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Each week Phil Dobbie and Roger Hearing get to grips with one issue that impacts our lives. It could be economic, social, technological or geopolitical. Whatever the subject, they'll talk to the experts who can give help explain what's really going on. And Phil and Roger back it up with their own research and opinions. It's half an hour to get across one of the key issues of the time, and they promise, it'll never be boring. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short regular occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.
 
The 5th season of The Soul's Conquest: In Conversation With, brings you stories of coaches, creatives, entrepreneurs, and conquerors, from around the world in hopes to inspire you and remind you that you are not alone in your journey while helping you reach your highest potential! Listen to the latest episode and share your takeaways/best moments by taking a screenshot and tagging me on Instagram at - https://www.instagram.com/madhurima_freedomsoulcoach/?hl=en! P.S. If you wish to support me ...
 
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Welcome to Season 5 of The Soul's Conquest! We start off with a banger of an episode with my guest - Jeddy Azuma! Tune in as we speak about men, the rites of passage for them, the changing point, Jeddy's journey as a coach and his motivation to do the work he does!Here's who he is, in his own words - I am a curator of culture, philosopher, and lead…
 
How widespread is the idea that one person's debt is another person's credit and therefore has no impact on the economy. What are the implications of this thinking and what changes when the realisation that the banking sector is also involved and so is is the relative velocity of money in different hands. If we accepted that debt and credit don't a…
 
World leaders, journalists, climate campaigners – they all jetted in to the air conditioned hotels of Sharm El-Skeikh earlier this month for COP27, but was anything actually achieved. After 27 of these meetings to tackle climate change has anything actually been achieved? Are we all fiddling whilst the planet burns? Will politics and business inter…
 
His answer to Great depression was that we should spend our way out. But now we have rampant inflation because people are spending too much. What would Keynes do now if he was presented with the challenge of trying to prevent the world from going into a global recession whilst also getting inflation under control? Steve and Phil look at the ideas o…
 
Northern Ireland is facing its biggest crisis since the Good Friday Accord ended the Troubles almost 25 years ago. The protocol that came out of Brexit puts the province outside the the EU but inside the customs union, so there has to be a border somewhere. But relations between nationalists and unionists have broken down over an arrangement that p…
 
During the last big financial crisis there was a lot of talk about the work of Hyman Minsky. Even Janet Yellen, at the time the chair of the San Francisco Fed, said there were a lot of lessons in his work for central bankers. What did she mean? Or, as Steve Keen asks, has she actually read any of his work? This week Phil asks Steve what was the thi…
 
How valuable is higher education? If your degree isn’t one that’s going to help you get a good job, is it worth the huge debts you’ll be saddled with when you leave? The government wants to phase out degrees that don’t improve students’ “earning potential” - so goodbye gender studies or surf science? And what about art and literature, history and p…
 
In a recent podcast Steve Keen claimed that the law of thermodynamics dictates that we can no longer extend economic growth whilst looking for efficiencies in our use of energy. This week Phil questions Steve more on this. After all, so much of the growth we have seen over the last 100 years has come from the way we harness energy and use it to bet…
 
In a couple of weeks Jeremy Hunt, this month’s Chancellor, will present his Autumn Budget, heavily overseen by Rishi Sunak, our latest Prime Minister. So what can we expect? The noises from Downing Street are suggesting we have to prepare for some bad news, with difficult choices supposedly being made about how to get the budget back on track. Does…
 
Last week on the Debunking Economics podcast Phil and Steve talked about the likely imposition of Austerity 2.0 around the world, in particular in the UK. Steve said there’s really no need for it. This week he explains more about how cuts in the government deficit starves the private sector of cash, which will guarantee a recession, or worse. Liste…
 
With big-spending Boris gone, Britain’s new Prime Minister will almost certainly promote austerity 2.0, under the guise of fiscal conservatism. He won’t be alone in that, with governments the world over trying to reduce the deficit they incurred during the pandemic. But is austerity the way to help the economy back onto its feet? And do governments…
 
Before her plans were ripped up, the UK’s newest Prime Minister was promising growth, growth, growth in an economy that has avoided it for a long time. And she was going to do it through that tried and tested method of trickle-down economics! Cut taxes for the rich and watch the economy grow. Sadly, we’ll never know whether it worked or not because…
 
We all know money has a value, but if you are borrowing it, it also has a cost. But aside from buying houses and a few other big items, we generally are more concerned with the value of the money we earn rather than the cost of the money we borrow. Today we look at the relationship between the cost and value of money, and ask whether the instabilit…
 
