The Economics of Well-Being
By Mark Anielski
Hi I’m Mark Anielski an economist and the author of An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness and the award-winning book The Economics of Happiness.
#100: An economy of love and joy: Interview with Justin Paul Abraham
Justin Paul Abraham joins me today from his home in Cardiff, Wales UK to discuss his vision of an economy based on love, joy and well-being. We discuss the challenges of our current deficit-based economic mindset and the destiny of an abundance, joy-filled and love-based economy. Justin Paul is the founder and co-director of Company of Burning Hearts (COBH) Ltd in the UK. Justin Paul is a futurist, transformational coach, popular speaker and author, known for his joy-filled, expanding teachings on KAINOS (new) creation realities, meditation and union-prayer. His bestselling book "Beyond Human" has been translated into several languages. Justin has travelled extensively speaking at retreats, conferences and schools. He lives in the Cardiff, WALES UK with his four children and his inspirational wife Rachel Abraham.
June 23, 2022
#99 Mark Anielski as guest on the Peripheral Thinking Podcast with Ben Johnston
I had the pleasure of being the guest of author (Buddha on Board) and podcaster Ben Johnson in the UK to discuss my the economy of well-being and my favourite topic: money. In his conversation with Ben, we discuss: The difficulty we all have in understanding where money actually comes from How money is created ex nihilo (”out of nothing”), and why this is a problem The history of our relationship with money A question around the translation of the Lord’s Prayer that relates to debt Learn more about Ben, his book and ideas at https://www.tenpercentbetter.co/
May 05, 2022
#98: Dr. Brian Fleck: Resiliency in Challenging TImes
Dr. Brian Fleck is a professor of mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research is in energy and fluid dynamics (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=QvtEOjgAAAAJ&hl=en). He has been active in board governance (AER, AASUA, ANDP), is an entrepreneur and very active outdoors enthusiast. Brian is a renaissance man which suggests he loves exploring a vast variety of subject matter. We discuss today the subject of resiliency in these challenging times.
April 29, 2022
#97: Kai Lee Worsley: Warrior of Earth, a story of Emilia, of hope and that anything is possible
Kai Lee Worsley, founder and ceo of Earthkdw.com and Edmonton-based social media marketing firm, joins me today (February 7, 2022) from Edmonton to talk about her first fictional novel Warrior of Earth which she recently self-published on Amazon. The book explores the themes of women’s issues and environmentalism through the lens of a fantastical world. It will appeal to fans of Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series and L.J. Smith’s Night World series. This novel is the first of a planned series. Kai Lee presents to us a vision of the future, that anything is possible, through the lens of her main character Emelia. Emilia’s powers come from the Earth. Only by connecting to it, respecting it as a living being with thoughts, feelings, and emotions can she do what she does, and what she does is amazing—talk to animals, heal the sick and injured, grow plants, change the weather, and that’s just the beginning. Yet not everyone views the Earth with such reverence. The Anova view Emilia’s connection to nature as aberrant and wicked. They will do whatever it takes to hunt her and anyone like her down, bleeding all resources dry in the process. Only their way is the right way, and nothing will stop them from snuffing out all threats to their authority. Emilia won’t go down without a fight. She will form an unlikely team and take down the Anova before they can take her down. She will uncover secrets of the past and present, crack open the mysteries of this magical world, and learn how to break the cycle of witch hunts that have plagued women for centuries. All the while, the father of her unborn child will be gone on assignment for the enemy. You can purchase Kai Lee's new book at https://www.amazon.ca/-/fr/Kai-Lee-Worsley/dp/B09QFDJJMM Kai Lee founded Earthkdw was born almost a decade ago, in 2014, when Kai-Lee Worsley found herself wanting more from life than just to simply “live.” She began her modeling career, being published in her home country of Canada, as well as internationally. This led her towards a path and a deep passion for photography. Everything from high fashion, to travel, to brand influencing. The world around her was shifting, social media marketing was King, and she wanted to become its Queen. Kai-Lee learned quickly the ins and outs of the trade, picking up tools and lessons from those who were garnering success from this new online movement. She fell in love. It was revolutionary, that brands from the size of Mom and Pop shops to the heavy hitting high end brands could now become as accessible as sunshine to their consumers. Through trial and error Kai-Lee perfected her method of social media marketing so that you don’t have to. Earthkdw is the bridge between consumers and brands. Our ideology is built on the soul basis that building trust is the key to loyal consumers. Learn more about Kai Lee and her social media marketing work at https://earthkdw.com/ This is a timely conversation, at a pivotal time in our human story with war in Ukraine, with at 25-year old creative artist, author and visionary who has found many reasons to remain hopeful about a future where anything is possible.
March 18, 2022
#96: Chrystia Chudczak: Lego Models and Blockchain Platforms for Building Citizenry of Trust in Canada and the Ukraine
Podcast #96 (February 24, 2022) Chrystia Chudczak is a Ukrainian-Canadian policy analyst and founder of Decidium, a Global Human Centric Design Studio based in Ottawa, Canada. Chrystia recently spent several days on the streets of Ottawa with her camera capturing images of the Freedom Trucker Convoy that captured the attention of Canadians and citizens around the world. She is now immersed in the conflict in the Ukraine with Russia. Chrystia is passionate about helping people capture business and pivot their lives in a post-COVID world. She uses human-centric design, with Lego being her favourite platform, to do it. This means putting her clients, consumers or the community & everyone at the centre of the opportunity or problem. She then designs an experience so that we can figure out a solution that works for the future. Chrystia has worked with incredible women CEOs, Founders, Designers, Technology Innovators, Communicators & Indigenous leaders around the world to make it happen. Chrystia and I discuss our common passion for the potential use of blockchain technologies and new platforms for designing and building new economies and communities based on well-being. Learn more about Decidium and Chrystia's work at https://decidium.ca/
February 27, 2022
#95: TED RITZER, the man who first introduced me to Zoom
Welcome to episode #95 of The Economy of Well-being Podcast; conversations that matter to our well-being. Today I'm joined by a good friend Ted Ritzer, a former civil servant with the Government of Alberta (where I also spent 13 years as an economist) to talk about his many creative ideas for making the best of new technologies that can contribute to a better life and a lower carbon footprint. Several years ago Ted had an idea for 'greening government' by using a new platform called Zoom. His idea was that the heavy carbon footprint of meetings and travel could be reduced saving both time and the planet. Ted helped launch the Green Government series to profile people of interest, including myself, to speak publicly about their ideas. Ted was and still is ahead of his time when it comes to technology and its practical uses. He speaks to me today from his home in Edmonton on a variety of subjects of interest including things like 'technology is not enough to save our planet', 'what are the opportunities for curatorial publishing', and 'why are we still not prepared for extreme weather events.' Enjoy the conversation. ABOUT TED RITZER Ted Ritzer has been actively involved in nature interpretation for Alberta Parks for 20+ years. He has worked in the private sector on Internet service provision, security and consulting. He has also worked in community development and recreation development for a decade. Ted is also a film producer having produced a number of films on the northern Rockies & Willmore Wilderness Park with the help of Emmy award winning cinematographer Andrew Manske. Ted helped introduce Zoom to the government of Alberta, and hosted the Greening Government Speaker Series for the government of Alberta.
February 18, 2022
#94: Why do we work? Money, Money, Money with Ben Johnson
Business coach, consultant, and podcaster Ben Johnson joins me today (January 13, 2022) from England to talk about his take on why we work and our relationship with money. Ben leads a community of fellow agitators, innovators and entrepreneurs creating projects and businesses. He co-owns online platform and community, Sangha.Live, he writes on and talks about money at Waking Up To Money and has created and sold businesses, including experience design and innovation firm, FreeState, sold to Hassell. He is an active investor, advisor, teacher and talker. He writes books and blogs. He coaches and consults. Check his part I of the ebook, ‘Buddha on the Board’; an ongoing play with the question: if the Buddha was on your company board, what it would it do, why and how? His new podcast, Peripheral Thinking, is an inspiration and resource for the community he works with. It’s a place to feed curiosity and spark emergent conversation, where ancient wisdom, contemporary science and all in between might fuse and bubble. He is an active investor, advisor, teacher and talker. He writes books and blogs. Learn more about Ben at https://www.tenpercentbetter.co/
February 01, 2022
#93: Don Paré: Business Ethics, Morality, Integrity and a HOppy Life!
Don Paré’s passion is to launch entrepreneurs towards funding and success. He has a consistent track record that both investors and entrepreneurs have come to rely upon. Don was a regular guest lecturer in my University of Alberta School of Business class (2002-2012) in corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship where he would discuss morals, ethics and integrity in the business world. Don has years of experience as an entrepreneur and start-up mentor; he has hit multiple home runs, himself, with exits between 700-1700 ROI for the early investors. He speaks from experience not from an academic perspective and is often called to turn companies around or assess them using his proven innovative valuation and pivot strategy models. Mr. Paré has over 40 years of experience with high technology companies and end-user departments, holding various executive roles including Chairman, CEO, President, V.P. Operations, V.P. Sales and Marketing, General Manager, VP partners and channels, Development and Marketing Manager, Minority Shareholder and Active Director. From 2001 till present , Mr Pare has helped over 70 companies with their strategy, funding and launches to an outstanding 95% success rate. He is an international speaker on Crowd Funding and an expert with Angel funding. He participated in the Launch of an effective and massive program in Chile to create almost 1500 new start-ups every year to deliver 100,000s of new jobs. He believes such a program can make a big difference in Alberta during these tough times. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Paré was President and CEO at MessagingDirect, where he raised over 18 million dollars in start-up funding and boosted the company to #1 growth firm in Edmonton’s high technology sector. Learn more about Don at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donpare/
January 14, 2022
#92: How Banks Create Money and The Great Financial Jubilee Reset: In Conversation with Ben Johnson (Peripheral Thinking podcaster)
Ben Johnson, entrepreneur and business-man as well as host of the Peripheral Thinking, joins me in conversation on the important subject of debt, bank-created money and opportunities for rebooting our world financial system in the year of Jubilee (year 5782 in the Jewish Calendar). Under ancient Jewish economic laws and practices (borrowed from the ancient Sumerian and Babylonian cultures), all debts would have been forgiven (i.e. 'clean slate' laws in Sumeria) and all wealth redistributed in the 50th year called Jubilee. Why in January of 2022, in the very year of Jubilee, are there no discussions about wiping the debt accounts clean around the world? This would eliminate the enormous interest cost burden on all of humanity. I've estimated the average American, Canadian and European household spends 55% or more of their earned income on hidden interest payments on what is mostly bank-created debts (i.e. loans) that have been accumulating since the end of WWII. This debt can never be repaid out of current income and thus the interest payments on this debt continues to eat up more and more of our incomes and GDP. The burden of interest payments on this debt also contributes to the pressure on economic output and directly impacts greenhouse gas emissions adding to the climate risks from GHG emissions; something never discussed at the COP meetings on climate change nor at the G7 or G20 meetings of world leaders. It's time for wiping out these unnecessary debts providing everyone on the planet with the ability to pursue a life of meaning, free from the burden of debt with the bonus of more discretionary time (life energy) to spend doing things that bring joy to our lives. If you want to learn more about how banks create money through loans have a listen to the German economist Prof Richard Werner who has proven empirically how banks create loans and thus create over 95% of what we call money in our modern economies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkCU_n0h4Qc
January 12, 2022
#91: Nancy Dyson and Dan Rubenstein: Addressing the Legacy of Residential Schools and Child Welfare Inequities
On the Economy of Well-being Podcast, Dan Rubenstein and Nancy Dyson share their story about their lived experience of the trauma they witnessed at one of Canada's many residential schools that has impacted so many indigenous brothers and sisters. In June of this year a book by Nancy Dyson and Dan Rubenstein was released just as news was breaking about the unmarked graves of children outside former residential schools. Saint Michael’s Residential School: Lament & Legacy is the story of four months in 1970 when Dan and Nancy were hired as childcare workers at an Indian residential school in Alert Bay, BC. Their book is available at independent bookstores, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon. Chief Doctor Robert Joseph, founder and ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, has asked Dyson and Rubenstein to promote conversations about Reconciliation. Dyson and Rubenstein are published authors. Their first work, Railroad of Courage, a work of youth fiction, was published by Ronsdale Press in 2017. St. Michael’s Residential School: Lament & Legacy is available at independent book stores, Chapters stores and on Amazon. They are donating royalties and honorariums to the IRSSS, the Indian Residential School Society, Reconciliation Canada and other support groups for Survivors. Nancy is a retired early childhood educator. Dan was an auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. They live in Ottawa and enjoy spending time at their lake-side cottage, especially when their three adult children and nine grandchildren are able to visit. You can visit their web site at: Dan Rubenstein & Nancy Dyson – Published Authors (rubenstein-dyson.com).
January 10, 2022
#90: Dr. Jennoa Graham: Well-being Financial Wisdom, Accounting and Life Lessons
I'm pleased to have Dr. Jennoa Graham as my 90th podcast show guest. Jennoa is the sister of my last guest, Jayson Graham. Jennoa holds two PhDs, one in leadership and a second in sustainability. Jennoa calls herself Dr. GNP (Dr. Graham-in-Purpose). She is an international public speaker, author, professor, and adjunct executive team leader. Her 20-year career of combined multinational corporate accounting and consulting experience reflects core values of transparency, integrity, efficiency, and sustainability resulting in multi-million-dollar savings. We cover some interesting topics from her experience as a life coach, financial literacy and our common passion of accounting. Thanks for listening to my podcast throughout 2021! See you in the new year.
