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Corporate Unplugged

Corporate Unplugged puts the light on impact makers in business. In an informal and seriously playful way, Vesna Lucca is talking to people transforming business – entrepreneurs, leaders, activists, and other heroes from the business world, celebrities as well as hidden gems. It is a stripped-down dialogue with people from all over the world who share their dreams, experiences and what they would never give up. Listen, get inspired and share! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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The Outdated Story of Happiness

Erik Fernholm, Change maker, Founder and CEO of 29K. Erik talks about why our story of happiness is becoming increasingly outdated, how companies can be worth people’s engagement, and what businesses must master to navigate a complex future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 May 2017

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Expanding Consciousness

Tomas Björkman is an author and social entrepreneur supporting a sustainable development for individuals, organizations and society. He talks about expanding consciousness, new narratives, complexity and behavioural economics, the concept of Bildung, the importance of technological and personal development going hand in hand, and the power of vulnerability and authenticity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 12mins

11 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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Transform Your Life with Public Speaking

What if you knew that mastering the art of public speaking was easy? That you could transform your business, your career and your life by getting to grips with this one skill? That you could find yourself a member of a global community with a hub (and a welcoming home) in every city around the world?Well, that’s just what Eric Edmeades is on a mission to do. Eric is an author, serial entrepreneur and international business speaker. He has logged thousands of hours on stage, even sharing it with the likes of Tony Robbins, Richard Branson and Bill Clinton. Eric’s been involved in a variety of businesses ranging from mobile computing to Hollywood special effects, and now he has turned his attention to his latest project, creating a global movement called Speaker Nation.“One of the greatest gifts that I ever gave myself was overcoming both my fear and my lack of confidence around communication. I changed my life by overcoming my nervousness and working to cultivate skills and learning how to engage an audience and communicate effectively.”Learning to conquer his fear around public speaking inspired Eric to help others overcome their anxieties. He had already triumphed in the wellness world with his Wildfit programme, helping over 15,000 clients in 130 countries around the world change how they feel about food. Now he is determined to help others who are struggling to get their words out or struggling to create the kind of influence they want. He already runs The Speaking Academy, an outstanding and highly effective 5-day presentation skills training program, but Speaker Nation is a movement that will create an international community for aspiring and professional speakers who share in a common vision of a better future, that will make them better.In this podcast:The Speaker Nation launch in AmsterdamWhy overcoming his fear of public speaking was the best giftThe responsibility of enabling effective communicationYour democratic right to speakThe global dream for Speaker NationThe connection to Mindvalley and WildfitWhy leadership needs to focus on the peopleWhy we are living in the best possible timeLinks:SpeakernationMindvalleyWild FitThe Speaking Academy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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A Life Spent Producing Cutting-Edge Comedy

John Lloyd CBE is a legendary English TV producer and writer best known for his work on comedy TV programmes such as “Not the Nine O’Clock News”, “Spitting Image”, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Blackadder” and “QI”. Today John talks about using comedy as a unifier, turning disasters into gifts, the curse of our current education system, his advice to business leaders, what makes a good brand and why we should start with ourselves if we’re planning to create change.For full show notes, scroll down. On today’s podcast:Using comedy as a unifierSeeing disaster as a giftThe curse of our education systemJohn’s formula for long-lasting business successHis advice to leadersWe can change the world only by changing ourselvesLinks:QIFull show notes at: http://corporateunplugged.com/podcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 Nov 2018

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Being Relevant and Inspiring a More Conscious World

