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The World Needs Magic

The World Needs Magic

By Abracademy
Welcome! This is a series of conversations about magic. But not just rabbits in hats magic - the magic of people and organisations✨

Each week, we’re joined by someone that brings their own magic to the world. Together we explore topics like wonder, curiosity, freedom, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, wellbeing and leadership. Plus, we guarantee some actual magic... 🎩🐇🐇🐇

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Geoff McDonald: the wonders of talking about mental health

The World Needs Magic

Geoff McDonald: the wonders of talking about mental health

The World Needs Magic

Kis Jakobsen on potential and impact.
Kis Jakobsen shares her experience on education, online learning and how to develop holistic people.
May 28, 2021
Julian March on digital leadership and burnout
Enjoy a conversation with consultant and former CEO / MD / SVP, Julian March. He talks about his experience of professional burnout, digital leadership and how he "loves helping vibrant organisations do amazing things!" 🔥
May 01, 2021
Eleanor Ford on the magic of people
Eleanor Ford is the Academy Director at Zinc VC. The Academy is the education arm of Zinc, focused on accelerating the impact of mission-driven individuals. As an innovation specialist focused on making ideas happen, Eleanor builds networks and brings people together around opportunities, and change. In this conversation Eleanor speaks about innovation, entrepreneurship and networks. She gives great insight into her current work. She is master of the art of bringing people together around a mission and enabling them to have more impact in the world.
April 17, 2021
Victoire Mbala on mentoring and knocking down barriers
We are lucky enough to call Victoire a client and she was also an absolutely wonderful guest for this podcast. Victoire talked about her passion for mentoring others, having benefitted from it herself early in her career: "It was the first time someone dedicated their time to empower me to know better".  She spoke about her early role models - a figure skater and her father. Through their experiences she learned to overcome obstacles in her own life and "knock down barriers".  "You have to be resilient; don’t give up, keep pushing, be the best you can." -- we can't recommend listening to this conversation enough. We could've talked to Victoire for hours!
March 31, 2021
Karen Rivoire on home and humanity
Karen Rivoire - another wonderful webinar guest of 2020.  Karen is Competence Flow Leader at the Inter Ikea Group: "Not sure I know what my title means! It's purposefully ambiguous... But I love the notion of flow. We all battle with challenges and capabilities, at work or elsewhere. Flow is the balance between them." Rubens and Karen's conversation went from what flow means and being a human revolutionary, to living through Coronavirus and the future of work. We closed with our usual question to guests: If you had a magic wand, what would you change? "More rebels!" came the reply 💥
February 05, 2021
Alessandra Lariu on the power of communities
Alessandra Lariu is a brand and experience consultant, co-founder of SheSays, and a SheEO activator. She's a woman helping the next generation of creative female leaders. We spoke with Ale in October 2020, with Coronavirus still very much making its presence known throughout the world. "It’s been both horrible and exhilarating" she says of 2020!  Our conversation with Ale was very much about communities and how amazing they've been for people during the pandemic. At the end of the chat Rubens asked Ale, if she had a magic, what's one thing she would change? "More women leaders. More diverse workplaces. No pay gap. Less war. Different perspectives on big world challenges, we’d potentially make better progress with climate change"... That's more than one thing Ale, but we're not going to argue!
January 22, 2021
Jen Emery on organisational change
Jen Emery is truly multi-disciplinary. She's an author (Leading for Organisational Change), leader, thinker, speaker and last, but not least, a parent too. Rubens and Jen talked about how change needs storytelling and rituals, just like magic does. If you give people the right tools and support to navigate change, it can actually be quite magical! ✨
January 12, 2021
Jax Quinn: the power of self worth
How do you start to feel more worthy? We had an amazing chat with Jax Quinn on how we can rewire and rewrite our narrative to feel proud of who we are. Jax is founder of The Worth Place - empowerment coaching and career support. She's an inspiration, helping people achieve their dreams with integrity, lightness and power.  In our conversation Jax talked about the importance of humanising the workplace - the need to go beyond performance indicators, to focus on peoples' concerns instead.
January 05, 2021
Victoria Stoyanova: on how to build wonderful communities.
Victoria Stoyanova  is the Founder and CEO of Hito Labs, a company exploring the future of community systems. She is Strategic Partnerships Manager for Facebook’s Community Partnerships team. And she recently created the Institute of Belonging, a newsletter that talks about the practice of connection. In this episode Victoria and Rubens talk about what makes great communities, what gets on the way, what are the different levels of connection and much more.
December 12, 2020
Patricia Corsi: on positive leadership
Patricia is an Executive Board member, Global Chief Marketing and Digital Officer at Bayer Consumer Health /NED – so we talked about leadership with her. Particularly her own style of leadership. We asked Patricia: If you had a magic wand, what would you change? “I’d make sure all children enjoy a childhood. One where they don’t worry about food, school, friends, playing, getting dirty. I think we could solve half the world's problems by allowing children to be children. We’d create better leaders...”
November 18, 2020
Eliabeth Hahnke: we are all mentors!
