Conversations

Conversations

By Eclectic Spacewalk
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Eclectic Spacewalk presents "Conversations" : a podcast about the uniqueness of the human condition & value systems construction - through conversation.

The goal of this podcast is to have conversations with unique humans. Eclectic Spacewalk means: "a broad & diverse range of Earth philosophies viewed from outer space." You can subscribe to our newsletter here:
eclecticspacewalk.substack.com/

Everyone has a subjective awe-inspiring viewpoint on this reality!

We want to talk with anyone over our shared humanity & best practices of life. Let's have a conversation.
Eclectic Spacewalk presents "Conversations" : a podcast about the uniqueness of the human condition & value systems construction - through conversation.

The goal of this podcast is to have conversations with unique humans. Eclectic Spacewalk means: "a broad & diverse range of Earth philosophies viewed from outer space." You can subscribe to our newsletter here:
eclecticspacewalk.substack.com/

Everyone has a subjective awe-inspiring viewpoint on this reality!

We want to talk with anyone over our shared humanity & best practices of life. Let's have a conversation.
www.eclecticspacewalk.com
Conversations #4 - Ronni Abergel
Hey Eclectic Spacewalkers, This month I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to speak to Ronni Abergel, Founder & CEO of the Human Library Organization (HLO), and also to document one of their events during Copenhagen’s Culture Night on October 11th, 2019. “Menneskebiblioteket”  as it is called in Danish, was created in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 by Ronni and a few others. HLO has grown significantly since their humble beginnings and now operate events in over 80 countries. “The Human Library® is, in the true sense  of the word, a library of people.  We host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf, represent a group in our society that is  often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because  of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin etc.” HLO meets  their goals by, “creating a special dialogue room, where taboo topics can be discussed openly and without condemnation. A place where people who would otherwise never talk find room for conversation…a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” “Un-judge Someone!” is upgraded from “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” The improved statement honestly presupposes our biological judgements (based on evolution & survival techniques) of others, but - critically - allows us to consciously rise above them. Ronni and I had a fantastic conversation about the journey of HLO, growing pain key learnings, as well as future  plans of expansion. Our conversation also got into the natural mechanics of judgement, identity, and community. I thank Ronni for his time, and  the wonderful discussion we had. Enjoy the conversation, and until next time - Ad Astra! - - - - - Timestamps Growing up with a French Moroccan family heritage in Copenhagen (00:02:25) Different influences & role models (00:08:07) “I  don't know if it's about seeing myself in them. It's more about  understanding the world and their understanding of the world, and maybe  will help me better my understanding of the world.” (00:12:58) After spending a year in the US, the reverse culture shock of going back to Copenhagen was indeed “weird” (00:15:56) Judging  is an integral part of humanity’s biological repertoire of defense  mechanisms, but HLO is saying: “Become a NON-Judge because we know you already judged.” (00:23:58) BEGINNING OF PART TWO (29:17) What is the Human Library? (00:29:40) “All of us have unconscious bias and all of us judge.” (00:30:51) The non religious epiphany or insight that started it all. (00:34:06) “Unjudge someone” is an upgrade from “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” (00:38:14) The content of conversations depend on your courage to have them (00:40:45) Human Library’s corporate model (00:44:12) - - - - - More on Ronni Abergel: Human Library' Website: https://humanlibrary.org/ Human Library’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHumanLibrary Human Library’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanlibraryorg
47:24
November 4, 2019
Conversations #3 - Tiago Forte
