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If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop streng ...
 
The Middle East Podcast Forum is an ecosystem of podcasters across the Middle East. This year’s annual forum was cohosted by mstdfr, Kerning Cultures, and Art Jameel in October 2019. These are the panel recordings, produced by Lucas Skrobat (Anchored Strategy) and Saud Albadeea. For more information, to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, or to get involved in our next Forum: https://mepodcastforum.com/.
 
Tune in with your host, Worldmeets.US founder and managing editor William Kern, to hear and discuss global perceptions of the United States: Its politics, its culture, and it economy. Guests include writers we translate from newspapers around the planet, our translators from around the world, and people involved with the project. We show Americans what the rest of the world REALLY thinks of our nation.
 
An ICON isn’t defined just by fame or financial impact. Many of the wealthiest people to ever live have died and just as easily become forgotten. An ICON is defined by purpose, impact, achievement and contribution to society. A SHINING ICON recognizes that their IDENTITY is based on their impact on the world and how they will be remembered forever. The SHINING ICON podcast aims to dig deep into the past, current and future ICONS of the world, while discovering what drives someone to fulfill ...
 
If you are looking to start a new business in Dubai, or are looking for information on how to grow your startup, this podcast is for you! Join us on our journey as we build our own startup, Ejarcar.com in Dubai, and hear success stories from established entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Startup Hustle Middle East is a weekly podcast, hosted by Siddharth and Mamta Varerkar. This podcast will cover topics like how to build a lean startup growth-hacking tips to market your product and we will i ...
 
Mondays with Marot works by connecting listeners with great ideas. Each week, I seek out the most thought-provoking articles and stories that touch on the important issues in our time. I summarize those stories, providing a link to the original, and give my take on where we’re heading before sending it off in my Sunday evening newsletter. The next day, we discuss the issues live on Mondays with Marot. Through guests, personal reflection, and listener contributions, we contemplate where our w ...
 
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The Palestine Broadcasting Service started airing in 1936, from a brand new transmitter tower in Ramallah. It was a British station in three languages, aimed at promoting the message of the mandate government throughout the region. But over the following decades, as Palestine saw political upheavals, bloody conflicts and power shifts, the radio sta…
 
Michele Zanini is the co-founder of the Management Lab, with the wonderful Gary Hamel where they help forward-thinking organizations become more resilient, innovative, and engaging places to work. Together, they recently wrote the bestselling book, Humanocracy, creating organizations, as amazing people inside of them, and their work is featured in …
 
Nick Bradley is the world-renowned business growth and scale-up expert who has completed over 22 business acquisitions and over $5.3 Billion in deals. He's also the host of the Scale Up Your Business Podcast. Nick has run 67 marathons and 24 ultramarathons. In this episode, we talk about SHOWING UP in all areas of your life and business. He shares …
 
The reality TV show of the Trump Presidency went in to overdrive yet again recently beginning with the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and continuing with Trump testing positive for the coronavirus. With pundits claiming Trump either dominated his opponent in the debate to debasing the debating medium, to Trump’s doubl…
 
Today we’re talking to Professor David Clutterbuck, who is one of the early pioneers of developmental coaching and mentoring – and co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. Author of more than 70 books, including the first evidence-based titles on coaching culture and team coaching, he is a visiting professor at four business schools…
 
Today we’re talking to Dr. Peggy Kern, who is an associate professor at the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Peggy’s research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including understanding and measuring h…
 
Today we’re talking to Anne Scoular, a former diplomat, Citibank trained international banker, and organizational psychologist, who is recognized as one of the five leading experts in business coaching globally by the Harvard Business Review. Much in demand for her expertise, Anne has served on a number of expert panels and policy committees, and s…
 
In our day-to-day lives, it’s a drink. But for some people, it is not as simple as that. It’s a Sufi’s spiritual companion, an Emirati’s keeper of tradition, and a Yemeni’s connection to his homeland. Today, we dive into three stories about coffee, exploring the tradition, culture, and spirituality of this simple bean. This episode was produced by …
 
In an era of an abundance of technology and households with multiple screens, it can be a challenge for parents to get their kids to put down their screens and go outside to enjoy some fresh air and play in the yard, or outside with friends. But is it over-use of screen time that is causing potential issues with youth mental health, or is it someth…
 
The lower west side of Manhattan used to be home to the biggest population of Arab immigrants in the US. In the early 20th century, streets were full of people speaking Arabic, with street vendors selling ka’ak, storefront baklava displays; this was New York’s “Little Syria”. Today though, it’s all gone. This week on Kerning Cultures, America’s fir…
 
Today we’re talking to Dominic Price who is the Work Futurist at Atlassian Software, an Australian multinational that develops products for software development, project management, and content management including our teams’ all-time favorite tool, Trello. Dom has responsibilities spanning seven global research and development centers, and he is t…
 
Work on the coronavirus vaccine trial by Oxford-AstraZeneca was put on hold recently when one of the participants in the trial had a serious adverse reaction to the trial vaccine in testing. Steve and Ben examine this story through the lens of typical vaccine developments and how this is nothing unusual. They also discuss other science topics this …
 
