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Paris Talks

By Paris Talks
Welcome to Paris Talks, a podcast that explores Big and Innovative Ideas about the Future of Humanity.

Each week, we talk to a thought leader about trends shaping the near and far future of Humankind.

The Paris Talks podcast is recorded live at Paris Talks conferences in France and brought to you with the support of partner organizations.

For more information, please reach out via Twitter: twitter.com/ParisTalks
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THE NEW NORMAL: SHREWD THINKING.
If we were to start a new normal, what and how should it be? The entire second season of the Paris Talks Podcast has been built upon this question. Welcome to the last episode of the second season of Paris Talks Podcast. This episode is called Shrewd Thinking. Today’s episode will take us through the path that led us to this “New Normal” theme of the Paris Talks Podcast and a few other lessons we’ve come to learn during the COVID-19 Pandemic and all its different lockdown phases and measures. This and the previous episodes have been produced by me, Michael BAHATI. Our theme song is Nipe story by Charmant Mushaga Additional music has been provided by Sumana Music and Pixabay. For any question related to this or any other episodes of this podcast, please reach our via Twitter @ParisTalks or send us an email to contact@paris-talks.com
27:03
January 21, 2021
BERNARD MUHINDO: A DELIBERATE MINDSET SHIFT
He was born in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, has travelled a lot for business, studies and fun, he’s a lawyer by profession, a policy-designer, entrepreneur and he currently lives in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This Paris Talks Podcast episode features Bernard Muhindo. Bernard was on Christmas holidays in France with his family when he first heard of the Coronavirus but, just like many of the guests we’ve featured on this podcast, he thought this was just another one of those diseases that come and go. A few weeks after returning home, Bernard found himself locked down in Kampala, homeschooling and doing basically everything at home until his wife managed to catch the next available flight from Kinshasa, where she was on a business trip. In this episode, Bernard raises tough questions related to our crisis management policies and communication crisis management. If we were to start a New Normal, what and how should it be? That’s the question we’re asking Bernard today. For Bernard, the New Normal is “the deliberate mindset shift or a collective consciousness...It’s simply the acceptance that life is dynamic and we need to adapt to our new lifestyle”. Welcome to the Paris Talks Podcast. The season two of the Paris Talks Podcast is trying to understand the post-COVID-19’s New Normal through inspiring stories and testimonies from innovators, community influencers and policy-designers. Paris Talks is produced by Michael Bahati Our theme song is Nipe Story by Charmant Mushaga For more information about this episode podcast and our other projects, please visit www.paris-talks.com
20:00
January 14, 2021
ADAMA SANNEH: A Wise Call for Creative Imagination
Born in Italy to an Italian Catholic mother and a Senegalese/Gambian father, this African, European, Italian, Gambian, Senegalese, blue collar, bourgeois, Muslim-Catholic, afro-italian guy is, well “technically”, all and none of these adjectives at the same time”. It’s important to mention here that that’s a self-description of Adama Sanneh, today’s Paris Talks Podcast guest. Adama is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Moleskine Foundation, a Milan-based non-profit organization that pursues a mission of ‘Creativity for Social Change’ with a special purpose of inspiring, encouraging and connecting young people to transform themselves and their communities through creativity. Like many of the Paris Talks Podcast guests and listeners, Adama was brought up in a globalized world, he has lived in four different countries between Africa and Europe and his growth and learning experiences have been immersed in a cosmopolitan context. If we were to start a New Normal, what and how should it be? That’s the question we’re asking Adama today and, you know what?, he thinks that there’s never ever been such a thing as a “Normal”. It’s all been fictional. He’s challenging us to start living our lives and designing our policies in a straight-forward intentional manner. Welcome to the Paris Talks Podcast. The season two of the Paris Talks Podcast is trying to understand the post-COVID-19’s New Normal through inspiring stories and testimonies from innovators, community influencers and policy-designers. Paris Talks is produced by Michael Bahati Our theme song is Nipe Story (pronounced “kneepay story”) by Charmant Mushaga Additional music is provided by pixabay.com and Sumana Music For more information about this episode podcast and our other projects, please visit www.paris-talks.com
32:57
January 7, 2021
Sumana Arun Kumar: Resilience and Self-Discovery
