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Welcome to The Future Is Beautiful with Amisha Ghadiali. On this show we explore the weave between politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we meet here are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. We share a new interview every Thursday.

Every one of us has ideas and personal experiences to share that can lead us to a brighter future. Our global future is created by all of us, together. The Future Is Beautiful is the start of a new conversation for making that happen.

How will you create beauty in the world?

Discover more about our book and podcast at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
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Can the powers of our flowing minds expand our language of reciprocity? In this episode Amisha talks to Minna Salami, author, blogger, feminist theorist and lecturer. Minna’s blog ‘MsAfropolitan’ connects feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. She is the author of ‘Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone’, which explores universal concepts such as art, beauty, identity, blackness and womanhood with an Africa-centred, decolonial and feminist paradigm. Amisha and Minna explore the idea of beauty and how the poetry, language and willpower we receive from our rivers and from our natural world increases our sensuous knowledge, expands the volume of our integrity and flourishes the gardens of our beauty. Minna describes how the flow that shapes our rivers and the patterns of nature alongside them can inspire systems of power and governmental structures rooted in reciprocity. Minna believes that in the 21st century we are by default born into a multi perspectival approach that shapes our identities and knowledge into worldviews that are a golden opportunity to overcome the complex struggles humankind are facing. They speak about how our societies could utilise the wisdom traditions of our elders, especially our grandmothers as the antidote to the robotisation of our collective psyche during these current times. We learn that listening is beauty; that being present and the small things make us beautiful. They reveal that our complex identities are an opportunity for curiosity and inquiry to understand each other and the human species in greater depth; a powerful opportunity to embrace new perspectives and truths letting our minds flow like roaring rivers of reciprocity, integrity and beauty.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How can we keep showing up as active citizens of change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Jonathon Porritt, an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. He was co-founder & director of Forum For The Future, UK’s leading sustainable development charity. Jonathon has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He’s been a member of the Green Party throughout that time, and has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises. Amisha and Jonathon talk about the deeper, often unseen, realities that are unfolding during this time in our lives. They reveal how we are circling around tipping points and how the changes of our planet due to global warming are growing a sense of urgency for us to become active citizens in shaping our future. Jonathon believes that the solutions we need are already amongst us and that the energy we are investing in creating impactful climate change and social justice movements can be balanced by staying grounded. Together they share how Earth focused practices and a life lived in reciprocity with nature are essential in order for us to show up with authentic hope and not as ‘shiny optimists’. We learn that authentic hope flourishes in a realistic and science based understanding of the nature of the world and our impact on it. They explore how we can draw authentic hope from the life of funghi to form ideas for our progressive movements, and how principles of psychology of change could be accelerated by technology in moving us towards a balancing of systems of powers. Their conversations guides us not to sweat perfectionism and to understand our spiritual insights as an even more powerful call to action from our heartlands than that presented by political ideologies. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
How will you create beauty in this world? Our 108th episode is a celebration of our beautiful conversations here at The Future Is Beautiful. For this special episode we have gathered your voices. We have gathered your stories of how The Future Is Beautiful has influenced you and brought tangible shifts into your life. With generosity you have shared what you have learnt and unlearnt from this podcast, how it has shaped your life in new ways and how it has provided insights and opened your hearts to how you will create beauty in this world. Amisha has been speaking with incredible people from all corners of this Earth for the past four years; people from different walks of life all sharing an abundance of life experiences, insights and inspiring visions opening our minds and guiding our hearts into new possibilities of how we may flourish a beautiful future. What started as a book has become a magnificent weave of community sharing conversations that explore the multiplex layers of politics, spirituality, creativity and sustainability. The people, projects and ideas we share and meet in these conversations are challenging the dominant world story and creating a beautiful future. Our intentions of expanding interbeing and tangible hope for a beautiful future with this cherished community and beyond, have been met by your reflections, your open hearts and minds with warmth and curiosity, in turn inspiring us to continue to share more life-affirming conversations with you all. A special Thank You goes to our patrons, each one of them a vital support to the backbone of this podcast with their contributions and their continuous enthusiasm that sees us flourish. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Can Earth raise our consciousness into living lives of true reciprocity? In this episode Amisha speaks with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and a Sundancer in the cosmology of the Lakota Nation. He has a long history with Indigenous activism and advocacy, and is an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. He is the founder, host and executive producer of “First Voices Radio”. In 2016 Tiokasin received a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Amisha and Tiokasin journey along a stream of consciousness guided by Tiokasin’s Indigenous cornerstones and his fluid interbeing with Earth and Cosmos. Tiokasin opens up a portal to the Lakota understanding of innocence and elemental consciousness that we can receive by Earth listening to us and teaching us to hear our hearts lessons through its abundant gifts. He reveals how we have constructed systems of fear that condition us to speak tactically, economically and anthropocentrically, instead of naturally. He shares insights into the world of Lakota language, an Earth language of indigenous intelligence embedded in verbs, motion and action that speaks to three dimensions, that knows no war nor gender, and is created to relate and not divide or exclude.  Tiokasin’s shares that the Corona virus is presenting us with 33 intelligences brought to us at this time to expand our consciousness and to see our future within the Earth. We learn that we can grow to understand the virus in new forms; a pathway to understand the tools and energy of the earth to grow our relationship to the cosmos, and expand us into beings that are guided by the gifts of the stars to live a life of true reciprocity.   This podcast is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburgas called ‘Listening To Each Other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
