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In this episode I speak with Vicky Chen. At just 20-years old, Vicky Chen began her entrepreneurial career as founder and CEO of Chromaki, a boutique fashion business based in Singapore. Since then she’s developed her marketing and account management capabilities in the advertising and public relations sectors, working in Laos, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Vicky is a power organizer of a global award-winning non-profit female empowerment organization, SheSays and she’s one of the founding team of of Cartoons Underground, Southeast Asia Largest Underground Animation Festival. She was recently recognized and shortlisted for the Campaign Asia: Women Leading Change 2017 awards in the under 30 category. You can find out more about Vicky and Cartoons Underground at https://cartoonsunderground.com
In this episode we speak with Michael Shafer, the founder and director of Warm Heart, a community development organization serving Phrao, one of the poorest districts in northern Thailand. Since 2008, Warm Heart has been transforming the lives of many people, addressing issues such as family care, education, microenterprise, environmental sustainability, and health care for the elderly. We talk about Michaels work with the foundation and his efforts to combat the problem with crop burning that takes place here in Thailand each year. Something he’s been working on a solution for, for sometime. You can find out more about Michael and the Warm Heart team, at their website: https://warmheartworldwide.org
In this episode I speak with Ryan Godden. Ryan is originally from Queensland, Australia and now lives in Pai, a small town in Thailand about 140kms north of Chiang Mai. Ryan started life as a tradesman until shifting his focus to animal welfare about 10 years ago. He runs Pete’s Mission, a rescue and rehabilitation centre looking out for the local animal community, which is mostly dogs but he’s also taken in horses, pigs, birds, reptiles and any animal that needs help. We talked about Ryans work and experience with animals. We recorded outside at sunset so it’s shorter than we had hoped as we were in the dark by the end but still a productive and interesting conversation. You can find out more about Ryan at his website: https://www.petesmission.org
Also...the picture of Ryan with the dog was taken a week ago and you''ll be glad to know the dog is recovering well and looks a lot better now.
In this episode I speak with James Austin Farrell…James is originally from North of England, a place he left in 1999 and after travelling to various countries settled here in Chiang Mai, where he’s been for about 20 years. He’s a fiction writer and has been since early in his 20s as well as being a freelance journalist for about 15 years. He's also worked as a magazine editor, reporting on news, and writing features. He currently writes scripts for one of the biggest youtube animation channels, which gets between 70 and 100 million video views a month, and he also writes tech journalism for a silicon Valley media company. We spoke about James’s experiences with writing, travelling and we reminisced a little over life back in the UK. Enjoy and please share and subscribe! If you'd like to contact James you can at: Jamesaustinfarrell19@gmail.com
In this episode I speak with Solonia Teodros, better known as Sol. Sol is a friend of 7 years and we met in Singapore. She's an American-born-Taiwanese-Ethiopian, with life chapters spanning the US and Asia. Sol identifies as a global citizen, humanist and change catalyst. She's co founder of The Change School, an organisation that allows her to help individuals, organisations and communities explore notions of identity, purpose and impact in order to thrive and succeed. Solonia has been recognised as Asia's 50 Women Leaders for Leadership Excellence by CMO Asia, awarded for Global Training & Development Leadership by the World Training & Development Congress, and shared the stage with her co-founder Grace Clapham at TEDxAuckland to speak on the future of Global Citizenship. We chat about starting the Change School, living and working in different countries and what success and purpose are all about.