December 23, 2021
#89: M. Jayson Graham: Storytelling our way to well-being
M. Jayson Graham is a remarkable human being. Jayson is a master storyteller and is helping actors and artists from all disciplines find more creative ways of telling their stories. We all have a story to share. We all have a purpose for being. Telling our story helps us to flourish and experience true well-being. M Jayson Graham is an international lecturer, narrative designer, and the owner of MJG Story Creation LLC, a company whose purpose is to encourage entrepreneurship within the artistic community. After graduating from Howard University, he spent six years in Los Angeles working with a number of independent production companies to develop television series pilots, show bibles and feature film scripts. It was during that time that he saw the increasing demand for transmedia storytelling and created a narrative world building platform. Along with consulting on transmedia and product development, M Jayson travels throughout the year, as a guest panelist and presenting workshops on various aspects of storytelling at comic book, gaming, and writing conventions such as Momocon, Gencon, Dragoncon and DreamHack, just to name a few. You can find out more about Jayson's work or reach out to him to help you write your story at www.mjgstorycreation.com
November 24, 2021
#88: Jan Wegelin: Discovering Statistical Treasurers in Well-being and Happiness Survey Research
Jan Wegelin joins me today from South Africa to explore his statistical insights into the well-being survey results from the Ireland Well-being Survey I conducted in April 2021 for Independent Media out of Dublin. Jan also discusses some remarkable findings into the attributes of the soul print of well-being survey results, a survey I've been conducting over the past 2 years that asks people to self-assess their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Jan's mastery at statistical analysis and insights into human behaviour are exceptional.
October 19, 2021
#87: Claudia Tordini and Richard Franklin: Building Family Wealth Trusts based on well-being
Claudia Tordini and Richard Franklin have a remarkable business advising families on managing their collective financial wealth that is strategically oriented to the well-being of the family. Claudia Tordini provides coaching and consulting through Appanage LLC. She consults with families on wealth and inheritance planning, helping to design a family framework to support well-being and flourishing. She brings together her background in business, humanistic psychology studies and art to offer an integrated positive approach to wealth and well-being. Claudia has pioneered a powerful model for using art and art experiences to facilitate learning and development for individuals and families. Richard Franklin is wealth and inheritance consultant with Appanage LLC. Richard has practiced law as a trusts and estates attorney for 30+ years. His experience in working with wealthy families has been instrumental in informing his thinking and his work on behalf of Appanage on the broader subject of family wealth and inheritance planning. He has a keen interest in the intersection of well-being theory and inheritance planning. Richard has written and spoken extensively on estate planning topics. Read their article in the Bloomberg newsletter Franklin, R. and Tordini, C., Wealth and Well-Being - What Wealthy Families Can Learn from Sovereign Government Policies and Measuring Human Progress, Bloomberg, Vol. 46, Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, Number 3 (May 13, 2021). Or visit their Appanage LLC website
September 09, 2021
#86: Paul Dunny: Measuring Wellbeing and Happiness in Ireland
Paul Dunny joins me today from Dublin, Ireland to discuss our recent well-being and happiness survey of Ireland (both Northern and the Republic) which was conducted in April 2021 during the Covid 19 pandemic. Paul is head of CRM and Retention with Mediahuis (Independent News and Media) which is Ireland's largest digital and print media outlet. Paul had approached me several months ago asking if I might conduct a national well-being and happiness survey for his digital media firm. I was thrilled since this would be the first opportunity to test the Soul Print of Well-being Survey I had developed and been testing over the last 2 years. The Ireland survey was conducted over a 15 day period in April 2021 with remarkable results and an excellent response rate of nearly 2500 Irish from both the North and the South. The results showed that there was a very small gap between life satisfaction of Northerner vs the Irish in the South; the people in the North were slightly happier than the South but their trust for government was much lower. Most surprising was the high level of trust and sense of feeling welcome and belonging to their local neighbourhoods and communities. The value of assessing the perceptions of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being was clearly demonstrated in this important project that we hope others will model elsewhere around the world. The results of the survey will be published soon on Independent.ie platform.
July 16, 2021
#85: Jodi Calohoo-Stonehouse Indigenous Visionary: Running for National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations
Today, June 21, 2021, is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, In celebration of this important day, I'm joined by Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse, a Cree and Mohawk woman, who is running to be the first female indigenous leader of the Assembly of First Nations. Jodi shares her vision and hopes for Canada, for both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. As part of her campaign, I've helped Jodi launch a national Indigenous Well-being Survey that anyone can take to express their views on the future of indigenous peoples in Canada and get a sense of indigenous people's well=being. Here is the link to the survey. https://forms.gle/NZxsoXES2iC2LsQg6
June 21, 2021
#84: Esther Robles and Dominique Conterno: The Emergence of Conscious Leadership (Love, Joy and Play)
Esther Robles (originally from Mallorja, Spain) and Dominique Conterno (originally from Paris) discuss their co-creation of the Conscious Enterprises Network what they have learned in their respective corporate lives as the path forward for conscious leadership. This is a remarkable wide-ranging conversation that spans subjects from Rudolph Steiner, the ancient and lost civilizations of Atlantis and Lumeria, to humility as a characteristic of wise leadership, corporate sociopaths, and ultimately the future of humanity based on love, joy and play. Dominique Conterno is the Co-Founder of Conscious Enterprises Network. After spending over 30 years working in the engineering and Information Management industries, he decided to quit corporate life and invest in his own company and life mission. Based on his experience at successfully delivering major projects and services to multinationals and governmental departments, Dominique learned a lot about the world's dark ways. Being a visionary, both in technologies and spirituality, he has grown many insights about the human condition in a society unfit to support fundamental changes. Being a decent chess player, this has helped him to develop since childhood a logical and highly creative mind. His spiritual insights also gave him the capability to understand spirituality in a very dynamic manner and develop his theory of the nature of consciousness and the purpose of creation. The culmination of his journey led him to create Conscious Enterprises Network community, which is dedicated to connecting conscious leaders worldwide to co-create a new paradigm. Dominique was born in Paris, France, which he left to start a journey into the unknown at a young age. He has traveled mainly in Europe, the USA and Mexico. He currently lives in Bristol, England. Esther Robles is the Co-Founder of Conscious Enterprises Network. She has 17 years of logistics, data management and wellbeing experience, working for international corporations and individuals. In these years, she was responsible for many successful projects. She excels at emotional intelligence and wellbeing related disciplines that has allowed her to grow insights into society's human conditions. Esther studies different holistic practices such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese Medicine, and Qi Gong. Esther is a great inspiration force for anybody who meets her. She has a boundless enthusiasm for conducting what she feels is right for others. Esther believes that only when we join forces and work together in communities dedicated to serve others a ripple quantum effect can be created and actual change in society can be seen. She was born and raised in Spain but soon she got the travel bug and left her beautiful island to conquer Europe and learn about other cultures. She has lived in 5 different European countries, loves to speak different languages and dreams to become citizen of a planet without boundaries. In her spare time, she spends time being in one with nature exploring new territories and developing herself. She currently lives in Malmo, Sweden.
May 17, 2021
#83: Rosie von Lila: Building a better world based on human flourishing
Rosie von Lila works at the intersection of finance, public policy, and human flourishing. Rosie von Lila and I in conversation about this remarkable woman's vision of what is possible when we orient our economies and lives towards human flourishing. We discuss how her experience with Burning Man has shaped how she interacts with the world. We also discuss how the landscape of the institutional investing world is changing and what this means for society. What is the cost of the American caste system to civilization? Rosie shares what Burning Man has taught her about our potential for human flourishing. We explore her ideas of regenerative economics and regenerative businesses, How have both capitalism and socialism failed us in so many ways? How can human flourishing become a new economic platform? Finally, we discuss what Rosie is up to now, what she might do if she were the US President and her forthcoming book on human flourishing. Rosie serves as board member of New America Alliance, a national advocacy organization serving diverse and women investment fund managers. She is passionate about investing across numerous asset classes, including public equities, crypto currencies, and real estate. Rosie has attended Burning Man 19 times, and has advised and worked with Burning Man headquarters since 2013. She is currently a correspondent for the Burning Man Live podcast. She is the author of a framework for engaging people and building cultural and business ecosystems. Through her von Lila Framework for stakeholder engagement, she has been invited to be a guest at the US Pentagon and a guest lecturer at the US National Defense University. She is frequently invited to participate in strategic discussions and action groups focused on inclusion, cognitive diversity, and collaboration. Rosie lives in Brooklyn and New York’s Hudson Valley. To find Rosie's show episodes, TEDx talk and framework: vonlila.com
May 13, 2021
#81: Graham Boyd: Theoretical physics, solutions to income inequality, the Love Quotient, and what they didn't teach you about the real odds of gambling/coin tosses.
Graham Boyd joins me today (April 29, 2021) to discuss his insights into theoretical physics, regenerative businesses, the truth about mathematical probabilities, solutions to solving income inequality, the true nature of coin toss statistics, Jack Ma's Love Quotient (LQ) algorithm and other subjects vital to operating an economy of well-being. Graham and I met at Robert Dellner's home in Woking, England 3 years ago. Robert and I have been exploring the creation of well-being-based Impact Investment Funds and management protocols. He is the co-author of a new book "Rebuild the Economy, Leadership and You: A tool kit for a better world" with economist Jack Reardon. Graham has been educated in theoretical physicist in Germany and is a practical business person who believes in the notion of regenerative businesses, integrated spiral dynamics and the wisdom of ecosystems as a model for an economy of well-being. He believes we can rise, phoenix-like, from today’s burning global challenges. He believes that all of us, and our children, can thrive in the coming decades, because we can build a regenerative global economy: an ecosystem of regenerative businesses. Graham is passionate about building business ecosystems that work because everything is whole, from each individual involved through to the entire business ecosystem. Today he applies his expertise gathered across three careers (theoretical particle physics, Procter and Gamble new product management, serial startups) to bring that vision to reality. He helps others incubate regenerative startups and is now starting a seed stage investment fund for ecosystems of regenerative startups. Graham consults to multi-nationals and start-ups on harnessing conflict to drive their own regeneration. All based on whole incorporation, where all capitals and all stakeholders have an equitable right to engage in governance and an equitable share of the wealth generated. Companies that are whole because every element is present, and every element is whole in itself. Graham was born and raised in Southern Africa, finished his studies in Germany. He has lived and worked in Germany, Italy, Japan, Belgium, China, and the UK. In his spare time he enjoys being in forests and mountains, both hiking and riding.
May 08, 2021
#80: Dennis Cuku: What my children taught me about play, awesomeness and well-being in manifesting Alberta's first net zero commercial building (the Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community)
April 20, 2021. Dennis Cuku is an engineer, father of teenage children, husband, entrepreneur and speaker who is passionate about self improvement, productivity, mental health and sustainable development. He is the co-founder of the former Mosaic Family of Companies, a knowledge-worker collective designed to effect positive social change through business. He and his former partner dreamed of and manifested The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce, and it was completed in the spring of 2015. The Mosaic Centre in the deep southern district of Edmonton would become the crown jewel of sustainable building in Edmonton, becoming the first Net Zero energy commercial office building in Alberta — an example of Alberta’s oil and gas abundance igniting innovative sustainable projects. As a visionary entrepreneur, Dennis operates on the manifesto that Normal is Broken and that capitalism need not come at the expense of human values, environmental sustainability or personal happiness. Dennis is an animated and stimulating communicator with a zeal for fun, awesomeness and abolishment of status quo. Dennis Cuku is a mechanical engineer by training with expertise in drilling rig design. He served as acting President of Oil Country Engineering which designed and built drilling rigs until the price of oil collapsed beginning in 2015 with the tough love of that market collapse beginning to bite hard in 2016. Dennis knew the writing was on the wall when large rig orders were cancelled. Sadly, he had to let go of his beloved Mosaic Centre and move on to other ventures. He is compassionate by nature with a heart for altruism; Dennis Cuku believes an altruistic approach to business will help society adapt to a rapidly changing world. Dennis understands that in this time of rapid change and disruption our leaders are being called upon to develop healthy workplaces, schools, family units and governments capable of thriving, not just surviving. “There needs to be a humanistic approach to business,” he says. “If we’re going to subscribe to this idea of capitalism, we don’t have to rape and pillage along the way. We can still have free enterprise and we can still have what our planet needs.”
April 25, 2021
#66: Dr. Zach Bush: Heal our soil, our gut, and economies
Dr Zach Bush is my next guest on The Economy of Well-being podcast. Zach and I have become good friends during the pandemic of 2020 exploring new exciting ventures that point pragmatically to a flourishing economy of well-being founded on simple principles of restoring the health and vitality of our soils, which in turn will help heal our inner biome (our guts), increasing the strength of our immune systems and ultimately healing our economies. Zach engenders hope and his joyful demeanour is refreshing during these dark times filled with fear. Zach Bush MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr Zach founded *Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet. His work in for-profit and nonprofit arenas is creating avenues for collaborative action for all stakeholders in our global community for a regenerative future of health for the planet and our children. His work in for-profit and nonprofit arenas is creating avenues for collaborative action for all stakeholders in our global community for a regenerative future of health for the planet and our children. More more information on Zach Bush visit his website https://zachbushmd.com/
April 13, 2021
#79: Galven Lee: How a Singaporean millennial sees Singapore's success, the world and the disruptive economics of ‘love’
Galven is a Singaporean millennial who grew up in this ‘East meets West’, cosmopolitan, tiny and yet multicultural island city-state of contradictions. Professionally, he represents 34 telecoms companies in Asia Pacific as a corporate innovator, engaged in fields such as 5G, data analytics and immersive technologies. He is also co-founder of Sound of Art, an Asian art platform promoting faith-inspired art and visual culture. He is a keen observer of faith and its role in society, having co-authored Unfolding His Story, a 2015 book documenting the Charismatic Christian revival in Singapore of the 1970-80s and its impact on the nation. As we move deeper into the 21st century, he believes that Singapore again has a critical role to play as a global broker and incubator for new and radical models of doing business with love, grace and honour.
