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Resilience on Radio

Wake up each day and salute the sun if it’s out, appreciate the natural processes around you, We’re here for a short time on this beautiful planet and we’re here in a caretaker role.

Neville Peat is a writer and photographer, and a Dunedin City Councillor. Talking points I’ve always enjoyed conveying stories about […]

We’re spending a lot of time chasing the wrong things. We’re pursuing things that don’t make us happy, and don’t make us healthy, and do trash the planet.

Mike Berners-Lee of Small World Consulting is an expert in greenhouse gas footprinting and organisation development. He is the author of How Bad Are Bananas?:The carbon […]

Ever wondered why science and politics don’t play nice? Naomi Oreskes tells us why in this history of climate science. The naive vision of ‘we do the facts then hand it over to the policy makers and they act on it’. That would be great in a perfect world, and it worked for ozone […]

Everybody needs to understand that science is not this thing that some other people do. Guy P. Harrison is author of several books on sceptism including 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think Are True and the soon to be released Think: Why You Should Question Everything. With a positive and engaging brand of sceptical […]

Neil Cossons (University of Liverpool - with permission)

Many of the best things have happened because of lunatics with fire in their bellies – I like to think I’ve been an animator of lunatics Sir Neil Cossons is a leading authority on heritage and industrial archaeology. During his career he has led major museums – from 1983 to 1986 Neil Cossons was […]

If you’ve got bad news, don’t hit them over the head with a hammer – give them hope Lloyd Spencer Davis is the Stuart Professor of Science Communication and Director of the The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago. He is a leading authority on penguins and sociobiology – behavioural ecology […]

It is profoundly stupid to ignore society-wide costs of inequality Professor Robert Wade is from The London School of Economics. He has recently written Inequality and the West, published as Chapter 3 in Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, edited by Max Rashbrooke (Bridget Williams Books 2013). Seeing himself as an analyst rather than an […]

Ben Shneiderman by John Consoli University Maryland

If someone is not speaking up then we should be worried Ben Shneiderman has had a huge impact on everything we do. A father of the field of Human Computer Interaction, Ben is Professor for Computer Science at the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Ben pioneered the highlighted textual link in 1983, and […]

I am a storyteller.  I am an activist, I have to be – there’s a hell of a lot to be activist about. Peter Hayden describes himself as a storyteller, an actor, a film-maker and a naturalist. A generation of Kiwi kids describe him as an inspiration – they are now our scientists, decision […]

It is not about how you necessarily design a finished object, but how do you design the conditions for that object to emerge? Ann Pendleton-Jullian is an architect, writer, and educator whose work explores the interchange between culture, environment, and technology. She brings to sustainability her experience in architecture – but it’s not all […]

It is time to acknowledge that the seeds of violence are within all of us and if we become what we hate, we lose. Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests focus on languages and intercultural studies, with a particular critical concern for the […]

Deliberately and systematically creating uncomfortable interactions as part of powerful cultural experiences Prof Steve Benford is Professor of Collaborative Computing at The University of Nottingham’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub. He is the first ever academic to take part in the new ‘Dream Fellowship’ at the BBC. Steve’s work on understanding trajectories through experiences […]

There’s not going to be any economic growth – live with it Describing herself as both a systems analyst and an investigative journalist, Nicole Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth. Nicole describes our financial predicament, vulnerabilities, and the end of economic growth. Our expansionary system is at – or beyond – the point […]

“Information ecologies, using technology with heart”- the heart refers to both bonding with technology and using for social good As humans we are very attracted to technology, the amount of time we are spending starting at a screen is unprecedented in human history. How can we harness that relationship to facilitate the changes we […]

Dr Andy Williamson is founder of Future Digital, an Associate at Involve, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester.   He is author of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments.   He explains why he thinks politics is fundamentally broken, and what we have to do to fix it. Talking points: (Am […]

Syria is in the news. But not enough says Professor Bill Harris. After his introduction to the Middle East, Bill comes back to provide us with Syria 101. What is going on? (long story but Bill walks us through it, short story: at least 100,000 dead) Can we just wait for this to play […]

To most of us, the Middle East is a puzzling, complex, and often contradictory part of the world. We ask Professor Bill Harris to help make it more understandable to those of us who don’t know anything like as much about it as he does. Bill unravels sectarian tensions, global recession, oil, wheat prices, […]

Associate Professor Etienne Nel is a geographer at the University of Otago who specialises in economic geography. He chairs the International Geographic Union’s Commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Local and Regional Response. As he grew up in southern Africa, we take the oppportunity for a lesson in the geography of development. Shane’s number of […]