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Unbox Your World

Unbox Your World

By Maria Selting

Challenging our beliefs for a brighter future. Dare to rethink how we live and think in today's society?

Together with brilliant minds across the world, we are connecting the dots between philosophy, technology, society, science and progressive thought.

Hosted by Swedish tech professional Maria Selting, who truly believes that all progress in society starts with asking the question “why?”. She is on a mission to challenge the way we think and what we believe, in the hope to drive one micro bit of progress in society one episode at a time.

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Scaling Sustainable Living: the First Web3 Smart Village in Europe
Scaling Sustainable Living: the First Web3 Smart Village in Europe
In previous episodes, we’ve covered the topic of regenerative living. Whilst sustainability focuses on sustaining Mother Earth, regenerative living goes one step beyond that and focuses on restoring it. Across the globe enthusiasts and change-makers are building so-called Smart Villages, or eco-villages, based on these regenerative principles that restore our planet. OASA is a non-profit focusing on innovating and building these Smart Villages at scale. They are currently building a regenerative farm outside Lisbon called Traditional Dream Factory. To fuel further investments and enable governance at scale, they’ve just launched Europe’s first land-based conservation token. The project is ground-breaking as this is the first time in Europe a regenerative village has issued a token with legal status giving token holders access to real-world assets. (compared to a virtual asset in the digital world). With the launch, OASA hopes to lead the way and inspire more enthusiasts to take action and join them on the quest to restore Mother Earth through regenerative living. In the episode, you’ll learn: What is ‘DAO’ (Decentralized Autonomous Organisation) What regenerative living means What web3 is and how tokens can be used in the real world How the first land-based legal token works How the legal setup could be replicated to scale regenerative living
51:07
January 20, 2023
Spiral Dynamics: A Human Developmental Framework to Embrace Multiple Perspectives
Spiral Dynamics: A Human Developmental Framework to Embrace Multiple Perspectives
What if there was a simple way to explain why people can have such different worldviews? What if there was a simple reason to understand why some countries care more about solving climate change than others? What if there was an easy way to understand polarization and create a win-win-win situation to unite people? _____ Spiral Dynamics offers a simple framework to understand human development and how humanity’s values change and are expressed in different sequential stages. The model can be applied both on an individual level and on a cultural level. Each stage has its pros and cons, and Spiral Dynamics offer a way to understand and honor how people can have varying opinions on reality. Thanks to this tool, we can create win-win-win situations and help unite people instead of fuelling polarization. This is what Nomali Perera does professionally, as an executive coach and facilitator, applying the theory of Spiral Dynamics and other developmental tools to help teams and individuals perform at their highest capability. Although Nomali specifically presents the stages very simply here, the actual study of Spiral Dynamics is complex and takes time. As with everything else, Spiral Dynamics is a tool that should be used wisely and most importantly with humility. Tune in to the show to learn more.
01:21:32
December 16, 2022
Sustainability 2.0: Creating Systemic Change in Practice
Sustainability 2.0: Creating Systemic Change in Practice
Hubville: Learnings from building a Smart Village with the Government Imagine living in a city where not only every single architectural detail is optimised to restore Mother Earth, but also city life itself is designed to enhance wellness and improve social sustainability. Anders Varger, the founder of Hubville, is building one of the world’s first self-sustaining city districts in Vetlanda in Sweden. Hubville is fundamentally rethinking sustainability and reinventing how we can live together, and the project is optimising sustainability from 16 different perspectives such as relationships, education and social security. The project is being built together with the local municipality - which is in fact a starting point to create systemic change at scale. In today’s episode, Anders Varger shares his learnings so far from building a Smart Village together with the government. You’ll learn: What Hubville is and the philosophy behind it How you can expand sustainability into 16 different areas Pros and cons of working with the government to create change What needs to happen for Smart Villages to go mainstream and create systemic change
45:45
October 19, 2022
The Future of Economy: Transitioning into an Impact Economy
The Future of Economy: Transitioning into an Impact Economy
What if companies would pay the true cost of their footprint, and anyone could get paid for planting trees and restoring the Earth? What if we redesigned the economic system so that the true gains and costs are fully represented in the financial return? What if we could transition into an impact economy? __ Alan Laubsch is an internationally recognized risk management thought-leader and impact investor. His mission is to protect life and regenerate Earth’s ecosystems by growing an Earth Positive economy that includes nature in global accounting systems. You'll learn: What an impact economy could look like and the philosophy behind it How currency in an impact economy could work The role of blockchain to create an impact economy If there exist any impact economies already today What needs to happen in order for us to transition to an impact economy _________ About the guest Alan is a co-founder of EarthPulse, a super brain (and heart) to empower protectors of Mother Earth with exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Swiss based Lykke AG, where he pioneered blockchain-based Blue Carbon backed tokens to restore mangrove forests.. Alan founded Generation Blue, a venture studio for nature, and advises impact ventures including Vlinder Climate, Treebuddy.Earth, Global Mangrove Trust, and YesWeTrust. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising the world’s leading financial institutions, and was one of 25 founding members of the RiskMetrics Group. Alan is an avid surfer and ocean lover.
