The Future Is Beautiful with Amisha Ghadiali

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Welcome to The Future Is Beautiful with Amisha Ghadiali. On this show we explore the weave between politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we meet here are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. We share a new interview every Thursday. Every one of us has ideas and personal experiences to share that can lead us to a brighter future. Our global future is created by all of us, together. The Future Is Beautiful is the start of a new conversation for making that happen. How will you create beauty in the world? Discover more about our book and podcast at

Episode Date
Peter Macfadyen on Democracy, Community and Local Government - E25

How can we change politics for the better to benefit our local communities?

“This is about trying to create participatory democracy not representative democracy….It’s saying elect 17 people and then their job is to build a community where whatever it is you want to get done, you can - or at least have a good try at it - and there will be money and support.” ~ Peter Macfadyen

In this episode Amisha meets independent local councillor Peter Macfadyen to learn how Frome (Somerset UK) is transforming from a forgotten market town into one of the most progressive communities in the country.

Peter tells the story of how he became Mayor of Frome by accident and rewrote the rules to return a sense of ownership to the community, putting 40% of council taxes back in people’s hands and inviting children to vote on council budgets.

He explains why manifestos inevitably end in broken promises, why he favours removing party politics at the local level and the need for epic facilitation skills in local government.

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Aug 09, 2018
Mallence Bart-Williams on Patriarchy, Ancestry and The Womb -E24

How can we heal the feminine in our world from the inside out?

"There is no redemption big enough to make up for what has been done to the womb." ~ Mallence Bart-Williams

In this episode Amisha shares an intimate moment with multidisciplinary creative and social entrepreneur  Mallence Bart-Williams.

Working in partnership with the royal family of a tiny hidden kingdom in the Asian archipelago, Mallence is bringing to the world an ancient rejuvenation and holistic beauty tool, originally reserved only for Eastern royalty and their concubines. Now this product is saving women in the Western world from hysterectomy and transforming the vitality of their entire bodies.

Together Mallence and Amisha speak about how we engage with our wombs today, revisiting the monstrous origins of modern gynaecology and discussing the patriarchal attitudes and assumptions in medical science that harm our connection to our feminine centre.

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Jul 31, 2018
Nimo Patel on Simplicity, Service and Songwriting - E23

What does it truly mean to serve and where do we start?

"I like the idea that we come empty handed and we go empty handed. It’s like two moments of nothingness that we are living in between....Nothing is mine when i'm here, nothing is mine when I leave, so can I live more in a way that I am offering more of myself to the planet when I am here?" ~ Nimo Patel

In this episode Amisha meets musician and humanitarian Nimesh 'Nimo' Patel. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nimo received an Ivy League education, found fame as a rap star and enjoyed a successful stint working on Wall Street.

After the horror of 9/11, Nimo realised that despite his material success, he felt unhappy and unfulfilled. An unexpected phone call from a friend planted the first seed and later painful health challenges finally drew him to India where he began volunteering at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad.

Together with a group of children from the local community he produced an album of songs. This first project marked the beginning of working closely with underprivileged children and their families to bring their voices to the world. Nimo shares with us some powerful lessons received from the children, their families and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi during his time in India.

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Jul 25, 2018
Helena Norberg-Hodge on Corporate Control, Systemic Change and Localism - E22

How do we free ourselves from the controlling influence of multi-national corporations?

"We are swimming in a sea shaped by corporate desires. They are not thinking beings they are structures shaped by blind reductionist thinking and ever larger scale and greater speed." ~ Helena Norberg-Hodge

In this episode Amisha meets author, filmmaker and big-picture activist Helena Norberg-Hodge. Together they discuss the influence of multinational corporations in all areas of our lives, and what we can do as individuals to create systemic change.

Helena's big-picture activism reveals the interdependent systems of corporate control and urbanisation that are behind our greatest challenges.

She explains how the current epidemics of anxiety and depression, climate change and plastic pollution are caused directly by the actions of multi-national corporations and how a shift to localism holds the antidote to what ails us.