April 13, 2021
#78: Yasushi Ohki: Green Violin... investing in well-being through a new model of affordable housing and community assets development
Yasushi Ohki is the founder and director of Green Violin, an Edmonton-based community development company with a remarkable vision for building affordable housing with a well-being impact focus. As Urbanists, the mission of Green Violin is to improve the well-being of our neighborhoods by building innovative spaces where SUSTAINABLE HOUSING and community come together. We are all about Inclusivity, Earth Friendly Design, and Social Connectedness. We spoke today (April 6, 2021) about his vision for building affordable housing in which you and I as friends, neighbours and investors can support the building of homes that are affordable to the most economically challenged members of our neighbourhoods. Yasushi is a remarkable person and visionary. His model for a new form of affordable housing combines some of the strengths of the Habitat for Humanity program with an investment platform that provides local investors like you to invest our money in real community asset development rather than see our money go to equity markets, stocks, and bonds that don't necessarily benefit our communities. Yasushi is not your typical property developer. He has adopted a well-being-by-design approach (something I wrote about in my book An Economy of Well-being) to the affordable housing development space. We have worked together in designing investment instruments that would allow smaller amounts of local capital investment to be invested in community asset development that will generate a genuine well-being return on investment that benefits both the beneficiaries of the affordable housing units Green Violin builds but also investors like myself who have been searching for investments that provide tangible and verifiable well-being impacts (a Well-being ROI). Yasushi was raised in Edmonton and has called it home since completing degrees in civil engineering (University of Alberta) and architecture (University of British Columbia). For over 22 years, he has worked in the land development industry, including greenfield development, infill residential construction and project management. Yasushi has also spent a good portion of his professional life in civil service, first in Strathcona County’s Current Planning Department, then in the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, and finally in the City of Edmonton’s Housing and Homelessness Section. In his most recent nonprofit role, he served as Director of Housing at Homeward Trust Edmonton, an organization focused on the homeless-serving sector. Yasushi brings to his work a love of urban design and a keen eye for how people interact with architecture, combined with a sensitivity to the realities of building construction and maintenance. He continues his work in community development with the establishment of a trio of sustainability-oriented organizations: the Green Violin Community Development Company, the Rose Cello Affordable Housing Society, and the Prairie Sky Property Management Corporation. “I am all about Caring and Sharing. I love the indigenous philosophy of One Bowl One Spoon and I too want to make sure that everybody has enough to eat and that we don’t take more than our share, both from nature and from each other."
April 06, 2021
#77: Sander Tideman: Pathways to Genuine Conscious Capitalism and Finance
Sander Tideman joins my from his home in The Netherlands to discuss a wide range of subjects related to shifting the mindset and consciousness of business and finance towards well-being and what some call consciousness capitalism. Sanders and I first met at his home in Holland where we discussed shifts in economic consciousness with some of Holland's leading thinkers. We subsequently met at the Garrison Institute on the Hudson River in upstate New York at a gathering called Climate, Mind and Behaviour along with other leading economists, journalist, bankers and thought leaders like Paul Hawken (author of the Ecology of Commerce). Sander Tideman is a leadership educator, social & sustainability entrepreneur, author and humanitarian, motivated by fostering the human capacity to address the unprecedented societal and ecological challenges of this age. Sander integrates insights from Eastern philosophy and psychology with Western science and practices of management, business and economics. He has held senior leadership roles himself, in many complex stakeholder fields, co-founded several sustainable enterprises, worked on three continents with leading companies and organizations. Sander’s academic training reflects his interest in East-West integration: he studied International Law at University of Utrecht and International Economic Law at London School of Economics (LSE), while also completing a degree in Asian Legal Systems at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He deepened his understanding of the East by studying Chinese philosophy, language and culture in Taiwan, and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal and India. In his subsequent career as lawyer, banker, social entrepreneur and management & leadership consultant, he developed a theory and practice for sustainability leadership, which he calls Triple Value Leadership. He is currently Executive Director at Garrison Institute International, Senior Faculty at Mobius Executive Leadership in Boston, Faculty Member Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and Board Director at the European Platform for Compassionate Leadership for Climate & Peace (EUPCL) in Luxembourg. Sander authored several books and articles. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Economist, NRC Handelsblad and the Journal for Corporate Citizenship. For more information: www.sandertideman.com.
March 31, 2021
#76: Leaha Mattinson: Silver Linings of Well-being
Leaha Mattinson is an Edmonton-based health expert and Coach with over 30 years experience counselling, training elite athletes, CEOs, and multi-million dollar business owners. She specializes in coaching her corporate and private clients towards health, self-love and energetic confidence. Including weight-loss, symptoms of illness reversal, multi-generational family health and relationship restoration. She works with CEOs and senior managers to build leaders, address issues of workplace conflict, and ensure positive change. Born and raised on a farm in Viking, AB, Canada, mother and grandmother she works globally with clients who access her services to become introspective and intentional about implementing positive change. Leaha is courageous urging each of us to find the source of wellness and wellbeing which is found within. Over 20 years ago she lost over 100 pounds and has kept if off and in-spite of being diagnosed with an incurable, chronic, terminal, neurological disease (Huntington's) that affects the brain and progressively shuts down the mind and body she remains symptom free. Leaha is dedicated to both her own wellness and to fully promoting that - no matter what. She believes that we each have moments every single day to practice gratitude and most importantly compassion which leads to happiness within ourselves, love in our families and ultimately a harmonious workplace and world. In her first book Silver Linings: The Essential Guide to Building Courage, Self-Respect and Wellness, Leaha shared how the inheritance of the gene for Huntington's disease--an incurable genetic illness that attacks the mind and body--inspired her to change her life for the better. She is host of Master Your Life which you can find on YouTube. Learn more about Leaha on Linkedin or at https://healthoncommand.com/
March 23, 2021
#75: Ray Kurzon: From Near Death to a Life of Purpose, Hope and Unconditional Love
Ray Kurzon is a 72-year old entrepreneurial visionary with 50 years of experience in the restaurant, mining, financial services, timber and wellness industries. Ray is a remarkable human being with a story, like many of us, that some will find hard to believe. He has over 30 years of experience in raising capital in all industry sectors with a particular focus on mining and mining services. His current focus is on a higher purpose in all things that he does. He believes in miracles and momentum. He believes that there are no limitations to what is possible when you put your mind and heart into life. He believes in abundance and 'on one left behind.' Ray believes that time is fiction and that non-attachment leads to unconditional love. Ray shares some of his most recent life journey story from near death to life of unconditional love and purpose. He joined me on Feb 16, 2021 from his home in Dallas, Texas. Ray is also a power lifter and still goes to the gym daily to pump iron! He is truly an inspiration for many of us who might see the world as a dark and depressing place; he feels that all of us can collectively raise the vibration of this planet through love.
March 21, 2021
#74: Rose Neufeld: Stories of Nursing, Well-being, and First Nations Wisdom
My next guest is Rose Neufeld, RN, BN, MN Rose is a registered nurse with many years of experience in the health care field and has completed her Master of Nursing degree in Administration at the University of Manitoba. Rose serves as a strategic advisor to communities and organizations on a broad range of health and wellness initiatives. Knowledgeable on provincial, federal and Indigenous government health systems, programs and processes. Collaboration on development of First Nations culturally supportive health care service delivery models. Rose and I have had the honour of working with the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba; I serving as economic strategic advisor on building an economy of well-being and Rose with her focus on advising on systems of improving health and well-being outcomes. She began her career as a critical care nurse in a tertiary care hospital in Winnipeg, and followed that with work in northern Manitoba, providing primary and emergent care to clients in remote nursing stations. During this time, she became aware of greater systemic issues that exist in the delivery of health care services to people living in the north, particularly as it pertains to Indigenous people. She also became aware of the social determinants that impact the health and well-being of this population. She credits her many First Nations friends and mentors for their wisdom and patience in sharing their knowledge as she has come to understand the importance of culture in the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. This knowledge has become the basis of her work and significant in the partnerships she has developed. Rose currently works as a consultant with First Nation communities to build and develop improved health care services that focus on improving efficiency in resource utilization and bridging the gaps between federal and provincial jurisdictions. Rose has developed respectful relationships with many First Nation communities and supports their position that communities know what is best for their own families and community members. This has led to her current success in working on several innovative projects and program development. Her focus is to develop new initiatives and work towards system redesign to improve health outcomes for northern Manitoba residents, including First Nations and Metis populations.
March 15, 2021
#73: Beth Sanders: Building Nest Cities of Well-being
Beth Sanders joins me today on The Economy of Well-being Podcast to discuss her ideas for improving city 'nest-making' and well-being across our neighbourhoods. Beth has developed a mastery in municipal strategic planning having recently helped our city, Edmonton, develop a new strategic plan called ConnectEdmonton which sets the direction for Edmonton's future and vision for Edmonton in 2050. Beth Sanders MCP RPP is the author of Nest City: How Cities Serve Citizens and Citizens Serve Cities. She is an award-winning city planner, including the International Integral City Meshworker of the Year in 2013. At 21 years old, Jane Jacobs served as the spark to help Beth find her passion: to learn about, understand and support the relationship we have with cities and with each other in our cities. At city planning school, she began to notice the work that called to her. She has worked for municipalities across Western Canada, including as general manager of planning and development in Fort McMurray, in the heart of the oil sands, when it was the fastest growing municipality in North America in the mid-2000s. In 2007 she founded POPULUS to shepherd efforts to make city habitats that serve citizens well. Beth is a fourth-generation settler of English, Irish and Norwegian descent living in the territory of the Treaty 6 First Nations and the homelands of the Métis people. She makes herself at home in Edmonton, a welcoming city where the first footsteps that marked this place belonged to the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Blackfoot, Métis and Inuit. Beth believes the following about Social Habits and Cities I walked away from my dream job because I learned that I wanted to be part of an organization — and cities — that explicitly supports employees and citizens to do their best work. I wanted more. I wanted conscious city making. I want to co-create social habitats that foster conscious city making. And so I set up a consulting company and dove in. I responded to the inner call to work differently, and create the conditions for me — and others — to do so. I have beautiful clients who want and ask me to do the work I love to do. I have made time to write and write, to figure out more clearly where this work is taking me. And here I am, with you, to work together to make our cities places that serve us well. To co-evolve together. I believe a city can choose to look after itself and its people. It’s not easy work, and it will never end. It is a call to experience the city as a learning ground, a partner in our evolutionary journey as a species. This is the direction in which I wish to move. Learn more about Beth's work at https://www.bethsanders.ca/
March 13, 2021
#72: The Alberta Well-being Budget 2021 Budget Speech: What If?
As a former senior policy advisor to former Alberta Treasurer Jim Dinning in the mid-1990s, I've had experience in helping prepare budgets, budget speeches and performance measurement reports. I've had the honour of serving on the Alberta Audit Committee under Premier Rachel Notley's government. As many of you know, I dream of a day when government's will table capital and operating budgets which are linked to improving the well-being conditions of citizens. I call this Well-being-based Budgeting. On February 25th 2021, the Alberta 2021-22 Budget was table by Finance Minister Travis Toews. The news was grim: a huge deficit and debt levels growing to $100 billion. Budget speeches and budgets predict what may happen tomorrow; they also reflect a desired fiscal future. But like all narratives, they depend on what the authors believe is possible and at best attempt to predict the future. Economists aren't very good at forecasting the future. No one would have known in January 2019 that Covid 19 would decimate our government fiscal conditions. Governments as such operate without a proper balance sheet; there is no full accounting of the state of well-being of the key assets of our province: our people, our relationships, and the state of our landscapes. Failure to account for the state of 'well-being' of these key assets that determine our economic future is simply poor accounting. What if our capital and operating budgets were tied to our genuine wealth and well-being conditions? After all, the word 'wealth' means 'the conditions of well-being' from the 13th Century Old English)? What would a budget say if it aspired to actually improving a common aspiration of 'better well-being' for all Albertans? What might we express as a new path towards improved well-being with the pandemic causing us to pause and count our blessings? In 2019 I prepared (for fun) a fictional Canada 2020 Well-being Budget Speech which many of you liked. It's amazing what is possible to dream about a different approach to budgeting and governance that would be focused on a simple aspiration: better well-being. I would love your feedback and comments.
March 10, 2021
#71: Chief Larry Sault: Get-er-done...Building Sovereign Nations of Well-being
Chief Larry Sault is the former Chief of the Mississaugas of New Credit and former Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians in Southwestern Ontario, which Six Nations was a founding member. The traditional territory of the Six Nations includes the city of Toronto. Larry's maternal connection to Six Nations (Iroquois) is from his mother and both great-grandmothers. Through this maternal lineage, Larry is from the Mohawk Wolf Clan. On the paternal Mississauga Nation side, he is from the Eagle Clan. Larry spent more than a decade in the Silicon Valley in the Financial Services Industry. Larry is a remarkable leader with a 'get-er-done' philosophy to life. "I am a hands-on, ‘get-er-done’ person willing to climb the mountains that are before us. I believe in planning and ensuring we build a strong foundation. I believe in policy and regulatory processes that govern and guide our institutions - BUT our policies should be friendly, allowing for innovation and creativity. I believe in negotiating the best deals possible. But at the end of the day, let’s stop the talking and all the rhetoric, let’s see some production and let’s seize the opportunities that are in our grasp." Larry brings over 25 years of dynamic leadership of working with First Nations in Canada, Native American Tribes in the United States, Arctic Inuit, Maori of New Zealand and Aborigine of Australia. He has held key positions in political leadership, private sector corporations and non-profit organizations. Larry helped co-create Sault Minds a business focused on monetizing the development of First Nations lands, creating commercial innovations unique to First Nations communities, and managing First Nations wealth to the betterment of today, tomorrow and generations to come. The company's business model is to fund and commercialize opportunities unique to Indigenous Peoples and provide the support and infrastructure to go-to-market successfully. You can learn more about Larry's ideas and current work at https://chieflarrysault.com/
March 04, 2021
#70: Lorraine Smith: A regenerative economy of well-being as a super marathon aspiration
B. Lorraine Smith joins me today (February 12, 2021) to explore her views and years of experience in the world of corporate social responsibility, sustainability reporting and advising companies globally on pursuing what might be viewed as a future fit for genuine well-being. B. Lorraine Smith is a writer and an independent consultant. She imagines a future where the economy serves a thriving society within a healthy biosphere. She invests her time in making that idea reality. As a writer, Lorraine shares her ideas through her blog which introduces different people, places and possibilities that are showing signs of that future emerging today. Lorraine spends her spare time knitting and running super marathons. Running for 4-5 hours at a time has taught her to learn from the lessons of the natural environment around her. Nature has taught her a great deal that the sustainability road is a very long pursuit. As Ray Anderson of Interface once said 'we are only half-way up Mt. Sustainability.' As a consultant, since 2004 she has been working with companies in Brazil, Canada, Europe, the UK, and the US, collaborating with corporate leaders who are keen to shape the next phase of business. Along with working directly with clients, she is also a senior consultant with BuzzWord, an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting and strategy group based in the US. Lorraine is also a member of the Expert Council of the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, an open source tool that quantifies how businesses are contributing to a sustainable future. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Lorraine has lived in Australia, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand and New York City. She currently calls Montreal home. To find out more about Lorraine, visit https://www.blorrainesmith.com/. Her latest newsletter — Calling All Angels — walks us through this world as best I can. Check out the blog for the latest on the shift to the regenerative economy or reach me through any one of the following channels: Website / https://www.blorrainesmith.com/ YouTube / Lorraine's Channel Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/BLorraineSmith/ Twitter / @BLorraineSmith mobile / +1.514-632-4848 Instagram / blorrainesmith LinkedIn / https://www.linkedin.com/in/b-lorraine-smith-155a875/
March 03, 2021
#69: Dr. John Cobb Jr.: Celebrating 96 Years of Wisdom
Dr. John Cobb Jr. turned 96. John has led a remarkably long and good life. Born in Kobe, Japan and growing up in Hiroshima he moved back to the US (Georgia) in 1944 before the bombing of Hiroshima. John's love for Asian culture continues in his important work on advancing the ideas of an ecological civilization in Asia and in his home in Pomona, California. John is considered one of the world's foremost process theologians. Highly respected in China, Japan and South Korea for his wisdom and counsel on the notion of an ecological civilization, he was an inspiration to Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul, South Korea. Both John and I were guests of Mayor Park in September 2019 where we explored the prospects of South Korea adopting the concept of an ecological civilization and my well-being economic governance ideas. It's so important to have elders like John in one's life. I cherish his wise counsel and his encouragement. He has been my mentor and encouraged me for many years to keep pursuing the truth about economics, money and well-being. John was the inspiration behind the Genuine Progress Indicator and the Index for Sustainable Economic Welfare which was developed along with ecologist Dr. Herman Daly, published in their seminal book on sustainability called For the Common Good (1987). Both John and Herman have inspired my own pursuit of an alternative economics based on well-being and happiness. I first met John (and his son Cliff Cobb) in 1999 while working on the US Genuine Progress Indicator with the US economic think-tank Redefining Progress.
