Green Exchange

Bioeconomy #1: Seaweed As A Climate Solution (COP24 special)

What is the full potential of seaweed as a climate solution? We produce 30 million tonnes of seaweed a year, and it only takes up 2% of the carbon released by deforestation in one day! The possibilities are great: it could be used to produce things like energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, ingredients for food. So why haven’t we jumped at this opportunity?

We’re on a mission to find out why seaweed remains the largest untapped biomass resource in the world. We met with Olavur Gregersen of Ocean RainForest to explore the challenges we face in increasing the value of seaweed, and how to extract the maximum benefits in a safe and sustainable way.

Resources:

Ocean Rainforest website

Made of Courage video series

 

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The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official inter-governmental body for co-operation in the Nordic Region. Representatives of the Nordic governments meet at the Council of Ministers to draft Nordic conventions, etc.

 

Produced by Camille Duran
Published by Eleen Murphy

Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

 

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Mixtape #17: Feminism, Work & Building the Future w/ Narjis Hilale

“As women, we’re always judged.” The future will be shaped by what we do in the present. And presently, it’s still very much a man’s world. Things are changing, but on our current course it will take 217 years before we reach equality between the genders. That’s not good enough!

Narjis Hilale gives us some great insights into how to push for change faster, and take things into our own hands. Camille and Narjis delve into the importance of soft skills, how robots, futurism and technology relates to women’s empowerment, the traps and hurdles we women face when navigating the corporate world, and how we need to be part of decision making to shape a better world.

Narjis Hilale

Narjis is an author and speaker who is passionate about women’s empowerment. She has fifteen years experience working for major FMCG multinationals and UN organizations in global leadership positions, and has lived in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. She is the author of the book “Woman’s Essentials Box for the Corporate World”.

Spotify Playlist

Episode Video

Narjis at Tedx

Woman’s Essentials Box for the Corporate World

Thank you to Libraire de L’île for sharing their space with us!

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

 

Mixtape #16: Talking Circular Economy & Degrowth in Berlin w/ Dina Padalkina

Always question the status quo. That’s the biggest lesson we learned from Dina Padalkina in our latest mixtape. A macroeconomist for many years, Dina was always told growth brings stability and prosperity. She started asking “is that really true?”, and sparked a whole new journey into de-growth and the circular economy that has shaped her life.

Now as founder of the Circular Berlin initiative, Dina sits down with Camille to discuss bottom-up approaches to circular economy, the challenges for degrowth, the importance of self esteem and valuing your time as a change maker, and some great examples of a thriving movement in Berlin.

Dina Padalkina

Dina Padalkina focuses on the areas of Sustainable Urban Development, Resource Management, and Sustainable Business Models. She is the initiative lead of Circular Berlin, which brings together social, environmental, and economic opportunities, searching for cross-sector exchange and connectivity. She is the author of The Macroeconomics of De-growth – Can a De-growth Strategy be Stable? Developing grassroots collaborations and promoting the idea of the circular economy strategy, Dina lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Spotify Playlist

Circular Berlin

Circular Berlin Projects

Dycle Project

Thank you to HERMANN’S Berlin for sharing their space with us!

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

 

Mixtape #15: Steering Consumption & Stimulating the ‘Care’ Economy (with Álvaro Porro)

Camille sits down to talk change with Álvaro Porro, Commissioner for Social Economy, Local Development and Consumption for the City of Barcelona. With a strong background in European activism, Álvaro moved from dressing in pink and silver during anti-globalisation demonstrations, to driving key strategies and policies for environmental and social change in local government.

Álvaro shares his perspectives on the importance of municipalism and collective action for driving structural change, how much real power consumers have in driving demand, and what it takes to shape an economy that puts people at the center.

And a message to take home: there is a lot happening on the local political level across the world that will be responsible for real institutional change. If you want to get engaged, now is a good moment!

Álvaro Porro

Álvaro is responsible for Social and Solidarity Economy, Time and Care Economy policies and the area of Consumption. Member and co-founder of the Can Masdeu project. Editor and co-founder of the magazine Options. Researcher and responsible for communication of the Consumer Research and Information Center ( CRIC ). Coordinator of the Consumption and Global Change study for the Universidad Complutense Foundation. Coordinator and founder of the Estàrter training area for entrepreneurship and collective initiative within the framework of the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP-UAB).

Spotify Playlist

Barcelona Elections 2015 (Ada Colau)

Video of Anti-Globalisation Protests Prague G8 2000

CanMasdeu

Opcions

 

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

 

Lab#4 w/ Jonah Chesum – Driving Change is a Marathon

Audio version of Green Exchange Lab #4. Watch the video here.

Change takes hard work, dedication, sweat and sometimes even tears. Oh, and lots of patience. Just like running a marathon. Camille spent time with one incredible marathon runner, Jonah Chesum, to find out what it takes to be the best, and what lessons we can take with us from the track to our own work in change making.

A Paralympic distance runner from Kenya, Jonah was hired as a pacesetter, and he’d never completed a marathon before. But in 2017 he sped past the top performers and won the Barcelona marathon, surprising everyone and himself. And that’s only one part of his story. We talk mental toughness, rural life, corruption in Kenya, the importance of respect, and social change.