What can we do to honour those that hold the world together? In this episode Amisha brings together Manish Jain (E39), an un-educator, giftivist, writer and co-founder of the Unschooling movement in India, Bayo Akomolafe (E13), a poet, philosopher, psychologist, professor and curator of the Emergence Network and Charles Eisenstein (E98) a social philosopher, author and public speaker; three leading thinkers and visionaries seeking to understand and shape the fabric of our earthly communities in new ways. In this life-affirming conversation they share their observations and insights of what is unfolding in their respective cultures during the current season of change. As invisible ‘secrets’, rituals and mythologies that bind or polarise our communities are revealed, they invite us into exploration of how we might change our worldviews relating to death, education, power dynamics and trust.  They talk about how with care for community, village economies and mutual aid, we may form life experiences that counteract our sense of separation and the fragile hostile global systems we have constructed. They reveal our current transformation as an opportunity to ask new questions about how we hope to shape this moment and how we might grow new fields of trust honouring the exponential possibilities we could seed. Their heart-led approaches encourage us to envision these possibilities as sacred sanctuaries where we might encounter things that are greater than ourselves. Their deep bond of brotherhood invites our spirit of playfulness to seek out wilder forms of thinking and education, wilder forms of coalitions, wilder forms of communication and change to shape new patterns of interbeing. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Can we condition ourselves to become progressive vessels that forge a regenerative future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Mark Stevenson, a ‘reluctant futurist’, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation. Mark is one of the world’s most respected thinkers on the interplay of technology and society, helping a diverse mix of clients, from government departments to corporates to NGOs become future literate and adapt their cultures and strategies. Amisha and Mark talk about perseverance, the possibilities for profound change arising from the pandemic and our need for future literacy. They explore the possibilities of change revealed by this unique moment of the pandemic; a moment that is a crisis of our hearts and a time of reflection where the impossible is possible. Mark shares his ways of staying fit, motivated and in balance whilst doing work that is bigger than him, work that effects system change with ministries, governments, powerful CEOs and investors. He believes that fitness teaches us that progress is slow and achieved with consistency Together speak of the idea that sustainable development is not simply about change, but about cultivating future literacy, and that artists can teach us ways to engage people emotionally with powerful tools that connect us to where possibilities bloom. We learn that sustainable change is founded in speaking to people’s hearts and growing our interconnectedness, and that with perseverance we can all effectively create transformation. This persistence of taking incremental steps in growing our visions is a fulfilling way to build long-lasting systemic change. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
What future would we create if we reclaimed the language of beauty? In this episode Amisha talks with Alan Moore, author and business innovator. Alan believes beautiful businesses are the future. Described as ‘lovingly disruptive’, Alan’s life mission is to make every business on the planet as beautiful as they can possibly be.  Amisha and Alan speak about the essence beauty and how we can reclaim its language to create beautiful businesses, futures and cultures. They explore beauty as something that is wholesome and dynamic providing us with the opportunity to walk each other home with empathy, non-judgement, compassion and love.  Together they explore the idea that beauty and regeneration is a universal language, where each of us has a unique voice and a unique gift that is our sovereign land; a land that will provide the fruits for us to become good ancestors of a future where we don’t dehumanise and objectify human beings, and where we might reconcile myopia and colonialism. Alan shares his personal experiences of opening himself up to the possibilities of beauty that rose out of vulnerabilities and times of personal change. He talks about walking alongside businesses that are seeking to shift their lens away from systems of fear-based leadership and economies of scale into ways of doing where everybody thrives and grows.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Can beauty and community be the anchors of our future? In this episode we speak with Amisha Ghadiali, visionary and host of The Future Is Beautiful, this globally acclaimed podcast that weaves together Politics, Spirituality, Creativity and Sustainability offering us deep, insightful, unedited conversations with inspiring guests. Amisha has a gift of bringing people into connection with themselves, each other and the earth. She has hosted many retreats, workshops, programmes and rituals around the world. She creates brave, tender and inclusive spaces. Cultural Futurist & Experience Designer, Annegret Affolderbach turns tables on Amisha talking with her about the podcast since its inception, the beauty of leadership, futurism and the possibilities of intuitive gardening. Amisha shares how the creation of this soul nourishing podcast has become an experience of insight, human connection and community that has guided and created new aspects of her. Annegret and Amisha explore how podcast communities are intuitive gardens with universal roots, spaces of co-creation and transformation that pollinate beauty and future possibilities. Amisha plants seeds for exciting visions for the podcast and for weaving together the community in new ways. Amisha reveals personal paths of 20yrs of stepping into different forms of beautiful leadership and honing her soul’s gifts into a multitude of offerings designed to be brave and inclusive spaces that connect us with our tenderness and intuition unfolding healing and embracing our wildness.  Her ‘Beautiful Leadership Immersion’, due to start 14th September 2020, is a timely offering designed for us to discover personal leadership alongside resourceful tools and unusual life skills that will form our anchors for the future. With a shared past in sustainable fashion, they consider values as ways of life that can shift our thinking away from consumerism and its damaging effects into experiencing fashion as personal style that walks the softer edges of activism. We learn about their experiences of keeping alive vision when our soul gifts lead us to create projects that step outside of conventions and ahead of time to cultivate new pathways for collective futures. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