March 03, 2021
#68: Walter Brueggemann: Finding Glimmers of Joy and Laughter in the Wilderness
Walter Brueggemann, one of the world's most prolific Old Testament scholars, returns to my podcast to share his wisdom from 87 years of a good life lived with joy. A prophetic voice in the wilderness of our so-called enlightenment, his humour and laughter reminds me of the joy that is always present in the depths of our hearts. We all need elders in our lives to help us reflect on the many graces we have been given in our lives. An economy of well-being is one in which we listen carefully to our elders before they pass on from this earthly existence. Walter is still writing, his most recent writings can be found on the Church A New.org blog https://churchanew.org/brueggemann?author=5e8395f4103b585101d04954 Enjoy Walter's voice, crying with joy from the wilderness!
February 23, 2021
#67: Edmonton Councillor Aaron Paquette: Joy and the Economics of Well-being
Edmonton Councillor Aaron Paquette joins me today in a lively and joyful conversation about how Edmonton might orient its decisions and budgeting process towards well-being. Aaron exudes pure joy and hope when he speaks. His passion for life is infectious. A gifted visual artist and father of four, Aaron's indigenous roots gives Aaron a unique perspective in politics and his appreciation for my remarkable home of Edmonton, known to the Cree people as the great 'pehonen' or gathering place on Turtle Island (North America). In the word Edmonton is the Cree word 'monto' meaning 'Great Spirit.' Councillor Paquette is committed to building strong and diverse communities in northeast Edmonton. Prior to his election to Council, Aaron worked as an award-winning Indigenous artist and author. His work can be viewed in museums, schools, hospitals and LRT stations across our city. His novel, Lightfinder, is taught in schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada. He has also worked with local schools in Edmonton’s north side to help create mural projects. His passion for education also led him to work with Alberta Education, various school boards and teachers associations to help develop art curriculum and improve academic achievement. In 2012, he created an education conference to lay new ground for more effective approaches to creating healthy and respectful learning environments for students and teachers. In his role as City Councillor for Ward 4, Aaron sits on Executive Committee, Utility Committee and the City Manager and City Auditor Performance Evaluation Committee. He has sponsored the Council Initiative on Food Security, and has also taken a leadership role working on the Child-Friendly Edmonton, End Poverty Edmonton, Multiculturalism and Urban Isolation/Mental Health initiatives. Aaron lives in Brintnell with his wife Clarice and their four children.
January 25, 2021
#65: Leah Geoghegan: Restoring Functional Cellular Health and Well-being
Leah Geoghegan: Restoring Functional Cellular Health and Well-being Leah Geoghegan (HNP AGNP-C ) is a board-certified Adult Primary Care and Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner who helps individuals overcome chronic illness and achieve optimal wellness by naturally balancing the body, restoring function, and alleviating pain. She has recently founded a new enterprise called Emergence.health Leah approaches care by blending Western and Eastern medicine practices based on patient preference, evidence-based data, and her clinical expertise. Her assessment methods are scientifically proven and rooted in asking good questions, active listening, and detailed lab testing. She prioritizes strong relationships with her patients built on trust and mutual respect. Leah has over 6 years of combined experience in nursing, working in the areas of transplant surgery, emergency medicine, primary care and functional medicine. She holds a Nursing and Global Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University’s world-renowned Adult Primary and Holistic Care programs. Her functional medicine training is through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). She is also certified as a medical marijuana prescriber in New York State. Learn more about Leah's work with Emergence Health at https://www.emergence.health Mobile: 1- 646-649-2782
December 24, 2020
#64: Brynja Magnusson: Discovering the 'gene key' to your life's purpose
Brynja Magnusson is my next special guest on the Economy of Well-being podcast. Brynja has Icelandic cultural roots and lives in upstate New York. Her life journey (only 28 years and counting) has led her soaring heights of wisdom and insights to who we are, our purpose for being on earth. Her insights into indigenous animal totems and the ancient Chinese I Ching helps people understand the real nature of their being and life purpose. Growing up between the lush forests of New York and the mossy lava fields of Iceland, Brynja has been immersed in nature spirituality since childhood. For over 10 years she has been studying the use of animal totems and the I Ching as a practical tool for guidance and self-awareness. After several life-altering spiritual encounters in nature resulting in the recovery from chronic illness, the study of spirituality has been her sole focus and career through modalities such as Shamanism, Eastern Spirituality, manual therapies, rituals, initiations, and nature immersion. Brynja integrates tools such as Human Design and the Gene Keys with the study of symbolic and mystical modalities. In 2019 Brynja created Ceremoniance, a company dedicated to producing visual and text learning materials to make the study of energetics and spiritual concepts more accessible for beginners or cross-disciplinary students. Ceremoniance uses art and design as the medium for bridging inspiration, interest, and understanding to meaningful wisdom tools. Brynja has published four products through Ceremoniance since the company's creation one year ago, of which she is the sole artist, designer, and writer. Website: https://www.brynjamagnusson.com/ Insatgram: @ceremoniance
December 19, 2020
#63: Jesse Harless: Transcending addictions to discover the heart math of well-being.
Jesse Harless (M.A.), has transcended the trauma of losing his father at the age of 4, then the challenges of addictions, and has become a coach and guide to others (including entrepreneurs) to journey into the source of well-being and joy, the heart. Jessie the Founder of Entrepreneurs in Recovery®, Author, HeartMath® Certified Trainer, Life Coach, Facilitator He is a leader in the addiction recovery and mental health space. He is also the author of the best-selling book Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers and the creator of Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Events, which are highly experiential online and in-person events to help individuals and organizations discover their inherent ability to increase coherence, build resilience, harness strengths, amplify appreciation, and create purposeful visions. His new book, “If Not You, Then Who?” will be available on 1/22/2021 To learn more about Jesse, visit his website at RecoveryFacilitation.com
December 17, 2020
#62: Loren Duffey: The Medicine of Well-being
Loren Duffey took a very different path from the generational doctors in his family. He was on the more artistic side of things. During grade school and through college he studied music with a foundation in business. After college he traveled and toured in a band for 6 years playing the drums before eventually landing in real estate. He has been a licensed real estate agent for 20 years now and had been investing in real estate even before that. His passion for many years was to build and designing homes using 100-year old Baltimore rowhomes as his canvas. He has a unique/creative style, using salvaged wood details. People lined up to purchase them. 10 years ago he was opened up the energetic arts and that has definitely been his passion ever since. He strives to spread the word of different healing methods that are available for everyone to use. This has resulted in the recent website that he is developing called Karma HuBB. Prior to Covid he co-hosted a healing circle at a wellness center once a month experiencing different modalities for himself. These days selling real estate is his day job and KarmaHuBB (https://karmahubb.com/) his night job. He feels he is currently Living with Passion. I would describe Loren as a 'genuine well-being doctor' in the truest sense of the word 'medicine' which originates from the Latin medicina which means "the healing art,"
December 17, 2020
#61: Barbara Phillips: 85-year old bison rancher shares her wisdom about what the buffalo and healthy soils have to teach us about a restorative economy of well-being.
Barbara Phillips, a 85-year old former bison/buffalo rancher shares her wisdom about what the buffalo and healthy soils have to teach us about a restorative economy of well-being. Barbara, who lives in Edmonton, discussed a wide range of topics from her experience as a buffalo rancher in Oregon, regenerative agriculture, mediation and circle dialogue facilitation. Barbara shares some excellent tips on advancing an economy of well-being. Barbara is a skilled and highly experienced mediator, trainer, facilitator, speaker and coach. She has worked with groups as diverse as ministerial levels of government and top executives of U.S. Fortune 50 companies as well as social services professionals, blue-collar line staff, engineers, lawyers, street people, caregivers and artists, among others. Her shortcuts help people process complex emotions so as to foster healthy relationships and to remove barriers to functionality. She has 25 years’ of experience in mediation and facilitation with emphasis on both sensitive issues as well as the complex, technical and highly polarized She has been an Adjunct Faculty at University of Santa Clara Law School, Golden Gate University Law School, Erickson College, Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society Edmonton, and the Justice Institute’s Conflict Resolution Program and faculty / coach for the TLC Caregivers School in Edmonton Barbara invites clients to think and see in new ways while providing effective, immediately usable new skills. Kenneth Cloke the founder and former president of Mediators Beyond Borders has this to say about Barbara: "Barbara Phillips is brilliant. She is incredibly insightful – not simply in spotting surface issues, or even those that lie hidden beneath the surface – but in rooting out the deeply subconscious, artfully camouflaged, deliberately locked away issues that are key to transformational outcomes. She is gentle, kind, intelligent and articulate, and possesses uncanny accuracy and limitless courage. She has had a profound impact on thousands. May you be fortunate enough to be one of them.“
December 06, 2020
#59: The life of John Hillbery: from the ashes of war-time London, to the Bank of America, to the wisdom of eldership
John Hillbery describes himself as an outcome of Nature and of almost 80 years of experience. His great ambition was and continues to be to understand and to fully embrace life and living. He has no formal education, and despite this, has managed to lead a life which is rich in experience. Started work at 14 in a shipping office. Discovered market research at 18 and worked for first research company in UK. Went to sea at 19 with a Swedish freighter. At 20 became stockbroker’s clerk. Spent 5 years working in all aspects of trading and stock broking. Entered the world of print media by joining The Daily Telegraph, London in 1966, followed by The Times of London and later Financial Times (FT), London (1969 -1975). He travelled the globe with FT. Was headhunted to become Group Communications Director, Bank Of America in 1975 and joined the Bank for Commerce and Credit or BCCI in1979 where he served as advisor till 1989. He is imbued with the spirit of giving and is a visionary. He is deeply troubled by what he sees happening in our world, and continues to live with hope for a better tomorrow.
November 18, 2020
#60: Chiyoko Osborne: From New York's fashion industry to raising consciousness
Chiyoko Osoborne is a true lightworker at heart. Chiyoko is on a mission to raise consciousness. She helps awakened people connect to their inner wisdom and integrate it into their day-to-day, modern, fast paced lives. As an Executive Coach and founder of Mandala Method, Chiyoko guides entrepreneurs, leaders and founders to reach peak performance through flow-state. She specializes in training these leaders to navigate their daily chaos more fluidly and with laser focus, and has done so with serial entrepreneurs, former Navy SEALs, and think tank department heads. Chiyoko’s work combines ancient modalities (mindfulness, meditation) and modern science (bio-hacking and neuroscience). She incorporates supporting the four pillars of health in all the work she does: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Chiyoko is a Partner at Evolution, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in L.A. and servicing clients worldwide. Chiyoko's work as an Executive Coach draws from both her 10 years in the NYC corporate world, heading up marketing teams at Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, McCann, and Havas, and from her past 9 years in the entrepreneurial space of holistic health, meditation, and flow-state. She co-founded Mindfresh, a corporate wellness company that brings meditation and mindfulness into offices. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC), a member of The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and sits on the Advisory Board for Mount Sinai Child Psychiatry Department. Learn more: www.chiyoko.com. Contact: email@example.com. Chiyoko and I are part of a remarkable group of entrepreneurs and visionaries called Task Force Humanity on a mission to rethink the world of technology, social media platforms, economies and finance, born out of the Covid 19 pandemic.
November 18, 2020
#58: Brianna Greenspan: Miracle Mornings and Finding Joy in Pain
Brianna Greenspan is a remarkable 33-year from Houston, Texas. I met Brianna through the Task Force Humanity that was founded during Covid as a platform for sharing innovations and ideas that arguably will become the foundations of an economy of well-being and a new higher consciousness civilization of love. Overcoming agonizing physical pain and illness in her younger years, Brianna was introduced to the story of Hal Elrod, the founder of the Miracle Morning and has found greater joy as a result of the daily practices espoused by Hal in his Miracle Morning protocol. The Miracle Morning is a 6-step morning routine using what are called Life S.A.V.E.R.S.: silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing. Without seeing Brianna live, you can hear in her voice the affirmation that a daily routine of silence and affirmation that 'love is who you are' is an inspiration to all of us that even in the place of chronic illness and suffering, joy can be experienced and sustained. Brianna Greenspan was born with a chronic illness that went undiagnosed until her 20's. Defying the logic of doctors and the temptation to be a victim, Brianna has dedicated her life to healing herself while empowering others to take ownership over their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Brianna's health journey sparked her thirst for knowledge in neuroscience, mindfulness, permaculture, appreciative inquiry facilitation, ancient healing methods and habit stacking to increase vibrational frequencies. She is also the co-author of multiple books including one with the Miracle Morning series. The Miracle Morning movie will soon be out December 12, 2020 Her life's work is centered around using her superpower as a master connector to facilitate all the good she can in collaborative settings to uplift global wellbeing mainly focused in medical genetics and education.
