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A Thrivable Future

A Thrivable Future

By Thrivability Matters
Host, Rebecca Deer, talks with global experts on climate change and sustainability as we look at the problems being tackled every day to make change for the better.

Each episode features a different expert in the field of sustainability who helps us to dig in and find the truth about the challenges the world faces. We discuss international progress on the UN Sustainability Goals and what we as individuals can do to address some of the major issues.

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More Than Trees? Creating Spaces for Our Wildlife | Featuring Joanne Wasdin | Naturalist at Bear Creek Nature Centre, Georgia, USA | A Thrivable Future: Episode 8
Loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest threats to our planet. However, many of the ways we try to help the environment actually harm it. How can we make sure that we create ecosystems that our native wildlife actually wants to live in? In this episode, we talk to Joanne Wasdin, a naturalist from the Bear Creek Nature reserve in Georgia, USA. Having been introduced to the world of wildlife as an adult through conservation education, she has worked both as a scientist and science teacher to bridge the gap between the two. From art and media, to mosses and mammal research, she hopes to show everyone about how amazing our native wildlife is. Today we explore what it’s like to work as a naturalist, the threats to our natural environments - and how we can truly help them thrive! A Thrivable Future (formerly known as THRIVE Talks) is a podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks, subscribe now so you don't miss out! If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.comc                                                        
40:07
May 12, 2022
Facts vs. Fiction: Sorting Truth from Misinformation | Featuring Yasmin Abdeen | Educator and Corporate Trainer
Misinformation is rife within modern society. When sustainability depends on knowing exactly what action is required by society, how do we distinguish the facts from the fiction? This episode we spoke to Yasmin Abdeen, an educator and corporate trainer who has worked with many organisations on honing their critical thinking and communication skills. She also coaches undergraduate students and conducts career preparation programmes at several institutions of higher learning. As someone who strives to improve the communication of science, Yasmin encourages thought-provoking discussions in order to help people connect their learning with real-world situations. In this episode, we touch on some of the barriers to communication - how corporations can influence sustainability practice -  and how to sort truth from misinformation. A Thrivable Future (formerly known as THRIVE Talks) is a podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
41:48
April 28, 2022
Decent Work for All – Pipe Dream or Possibility? | Featuring Dr. Jennifer Luke | Careers Research Fellow at University of Southern Queensland
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many have left their jobs or switched to other careers. But is this truly the beginning of The Great Resignation? Or is there more to it? In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Luke, a Research Fellow (Wellbeing & Employability) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) about Sustainable Development Goal 8 – focusing on decent work for all. Jennifer works with the Drought Resilience and Innovation Adoption Hub at USQ, and is also a professional member and Queensland Division President of the Career Development Association of Australia. We learn what decent work means, how it differs between people, and the ways that governments and organisations have approached the problem. We also look at how both employees - and employers - can contribute to making better working conditions. __________________ A Thrivable Future (formerly known as THRIVE Talks) is a podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks, so please subscribe. If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
39:08
April 14, 2022
Free and Fair Access to Education – Is it Possible? | Featuring Patrick Danaher | Education Research Professor at University of Southern Queensland
Can we achieve free and fair education for all by 2030? Since 2015, 400 million kids around the world have been missing out on critical literacy milestones. This episode features guest Patrick Danaher, a Professor of Education Research at University of Southern Queensland. He joins us to discuss Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. This SDG tries to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Through conversation, Rebecca and Patrick unpack what this goal means and how it’s connected to a sustainable future for everyone. In this episode, we touch on some of the issues that prevent people from accessing education, what the purpose of education is, and some ideas on how we may resolve these issues. A Thrivable Future (formerly known as THRIVE Talks) is a podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks. See previous episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU_DSmE4Mb5lQ5ifmaxlHrmygjvV0mTQR  or https://anchor.fm/thrivabilitymatters If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
39:51
March 31, 2022
Can our Industries be Sustainable? | Featuring Alexandra Harrison | Renewable Energy Expert at juwi Renewable Energy
This episode introduces Alexandra Harrison, a renewable energy expert from juwi Renewable Energy, a global leader in sustainable power. Alexandra works extensively with mineral and other industries in creating large-scale renewable projects, including solar power, onshore wind turbines, and battery storage. She discusses the obstacles to powering our industries with renewable power, the misconceptions behind these, and what it takes to drive (and keep) our power grids to be renewable.
34:35
March 17, 2022
One Ocean, One World | Featuring Sunil Shastri | Educator & Speaker in Ocean & Environmental Governance
Oceans account for some 70% of the earth’s surface but did you know that they hold the vast majority of global pollution? International expert and consultant, Sunil Shastri, joins us to discuss Life Below Water (UN Sustainable Development Goal 14), and how our global ocean affects the world around us. Sunil explains how seagrass, coral and mangroves are also huge carbon sinks, and how we must all urgently re-think our understanding of oceans in the global environmental crisis. We look at international efforts to reduce pollution, greenhouse gases and overfishing, and discuss the effects of ‘maritime slavery’ in the fishing and shipping industries. A Thrivable Future is a new podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks.  If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
47:34
March 03, 2022
Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities | Featuring Rowan Blizzard | Systems Consultant at Innovation House Australia
In this episode of THRIVE Talks, we introduce Rowan Blizzard, a products manager and solutions seeker at Innovation House. Rowan joins us to look at some of the issues addressed by SDG11 which aims to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Rowan has extensive experience in the construction industry, particularly with housing resilience. He is an expert in cyclone and flood resistant building products, and has had first-hand experience of natural disasters, including Cyclones Larry and Yasi, and the Townsville floods of 2019. Rowan explains how we can plan and build more energy efficient homes that are resilient to the effects of climate change. He also discusses the latest materials and techniques used in building, and the most effective ways to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. THRIVE Talks is a new podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
47:34
February 17, 2022
What is Thrivability? | Featuring Morris Fedeli | Project Lead of THRIVE
In this episode of THRIVE Talks, we talk to the project lead of The THRIVE Project, Morris Fedeli. A doctoral researcher at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Morris has a professional career spanning three decades in helping organisations achieve success through the application of emerging business models and technologies. You can see more at his website - https://fedeli.nu/ With experience across three continents and holding degrees in science, computing, business and project management, Morris’ research interest and expertise lies in developing sustainable business innovation strategies for a ‘thrivable’ future. Morris founded The THRIVE Project in collaboration with like-minded individuals from the research community. THRIVE was concerned with providing the best available scientific data for everyone - from individuals, to corporations and governments - to track their social and environmental impacts. THRIVE is now an established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to engaging the broader community on the issues of sustainability. THRIVE promotes the latest progress on global development goals and provides positive, practical advice for making a better future.  ******************************************************************************************************* THRIVE Talks is a new podcast series talking to sustainability experts on the important issues affecting our world, and how we can help build a ‘thrivable’ future. We release new episodes every 2 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about THRIVE, follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivabilitymatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivabilitymatters Twitter: https://twitter.com/thrivability_m Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivabilitymatters Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Thrivability/ Or you can visit our website here: https://thrivabilitymatters.com
44:20
February 03, 2022