What legacy do we want to leave as ancestors of the future? In this episode Amisha speaks with Sianna Sherman, an international yoga teacher, training tens of thousands of students and teachers, for nearly three decades. As the visionary of the Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL, Sianna shares her voice in the way of community and collaboration. Amisha and Sianna speak about yoga as a practice that teaches us to become deeply human and how to bring our creative energy into the world; a practice that can guide us to remain open-hearted in the midst of conflict and build an authentic relationship with our whole being. Sianna shares her personal stories of rebellion and re-education, and ways to connect with nature and intuition that bring alive the multi-dimensionality of our souls pranic forces. Together they reveal how following the call of our souls is a radical and humbling heroic journey that will lead us to grow resilience, discover personal practices and ultimately forge paradigm shifts. They explore how current global upheavals are our calling to become participants in re-imagining and transforming our world collectively. They speak of how beautiful leadership can shape our future legacy where everyone receives the benefits, is uplifted and can thrive, and where we honour each other as the ancestors of our future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can we form new patterns of behaviour to heal our racial bias? In this episode Amisha talks with Nova Reid, an anti-racism activist, TED speaker and author.  Nova uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to encourage mindset change working with organisations and individuals to improve systems of discrimination from the inside out. Amisha and Nova unpack how racial and unconscious bias are formed across generations and cultures. Sharing powerful examples, together they reveal the traumatic impacts of white privilege and daily microaggressions that take form in our systemically racist systems. Nova reminds us that allyship is the progress we need to seek and that we can unlearn racism and prejudice. She believes that by sharing our vulnerabilities and by showing up with our curiosity, joy and solid boundaries, we have powerful tools to create true allyship, and the foundations for breaking, healing and transforming our cycles of behavior necessary for Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can the essence of feminine leadership reinvent the world? In this episode Amisha talks with Nina Simons (E81) co-founder of Bioneers, Stephanie Mines (E72) founder of Climate Change & Consciousness and Zerbanoo Gifford (E6) founder of ASHA Centre; three female leaders, authors and visionaries that have been leading communities guided by wisdoms of the feminine, nature, science and social justice. In this powerful dialogue they reveal their insights and perceptions of the current times sharing their individual visions of leadership models for the future rooted in guidance by nature, the feminine and creative joy. With clarity of voice they draw on their generous life experiences providing us with a compass for discovering and cultivating endurance, perseverance and resilience during times of personal, cultural and systemic change. Their sense of sisterhood uplifts us into recognising that Mother Nature, our interconnectedness and our creativity will provide the joys and nourishments of spirit needed to enable us to create a beautiful and collective future. This podcast was part of a The Future Is Beautiful LIVE which took place on 3rd June 2020 called Leadership in creating the new normal.  Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How can deep listening guide us into paradigms of love and healing? In this episode Amisha speaks with Lyla June, Indigenous musician, scholar and community organiser. They reflect on destruction of indigenous societies, indoctrination and economies of convenience. They speak of sacred practices and indigenous stories to guide our lives into compassion, re-skilling and self-love. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. “We are sitting on the graveyard of vast, advanced, sophisticated, beautiful civilisations who we owe our very existence to oftentimes. Indigenous food scientists from thousands of years ago are what’s feeding the world today. We brought the world potatoes. We brought the world tomatoes. We brought the corn. We brought the world cacao. We brought the world vanilla, you know, all these things. We had diverse systems. We understood that diversity was the cornerstone of health, and, I guess prosperity.” Lyla June Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Can we build a more beautiful world that centers our interdependence? In this episode Amisha speaks with Charles Eisenstein, social philosopher, author and public speaker. They examine Covid19, systems no longer serving our processes and possibilities it presents for deep-seated cultural transformation. They explore the rise of collective grief and its embodiment of the ‘death of the old world’. Together they embrace the potential of sharing economies to form a new paradise of interdependence as a future way of life. “We can build a more beautiful world. It is available to us. It’s begging us to step into its service. And when we do, when we bow into the service of this future, all kinds of synchronicities, and, and miracles can happen.” – Charles Eisenstein Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Are wellsprings of beauty our living systems for change? In this episode Amisha speaks with Erin Dixon, Ashati Sakahikan. They speak of truth and reconciliation in light of the cultural genocide and impacts of intergenerational trauma on the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. They explore the power of the land, ceremonial gifts of culture, song and drumming as pathways of beauty that carry stories for healing trauma and for lifting collective spirit. Their conversation connects us to ideas of living systems as well springs for change fuelled by joy, intuition, sacred reciprocity and the magical shimmers of our waterways. “When we talked about the pathways of change and beauty that are happening, I feel like it comes when people are doing the work they came to do. Their waters, their pathways start to shimmer, that light starts to shimmer. A wellspring of beauty, in the sense of really listening to their gifts, listening to why they are here and taking action and movement from that place.” – Erin Dixon Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
Can Earth be our guide in recreating ourselves? In this episode Amisha speaks with Rabiah Abdullah, traditional herbalist and community healer. They reflect on nature, spirituality and healing in reciprocity with earth considering ihsan : excellence as an alternative to perfectionism and egotistical leadership.  This podcast is part of a collaboration with St.Ethelburga’s called ‘Listening to each other, Listening to Earth’. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Will our transformation be guided by the oceans? In this episode Amisha talks with Reem AlMealla, marine biologist and climate advocate. Amisha and Reem explore privilege, the daunting depths of the currents of change and the beauty that surrounds us for the potential of change. Reem reveals how she inspires change, the importance of standing in ones values and finding ones niche to rise beyond discrimination.Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
Honouring Transitions - E94