47:14
August 31, 2022
What Modern Leaders Can Learn from Ancient Philosophers
What Modern Leaders Can Learn from Ancient Philosophers
What could modern tech executives, learn from the street dialogues of the ancient philosophers?  Quite a lot it turns out. Ancient wisdom doesn't grow old, in fact one could argue that the teachings are more relevant now than ever.  To learn more about the topic, we interview Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie who is a philosopher, author and an Ethics Manager* and a true ancient philosophy enthusiast. He walks us through the basic principles that some of the most prominent philosophers throughout history were exploring and how this knowledge could be applied today in a modern environment.  You'll learn:  Why ancient philosophy is highly relevant in our modern society A crash course into the teachings of some of our most famous philosophers What a modern leader would behave like, according to each philosopher What a commercial philosopher could do in a modern environment  ___ Ben Wilberforce-Ritchie is a Philosopher partnering with the organisation Philosophy at Work – who deliver workshops and talks to organisations on topics such as Curiosity, Critical Thinking and Navigating Change, practicing philosophical thought techniques to help people “think better, do better”. He is also an author and his first novel Furze: Sweethearts and Swan Songs was published in Nov-21. Lastly, he is an Ethics Manager at the FTSE100 Aerospace and Defence firm BAE Systems.
01:03:08
July 06, 2022
Ancient Wisdom Explained by Scientific Psychology
Ancient Wisdom Explained by Scientific Psychology
Does ancient wisdom, especially found in Stoic Philosophy and Buddhism, have elements in common with modern psychology? Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis is a world-renowned expert on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is in fact the pioneering cognitive approach in the field of psychotherapy and the precursor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).* Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy focuses holistically on the human being, even more than classic CBT does, reminding us that the mind and behavior and emotions and physical health and well-being are inseparably intertwined, and REBT also has many similarities with elements seen within the teachings of ancient philosophies, including Buddhism and Stoic Philosophy. Thousands of years later, tenets within these ancient wisdoms can be explained by scientific modern psychology. You'll learn: The basic elements of REBT and how in parts it differs from CBT What unconditional acceptance means according to REBT, and its benefits explained by psychology The concept of detachment The immensely beneficial impact of choosing compassion, explained by psychology That in addition to REBT being a highly effective, scientific, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic approach, it is also a way of life for those who choose to adopt it as such *The writings and research on the widely known psychotherapeutic modality of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which were first published and taught more than15 years after REBT was presented to the psychology community and the general public, stand on REBT's shoulders and were significantly influenced by it.
48:49
June 10, 2022
Blockchain Explained: Can We Really Scale Human "Trust"? 
Blockchain Explained: Can We Really Scale Human "Trust"? 
In today’s episode we interview Dr Brennan Jacoby, founder of Philosophy at Work, who holds a Ph.D in philosophy and is specialized in the philosophy of trust. Blockchain is argued to solve the human trust issue, or even scaling human trust. However is this really what blockchain is doing? What is the actual benefit of blockchain? And what is trust really, according to philosophy? You’ll learn: The definition of trust from a philosophy point of view Why blockchain is argued to solve human trust What the Dunbar’s number is and how this can help explain blockchain The difference between removing the need for trust and solving trust
50:41
April 28, 2022
Future of Voting: Liquid Democracy to Combat Polarization?
Future of Voting: Liquid Democracy to Combat Polarization?
What if we could combine the best out of ancient direct democracy and modern delegative democracy? Where you can vote for representatives in regular elections but override their votes on any specific topic when you disagree with your representative? This is something that David Ernst, CEO of Secure Internet Voting, Liquid Democracy Technologies, and Secure ID, set out as a mission to build. By building a modern technological platform his company is enabling states to integrate liquid democracy solutions into their already existing democratic systems. You’ll learn: What liquid democracy is The role of blockchain in a liquid democracy voting system How liquid democracy could change the political landscape How the role of politicians could change in a liquid democracy system David has spent a decade building empowering software across many fields, including social coordination, cryptography, finance, education, and more. He ran for the California Statehouse in 2018 as one of more than a dozen digital democracy candidates.
