The Conspiracy of Goodness Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Lynda Ulrich, Goodness Exchange Co-Founder

Past Episodes

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Looking to Nature to Solve Complex Problems with Katie Losey (Episode #178)

Did you know that many of the design and engineering problems we face today have actually already been solved through millions of years of evolution, by nature itself? Katie Losey, a science writer, is passionately advocating for the use of biomimicry—the study and application of nature’s hidden genius—in modern-problem solving.
Listen InLooking to Nature to Solve Complex Problems with Katie Losey (Episode #178)
1 hr 4 min watch
Podcast Host & Retired Media Executive Bill Burke

Why Optimism Is Your Greatest Survival Skill with Bill Burke (Episode #177)

Bill Burke is the former CEO of The Weather Channel, and former President of the TBS Superstation. His long life at the highest echelons of media leadership has made him a master at choosing his own perspective, and he considers optimism to be one of our greatest superpowers. In this episode, he shares his insights about how it’s possible to harness the power of optimism with a few key strategies.
Listen InWhy Optimism Is Your Greatest Survival Skill with Bill Burke (Episode #177)
1 hr 15 min watch
Consultant, executive, and educator Kyle Dodson

Finding Common Ground, No Matter How Far Apart We Stand with Kyle Dodson (Episode #176)

Kyle Dodson is a master when it comes to building bridges within communities. He can turn almost any negative notion on its side, inspect it from a fresh angle, and transform it into a source of positive ripple effects—and in that rare talent, he shows us how to invite others into a place of possibility.
Listen InFinding Common Ground, No Matter How Far Apart We Stand with Kyle Dodson (Episode #176)
1 hr 10 min watch
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Here’s Your Permission Slip to Embrace Your Individuality with Abby Wren and Wade Holland (Episode #175)

Abby Wren and Wade Holland are pushing back the edges of what’s “acceptable” and opening up a whole new landscape for people who would like to celebrate their uniqueness more. If your inner light is being dimmed, even a little, by the pressure to fit in or some other life circumstance or limitation, this episode is for you.
Listen InHere’s Your Permission Slip to Embrace Your Individuality with Abby Wren and Wade Holland (Episode #175)
1 hr, 3 min watch
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Healing the Planet by Transforming Sand Back to Soil with Rodger Savory (Episode #174)

In our rush to solve problems, we often overlook simple logic that holds the key to enormous progress. When it comes to turning the man-made desert wastelands of our planet back into the lush, productive forests and grasslands they once were, Ecologist Rodger Savory has one of those transformational observations that the world could be embracing.
Listen InHealing the Planet by Transforming Sand Back to Soil with Rodger Savory (Episode #174)
52 min watch
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Want Work that Feels Expansive? Find Your Noble Intention with Jill Donahue (Episode #173)

Jill Donahue has a story that is a shining example of how it is possible to respond to tragedy in a positive way that opens a life of purpose. Working in pharma, Jill responded to her family's health tragedy with a renewed energy to empower her colleagues in pharma to love their work and do better at it by connecting with their purpose to change lives. To that end, she's become an author and sought-after speaker, sharing what she's learned about connecting with and living your purpose at work to create better outcomes for everyone.
Listen InWant Work that Feels Expansive? Find Your Noble Intention with Jill Donahue (Episode #173)
68 min watch
National Geographic Explorer and Whale conservationist Katherina Audley

Mexico’s Whales are Winning as Everyday Heroes Work Together with Katherina Audley (Episode #172)

Katherina Audley is a National Geographic Explorer and whale researcher who has found a way to build community and restore the natural world in unique ways. She has helped a small village in Mexico come together to support the rare ecosystem that surrounds them, building a prosperous future for everyone—even in places over 200 miles away!
Listen InMexico’s Whales are Winning as Everyday Heroes Work Together with Katherina Audley (Episode #172)
55 min watch
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As You Rise, Raise Others with You with Dr. Keneiloe Molopyane (Episode #171)

Do you remember your childhood dreams, when you aimed to be something audacious? When she was a child watching cartoons, Dr. Keneiloe Molopyane declared that she would one day be the first South African, black, female archeologist—and now she is! Her story is inspiring in so many ways. Not only is she working in the famous Cradle of Humankind, she has also earned the distinction of being a National Geographic Explorer.
Listen InAs You Rise, Raise Others with You with Dr. Keneiloe Molopyane (Episode #171)
58 min watch
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We Don’t Need Religion to Count Our Blessings with Pierre Pradervand (Episode #170)

I’ve often questioned whether I would interview an author who has written yet another book in the “Spirituality” genre—that is, until I met Pierre Pradervand, an 86-year-old author of 23 books. Pierre still puts in 14-hour days to help people find love and kindness outside the chaos of the world’s spiritual “influencers,” and he compares going to the internet with heartfelt questions on spirituality to finding your dinner in the junk food section of the Supermarket. We need a fresh approach!
Listen InWe Don’t Need Religion to Count Our Blessings with Pierre Pradervand (Episode #170)
71 min watch
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Neurodivergent Relationships Are a Gift with Mariah and Byron Edgington (Episode #169)