November 16, 2020
#57: Ron Lynch and Brianna Greenspan: The Genuine Pursuit of Happiness
November 10, 2020: Ron Lynch and Brianna Greenspan, both US-based members of the Task Force Humanity, which has emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic as platform of hope and an economy of love in our world, join me today in this lively three-way conversation about hope for an economy of well-being. Ron Lynch is a unique creative force in the marketing industry. He is a prominent direct response television producer, screenwriter, director, inventor, author, investor and philanthropist. He teaches marketing through his four star gold rated course, the Marketing Mercenary. This teaches young marketers and experienced how to think about wealth, money and ethical sales from an audience perspective. It is a guide that over 200 people have used to launch businesses over the past 3 years. On March 14,2020- the first day of covid, he launched the global feeding network network charity Intellihelp. Utilizing tech to connect people in need and givers in an UBER meets the Red Cross fashion it was the fasting growing non celebrity group on Facebook this year with over 100,000 members internationally in a matter of weeks. A background in retail operations as a grocery operations director he has a CEO level understanding of supply chain, labor and P&L’s. He has a passion for ethically bringing innovations to consumers that solve real problems. Most often associated as the creative, strategist for GoPro and 70 other brands including Rug Doctor, Orange Glo&OxiClean, Samsung, J&J, S.C. Johnson Brands. He has several patents, had a hand in over a dozen films and produced a library of over 400 television commercials representing 4.5 Billion in receipts. He is happy to offer counsel and perspective to open minds and hearts. He is on the board of several tech and food oriented start-ups as well. He is here to help offer perspective and teach you how to create connectivity that benefits those around you through the “Law of Traction”. He lives in West Austin with his wife of 30 years, his 3 adult kids and dog at the Swiss Consulate. Brianna Greenspan was born with a chronic illness that went undiagnosed until her 20's. Defying the logic of doctors and the temptation to be a victim, Brianna has dedicated her life to healing herself while empowering others to take ownership over their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Brianna's health journey sparked her thirst for knowledge in neuroscience, mindfulness, permaculture, appreciative inquiry facilitation, ancient healing methods and habit stacking to increase vibrational frequencies. She is also the co-author of multiple books including one with the Miracle Morning series. Her life's work is centered around using her superpower as a master connector to facilitate all the good she can in collaborative settings to uplift global wellbeing mainly focused in medical genetics and education.
November 16, 2020
#56: Dr. Julia Kim measuring gross national happiness in Bhutan and Canada
Dr. Julia Kim is a leading expert in global health and wellbeing and the Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan www.gnhcentrebhutan.org. Through local and international partnerships, the GNH Centre designs experiential leadership and action programs that promote a more flourishing, equitable, and sustainable world - based on New Economics principles, alternative progress measures, sustainable development, and the growing science of wellbeing. Prior to living in Bhutan, Julia worked as a physician and HIV researcher in Africa and Asia, before serving with UNDP and UNICEF in New York. She brings a background in transformative leadership development, systems change, research, and policy in the fields of wellbeing economics, global health and development. She is a member of the Club of Rome, and an associate of the Presencing Institute - a global network integrating awareness-based practices as a core capacity of 21st-century innovation and leadership. Julia holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Manitoba, Tufts University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
October 16, 2020
#55: Dr. Clinton Bliss: Transitioning to an Economy of Well-being, after the pandemic ends
Dr. Clinton Bliss Clinton Bliss MD is the Medical Director of Bliss Medical Center. He is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Medicine, and practices Family and Emergency Medicine in Washington State. He is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Happiness Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals and communities around the world through education and community engagement. He lives in Seattle with his partner Laura Musikanski. Clinton and I discuss the current state of a pandemic economy, how his patients and people in general are coping. We touch on his most recent co-authored article titled When Will the Pandemic End? Suggestions for US Communities to Manage Well-being in the Face of Covid-19 When Will the Pandemic End? Suggestions for US Communities to Manage Well-Being in the Face of COVID-19 Clinton believes that in order to flourish in the midst of a pandemic, community plans should be based on a community development (CD) approach and should entail inclusive and participatory decision-making process that engage young people. Communities should use this time to transition to a well-being-based local economy and implement interventions that allow for human interaction such as negative pressure ventilation and filtration of air in indoor spaces, availability of universal testing, contract tracing and the widespread use of personal powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs).
September 22, 2020
#54: Bob Willard: Seven Bold Strokes in building an economy of well-being for Canada
Bob Willard (August 28, 2020) Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given over 1,300 presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies. He has authored six books: The Sustainability Advantage (2002), The Next Sustainability Wave (2005), The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook (2009), The New Sustainability Advantage (2012), Future-Fit Business Benchmark (co-authored Release 1, 2016), and the free, open-source Sustainability ROI Workbook (2017) Bob serves on the board of the Future-Fit Foundation and the B Corp Standards Advisory Council. Bob received a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto in 2005. Bob has just released his 'white paper' called Seven Bold Strokes. He notes: "We are at a pivotal point in the course of human civilization. We need to acknowledge that the system that got us into this global quagmire is not fit for our future. Let’s capitalize on this rare opportunity to truly transform global systems.....It’s easy to criticize the status quo. There have been glaringly obvious national and global failures to mitigate our current crises effectively, let alone prepare for them. But it’s time to challenge ourselves to propose what we would do if we were in charge of the world. If we had a magic wand, what are the actions that we would immediately take to transform our world to a more resilient, just, inclusive and safe socioeconomic system?” You can read his white paper at https://sustainabilityadvantage.com/documents/7%20Bold%20Strokes%20to%20Save%20Our%20World.pdf
August 31, 2020
#53: Desmond Wong: A Singaporean perspective on an economy of hope and well-being
Desmond Wong (a 34 year-old Singaporean) and I discuss the opportunities that Singapore presents to the world as an emerging Asian model for an economy of well-being. Having visited Singapore twice in 2018 I came to a deep appreciation of the the potential of this small Asian nation to become one of the most successful working models of an economy of well-being. We also cover the important influence of German philosopher Max Scheler (1874-1928) whose writings on ethics and values influenced the thinking of Pope John Paul II. on his own notion of a Civilization of Love. Who is Desmond Wong? He is a Singaporean Catholic who pursued his calling into the plural sector, from “grassroots and boots” to consulting for charities, government, and philanthropists. He has presented case studies on community operational research (OR) in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Desmond believes that purpose must inform our apparatus and actions, and that only people have phenomenal value, in every sense of the phrase. Rather than Pilatian listening to the crowds, we would do better by revisiting what is meaningful to us as living communities. Rather than ideology, we would do better in the light of both faith and reason, and the experience of love that takes us out of our comfort zone and sends us into the world. Desmond holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, University of Hull, United Kingdom, a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Psychology, Executive Education from Harvard University, United States, and is Full Member of the Singapore Psychological Society. “If we do not face our wounds, we will inflict wounds on others … We need to be found and carried … by someone who will leave the 99 … why? The shepherd says … ‘You may be a wounded sheep or a lost, useless coin, but … Here I AM … have no fear … your wounds, your sins can never diminish your worth for me’.” – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
August 26, 2020
#52: Katherine Trebeck: How the Wellbeing Economy Alliance is helping to build economies of well-being around the world.
Episode #52: Katherine Trebeck Katherine Trebeck is one of the co-founders of the international Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL) and his headquartered in Glasgow Scotland. https://wellbeingeconomy.org/ Katherine and I discuss the opportunities for building new economies of well-being around the world whether in her home in Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland and now Amsterdam. The Covid-19 situation has challenged every nation to consider an alternative economic system that focuses more on building back better where better is defined more in terms of improving the conditions of well-being for all rather than purely maximizing GDP or economic growth. Katherine is the Policy and Knowledge lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, which works to amplify the work of others in the movement for a wellbeing economy. Her book The Economics of Arrival co-authored with Jeremy Williams, explores a new mantra for development that shifts attention from growth to quality and distribution of economic activity as we seek to 'make ourselves at home’ in a wealthy world. Before her current role, Katherine was Policy and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam’s UK Programme, and prior to this, she led research and policy for Oxfam’s Scotland office. Here she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index, a measure of Scotland’s real prosperity developed through wide-ranging community consultation. She has been a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where her work included analysis of community development, corporate social responsibility and social housing. Katherine has a PhD in political science from The Australian National University, where her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde.
August 01, 2020
#51. Kai-Lee Worsley: Inspired to transcend poverty
July 14, 2020 Kai-Lee Worsley is 22 year old student at NAIT and aspiring business leader from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She grew up in a low-income household raised by her amazing single mother in one of the 6,000 affordable housing apartments managed by Edmonton’s Capital Region Housing Corporation. She boldly reached out to me one day on Linkedin having heard the podcast interview with Greg Dwelling, the CEO of Capital Region Housing Corp. She suggested that I might want to hear her story about growing up in so-called poverty and some of the opportunities she sees for people like herself to aspire to a better life and leave the intergenerational challenges of poverty behind. Kai Lee is currently working for Ruby Kaur, the owner of Block 1912 cafe on Whyte Avenue as the café’s social media manager. Her goal is to help the works of young artists especially those like her who have grown up in poverty and whose artist talents have a reason to be discovered by us all. Kai Lee is an inspiration to all of us to pursue your dreams and genuine happiness by simply celebrating the gifts of our spirit!
July 15, 2020
#49: Yannick Beaudoin: Charting a path for Canada as a model of an economy of well-being
#49. May 26, 2016. Yannick Beaudoin Yannick Beaudoin is the Director General for Ontario and Northern Canada for the David Suzuki Foundation. He is schooled in economics for transition to socially and ecologically sustainable societies; social innovation processes and transformational leadership; marine and economic geology. Yannick holds an: Masters of Arts in Economics for Transition to Social-Ecological Economics) and a Ph.D. Marine Geology. He was the Former Chief Scientist with GRID-Arendal – a United Nations Environment Programme. Yannick has witnessed the flaws and failings of old economic thinking and practice. He sees an opportunity emerging for Canada to lead the way in innovating a new ‘well-being economy’, designed to benefit all people and nature. Yannick and I, along with other economists, have been crafting a new post-pandemic well-being focused economic system for Canada that we hope will receive serious attention by the Government of Canada and eventually provincial governments. Like New Zealand, which tabled its first Well-being Budget in 2019, Canada might become another model for a well-being economy.
June 02, 2020
#48. Enid Dufresne-Dario: Sustaining a local cafe (Junifer Cafe and Bistro) through the Covid-19 pandemic
#48. May 18, 2020. Enid Dufresne-Dario is an Edmonton entrepreneur, Co-Owner and CVO of Edmonton-based Juniper Cafe & Bistro, a local neighbourhood cafe located in the Strathearn community. Juniper Cafe and Bistro was born 5 years ago a shared vision of Enid and her husband Kenny Dario. I spoke with Enid about the challenges their local cafe has faced over the past two month Covid-19 pandemic, navigating the challenges of a temporary closure and how they plan to resume their operations with fewer tables and customers served. How can this jewel of a local cafe remain resilient and sustainable? I believe Juniper is a model of an enterprise or business that espouses the principles of well-being in the business world, committed to building enduring relationships of trust with employee and the providing customers with the highest possible value in both food and a place to gather as neighbours and friends. Juniper was created as an entrepreneurial venture born out of a desire to take your family and friend’s kitchen-get-togethers to a larger space where more friends could enjoy great food, beverages and lots of laughter. The food Juniper prepares is fresh, seasonal, local and homemade. Enid and Dario choose organic and local products, whenever possible. Breakfast can be as simple as a fresh-baked scone and a coffee to our signature hand-held bennie. Lunch features fresh salads, soups and hand-crafted sandwiches. Juniper plans to reopen Sunday June 14, 2020 for their beloved brunch... while fewer tables can be served, the same beloved food will again be available for friends and neighbours who experience Juniper like home and family.
May 27, 2020
#46. Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse: Indigenous Love Medicine
#46, May 11, 2020 Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse is Cree and Mohawk from Michel First Nation. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Faculty of Native Studies and is completing an MSc with the Faculty of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Jodi is the founder and co-owner of Miyo-Pimatisiwin Productions and is also the producer and broadcaster of an award-winning Indigenous radio program called Acimowin. Jodi’s interests are Indigenous media, Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous feminism, social innovation and Indigenous futurisms. Her work is dedicated to uplifting Indigenous peoples, stories, traditions and laws. Jodi and I are in the process of co-producing a series called Love Medicine; a series of interviews with indigenous and non-indigenous wisdom keepers, elders and inspired individuals whose stories remind us that love is indeed the most powerful of all medicines.
May 22, 2020
#47. Rozanna Wyatt: How to pursue of life of purpose and joy in an uncertain Covid world.
#47. May 22, 2020. Rozanna, a good friend and executive and life coach, joined me today to talk about what she is seeing in her many clients after more than 2 months of this Covid crisis. She shares some of her most important coaching tips on how we can find that path of joy and purpose by being more present to the NOW, of forgiving oneself (and therefore others) and with discipline follow a path that ultimately is one of love. Rozanna Wyatt is an expert executive and life coach that helps top leaders and high achievers around the globe take their life, performance, and success to the next level. With fourteen years of impactful experience, Rozanna is able to shift the confidence and mindset of those she works with so they can experience the extraordinary impact they’re looking for in their lives. Rozanna takes pride in receiving feedback like this from her clients: "The expression "you don't know what you don't know" is precisely why engaging in coaching with Rozanna is the 1-2 MUST combination for anyone who is driven to take their performance to the next level. Rozanna has guided me beyond that elusive something I knew I was missing but couldn't see or grasp; to new insights, solutions, and strategies. I have a new vision, improved performance, results, and reality. I reached out to her and have never looked back since!" - Senior Leader
May 22, 2020
#45. Ellen Brown and Walt McCree: Could public banks create money without cost after the Covid economic crisis has waned?