52:16
February 24, 2022
How To Master Your Hidden Creative Genious
How To Master Your Hidden Creative Genious
How can you unlock your hidden creative genius? Today's guest is Stephan Schwartz, who is a scientist, futurist, award-winning author, columnist for the journal EXPLORE, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net. He is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University,  and a BIAL Foundation Fellow who has spent 40 years as an experimentalist researching the nature of consciousness. He has also studied creativity and found during his research a pattern that all creative geniuses throughout history seem to follow. In today’s episode, he shares the secret path and what you need to do to unlock your creative genius inside you. You’ll learn: How you can unlock the hidden path to creativity What the most common blocker to creativity is How to successfully master social transformation How small everyday choices, so call quotidian choices, can create a movement of change and how it mathematically can change society for the better
43:56
January 20, 2022
Future of Journalism: Overcoming the Filter Bubble Bias
Future of Journalism: Overcoming the Filter Bubble Bias
What will journalism look like in the future?  In today's episode, together with Viktor Lidholt, the founder of Newsvoice who are on a mission to 'fix the news', we're discussing the future trends of journalism.  Journalism used to be a dedicated and trusted profession, however when anyone in the world can become a publisher, how can we trust anything we read online? Accelerated by filter bubbles, the need for unbiased news has become a pressing societal matter. Unbiased news is the backbone of our democratic society, so now is the time to protect it.  Newsvoice decided to do something about this, and are innovating a news model to secure reliable and unbiased news.  In today's episode you'll learn more about:  What Newsvoice is  Tactics to get one step closer to unbiased news  How the role of the editor has changed due to technology How AI can impact the future of journalism 
38:11
November 19, 2021
Applying UX Principles to Design a Better Future
Applying UX Principles to Design a Better Future
Companies have mastered the art of design to grow their businesses, but how could you UX principles to design a better future?  Stephen Bau, a designer, writer and educator decided to, after 30 years in the design industry, retire to focus on projects that enhance not only humanity but all life forms.  In the episode, he shares his learnings from 30 years as a UX designer and how the design principles could be, instead of building products, be applied to build a better future.  You'll learn: What social architecture is The difference between human-centered vs life-centered design How design could be applied to redesign our societies What a more sustainable KPI would be for the future  Stephen Bau is also the founder of the Builder's Collective, Director of BLDRS Collective Inc, member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and writes about social architecture at socialarc.com
57:01
November 09, 2021
How Would Basic Income Work in Practice?
How Would Basic Income Work in Practice?
In today's episode, it's exciting to host one of the brain's behind Universal Basic Income; professor and author Guy Standing who is a founding member of Basic Income Earth Network.  Guy Standing has been working on the concept of Basic Income, a new political system for wealth distribution, for over 30 years. During the last years the concept of Basic Income has gained rapid traction and interest across the globe and he is one of the few to have been able to test his ideas in real. The Basic Income pilots have turned out with positive results.  Nowadays, even tech billionaires such as Elon Musk and the co-founder of Facebook Chris Hughes support Basic Income.  Would Basic Income work in practice? Would people work? Could we afford it? Could we not afford it?  In today's episode, professor Guy Standing provide some in-depth insights to the theory, the arguments for it and why it would be financially viable. In today's episode you'll learn: What Basic Income is  How it would work in practice  The financial arguments behind it  The results from Basic Income pilots in India What underlying societal changes has prompted a need for a new political system  What "the precariat" is - the rise of a new working class  In his opinion, why we cannot afford not to implement Basic Income  _______________ About Guy Standing Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London. An economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), and member of the Progressive Economy Forum. He is the author of multiple books, including The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 23 languages and The Corruption of Capitalism; Basic Income: And how we can make it happen. 
01:01:23
October 15, 2021
Science Human Connection: Can Technology Build Better Relationships?
Science Human Connection: Can Technology Build Better Relationships?
Can technology help us build authentic and meaningful relationships? This is something that Nina Iordanova, an award-winning actor turned tech start-up founder, and Niloo Ravaei, an ex-film maker and blockchain professional, set out as their mission to build. Both Nina and Niloo were tired of endless swiping on the phone and realized the one area where technology has not helped to improve is our relationships. They discovered our relationships have one thing in common: ourselves. So perhaps that is where it needs to start: with ourselves. Can technology help us understand ourselves better, and how we view the world around us? To accomplish this mission, Nina and Niloo built a personalized meditation app called HelloIris, which helps us better understand ourselves and how we see the world. If we better understand how we view the world, and the impacts of our interactions with others, we can grow, learn and improve. “Remember: despite how open, peaceful and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you, as deeply as they’ve met themselves.“ - Matt Kahn To help ourselves understand each other better, Nina and Niloo built an AI matchmaker that worked over SMS which went into Techstars in 2019. The algorithm analysed the user’s personality by using only 160 words of free-word text - and the accuracy was astonishing. In the end, they found the answer not in technology, but in community. After having built all of this advanced technology they pivoted into a community service called Good People - which is a cohort-based community program to find like-minded people. In this episode, they will share their journey and all the learnings they gathered along the way - where the one mission has been to help people build better and more meaningful relationships.
