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. 

April 20th 2021
87: The Politics of Data - Alice Almeida
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Alice Almeida is the Founder of Almeida Insights, a full-service research agency, and the Regional Head of Data, Research, and Insights for TotallyAwesome, APAC's leading Kids Digital platform which prides itself on providing safe environments for kids to be entertained. She is also on the Maxme advisory board.

Alice's career has spanned over 20 years where she has held senior data and research positions for some of Australia's largest media brands; Channel Nine, Seven, News Corp, and Fairfax. She launched her own research company (2 weeks prior to COVID hitting!) to tackle the topics that many shied away from. In particular, delving into Social Media Data Privacy and what the average Australian actually thinks and knows about it. She is not one to back away from a challenge and because of this, is constantly called on for her opinion on industry issues.

Throughout her career, she has held representative positions on industry councils, launched market first research pieces, and been called on to provide evidence and insights at the senate inquiry into Public Interest Journalism. She is well known on the conference circuit having spoken at over 65 local and international - all-around data.

In her current role at TotallyAwesome, Alice is responsible for building out insights and thought leadership pieces on how brands can safely and respectfully advertise to children and parents. As a mum herself, Alice feels protecting children's online data is a non-negotiable!

Alice will discuss in this podcast:

  1. Data is everywhere for businesses. How has it's use and importance changed over the past 5-10 years?
  2. What is the best way to gather data fast and how does a company make the most of it?
  3. Facebook and other social media have so much personal data on us all. Privacy settings aside can we actually protect our data and remain on these social media platforms?
  4. At News Corp you had a role to play in media and data - are audiences for mainstream news outlets very nuanced and why/why not?
  5. What is the most valid argument to have data used for the greater good? Thinking of the COVID-19 related NSW Health check-in for contract tracing if there was an outbreak.
  6. Take away: What is your overarching message for anyone facing The Politics of Data?

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April 13th 2021
86: The Politics of Family Law - Stephen Page
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My guest is Stephen Page, an award-winning family lawyer from Brisbane. Admitted in 1987, Stephen has been an accredited family law specialist since 1996. He has presented at conferences around the world about family law. Stephen is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Family Lawyers and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He holds several committee positions, including with the American Bar Association and the Queensland Law Society.

Stephen is an international expert for the World Bank in its Women, Business and the Law survey, and he lectures in Law and Ethics in Reproductive Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

He has written and presented about family law and surrogacy around the world including for the International Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Stephen has received a number of awards, including the inaugural Pride in Law Award (2020). When he left uni in the '80s, he like other students wondered how the law might deal with reality when life began.

To his amazement, in 2012 he acted in the first case in the world that said what it was to conceive a child. He never expected to be a pioneer in his field, but he was not prepared to accept the world as it was. In his spare time, Stephen chairs his daughter's daycare committee.

Hear from Stephen on:

  1. How has family law changed in the time you have practiced it? What are the most significant legal changes that stand out in your professional experience, and what have they meant for families?
  2. Surrogacy laws are complex and have perhaps changed over time with a rise in people seeking legal advice upfront, perhaps where there are health or fertility risks for women to bear a child or same-sex couples wanting to have children with their own genetics from one or more partners.
  3. Is it simpler to have a surrogate overseas and bring a child home to Australia than locally? Why or why not?
  4. You have your own personal experience of family law with the legal recognition in 2019 that your daughter Elizabeth, born via a surrogate mother and your husband's sperm, and in QLD you set about closing a loophole prior where you could have up to 4 persons named on her birth certificate. Tell us more.
  5. The family court merger announced earlier this year has had a mix of reactions, many of them hostile by your peers. What is the reality of this for families going through the system now?

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April 6th 2021
85: The Politics of Growth - Justin Herald
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The Politics of Business Growth is what we are examining today, with an entrepreneur who has experienced that in spades. At the age of 25 with only $50 to his name, Justin Herald set about changing the course of his life. Justin created Attitude Inc, a clothing brand that became an international licensing success that turned over in excess of $20 million. In 2005, he was named "INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR". Justin has also received the Future Leaders Award, which recognizes him as being one of the 50 most influential leaders of the next generation in Australia.

Today, Justin Herald is Managing Director of Customer Culture, one of Australia's leading customer service and customer engagement training companies, that not only teaches staff the "how" to give great service, but more importantly, "why" it is needed.

Justin recently launched which is an online resource that teaches kids how to take an idea and turn it into a business. That program has had massive International success

He also is the author of eight international bestselling books, personally, mentors over 100 business owners each year, and is regarded as one of Australia's most sought-after speakers, with an audience of over 150,000 per annum.

Justin Herald is a man who has done so much with his life and in his own way.

In this podcast you will learn:

  1. What does growth really mean? Is it about making great money or more than that?
  2. How Justin advises newbie leaders to approach their entrepreneurial life if they are new to it?
  3. How you scale a business fast?
  4. **Is there ever a time to walk away from a business and how can you know when that is?
  5. Take away: What is your best tip to everyone keen to master The Politics of Growth?

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