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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “I would love to have people talk more openly about Menopause - especially in the workforce”

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    Mel Kettle is an expert at communication that builds trust. She understands how to create strategies that have immediate, meaningful impact.

    Mel has more than two decades of experience in strategic communication and leadership, gained by working with commercial, government and not for profit organisations. Mel works with CEOs, leaders and teams to help them become more connected in an increasingly disconnected world. She is a sought after thought leader, speaker, mentor and facilitator who helps her clients create stronger relationships with their workforce,customers and investors

    Mel is also the host of the podcast - “This Connected Life” and author of “The Social Association.” Her second book - “Connected Leadership–Starts with You” - will be available very soon.

    I met Mel at a ‘not conference’ called SPACE when I spoke on the topic It’s Okay Not To Have Kids. In the Q&A at the end of my talk, Mel shared some of her own experiences around having a childfree life and we bonded from there.

    Mel and I talked about the Australasian Menopause Society and you can find them here - https://www.menopause.org.au/.

    And Mel referenced a CIPD (UK) report, which you’ll find here;- https://www.cipd.co.uk/Images/menopause-guide-for-people-managers_tcm18-55548.pdf

    A great menopause reference site is www.justasjuicy.com

    Some background info here

    https://www.justasjuicy.com/managing-your-menopause-at-work/

    Connect and find out more about Mel here;-

    Mel’s ‘This Connected Life’ podcast can be found here:

    www.melkettle.com/podcasts

    Instagram: @melkettle

    Twitter: @melkettle

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melkettle/

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “That all stakeholders in education need to stop holding on to the schools we know and start evolving schools that we truly need in support of all young people’s flourishing. That we are living in a moment of historic importance. That the current crisis is a turning point, not just for the rise of digital education, but for the entire education system.

    We need to be doing schooling differently.”

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    My guest today Adriano Di Prato is a breath of fresh air in the education system. A learning designer, prominent educational thought leader and was the social architect of a new dynamic learning ecosystem titled - Polaris, a vision for faith, learning and life for a new world environment. He is a current Partner in a School for tomorrow, a global educational network supporting students, teachers, and school leaders to thrive in a new world environment.

    Adriano is a former President of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principals Association (VCSSDPA) and in 2015 he was awarded Life Membership of the association for significant contributions to Catholic education. In 2019 Adriano was selected on the annual Hot List of movers and shakers in Australian education by The Educator AU magazine. Adriano is the former Deputy Principal of Marcellin College, Bulleen and Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, Braybrook Australia. Adriano is passionate about shaking up education and co-hosts a popular podcast called ‘Game Changers’.

    As a kid who learnt more about life through sport, travel & trial & error, than I ever did at school, I have been a long believer that our education framework needs a shake up so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with Adriano on such an important issue.

    Connect and find out more about Adriano here;-

    Twitter: @AdrianoDiPrato

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/adrianodiprato

    Website: www.aschoolfortomorrow.com

    And check out his podcast - Game Changers - Series Three launching soon.

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

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  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “I would like people to talk more about what they are really scared of"

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    Christine Khor is a powerhouse & always fun to have a chat to. She’s an executive coach and recruiter, CEO of both Chorus Executive and Peeplcoach, director on The Hunger Project's national board and Advisory Council Member - Future of Work Program chaired by David Gonski. She’s a leadership facilitator, presenter, speaker, author and fits in being a mum with all that as well!

    Christine’s belief is that a business can only be successful when their people are successful.

    She founded Chorus Executive; a holistic talent management consultancy over 20years ago and in the last 2 years, started up Peeplcoach, an on-demand career and executive coaching and development platform.

    She saw a gap in the market and felt that coaching should be more accessible to everyone. Peeplcoach provides a wide range of benefits of executive coaching to thousands of individuals at a significantly lower cost than traditional coaching services.

    Chris & I met at a conference a few years back & have always had such liberating conversations and this was no exception.

    Connect and find out more about Christine here;-

    www.peeplcoach.com

    www.christinekhor.com.au

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinekhor/

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Instagram @thewabisabiseries

    Facebook @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there’s one thing you wish society would talk more about, what would it be?

    “I would love to know why we, as a whole, suck at condolence so badly.”

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    Edwina Symond and her husband Ant faced the worst year of their lives in 2018 when their firstborn son Sebby died when he was just ten months old.

    Ed, like me, has faced a huge amount of loss in her life; she lost her mum as a young girl, her dad in her early twenties and her beloved Grandma Mardi, to a long battle with dementia in 2013.

    Rather than wallow like many could have, Ed and Ant have chosen a positive path to speak about the loss of Sebby and the grief that encompasses them daily as bereaved parents.