Elisabeth is founder and CEO of Rock Your Life! They're one of Germany’s largest mentoring networks dedicated to fostering positive social change . RYL's mission is to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Elisabeth believes that change starts with individuals. She’s committed to uncovering people’s true potential.  We talked to Elisabeth about the power of connection, staying curious and bringing unlikely people together.
November 03, 2020
Satish Kumar: the power of believing in magic
Satish Kumar is a former monk, a peace and environmental activist, and co-founder of Schumacher College - a place for ecological and and social change. Satish once walked 8,000 miles to meet Martin Luther King. He talks with Rubens about cultivating a different society – one where peoples’ hearts are as educated as their minds. And the transformation of the self needed to achieve this. This podcast was recorded in October 2020 during our webinar chat with Satish. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
October 21, 2020
Kevin Braddock: the magic of asking for help
Kevin Braddock is a writer, storyteller and mental health advocate. His book, Everything Begins With Asking For Help, is a must for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of mental health. This episode celebrates World Mental Health Day 2020. Together with Kevin, we talk about the best magic in the world - the magic of the human mind! We explore why it's so hard to ask for help and how to make it easier. Kevin provides coping strategies and making a game out of getting better. This podcast was recorded in October 2020 during our webinar chat with Kevin. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
October 10, 2020
Tim Leberecht: beauty and magic in the workplace
Tim Leberecht is a magical human indeed. He's an author, entrepreneur and visionary. He is co-founder and co-CEO of The Business Romantic Society; co-founder and curator of the House of Beautiful Business - a global think tank / community. Their annual gathering brings together eclectic leaders and change makers. Their mission? To humanise business in an age of machines. Ta-da! Tim talks beauty, romance and magic in the workplace 💥 This podcast was recorded in August 2020 during our webinar chat with Tim. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
September 23, 2020
Geoff McDonald: the wonders of talking about mental health
Geoff McDonald is an advocate, campaigner and consultant for all things mental health. He's passionate about addressing the stigma of mental ill-health at work. Until his own experience of mental ill-health, he was Global VP of Human Resources at Unilever. He's now involved with Minds at Work - a movement for mental wellbeing at work. Geoff talks about how to initiate conversations on mental health at work. And the challenges of breaking the stigma down. This episode is incredibly moving as Geoff shares some very personal moments. This podcast was recorded in June 2020 during our webinar chat with Geoff. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
September 01, 2020
Liam Forde: a potion for great organisational culture!
Liam Forde wants to make organisations more human. He believes that high performing culture, game changing innovation and winning strategies are unlocked by organisations that balance people, profit, potential, performance and planet. Rubens and Liam talked about professional burnout and what matters most for people, and organisations. This podcast was recorded in May 2020 during our webinar chat with Liam. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
July 29, 2020
Sarah Gregersen: learning from nature
Sarah Gregersen is Program Director and Learning Designer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. She also runs a company called Genius of Life. Inspired by solutions that nature has evolved over 3.8 billion years, they bring sustainability strategies to life. Sarah talks about a circular economy and how nature can - and should! - inspire us. Leaders and organisations should learn, lead, and act with the wisdom of nature. This podcast was recorded in June 2020 during our webinar chat with Sarah. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
July 05, 2020
Dr Matt Pritchard: how to cultivate wonder and curiosity
Dr Matt Pritchard is an actual Doctor of Wonder! He's a scientist and magician fascinated by the elusive feeling we call wonder. What is it? How is it related to curiosity? How do we cultivate it? How can it help us cope with 2020 and the pandemic? How can we bring more wonder to the workplace? So many questions for Matt to answer! Matt curates a blog - Words on Wonder - where he talks to a diverse array of people about science, magic and wonder. Read his interview with Rubens from earlier this year. Last year Matt spoke at TEDxBrum and was featured in the Huffington Post. He's also a member of the Magic Circle. This podcast was recorded in May 2020 during our webinar chat with Matt. To see other guests, past and future, visit:
June 28, 2020
Dr Gustav Khun: the science of magic
Long time Abracademy friend and collaborator, Gustav Kuhn is a Reader in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also president of the Science of Magic Association (SOMA) and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), and the Magic Circle (MMC).  As well as all that, he is director of Magic Lab - a magic research lab, literally! Gustav delves into the world of magic and how it can further our understanding of human cognition. We contemplate free will, perception and consciousness. This podcast was recorded in April 2020 during our webinar chat with Gustav. To see other past and future guests, visit:
May 05, 2020
Nathalie Trutmann: the magic of learning organisations
Nathalie Trutman has spent over 20 years transforming and redefining learning experiences. She wants to create healthier, more innovative working and learning environments. She is ex CEO of Hyper Island. Nathalie talks about the magic of learning organisations. What does it actually mean to be a learning organisation? How can we cultivate habits that go beyond the training room? Rubens and Nathalie discuss the practices and processes that help people to grow. And they consider the importance of psychological safety needed for people to thrive.
April 23, 2020