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. 

October 16th 2018
76: The Politics of Diversity - Cathy Ngo
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Diversity is certainly having its moment in the Australian business landscape.

To discuss The Politics of Diversity I am chatting to Cathy Ngo, a freelance copywriter and the marketing communications manager for DAWN, a professional and social network that aspires to have an inclusive Australia with culturally diverse leadership across the public and private sectors. 

She's worked for some of Australia's largest entities, such as Westpac and Insurance Australia Group in HR, corporate affairs and communication roles. Throughout her career, she's been vocal and active on matters relating to women, work and cultural diversity - and especially on smashing unconscious bias.

Her experience of motherhood has deepened her passion in the area of diversity and inclusion. Motherhood has also made her connect more with her Vietnamese heritage, sense of identity and the corporate ladder realities.

Hear from Cathy on:

  1. How being of Asian descent was for her as a kid in Australia?
  2. Diversity is a business focus now. Plenty of companies big and small recognise the economic and social benefits of a diverse workforce. Why has it taken so long?
  3. Are HR departments bound by these hiring policies when it comes to diversity and why does it matter?
  4. Can seeking true diversity backfire if companies don't fully engage staff and their C-suite on the journey especially if it is not discussed openly?
  5. What is a good example of a diverse workforce creating amazing outcomes? Is there a lesson for us all in this and if so, what?
  6. Last advice: What top three tips you have for listeners on The Politics of Diversity?


To connect with Cathy via LinkedIn or check out her website here.


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October 9th 2018
75: The Politics of Meditation - Jacqui Lewis 
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Jacqui Lewis is a bit of an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Today, along with her husband, she is the co-founder of a global school The Broad Place, gets stressed-out humans skilled-up in accessible tools and practices so that they become more creative, grounded, healthier and happier. Jacqui takes ancient knowledge and makes it easy to understand and easy to employ in our modern day lives.


An educator, facilitator and speaker on clarity and high grade living, Jacqui teaches Integrated Meditation in Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Los Angeles and London, hosts retreats globally, and runs workshops and talks centred around enhancing creativity, increasing clarity and expanding consciousness.


Before she taught meditation, she was immersed in the world of advertising, marketing and branding so knows a thing or two about being stressed!


Here, Jacqui discusses The Politics of Mediation including:


  1. How she got into meditation?
  2. What does The Broad Place do for people?
  3. Is meditation for everyone and how can we find time for it in hyper busy connected world?
  4. What is the biggest myths around meditation you hear and how can we enjoy the benefits from mediation?
  5. Final words: What is your favourite idea that for you sums up The Politics of Meditation?

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October 2nd 2018
74: The Politics of Cyber Risk - Claire Pales 
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Cyber risk is a critical concept that many in the business and government worlds have to deal with on a regular basis, especially in a hyper-connected online world that covers everything from banking to medical records . Claire Pales is the bestselling author of "The Secure CIO" and Director of 27 Lanterns, a consulting company committed to helping organisations create and sustain effective information and cyber security teams. For more than 15 years, Claire gained experience establishing teams and leading award-winning security strategies throughout Australia and Asia.  Here she is explaining more about The Politics of Cyber Risk.


 In this podcast you can learn:

  1. How can businesses become more cyber secure when the hackers keep getting faster and more invasive it seems?
  2. What has been some of the biggest challenges you have experienced over the years in your sector?
  3. A rising cyber risk problem that many businesses encounter in the current business climate is that it is not just theircyber security practices that they have to worry about: they also have to worry about the cyber security protocols of other businesses they work with. How can that best be managed?
  4. Hacking into elections became global news in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. Why has that become such an attractive option for international forces, and how can we prevent it?

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