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Welcome to AKQA Insight, where we invite diverse thought leaders to explore topics designed to spark our collective imagination, inspire ideas and broaden cultural horizons. AKQA exists to create a better future through the imaginative application of art and science.

Latest Episodes

Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole

We are the ancestors of our future; a generation who will either be celebrated for its activism or blamed for its apathy, and we have the opportunity to rebuild in a way that benefits society and ecology. What can we learn about sustainability from the diversity, wisdom and value systems of the oldest communities on earth? What is planet-centric design and why must we incorporate it into design thinking? In this episode of AKQA Insight Lily Cole joins Alisia Muscat, Managing Director of AKQA in Australia and New Zealand for a conversation about her book 'Who Cares Wins: A Case for Optimism in Our Changing World', which features interviews with Sir David Attenborough, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook. Immediately recognisable as one of the world’s top models, Lily has appeared on stage and screen since the age of 16. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com, a B-Corp certified company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, has spoken at Davos and is a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

37 MIN1 w ago
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Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole

The Unknown Presents Opportunity with Jim Huether

The only way to consistently discover something new or unique is to explore the unknown. By choosing to remain open to all the challenges we face as parents, businesses, communities and nations together, we are choosing to learn, adapt and grow. What we do now creates our future. Never has it been more important to rally and test our values and purpose. Jim Huether, CEO of Hyperice joins Sam Sterling, AKQA Managing Director in Greater China and Japan, for a conversation about reinvention and what it means to be truly innovative.

32 MIN3 w ago
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The Unknown Presents Opportunity with Jim Huether

That Reminds Me with Derek Owusu

Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and winner of the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize for his novel That Reminds Me; the book he began writing while he was in a mental health facility in 2019. Derek joins AKQAs Rachel Taylor for a conversation about what it’s like to be Black in a primarily white industry and how we can help elevate young Black people, so their voices are heard. That Reminds Me is the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s imprint #Merky Books. It centres around the character “K”, who Derek created to help himself explore how his early life in foster care could have led to his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. He discovered a love of literature while studying Exercise Science at university when he was 23. Unable to afford a change of degree, he began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures whenever possible. In 2016 he joined the multi-award-winning podcast Mostly Lit and later collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, a timely anthology exploring the conflicts and complexities of being a Black man today.

34 MINJUL 13
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That Reminds Me with Derek Owusu

Storytelling in the 21st Century with Liz Kilgarriff

It’s through storytelling, not statistics that people make sense of the world. Popular media and entertainment have been influencing our perspectives and behaviours for over a century, and the universal adoption of streaming, new formats and multi-platform experiences have altered our relationship with visual entertainment forever. Audience expectations for authentic, engaging stories has never been higher, but how do you find those writers and nurture their captivating narratives to the screen? How will the current events that are changing our world influence the structure of the entertainment industry for years to come? Multi-award-winning television producer Liz Kilgarriff; former Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama and CEO of Firebird Pictures, joins AKQA Managing Partner Sam Kelly for a conversation about storytelling in the 21st century.

37 MINJUN 24
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Storytelling in the 21st Century with Liz Kilgarriff

The Making of a Modern Elder with Chip Conley

The iconic boutique hotelier and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley, helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand by becoming a mentor and an intern at age 52. In his manifesto, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, Chip ignites a conversation about age and ageism in the workplace. In this episode of AKQA Insight he shares his own story of growth and transformation in his 50s with AKQA Chief People Officer, Amy Oliver. They discuss how we can re-think our mindset and re-define the second half of our lives, and Chip explains why he was inspired to build the world’s first midlife wisdom school, the Modern Elder Academy.

40 MINMAY 28
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The Making of a Modern Elder with Chip Conley

How Food Can Save The World with Carolyn Steel

In 2019 scientists warned that our civilisation is in crisis and that we can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources. Food is threatening our future. In this episode of AKQA Insight Miriam Plon Sauer, Strategy Director at AKQA Copenhagen welcomes Carolyn Steel; architect and author of Sitopia, and 2013’s Hungry City. Carolyn is an established influential voice on food and cities across academia, industry and the arts; her 2009 TED talk has received over 1.2 million views, and she’s lectured at leading institutions such as The University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Together they discuss her provocative and exhilarating vision for how food can save the world.