Do you love someone or work with someone (or maybe it’s you) who just doesn't feel like they fit in? It turns out that as many as 20% of us are “neurodiverse,” meaning that our brain pathways do not function like everyone else’s. Our guests, Mariah and Byron Edgington, are on a mission to help us see the missed potential and the joy that we can share when we look at neurodiversity as a gift.
Listen InNeurodivergent Relationships Are a Gift with Mariah and Byron Edgington (Episode #169)
51 min watch
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When Cookies Talk: How to Overcome Your Sweet Tooth with Dr. Andrea Grayson (Episode #168)

If the cookies, crackers, soda, or candy are speaking to you seductively when you walk through the checkout line, there is a reason for that. Turns out that mood swings, headaches, brain fog, depression, and exhaustion are also related to that irresistible tug, and it all comes down to the way sugar is hijacking our future, often hourly, every single day. Our guest, Dr. Andrea Grayson, has a fresh approach to helping us break free from this cycle, and unlocking a better future.
Listen InWhen Cookies Talk: How to Overcome Your Sweet Tooth with Dr. Andrea Grayson (Episode #168)
54 min watch
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Applying an Indigenous Mindset: A Trip Through the Daily News with Connor Ryan PART 2 (Episode #167)

There is an amazing brand of young “influencers” who are diving, whole-heartedly, into their unique opportunity to make the world a better place, and today we are fortunate to have one of them as our guest. Connor Ryan, who was named one of the “20 Most Influential People in the Outdoor Industry” by Outside Magazine, is a proud Lakota tribe member and passionate professional skier, and he is bringing his understanding of Native American perspectives to the problems we need to be solving in our world right now.
Listen InApplying an Indigenous Mindset: A Trip Through the Daily News with Connor Ryan PART 2 (Episode #167)
55 min watch
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Unlearning Modern Expectations with an Indigenous Mindset with Connor Ryan: PART 1

There are a few young “influencers” who are poised to have an enormous positive impact on our shared humanity, and our guest today, Connor Ryan, is one of them. He is an exciting figure, making waves both on and off the ski slopes, and his journey is anything but conventional. What sets him apart is not just his prowess on skis, but his unique role as a bridge—a translator—connecting us to the wonders and nuances of the Lakota language and Native American culture. This interview was so fascinating that we plan to have Connor back for a Part 2, so check that out next!
Listen InUnlearning Modern Expectations with an Indigenous Mindset with Connor Ryan: PART 1
80 min watch
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Nurture Your Positive Worldview and Watch It Change Everything with Liesl Ulrich-Verderber (Episode #165)

Suppose that in 2024 you found there was one simple thing that could improve by just 1% each day, which would allow you to make leaps in personal progress. It would be foolish not to consider it, right? Well, this episode will help you to find that one thing that affects almost everything else. Today, we talk to social innovator, journalist, and CEO Liesl Ulrich-Verderber about how easy and powerful it can be to nurture a worldview that serves us, rather than burdens us.
Listen InNurture Your Positive Worldview and Watch It Change Everything with Liesl Ulrich-Verderber (Episode #165)
62 min watch
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Time Slipping By? Make Choices That Give You the Best Stories with John K. Coyle (Episode #164)

You know how it can sometimes feel like time is relentlessly speeding by? Well it turns out, we can control that feeling, and even slow things down to the “savoring pace,” if we learn a little about how our brains work. John K. Coyle is an expert in how we perceive time, and his insights can help us live far richer lives, hour by hour. “When life gives you choices, choose the one that gives you the best stories.” That’s just one of the many uplifting ah-ha moments (based on science) from this wonderful episode.
Listen InTime Slipping By? Make Choices That Give You the Best Stories with John K. Coyle (Episode #164)
72 min watch
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Liberate Yourself From the Scale: A Refreshing Take on Body Positivity with Ronald Young Jr. (Episode #163)

Ronald Young Jr. is an emerging voice in the body positive movement, and he’s leading us to new places on this old topic. His insights on common sense and honesty are like piano wire stretched tight between two important pins, and his boundless good humor is a hammer striking an incredibly beautiful note of wisdom for us all to carry forward. If you or someone you love struggles with their weight, this conversation will provide leaps of insight, and plenty of smiles.
Listen InLiberate Yourself From the Scale: A Refreshing Take on Body Positivity with Ronald Young Jr. (Episode #163)
47 min watch
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Shifting the Climate Change Narrative: Fearful, or Full of Possibility? with Anne Therese Gennari (Episode #162)

“Climate Optimism.” Now those are two words you don’t see together very often! In this episode, Anne Therese Gennari (mercifully) gives us a fresh perspective on how we can carry our concern about climate change. In her new book, The Climate Optimist’s Handbook, she moves our mental chatter from the gloom of anxiety and guilt, to the thrill of possibility and enthusiasm for all that is happening to improve the future.
Listen InShifting the Climate Change Narrative: Fearful, or Full of Possibility? with Anne Therese Gennari (Episode #162)
45 min watch
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If Disaster Strikes, This Knowledge-Sharing App is Here to Help with Meena Palaniappan (Episode #161)

Here’s something that rarely happens on the internet: a celebration of how technology can be used to amplify social connection, instead of amplifying social division. Yes, THIS interview is a celebration of a leap in human potential. Meena Palaniappan is the founder of a technology/communication platform—Atma Connect—that has reached 12 million people and is well-designed so that it is likely to change the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the near future.
Listen InIf Disaster Strikes, This Knowledge-Sharing App is Here to Help with Meena Palaniappan (Episode #161)

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