Hello Eclectic Spacewalkers, Last month, I sat down with coach, entrepreneur, and writer Tiago Forte. He is the creator of BuildingASecondBrain.com, which is: “on a mission to radically improve the effectiveness of human beings while making work a vehicle for personal growth.”  Tiago is also the Founder of Forte Labs & Writer of the Praxis newsletter. His goal is to help people not just survive, but thrive, while working in modern times. “Together, we’ll expand the definition of modern knowledge work, experiment with new ways of doing more with less, and explore what it means to fulfill our human potential.” Along with talking about his personal journey, our conversation mainly revolved around his central thesis approach of “principles, not prescriptions.” Instead of doling out a stale list of productivity “tips and tricks” that ignore each person’s unique situation, Tiago teaches principles that anyone can adapt for themselves.  This approach comes from Tiago’s extensive study of diverse fields – including design thinking, behavioral science, user experience design, information science, and active learning – to identify both the latest research and the timeless principles that underpin human performance. We spoke to his personal goal of synthesizing everything he learns into practical methods that allows people to harness the power of technology. “Technology is central to every company in every industry, we need new ways of managing our attention and focusing it where it matters most, instead of reacting to every interruption. Instead of being a constant source of distraction, I believe we can transform technology into a dependable source of learning, growth, and self-fulfillment.” Enjoy the conversation & until next time - Ad Astra! - - - - -  Timestamps • How growing up in a diverse cultural household shaped his worldview. (03:48)
 • Reading and books were always a huge influence on Tiago (05:23)
 • Especially the works of James Michener (06:59)
 • Studying abroad in Brazil, working in microfinance in Colombia, and serving in the Peace Corps in Ukraine (09:56)
 • Leaving the Peace Corps and coming back to the US (17:19)
 BEGINNING OF PART TWO (25:15) • The principle of doing more with less (Ephemeralization) and the beginning of Forte Labs (25:02)
 • “Think of your brain as a pipeline of ideas.” (28:46)
 • “My recommendation is to focus on the system for generating insights rather than any one particular insight. This comes back to the principles not prescriptions.” (33:44)
 • Creative principles to try and help minimize the incessant grabbing of your attention (39:17)
 • 10 principles of building a second brain (42:03)
 BEGINNING OF PART THREE (53:16)  • Writing influences & history (53:57)
 • A Manifesto on Human Centered Work (57:17)
 • Personal growth is a privilege (01:00:52)
 • Personal growth is REAL work that isn’t just going to happen (01:07:55)
 • Imagination is crucially important for the future of work (01:11:54)
 • The experience of moving from San Fransisco to Mexico City (01:16:49)
 • What would you say to the entire world if everyone on Earth was looking back at you? (01:19:41)
 - - - - -  More on Tiago Forte: Website Twitter  Purchase Tiago’s books Read more of Tiago’s writing on his blog
1:21:27
October 11, 2019
Conversations #2 - Micheal Cholbi
Hello Eclectic Spacewalkers, Here is my interview with Cal Poly Pomona, Professor of Philosophy - Michael Cholbi (First published on my Substack newsletter) His research is primarily in ethics, with particular emphases on suicide, grief, punishment, Kantian ethics,  paternalism, work & labor, and moral psychology. Along with teaching, he is currently the director of the newly created California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP). Michael is also a founding member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, and has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles. His most noted books are “Suicide, the Philosophical Dimensions”, and on “Understanding Kant’s Ethics.” (Below are timestamps of the conversation to skip around, or just clear your mind and press play to hear a thoughtful conversation). I thank Michael for his time, research, and openness on usually hushed subject matter(s), but as he said in the conversation: “LIGHT IS THE BEST DISINFECTANT.” We have to talk about the things that we care about, but even more so - If we want to change them. Enjoy the conversation & Ad Astra! - - - - - - Timestamps My father was at D-Day” (03:39) Was death and suicide a part of your life growing up? (08:38) “Yeah,  I think that philosophy gives people, well it honors, their autonomy as people and gives them a chance to empower themselves and I think that at its best, you know, philosophy can be a really powerful source of human solidarity.” (24:09) Philosophy and it’s root “Philosophia” means a “love of wisdom” NOT “wisdom” (28:28) Is ethics only really viewed through a subjective (personal/cultural) lens? (45:34) END OF PART ONE (47:42) -- How do animals deal with death? Do they grieve?