50:44
June 02, 2021
Sustainability 2.0: The Rise of a New Living in a Smart Village
Sustainability 2.0: The Rise of a New Living in a Smart Village
What if you could live in a house where every single attribute is optimized for your well-being? Where by each single day that passes, you in fact help to restore our planet, only by living in your house. ______________ This is something that James Ehrlich, a faculty member at Stanford, Singularity University and senior fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, set out as his mission to build. Sustainability is obsolete. It is too late to sustain our planet - we need to restore our planet. This is what regenerative living means - living in a way to not only sustain our surrounding but to restore it. An ecovillage is designed in such a way that we live in tune with nature and restore our planet. This is no longer a utopia but is in fact being built across the world. This is the rise of the new ecovillage movement, or so-called "smart villages." James Ehrlich started the Regen Villages research initiative at Stanford in 2012, which in 2016 turned into an impact spin-off company called Regen Villages, to realize the future of living in regenerative and self-sustaining neighborhoods. His work has been influential - in fact, he has worked on regenerative infrastructure under the Obama White House administration. He is essentially building a B2B SaaS tool, which enables architects to build and run ecovillages in a resource-efficient way - or a “Tesla for ecovillages.” With the tap of a finger, you can upgrade your ecovillage operating system with the latest software improvements. Episode learnings: - What regenerative living means - What an ecovillage is and what life in an eco-village could look like - How we can save our planet by living in a regenerative way - What is fueling this trend ___________________________________ James Ehrlich has an impressive resume. On top of all the achievements mentioned above, he started his career within lighting design working with world-famous artists such as Tina Turner and Joe Jackson. He then transitioned into video game design, followed by a career in television. He produced a TV series called the Organic Living and Hippy Gourmet, watched by over 35 million homes per week, and authored a best selling cooking book to accompany the TV series. All of this background brought him to Regen Villages research initiative, marrying technology, nature and storytelling to create a better future for the younger generation.
01:12:36
April 21, 2021
How To Teach Artificial Intelligence Morality and Ethics
How To Teach Artificial Intelligence Morality and Ethics
In today's episode, we have Devin Gonier on the show - a passionate machine learning expert from the U.S., who will take us deep into artificial intelligence morality and ethics. Devin is the CTO of a machine learning company WageUp, has a Masters degree in machine learning, and a double major in philosophy and religion. He argues that the best way to apply philosophy in our modern society is to, in fact, work with artificial intelligence. Is there a way to teach artificial intelligence morality and ethics? What is right or wrong? How can we teach a machine moral and ethics, when in fact philosophers cannot even agree on what is right or wrong? In a Ted Talk at Austin College, he explains how humans learn what is good and bad, and how machines could learn morals the same way as humans. As morality and ethics is such a complex matter, perhaps we should replicate our human way of learning moral behaviour to machines - instead of trying to find one single algorithm that defines moral behaviour. Episode learnings: How we can teach artificial intelligence morality and ethics What is AI safety and how we can keep machines safe for humanity Why philosophy is an increasingly important study subject in a world powered by AI What an AI world built for humanity, not against, could look like Devin Gonier has also written a paper on this topic and is currently starting a blog to share more of his ideas. Visit his work at lastgreatinvention.com.
51:14
April 21, 2021
Future of Democracy: Solving the Political Prisoner's Dilemma
Future of Democracy: Solving the Political Prisoner's Dilemma
Einstein once said: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Someone that understands this is John Bunzl, a businessman and a political activist from the UK. He’s the founder of Simpol, the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation, a new political innovation to overcome the obstacles that are today refraining governments to cooperate with each other. By applying game theory from business school, he explains the concept "The Political Prisoner's Dilemma" to visualise why governments are held back on taking true action to solve global problems. Simpol is a solution to overcome this obstacle that keeps governments from true cooperation and is designed in such an ingenious way so that all countries can keep their competitiveness and only gain benefits from supporting it. Episode learnings: - What is Simpol - Why governments refrain from cooperating - What needs to be done to overcome the obstacles that keep us from global cooperation - How you can design a system to solve global matters - How evolutionary biology has solved big problems for humanity in the past - and what we can learn from it - How the future of global votes can change democracy __________________ To support the cause, go to Simpol.org and make your global vote count. Want to learn more about the research behind it, evolutionary biology and how to design a global vote system? Listen to the ebook - it is a highly recommended read. The political initiative Simpol is today supported by over 100 Members of the Parliament in the UK, and growing internationally as well. It is supported by many eminent professionals and researchers across the globe, such as José Ramos-Horta, previous Noble Peace Prize Laureat.
57:08
April 21, 2021