Upstream: Solving Problems Before They Happen

The Next Big Idea | 14 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Heath about his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Explores what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world.

Civilization: Recalculating the Price of Progress

The Next Big Idea | 7 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Ryan abut ideas from his book Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. Explores, with an evolutionary psychology perspective, what we can learn from people in non-civilised societies, who tend to be healthier, happier and more fulfilled, notwithstanding their lack of cutting edge science and technology.

Adam Grant on Finding Balance

The Next Big Idea | 12 May 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity. Insights throughout on working more effectively. A personal favourite was that adding video to a phone call worsens our ability to read emotional cues.

Big Ideas in Uncertain Times: Steven Johnson on Scientific Breakthroughs

The Next Big Idea | 9 April 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about innovations likely to emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. Draws on examples from his book Ghost Map about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London.

Stillness: How to Find Peace in a Frantic World

The Next Big Idea | 28 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ryan Holiday, the author of Stillness Is the Key, sharing his tips for slowing down, calming your mind and body, and accessing the tranquillity deep inside.

Why Coders Are the Invisible Architects of the World

The Next Big Idea | 29 October 2019 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Clive Thompson about ideas from his book Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World. Provides an up-close look at the architects of our digital age, revealing the ways they’re shaping our society for better and worse.

Trust: Malcolm Gladwell on Why Skepticism Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

The Next Big Idea | 10 December 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell highlighting ideas and stories from his book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

Conflict: How to Have More Productive Disagreements

The Next Big Idea | 12 November 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Buster Benson about his book Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement. Outlines his framework for arguing productively, including how to have hard conversations in your relationships, engage people with different political viewpoints, and disagree with dignity.