(57:15) How do different cultures throughout the past, and now, deal with death? (59.04) What are your thoughts on Immortality? (01:05:22) “...it's a somewhat transient impulse and I think that acknowledging suicidal thinking is actually a very powerful suicidal Suicide Prevention technique. It doesn't seem to me that the taboo has done much good on that score.” (01:17:44) “Each of us is a small trembling animal that will someday decay and die” - Ernest Becker (01:33:58) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  More on Michael Cholbi: Website:  https://michael.cholbi.com/  Twitter:  @MichaelCholbi Purchase latest book: Understanding Kant’s Ethics Purchase previous book: Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensons Book
1:40:15
September 2, 2019
Conversations #1 - Millicent Ally
Interview with Author & Poet Millicent Ally (First published on my Substack newsletter) Purchase Book: Tales of the Human Condition on Amazon Purchase Audiobook: Tales of the Human Condition (with music & without) on Audible Connect on Twitter: @MillicentAlly - - - - - -  Last month, I sat down and had a conversation with author & poet  Millicent Ally. She self published a collection of poems called Tales of the Human Condition in 2012. I  found Millicent’s poems in a round a bout way, but they will be on my  bookshelf for a long, long time. The first half of the podcast is  getting to know Millicent, and her journey until now. The second half is  Millicent reading her poetry, and then us discussing it. I was  immediately enamored with her honesty, personal themes, and ability to  make a legitimate attempt of encapsulating the human condition. (I don’t  think any human could ever begin to do that, but the effort is  appreciated!) She breaks up her collection into four pillars of her/your  human condition: Life, Love, Introspection, and God. Timestamps Where are you from originally? (0:25) What influences did you get from LA/”the south?” (1:10) What age range? (2:35) What were your writing influences? (05:19) Millicent reads her poem “Fourteen.” (08:25) “It's like we're more of a spiritual creature inside of a biological.” (11:28) "So  by acknowledging my character flaws and accepting my own shortcomings  with love, forgiveness and a willing to change, I improve my humanity.” (13:50) “I am more forgiving with other people than I am with myself.” (15:00) What were the internal & external factors when you wrote Tales of the Human Condition? (19:35) “I self-published and it was a really interesting.” (28:00) Would you in 2019 keep those same four pillars of: Life, Love, Introspection and God? (35:45) Imagine yourself at International Space Station or the moon, and the world is looking at you. - What would you say? (38:00) END OF PART ONE (41:32) — BEGINNING OF PART TWO (41:36) Millicent reads her poem “Sunday” (41.52) Millicent reads her poem “Masked Morality” (45:59) Millicent reads her poem “Ascension” (58:50) Millicent reads her poem “World’s End”(01:00:47) Millicent reads her poem “Profession” (01:07:30) Millicent reads her poem “Apology” (01:10:06) Millicent reads her poem “The Lifelong Process” (01:13:16) Millicent reads her poem “Lazarus” (01:17:17) Millicent reads her poem “The Distant Beyond” (01:18:44) Millicent reads her poem “Immortal” (01:20:04) Millicent reads her poem “Eternal Hymn in God” (01:22:07) Nicholas reads Millicent’s Tales of the Human Condition “Conclusion” (01:25:45) - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  More: Eclectic Spacewalk Website Subscribe to Substack Newsletter Follow Eclectic Spacewalk on Twitter
1:28:44
September 1, 2019
Conversations #0 - Introduction (Trailer)
Eclectic Spacewalk presents:  "Conversations," a podcast about the uniqueness of the human condition & how - through conversation – we can continue to upgrade humanity’s value systems. Eclectic Spacewalk means: "a broad & diverse range of Earth based philosophies viewed from outer space." Everyone has a subjective awe-inspiring viewpoint on OUR reality, and the goal of this podcast is to have conversations with unique humans.  Send us any recommendations on who we should talk to next, but remember we are not just a podcast! You can subscribe to our Substack newsletter, and get first access to every podcast episode here: Substack Newsletter Connect with us on social media by following Eclectic Spacewalk on Twitter and the hashtag #EclecticSpacewalk. Find us on Minds.com @EclecticSpacewalk And as always you can find everything on the website Eclectic Spacewalk We want to talk with anyone over our shared humanity & best practices of life.  Now…let's have a conversation!
01:34
August 23, 2019
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