We’re a sick nation - and the prognosis for the NHS is not good. It’s showing all of its 75 years, as patients wait in ambulances outside A&E or struggle to speak to - much less see - their own GP. So what’s the remedy? Just more - more money, doctors, nurses, hospitals? Or better systems of provision? And how should we pay for it - could some of u…
 
The world is living in fear of rising inflation. Central banks are trying to combat it by pushing up interest rates, which means people also now fear how much their mortgage is going to cost. So, are they making matters better or just adding to the problem? This week Phil Dobbie asks Steve Keen if inflation is as big a problem as central banks make…
 
Last week Kwasi Kwarteng delivered his ‘fiscal event’, unsupported by any analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility. He said we wouldn’t apologise for focusing on economic growth. He’s also refused to apologise for the market response, which has seen the pound sink to a record low and the Bank of England forced to step in and buy-up bonds …
 
Last week Kwasi Kwarteng, the new UK Chancellor, announced a cut in taxes at the same time that the government was stepping in to subsidise rising energy costs for homes and businesses. The cost of all this dwarfs the money spent on the furlough scheme. That means there’s a heap of government money being pushed into the public sector. Conventional …
 
Tune in to listen to Daisy's journey in the last episode of Season 4!Daisy Lopez is the Founder of The Liberated Latina, Host of The Liberated Latina Podcast, and a Client Attraction Coach.She helps women of colour coaches achieve total self-expression and financial freedom by uncovering their aligned marketing plan that attracts high-paying client…
 
Shadow Banks can take the blame for the 2007-8 financial crisis, packaging up mortgages and selling them as securities to investors. It seems like there’s no lack of imagination when it comes to how these companies find new ways of making money. This week Phil asks Steve if shadow banks are all bad, or is there some good? Do they, for example, crea…
 
Tune in to listen to Phil's journey!Phil Sipowicz is the founder of Teamwrkr – a community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and anyone building the new world of work. He founded and led his last company, EveryNetwork, through all phases of growth to a positive exit via acquisition. Phil is also an advisor and board member for several businesses and …
 
The Cold War was supposed to be over twenty years ago, but are China and Russia now a new bloc of autocracy, posed against western democracies in competition for global dominance? And do they have a point - are states where electors don’t have to be appeased every four or five years, better able to plan and make difficult decisions? Do Brexit and t…
 
It’s clear, when energy becomes short in supply, free market forces can’t look after all of society. Just the wealthy. That’s why governments are having to step in, propping up an industry that is raking in massive profits. But could free market forces drive a more efficient delivery of energy, by making lower cost renewable energy able to compete …
 
Tune in to listen to today's guest: Alex Snider! Alex is a Scale-Up Coachsultant and Executive Partner that helps Founders overcome the challenges that come with growing teams, scaling operations and navigating the intricacies of building a sustainable and thriving business such as reputation damaging process and performance gaps, employee attritio…
 
Is our democracy broken? We have a new prime minister - but who elected her? When a few Conservative party members have the choice of who holds the top job in the country, has something gone wrong with the system? When the last holder of that job (also chosen by the Tory membership) leaves with the appointment of his choice of his friends and suppo…
 
Liz Truss, the UK’s latest Prime Minister, has vowed to review the mandate of the Bank of England (BoE). It’s unclear what outcome she wants, although Kwasi Kwarteng, who is likely to be the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, has suggested the BoE didn’t move fast enough to lift interest rates. Does that mean she wants more influence over the bank’s …
 
Tune in to listen to today's guest, Andrew Dobbie, share his story! Andrew Dobbie, 40, is a creative entrepreneur and CEO of MadeBrave - a strategic branding agency based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London. A true creative at heart, Andrew began his career as a designer and photographer after studying Multimedia Systems at the University of the West…
 
Is the national broadcaster moving towards some kind of closedown? With the likely next prime minister challenging the BBC’s accuracy, and one of its most prominent former presenters questioning its impartiality, while the frozen licence fee and inflation mean it can do less and less, is there a better model of public service broadcasting? A centur…
 
Whilst the US might be struggling a bit with inflation, its nothing compared to what’s likely to happen in Europe. This week Russia shuts down its gas pipeline to Europe, supposedly for repairs, but there’s no guarantee it will open again. Even if it does, supplies are a fraction of what they were and Europe wants to stop its reliance on Russia any…
 