Green Exchange Labs
We interview remarkable change makers and those who help shape our world via their art, mission, projects or enterprises. Through our discussions we study how change happens in society, talk about the future, decrypt stories and brainstorm ways we can accelerate social & environmental change.

Mixtape #14: Coffee, Smiles & Stories to Take On the Refugee Crisis, with Mads Nygaard

To change the world, all you need is people power. When 485 refugees came to a tiny town in Jutland, Denmark, it changed the way integration had to work in Denmark. So many newcomers living in Jutland yet totally disconnected from the local community – something had to be done. With one small room and one coffee machine, Mads Nygaard helped start a new nationwide movement that brings people together through story telling, connection, and crowd-sourcing. The Venligboerne movement is a collective backlash against harsh government policies and the hate that’s sprung up during the refugee crisis in Denmark, and proof that we have all the tools we need to solve the refugee crisis. It starts with one question: what can I do here?

Mads Nygaard

Mads is a Danish author and speaker, and co-founder of the Venligboerne movement: a network of volunteers and refugees that started in 2014. The initiative has gained great recognition, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TRANSCRIPT FROM THE EPISODE

 

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Mixtape #13: Comedy, Asylum Seekers & What It Takes To Integrate (with Fairooz Tamimi)

Integration into a new country and culture is one of the biggest challenges a person can face. Fairooz Tamimi knows this first hand. Fairooz is an award winning author, columnist, and the Concept Developer of the first business accelerator targeting foreign-born entrepreneurs in Sweden. She immigrated to from Jordan to Sweden in 2013, and through her struggles to integrate, she saw how immigrants and asylum seekers are sidelined in Swedish society, and around the world. She decided to be the change.

Camille sits down with her to share her story, and discuss the barriers newcomers face when entering into business, as well as the great potential for diversity and strength when governments and business combat discrimination and begin treating immigrants as equals.

Spotify playlist

Fairooz’s Twitter

Fairooz’s Linkedin

Fairooz Tamimi

Fairooz Tamimi is a columnist, public speaker, and award winning published author. She is Concept Developer of the first business accelerator targeting the foreign-born entrepreneurs in Sweden, and founder of the Immigrants Stand Up Comedy Network Scandinavia.

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TRANSCRIPT FROM THE EPISODE

 

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Mixtape #12: Internet Politics, Digital Commons & Changing your Mind with Mayo Fuster Morell

It’s good to change your mind sometimes. On a sunny rooftop in Barcelona, Camille Duran shares a coffee/tea with Mayo Fuster Morell, probably the most prominent social researcher focusing on sharing economy, social movements, online communities and digital Commons. They dive into a deep discussion about how we can reorganise production models and go beyond capitalism & public institutions as value creators for society. They talk about Internet politics, self-organising and activism, and how Mayo has been changing her mind over time about the best way to drive change in society.

Spotify playlist

Mayo’s personal website

Mayo’s Wikipedia page

Mayo Fuster Morell

Is a social researcher who has focused on sharing economy, social movements, online communities and digital Commons, frequently using participatory action research and method triangulation. She has been part of the most important research centres studying Internet and its social effects, including the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the MIT Center for Civic Media or the Berkeley School of Information. As an active citizen, she is the co-founder of multiple initiatives around digital Commons and Free Culture, such as the Procomuns Forum on collaborative economy.

 

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TRANSCRIPT FROM THE EPISODE

 

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Lab#3 w/ MEP Linnéa Engström – Another Crazy Fish Story

Audio version of Green Exchange Lab #3. Watch video here.

EU Ministers forgo moral scientific and legal obligations on fisheries management – and that’s not ok. We go to Brussels to understand the problems of fish quotas AgriFish Council meetings and governance of the commons. With this simple story, we highlight a part of our EU institutions that doesn’t work and discuss what we can do about it.

#3 things you can do to help end overfishing:

1. Support NGOs working in that space (they know exactly what to do):

www.our.fish 

www.seas-at-risk.org 

www.pewtrusts.org

2. Try the fishes that are different! Reducing the demand for most popular fishes will help balance the quotas (check out www.fishisthedish.co.uk)

3. Spread fish stories: subscribe & share!

Mixtape #11: Nuclear Bombs, the 1st Email & the Power of Stories (with Brian Fitzgerald)

What are you going to do about it? This was the burning question that drove Brian to become an activist, a storyteller, and a change maker. A good story can change the world. Actually, a good story convinces us that the world can change, and inspires us to take action. In this mixtape, Brian shares his incredible journey.

Spotify playlist

Brian’s Twitter

Dancing Fox

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian is a storyteller, an activist, and a digital innovator. Co-founder of Dancing Fox and activist with Greenpeace for 35 years, he has a wealth of stories to tell about changing the world – from stopping nuclear weapons tests in the Nevada Desert, to piloting hot air balloons and hanging banners from the Statue of Liberty. Brian comes from the US, and lives in Amsterdam.

 

Produced by Camille Duran & Eleen Murphy
Published by Eleen Murphy
Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.

TRANSCRIPT FROM THE EPISODE

 

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