We’re very pleased to launch our new podcast series, Beyond the Obvious, which is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum.
The hosts, Seán O’Conláin, Caroline Whyte and (from podcast number 3 on) Claire Holohan,will explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. There will be six monthly podcasts of 20-30 minutes, beginning on March 15th 2019. Please feel free to comment below.
• decreasing energy consumption
• measuring wellbeing
• reviving biodiversity, which is taken to include local culture and language
• drivers of health
• monetary reform
Our thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Lon dubh’ (Blackbird) from her Album ‘Ceis’.
Podcasts are listed below from the newest to the oldest.
Podcast 3: Identity, ownership and the commons
May 16 2019
This episode questions some assumptions that are commonly made about identity and ownership and explores the commons as an alternative paradigm. First we hear the poet Paddy Bushe reading his Migrant Poet’s Ecological Manifesto, in which he interprets the Song of Amergin, and the story behind it, in a way that reflects the reality of a migratory world, largely post-national, threatened with extinction because our overwhelmingly exploitative relationship with the land and the sea.
Then we interview Órla O’Donovan, a lecturer in Applied Social Science at University College Cork who has done extensive research into the commons as an alternative to state- or market-based ownership and management. She gives us her reaction to Paddy’s Manifesto and goes on to discuss the cult of the individual, the Nowtopia movement and the politics of water in Ireland, among other topics.
A Migrant Poet’s Ecological Manifesto, written and read by Paddy Bushe : 1:39
Órla O’Donovan reacts to Paddy’s manifesto and answers our questions about the commons: 4:05
Podcast 2: Measuring the immeasurable?
April 19 2019
In this episode we examine the notions of progress and improving welfare for all. We start with a poem by Zheng Xiaoqiong about her experience as an assembly line worker in China’s industrial belt. Then there’s an interview with Doctor Benjamin Held, who discusses the research he and colleagues at the FEST institute have been doing on developing an alternative index of well-being to GDP. Finally, there’s an interview with Professor Clive Spash, who critiques the claim that countries such as Sweden are managing to decouple their GDP growth from their greenhouse gas emissions.
Assembly Line by Zheng Xiaoqiong (with overlaid translation by Yu Yan Cheng): 1:10
Interview with Dr Benjamin Held: 4:05
Interview with Prof Clive Spash: 16:56
Bonus (‘appendix’) podcast: An uninterrupted reading by Zheng Xiaoqiong of her poem ‘Assembly Line’ in her native Sichuan dialect, followed by an English version read by the poem’s translator Yu Yan Cheng, and finally a Mandarin Chinese version.
Podcast 1: Climate obligations – our children are wakening
March 15 2019
We hear from two 11-year-olds, Eve O’Connor and Beth Malone, who are involved in the schools climate strikes movement, and from Professor Barry Mc Mullin, who takes us through the pros and cons of the possibilities for decarbonising Ireland’s energy supply: nuclear; fossil fuel with carbon capture and storage; BioEnergy; wind; renewable energy with electrofuel; and reducing consumption, particularly by high emitters. This last option, which is supported by Feasta’s climate group members, forms a key part of our Cap and Share and CapGlobalCarbon initiatives. (There wasn’t time for Barry to go into a final possibility – Carbon Dioxide ‘removal’ – but he’ll do so at a later date.)
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