Principle of Charity

Generosity in Controversial Conversations

Are you ready to burst your filter bubble? To hit pause on righteous anger? Principle of Charity injects curiosity and generosity back into difficult conversations, bringing together two expert guests with opposing views
Monday, May 8, 2023

Are Things Getting Better or Worse?

Season 1, Ep. 36
How should we think and feel about so many things that are still so so bad, but, crucially here, so much better, than they were. Consider child mortality. Apparently, five million children under 5 died in the last year. Yet that number has more than halved in the last 30 years, which is again a huge reduction from the 20 million children under 5 who died each year in 1950. What do we do with information like this? Five million child deaths is an unacceptable tragedy. At the same time, 15 million children are essentially saved each year as compared to 1950. In this episode we explore the fascinating and intellectually consistent but emotionally incongruent thought - that things are bad, but better. Our guests bring to light data that seldom features in newsfeeds and help to unpack both the great advances being made on the one hand, alongside the worsening situations confronted by many millions of people.  GuestsFrancisco Ferreira is the Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies at the London School of Economics, where he is also Director of the International Inequalities Institute. Francisco is an economist working on the measurement, causes, and consequences of inequality and poverty in developing countries, with a special focus on Latin America. His work has been published widely and been awarded various prizes, including the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics and the Kendrick Prize from the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth. He is also an Affiliated Scholar with the Stone Center at the City University of New York; Francisco currently serves as President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). Prior to joining the LSE, Francisco had a long career at the World Bank, where his positions included Chief Economist for the Africa Region He has also taught at the Paris School of Economics. Francisco was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.Emma Varvaloucas, is the executive director of The Progress Network, where she writes the weekly What Could Go Right? newsletter and co-hosts the What Could Go Right? podcast. She was formerly the executive editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. In addition to The Progress Network and Tricycle, her writing has also appeared in the New York Post and Forbes, and has been syndicated by Apple News.Emma is a 2021 Dialog Emerging Fellow, a graduate of New York University, where she double-majored in journalism and religious studies. ~~ You can be part of the discussion @PofCharity on Twitter, @PrincipleofCharity on Facebook and @PrincipleofCharityPodcast on Instagram. Your hosts are Lloyd Vogelman and Emile Sherman. Find Lloyd @LloydVogelman on Linked in Find Emile @EmileSherman on Linked In and Twitter. This Podcast is Produced by Jonah Primo and Bronwen Reid Find Jonah at or @JonahPrimo on Instagram 
Monday, April 10, 2023

Who has it Harder: Women or Men?

Season 1, Ep. 34
Women have, by and large, lived under the yoke of patriarchy, in various forms, for as long as… well, certainly as long as civilisations have existed. So it’s with some trepidation, and a little bit of cheekiness, that we’re airing the headwinds that face women alongside those that face men.  There’s the danger of moral equivalence, where two views are put side by side, giving the impression that they’re both of equal weight, when they’re clearly not. And if our lens was the world as a whole, then there’s no doubt that you can’t compare the headwinds facing women with those of men, as there is still legally sanctioned sex discrimination against women in many countries.  But in this episode we focus in on the west where formal discrimination ended on the tailwind of second wave feminism in the 70s and where there’s a more nuanced and complicated story to tell.There are now a whole range of areas in which men fare worse than women. From the basics of life expectancy, to drug addiction, to suicide rates, to a job market where traditional female jobs are growing faster than traditional male jobs, there’s real concern for the future of our boys. In a world that rightly wants to open up all opportunities to everyone, regardless of gender is there a way for masculinity to define itself, to find solid ground, without excluding women? And on the other side, why does the feminist goal of true equality still seem out of reach in so many spheres? How do we root out unconscious bias and structural sexism? GuestsDr Caroline LambertCaroline has worked in gender equality and social change for over 35 years, holding senior roles as the executive director of YWCA Australia, and as the director of research, policy and advocacy at the International Women’s Development Agency. She is a former board chair Women’s Housing, Victoria, former Vice President Amnesty International Australia, director Arts Access, Victoria and current director YWCA Australia.  She currently consults to feminist and human rights organisations globally and in Australia. Matt Tyler  Matt Tyler is Executive Director of The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services, working with a team committed to providing leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men.  Prior to joining Jesuit Social Services, Matt worked as a Fellow for Harvard’s Government Performance Lab, an economist on Australia’s foreign aid program focused on South-East Asia, a policy adviser to the Australian Labor Party, a strategy consultant for Australia’s largest companies, and a researcher on an Australian Research Council grant seeking to improve Indigenous Australian men’s health. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Honours in Economics (University Medal) from Monash University, and a B.A (Psychology) / B.Comm (Finance) from the University of Melbourne.You can be part of the discussion @PofCharity on Twitter, @PrincipleofCharity on Facebook and @PrincipleofCharityPodcast on Instagram. Your hosts are Lloyd Vogelman and Emile Sherman. Find Lloyd @LloydVogelman on Linked in Find Emile @EmileSherman on Linked In and Twitter. This Podcast is Produced by Jonah Primo and Bronwen Reid Find Jonah at or @JonahPrimo on Instagram 
Sunday, March 12, 2023

Oscars Special: Spotlight with Jane Campion - Can Creativity Make Us Less Self-Obsessed

Season 1, Ep. 32
Spotlight with Jane Campion: can creativity help us leap outside ourselves?Multiple academy award winning writer and director Jane Campion (The Piano The Power of the Dog) joins Emile and Lloyd for a fascinating conversation on creativity and how it can change and enhance our understanding of each other.  Jane explains her creative practices and in particular her use of dream therapy to tap into the subconscious and write characters like Phil Burbank, the protagonist in The Power of the Dog, her 2022 Academy Award-winning film.Emile and Jane have worked closely together on television series and films. Emile, an Academy Award winning producer (The King’s Speech) describes creativity as an extraordinary movement towards the lives of others. “It’s an incredibly powerful muscle that forces you outside of yourself and into the most generous version of other experiences, as you can’t create rich and believable characters unless you know them from the inside out.  “I was excited to get on someone on the podcast who can talk to us in a deep way about creativity, and what it might offer for better understanding points of view we disagree with.  And by far the best person I could think of is Jane.”Guest:  Jane CampionJane Campion was born in New Zealand and  has directed many feature films including THE PIANO, for which she won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, becoming the first woman to receive this award.  The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, including nominations for Campion for Best Director  & Best Original Screenplay, the latter of which she won.Her most recent film, THE POWER OF THE DOG (2022) received 12 Academy Award nominations including for Best Director which Jane won. The film also won Best Film at the BAFTA.  Her other films include AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE which won 7 prizes at the 47th Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion; THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY which closed the 53rd Venice Film Festival and won the Francesco Pasinetti Award; and HOLY SMOKE which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 56th Venice Film Festival and won the Elvira Notari Prize.  The two season limited-series TOP OF THE LAKE which Campion created, co-wrote, executive produced and directed 5 of the 12 episodes, received 8 Emmy Award nominations and premiered at Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals.Jane was President of the Jury at 54th  Venice Film Festival and returned in 2008 as a Jury Member.~~ You can be part of the discussion @PofCharity on Twitter, @PrincipleofCharity on Facebook and @PrincipleofCharityPodcast on Instagram. Your hosts are Lloyd Vogelman and Emile Sherman. Find Lloyd @LloydVogelman on Linked in Find Emile @EmileSherman on Linked In and Twitter. This Podcast is Produced by Jonah Primo and Bronwen Reid Find Jonah at or @JonahPrimo on Instagram