The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought the entertaining and arts world to a standstill. When this episode of the Paris Talks Podcast was recorded, the City of Paris was under total lockdown and just like many other artists and musicians in particular, our today’s guest was massively impacted. All of her concerts and gigs were cancelled. One of the ways she innovated was through Social Media by discovering that she actually has a massive fan-base in India. Sumana Arun Kumar is a Paris-based independent Indian singer and songwriter. Her musical journey began right from her childhood as she enthusiastically embraced the stage and actively engaged in singing events. Through her youth in Bangalore, she was part of many acappella groups and choirs. After her Bachelor's degree, Sumana moved to Paris to pursue an MBA from HEC Paris. As fate would have it, a chance encounter with musician Vanupié in the Parisian metros would change her life forever. This defining moment led her to learning the guitar, writing songs and exploring music passionately. In 2016, Sumana was selected to perform in the Paris metros. She has been a regular metro singer ever since, sharing her songs with the thousands of people traveling in the subway. Right before the Covid-19 Pandemic and after more than 12 years in the financial sector, Sumana decided to take a break from her full time corporate job and dedicate her time, love and energy to music. If we were to start a New Normal, what and how should it be? That’s the question we’re asking Sumana in this episode. Welcome to yet another episode of the Paris Talks Podcast. This season two of the Paris Talks Podcast is trying to understand the post-COVID-19’s New Normal through inspiring stories and testimonies from innovators, community influencers and policy-designers. Paris Talks is produced by Michael Bahati Our theme song is Nipe Story (pronounced “kneepay story”) by Charmant Mushaga Additional music is provided by pixabay.com and Sumana Music For more information about this episode podcast and our other projects, please visit www.paris-talks.com Sumana’s contacts and news are found on instagram at sumanamusic
23:54
December 31, 2020
Christopher Kramme: The conscientiousness of a responsible tech founder
This special episode of the Paris Talks Podcast is featuring a former corporate-turned entrepreneur. Christopher Kramme is the co-founder and CEO of Outcome, a Paris-based startup leveraging collective intelligence and technology to change the way firms work together. Prior to launching Outcome, Chris spent two decades with BNP Paribas in Europe and the United States in roles ranging from corporate finance to client coverage. Christopher was in Paris during the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic...well, that’s before it was called COVID-19….that’s also when it was still considered “a Chinese affair”. Things went so fast that, a month later, Christopher found himself in his country house with the family adapting to remote working, homeschooling, meditating and other quickly-developed habits to keep his mental and physical sanity intact. If we were to start a New Normal, what and how should it be? That’s the question we’re asking Christopher today  and, while he is a huge fan of technological advancements, he believes there’s no way we should put aside and undermine human interactions if we were to design a “New Normal”. Welcome to yet another episode of the Paris Talks Podcast. The season two of the Paris Talks Podcast is trying to understand the post-COVID-19’s New Normal through inspiring stories and testimonies from innovators, community influencers and policy-designers. This episode of the Paris Talks podcast is produced by Michael Bahati Our theme song is Nipe Story (pronounced “kneepay story”) by Charmant Mushaga Additional music is provided via the pixabay.com. For more information about this episode podcast and our other projects, please reach out via Twitter.
30:45
December 24, 2020
Esther Kuisch Laroche: The Optimism of a multilateralist
On February 26, the coronavirus landed in Latin America when Brazil confirmed a case in São Paulo. Since then, governments across the region have taken an array of actions to protect their citizens and contain the spread of the devastating respiratory disease called by the World Health Organization COVID-19. But, per July 2020, Latin America had become the region with the highest number of confirmed cases globally, accounting for more than a quarter of cases in the world. Aside from the health risks, this disease has produced a huge economic impact as well. The World Bank forecasted in June 2020 that Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole would see a GDP contraction of 7.2 percent this year.  By the time this episode was recorded, these figures had changed to show an even worrisome economic impact. Beyond governmental aid to the underprivileged, it’s clear that, Latin America has been hardly-hit, by deep humanitarian, economic, and political consequences. That’s what today’s Paris Talks guest wants to talk about. Esther Kuisch Laroche is an educator and the current UNESCO Representative for Costa Rica, El-Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. In this episode, Esther is addressing the question the Season two of the Paris Talks Podcast has been asking. If we were to start a New Normal, what and how should it be? Welcome to the Paris Talks Podcast. We’re trying to understand the post-COVID-19’s New Normal through inspiring stories and testimonies from innovators, community influencers and policy-designers. Paris Talks is produced by Michael Bahati Our theme song is Nipe Story (pronounced “kneepay story”) by Charmant Mushaga Additional music is provided by Sumana Music and pixabay For more information about this podcast and our other projects, please reach out via Twitter ( @ParisTalks) or send us an email to contact@paris-talks.com
20:45
December 18, 2020
The New Normal: Trailer
If we were to start a new normal, what and how should it be? The NEW NORMAL is the title we've given to the second season of the Paris Talks Podcast. It's made of six episodes that have been been built upon the above-asked question. Subscribe and listen to the 1st episode coming in on December 17, 2020.
