO of Arbel Consulting and Training. He brings a unique perspective to security – “security from the inside out”. This isn’t surprising considering Eldor is an Israeli national living in London, spend four years in the Israeli Defence Forces and has worked for...

Duration: 01:44:04

Ep. 66: Monika Sattler - Adventure Cycling and Listening to Your Heart

Today, we talk cycling, making decisions and taking risks with Monika Sattler. Monika is an adventure cyclist, writer and vlogger. Monika competed in this year’s Haute Route Alps. In fact, she actually completed the Haute Route Triple Crown – completing 21 days across the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites! Monika is currently based in Griona, Spain – one of the world’s best cycling destinations. Girona is perfect for what Monika does – adventure cycling and inspiring others, especially...

Duration: 01:20:21

Ep. 65 : Mark Hannaford - Medicine and More at the Extremes

Our latest episode is about the beauty and value of extremes. Extremes are fascinating. We face uncertainty at extremes, and we learn and discover at extremes. My guest today is all about that. Mark Hannaford is an entrepreneur, adventurer, and a veteran of many expeditions. He is the founder of World Extreme Medicine and Across the Divide. He is also the co-founder of the World Extreme Medicine Conference, taking place in a few weeks in Scotland. Mark has been involved with numerous...

Duration: 01:08:43

Ep. 64: Caspar Craven - Sailing Around the World With A Family

Sometimes, when I have conversations with people about some of the amazing things my guests have done, I hear a common refrain. In fact, I sometimes think the same things – they are inspiring and instructive stories, but they do things that I cannot quite do because they “don’t have [insert obstacle, constraint, complication]”. One of the things mentioned is a family – or more specifically, the responsibilities and constraints that having a family entails. Meet Caspar Craven. Caspar is an...

Duration: 01:28:56

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

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