The Occupational Philosophers - A not-so-serious business podcast to spark Creativity, Imagination and Curiosity
Ep. 4 - Guest episode with Tamara Campbell (AKA Kiki Bittovabitsch!)

Ep. 4 - Guest episode with Tamara Campbell (AKA Kiki Bittovabitsch!)

July 22, 2021

In Episode 4, The Occupational Philosophers chat with glorious, amazingly talented and hilarious performer Tamara Cambell. 

Tamara has literally performed all over the world 

In this episode we explore: 

  • What it means to be human 
  • How vulnerability comes before trust rather than the other way around (leaders, take note!) 
  • Why it's important to look “something awesome about you” in other people 
  • The different alter egos we all have and how to ensure the right one turns up 
  • Where creativity comes from - and it takes a lot of practice 
  • Breaking out of comfort zones and how to make people feel amazing 
  • How the human race is evolving to have herd immunity against arseholes 
  • Lessons learnt from performing all over the world and training at the world-renowned Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre

As with all episodes, we have some great thought experiments as we explore Famous Love Parents and have some great listener questions. 

Tamara is an absolute star and there is so much joy and wisdom in this episode. Enjoy! 

 

Links 

Laughterhouse Entertainment https://www.laughterhouseentertainment.com/ 

Brag sheet (places performed) https://www.laughterhouseentertainment.com/about/places-performed/ 

Tamara Campbell https://www.tamaracampbell.com.au/

Kikki Bittovabitsch https://www.facebook.com/KikiBittovabitsch/ 

Dell'Arte School of Physical Performance https://dellarte.com/

MONA Gallery https://mona.net.au/ 

 

 

Ep.3 - Curious about Philosophy? Creativity, Life and Business lessons from Chin Strokers

Ep.3 - Curious about Philosophy? Creativity, Life and Business lessons from Chin Strokers

July 8, 2021

In episode three, The Occupational Philosophers explore a history of chin strokers (AKA Philosophers) throughout time from Socrates through to Voltaire, and even the more modern Seth Godin. 

Importantly, as a not-so-serious business podcast, they dive into what we can learn from this ancient and more recent wisdom to enable us to thrive in our more modern times. 

The Occupational Philosophers explore: 

  • The importance of always asking great questions (unless you're a certain philosopher who didn't know when to stop!) 
  • How positive micro habits can drive big change in our lives 
  • The rise of the 'miserabilists' (and wasn't that a fun time??)
  • Why we should stay curious and be open changing paths as new information comes our way 
  • The importance of having a go at life and ripping the s#*t out of it
  • How leaders can embrace some philosophy to positively change the culture in their organisation
  • All the great chin stroker aphorisms and quotes that still hold true today including, "Curiosity is the lust of the mind" (A favourite Occupational Philosophers quote) 

 

As with all episodes, they conduct some thought experiments covering: 

  • Which philosopher would do you take to Ibiza? 
  • Do I really have nothing to lose but my socks? 

 

As always, there are some great lessons that you can apply to the world of work and leading a more curious, interesting and creative life. 

 

 

Episode 2: Guest episode with Dr. Peter Lovatt (aka Dr.Dance!)

Episode 2: Guest episode with Dr. Peter Lovatt (aka Dr.Dance!)

June 23, 2021

In their first guest episode, The Occupational Philosophers talk with Dr. Peter Lovatt, a Dance Psychologist, multi TED speaker and best selling author, who through his work on the psychology of movement and dance, is more widely known as 'Dr. Dance'! 

Listen in as Peter shares:

  • 3 top tips for everyday living from his new book 'The Dance Cure'
  • How teams and organisations can use movement to fuel innovation & creativity
  • How individuals can 'move to improve'!

They also explore:

  • Why dance and movement is fundamentally about communication 
  • What type of movement is best to help your children revise for their exams!
  • What stops us dancing (apart from when we're drunk at wedding...)?
  • How school shaped Peter's life and success....it's quite a journey
  • Whether movement is a "gateway drug" to dancing.......

And as ever, the Occupational Philosophers will also engage in some (not so serious) 'Thought Experiments' which delve into topics such as "Did someone really say that?" and "What dance should I do if I get mugged?".

Finally, as discussed in the show, please check out:

Dr.Peter Lovatt - https://www.peterlovatt.com

TEDx Observer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihCh5wzNjYY

Derek Sivers: Leadership Lessons from the Dancing Guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ 

Tame your Ogre Guide - https://www.occupationalphilosophers.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 1: When did we stop drawing Spider Goats? (and how to get your creativity back)

Episode 1: When did we stop drawing Spider Goats? (and how to get your creativity back)

June 4, 2021

In their inaugural episode, The Occupational Philosophers dive into: 

  • The no.1 thing that kills your creative potential, whether that's at work, at home, or in the bath 
  • Some tactics on how to deal with it 
  • Some key ways to have a little less of this creativity killer at work that doesn't make you look like a free loving, sandal-wearing hipster that says stuff like, "Let's get in the flow brothers and sisters, don't hold back, release your inner animal and lets' freestyle" 

They also explore:

  • The importance of a philosopher's mindset 
  • Being OK with dangerous ideas
  • Spending time out of our comfort zones and....
  • Ping pong balls on crack 
  • The importance of always asking questions
  • Dealing with negative self-talk 
  • Some simple ways to bring more curiosity and into your workplace (and your life)

They will also introduce you to thought experiments (as done by Philosophers throughout the ages) as they explore 'Would you rather...?' and 'True or not' 

Most importantly, there is plenty of inspiration to ensure you become the creative beast you were designed to be. 

As discussed in the show, check out Ken Robinson's Ted Talk - Do schools kill creativity?

 

Lets introduce The Occupational Philosophers with Simon Banks and John Rice

Lets introduce The Occupational Philosophers with Simon Banks and John Rice

May 11, 2021

 

Would you like to fulfill your potential to be the curious, creative, and imaginative star that you are, or would like to be? You already know in your bones that you are a creative beast, but maybe you just don't quite know how to unleash it – perhaps it’s an ignored talent in writing, leading innovation at work, or simply underwater basket weaving.

Every fortnight, John, a mild-mannered, middle-aged British man with a love of curiosity and philosophy, and a slightly louder, middle-aged Australian surfer man, artist, and published author on creativity chat with guests drawn from many walks of life who have woven creativity, curiosity and play into their everyday lives - and thrived in the process.

So, if you would like to listen to a “not so serious business podcast” and would like some thoughts, tools, and tips on staying curious, creative, and asking those really great questions (and leading a most interesting life in the process) then this is the podcast you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, but for a while…

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