Jan Broman, along with his brother, founded Fotografiska as a meeting place to inspire a more conscious world, using photography - portrait, fashion, nature and documentary photography, for example, to initiate conversations. Not just conversations about the here and now, but what the photos represent and the world around us. The renovated former Customs House, built in 1906 in the heart of Stockholm, is home to Fotografiska, now considered one of Scandinavia’s most important and powerful artistic magnets. Since opening almost ten years ago, Fotografiska has hosted some of the biggest names in photography from Annie Leibovitz to Gus Van Sant to Martin Parr. But Fotografiska is anything but a regular museum or art gallery. At its core it is a dedicated hub of human interaction, a creative space that nurtures thoughts and discussion and encourages the exchanging of ideas. As Jan says, “What we have become is more like a place where conversation can take place. And it can be inspired by what we do in the exhibition spaces, but it could also be inspired by what we do with the food, and helping people to get a bit more conscious.”Because Fotografiska’s vision is to inspire a more conscious world, Jan and his brother are keen to share their values of inspiration, inclusion, innovation, sustainability and relevance not just with their partners, but with the people who come to meet there. To make its accessibility even greater and to make more impactful places for photography around the world, Fotografiska is very soon expanding to New York, and London not long after that.“We see people meeting, meeting their friends, meeting family and loved ones. All kinds of meetings take place here. Fotografiska is more and more becoming a familiar sort of a place for conversations.”In this podcast:The importance of creating a space for meeting and talkingThe value of talkingWhy Fotografiska isn’t just relevant in Sweden, but around the worldHow to be more consciousHow photography can raise awareness of global issuesThe benefits of getting older   If you run a company you have to be able to fight and changeWhy the world needs more empathy right nowLinks:www.fotografiska.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Oct 2019

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Investing to solve global challenges

Reynir Indahl isn’t just a man who talks the talk, he is a man who walks the walk. Having had a wobble as he turned 40, questioning what he was doing and what impact he was having on the world, Reynir, much to his family and friends confusion, turned his back on his successful career in finance in order to focus on being a solution to the world’s most significant challenges. Drawing on his Harvard education, Reynir founded Summa Equity in 2016, a purpose-driven, Nordic private equity firm managing €1.4 billion, to invest in companies looking to solve global challenges.“The world is developing rapidly. This poses new social and environmental challenges. By investing in companies that actively work to solve these challenges, creating a prosperous society for everyone, Summa is part of the solution.”This isn’t Reynir’s first time on Corporate Unplugged, he originally sat down with Vesna in 2018 to discuss Summa Equity and the work it was doing, and now feels like the right time to catch up with Reynir again, to see how far he’s come and hear what he’s learned over the last few years. When Reynir first ventured into impact investing, he was concerned with the effect that the financial system was having on the world around us, and how companies are increasingly affecting environmental issues. But then he realised that everyone is feeling its effects - social inequality is on the increase, for example, and this concerned him because he didn’t know if he was part of the solution or part of the problem. So he took steps to rectify this. Which has subsequently led him to where he is today.  “These challenges create immense opportunities in the financial system. And investors can be a big force for driving that change. So I decided to leave private equity and started to work with with philanthropy and impact investing.”We hope you enjoy this podcast as much as we did. In this podcast:Why Reynir credits the financial crisis as the transformational point in his lifeHow Summa Equity creates valueHow Summa Equity chooses and works with the companies they invest inWhy Reynir’s passion is problem solvingHow his kids are helping him see the world differentlyWhy companies need to unleash the creativity in their organisationsWhat Private Equity 4.0 isLinks:https://corporateunplugged.com/reynir-indahl/Albert Hirschman - Exit, Voice, Loyalty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Power of a generalist. Failing. Secret dreams

Henrik Evrell, Co-founder of Soon, entrepreneur and restless creative. Henrik talks about why he never has goals, the power of being a generalist, learning about yourself through failing miserably, secret dreams of disrupting the finance sectors, the beauty of being a beginner, and our need to embrace slower pace. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Jun 2017

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A Catalyst for Positive Change

David Williams is the founder of Impact, a multi-award winning creative change agency that operates in 17 offices across the globe. Today David talks about helping organizations transform themselves, why businesses are more agile than governments, the essence of experiential learning, why disrupting companies are good, his advice to leaders and why he’s tremendously optimistic about the future.On today’s podcast:Helping organizations transform themselvesBusinesses are more agile than governmentsThe essence of experiential learningHow businesses will look in 20 years’ timeDavid’s advice to leadersThere is a generation of purposeful leaders emergingLinks:Impact InternationalFull show notes at: http://corporateunplugged.com/podcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Nov 2018