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Jul 19, 2018
Jeremy Lent on Patterns, Integration and Meaning - E21

Why and how do we create patterns of meaning out of the vast expanse of existence?

In this conversation Jeremy and Amisha explore the world history of our separation from nature, the human instinct to bring meaning and pattern into life, and how we work with the emotions that arise from this, so we can create a flourishing, beautiful sustainable future.

"Optimism and pessimism are both cop outs, but hope is a state of mind that things can change. Whether we think they will or not there is that possibility." ~ Jeremy Lent

In this episode Amisha sits down with author and integrator Jeremy Lent. Jeremy's recent book 'The Patterning Instinct' explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day.

From psychedelic awakenings in Cambridge student squats, to fleeing Britain for California to "see something great", Jeremy followed a deep knowing that there was something much more to life than what he was experiencing.

Jeremy's current research, writing and teaching is driven by the desire to marry his intellectual understanding with what he feels in his body to be true. He seeks an integrated understanding of the rules that govern the cosmos, inside and outside of us.

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Jul 09, 2018
Jo Royle on Marine Science, Ocean Plastics and Environmental Activism - E20

What action can we take today to help save our oceans from plastic pollution?

"If you can work with nature, we can flourish together." ~ Jo Royle

In this episode Amisha meets up with skipper, activist and ocean campaigner Jo Royle. Jo's work with Common Seas is focussed on reducing the threat from plastic pollution, working with industry leaders to eradicate single-use plastics and address the cultural and economic root causes of the problem.

Despite growing up landlocked and suffering a crippling autoimmune disease during her teens,  Jo spent much of her childhood in a dinghy in Devon. After studying at university and making a determined recovery from illness, Jo set sail as a young adult to work at sea full time for over a decade, skippering a variety of vessels and leading projects across the globe.

On her travels Jo saw first hand where our relationship to the seas is out of balance and this fuelled her determination to advocate for oceans and marine life. 

Jo shares with us some harrowing stories and heartbreaking statistics from ocean expeditions to the front lines of climate change. She offers straightforward solutions that we can all implement now and ways to become ocean activists in our daily lives.

"Most important is for more and more of us to have good times on and by the water. The more you connect with nature, whether the sea or a forest the more you will learn about it and the more you want to protect it." ~ Jo Royle

Jul 02, 2018
William Etundi on Activism, Creativity and Evolution - E19

How to bring people together for experiences that change lives.

"I think it is essential that when you feel that creative fire inside to be true to that. It doesn't mean it's going to save the world but it might save you and that could be just as important". William Etundi

In this episode Amisha is in conversation with William Etundi, a curator and creator of "events that touch the world".  From jubilant mass political protests to mind-expanding mansion parties, William's events blend social commentary, art and public spectacle.

Together Amisha and William discuss their experiences of race, difference, place, belonging and embodying cultural bridges. William speaks about his experience growing up as a mixed race man with African heritage in both America, as well as his early childhood experiences of activism as the son of a politically engaged pastor in a proudly gay district.

From taking days off school to attend protests as a child, William grew up and moved to New York to immerse himself in the community of activists and culture creators of the late 90s and early 2000s. He describes the energy and hope of young people reclaiming the streets and speaking truth to power, and the crushing disillusionment that followed the brutal police suppression of protests around the 2004 Republican convention in New York.

Amisha and William share stories of entering inside the mainstream political and judicial system, getting burned by what they saw and experienced there and how this led them both to turn their energies towards the soft, small, interpersonal actions at the roots of society and the call of the creative fire inside.

William Etundi's work has been featured in the pages of Vogue, i-D Magazine, Paper Magazine, and more, with the New York Times proclaiming him “an impresario of the underground." In 2012 he launched SeeMe, an international artist network that grew to over 1 million members. He is also the founder and creative director of You Are So Lucky, one of the most sought-after tickets in New York City.

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Jun 25, 2018
Lucile Yaney on Food, Healing and Consciousness - E18

Creating a high vibrational restaurant to lift spirits, heal bodies and open hearts and minds.

