Bridging the Gaps: Podcasts on ecology, health, energy, well-being…..

Our new podcast series, Bridging the Gaps, is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum. It’s a follow-on to our 2019 series Beyond the Obvious, also done in collaboration with the EHFF.

The hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. We plan to upload 10 podcasts in the course of 2020. Please feel free to comment below.

Caroline
Whyte
Seán Ó Conláin

Topics will include:

• how best to measure well-being
• the politics of land
• wealth distribution
• diversity, both biological and cultural
• blame, shame and compassion
• the role of digital technology in society

…..all in the context of a biosphere which is critically ill and in need of urgent care.

Our thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Princess Beatrice’ from her Album ‘Just Harp’.

Podcasts are listed below from the newest to the oldest.

Podcast 3: Basic income and the global pandemic struggle

March 31 2020

We speak with Dr Evelyn Forget at the University of Manitoba about her research into the health and social effects of a basic income trial that was held in rural Canada in the 1970s. Then we talk to Paul Harnett and Laura Bannister, who are both directors of the World Basic Income, and who describe why they believe a global per-capita basic income is not only desirable as a way to help address the global pandemic crisis, but entirely possible to achieve.

Podcast timeline:
1:00 – Introduction
2:00 – Interview with Dr Evelyn Forget
17:17 – Interview with Paul Harnett and Laura Bannister

Podcast 2: Economic and political aspects of enough

February 29 2020

In this podcast we hear a short talk by Anne Ryan on the concept of ‘enough’, from Feasta’s December 7 event ‘Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises’ (which was featured in our first podcast of this series). Then guest host David Somekh of the EHFF interviews two ethicists, Richard Turnbull of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics and Henk Den Uijl, policy advisor at NVTZ (Dutch society for board trustees in health and social care), with all three giving their reactions to Anne’s talk.

Podcast timeline:
1:00 – Introduction by David Somekh
5:00 – Anne Ryan’s talk on ‘enough’
20:50 – Richard Turnbull and Henk Den Uijl react to Anne’s talk

Podcast 1: Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises

January 31 2020

This podcast features recordings from a seminar organised by Feasta in Dublin on December 7 2019.

Through a combination of interview-style conversation, presentation and small-group discussion, this event explored the mental and emotional toll of our increasing awareness of climate change and environmental destruction with a view to building up resilience, both personal and community. Speakers and interviewees included psychologist and Feasta trustee John Sharry, Feasta administrator Morag Friel, Extinction Rebellion activist Leontien Friel Darrell, sociology lecturer and Feasta trustee Mark Garavan, social activist and Environmental Pillar representative Theresa O’Donohue, and climate campaigner and journalist John Gibbons.

Podcast timeline:
2:05 – Introduction by John Sharry
6:50 – John Sharry interviews Morag Friel and Leontien Friel Darrell
28:58 – Mark Garavan interviews Theresa O’Donohue and John Gibbons

Note: Feasta is a forum for exchanging ideas. By posting on its site Feasta agrees that the ideas expressed by authors are worthy of consideration. However, there is no one ‘Feasta line’. The views of the article do not necessarily represent the views of all Feasta members. 

3 Replies to “Bridging the Gaps: Podcasts on ecology, health, energy, well-being…..”

  1. When you contend as earnestly against usury, as you do for GAI, you will achieve your objective, but, until then you are cucked.
    I thank you for your reporting as it, even conversely, moves us forward.
    Seriously
    Moriyah

  2. Thanks for your comment. I agree that basic income by itself won’t get us to where we need to go – other things are needed too. In Feasta we’re also very concerned about the role played by debt and interest in the economy. We’ve been advocating interest-free banking for some years, and are also interested in proposals such as those made by Positive Money and Onsgeld campaign in the Netherlands, which has a lot of political support.

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