#45. May 4, 2020. Ellen Brown, a public banking expert, author and founder of the Public Banking Institute, joins Walt McCree of the Public Bank Associates today (May 4, 2020) to discuss their ideas of what role a renewed Bank of Canada and public banks (like ATB Financial in Alberta) might play in creating interest-free money, ensuring a Universal Basic Income and slowly extinguishing mountains of unrepayable debt of governments and households. In last 11 minutes of this program I discuss the historical role of the Bank of Canada that prior to 1974 created interest-free debt money for the federal and provincial government. Today that mountain of debt exceeds $1.4 trillion for both provincial and federal governments with interest charges consuming large portions of government operating budgets. Could the Covid-19 crisis and the economic emergency Canada finds itself in be a catalyst for restoring the original mandate of the Bank of Canada along with the mandate of provincial (or state) public banks like Alberta Treasury Branches to create the necessary money to cover government operating deficits and reduce the burden of hidden interest charges in the costs of living (including taxes) of Canadian households? The cost savings to Canadian households of eliminating interest charges on public debt sold to private markets would be tremendous, effectively reducing the number of hours we currently have to work to pay for these interest charges. Could the creation of money by a renewed public central bank become a public utility without the unnecessary cost of interest charges? I believe so. Consider, for example, that for every $1.00 of the average American household income, roughly $0.45 is currently going to pay for hidden interest charges in all goods, services and government programs (taxers) that are associated with over $73 trillion in outstanding government, household, and business debts. This total debt continues to growth doubling roughly 7-8 years through the power of compound interest.
May 04, 2020
#44. Ad Broere: Dutch Economist envision a new financial future
#44. Ad Broere is a Dutch economist based in Amsterdam with forty years of experience in business, banking and education. Ad has been active as an author and publicist since 2007. He has written five books including: A Human Economy (2009), Ending the Global Casino (2010), Money comes from Nothing (2012), Hanneke de Vries borrows money from the bank (2015) and Money in the Supporting Role (2018). In 2014, he was one of the three initiators of the Citizen Initiative Our Money, which brought it to the House of Representatives in the Hague. Ad envisions a new financial future where money is no longer our master but in service to our common good and well-being.
May 04, 2020
#43. Kelly Rudyk: Hyyge (Well-being) Economics for Alberta and Canada in a post-Covid world.
#43. April 18, 2020. Economist Kelly Rudyk joins me today to talk about his vision for Alberta's economy during this most difficult of economic times when oil has entered negative territory and Alberta's financial debts are ballooning. Kelly spend 28 years with Strathcona County (Sherwood Park, Alberta) in the capacity of senior economist and head of the strategic planning process. He was instrumental in introducing priority-based budgeting process. Kelly founded his consulting firm ItsLogical.ca in 2019 with a vision of pushing the boundaries of strategic planning and building alignment with organizational functions. He is passionate about the Danish cultural attribute called Hygge, which is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. During a time of self-isolation and economic angst, this might be the best time for Albertans to contemplate a future based on Hygge and well-being, learning from the Danes who are consistently the happiest nations on the planet.
April 24, 2020
#42. Could a universal basic income for Canada save our economic lives during this pandemic and usher in a new economy of well-being?
#42. April 21, 2020. Author and public banking expert Ellen Brown (author of The Public Bank Solution) explores the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) which Spain recently announced as its national strategy to help individuals and households survive during this Covid-19 pandemic and the economic shut-down that has impacted the whole world. What is a Universal Basic Income (UBI)? How might a UBI work in Canada? What are the potential pitfalls of a UBI? Who and how would it be funded in Canada or other countries? What role could the central banks of our nations play in financing a basic income? What does China (which adopted Abraham Lincoln's model of sovereign money creation) have to teach Canada, the US and Europe about creating money in sufficient supply without the cost of interest charges and compound interest, while providing enough money for living wages and sufficient liquidity to invest in the real potential of the nation's human, cultural, produced and natural assets? Is this crisis an opportunity for Canada to advance a working model of an economy of well-being, well-being based budgeting and well-being-based monetary polices of the Bank of Canada?
April 21, 2020
#41. Ivo Valkenburg: Spirit in Finance and Love Made Visible
#41. April 20, 2020. My Dutch friend Ivo Valkenburg joins me today from his home in Transylvania (Romania) to talk about his recent book Pure Life: A Plea for Love as Legal Tender. During this time of Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic challenges we all face, is there hope for a new financial future and money system based on love? Ivo has a passion for an economy based on well-being and a money system based on love.. Ivo is a champion for enabling an economy of well-being and happiness. He goes for essential innovation of classic thinking models and their practical application. In doing so, he looks beyond the material side of life. As the highest ideal, he considers that all living things on planet earth return to the original state of being. Liberated from all illusion and freedom. Restored in connection with himself and everything that is. From the source power of every being. As a gift from the original world. His great passion is LOVE. From there he contributes where possible to bringing the human aspect to life in work and economy to life. To this end he invites people, companies and organizations to the power of his, and the power of love, without judgment or expectations, practical to apply in all aspects of life. For this he facilitates people, individually, and in relation to others, both business and private, in the discovery process of who they really are. Plenty of time and space is created to work from rest and nature on the recovery and use of the human resource in daily life. I wrote the following forward to Ivo's book Pure Life "'Ivo Valkenburg brings the world an important antidote to a global pandemic of debt money enslavement and trauma. Thank goodness that he did not despair over his financial problems and leave this earth, but instead chose to stay with us with a renewed passion for LOVE and a reminder that we all can and must pursue a pure life. ' You can learn more about Ivo's work on the website Love Made Visible , where there are new examples every day of people and companies where love, passion, mission, profession, vocation and money come together in the beautiful initiatives in areas such as education, health and economy.
April 21, 2020
#40. Economy of Love or a Dark Age Ahead? NOW is the TIME to ACT.
#40. April 9, 2020. This is a private broadcast of hope and love that is similar to the daily Covid-19 briefings of our Prime Minster Trudeau, of our presidents, our premiers or health officials. It is now clear that economic life as we experienced it back in December 2019 will be radically changed possibly forever. How will be survive economically when millions are unemployed and where governments have no recourse but to drop money into our bank accounts like magic? Is the virus a wake up call to all humanity to re-establish a new economy based on love, reciprocity, and natural laws? Is this the end of an era of greed and the love of money? We have new models of creating money without debt. We have public banking systems like ATB Financial in my home province of Alberta, Canada and we can return central banks to their rightful place as public banks creating money without interest (rejecting usury and John Maynard Keynes rebuked this practice of debt money creation as a 'misdemeanour' in 1930). We the people have the power to return on the ancient laws of Sumeria in which all debts were forgiven every 7 years, what the Jews adopted as their Jubilee laws. What would happen if we erased and forgave the $75 trillion + (the bailout monies now in $4-7 trillion) of US debt that consumes over 50% of the average American's annual income in the form of hidden interest charges? That would free all of us from what is essentially a form of debt slavery? Can we come out of the modern version of Pharaohs Egypt like the Israelites did when they followed Moses into the Sinai trusting in God's providence and love? We can be our own Moses. Love is an action of free will. And 'power' means in French 'to be able.' Let's end the economic nightmare that has caused so much pain and suffering to millions of souls. It's TIME!
April 09, 2020
#39. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: What Now? Kristin Eggen (Norway) and the Wisdom of Ancient People
#39. April 5, 2020. Kristin Eggen is a high-school teacher from Oslo, Noway. She teaches law, religion and philosophy. Kristin and I spoke about her current experiences under a Covid-19 pandemic and self-isolation in her home in Oslo. What she is experiencing and her students? Can we imagine a new economic future? What do ancient cultures and civilizations have to teach us in this moment when all of us sit at home, our lives on pause, looking in the mirror of our own conscience? I start this special podcast show with a reading from a remarkable book by Peter Kingsley "A Story Waiting to Pierce You.' Peter, a Jungian and Greek scholar, reflects on the diaries of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) who reveals that his inspirations for mathematics and philosophy that has shaped Western civilizations originated from the east, from an indigenous mystic named Abaris who came from Mongolia to teach Pythagoras ancient indigenous wisdom. Kingsley writes "Cultures (and civilizations) are created and destroyed in ecstasy" -- which in Greek means 'to drive out of one's mind' or used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," Kingsley notes "For each moment in between (between cultures created or destroyed) there is nothing that keeps a world alive aside from the breath of ecstatics."
April 05, 2020
#38. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: Economic Possibilities for our Children with Kristin Eggen
#38. April 4, 2020. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: Economic Possibilities for Our Children with Kristin Eggen from Norway. Is the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis an opportunity to dream a new dream and an economic future based on love? Where nature will remind us that cooperation is a fundamental rule of our collective flourishing? In the end, LOVE works. Oslo (Norway)-based high school teacher Kristin Eggen joins me today to explore my ideas about how the world might get through this economic pandemic that has gripped the world, the outcome of a coronavirus (Covid-19) that has paralyzed our lives. Kristin teaches law, religion and philosophy to the next generation of our leaders. We explore the possible options for how nations can adopt new monetary and economic systems that would provide sufficient income for a good life. Can we reboot the global economic hard drive to eliminate all debt and align money creation with well-being and even love? Is this economic crisis the window we have long been waiting for to test new monetary systems whether in Canada, Norway, Singapore or the USA?
April 04, 2020
#37. Shawn Anderson: Imagining a new financial architecture in a post-Covid-19 Crisis world.
#37. March 30, 2020. Canadian financial data scientist Shawn Anderson joins me to do to discuss his ideas of a new financial architecture in a post-Covid-19 economy. Shawn Anderson is a self-described ‘Yogi hacker and financial data scientist’. He is a young Canadian entrepreneur with a background in computing science, AI engineering, and big data. For over 7 years he has been studying and applying AI algorithms in industry and academia. Shawn was fortunate to begin his career by studying under Dr. Richard Sutton, now distinguished professor with Google’s Deepmind, at The University of Alberta, and is now extremely excited about the applications of AI algorithms to the domain of financial science and engineering, a field still in the early stages of its infancy, but essential for the stability of human society as it becomes globally inter-connected across the planet. For this reason, he has founded the BC-based FinTech startup, Longtail Financial, a research firm investigating the application of emerging software technologies to the domain of finance. LTF has been making a name for itself in the blockchain world as it is providing tokenomics engineering for ambitious crypto-projects such as the Ubuntu Coin Foundation, an African-based organization that is aiming to provide essential financial services across Africa. Shawn is a passionate advocate for embracing decentralized financial systems such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as useful tools for communities and individuals that are looking to diversify their portfolios with non-correlated assets. Additionally, he endorses these protocols as serving incredibly valuable functions in their ability to transmit money quickly and cheaply around the globe, and issue programmable money, known as smart contracts. Shawn proposes decentralized systems as more efficient alternatives to traditional finance, which allows for cheaper goods and services for consumers, and higher profit margins for value producers. Shawn takes this passion a step further by proposing that decentralized systems offer key solutions to catalyze sustainable development, open knowledge sharing, and enable governance systems that we will need for the challenges we currently face as a global community. You can follow Shawn on twitter or follow up by email: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ygg_anderson/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org And for more information on Longtail Financial: Twitter: https://twitter.com/longtailfintech Website: www.longtailfinancial.com
March 31, 2020
#36. Stef Kyupers: And then what shall we do next?: Covid-19 and the Economic Pandemic
#36. March 28, 2020. Antwerp-based strategist Stef Kuypers joins me again (March 26, 2020) to explore new options for a sustainable money system after the economic pandemic that will soon overtake the Covid-19 pandemic. What could we do with a debt-money system that could be in its final death spiral? Stef and I jump straight into an important dialogue when the world needs a new money narrative. Stef if one of the founders of Happonomy.org. His TEDx talk in Antwerp posted on the nature of money and his proposed sustainable money system is a must-see for anyone interested in how we might re-invent one of the most important human systems; money itself. https://www.ted.com/talks/stef_kuypers_money_behaviour_and_society_the_invisible_link?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare Stef asks some profound questions: When we talk about the economy, what do we actually mean by that? Why does the economy need to grow? What happens if we keep growing the economy? Where does money come from? How does it work? How does it influence us? Can it be changed? Why does everyone need a full time job? What kind of jobs are we talking about? What is the impact of those jobs on personal well being? What is the impact of those jobs on society? His current work focuses on the influence of monetary systems on individual behaviour and society at large. He conducts research on the topic and facilitates workshops where people can experience what a change in monetary system does to them and the group. In depth theoretical explanations are useful but we are emotional beings and as we have all experienced, just hearing the facts is not always convincing. Our mind comes up with a list of 'yes, but ...' statements as soon as we hear something that feels far fetched, not in line with how things are or, even stronger, goes against our beliefs. Stef offers an experience that goes along with the theory. That way our head gets connected with our emotional self, resulting in deeper conversations and better insights. Stef’s history lies in IT, creative thinking, improvisation and business interventions. His concern for climate change led him in the direction of monetary systems after discovering that the biggest hurdle to solving our climate change problem is our current day dominant financial system and more importantly the behaviour it creates. He went on to self-study economics, complexity theory, human behaviour and sociology by diving into online research and engaging with progressive thinkers. Together with the people at Happonomy he created a system which can lead to more sustainable economic and social behaviour, scalable up to a global level. He called it the Sustainable Money System or SuMSy.
