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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August 3rd 2021
102: The Politics of Productivity - Dermot Crowley
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I do not know about you, but I find it hard to be consistently productive. It seems like it's a secret weapon for some and a natural gift for others.

Dermot Crowley is the Director and founder of Adapt Productivity, a Sydney-based training company founded almost two decades ago.

He is one of Australia's foremost thought leaders on productivity.  He is the author of Smart Work and the founder of Adapt Productivity. Building on many years of experience in the productivity training industry, he created Adapt in 2002 with a vision of helping management and staff in Australia's leading organizations.

Dermot has a highly inspiring yet practical approach to productivity in the modern workplace. His passion is creating real behavioral change. He has developed a system for working productively that is applicable to anyone working in today's busy, email-driven workplace.

While remaining heavily involved in the training activities of the business, much of Dermot's time is spent working with senior leaders and leadership teams on their productivity, and their ability to lead productivity in their teams.

His pragmatic approach and wealth of experience ensure that he brings relevant strategies to the table for the leadership level. His focus on productivity technology ensures that executives are getting the most from the tools at their fingertips.

In this podcast, Dermot explains:

  1. A realistic definition of productivity in a business and beyond.
  2. How does say behavioral change get measured and why it matters for enhancing productivity?
  3. How can a leader ensure they teach and reward productivity to those in their team?
  4. How we manage our own selves better in a tech-led workplace to be truly working smarter, not longer, and harder?
  5. For other workplaces such as public hospitals or small businesses like cafes, what does their improved productivity look like especially if they are sometimes understaffed or running smaller scale operations?
  6. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Productivity?


To find out more about Dermot Crowley:

LinkedIn: (2) Dermot Crowley | LinkedIn


July 27th 2021
101: The Politics of Body Image - Nikki Parkinson
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Body image is a topic rife with expectations, taboo, nuance and even debate. Nikki Parkinson is here today to discuss just that! Her career path of journalism, fashion writing and design makes her an ideal expert for this topic. That is because at the core of everything that former journalist Nikki Parkinson has done in her "second life" as a blogger, author and now fashion designer has been aimed at helping women find their confidence through the clothes that they wear and the life they lead.

The 54-year-old jumped out of her 20-year journalism career in her early 40s and was one of Australia's pioneers in the blogging and then influencing space before Instagram was even a thing.

Over the past 13 years, she's built Styling You, an organic, highly engaged community of Australian women aged 35-55, women who have long felt ignored by the traditional fashion industry in an era when more than ever, women in their 40s and 50s are looking for inspiration on how to dress to feel confident for their work and play lifestyles.

As a blogger and influencer, Nikki has represented national and international brands. And in 2019 she launched her own fashion label, Styling You The Label, offering Australian-made, non-boring wardrobe basics designed to simplify a busy women's wardrobes.

Styling You The Label is the first label globally to feature a model for every size that it stocks, making it easier for women to buy with confidence online. Size diversity is only the start. The label features women of different ages, heights, colours, beliefs, and ability because it values women. Nikki wants women to feel seen and included when it comes to shopping for the clothes they want to wear.

Hear from Nikki on:

  1. How has body image evolving, and has it changed over time for the better for both men and women?
  2. The rise of "clean eating" and wellness, as well as certain diets have become accepted as mainstream - the goal seems to be weight loss only, although the idea of health is also made apparent when you see the marketing. Are these issues we can combat with more diverse projections of "what is a healthy body?"
  1. Recently, Australian Fashion Week was applauded for improving the cultural diversity of its models this year, especially when it comes to representing First Nations people. However, you were part of a media article saying the size diversity was missing still. Why does this matter so much?
  2. Beyond the size representation how can using different types of models in a brand be done well so it does not come across as tokenistic?
  1. How has social media helped or hindered our body mage battle?
  2. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Body Image?


To connect with Nikki: Nikki Parkinson | LinkedIn   

July 20th 2021
100: The Politics of Scaling Online - Emma Heuston
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Emma Heuston is a lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. A passionate advocate of work/life balance and the freedom to work from home, Emma is the Founder and Director of The Remote Expert, a virtual law firm delivering legal services and legal information to online business owners across Australia.

In 2011, Emma was on the traditional lawyer-style corporate path - but a near-death experience changed her views on work/ life balance and brought with it the realization that life is way too short not to do exactly as you please. So, Emma and her family moved from Sydney to far Northern New South Wales in late 2013. After the sea change, Emma worked remotely at partner level in a law firm for a number of years. Which was great, until it wasn't. While it was flexible, that role didn't fulfill Emma's sense of purpose to help other women say, "what if" and take the leap to start a business on their own terms.


In 2018, Emma wrote The Tracksuit Economy, her work from home bible, and founded the Remote Expert in 2019, where it has gone from strength to strength helping those with online businesses and assist people who have businesses run from home. Emma has some interesting views on the overuse of the word "scale" when it comes to businesses, especially online businesses, and seeks to change that as part of her work.

Hear from Emma on:


  1. What went wrong in your first business post-corporate career and what did you nail early on that still works for you today?
  2. Can all online businesses scale up and succeed and why do some work better than others? E.g. legal practice vs online jewelry business.
  3. What common mistakes do many online business people make when trying to scale online and how can we remedy this?
  4. Where is the future of online business heading?
  5. Take away: What is your final takeaway message for us on The Politics of Online Scaling?


To connect with Emma:

LinkedIn: (1) Emma Heuston | LinkedIn

Website: The Remote Expert | Online Business Lawyer