World Service #6, 2021. Facing Our Dragons

In this episode: Film Chat with Steve Parker – ‘Rosa’s Wedding’ Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, ‘Dragons’ – Late Show Stephen Colbert #PLAYATHOME How To Build UNSTOPPABLE CONFIDENCE & Start Fixing Your LIFE – Jordan Peterson ‘Seeds of Freedom’, Manu Chao, Playing for Change’ In Australia, COVID is striking back again. We are facing invisible …

World Service #5, 2021. Sponsoring Happiness

Playing for Change is a global network of professional musicians who collaborate to raise money to set up music – art – dance schools around the world for disadvantaged children and youth.In this episode we see some of the students themselves in action with their sponsoring musical heroes; as usual, singing about a vision for …

Manifesto for Survival

Pay attention to Indigenous cultures – they’ve known how to survive much longer than us Be frugal with food and electricity – we can still eat fresh and healthy and we don’t need lights or TV’s on if no-one is in the room Don’t pay attention and be attracted to the lifestyles of the wealthy …

World Service #3, 2021. Special Places

In this edition: The Beach Boys classic, ‘In My Room’ by the Spooky Men’s Chorale Kids playing basketball on the street get a real surprise. One of my favourite places. Film Chat with Steve Parker reviews Oscar contender ‘The Father’. The Playing for Change band honours their inspiration, street musician Roger Ridley and performs ‘Stand By Me’ to a …

Foundations of Co-

Photo: Clay Banks (Unsplash) The Landscaper’s Notebook 13 February 2021 My life’s raison d’être is shaped by my experience of radical hospitality – when someone has gone out of their way to include or empower me. The purpose of radical hospitality is to achieve outcomes that begin with ‘co-’. Co-design Cooperation Coexistence Collaboration Community Conviviality… …

World Service 2021, 1. Courage to Carry the Weight of Suffering. 11.2.2021

In this episode: Jo Jo Ma, Biden Inauguration contribution; Where is Sinead O’Connor? If there were a theme to this episode, it might be the courage it takes to carry suffering with us, living with situations we can do little about, but carrying the weight, while praying in our own ways, hoping for the best …

World Service #12: Grief, Imagination and Hope. 6.11.20

In this episode: Charlotte Ave, ‘Be a Light’; Wendell Berry, ‘Wild Things’; Film Chat, ‘Corpus Christi’ (Poland); Kubler-Ross, ‘Stages of Grief’ and the pandemic; Yann Arthus-Bertrand, ‘Human’; KPMG corporate film, ‘Imagine’; Irish Women in Harmony, ‘Dreams’ (The Cranberries). This program was put together on the eve of the declaration of polls in the US election. …

World Service #11. Meditation with an Elephant and the Importance of Conversation. 10.10.2020

In this episode: Meditation with an Elephant, Paul Barton; Film Chat: ‘The Translators’; ‘Conversare’, Al Stewart; Playing for Change, ‘Words of Wonder’- ‘Get Up, Stand Up’. This World Service takes a bit of a turn away from personal wellbeing toward the post-COVID agenda – the kind of world we might want to build post-COVID. Who …

World Service #10. Compassion. 16.9.2020

In this episode: ‘Saying Hello’, BBC Mash Report;Film Chat: ‘God of the Piano’ (Israel);Patrick Wanis: 10 strategies for surviving isolation during the COVID pandemic;Thich Nhat Hanh, interviewed by Oprah Winfrey: ‘Compassion’;Book: ‘Compassion’ by Henri Nouwen et all;Playing for Change: ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley I wonder if, like me, in such a privileged situation in …

World Service #9. Kindness,Compassion, Generosity, Perseverance. 25.8.2020

In this episode: Poem, ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye, read by Emma Thompson;Generosity at a wedding reception;Film Chat: ‘La Belle Epoque’ and’Inside Bill’s Brain’.Carrie Newcomer, ‘You Can Do This Hard Thing’. When asking an economist what he thought the government should do about continuing with Job Keeper and Job Seeker, a reporter got the reply, …

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