    She shares stories and resources on her website The Griefy Way, to help other parents navigate the early stages of the loss of a child.

    Eddy & I have had many conversations around death and grief over the years and whilst this conversation is not for the faint-hearted, we cover so many important topics around grief and condolence - it’s a must listen for all.

    Useful links

    In the episode, we talked about ‘The Ring Theory’ around grief which you can read more about here;- Susan Goldman 'The Ring Theory'

    Connect with Edwina here:-

    Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwina-symonds-9bb6ab61/?originalSubdomain=au

    Her website: https://www.thegriefyway.com/

    What does "she" look like?

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “I’d like to discuss how a deeper enquiry into what would happen if we were to bring spirituality into leadership”

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    Mary Dwyer is the founding director and CEO of Impact Solutions International, specializing in large-scale cultural change, conflict transformation and ethical leadership development. She works with business, spiritual and political leaders nationally and internationally. Mary believes that loving kindness is a powerful instrument for the transformation of global leadership. She views herself as a citizen of the world, travelling and working across the globe, but makes her home in Tasmania, Australia.

    In 2018 she published her first book, The Final Act of Grace, which has since won a Hay House/Balboa Press Publishing award. The Final Act of Grace is a leadership/spiritual teaching memoir. Full details of her work can be found at impactsolutions.com.au and www.marycdwyer.com

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Mary Dwyer

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    Useful links

    Connect with Mary here:-

    Website: marycdwyer.com

    Her Company - Impact Solutions International: www.impactsolutions.com.au

    Her Book - The Final Act of Grace: http://www.marycdwyer.com/the-final-act-of-grace/

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “The need for positive self talk and mindset.

    We are taught to be nice to other people and to say nice things to others but more often than not we do not learn the same for ourselves and this can really have a strong negative impact on our life!”

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    Julie Demsey is a certified clinical hypnotherapist, transformational coach and business leader who has spent her career helping individuals and organizations grow and thrive. She understands firsthand the challenges faced by both entrepreneurs and corporations, having come to Australia from the Silicon Valley where she held leadership positions with various large companies and startups. Her unique combination of skills has made Julie a sought after speaker, facilitator, mentor and adviser for the Australian business community. Julie is passionate about working with people, groups and organisations to adapt their mindset for greater personal satisfaction and professional success.

    Julie has started a new business with Sue Hogal at http://foundcoaching.com.au - supporting businesses and individuals in getting their mindset in shape during Covid to be able to focus on their business.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Julie Demsey

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    Useful links

    Connect with Julie here:-

    Website: http://juliedemsey.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliedemsey/

    Insta and Twitter: @Julie Demsey

    Found Coaching: http://foundcoaching.com.au

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “What I would love society to have more conversations around is the art of questioning. The art of asking deeper questions, different questions, sitting in questions, not running to the answers.”

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    Alison Hill is a Registered Psychologist, Telstra Business Woman Award finalist and CEO of AFR Fast 100 company Pragmatic Thinking, a motivation and behaviour strategy company.

    She is co-author of the top business book 'Dealing with the Tough Stuff: How to achieve results from key conversations, and author of Stand Out: A real world guide to get clear, find purpose and become the boss of busy. An influential keynote speaker, producer and host of the incredible Stand Out Life podcast - which I’ve had the pleasure of being on twice now.

    Ali is a regular on Channel 9 has regular articles published with Fairfax Group (including the AFR, SMH & The Age), News Limited (The Daily Tele & Courier Mail), and The Huffington Post (http://www.alisonhill.com.au/in-the-media/).

    Her work has found its way inside a few big businesses you might have heard of… PepsiCo, Siemens, McDonalds, Sydney Trains, BHP Billiton, Bond University, Griffith University, and BlueCare just to name a few. Ali presents her unique and authentic message as a sought after international keynote speaker and MC where she engages her audience with humour, practicality and real-world thinking.

    Ali & I met in Uluru at a conference many years ago & connected instantly. Ali is an incredible conduit of helping people find their voice and it’s a thrill for me to get her on the other side of the mic as it where & be the one asking the questions for a change.

    Ali’s Stand Out Life podcast can be found here: https://www.alisonhill.com.au/standoutlife

    We talked about a specific interview that Ali did with Teela Reid - Episode 87: The truth-teller of our time. Since then, Ali has just finished a second interview with Tesla

    (# 99 - Facing our truth). They are both fantastic interviews so be sure to check them out.

