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. 

September 21st 2021
109: The Politics of Organic Produce - Paul Da Silva
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The rise of organic food has been steady over the past 20 years and is very much part of many consumer's food buying decision process. Paddock to plate is an in-demand thing too. One of Australia's best-known organic meat success stories is Cleaver's Organic meats. Starting from a humble suburban butcher's store in Sydney, Cleaver's products are now stocked in supermarkets across Australia. This was achieved by never losing sight of their key aim: providing Australian families with delicious, healthy, and ethical organic meat products.

Paul da Silva has been the Marketing & Innovations Director at Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Company for over 3 years but has been with the company as a whole for over six years. Paul works across Arcadian's brand portfolio (Cleaver's Organic, Borrowdale, and Warilba Organic), repositioning Cleaver's as the flagship brand and the most successful organic meat brand in Australia.

Paul is responsible for the development and execution of the marketing strategy as well as the businesses' objectives over the domestic market and export markets from the USA to Singapore. Paul is also responsible for all aspects of Arcadian's industry-leading carbon management programs.

In this podcast, Paul discusses with me:

  1. We have heard of paddock to plate but what does by 'gate to plate' mantra mean in the business you work in?
  2. What makes organic produce different from non-organic?
  3. There are plenty of studies arguing red meat consumption is environmentally damaging so how is that balanced out in your view?
  4. How has organic meat exporting shaped our economy in Australia and how have your businesses managed issues like drought and sudden trade issues with say China?
  5. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Organic Produce?

To connect with Paul:

LinkedIn: (5) Paul da Silva | LinkedIn

Website:  and

September 14th 2021
108: The Politics of Freelancing - Alexandra Cain
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Freelance writing is a pipe dream for many burnt-out staff reporters, hobby writers, and anyone who wants to achieve work-life balance on their own terms. Alexandra Cain or Ali as most of her clients and peers call her has spent 20 years building and sustaining a successful freelance business writing career.


Ali wanted to be a business journalist ever since her dad used to bring home the Australian Financial Review when she was little. She couldn't understand a word of it but would still try to decipher what was written. So it's her privilege now to write for the AFR, as well as a huge number of other publications in Australia and overseas including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Forge. She also edits ASX's magazine, Listed@ASX.

An always in-demand freelancer, Ali also writes for many of Australia's and the world's biggest (and some of its smallest) businesses, regularly producing newsletter articles, blog posts, white papers, speeches, and, more recently, podcasts for her clients. 

Plus she has worked with me for a decade now leading hard-hitting media interview role-plays for my clients in communications training workshops. For Ali, it's all about getting to the crux of why business and money matter and helping people to understand this world.

Hear from Ali on:

  1. What made you want to give up a steady income for freelancing?
  2. What early mistakes did you make as a freelancer?
  3. How do you approach freelance writing business development so you can plan your income and balance your energy levels, so you are not working seven days a week for months on end?
  4. How do you promote yourself given some clients would want to keep your writing services to themselves vs competitors using you?
  5. Do you think freelancers should be better supported by the government?
  6. Take away: What is your final thought or message for us on The Politics of Freelancing?


Contact Ali Cain via:

W: Alexandra Cain

LinkedIn: (7) Alexandra Cain | LinkedIn

September 7th 2021
107: The Politics of Kindness - Hugh Mackay
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In current times, with all the challenges of a global pandemic and what that means for us as we navigate work, family, isolation, sickness and sanity (and in lockdown for some of us), the notion of kindness must be an anecdote for some of that which we struggle with.

I am speaking today to Hugh Mackay, a highly regarded social psychologist and researcher, and the bestselling author of 22 books, including eight novels. His latest book, The Kindness Revolution, was published in 2021.

He has had a 60-year career in social research and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. He is currently an honorary professor in the Research School of Psychology at ANU, and a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. Among other honorary appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural chairman of the ACT government's Community Inclusion Board and an honorary professor at Macquarie, Wollongong and Charles Sturt universities.

Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Royal Society of NSW. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

We talk today about kindness!

In this episode, you can hear from Hugh on:

  1. His new book The Kindness Revolution - how did that book come to be and what can we expect to learn when we read it?
  2. What makes someone kinder? Is it through experiencing it from others and in a non-transactional way or are some of us born kinder naturally?
  3. Food is a popular way to show kindness, with a recent study showing almost four in five (78 per cent) believing that sharing a meal with friends and family is a powerful way to display kindness. Meanwhile two thirds (62 per cent) of Aussies believe that helping our neighbours is something we should do more of. In your observations, do close-knit regional communities vs urban dwellers where we can share an apartment block and not ever know our neighbours?
  4. Are Australians known to be kinder than other countries perhaps?
  5. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us today on The Politics of Kindness?

To connect with Hugh:


See this Q&A with Hugh on the subject of kindness:

Book: The Kindness Revolution - Hugh Mackay - 9781760879938 - Allen & Unwin - Australia (

Email: Dr. Hugh Mackay | ANU Research School of Psychology