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Episode 5: Existential risk and why the world wasn't ready for COVID-19 - A conversation with John Halstead (Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge)

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The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us that preparing for – and proactively addressing – risks that perhaps seem far-fetched and unlikely is more crucial than ever. For all the devastating consequences of the current crisis, there are greater risks out there that threaten humanity’s long-term prospects. In this episode of How I Give, we talk to John Halstead, Head of Applied Research at Founders Pledge, about existential risk and why philanthropists should focus on safeguarding the welfare of future generations. John joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in policy think tanks and academia. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford and taught philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Following that, he moved to the Global Priorities Project, working as a researcher on global catastrophic risk. Post-show readings: Take a look at John's 2019 cause area report on existential risk and how to mitigate it. Delve into existential risk and the future of humanity by reading The Precipice by Toby Ord. Read John's latest blog about how we can compare the health costs and economic costs of lockdown. Contact us: podcasts@founderspledge.com Transcript

41mins

24 Jul 2020

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#234 | The Curse Of Hope: We Did Start The Fire w/ John Halstead

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[Intro: 11:51]In this episode, I speak with John Halstead — pagan writer, (former) activist, and author of 'Another End of the World is Possible.’ We discuss his two most recent essays published at Gods & Radicals Press — 'We Did Start the Fire: Climate Change and the Curse of Hope' and 'Why I Stopped Protesting and Started a Garden.’“Human civilization is a fire. It’s been burning since we’ve been human. And the human story is not a straight line, but a circle, a great ring of fire.” (http://bit.ly/2TaUCwQ) In this discussion with John, we begin by examining some of the ideas he explores in his most recent writing, including where the Anthropocene began and where it will ultimately lead. In 'We Did Start the Fire: Climate Change and the Curse of Hope,’ John asserts that fire, or rather humankind’s long-standing relationship with fire, is where humanity’s complex and often impactful relationship with the biosphere truly began, with the crescendo in this process being the rise of industrial capitalism and the rapacious need to endlessly extract and consume fossil fuels to fuel its growth. Catastrophic climate change, mass extinction, and ecological collapse across the globe has been the result. We then move into discussing his most recent article ‘Why I Stopped Protesting and Started a Garden’ in which he lays out his reasoning for leaving behind environmental and climate activism, towards what Bayo Akomolafe has called “post-activism.” John states “I’m turning my attention from the planet to the place where I live, from humanity to the beings—both human and other—who I share this place with. I am turning from my hopes and fears about the future to the needs of the present. I’m turning from all the big picture stuff to the small scale, from the global to the local, to what I can see and touch and feel.“ (http://bit.ly/3alkM5T)John Halstead is the author of ‘Another End of the World is Possible,’ in which he explores what it would really mean for our relationship with the natural world if we were to admit that we are doomed. John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is a co-founder of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which (until recently) worked to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. Episode Notes: - Learn more about John and his work, including his book ‘Another End of the World is Possible,’ at: https://anotherendoftheworld.org- Read 'We Did Start the Fire: Climate Change and The Curse of Hope' and 'Why I Stopped Protesting and Started a Garden’ at Gods & Radicals Press: http://bit.ly/2TaUCwQ / http://bit.ly/3alkM5T- The song featured in this episode is “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Live)” by Pete Seeger from the album The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert, June 8, 1963.
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1hr 22mins

2 Mar 2020

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EAG London 2019: Is impact investing impactful? (John Halstead)

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Impact investing is an increasingly popular approach to doing good. In this talk, John Halstead, head of applied research at Founders Pledge, discusses whether, and in what conditions, impact investing might be thought to succeed. John argues that impact investing is likely to have limited impact in large, highly efficient markets such as public stock markets. However, impact investing stands a better chance of impact if it involves VC or angel investing, includes companies that serve poor consumers or produce positive externalities, and/or exploits an investor’s informational advantage.This talk was filmed at EA Global 2019: London. Find out how to attend a future EA Global conference: https://www.eaglobal.org/Learn more about effective altruism: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/Original Video

30mins

31 Jan 2020

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#148 | The Dying God: Learning To Die In The Anthropocene w/ John Halstead