38 MINMAY 14
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How Food Can Save The World with Carolyn Steel

Dreaming in a Nightmare with Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM

Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM; youth activist, entrepreneur and author, joined AKQA Managing Partner Sam Kelly for a conversation about his unique journey, the valuable lessons he’s learnt along the way, and the impact - positive and negative - that he’s seeing Covid-19 having on the youth of today. Jeremiah’s hotly-anticipated autobiography Dreaming in a Nightmare: Finding a Way Forwards in a World That’s Holding You Back (https://www.waterstones.com/book/dreaming-in-a-nightmare/jeremiah-emmanuel/9781529118612) , is set for release in August by Stormzy’s publishing house #Merky Books. He has been elected to the UK Youth Parliament and was deputy young mayor of Lambeth. He founded BBC Radio 1Xtra Youth Council & EMNL Consultancy and is a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, and a Founding Member of Conduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

46 MINAPR 28
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Dreaming in a Nightmare with Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM

The Rules of Contagion with Adam Kucharski

The world is currently facing a global pandemic, unlike any seen in our lifetime. Yet organisations the world over have encountered something similar for many years. Almost irrespective of market, our largest publicly listed companies have a mortality rate on a 10-year horizon around 75%, meaning that by 2026, their average life expectancy will be just 12 years. Sam Sterling, AKQA Managing Director Greater China & Japan, spoke to mathematician Dr Adam Kucharski, Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he works on outbreak analysis. Kucharski is a TED Senior Fellow and author of the book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread and Why They Stop (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rules-Contagion-Outbreaks-Infectious-Diseases-ebook/dp/B07JLSHT7M/ref=sr_1_1?crid=232EDDZ3HDDX5&dchild=1&keywords=the+rules+of+contagion+adam+kucharski&qid=1586882199&s=books&sprefix=the+rules+of%2Cstripbooks%2C134&sr=1-1) . He's also a doctor but not the medical kind, which ma...

34 MINAPR 28
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The Rules of Contagion with Adam Kucharski

AKQA Insight Trailer

AKQA Insight is coming soon. We’ll be bringing you conversations with diverse thought leaders that aim to inspire ideas and broaden cultural horizons. Subscribe to AKQA Insight on your favourite podcast platform.

28 sAPR 15
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Latest Episodes

Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole

We are the ancestors of our future; a generation who will either be celebrated for its activism or blamed for its apathy, and we have the opportunity to rebuild in a way that benefits society and ecology. What can we learn about sustainability from the diversity, wisdom and value systems of the oldest communities on earth? What is planet-centric design and why must we incorporate it into design thinking? In this episode of AKQA Insight Lily Cole joins Alisia Muscat, Managing Director of AKQA in Australia and New Zealand for a conversation about her book 'Who Cares Wins: A Case for Optimism in Our Changing World', which features interviews with Sir David Attenborough, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook. Immediately recognisable as one of the world’s top models, Lily has appeared on stage and screen since the age of 16. In 2013 she co-founded Impossible.com, a B-Corp certified company that uses technology to solve social and environmental problems. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, has spoken at Davos and is a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

37 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Who Cares Wins with Lily Cole

The Unknown Presents Opportunity with Jim Huether

The only way to consistently discover something new or unique is to explore the unknown. By choosing to remain open to all the challenges we face as parents, businesses, communities and nations together, we are choosing to learn, adapt and grow. What we do now creates our future. Never has it been more important to rally and test our values and purpose. Jim Huether, CEO of Hyperice joins Sam Sterling, AKQA Managing Director in Greater China and Japan, for a conversation about reinvention and what it means to be truly innovative.

32 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Unknown Presents Opportunity with Jim Huether

That Reminds Me with Derek Owusu

Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and winner of the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize for his novel That Reminds Me; the book he began writing while he was in a mental health facility in 2019. Derek joins AKQAs Rachel Taylor for a conversation about what it’s like to be Black in a primarily white industry and how we can help elevate young Black people, so their voices are heard. That Reminds Me is the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s imprint #Merky Books. It centres around the character “K”, who Derek created to help himself explore how his early life in foster care could have led to his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. He discovered a love of literature while studying Exercise Science at university when he was 23. Unable to afford a change of degree, he began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures whenever possible. In 2016 he joined the multi-award-winning podcast Mostly Lit and later collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, a timely anthology exploring the conflicts and complexities of being a Black man today.