Today we’re talking to Tal Ben-Shahar, a serial entrepreneur, a lecturer, and author, whose books have translated in more than 25 languages. You may know him from having taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. In this week’s episode, we learn important lessons from the…
 
In 1979, Iftah Ya Simsim - the Arabic version of Sesame Street - aired for the first time. Over the next ten years, the show was loved by children across the Arab world, until 1990, when the show was pulled off the air as a result of the Gulf War. But Ammar Al Sabban, a young boy growing up watching the show in Jeddah, never forgot the impact his f…
 
Folding phones were thrust in to the spotlight recently with both Microsoft and Samsung announcing the Surface Duo and Galaxy Fold 2 respectively. Both devices offer very different interpretations of the folding phone form factor and intended use cases, with Microsoft aiming for a dual screen book-like experience, while Samsung double downed its co…
 
Today we’re talking to Dr. Lindsey Godwin, who is a professor of management at the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Vermont, and the academic director of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. A practitioner and possibility-iser, Lindsey has a passion for helping individuals and organizations leverage their pote…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Hamza Khan, founder of the Letswork app that allows you to work from wherever you want! Access 40+ co-working spaces, hotels, cafés, and warehouses across the UAE with a single membership. We discuss with him the situation pre and post COVID, and how they have managed to keep their business alive by changing their …
 
Faysal Bibi and his team of palaeontologists have been captivated by this one particular moment that took place in the Abu Dhabi desert seven million years ago. This week, a journey back to a time before the desert was the desert... when elephants, crocodiles and monkeys reigned supreme in the UAE. This episode was produced by Alex Atack, with edit…
 
Today we’re talking to Dr. Gail Gazelle, who is a former hospice physician, part-time Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor, and Master Certified Coach for physicians. Over the past decade, Gail has coached hundreds of physician leaders on leadership development, mindfulness, and building resilience. Her passion is to provide physicians the re…
 
In 1968, a trio of Palestinian filmmakers began making films about life under Israeli occupation. Almost 15 years and over 90 films later, their film unit became a dominant force in the Arab film industry. But in 1982, their film reels disappeared. Overnight, decades of footage and thousands of hours of archives were gone. Today on Kerning Cultures…
 
Sam Bakhtiar is a doctor, CEO, World-class bodybuilder, and millionaire visionary entrepreneur of the camp transformation center, which has over 110 locations. Sam is also the founder of the 1% Movement, along with many other successful brands in the fitness space. On this episode, we talk about Sams life. Sam went from refugee to growing up in Ame…
 
The Democrats spent four days at the Democratic National Convention pressing their case about how the Trump Presidency has been a disaster for the United States, and that Joe Biden is the man for the moment who will heal the wounds of American society should he win November’s US Presidential Election. After four days of stirring speeches from Democ…
 
This week, a special collaboration with one of our all time favourite podcasts: Radiolab. We produced the episode - Lebanon USA - last year, and Radiolab have taken that original story and elevated it to a whole new level. This is a story of a road trip. After a particularly traumatic Valentine's Day, Fadi Boukaram was surfing google maps and notic…
 
In this week’s podcast, we explore how to integrate our brains to care for our wellbeing and enhance our performance at work – especially when we’re feeling uncertain or insecure. Connect with Dan Siegel: https://www.drdansiegel.com/ [free_product_purchase id="89473"] You’ll Learn: [03:15] - Dan explains why interpersonal neurobiology offers import…
 
Dr. Bill Dorfman is the celebrity dentist featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover, philanthropist founder of the Leap Foundation, and inventor of Zoom teeth whitening. In addition to those accomplishments, he is a NY Times Best Selling author and holds 16-lifetime achievement awards. On this episode, Bill shares his life-defining moment when he became t…
 
Peter Taunton is the Iconic Founder of Snap Fitness & Lift Brands but his success didn’t happen overnight. After leaving college, Peter went from professional Racquetball player to fitness club owner making a $16,000 per year salary. After 8 years, Peter made enough money to buy the fitness club outright from the same owners that hired him. Even th…
 
In this week’s episode, we explore how traditional models of organizing in workplaces stifle innovation and creativity. Gary helps us understand what we can do to fuel collaboration, resilience, and leadership in our workplaces. Connect with Gary Hamel: http://www.garyhamel.com/ [free_product_purchase id="89127"] You’ll Learn: [02:56] - Gary explai…
 
This week on Kerning Cultures, two short stories. Producers Alex and Zeina uncover why Egyptians are so good at playing squash, and look at a businessman’s unlikely dream to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the shores of the UAE. This episode was produced by Alex Atack and Zeina Dowidar, with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Tamara Rasamny, Na…
 
President Donald Trump sat down with Jonathan Swan from Axios for an unedited interview covering numerous topics from the coronavirus pandemic to the passing of civil rights icon John Lewis. The interview has fast become infamous for the endless memes it has generated of Trump’s comments, but on a more serious level, it has also laid bare Trump’s s…
 
