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Time is sliding explores aspects of the world that are changing over the precious time that is slippery-sliding away as we hurtle down life’s helter skelter. The title is an acceptance that the slipperiness of time for us human animals leads to change in our ourselves and what we do. This can often be an adaptation to ongoing changes around us. Climate change and the Covid19 pandemic are two major examples of external changes that necessitate change in ourselves. Each monthly episode feature ...
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The stories of two contrasting inventors and innovators who made contributions to the allied efforts in World War II. Both featured in films. Hedy Lamar (1914 - 2000) was an Austrian actress and Hollywood star who was called the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented a radio technique still used today in wifi and bluetooth technologies. Ba…
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What ideas and inspiration can we glean from two English entrepreneurs and innovators? Sir Charles Dunstone (born 1964) is the founder and former chariman of Carphone Warehouse, at one time the world's largest mobile phone retailer. Rob Law (born 1982) is the inventor of the Trunki, a ride-on suitcase for children which was savaged on Dragon's Den.…
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Paul Sloane relates the stories of two influential innnovators who each took an idea from one field and applied it with great effect in another. Clarence Birdseye (1886 - 1956) was an American scientist who created the frozen food industry. Jorge Odon (born 1952) is an Argentinain car mechanic who invented a device which can help save the lives of …
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A recent peer-reviewed scientific report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was described by the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, as a ‘code red for humanity’. The report warns of the severe consequences of inadequate action to contain climate change and avoid irreversible impacts known as tipping points. Emissions …
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This episode is a natural progression from the previous two because it starts on the theme of death and dying. It then moves on to cover the community growing phenomenon known as Incredible Edible Todmorden. This has garnered a great deal of attention from across the world and is sometimes described as propaganda gardening. The common thread that c…
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We gain insights and inspiration from three great American movie makers and innovators. Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) creator of ground-breaking cartoon films and founder of Disneyland. The comedian, actor, writer and director, Woody Allen (born 1935). And Steven Spielberg (born 1946), the most commercially successful film director of modern times.…
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Can cancer, and the knowledge that the end is near, sharpen our perspectives on change? Is war ever glamorous? Should an enemy continue to be an enemy after a war? Might our thoughts be clouded when trying to picture a near future that we might never see? Is there a role for creative visualisation in changing the outcome of change? Do we need techn…
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Heraclitus , the Greek philosopher who lived about 2,500 years ago, is credited with saying ‘There is nothing permanent except change’. That’s true for many aspects of existence but, whatever you believe in, the end of a person’s bodily life is permanent. We’re all sliding down our life’s helter skelter at various speeds until our time comes. What …
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Let's go way back in history and consider the achievements of two geniuses of ancient Greece. Pythagoras (570 - 495 BC) was a mathematician and philosopher. Archimedes (287 - 212 BC) was a mathematician, engineer and inventor. They laid the foundations of our understanding of mathematics and their theorems are taught in schools to this day.…
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This episode is an appetiser for a new podcast called Time is Sliding. Each month, we'll explore together aspects of the world that are changing over the precious time that is slippery-sliding away as we hurtle down life’s helter skelter. You’ll hear extraordinary and ordinary people discuss changes in themselves, society and the environment on whi…
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This episode concerns two towering French innovators of the 19th century. Each had a profound impact and can teach us lessons today. Louis Braille (1809-1852) was the boy who enabled the blind to read. Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) was the engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. He was known as the 'magician of iron'.…
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We review the towering contributions of two great scientific thinkers and innovators. The Italian mathematician, experimenter and polymath, Galileo (1564-1642) is considered to be the father of modern science. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is the English naturalist who expounded the theory of evolution, one of the most influential and brilliant ideas …
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We review the achievements of two leading industrialists, innovators and lateral thinkers. Ricardo Semler (born 1959) is a Brazilian businessman who has revolutionized management thinking with the practices at his companies. Rob McEwen (born 1950) is a Canadian mine owner who ran one the first and most successful corowdsourcing competitions on the …
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In this episode of the podcast series we consider the achievements of two influential medical innovators. Joseph Lister (1827 - 1912) was the Scottish surgeon who pioneered antiseptic surgery and sterilisation of equipment. Govinda Vekataswamy (1918 - 2006) was the Indian eye surgeon who took an idea from manufacturing and fast food and used it to …
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Let me tell you about two towering geniuses, astists who were prolific in different fields and who, unusually for artists, were famous in their lifetimes. Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) was the Italian renaissance genius of painting, sculpture and architecture. Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) was an outrageous Spanish surrealist - a master in many media.…
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In this episode we review the lives and achievements of two towering figures in the world of 19th century science. Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) pioneered work in radioactivity, discovered two new elements and is the only winner of two Nobel prizes in different sciences. Dmitri Mendeleev (1834 - 1907) is the Russian chemist who proposed the Periodic La…
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We discuss the achievements of two highly influential retail innovators. Harry Selfridge (1858 - 1947) was an American who created the great department store in Oxford Street, London which carries his name. Ingvar Kamprad (1926 - 2018) was the Swedish entrepreneur who created IKEA and built it into a huge global brand while retaining its frugal Swe…
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We look at two great inventors. Johannes Gutenberg (1398 - 1468) was the German craftsman who invented the printing press, which had a truly groundbreaking effect across Europe. George de Mestral (1907 - 1990) was a Swiss Engineer who invented Velcro. In this short episode we learn powerful innovation lessons from these inventors.…
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Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823) was an English country doctor who discovered the smallpox vaccine. Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) was the founder of modern nursing. These two innovators had enormous influence over subsequent medical practice and their actions have saved millions of lives. We can learn some powerful lessons from their stories.…
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