Restaurants are this wonderful way to convey a body of knowledge because on Monday morning when they went back to their office people would talk about whatever restaurants they went to... So if we could put a body of knowledge onto a restaurant would it not get spread around a city?" - Lucile Yaney

In this episode Amisha meets Lucile Yaney, a psychotherapist and visionary restaurateur.  Lucille shares the story of how the Inn of the Seventh Ray was born of a mystical encounter with the "last eyesore in Topanga" and a year-long commitment to following her heart.

Everything at the Inn, from the vibrant food to the meditation gardens, is rooted in a set of principles which infuse the experience of fine dining. Lucile offers guidance on how to transition to a diet that allows your body to detoxify itself and be able to attain a higher vibration.

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Jun 21, 2018
Aviram Rozin on Reforestation, Compassion and Volunteering - E17

How to create an open sustainable living community, rooted in compassion and regeneration of the land.

"To come to a place where people are willingly here to serve you, to give you a safe and transformative experience, that by itself is healing." ~ Aviram Rozin

In this episode Amisha sits down with Aviram Rozin, founder of Sadhana Forest - a reforestation project and sustainable living community, which was established in 2003 on 70 acres of degraded land just outside Auroville.

The project is designed around the primary principle of compassion - from the vegan organic food to the hand chiseled granite building stone, everything is carefully and consciously chosen under the criteria of compassion for all life and for the planet. Unschooling and Gift Economy are some of the compassionate ideologies that underpin the social aspects of the project, and the community nurture a culture of non violent communication and service. What began as a way for a family of three to live in alignment with their chosen principles, has blossomed quickly into a vibrant transformational community with two further projects being established in Haiti and Kenya.

Aviram shares stories of daily life at Sadhana Forest and how the project brings people into greater contact with what nourishes and supports them, both within and without - carrying buckets of water  for their daily use, charging their phones and laptops with the midday sun and discovering lifelong talents and passions. He goes on to explain some of the rituals and practises that create the foundations for a thriving sustainable living community and underpin the transformational effect reported by visitors and volunteers at Sadhana Forest. Finally, he shares a little about his newest project, the University of Compassion, which launched in February of this year and aims to bring compassion to the forefront of human thinking.

"I treat love as a resource that is never depleted. So sharing my love with people, animals, plants, water, this is the recharge- it is like a two way stream all the time. I don't feel like there is energy flowing out of me that will finish - it is all the time flowing in and flowing out." ~ Aviram Rozin

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Jun 14, 2018
MARTI on Climate Change, Community and Transformation - E16

How can we better respond to the challenge of climate change by moving beyond denial towards graceful, united action?

"When you hear a glacier melting, the rivers of water emerging from beneath it, it is enough to make your heart break. When Ice from a glacier breaks off into the Fjord it takes about 6 weeks for it to disappear into the ocean. A glacier takes 150,000 years to form." ~ MARTI

In this episode Amisha is in conversation with environmental activist, writer and photographer MARTI, who gave a keynote at the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 and more recently has been working with indigenous groups across the planet at the front line of the climate crisis.

MARTI and Amisha discuss how the proximity of significant climate change so often gives rise to denial, why community is crucial to finding our way forward amid climate chaos, how the most humble acts can have incredible quantum impact and why we must reclaim the wisdom of previous civilisations to unite and face our future together.

"It is up to each one of us as a citizen of the world and a child of mother earth to move towards what will make changes." ~ MARTI

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Jun 07, 2018
Anand Semalty on Yoga, Veda and Health - E15

What are the real teachings of yoga beyond the physical poses and how can this lead us to a healthier future?

In this episode Amisha spends time with teacher, Vedic astrologer and all round wise man Anand Semalty.

They speak of the all-encompassing embrace of India, the deep essence there drawing seekers from across the globe and why there are more saints than soldiers. We hear stories of his childhood growing up as a Brahmin and his choice to raise his own daughters in the Vedic educational tradition.