Rank #8

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Mastering Influence and Persuasion

Do you often find yourself wishing you were more persuasive? Would you love to know the secret to making great decisions? Do you want to do more good and work for a business that does good in the world? Then you want to listen to Zoë Chance, the persuasion expert. Zoë studies and teaches behavioral science to help great people become more influential. At Yale School of Management, she works with executives and has developed a popular MBA elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka "Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person." Her course ‘How To Make Behaviour Addictive’ is also heavily in demand.“The key insight that I’ve learned… is that the primary drivers of all of our decisions and all of our behaviours are unconscious.... we can't just reflect on those. We only perceive the conscious, rational processes of decision making. It's our gut first reactions that are actually very hard to change. And then, consciously, we look for reasons to be able to do those things that we already want to do.”What the world needs most right now, according to Zoë, is to be able to create a more democratic marketplace of ideas. "The way information is shared these days is so consolidated and hierarchical, we miss out on most of the knowledge that exists."In this podcast:Why some companies and brands are really good at connecting emotionally to peopleMastering influence and persuasionHow to connect authentically with another personZoë’s new book - the general topic of the book is influence for nice peopleWhy Zoë’s mission is to help smart, well intentioned people become more influentialHow we can transform more companies to be ‘humanity plus’ enginesWhy she believes education needs innovationClimate change should be the priority for every company right nowLinks:www.zoechance.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Improving Human Health with Natural Remedies

Massimo Mercati is the leader of Aboca, a respected Italian agricultural company present in 14 countries that produces herbal products for human health. Today Massimo talks about how his father first started Aboca, their commitment to sustainability, his holistic way of understanding disease, the core values of Aboca, how creating value brings back success and why we are all responsible for the future.On today’s podcast:A family businessCommitted to sustainabilityMassimo’s holistic way of perceiving diseaseThe core values of AbocaHow creating value brings back successWe are all responsible for the futureLinks:AbocaFull show notes at: http://corporateunplugged.com/podcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Why Collaboration Is The New Competition

Anniken Fjelberg, Founder and co-owner of 657, Norway, operating in the start-up and creativity world. Anniken talks about why collaboration is the new competition, how to liberate creativity and dare to make a shift, the pain of growth, why she loves fear, what to expect from millennials, and what we all need the most. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Sustainable ecommerce. Who to influence

Lesley Pennington, Founder of Bemz, a sustainable ecommerce company that produces custom made home textiles for IKEA furniture. Lesley talks about what she is doing in Cambodia, her dedication to circular economy, why she started her unique business, what she learned from working at Apple, and who she desperately wants to influence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


25 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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Best proactive agents. Social innovation

Golnaz Hashemzadeh, Founder and CEO of the social innovation investment company Inkludera. Golnaz talks about why companies need to be proactive agents, what has truly shaped her dream, who her life coach is, and she reveals her upcoming book “What we owe”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Jun 2017

Rank #13

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Overcoming Adversity to Become a Thought Leader

What would you do if you were misdiagnosed with an autoimmune disease as a teenager, subsequently spending 10 years undergoing major surgeries, having 3 organs removed and over 40 hospitalisations, and then once in remission find yourself sabotaged, sexually abused and harassed early in your career in Silicon Valley? Some people might shy away from the spotlight after all this, but Robin Farmanfarmaian is not most people. Far from it. Robin is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and angel investor working with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence software, device and pharma companies poised to impact 100 million patients. She’s currently the CEO and co-founder of ArO, a dynamic vision correction company. In her role as keynote speaker she covers multiple topics and has written and published two books - “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer” and "The Thought Leader Formula: Strategically Leverage Your Expertise to Drive Business & Career Goals".Why has she chosen to target diseases that affect over 100 million people? Because Robin is a giver, and she believes in paying it back by paying it forward. “Diseases or disorders like sleep apnea, cancer, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, and things like that all have more than 100 million patients worldwide. So I picked that number because it really tackles the biggest problems in healthcare in terms of which diseases are the most prevalent.”Listen to this incredibly giving, inspirational woman share how she overcame personal and professional adversities to create the life and career that she has today. Learn about the exciting, cutting edge medical companies Robin is involved with, as well as her advice for companies on how to keep employees engaged and why businesses need to invest in their people. In this podcast:The raison d’etre for Robin’s life missionHow medical technologies have already changed healthcareWhy happy employees make happy customersInvest in your employeesBusinesses need to focus on innovation and incorporate the latest technologyWhy you need to start your thought leadership journey while you’re still in high schoolThe four things the world needs most right nowLinks:The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare ConsumerThe Thought Leader Formula: Strategically Leverage Your Expertise to Drive Business & Career GoalsBrainCheck appScribe MediaAdam Grant - TED talk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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The Power of Disruption

