Episode 042 - Brooks Gibbs

Brook 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.

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Episode 041 - Wendy Addison (Whistleblowing)

Wendy Addison is one of the leading voices in the whistleblowing movement which has been gaining momentum and much media coverage in recent years. Her 11 year personal battle against corporate corruption and its impact on her life 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. 

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Episode 040 - Roz Savage

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. 

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Episode 039 - Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunithilike is a mindfulness expert. He is the author of ‘This is Happening’ and the best-selling ‘Buddhify’ 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.

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Episode 037 - John Graham (part 2)

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.

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THF Superfight #21 - (Ripley vs. Chuck Liddell)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 036 - John Graham (part 1)

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.

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Hero Forge Review: Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok is the 3rd Asgaard film and the 17th of the MCU movies. It opened to rave reviews and is being touted as the best superhero movie of all time. Joining me for our review is co-host Dan Edwardes (CEO of Parkour Generations and superhero nerd extraordinaire) - tune in as we apply a forensic eye to the son of Odin’s latest cinematic offering but be warned - as ever, there are spoilers galore. You have been warned!

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Episode 035 - Scott Dietrich

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.

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THF Superfight #20 - (Captain Hook vs. Shaved Bear)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 034 - Pat Solomon

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.

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THF Superfight #19 - (Doomsday Cult vs. Snowman)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

 

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Episode 038 - Scott Sears

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.

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Episode 33 - Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O’Dowd is perhaps best known for being the first woman in history to summit Mount Everest from both sides. She is a NY Times bestseller author and Cathy has spoken to corporations and groups in more than 40 countries about what she has learned from her adventures in the Himalaya, focusing upon lessons of leadership, team dynamics, achieving goals and the motivation needed to see through long term projects and expeditions. 

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Episode 032 - Leon Logothetis

Leon Logothetis is a TV host and producer, author, world traveller and philanthropist whose mission is to encourage as many of us as possible to embrace authenticity and to choose to act from a place of kindness. He is a man who, as you will soon come to see, walks his talk and lives his message.

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THF Superfight #17 - (The Doctor vs. Hermione)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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Episode 031 - Caroline Paul

The advice often given to budding writers is that they should write about what they know. In Caroline Paul’s case, that would fill a bookcase and every volume would be well worth reading! She was the 15th woman to break into the male-dominated world of the San Francisco Fire Department where she served for 13 1/2 years. She has dodged death while paragliding in Brazil, she’s climbed Mount Denali, white water rafted in one of the remotest parts of Siberia and sea kayaked around the islands of Croatia. Caroline has chased world records, Olympic medals and has broken onto the NY Times bestseller list with her most recent book - ‘The Gutsy Girl’.

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THF Superfight #16 (My mum vs. Fainting Goat)

Superfight is a card game which pits unlikely figures against one another in an imaginary combat arena. 
Each player randomly draws a character card and attributes which might strengthen or weaken their chances of survival. Then they go head to head in a battle to the death for your entertainment.

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