He shares concerns about the widespread modification of yoga, the troubling ego expansion fuelled by asana-only practise and the rise of the Facebook yogis. He points us back to the ancient codes of wisdom at the core of yogic tradition - tools for receiving and integrating all the powerful energies we invite in with our practise.

"Knowledge is knowledge, its free in the universe. You just need to connect to the universe and you can download everything." ~ Anand Semalty

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May 31, 2018
Lynne Franks on Collaboration, Creativity and Community - E14

How women will shape a more beautiful future for the planet.

In this episode Amisha sits down with wise woman, entrepreneur and activist Lynne Franks - who launched London Fashion week and the entire PR Industry at a time when female-led businesses were almost unheard of.

Lynne believes our future lies with women and girls and it is they who must lead change from the grass roots. She is developing a wellbeing hub, an archetypal model for women's collaboration and an intergenerational women's mentoring programme.

As an elder, she embraces a role in service of the younger generations, speaking about how to tackle depression among young people, the crucial role of 11 year old girls for our planet's future and how we can equip them to fulfil it.

"I meet so many women who want to change the world on their own. They will burn out. Can we do it together - collectively, generously, compassionately, nurturingly? Yes we can." - Lynne Franks

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May 24, 2018
Bayo Akomolafe on Reality, Post-Truth and Sacred Activism - E13

"Dancing with my daughter and singing my son to sleep is just as cosmic as a star exploding and expiring in space." - Bayo Akomolafe

In this week's episode Amisha takes a deep dive with poet, philosopher, psychologist and professor Bayo Akomolafe into the nature of truth, reality and activism.

Bayo offers observations on how our responses in these urgent times may well perpetuate the crisis we try to escape and what the alternatives might be. He expounds the opportunity that lies in the depths of confusion, the indigenous wisdom found at the heart of quantum physics and how caring for our children is as cosmic as an exploding star.

At the heart of his invitation lies a simple but radical shift of perspective and a new question to walk with, that might lead us to new forms of activism and new ways to serve the times we are living in.

"If you find yourself right all the time, then look around you you are probably alone. To be flawed, wrong, wounded, is to recognise that we are in a world of other beings. We live and thrive and emerge in the orbit of other beings, and that is beautiful and tragic all at once." - Bayo Akomolafe

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May 17, 2018
Boe Huntress on Music, Menstruation and Mythology - E12

Mapping the experience of cyclical being through archetypes, stories and song

"The more I am in my power the more everything can be empowered - it's not a personal thing - you can't' be powerful on your own, its part of a bigger thing." - Boe Huntress

In this episode Amisha meets singer, songwriter and creative Boe Huntress. Informed by a long line of songwriters from Bob Dylan, to Kate Bush, to Joni Mitchell, Boe's mytho-poetic songwriting is archetypal and inspired particularly by the feminine experience.

Boe works with women's groups, looking at the cycles of the moon, menstruation and the creative process.  Together they weave a collective picture of cyclical and intuitive ways of being, exploring the value and gift of changeability in a world where consistency is king. We hear about the collective dreams of bleeding women that could feed tribe and what the modern equivalent might be if we can only remember how to want it.

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Feb 08, 2018
Tony Riddle on Rewilding, Wellbeing and Health - E11

Bringing ancestral benefits into the modern world by re-connecting to ancient human ways.

"People know more about their cell phone than they do about their own cells." - Tony Riddle

In this episode Amisha sits down with Natural Life-stylist Tony Riddle. Tony tells of his quest to live a biologically normal life without raising social eyebrows, the island where his dream became possible and how he is helping stressed out urbanites to reconnect with the ancestral wisdom of the hunter gatherer within.

We hear why night shift workers have higher than average rates of cancer, why he has sawed up his sofa, why you shouldn't be walking if you cannot squat and how the hard ground teaches us to be soft.

Amisha and Tony share visions for a biologically normal lifestyle that starts with taking our shoes off, taking diet tips from our Bonobo cousins, reclaiming human play from the education system and recovering our innate ability to self-medicate.

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Feb 01, 2018
Imogen Butler-Cole on Sexual Assault, Me Too and Creative Activism - E10

Exploring the role of performance to promote healing and raise awareness. 