Honouring Transitions - E94

2020-07-1001:06:12

How can we be present to the challenging transitions that we experience in life? "We can be courageous enough to meet these moments of transition with presence. To let ourselves be transformed in relationship to that which is dying and being reborn within and around us. To trust in the wild unfolding. To find the beauty in being here." Amisha Ghadiali  In this episode Amisha shares a tribute to the life of her father, and explores death, grief and karma. She shares some of the ways he influenced her and the power in these profound moments. In the second part there is an expansive meditation practice on The Art of Deep Listening. We can only listen to others in relation to the ability we have cultivated to listen to ourselves. As we find ourselves here in this great transition that 2020 is offering to us, how can we find presence, grace and allow ourselves to be transformed by life itself? For more information about this episode, visit www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
What could transform if we embraced brave spaces? In this episode Amisha talks with Rev. Jen Bailey, ordained minister, public theologian, and a leader in the multi-faith movement for justice.  They explore gas-lighting, people pleasing and liberation. Sharing transitions into spiritual leadership, courage to live into joy and faith, deepening connection to the divine and to ancestral resilience, they consider brave spaces to inform our future. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
Join us for this special episode with three elders who have been guests on the show - and took part in our live webinars during our season break.  In this episode we ask Mac Macartney (E61) and Jyoti (E68) for their take on the pandemic and everything that it is bringing to the surface - and what our role is here.  And we ask Sally Kempton (E8) how we navigate entering back into a forever changed and changing world.  All three of these guests are elders with so much experience, love and wisdom to share. It’s a true honour to know them, and to learn from them and we hope that their words touch you deeply.  Find out more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co 
How do we find a sense of connection and reciprocity with nature? In this episode Amisha talks with black-latinx transdisciplinary artist, educator, and designer brontë velez (they/them). They discuss prophetic opportunities presented by Covid-19, the potency of death doulaship practices, spiritual ecology and technology for communities to understand our environmental responsibilities and to liberate from racial and spiritual trauma.   brontë is guided by their understanding that Earth called them to bring along other children of colour to meet Earth and to experience each other in wild spaces. They draw on death doulaship practices, such as listening to Earth and prophetic dream practices to connect communities to Earth’s wisdom for prophetic insight on what other ways of being might be possible. In ecological planting ceremonies, their collective Lead to Life, holds space for black people to heal racial and spiritual trauma of community and land on their own terms. This podcast is part of a collaboration with St Ethelburgas, called Listening to each other : Listening to Earth, which reaches for the place where spiritual ecology and climate justice meet. It explores the integration of spirituality with grounded action through the lives and leadership of people of colour. Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co
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Maria Ray

So good!!!

Sep 6th
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Manon Vis

Really inspiring episode. Thank you!

May 25th
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