Brooks is an Amazon best-selling author with a unique view on what it takes to manage bullying and build resilience.
With his infamous ‘Golden Rule Game’ and common-sense approach to developing real-world solutions to this complex issue he’s very much in demand as a thought leader and public speaker so I’m delighted that he has found the time to share some of his thoughts and wisdom with us here at The Hero Forge.
Wendy Addison is one of the leading voices in the whistleblowing movement which has been gaining momentum and much media coverage in recent years. I first met Wendy back in May at the Hero Roundtable conference in London where she stunned the audience by relating her 11 year personal battle against corporate corruption and its impact on her life. Those experiences led her to advocate for all those who are prepared to ‘speak out’ and ‘speak up’ rather than cower in the face of powerful organisations who think that they can break the rules with impunity. Wendy is an inspiration and an authority on just what it takes to do the right thing, rather than the easy thing – a tenant which is central to the hero’s path.
Roz Savage is perhaps best known as the first woman in history to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. She has since gone on to become a senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and is a successful author, public speaker and coach on topics such as sustainability, courage, resilience and managing change. Now you might wonder what would possess a person to leave a successful city career with all the trappings and material comforts that come with it, to spend more than 500 days alone at sea, to risk their life and to endure levels of hardship and deprivation that most would run from rather than seek out. Well, let’s find out!
Rohan Gunithilike is a mindfulness expert. He is the author of ‘This is Happening’ and the best-selling ‘Buddify’ app. Rohan has a unique perspective on mindfulness, arguing that rather than having to unplug in order to become present, our meditation practice should become fully integrated into our daily lives; a walk to the bus stop, checking our Twitter feed or washing up can all provide opportunities to become present and more attuned to the here and now. In this interview we unpick his approach to meditation and how it can serve everyday heroes in training.
Scott Sears, at just 26, is about to embark on a solo, unassisted, unaccompanied trek to the South Pole in order to stake his claim to a world record, while also raising funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. As a former Junior Officer within the Gurkha regiment, and having been in Nepal during the terrible earthquake there last year, he is highly motivated. However, he faces 200mph winds, temperatures as low as -50C and he will be dragging more than 100kg of kit over some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. In this episode, Scott and I chat about his imminent departure and how he has been preparing for this incredible challenge.
Following on from last week’s fascinating look at John’s personal journey from adventurer, world traveller and as a key figure in US Foreign Policy, to Director of Operations for the Giraffe Heroes Project, we now turn our attention to the practical steps anyone can take to affect positive change in the world as an ‘active citizen’. This is a rare opportunity to listen to the sage advice of a man who has had first had experience at the highest level of just what it takes to change the world for the better, using pragmatism and charisma in equal measure.
John Graham, along with his wife Ann Medlock have run the ‘Giraffe Heroes Project’ for more than three decades, honouring and celebrating everyday people who have stuck their neck out for the greater good. John has also lived a rich and varied life which began when he served on a freighter across the Pacific at just 16. He was part of the only successful expedition to date to climb the north face of Mt. McKinley, reported on the conflicts in Libya and Vietnam for the Boston Globe and then went on to serve a distinguished career in the US Foreign Service. In this interview we talk about all this and more.
75 years in the making, finally the time has come for Diana Prince, first among the Amazons, to grace the silver screen and take her side along the other luminaries of the DC Extended Universe. Touted as the best superhero film of 2017, the movie has a lot to live up to, not only because Gal Gadot has to walk the tightrope of public opinion, but also because this film is going to have to work hard to make up for the damage done to the franchise by last year’s flop ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’. So how did it fare and can the film possibly live up to the hype?
Scott Dietrich is an award-winning magician, speaker and author. He is also the creator of the ‘School Heroes Unite’ program, which is a primary school initiative designed to foster diversity, empathy and to help young people to embrace their inner hero.
Pat Takaya Solomon is a commercial film maker based in L.A. who, in 2011, released a powerful documentary exploring the work of Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey; it is called ‘Finding Joe’ and he joins us today to discuss the origins of the project, how making the film sent him on his own heroic quest and what he learned along the way.