Our 2020 podcast series, Bridging the Gaps, was co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum. It was 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, explored a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. We uploaded 10 podcasts in the course of 2020. Please feel free to comment below, and check out our 2021 Bridging the Gaps series.
Our thanks to Laoise Kelly who gave us permission to use her harp music. The piece is ‘Princess Beatrice’ …
Mike Sandler takes a look at some of the assumptions about society and the process of social and political change we tend to make in Feasta, and asks who are Feasta trying to convince?
Patrick Noble argues that political engagement should be secondary to discovering what is the good life and then living it. "That will be a process of trial and error – new truths are discovered by new errors. How do we know where to begin? Why not start with the question – what is happiness?"
Brian Davey argues that Trump's administration is a symptom of a crisis in US democratic institutions and US society, arising from over-complexity. This administration has made clever use of both old and new forms of media to galvanise support. Resistance needs to start on a local level.
Is it realistic to insist, as Feasta climate group members are doing, that world citizens could set up a global trust that would issue fossil fuel extraction permits , thus ensuring that greenhouse gas emissions gradually reduce to zero? What about politics? Cartel pressure and greed? And how can we get the word out about Cap & Share in the first place? Laurence Matthews makes some practical suggestions.
Theresa attended the Nov 4 workshop held by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the national white policy paper on energy. Overall she found the workshop “a well run event, plenty of interaction with online input as well as those in the room”. But the power of the energy lobby made itself felt too. In her blog she writes “My only hope is that more public participation will dilute the energy lobby willing to capitalise on our planets resources for their own profits while they pollute the land, air and water. It is true that as consumers …