34 MINJUL 13
Comments
That Reminds Me with Derek Owusu

Storytelling in the 21st Century with Liz Kilgarriff

It’s through storytelling, not statistics that people make sense of the world. Popular media and entertainment have been influencing our perspectives and behaviours for over a century, and the universal adoption of streaming, new formats and multi-platform experiences have altered our relationship with visual entertainment forever. Audience expectations for authentic, engaging stories has never been higher, but how do you find those writers and nurture their captivating narratives to the screen? How will the current events that are changing our world influence the structure of the entertainment industry for years to come? Multi-award-winning television producer Liz Kilgarriff; former Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama and CEO of Firebird Pictures, joins AKQA Managing Partner Sam Kelly for a conversation about storytelling in the 21st century.

37 MINJUN 24
Comments
Storytelling in the 21st Century with Liz Kilgarriff

The Making of a Modern Elder with Chip Conley

The iconic boutique hotelier and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley, helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand by becoming a mentor and an intern at age 52. In his manifesto, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, Chip ignites a conversation about age and ageism in the workplace. In this episode of AKQA Insight he shares his own story of growth and transformation in his 50s with AKQA Chief People Officer, Amy Oliver. They discuss how we can re-think our mindset and re-define the second half of our lives, and Chip explains why he was inspired to build the world’s first midlife wisdom school, the Modern Elder Academy.

40 MINMAY 28
Comments
The Making of a Modern Elder with Chip Conley

How Food Can Save The World with Carolyn Steel

In 2019 scientists warned that our civilisation is in crisis and that we can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources. Food is threatening our future. In this episode of AKQA Insight Miriam Plon Sauer, Strategy Director at AKQA Copenhagen welcomes Carolyn Steel; architect and author of Sitopia, and 2013’s Hungry City. Carolyn is an established influential voice on food and cities across academia, industry and the arts; her 2009 TED talk has received over 1.2 million views, and she’s lectured at leading institutions such as The University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Together they discuss her provocative and exhilarating vision for how food can save the world.

38 MINMAY 14
Comments
How Food Can Save The World with Carolyn Steel

Dreaming in a Nightmare with Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM

Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM; youth activist, entrepreneur and author, joined AKQA Managing Partner Sam Kelly for a conversation about his unique journey, the valuable lessons he’s learnt along the way, and the impact - positive and negative - that he’s seeing Covid-19 having on the youth of today. Jeremiah’s hotly-anticipated autobiography Dreaming in a Nightmare: Finding a Way Forwards in a World That’s Holding You Back (https://www.waterstones.com/book/dreaming-in-a-nightmare/jeremiah-emmanuel/9781529118612) , is set for release in August by Stormzy’s publishing house #Merky Books. He has been elected to the UK Youth Parliament and was deputy young mayor of Lambeth. He founded BBC Radio 1Xtra Youth Council & EMNL Consultancy and is a member of the Gates Foundation, a youth ambassador for the Big Change Charitable Trust, and a Founding Member of Conduit London. In 2017, he was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

46 MINAPR 28
Comments
Dreaming in a Nightmare with Jeremiah Emmanuel BEM

The Rules of Contagion with Adam Kucharski

The world is currently facing a global pandemic, unlike any seen in our lifetime. Yet organisations the world over have encountered something similar for many years. Almost irrespective of market, our largest publicly listed companies have a mortality rate on a 10-year horizon around 75%, meaning that by 2026, their average life expectancy will be just 12 years. Sam Sterling, AKQA Managing Director Greater China & Japan, spoke to mathematician Dr Adam Kucharski, Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he works on outbreak analysis. Kucharski is a TED Senior Fellow and author of the book The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread and Why They Stop (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rules-Contagion-Outbreaks-Infectious-Diseases-ebook/dp/B07JLSHT7M/ref=sr_1_1?crid=232EDDZ3HDDX5&dchild=1&keywords=the+rules+of+contagion+adam+kucharski&qid=1586882199&s=books&sprefix=the+rules+of%2Cstripbooks%2C134&sr=1-1) . He's also a doctor but not the medical kind, which ma...

34 MINAPR 28
Comments
The Rules of Contagion with Adam Kucharski

AKQA Insight Trailer

AKQA Insight is coming soon. We’ll be bringing you conversations with diverse thought leaders that aim to inspire ideas and broaden cultural horizons. Subscribe to AKQA Insight on your favourite podcast platform.

28 sAPR 15
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AKQA Insight Trailer
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