Influence by WeTransfer
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin on Challenging the Status Quo
Season 4, Ep. 3
When Rose Hudson-Wilkin was first called to church ministry as a child, the Church of England did not allow women to be priests. But being told what she could and couldn’t do didn’t deter her then, and it doesn’t deter her now. On this episode, Bishop Rose speaks to Damian about her journey from growing up in Jamaica to becoming a bishop in the Church of England—the first Black woman allowed the position. She talks about using her role to challenge discrimination, stand up for the vulnerable, and reaffirm the power of community.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Martha Lane Fox on Responsible Tech, Social Justice, and the House of Lords
Season 4, Ep. 2
In this episode, Damian talks to responsible tech evangelist (and WeTransfer Board Chair) Martha Lane Fox. As a Crossbench Peer in the United Kingdom House of Lords, a board member of Twitter and Chanel,and an early startup success, Martha has a unique voice in some of the most influential rooms on the planet. In this conversation, she talks about bringing a European perspective to Twitter, how video conferencing has made it easier to speak up in the House of Lords, and how she uses her many positions for good.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Moon Ribas and Neil Harbisson on Life as Cyborgs
Season 4, Ep. 1
To perceive colour for the first time, Neil Harbisson implanted an antenna into his skull. To experience the movement of earthquakes within her body, Moon Ribas implanted sensors into her feet. Damian meets the two cyborg artists and co-founders of the Cyborg Foundation to find out how technology has altered their perceptions of reality, blurred the lines between human and machine, and tested the boundaries of society.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Nichelle Tramble Spellman on the Writer’s Responsibility and Representation in Hollywood
Season 3, Ep. 8
Damian meets Nichelle Tramble Spellman, the creator and showrunner of the Apple TV+ series Truth be Told. Nichelle discusses representation in Hollywood, being true to her characters, and how she’s supporting the next generation of filmmaking talent—and stories not often seen on the screen—with her production company The 51. Her work writing and producing for television influences not only what stories are told, but also how audiences see the world.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Noreena Hertz on Generation Lonely and Craving Connection
Season 3, Ep. 7
Loneliness affects everything from our physical health to our voting choices, according to research from this episode’s guest, Noreena Hertz. Her book, The Lonely Century, chronicles a loneliness crisis across the developed world. On this episode, Damian and Noreena discuss how technology, neoliberalism, open offices, and cities contribute to loneliness, and what people, workplaces, and governments can do to bring people together.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Aaron Koblin on Art, Data, and Virtual Reality
Season 3, Ep. 6
Aaron Koblin's dazzling data art projects have animated Johnny Cash's music and brought an Arcade Fire music video to viewers' childhood homes. On today's episode, Damian talks to the artist, designer, and co-founder of the VR company Within about what it means to be a tech optimist today, how VR might lead to more compassion, and how to save ourselves from the tech beasts we've created.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Nadya Tolokonnikova on Activism, Art and Accepting Vulnerability
Season 3, Ep. 5
Nadya Tolokonnikova brought Russian punk feminism into existence with the creation of Pussy Riot, a music group and conceptual art piece in one. The Putin government put her in jail for two years after one of her performances. Despite the risks, she's spent the past decade working at the intersection of art and activism.In our latest episode, Tolokonnikova speaks with Damian about what's happened since the early days of Pussy Riot, why she believes in NFTs and the growth of digital art, and her emotional growth and current projects, including a unique performance she has planned at Chernobyl.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.
Justin Willman on Magic, Illusion, and Manipulation
Season 3, Ep. 4
Damian explores the delightfully manipulative power of magic with the magician and comedian Justin Willman. Together they unpack the basic human principles underlying the ‘attention economy’, subliminal messaging, and the element of surprise.
Eli Pariser on Building Public Parks Online
Season 3, Ep. 3
On today's episode, Damian talks to Eli Pariser, author ofThe Filter Bubbleand co-founder of New Public, about designing digital public spaces for the future. Using examplesfromacross the globe, Eli imagines how online communities can work on bringing people closer together instead of driving us further apart.Influence is a production ofWeTransfer, produced in association withReasonable Volume.