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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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