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Serendipity Soup

Have you ever heard someone tell their story of success and failure in a TED Talk, or a sports autobiography? Have you ever thought ‘that doesn’t sound like my life?’ That’s because it’s not. In fact, almost nobody has a life like that. The trouble is that the people who do are the ones we’re always hearing from. This podcast is for the rest of us.It's intended as an antidote to tedious celebrity success drivel. Although I hope it will be more than just a podcast. I hope it will become a community where anyone listening who has something interesting to say about their brushes with serendipity; with success, failure, hard work and pure dumb luck, will be able to say it. There might be happy endings, or there might not, because life isn’t a story – it’s much more complicated and wonderful than that. So, wherever you are in the world and wherever you are in your life, I hope you’ll find something useful to take away from these conversations.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nicole Shamier

In this episode of Serendipity Soup – the antidote to celebrity success podcasts – I talk to Nicole Shamier, Chief Economist of the island of St. Helena; one of the most remote places on the planet. What would make you leave everyone you know to work on a tiny island a five-day boat journey from the nearest port? How difficult is it when what you want from your career doesn’t fit into a neat box? What it’s like when your boss can call the local hospital to find out why you didn’t come into work? The answers to all these and more are covered by Nicole as she gives a wonderful account of her career to date.As ever, here are some notes in case there’s anything in this episode you want to dig into a bit more:Six degrees of separation - WikipediaThe Wealth of Nations: The Economics Classic - A Selected Edition for the Contemporary Reader: Adam SmithYou might also be interested in Smith’s lesser-known sister book to ‘The Wealth of Nations’ in which he sets out why cold, economic calculations are not the only things that drive society. The Theory of Moral Sentiments: Adam SmithFor more on the problems with and solutions to narrow, mathematically abstract economics, this is a great starting point: Rethinking EconomicsNudge: The Final Edition: Richard H. ThalerUseful and informative, despite its bias towards free market economics: The Economist - World News, Politics, Economics, Business & FinanceThe Environment AgencyThames Estuary 2100Paul Tyson’s blog about living on St. Helena: Two Years in the AtlanticNicole’s awesome podcast: An Irish Girl And English Girl Walk Into A BarFor more on how different people across the world have experienced the Covid pandemic, I’d really recommend BBC iPlayer - Pandemic 2020, especially episode 2.Huge thanks to Nicole for her time and tech patience, to Julian Holmes for his awesome cover artwork and to Anna Gunn for her editing super skills. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Simon Oliver

The first ever episode of Serendipity Soup - the antidote to celebrity success podcasts!This one is with Simon Oliver, Digital Play Discovery Lead at Lego's Creative Play Lab, who talks about the highs and lows of his work in the video games industry, his love of duck-billed platypuses and why 'Jodorowsky's Dune' contains a great message for striving creatives and anyone else who needs to balance vision with practicality.There is some discussion of depression in the last 10 minutes or so of this podcast, which I thought I should mention just in case that's not what you want to hear about right now. If you've been affected by depression, or any other mental illness, then the MIND website - Home | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems - is a good source of advice and support as is your local GP.And finally, here are a few links to some of Simon's many esoteric references:UK club for adult fans of LegoSir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity? TomatoNathan BarleyNgmocoRolando at HandCircus and Wikipedia OkabuJodorowsky’s DuneSeabeardHuge thanks to Simon for his time, to Julian Holmes for his awesome cover artwork and to Anna Gunn for her editing super skills. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


6 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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A short introduction to 'Serendipity Soup' - the antidote to celebrity success podcasts.Serendipity Soup | LinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Apr 2021

Rank #3