To read more about Solonia's body of work, visit: soloniateodros.com
To learn more about The Change School, visit: thechangeschool.com
In this episode I speak with Don Linder, a friend from Chiang Mai, who I’ve also written and worked with on a screenplay. Don's a native New Yorker, he’s an award-winning scriptwriter, fiction and travel writer, and an academic who has lived and worked across five continents. He’s best know for "The Last Executioner” a movie that won a number of awards including Best Film and Best Screenplay at Thailand's Tukkata Tong Awards -- the equivalent here to the Golden Globes. We talk about screenwriting, how Don researches characters, and we get some insight into his latest movie The Cave. If you want to contact Don directly you can do at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet Dustin Joseph, a travel and food enthusiast who grew up in Left Hand Canyon, Boulder, Colorado and has since traveled to over 60 countries in 5 continents, spending time in Mexico, around the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia. Today he's based in the north of Thailand, an area he's visited and lived in since 2004. Following school Dustin studied Culinary Arts and went onto to work at a number of top restaurants before travelling to Thailand where he's launched, or helped others launch, their own dining experiences. Throughout his culinary journey Dustin has always had a passion and interest in coffee which he's now taken professional with Left Hand Roasters - and it's this we spend the majority of our time exploring on todays pod - as well as touching on life in northern Thailand, following freedom and the current food/selfie phenomenon. Dustin also loves anthropology, agriculture and science, with a focus on finding a way to connect them all. You can find out more about Dustin and his coffee endeavours at: https://lefthandroasters.com
This week we speak to Christian Shearer of the Regen Network. Christian has been working in ecological agriculture for the past 15 years, with much of that time spent working with farmers in Southeast Asia. As a co-founder of Terra Genesis International, he spent the past five years working with leading natural products brands, helping them understand how to invest into their existing supply systems to encourage them toward more regenerative practices. Christian is pouring his life into Regen Network because the tools being built will have a profound influence on the acceleration of the adoption of regenerative agriculture around the world. We chatted about regenerative farming, the role of technology and ideas on solving the burning problem in Northern Thailand. Listen, enjoy, and please remember to share and subscribe!
Originally from County Kerry in Ireland Pádraig (Paddy) Flynn has been in Asia for more than 10 years, working in data analytics and technology in the advertising world. He's passionate about demystifying data and exploring how access to the right data sets can improve the way businesses perform. In this podcast we chat about the changes in the advertising landscape over the past few decades, how the future looks, and even parallels between fake news and the old style printing press - has it really changed that much or do we simply have new ways to spin our stories? The sketch I hold in the picture is Paddy's mock up of how mass broadcasting & TV works - you hear us work on during the chat. Listen, enjoy, and please remember to share and subscribe!
Today we're speaking with Frank Ravis. Originally from New York, these days Frank spends most of his time in Pai, a small hill town in the north of Thailand. He's trained in cob construction - building houses from organic elements, is an expect in permaculture having trained at Spiral Ridge Permaculture in the US, and he owns New Dawn Earth Homes. Frank and his wife Eve also own and run Le Eve de Pai, house of wine. A wine bar & restaurant well worth visiting if you are ever in Pai. It's also where Frank & I had our chat. We covered everything from natural building, to east vs west living and Trump even got a mention. Listen, enjoy, and please remember to share and subscribe!
This week we speak to Daryl & Steve who run Collaboration Squared, a video, web and voice conferencing & collaboration service provider. They were in Bangkok for yearly planning and took some time out to chat about their business, working remotely, and the bridge between people and technology. We even touched on Brexit and the Englands chances in the 6 Nations rugby championship.
You can learn more about Collaboration Squared at their website: http://collaborationsquared.com
From English village halls to busy Burmese borders Dr Matt Yoxall leads and learns through telling stories. In this episode we get a glimpse into some of his experiences working with NGO's who are helping to reduce trafficking, being part of theatre groups in Chin State, and teaching corporate executives in Singapore. Enjoy an insightful yet lighthearted hour as UK born, Thailand based Matt speaks to another UK born, Thailand based Matt.
For more on Matt Yoxall visit his website: https://dryoxall.com
Founders of Task - Steve & Matt - chew the fat with Task investor and Generation.Blue founder Alan on the rooftop of Maya Mall in Chiang Mai. What happens when you combine a story teller, a tech and a man on a mangrove mission?
Meet Steve Galster and Tim Redford - the leaders behind www.freeland.org, and business partners for the last 20+ years.
The Freeland vision is "A World Free of Wildlife Trafficking and Human Slavery" with a mission to "Innovate, develop, and continually improve programs and tools that empower society to overcome organized crime and corruption to restore secure, resilient communities and ecosystems.”
In a world where big business owns Government, and the rich vs poor extremities are ever increasing, this is no easy task. But Steve & Tim have an impressive long-term track record of success in this field.
In this episode they discuss the work they do at Freeland, in particular some of the success they have had in helping restore (previously believed to be extinct) Tiger populations in Thailand - how the world of human trafficking operates, ways to identify illegal products, and what you can do.
You can find out more about them at www.freeland.org.
Mel is an investor in TASKIO - in this very first episode on the TASKIO channel he interviews Steve who founded the business.
It's a 18 minute sprint through some of the history behind the business, belief in the problems TASKIO is solving, and the way in which it is using mobile technology to improve the working lives of people.
As Steve says at the end - people who like the idea of creating positive change should get in touch - the TASKIO journey is just at the beginning and we'd love for you to get involved.