March 28, 2020
#35. Neumascape: Well-being Technology with Nelson Abreu and Manori Sumanasinghe
#35. March 18, 2020. Nelson Abreu and Manori Sumanasinghe are Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs and co-founders of Neumascape. Neumascape is a collaborative studio pursuing passions in architecture + design, technology, and well-being. Nelson and Manori are thinkers, makers, and problem-solvers setting out on a journey to produce cool projects while seeking to improve the world around them. Manori is a Los Angeles-based designer and entrepreneur, working towards her California licensure in Architecture. She is passionate about the role of Architecture + Design and its impact on a community’s well-being. Manori's passion in community building is established on a strong foundation of democracy, ethics, empathy, and an acknowledgement of the intrinsic connections we have with each other and our surroundings. Her goal with her practice is to help identify and realize the potential of people, space, or places, through design and technology. Her approach to projects often seeks to honor the legacy of place, space, object, or people. Nelson, who is married to Manori, is a registered electrical engineer, specializing in smart grids, completing a Masters in Design, Business and Technology in Los Angeles. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, author and educator. A descendent of Goa, India, he was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. For years, Nelson has been exploring the intersection of being, society and technology: how extraordinary states facilitate new technical and social solutions (innovation) and how technology can facilitate such states. He has been developing novel technologies and techniques to induce states of creativity and well-being. Nelson continues to develop novel ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain and to improve creativity, performance, self-knowledge and intuition.
March 18, 2020
#34. Lewis Cardinal: A New Dream and Story for Canada (Kanata), meaning Sacred Place
#34. February 27, 2020. My friend Lewis Cardinal is a great story teller. Lewis is from the Woodland Cree Nation of Sucker Creek in northern Alberta. He shares his stories (passed down by elders) of the origins of Canada (Kanata meaning 'pure or sacred place' in the Cree-Algonquin language) and Edmonton, one of the great pehonan (the waiting/gathering place) along the Saskatchewan river systems. Lewis provides reminds us all -- the people of Turtle Island (North America) that the foundation of a resilient and harmonious society and economy is based on good relationships with each other and particularly with nature, as our model. Can his ancient model of an economy of mutuality and relationships, based on the laws of nature, become the new model for an economy of well-being? Lewis is a communicator and educator who has dedicated his life’s work to creating and maintaining connections and developing relationships which cross cultural divides. A lot of his work has taken him into inter-government and inter-faith work as well as community development. His long track record of public service includes Founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Member of Theatre Network, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions, just to mention a few. Lewis has received Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service (the highest award given to an Indigenous person by Indigenous people in Canada), the Province of Alberta’s Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and he was recently conferred the Honorary Degree of ‘Doctor of Sacred Letters’ from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta. Lewis notes: “When I asked elders, ‘What is the most critical thing that we as human beings are facing today?’ their response, collectively, is "relationships.” Lewis goes on to say "I believe that we’re entering into a whole new relationship and way of seeing ourselves as Canadians. I think the previous version of how we saw ourselves as Canada and as Canadians is due for an overhaul because Canada is quite a multicultural and diverse citizenry now more than ever has been. As a healthy and forward-looking nation, I think that we have to engage in that kind of dialogue to re-see ourselves, because we are different than we were 150 years ago.”
February 27, 2020
#33. Greg Dewling (CEO Capital Region Housing Corp.): A Well-being Impact Approach to Affordable Housing
#33. February 16, 2020. Greg Dewling is the CEO of Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) based in Edmonton, Alberta, the largest affordable housing program in Alberta serving over 25,000 Albertans or 9,000 low-income families in the Edmonton region. Greg is a former pastor/minister from Newfoundland. I worked with Greg and his team two years ago to integrate well-being impact measurement into the organization's vision statement and programs. A Well-being based approach to measuring the impacts of CRHC's programs (over $86 million in housing assets under management) is unprecedented in. the affordable housing sector. Tenants are asked to complete a survey annually about their well-being across a broad spectrum of well-being attributes from health, happiness, financial, hope for their children and hope for their future. This ties in with CRCH's view that "A home is more than just a roof overhead; it should be a safe and secure place where families build relationships and communities, where they enjoy economic prosperity and where they are happy and healthy." Greg shares his latest innovation delivering affordable housing at unprecedented low costs through a creative joint venture partnership between CRCHC (a social enterprise) and private developers. Imagine a future where Well-being Housing Bonds might become a new impact investment financial tool across Canada as a new means of financing affordable housing for 10% of the population that live with the challenges of low-income. That is Well-being Finance, by design.
February 16, 2020
#32. Stef Kuypers: A Sustainable Money System
#32. February 4, 2020. Stef Kuypers joins me from Antwerp, Belgium exploring the fascinating world of money and his proposed new sustainable money system. Could changing our global money system save our planet and our lives? Stef if one of the founders of Happonomy.org. His TEDx talk in Antwerp posted on the nature of money and his proposed sustainable money system is a must-see for anyone interested in how we might re-invent one of the most important human systems; money itself. https://www.ted.com/talks/stef_kuypers_money_behaviour_and_society_the_invisible_link?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare Stef asks some profound questions: When we talk about the economy, what do we actually mean by that? Why does the economy need to grow? What happens if we keep growing the economy? Where does money come from? How does it work? How does it influence us? Can it be changed? Why does everyone need a full time job? What kind of jobs are we talking about? What is the impact of those jobs on personal well being? What is the impact of those jobs on society? His current work focuses on the influence of monetary systems on individual behaviour and society at large. He conducts research on the topic and facilitates workshops where people can experience what a change in monetary system does to them and the group. In depth theoretical explanations are useful but we are emotional beings and as we have all experienced, just hearing the facts is not always convincing. Our mind comes up with a list of 'yes, but ...' statements as soon as we hear something that feels far fetched, not in line with how things are or, even stronger, goes against our beliefs. Stef offers an experience that goes along with the theory. That way our head gets connected with our emotional self, resulting in deeper conversations and better insights. Stef’s history lies in IT, creative thinking, improvisation and business interventions. His concern for climate change led him in the direction of monetary systems after discovering that the biggest hurdle to solving our climate change problem is our current day dominant financial system and more importantly the behaviour it creates. He went on to self-study economics, complexity theory, human behaviour and sociology by diving into online research and engaging with progressive thinkers. Together with the people at Happonomy he created a system which can lead to more sustainable economic and social behaviour, scalable up to a global level. He called it the Sustainable Money System or SuMSy.
February 05, 2020
#31. Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation explains how their First Nation is building an economy of well-being
#31. January 21, 2020. Christian Sinclair is the leader, or Onekanew in Cree (an alternative name for 'chief), of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation located in The Pas, Manitoba, a community of 6.200 people located 6 hours north of Winnipeg. I met Christian at the first Indigenomics conference in Vancouver in May 2019. He purchased a copy of my book and called me 2 days later noting that my vision for an economy of well-being was in line with his own vision for his Opaskwayak Nation. Christian is a former Canadian military snipper and understands the art of military strategy. He is leading his Nation on a bold journey towards an economy of well-being, following in the recent footsteps of New Zealand, Scotland, Iceland and recently Finland. Christian and I spoke January 14, 2020 in his office about his vision for developed what would be Canada's first community (and First Nation) to adopt a working model of an economy of well-being. ** My apologies for the low audio volume on my end of the interview.
January 22, 2020
#30. Dr. Philip Clayton: Building an Ecological Civilization
#30. December 5, 2019. Dr. Philip Clayton is my next special guest. Philip and I discuss the concept of an ecological civilization. He and I have recently returned from Seoul, Korea where we were the guests of Seoul's Mayor Park Won-Soon presenting at a major conference to discuss how Korea might adopt the concept of an 'ecological civilization' which Philip along with John Cobb Jr. and others have been instrumental in advancing in China. Philip holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology and directs the Comparative Theologies PhD program. A graduate of Yale University, he has taught at Williams College and the California State University, as well as holding guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. His leadership roles in theological education over the last 15 years include serving as the immediate past dean of CST, obtaining funding for and launching the CST online program, and leading a Ford-sponsored program on “Rekindling Theological Imagination” and a Carpenter-sponsored program on “Reimagining Theological Education.” Clayton has been a leader in interreligious education and dialogue for more than two decades. He helped launch an early collaboration of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scientists, expanding it into a global, seven-year program; organized conferences at Harvard on Judaism, Buddhism, and science; and has participated in programs on Islam and science and on Abrahamic partnerships in the Philippines, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE. Currently he is working to organize the Justice track for the upcoming Parliament of the World Religions. Philip Clayton played a major role in conceiving and founding a multi-faith university, Claremont Lincoln University, serving as its first provost and Executive Vice President. He worked with religious leaders to set up administrative structures and to work toward accreditation for Bayan Claremont, a Muslim graduate school, as well as expanding the university’s programs to include the Dharma traditions of India and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. Clayton has authored or edited 24 books and published some 300 articles. Dr. Clayton lectures widely, works with various religious and environmental organizations, and supports constructive partnerships across the world’s religious traditions. He is currently the president of EcoCiv.org, which works to lay the foundations for an ecological civilization, and a Chinese environmental organization, the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, as well as serving on a variety of boards. Philip is married to Judy Kingsley, a teacher and educational administrator, and father to their twins Adrian and Shawn. He enjoys cycling, refereeing children’s soccer, and wilderness camping with family and dog. Among his works are The Problem of God in Modern Thought; God and Contemporary Science; Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion; Quantum Mechanics; Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective; Science and the Spiritual Quest; Religion and Science: The Basics; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World; and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action, and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.
December 05, 2019
#29. Tami Hay (Part 2): Earth Gut, Healing Our Bodies and the Essenes as a Community of Well-being
#29. May 5, 2019. Tami Hay joins me again for a more in-depth conversation about her insights into health, the ecology of our 'gut', eating a plant-based diet, the importance of soil health, the amazing work of Dr. Zach Bush, as well as a brief inquiry into the Essenes, a Jewish community that once existed during the Second Temple period that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE, during the time of Jesus Christ. Tami is an Alberta-based nutritionist, spiritual healer and author of her forthcoming book called EarthGut: The Story of Peace, Love and Microbes.
December 05, 2019
#28. Well-being Budget for Canada 2020-21
#28. November 20, 2019. Following the Canadian national elections on October 21, 2019, economist Mark Anielski has prepared this fictional well-being budget and speech for 2020-21. The idea of a Well-being Budget for Canada is based on New Zealand's recent Well-being Budget 2019 tabled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her coalition Government of New Zealand in May 2019. This proposed budget speech is meant to promote an important discussion across Canada that would orient our nation's economic development compass towards well-being. Adopting a well-being-based approach to budgeting and governance like New Zealand is an idea worth pursuing to renew hope in this great country we call Canada.
November 20, 2019
#27. David Dodge: Stories of hope for a renewable energy future for Canada
#27. November 16, 2019. David Dodge is the producer and host of Green Energy Futures, a multimedia storytelling project which has now been running over 7 years sharing stories about the clean-energy revolution in Canada and around the world. As an environmental journalist, he produced more than 350 Ecofile episodes for the CKUA Radio network (Alberta), edited Borealis magazine, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. David joins me today to speak about his perspective on renewable energy futures, the climate emergency, overcoming the growing politics of fear in Alberta, and shares the amazing story of how a group of high school students and their teacher have turned a rural Alberta high school in Lacombe (Alberta) into the Greenest high school in Canada. David continues to be one of the most hopeful voices in Canada that a renewable energy future in possible and economical.
November 17, 2019
#26. Tami Hay: Food as Spiritual Medicine
#26. October 30, 2019. Tami Hay joins me in conversation from her log-home just east of Edmonton to talk about food as medicine. Tami, a former social worker, is a Spiritual Massage Therapist with 20-years of experience. Tami has been successful in transcended years of debilitating and painful digestive challenges, including Crohn's disease, by learning how the food we eat is critical to our state of health, including our spiritual well-being. In our conversation she talks about how our bodies are too often fooled by designer foods and fast food. We need to teach our bodies how to enjoy healthy local foods, plants, and microbes (literally her local pharmacy). Tami's forthcoming book (December 2019) titled Earth Gut: The Story of Peace, Love, and Microbes provides us with her personal insights into how to improve our personal state of well-being. Tami teaches food classes and integrative health practices.
October 30, 2019
#25. Dr. John Cobb Jr. Process Theologian (Claremont School of Theology) on a Transition from Industrial Civilization to an Ecological Civilization for Korea
#25. October 23, 2019. Dr. John Cobb Jr. (94) presents his ideas at the October 2019 Ecological Civilization conference held in Seoul, South Korea (October 1-3, 2019) on how countries like China and Korea can transition from the current industrial civilization to a new Ecological Civilization. I also attended this important conference presenting my ideas on how Korea can adopt new measures of progress such as well-being and happiness indices and incorporate these into the City of Seoul and Korea's budgeting and governance systems.
October 23, 2019
#24. Walt McCree: California legalizes public banking, like Alberta and North Dakota
#24. October 13, 2019. My next guest is Walt McCree with the US-based Public Banking Institute (and Associates). Walt and I discuss the importance of this weeks decision of California's State Governor Gavin Newsom that allows California cities and counties to create their own public banks, making the state one of just two (after North Dakota in 1919 and the province of Alberta (Canada) in 1938) to legalize institutions of that kind. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Public Banking Act, or AB 857, which will allow city and county governments to create, or sponsor, public banks. Those banks will in turn provide public agencies access to loans at interest rates much lower than they could find at private banks. Supporters say the change sets the stage for funding infrastructure demands or providing loans to developers to help meet affordable housing needs. Walt and I discuss the importance of this historical victory for public banking and why public banking is a key piece of the architecture for building flourishing economies of well-being.
October 13, 2019
#23. Ellen Brown banking on the people, democratizing money
#23. June 23, 2019. Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute, a Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In the best-selling Web of Debt (2007, 2012), she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust,” showing how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves and how we the people can get it back. In The Public Bank Solution (2013) she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally. Today most of our money is created, not by governments, but by banks when they make loans. Her new book Banking on the People published June 1, 2019 takes the reader step by step through the sausage factory of modern money creation, explores improvements made possible by advances in digital technology, and proposes upgrades that could transform our outmoded nineteenth century system into one that is democratic, sustainable, and serves the needs of the twenty-first century. Ellen joins me today from her home in Los Angeles to talk about the important role of public banking and explores why Alberta has such an important competitive advantage with North America’s largest public bank, the Alberta Treasury branch which was founded in 1938 by Alberta’s Social Credit government.