Last Born In The Wilderness

In this episode, I speak with pagan writer and activist John Halstead on the themes presented in his excellent and perceptive two-part essay published by Gods&Radicals, entitled ‘“What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene’ and ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene.'In this discussion, John expounds on his experience of coming to terms with the stark truth of our present predicament regarding global climate change, as was presented in his first essay when he asks the question “What if it’s already too late?” We discuss the journey individuals must make when this question appears in their lives, and the various ways we can interpret and process the likely answer to this question. In John’s second essay ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene,’ John presents a pagan perspective to the subject of the human-caused ecological crisis unfolding presently, and guides the reader into a mythological understanding of humanity’s role within the grand cycle of life and death, using the archetypes presented in the Myth of the Dying God as a framework to process civilizational collapse and the destructive role humanity has played within the living systems of the planet. John Halstead is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which works to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment”. He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and at Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans. He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community which can be found at GodisChange.org.☽☽Source: godsandradicals.orgEpisode Notes:- Read John’s first essay ‘“What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene’: http://bit.ly/2NPPs8y- Read John’s second essay ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene’: http://bit.ly/2R7SMdf- John is the Editor-at-Large of Humanistic Paganism: https://humanisticpaganism.com- Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnhhalstead- John has several blogs, including https://allergicpagan.com and https://praywithyourfeet.org- This episode features the songs “Burn Out Blues” and “Time Off” by Washed Out from the album Mister Mellow.- This episode features audio from episode three of season three of “Newsroom” Source: https://youtu.be/XM0uZ9mfOUI- WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com- PATREON: http://bit.ly/LBWPATREON- DONATE:Paypal: http://bit.ly/LBWPAYPALKo-Fi: http://bit.ly/LBWKOFI- FOLLOW & LISTEN:SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/LBWSOUNDCLOUDiTunes: http://bit.ly/LBWITUNESGoogle Play: http://bit.ly/LBWGOOGLEStitcher: http://bit.ly/LBWSTITCHERRadioPublic: http://bit.ly/LBWRADIOPUBYouTube: http://bit.ly/LBWYOUTUBE- SOCIAL MEDIA:Facebook: http://bit.ly/LBWFACEBOOKTwitter: http://bit.ly/LBWTWITTERInstagram: http://bit.ly/LBWINSTA

1hr 24mins

1 Oct 2018

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#148 | The Dying God: Learning To Die In The Anthropocene w/ John Halstead

Last Born In The Wilderness

In this episode, I speak with pagan writer and activist John Halstead on the themes presented in his excellent and perceptive two-part essay published by Gods&Radicals, entitled ‘“What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene’ and ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene.'In this discussion, John expounds on his experience of coming to terms with the stark truth of our present predicament regarding global climate change, as was presented in his first essay when he asks the question “What if it’s already too late?” We discuss the journey individuals must make when this question appears in their lives, and the various ways we can interpret and process the likely answer to this question. In John’s second essay ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene,’ John presents a pagan perspective to the subject of the human-caused ecological crisis unfolding presently, and guides the reader into a mythological understanding of humanity’s role within the grand cycle of life and death, using the archetypes presented in the Myth of the Dying God as a framework to process civilizational collapse and the destructive role humanity has played within the living systems of the planet. John Halstead is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which works to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment”. He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and at Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans. He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community which can be found at GodisChange.org.☽☽Source: godsandradicals.orgEpisode Notes:- Read John’s first essay ‘“What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene’: http://bit.ly/2NPPs8y- Read John’s second essay ‘“Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene’: http://bit.ly/2R7SMdf- John is the Editor-at-Large of Humanistic Paganism: https://humanisticpaganism.com- Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnhhalstead- John has several blogs, including https://allergicpagan.com and https://praywithyourfeet.org- This episode features the songs “Burn Out Blues” and “Time Off” by Washed Out from the album Mister Mellow.- This episode features audio from episode three of season three of “Newsroom” Source: https://youtu.be/XM0uZ9mfOUI- WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com- PATREON: http://bit.ly/LBWPATREON- DONATE:Paypal: http://bit.ly/LBWPAYPALKo-Fi: http://bit.ly/LBWKOFI- FOLLOW & LISTEN:SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/LBWSOUNDCLOUDiTunes: http://bit.ly/LBWITUNESGoogle Play: http://bit.ly/LBWGOOGLEStitcher: http://bit.ly/LBWSTITCHERRadioPublic: http://bit.ly/LBWRADIOPUBYouTube: http://bit.ly/LBWYOUTUBE- SOCIAL MEDIA:Facebook: http://bit.ly/LBWFACEBOOKTwitter: http://bit.ly/LBWTWITTERInstagram: http://bit.ly/LBWINSTA

1hr 24mins

1 Oct 2018