01:20
December 9, 2020
Hydrogen, A New Energy For A New World
In his lecture-like talk on the Paris Talks stage at UNESCO, the  Writer, Environmental and Energy Transition Innovator Pierre-Etienne FRANC methodically argues on the benefits of Hydrogen, adding that “it’s possible to demonstrate zero emission mobility in a city using Hydrogen fuel-cell” 
09:45
April 26, 2019
Are We Prepared For Nuclear War?
In his talk on the 2019 Paris Talks Conference stage at UNESCO, the Writer & ICAN France spokesperson & Arctic research, expert on issues of Defence and International Security, Jean-Marie Collin freaks participants out on future possibilities of an imminent nuclear war. Telling a story of The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s false alert about an incoming ballistic missile, Jean-Marie argues that atomic weapons could be used one day or another against us, our environment, cities, civilians and countries.  In this talk, Jean-Marie tries to answer the question of our preparedness for a potential nuclear war and whether we’re ready to face the consequences of a nuclear war. Why hasn’t there been another nuclear war recently? “Luck”, argues Jean-marie. “We all have a choice; to accept living in a fear of a nuclear detonation or to act right now”, he says.
08:10
April 17, 2019
Conflict's Impact on Poverty featuring Marvi Memon
In her talk on the 2019 Paris Talks Conference stage at UNESCO, the humanitarian, former Pakistani parliamentarian and cabinet member, Marvi Memon, talked about a disturbing observations of conflicts - mismanaged by corrupt institutions and global leadership - that nurture chronic poverty for some and great economic opportunities for others. To have safer and equal economic opportunities for all, Marvi argues that conflicts have to be solved through social programs, social insurance for all, territorial dispute resolutions’ programs and a labour-market program (aka economic dependency) among states.  For more information about Paris Talks, please visit us on Twitter at @ParisTalks
09:59
April 17, 2019
Terrorism: Prevention In The 21st Century
In this talk, Kyle Matthews, the  Executive Director of Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, insists that to be able to win the war on terrorism, we have to be able to engage in the battle of ideas.  How can we do that?  Kyle argues that education is the key.  We must continuously teach critical skills, apply the rule of law and stop our military obsession as it doesn't kill terror ideas.  The best way to fight violent extremism is to bring the authors of these crimes to courts of justice.
10:13
April 15, 2019
Failing Global Leadership: Lessons From Brexit!
In his 2019 Paris Talks Conference talk at UNESCO in 2019,  Writer & Journalist Alex Taylor discusses the messy break-up of Brexit, looking at its implication for popular confidence in glogal leadership. According to Alex, Identity & sincerity are some of the main issues politicians and the global leadership should learn to fix to avoid many issues that can turn into conflict. 
09:58
April 13, 2019
Inclusive approaches to preventing conflict
In this round table discussion on the Paris Talks stage at UNESCO in March 2019, the radio personality David J. COFFEY,  Deputy Head of Service RFI English engages Marvi Mermon, Sonia BEN ALI and Timo Eliott in a discussion on issues related to conflict and ways to resolve current politically-motivated divides in our society.
40:55
April 13, 2019
Refugees: The Invisible Solution Builders
In her talk on the Paris Talks stage at UNESCO in March 2019, the Social Innovator, Co-Founder and CEO at URBAN REFUGEES Sonia BEN ALI, argues that even though refugees are victims of armed conflicts and, definitely suffer from the consequences of these conflicts, they are also powerful solutions builders and finders that need to be empowered and engaged.
07:38
April 13, 2019
Education: The Art Of Building Peace In The Minds Of People
In her talk at the 2019 Paris Talks conference at UNESCO, Ms Stefania Giannini, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education sent a wake up call to Paris Talks participants asking them to stand up for education not only for number educated children but in terms of the quality of the education given to them. This talks promotes educational values based on development, strong cooperation for a collective and inclusive society.
13:43
April 13, 2019
Innovation Means Finishing What We Started!
In his keynote speech at the 2019 edition of the Paris Talks Conference at UNESCO,  Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization challenged the Paris Talks participants on the importance of innovating through the art of getting to commit to our engagements as Nation States and citizens but also learning to love and care for one another.
14:13
April 13, 2019
Paris Talks 2019 Talk with Michael BAHATI
In this opening talk of the 2019 Paris Talks conference at UNESCO, Michael Bahati tells a story of the Human species' accomplishments and ability to re-engineer a new inclusive future.
04:43
April 13, 2019