Power: A Wider Lens

Season 2, Ep. 10

Join us, Elizabeth and Catriona, as we explore Power - in ourselves, collectively, and in the natural world.  We look at the awe that power can invoke, the pitfalls of power, and the possibilities in thinking about power differently. 


We learn from power in nature: from obvious (tsunamis, hurricanes, crocodiles) to lesser known examples (mantis shrimps, mites) and nuanced expressions (glaciers, rivers, forests, elephants). We touch on topics linked to power: language; narratives; creation; destruction; inner belief; control; respect; listening; empowerment; history; myths; inclusion; and leadership. And we consider what might be possible if we choose to think about and connect with power differently and wholeheartedly.


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~2: Online Etymology Dictionary: Power

~6: Emily Dickinson

~7: Gorillas; eagles

~7, 13: Crocodiles, elephants, mantis shrimps, mites

~8: Hurricane Power

~12: “London” by William Blake

~14: Dalai Lama XIV

~15: “Empowerment” 

~15: Gloria Steinem

~16: “The Death of Nature” by Carolyn Merchant

~18: Girl Power

~19: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

~21: Ralph Waldo Emerson

~24: Robert Ingersoll

~24: Lord Acton: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"

~24: Plato

~25: Harold MacMillan

~25: Ghanaian Proverb

~27: Viktor Frankl

~30: Mahatma Gandhi

~31: Woodrow Wilson

~34: The Butterfly Effect

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