The idea that the smallest innovation can cause the biggest disruption doesn’t just apply to products and things, it applies to people too, says Whitney Johnson, the world renowned expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption. This is a person with 1.7 million LinkedIn followers, the one who was selected as a Top Voice in 2018, so she knows a thing or two about disruptive innovation. But Whitney hasn’t always been so influential. The best selling author and frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Education began her career working on Wall Street as a secretary. Quickly realising she wasn’t going to make the money she needed, she began to take night courses and was able to transition from being a secretary to an investment banker. “For people who worked on Wall Street, like that just does not happen, that divide is so wide. And so for me, that was kind of a disruptive moment.”Today, Whitney is recognised as being one of the world's most influential management thinkers and is best known for her work on driving corporate invention through personal disruption. She's the author of the books ‘Disrupt Yourself’ and ‘Build an A-Team’. She’s developed her own framework and diagnostics to dig deep into the important question of how executives can both create and destroy value. “When we're willing to become a silly little thing, we can maybe not take over the world, but we can certainly take over our world... We know from the theory of disruption that when you pursue a disruptive course, your odds of success are six times higher and your revenue opportunity is 20 times greater.”In this podcast:Where Whitney’s ideas about disruption first came fromLearn, leap, repeatWhy organisations need to encourage their individual employees to be disruptiveLearning outstrips money as a motivatorLearning makes the individual happy and benefits the organisationAmateurs compete and professionals createWhy the world needs more love and prayersLinks:Traeger GrillsBuild an A-TeamDisrupt YourselfDisrupt Yourself podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


7 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Digital impact. Purpose. Loving negotiations

Ma Steinsvik, Co-owner and leader of Bulls. Ma talks about the impact of digital, the power of purpose, why she loves negotiations, what she would love to transform, what a true leader is and how you can learn from science. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Jun 2017

Rank #16

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Rediscover your Playfulness

Tiu de Haan is a ritual designer, creative facilitator and coach. Today Tiu talks about pronoia vs paranoia, doing random acts of kindness and beauty, how to retrieve our playfulness, why ideas have a life of their own, why it’s important to stay human and why we should all choose curiosity over fear.For full show notes, scroll down. On today’s podcast:Pronoia vs paranoiaDoing random acts of kindness and beautyRetrieving our playfulnessIdeas have a life of their ownStaying human in the age of automationChoosing curiosity over fearLinks:Tiu’s WebsiteFull show notes at: http://corporateunplugged.com/podcast/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 4mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Only profit is lazy. Feeling safe counts

Frida Siwe, CFO of Norrsken Foundation, Europe’s largest social impact hub. Frida talks about why focusing only on profit is lazy and how being fearless works out. And how feeling safe and secure counts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 May 2017

Rank #18

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Overcrowded with ideas. Social sustainability

Roberto Verganti, Professor of Leadership and Innovation, Milano Politecnico University. Roberto talks about the paradox of ideas, why less is more, how to navigate in a world full of opportunities and why we need to understand social sustainability. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 May 2017

Rank #19

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What Real Diversity is

Diversity and Inclusion hacker, Founder and CEO of Wearethestorydoers. Sofia talks about the long-term formula for business, which company she admires the most and why you shouldn’t look for too much advice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Apr 2017

Rank #20