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    Connect with Ali here:-

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/alihill

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/standoutlife

    Website: www.alisonhill.com.au

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fromalihill/

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “I want people to talk, do and be...more playful! Being curious, taking risks and applying that can have great results. Think about the different things we can accomplish when we put a different lens on things like project planning. A more playful approach to serious challenges, can be more productive and bring incredible results.”

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    Julie is the Head (and Human API) of Telstra’s startup accelerator, muru-D. She comes to the role with a vast and varied background spanning education, startup, not for profit and corporate environments.

    Through serendipity, Julie has been fortunate to combine her passions for technology, philanthropy, education and play and forge a rewarding non-linear career path spanning over two decades.

    Julie was a founding member and Vice President of All Things Fun, Meaningful & Rewarding at Salesforce.com Foundation in San Francisco for a large part of her career, bringing fun and a measurable impact to the company and within the community. She also helped launch the Workday Foundation as their first Executive Director.

    Julie has been an advisor of startups from San Francisco to London to Sydney and Canada. She’s helped companies integrate meaningful philanthropy programs into their businesses and was instrumental in launching SheEO Radical Generosity, (a global initiative to transform how we support, finance and celebrate women entrepreneurs) in the USA in 2016 and most recently in Australia in 2018. Julie’s path continues to impact local and global communities at large.

    When not working you can find her at the beach, probably attempting a yoga pose with a camera in her hand or hugging a random wild Australian animal.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Julie Trell

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    Useful links;-

    Connect with the fabulous Julie Trell here;-

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julietrell/

    Twitter: @julietrell

    Medium: https://medium.com/@julietrell

    muru-D: www.muru-D.com

    SheEO: www.sheeo.world

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Failure in its many forms - professionally, personally. It’s a topic that very few people feel comfortable to speak about and yet I feel it’s a topic with so much depth and one that is worthy of more conversation.”

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    Adam Heathcote is a formidable human and I was lucky enough to sit next to him on a flight many years ago & spark up a conversation about our mutual love of Tasmania. That let to us become great mates and numerous fascinating conversations about eclectic topics have ensued over the years.

    Graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Business Law, Adam spent 17 years in the Food & Beverage sector including two years as Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Group and four years as Managing Director of The Pacific Restaurant Group which included icon establishments like Jamies Italian.

    In 2017, Adam joined Queensland Investment Corporation and now explores sectors like healthcare, education, work spaces and co-living to understand the underlying business models to determine their suitability for QIC’s real estate platform.

    Adam has an inquisitive mind and he and his wife Kasie are passionate about pursuing a more wholesome, sustainable way of living with their two children.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Adam Heathcote

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    Useful links;-

    Connect with Adam here:-

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-heathcote-0b891826/?originalSubdomain=au

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries

    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Female Sexuality. I am deeply passionate about gender equality. So much about conditioning says that women are dangerous, because they are sexual. Therefore, we must desexualise women in the workforce in order for them to be able to participate.”

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    Keeva Stratton is the founder of Quip Brands, a leading brand agency based in Sydney, and the Co-Founder of Ms Tee, a fun T-shirt label that let’s women speak their mind through their body.

    Keeva has 20 years of media and advertising experience—ten of which she has spent as a successful entrepreneur. She is a successful and sought-after mentor and activator, with a particular investment in supporting the female entrepreneurial community.

    Years ago, her career began with recording and directing character voices for arcade games; it’s a career that has since taken many strange and wonderful twists and turns. She’s produced a national science fiction radio show; she’s covered Australian Fashion Week; and interviewed Hollywood heavyweights such as Quentin Tarantino.

    Keeva has degrees in Communications and Cultural Studies, a Master of Criminology and a Juris Doctor, adding complex layers to her understanding of audience and engagement. She has studied at Australia’s leading arts institutions including AFTRS, AWARD School and NIDA, as well as The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Gotham Writers in New York, furthering her creative craft.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Keeva Stratton

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    Useful links

    Connect with the gorgeous Keeva here:-

    Connect on LinkedIn

    Buy a t-shirt

    And find out more about what Keeva does here:-

    https://quipbrands.com/

    https://mstee.com.au/

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “Women end up with less money in the world and I want to know why & why we are not more concerned about this.” ----

    Kirsty Dunphey grew up immersed in an entrepreneurial wonderland: parents who had their own businesses and rental properties, who escaped the rat race and retired in their 30’s and who enveloped her in that culture where she worked in their businesses from a young age.

    Kirsty is a serial entrepreneur that started early in her teens with her first two businesses & two part time jobs under her belt at the ripe age of 15; then her own award winning real estate agency by 21 that led her to become a self-made millionaire by 23; a self-made multi-millionaire by 25 and the ability to completely retire for rest of her life at the age of 27. Life goals right there people!