"We have to get really clear about the fact that any sex without full consent is rape. I think it is very difficult for people to hear that." - Imogen Butler-Cole

In this episode Amisha meets actress and writer Imogen Butler-Cole, creator of acclaimed theatre show "Foreign Body" exploring the subject of sexual assault.  

Imogen speaks about creating theatre that is both deeply personal and highly political, how "Foreign Body" is helping other survivors to process their own experiences and why she invited the perpetrator of her own assault to be part of it.

In the wake of the #metoo and #timesup campaigns she explores why it is so difficult to accept that people we know and trust are capable of sexual violence, and how doing so might bring constructive responses such as workplace guidelines around sexual violence and healing interventions for people who are at risk of perpetrating.

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Jan 25, 2018
James Hanusa on Blockchain, Burning man and Consciousness - E9

An exploration of how technology and human consciousness can come together as a force for good to support the evolution of humanity.

"The questions about reality are going to be come deeper and deeper as these technologies are adopted more and our ability to create new realities for ourselves and our communities is not science fiction anymore." - James Hanusa

In this episode Amisha enters the colliding worlds of new technology and consciousness with venture catalyst, cultural strategist and co-founder of Digital Raign James Hanusa. James is exploring the frontiers of emerging technology and the intersections with social justice, sustainability and conscious evolution.

James invites us on a whirlwind tour of future technology -  explaining how the "empathy machine" of virtual reality is employed by non-profits, meditators and the medical world, the applications of augmented reality from epic street art to jet engine mechanics, how the blockchain revolution might signal an end to banking and even governments, why refugees ask for WIFI first and starting a new country based on advanced technology.

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Jan 18, 2018
Sally Kempton on Meditation, Authenticity and The Goddess - E8

Cultivating inner power and understanding the tantric perspective of the divine feminine. 

"Learning to walk humbly on the cusp of what needs to be done and what we are capable and qualified to do is a huge thing that every one of us needs to find a way to navigate." ~ Sally Kempton

In this episode Amisha sits in reflection with writer, teacher and former swami Sally Kempton. Sally grew up in a secular, socialist environment as the daughter of a well known liberal journalist in New York, until what she calls a "download of love" during her first psychedelic experience led her to study non-dual yogic philosophy and to meet and follow her guru, Swami Muktananda.

Sally shares the tantric understanding of the true meaning of Shakti and where to find the Goddess, why there is more to meditation than mind-hacking and how patriarchy is in fact a function of the goddess. They discuss what discovering the divine feminine means for men in modern practice.

Jan 11, 2018
Satish Kumar on Jainism, Economy and Ecology - E7

How to live as a pilgrim, embracing elegant simplicity to find fellowship with all life.

In this episode Amisha sits down with Satish Kumar - co-founder of Schumacher College, editor of Resurgence magazine and a global activist.

They discuss his childhood as a Jain monk, the encounter with death which began his spiritual education, and why he walked out of monastic life - walking 8000 miles from the birthplace of Ghandi to four nuclear capitals of the world.

Satish explores the Jain philosophy of nonviolence and gives advice on how to live life as a pilgrim rather than a commuter - explaining why we would benefit from all working only 3 days a week.

"Become the CEO of your own life... Earn less money, have more time. Consume less, buy less, have less possessions. Have good food... You cannot have a happy life on a bad diet. Everything else simple. Elegant simplicity." - Satish Kumar

Dec 21, 2017
Zerbanoo Gifford on Politics, Beauty and Karma - E6

How to engage moral courage to carry torches of justice, beauty and possibility where shadows loom.

In this episode Amisha is in conversation with author and humanitarian  Zerbanoo Gifford - founder of the Asha centre for young people in the Forest of Dean, former politician, award-winning activist for social justice, cosmic networker and total badass force for change.

Zerbanoo shares some of the most shocking and inspiring moments from her decades of pioneering work as a woman of colour in British politics - opening doors for others in the political arena and going into battle spurred on by the moral courage to stand up to hatred and prejudice. She speaks of the absolute importance of beauty and how we all deserve to experience a paradise garden on earth, as well as the importance of keeping a little madness in the mix and the near death experience that changed the course of her life completely.

