Influence with Damian Bradfield
Xiaowei Wang on What Rural China Teaches Us About Technology
Season 3, Ep. 12
In this episode, Damian talks with the artist, writer, and coder Xiaowei Wang about their surprising findings about modern technology from their travels in rural China. Expanding on their book, Blockchain Chicken Farm, Wang shares models for decolonizing tech, challenges our ideas about rural vs urban innovation, and calls for a more expansive vision for global advancement (instead of a tech silver bullet).
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Dame Stephanie Shirley on Innovation in Business
Season 4, Ep. 6
In this episode, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH (the CH is for Companion of Honour) — a German-British software pioneer, businesswoman, and philanthropist — chats with Damian about making an entirely new kind of business for an untapped category of worker (women with household and caretaking responsibilities) before there was a model for either. And, as remote work proliferates now, she shares what she learned from designing a remote workforce 70 years ago. She also talks about prioritizing mental health, how to better support employees, and how she fought for a future that’s more fair.Dame Stephanie Shirley's great autobiography is called Let it Go: My Extraordinary Story.Get your free WeTransfer pro account here: we.tl/damesteveInfluence is a production of WeTransfer, produced in association with Reasonable Volume.
Wendy MacNaughton on Positive Social Change with Art
Season 4, Ep. 5
In this episode, the award-winning illustrator and founder of DrawTogether Wendy MacNaughton discusses the power of art. She talks about how her graphic journalism seeks to create policy and social change, how her work teaching kids to make art builds their confidence and creativity, and how drawing and sharing stories brings us closer together. Or, as Wendy says, “Pencils up! Everything is better when we draw together.”Get your free WeTransfer pro account here: we.tl/wendyInfluence is a production of WeTransfer, produced in association with Reasonable Volume.
Thomas Heatherwick on Human-Centered Architecture
Season 4, Ep. 4
In this episode, Damian talks to the renowned English architect Thomas Heatherwick about collaboration, creativity, making spaces that last. Thomas’ approach to architecture is emotional, human, and visceral. His projects unfurl, sprout, and float, delighting and connecting the people they serve. From his limited edition Christmas cards to his dandelion-like UK Pavilion to Google’s brand new Bay View Campus in Mountain View, Thomas and his firm Heatherwick Studio redefine what’s possible.Get your free WeTransfer pro account here: we.tl/thomasInfluence is a production of WeTransfer, produced in association with Reasonable Volume.