In this episode, we talk to Abdullah Mutawi who is the chairman of the Dubai Angel investors.Abdullah is a lawyer with more than 20 years' experience in corporate finance, M&A and venture capital with a deep focus on technology transactions and helping clients navigate complex shareholder, management, and corporate governance issues. Abdullah has a…
 
We’re heartbroken by what happened in Beirut on Tuesday, August 4. Many of us at the Kerning Cultures team are Lebanese, or have close ties to Beirut. So we’re taking a break from publishing our episode this week. Instead, we’d like to use this platform to ask you to consider donating what you can to relief efforts like the Lebanese Red Cross. You …
 
Jody Hoffer Gittell is a professor at Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Jody's research explores how people contribute to high-performance outcomes through their coordination with each other, and she's the Executive Director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative and Principal Investigator of the Rel…
 
Big Tech faced the US Congress at an anti-trust hearing, with Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg facing questioning over the behaviour of their companies to corner their respective markets and potentially leading to anti-competitive behaviour and shutting out smaller start-ups and companies …
 
Today we're talking to Dr. Paige Williams, co-founder of the Leaders Lab, an honorary fellow, and researcher at the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Paige works to create practical evidence-based pathways that use the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership, and systems thinking to help leaders…
 
In the 1960s, a college professor and his group of students were determined to build and launch rockets into space. And so, they did. This week, on Kerning Cultures, a story about the first-ever rocket launched from the Arab world into space. This episode was produced by Tamara Rasamny with editorial support from Dana Ballout, Zeina Dowidar, Alex A…
 
Robert Freund is the founder of Influencers IQ and Robert Freund Law. Most people don’t think about hiring a legal team for influencer contracts, or to run their ads, until it’s too late. Did you know that a lot of the giveaways you see online are actually illegally run? Did you know that the wrong verbiage in your ads could literally cost you mill…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on cinemas given they have been forced to close for health and safety concerns to prevent the spread of the virus. Streaming services have boomed during the pandemic as people have been in lockdown, which has led to the thought that the public will no longer desire, or feel comfortable watching …
 
Today we’re talking to Robert Emmons, who’s a professor of psychology at the University of California. Bob’s research focuses on the Psychology of Gratitude and joy as they relate to human flourishing and wellbeing. Bob has authored over 200 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or chapters written or edited eight books, including The Psy…
 
In 1917, a musical prodigy called Zabelle Panosian recorded a song that captured the heartbreak of a generation of Armenian Americans in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. She toured the world, selling thousands of records. And then, she was almost completely forgotten. This is her story. This episode was produced by Alex Atack with editorial …
 
Japan's Fugaku supercomputer recently claimed the top spot in the TOP500 list of supercomputers as the world’s most powerful computer. With USA and China locked in a battle for dominance in this field, Japan’s recent success with the Fugaku came from left field and is yet another example of the raw power this technology yields at 415 petaflops runn…
 
For centuries in Egypt, Zar was a music and dance ritual believed to heal women from unwanted spirits that possessed their bodies. But as time went on and ideologies changed, the practice became controversial and deeply feared. And now, it’s mostly gone. Today on Kerning Cultures, join producer Zeina Dowidar on a journey of music, spirits, and tran…
 
Today we’re talking to professor Christian Van Nieuwerburgh. Christian is a leading academic and practitioner in the field of coaching in education. He’s a professor of coaching and positive psychology at the University of East London and executive director of Growth Coaching International, a Sydney based global coaching provider for the education …
 
After an initial cluster of outbreaks followed by localised lockdowns, the whole of metropolitan Melbourne has returned to Stage 3 restrictions as coronavirus case numbers continued to increase on a daily basis. With the vast majority of people doing the right thing, but with still examples of people flouting the rules in some clear areas, the hope…
 
This is the ugly truth: racism and anti-Blackness in the Arab world is a common practice and a subject so taboo that many have convinced themselves that it doesn’t even exist. But for those of us who live in these societies, and who are caught at the intersection of Black and Arab identities, it is undeniable. Today on Kerning Cultures, producer Sa…
 
Today we’re talking to Dr. Judith Beck, who is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Judith is a prolific author, clinician, and educator in the field of mental health, and has written several books for professionals and for consumers about cognit…
 
Australia’s second largest state, Victoria, had the toughest lockdowns in the country to combat the coronavirus, but recently, it has seen a new upsurge in cases that has taken everyone by surprise and has reinforced the message that apparent success breads complacency which leads to negative outcomes. With the state’s premier Daniel Andrews orderi…
 
Today we’re talking to Margaret Wheatley, Co-founder and President of The Berkana Institute, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth and a prolific writer. Meg began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer in postwar Korea. She received her doctorate in organizational behavior from Harva…
 
Our producer Nadeen Shaker takes us on her own personal journey in trying to discover why she felt excluded because of her hijab. In Egypt, things are more complex than they seem; history, politics, class, and money all played a hand in changing how people perceive veiled women. This week on Kerning Cultures, a story about what it’s like to feel li…
 
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