    Kirsty is a National Telstra Young Business Woman Award winner; regularly features in the media and has written two books with very catchy titles – ‘Advance to Go - Collect $1Million dollars’ and ‘Retired at 27- If I can do it anyone can’. She delights in sharing what she’s learned over a 20-year entrepreneurial journey and currently heads up a number of businesses - most notably her mortgage and finance broking company Up Loans.

    Host - Michelle Cox Guest - Kirsty Dunphey

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    Useful links;-

    Connect with the very talented Kirsty here;-

    w: www.uploans.com.au

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstydunphey/?originalSubdomain=au

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • Tina Tower is an absolute powerhouse & one of the most frank, open & generous entrepreneurs I’ve ever met. She works with experienced business women to package their accrued knowledge and passion into profitable online courses. As a business strategist, Tina loves helping women to realise their dreams.

    This comes after 16 years as a business owner where she started her own tutoring centre franchise at age 20 no lees - and built the business to over 30 locations before exiting in a 7 figure deal. Nice!

    Tina also hosts a fabulous podcast called Her Empire Builder and has been featured on the Today Show, Sky Business, Financial Review and has won the Australian Business Champion Award and Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year. Tina recently released her first book – which I can attest is a fantastic read - One Life - How To Have The Life Of Your Dreams.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Tina Tower

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    Useful links;-

    To find out more about Tina, you can find her here;-

    Insta - @tina_towerFacebook @TinaTowerAuLinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-tower-b28a5136/

    Info on Tina’s company and what she does can be found here - www.tinatower.com

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?"

    “What personal growth actually looks like. I’ve gone through several transformations of myself and there are now expired versions of me that exist that other people know and hold onto. So, basically just navigating that and what personal growth actually looks like. It’s tough and had I known, I wouldn’t have embarked on this journey”

    Shauna Ryan is a millennial visionary, international blog curator, public speaker, writer, producer and emotional thought leader. In 2015 she founded STRONG WOMAN, a social media movement that today has a global audience of over 2 million. From sharing stories that celebrate and inspire women, to running events, workshops and volunteering, Shauna has invested over 2,000 hours into Strong Woman, funding everything from her very own pocket.

    Shauna is also the creator of Community Narrative, a digital and social media management and curation agency. Shauna shares her time between Newcastle and Los Angeles; and has recently landed herself the title of co-host of Australia’s newest social media singing contest: Homegrown Superstars.

    Host - Michelle Cox

    Guest - Shauna Ryan

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    Useful links;-

    To find out more about Shauna, you can find her here;-

    Shauna’s personal Instagram - @shaunashauna_

    Strong Woman Instagram - @strongwomanofficial

    Home Grown Superstars Insta - @homegrownsuperstarsau

    E: comeunitynarrative@gmail.com

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

  • Unlikely conversations on uncomfortable topics

    This entire podcast stems around one question...

    "If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?"

    Wabi Sabi is a traditional Japanese philosophy that best describes how I embrace life- centering around the acceptance of flaws and imperfections. The aesthetic focuses on finding beauty within imperfection in our lives and gracefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. For me, it’s about not only embracing our messy, complicated and unplanned lives but using this adversity to drive us and make us better.

    I’m Michelle Cox – a long-time business executive and company director that recently stepped off the crazy corporate treadmill to have what I termed a creative break. All I can say, is this break has been life-changing for me. Amongst other things, without any previous desires or long term plan, I became a published author.

    You see, I like asking people uncomfortable questions and talking about topics that many shy away from. Meaningful conversations light me up. I’ve had my fair share of trauma and life drama but I try not to let those negative things define me. I’ve shared my experiences and the things I’ve overcome to shed some light on living a life that’s true to you – and not being defined by others expectations.

    My desire in writing the Wabi Sabi Book Series was to spark conversations about topics we don’t often talk about. Things like death, grief, not having kids and the unexplained power Doctors often wield over us. What the books have led to, I could never have imagined. They certainly got people talking and I felt that I wanted to have far more conversations around weird, wonderful and sometimes taboo topics. So – here we are – the Wabi Sabi Series podcast - Unlikely conversations on uncomfortable topics.

    I’ve gathered a bunch of smart, interesting and pretty inspiring people - to ask them just one question…

    If there is one topic that you’d love society to talk more about, what would it be and why?

    And what they’ve shared with me has been fascinating. At times a little shocking and often hilarious. So, if you’re interested in wonderfully juicy conversations with some amazing humans around topics we don’t often talk about – come join us on the Wabi Sabi Series Podcast.

    Useful links;-

    https://wabisabiseries.com/

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    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com