Tune in to listen to today's amazing guest - Kung Pik Liu! Kung Pik Liu is an expert in brand design and women's health empowerment. The firm she founded, Design Angel, specializes in branding for Femtechcompanies. After nearly20 years in the industry, Pik has seen that design has the power to elevate brands and instill confidence. This is done by …
 
It seems the whole approach to global trade is being redrawn. Donald Trump wanted to do less trade with China before the pandemic, and now with the Ukraine invasion the west wants to do less – preferably nothing - with Russia. Hardly surprising then that the BRICs nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) are developing their own ecosyst…
 
Tune in to today's podcast episode to listen to the journey of Mouse Wilson! Mouse Wilson - Men’s Weight Loss Coach Navy veteran, cyborg, that dropped a total of 120 Lb. Mouse is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Substance Use Recovery Coach, Mental Health First Aid Responder, and Weight-loss Life Coach. He gently empowers men that feel uncomfor…
 
UK inflation is now in double digits. We got there faster than expected and the Bank of England is likely to keep raising interest rates because they believe that’s the only way to contain prices. Not long ago the same bankers were arguing that there was no need for a change in their monetary policy because the problem was a transitory lack of supp…
 
It’s a question being asked more and more. How many of the things that we privatised should be brought back under state control, as energy companies record massive profits, yet those on low incomes are struggling to heat their homes? In the UK privatisation was rampant in the eighties, but were mistakes made? Steve Keen has a simple test as to whet…
 
Tune in to listen to today's guest - Michael Janda!! Michael Janda is an award-winning creative director, designer, agency owner, and author. In 2002, he founded the creative agency Reiser, which provided design and development services for clients that included Disney, Google, Warner Bros., Fox, NBC, ABC, National Geographic, and many other high-p…
 
As prices rise everywhere, and poverty looms for many, whatever happened to the levelling-up that was supposed to equalise the more-deprived parts of Britain with the wealthy southeast? Almost 3 years after Boris Johnson won a stonking majority, winning-over former Labour seats in the “Red Wall”, have those areas seen any improvement in health, tra…
 
On the Why Curve podcast last week, Phil (and Roger Hearing) spoke to Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, who argued that the gas crisis in Europe will be largely resolved by the pricing mechanism. High gas prices from Russia are making LNG imports feasible, because Europe will pay more than Asia for supplies. It won’t …
 
Tune in to listen to today's guest - Chris Do. Chris Do is a loud introvert, an Emmy award-winning designer and director, CEO, and founder of The Futur—an online education platform that teaches people how to make a living doing what they love. Mr. Do has given talks and conducted workshops on: Marketing, Sales, Negotiations, Pricing & Budgeting, Mi…
 
Winter is coming, and Europe is looking at a chilly one. Germans are told – take a cold shower or turn down the thermostat and use 15% less gas. And the European Commission is looking at EU-wide measures to deal with what could be a major crisis. It’s all because Russia is tightening the valves on the gas pipeline into the EU. Moscow says it’s tech…
 
Central banks are pushing up interest rates to slow down the rate of inflation. The principle is simple. Supplies are constrained and demand is high, so we’re being charged more for practically everything. If we can slow demand then the demand-supply divide will narrow. But can you do that without throwing the world into a recession in the process?…
 
Tune in to listen to today's guest speaker - Anna Davidson! Anna is an empowering Female Leader with several years of experience in the eCommerce and Digital Marketing space. She is an Author of She Made It Happen, Speaker and Founder of Amazon 101 Academy and Your Freedom Podcast. She created two awesome programs eCom Queen Accelerator Program and…
 
In the UK petrol cars emit 128g of CO2 per kilometre. In the US they drive bigger cars, for longer, so the carbon impact is that much greater. But cars, buses and motorcycles account for less than 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Switching to electric could make a difference (unless of course the electricity is coal powered) but will it make…
 
Tune in to listen to today's amazing podcast guest: Amie Barsky! Amie Barsky is a high-energy, ice-cream-loving, soulful & celebration-living spirit. She is a certified Mind & Body, trauma-informed, Master Coach and creator of The Shift Method. Through somatic releasing, body and breath movement and subconscious reprogramming ( to name a few tools)…
 
The Tory party leadership challenge is down to two players – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Sunak wants to keep taxes where they are, preaching fiscal conservatism, and fearing releasing more money into people’s pockets will only add to inflation, which is already at 9.4 percent. Truss wants to help people navigate the cost-of-living crisis, by reversi…
 
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