The politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 20th century

The Politics of Everything

Hosted by Amber Daines, The Politics of Everything launched in May 2017 as a weekly podcast series asking newsworthy experts and leaders the tricky questions about the politics of everything that matters to mankind in the 21st century. 

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Future guests are welcome to contact me with your big idea and include the subject line 'POE idea', your chosen topic and a brief biography. 

June 12th 2018
58: The Politics of Recycling - Narelle Anderson
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Narelle Anderson is the founder and managing director of the award winning Envirobank Recycling, Australia's most innovative reverse vending machine solutions and automated recycling depots. Narelle's vision is to change the way Australians - and the world - recycle, using technology to reward consumers for it.

Founding Envirobank Recycling in 2008 to incentivise recyclers, Narelle introduced the concept of Reverse Vending Technology to Australia. A born entrepreneur, Narelle has owned multiple businesses and built a distinguished career in the waste industry. In 2000, she became the first Aboriginal woman to solely own a waste management company.  In 2001 she was elected by her peers as the first female president of the Sydney chapter of The Entrepreneurs' Organisation (EO) a dynamic, global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 countries.  In 2015 Narelle was voted as one of Australia's top 50 influential women entrepreneurs. Here she is sharing The Politics of Recycling.

In this podcast, Narelle explains:

  1. How she got initially engaged with the wellbeing of our environment and specifically recycling?
  2. How 'my culture makes me a custodian of the land so cleaning up the country seems a natural fit.' How does that impact her desire to keep growing in what you do?
  3. How many Australians can now receive 10 cents for every beverage container they recycle, via the Envirobank machines. Why has the container deposit legislation in NSW, for example, taken longer than expected?
  4. There has been some media interest recently in how Australia has exported its waste to China. It now is banning foreign waste. What do you make of this? 
  5. Last advice: What is your biggest tips for us all to do our bit in The Politics of Recycling?

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June 5th 2018
57: The Politics of Experience - Dr Emily Verstege
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Every day we have a range of experiences with the external world. What makes some of them memorable for all the right reasons and some not?

Dr Emily Verstege has 15 years of experience within the health and human services sector; she is an expert at capturing and integrating consumer voice into strategy and governance frameworks. She is a speaker, mentor, author and a customer experience futurist. Here she unpacks The Politics of Experience.

In this podcast you shall learn:

  1. How she has refined her ability to connect information and people - and why it matters.
  2. Practically speaking, what results does her area of work create for us, as customers and stakeholders?
  3. What most companies do wrong when it comes to customer engagement, retention and action.
  4. How has the digital world enhanced or detracted from the overall customer experiences.

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May 30th 2018
56: The Politics of Motherhood - Kylie Ostle
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When I first wrote down my purpose in creating The Politics of Everything I wanted to cover the issues that matter most to everyday people in the 21st century. In my weekly opener, I mention this episode's topic as being one those big issues. We are discussing 'The Politics of Motherhood'.

I speak to Kylie Ostle, a mother of three kids under 5, who launched her own business Mum Society in the wake of being made reductant from corporate life after having a baby. Kylie took that all-too familiar kick in the pants and turned this seed of an idea into a thriving community for other like-minded mums.

In this episode you will hear:

  1. How can we become better at self-care in the desire to be a 'good mum'?
  2. How can we make it more the norm for dads to be 'hands-on' from day one?
  3. Tell us how Mum Society came to life and why did you decide to start a business while having little kids?
  4. Many experts say no generation has parented as intensely as our generation. Is there a risk we are taking motherhood too seriously?

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