June 24, 2019
#22. Tim Nash: Impact Investing for Good
#22. June 10. 2019. Tim Nash is the founder of Good Investing and blogs as The Sustainable Economist. As an expert on socially responsible investing, impact investing, and the green economy, he is regularly featured in publications such as CBC’s The National, BNN Bloomberg’s Market Call, and the Globe and Mail. He earned his BA in Economics from Dalhousie University (Canada) and his Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden). He is the lead researcher for Ethical Market’s Green Transition Scoreboard® research report, which details more than $10.3 trillion of private investments in the global green economy. Tim joined me May 31, 2019 from Toronto to share his insights into impact investing and how you and I can start orienting our investment choices to building a better economy of well-being.
June 10, 2019
#21. Takota Coen: Permaculture farming as a model for an economy of well-being
#21. April 25, 2019. Takota Coen is one of Canada's youngest and innovative pioneering permaculture farmers. Takota along with his family farm 250 acres of prime agriculture land just east of Ponoka Alberta near Red Deer Lake. https://www.coenfarm.ca/ They practice a form of land stewardship called Permaculture. Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; looking at the interaction of plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system, which has been the basis of industrial agriculture for decades. Takota was born, raised and now helps steward Coen Farms using permaculture principles. The Coen family has been transforming their farm into an agro-ecological oasis since 1988. Their story began in 1988 the Coen family could no longer ignore the declining health of their land, their animals, their family & their community. They decided to eliminate all chemical fertilizers & biocides. Today, Takota along with his parents continue that tradition, & with the addition of permaculture design & holistic management their 250 acre award winning farm is proud to be a part of the growing regenerative agriculture revolution that is healing the planet & its people. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from The Permaculture Research Institute, a Holistic Management Certificate, and a Red Seal Certificate for Carpentry. When he is not busy farming, Takota works to empower others with the tools and resources to design, implement, and manage resilient living systems that are Earth restorative. Takota spoke with me about how he envisions permaculture being the basis of not only a new era in growing food and healing our bodies but also as a model for the economy; a key platform for building an economy of well-being.
April 25, 2019
#20. Jacqueline Cardinal: Stories of hope from an indigenous entrepreneur.
#20. Jacqueline Cardinal is a gifted young (28) indigenous woman. Jacqueline was recently named as one of the top people under 40, along with her brother Hunter Cardinal (24), by Avenue Magazine. Jacqueline is a serial entrepreneur. She is the co-owner and Managing Director of Naheyawin, and indigenous owned and operated consulting firm that creates and searches for tools to assist indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in their effort to reclaim the spirit of the Treaties and to build a new relationship (a new story) for a better and more vibrant future for Canada. She spoke with me today (01.21.2019) in Edmonton about what gives her hope and about her journey and challenges as an indigenous entrepreneurial woman. She and her brother Hunter have produced a new play called Lake of the Strangers. Lake of the Strangers was Inspired by ancient Nehiyaw mythology; the story follows two brothers in their last summer adventure, through forests, rivers, and not knowing. Lake of the Strangers is a journey of two brothers finding each other and themselves. Lake of the Strangers is playing at the ATB Financial Arts Barn (Backstage Theatre) until February 2, 2019.
January 29, 2019
#19. Carol Anne Hilton: Indigenomics and Canada's $100 Billion Indigenous Economy
#19. January 17, 2019. Carol Anne Hilton is one of the leading First Nations thinkers and leaders in Canada. Her concept of 'indigenomics' is gaining more attention in Canada and around the world. In 2018 she launched the Indigenomics Institute, the leading research, education, and engagement platform for supporting the rebuilding and design of Indigenous economies of Indigenous peoples worldwide. The Institute works to facilitate the realization of Indigenous modern political, economic, legal and community development objectives. Indigenomics is a dialogue and design platform to bring attention and focus to the growing Indigenous Economy; estimated to reach $100 billion in Canada in the years ahead. An Indigenous economic growth future is good for everyone and will bring new hope for all Canadians.
January 17, 2019
#18. Lil MacPherson: Better Lives Through Eating Good Local Food
#18, December 22, 2018 My next special guest is Lil MacPherson, a businesswoman and restaurateur based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lil is the the co-founder of the Wooden Monkey restaurant. I first met Lil in Halifax in 2007 when she hosted a book salon in her restaurant for my first book, The Economics of Happiness. The Wooden Monkey believes that sustainable agriculture protects our environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Lil believes that sustainable agriculture also produces foods that are better for you than the highly processed industrial alternatives--and you sure can taste the difference! Lil is passionate about food; she believes that serving good, local and healthy food is the base of better lives. In 2016 Lil ran for the mayor of Halifax against the incumbent Mike Savage. She did very well considering this was her first crack at politics. We spoke today about her current interests and her vision of the future for Halifax and Canada.
January 07, 2019
#17. A Vision for an Economy of Well-being for Alberta
#17. December 18, 2018. What would an economy of well-being for Alberta look like? Author Mark Anielski outlines his vision for a new economic future for Alberta.
December 18, 2018
#16. Bonnie Trottier: How to measure well-being in a small town
#16. December 16, 2018. Bonnier Trottier, a former child-care social worker and Valleyview community coordinator, has been a major part of the fledgling Valleyview Well-being Coalition. Bonnie was asked by Town Manager, Marty Paradine, to become a key architect of the Coalition as part of her applied studies in community planning at McEwan University (Edmonton). Bonnie was instrumental as a connector and catalyst for getting the Coalition up and running. Bonnie has become a champion of well-being in Valleyview (a small community of 1800 people) and sees well-being communities as the future for development of communities across Canada. I spoke with Bonnie from her home in Valleyview Alberta on July 13, 2018 to reflect on her experience with the Valleyview Well-being Initiative.
December 17, 2018
#15. Suza Singh, Calgary-based Action Film Maker
#15. December 11, 2018. Suza Singh is a remarkable women. Suza is an action film maker originally from Manchester UK living in Calgary, Alberta. She has some bold ideas about this interesting genre of film and casts women as modern action heros. Her recent film, Replican, cast her own daughter. We spoke about how to present ideas like well-being and soul craft in film.
December 12, 2018
#14. John Cobb Jr. on China's Ecological Civilization
#14. December 10, 2018. John Cobb Jr. is one of world's most important theologians of our era; a master of Alfred North Whitehead's process theology. At 93-years of age Cobb's mind is remarkably sharp. His wisdom is unparalleled. He joined me today from his home in Claremont, California to talk about his most recent journey to China and South Korea, where he gave 14 public addresses on the subject of building an ecological civilization in Asia. He explores how a resurgence in classical Chinese thought and Confucian ideas in China is a sign of hope for Asia and the world.
December 12, 2018
#13. Peter Block (Author of Flawless Consulting and the Abundant Community)
#13. November 5, 2018. Peter Block, a 78-year-old master of public sector governance consulting and someone passionate about communities, joins me from Cincinnati on a far-ranging, wisdom-filled conversation. Peter has been my mentor and friend. He has been working with John McKnight and Walter Brueggemann on the Economics of Compassion and the Jubilee Project in Cincinnati.
November 06, 2018
#12. John McKnight: Building Neighbourhood Assets
#12. September 19, 2018. Author John McKnight joins me today in a special interview about his legacy of work as a community organizer. His work inspired me to think about community assets differently; assets are the diversity of gifts, skills and competencies we all have to share with others without compensation for money. McKnight is the author of The Careless Society, a classic critique of professionalized social services and a celebration of communities’ ability to heal themselves from within. He is co-author of Building Communities from the Inside Out (with Jody Kretzmann), the Abundant Community (with Peter Block) and An Other Kingdom (with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann). McKnight is Co-Founder of the Asset Based Community Development Institute and a Senior Associate of the Kettering Foundation. John has been helped inspire the Edmonton Abundant Community Initiative led by my friend Howard Lawrence. Howard was inspired by the work of McKnight and Peter Block.
September 20, 2018
#11. Walter Brueggemann: A Gospel of Hope
#11. August 22, 2018. Legendary Old Testament scholar, theologian and teacher Walter Brueggemann joins me today from his home in Michigan to talk about his life's work and his new book A Gospel of Hope. At 85 years of age, Brueggemann is one of the most important voices of our age reminding us of the importance of embracing the truth of abundance and challenging the dominant economic paradigm of scarcity, indulgence and fear of lack. He calls us all to practice each day with our neighbours acts of love, charity and sharing in our individual and collective gifts and assets. He argues that society today is in a state of collective amnesia having forgotten the words of both the Old and New Testaments in which God continues to reveal the truth of abundance not scarcity. Walter calls us to find our voice and sing a new song, just as the Israelites had to find their own voice to say no to slavery of ancient Egypt trusting in divine providence and Manna (food from heaven).
August 22, 2018
#10. Robert Dellner: Investment Banking and Well-being
#10. August 17, 2018. Robert Dellner, a London-based investment banker, impact investment expert and master of credit risk, joins me on my show exploring new avenues for impact investment that would take a well-being perspective. Robert joined me from his home in Woking just south of London.
August 17, 2018
#9. Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib founder of Akhuwat the world's largest interest-free micro finance program
#9. July 15, 2018. I'm pleased to have a pre-recorded interview between my previous guest, Aneeqa Malik, and Dr. Muhammed Amjad Saqib, the founder of Akhuwat (http://www.akhuwat.org.pk/). Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib is the Founder and Chairperson of Akhuwat, the world’s largest Qard-e-Hasan Trust, the world's largest interest-free micro-finance program. He has also worked as a consultant for various international development agencies, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Labor Organization (ILO), UNICEF, the World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), USAID and DFIDDr. Dr. Saqib talks about the unique merits of Akhuwat in providing over 2.9 million poorer families in Pakistan with interest-free loans so they can become more self-reliant. Akhuwat aims to alleviate poverty by creating a bond of solidarity between the “haves” and “have nots." How might this model of zero-interest banking be applied in Canada, the US and other countries?
July 14, 2018
#8. Aneeqa Malik: Soul-i-darity, Sufi Mysticism and Akhuwat (interest-free lending) in Pakistan
#8. July 14, 2018. My guest is Aneeqa Malik, a London-based, Pakistani-born Transformation Management Consultant and Soulidarity Stewardess. She is Akhuwat UK’s Senior Research and Development Strategist. She is an Action Learning (ILM) & Research Facilitator and a Research Fellow at TRANS4M’s Centre for Integral Development, Hotonnes, France. She is currently on a PHD (Personal Holistic Development) program for TRANS4M’s ‘CARE-4-Society’ module. Aneeqa is also a practising Sufi. She spoke to me today from her home in London about her work, what it means to be a Sufi in our complex world as well as introducing us to Akhuwat, a interest-free micro finance system based in Pakistan. Akhuwat is the world's largest interest-free micro-finance program founded by Dr. Amjad Saqib in Lahore, Pakistan, started in 2001.
July 14, 2018
#7. How do you measure well-being in a small town like Valleyview, Alberta?: with guest Bonnie Trottier
#7. July 13, 2018. Bonnier Trottier, a former child-care social worker and Valleyview community coordinator, has been a major part of the fledgling Valleyview Well-being Coalition. Bonnie was asked by Town Manager, Marty Paradine, to become a key architect of the Coalition as part of her applied studies in community planning at McEwan University (Edmonton). Bonnie was instrumental as a connector and catalyst for getting the Coalition up and running. Bonnie has become a champion of well-being in Valleyview and sees well-being communities as the future for development of communities across Canada. I spoke with Bonnie from her home in Valleyview Alberta to reflect on her experience with the Valleyview Well-being Initiative. I hope you find her reflections meaningful regarding the importance of building trust and engaging citizens in helping to improve the well-being conditions in their community.
July 13, 2018
#6. Marty Paradine - Measuring Well-being in the Town of Valleyview Alberta
#6. July 11, 2018. Join my next guest, Marty Paradine, an engineer and the town manager of a small Alberta town called Valleyview (2000 people). Marty was instrumental in envisioning and leading the Well-being Project for the town of Valleyview between 2016-2017. The project resulted in the development of a Well-being Index for the towns citizens and a Well-being Measurement and Governance system, perhaps the first municipality in North America. Marty and I explore the challenges of measuring well-being, incorporating well-being impacts into planning and budgeting, how to demonstrate value for taxes through a well-being lens, and how to orient municipal asset management to improving the well-being of a community.
July 12, 2018
#5. Laura Musikanski (The Happiness Alliance) on Measuring Happiness and Well-being
#5. June 15, 2018. My next guest on The Economics of Well-being podcast show is Laura Musikanski. Laura is the executive director of The Happiness Alliance and former executive director of Sustainable Seattle. A lawyer by profession, Laura is passionate about measuring the well-being and happiness of communities and nations. Laura shares some of her recent experiences in measuring well-being with her non-profit organization having surveyed over 80,000 people around the world. Discover what new things Laura has learned from assessing the well-being of young people and countries like Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. How can we genuinely incorporate well-being measurement in the process of governance of communities and nations?
June 15, 2018
#4. John De Graaf, Beauty and Well-being
#2. June 8, 2018. John de Graaf is my new guest on An Economy of Well-being podcast. John is a Seattle-based independent producer of the award-winning television documentaries Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza, and is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day. He spoke to me today measuring happiness and about his new project call And Beauty for All. Intuitively we know there is a connection between beauty and our sense of well-being and happiness. We believe all Americans appreciate beauty, regardless of their political views, origin, economic status or creed, and that working to restore beautiful landscapes and create beautiful places is a non-partisan cause that can bring us together and build community in polarizing times.
June 08, 2018
#3. The Well-being Corporation: Introduction
#3. May 26, 2018. In this short podcast I introduce the idea of how businesses can incorporate well-being principles and practices into their operations. Can a new Well-being Bottom Line become the fundamental measure of success of a new generation of business leaders that aspire to contribute to the genuine well-being and happiness of their clients and communities they serve?
May 26, 2018
#2. Well-being By Design
#2. May 26, 2018. In this second podcast I explore the concept of incorporating well-being attributes in the architecture and design of buildings, office spaces, our homes and even on the 'internet of things.'
May 26, 2018
#1. Personal Happiness and Well-being
#1. May 28, 2018. This is my first rough cut podcast about my personal perspective on personal happiness and well-being.
May 26, 2018