"We can transform the world by transforming ourselves and being there as an example to other people so they can see that everything is possible." Zerbanoo Gifford 

Dec 14, 2017
Bruce Parry on Tribes, Connection and Plant Medicine - E5

A journey through loss, discovery and cultivation of our connection to something bigger.

In this episode Amisha meets explorer, documentary filmmaker and author Bruce Parry.

Bruce shares with Amisha some deeply personal stories about finding the place where neuroscience meets indigenous ritual medicines, the chance encounters that changed his life - including with the Kogi, whose intercontinental "interventions" turned him celibate, his theory on how the dawn of agriculture killed meditation and the breakdowns and breakthroughs of a seven-year journey to produce his new film Tawai.

From his early days "deep in the machine" as an institutionalised, privately educated military career-man to his recent expeditions into the mystical depths of Amazonian tribal medicine, Bruce tracks the unfolding of his present world view and the crises and revelations that brought him to it.

"The Penan are anarchists. They have no leader no law, no shamans no chiefs... They are allegedly the most peaceful people on the planet." ~Bruce Parry

Dec 07, 2017
Sam Roddick on Death, Sex and Activism - E4

Facing the fundamental teachings of our deepest drivers and greatest taboos and the social dynamics they engender.

In this episode Amisha sits down with activist, artist, provocateur and entrepreneur Sam Roddick, founder of lingerie brand and sex shop Coco De Mer and daughter of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick. Sam shares her experience of the formative family dynamics that cultivate activism and their shared passion for delivering education through entrepreneurship.

Together Amisha and Sam discuss how to live in balance as an activist, the illusion of individual success and the power of individual actions, the difference between values and politics, the personal and cultural landscapes of sexuality and death, the birth-like initiatory ripples and bio-rhythms of grief and her early education in feminist sexual politics.

"I was literally born out of the womb of a lineage of disobedient women" - Sam Roddick


Nov 29, 2017
Christopher Hareesh Wallis on Yoga, Tantra and Politics -E3

We explore the ancient stories, modern manifestations and internal expanses of tantra and yogic practise.

In this episode Amisha gets together with Christopher Hareesh Wallis, a scholar and practitioner of the yoga tradition and author of two books on the classical Tantra tradition.

Hareesh - whose name meaning "remover of sorrows" was given to him as an "invitation to grow into" by the guru of his mother when he was just 9 years old - joins Amisha in discussion of

what it truly means to be a yogi, what happens when we become a focal point of unified consciousness on public transport, the non-difference between the body, mind and bodymind, how you can tell if a person is doing tantra and what the yoga tradition teaches us about politics.

Nov 21, 2017
Annegret Affolderbach on Sustainable Fashion, Change-Making and being a Global Citizen - E2

This week Amisha meets Cultural Futurist & Creative Director Annegret Affolderbach. As well as being a major contributor to The Future is Beautiful book which inspired this podcast, Annegret is an award -winning, disruptive innovator and social entrepreneur in the world of fashion.

Her Choolips fashion brand was produced by a Ghanaian women's co-op, trained by Annegret herself to create exceptional designs using revamped forms of traditional techniques such as batik. The collection flew off the rails of Topshop in Oxford Circus, successfully connecting with a young audience who understand what is behind creating a fair and sustainable product.

Amisha and Annegret discuss life as a global citizen, the challenges of going it alone as a change maker and social entrepreneur and what it really takes to set up a sustainable creative project. 

Nov 21, 2017
Charles Eisenstein on Awakening, Courage and Climate Change - E1

How can individual experiences of empathy and community with the human and non-human world around us create radical shifts in our planetary ecology? In this first episode of The Future is Beautiful Podcast, Amisha Ghadiali meets author and speaker Charles Eisenstein. Here the old stories, the current stories and the new stories of humanity encounter one another and offer their gifts, challenges and questions.

Nov 21, 2017