Episode #21 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Nicolas Florquin (Small Arms Survey)

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In this episode, we dive into the serious topic of illegal arms-trafficking and try to learn some more about those that are out there working to try and stop it.

We talk with NICOLAS FLORQUIN, a Senior Researcher at the SMALL ARMS SURVEY, an NGO based out of Geneva, Switzerland, whose aim is to be both a principal information source about the subject for the public and policy makers, but also to be an independent monitor who is out there in the field researching and documenting information that pertains to the illegal acquisition, trade, and smuggling of small arms (which can be anything from pistols to RPG’s and many in between).

We talk about the challenges of working within different countries, different cultures, and differing levels of bureaucratic control. We also talked about Nicola’s personal motivations for doing what he does, his definitions of success and failure as they pertain to his line of work, and his belief to never stop learning and always be creating new things!

Disclaimer: All views expressed by Nicolas in this episode are his personal views, and do not necessarily express or reflect the organizational policy of the Small Arms Survey.

To learn more about Nicolas and the Small Arms Survey, you visit the following links:

http://www.smallarmssurvey.org (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/SmallArmsSurvey (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/SmallArmsSurvey (Twitter)

https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/626809/ (LinkedIn)

https://www.youtube.com/user/SmallArmsSurvey (YouTube)

 

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Episode #19 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Candice Mitchell (Canadian Muay Thai Fighter)

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In this episode, we head to Thailand to talk to CANDICE MITCHELL, a Muay Thai Fighter who currently is raising funds over at MAKEACHAMP to cover travel and administrative costs associated with competing at the upcoming IFMA World Championships in May; taking place in Minsk, Belarus.

Candice’s story is special in that she took an unorthodox route to get where she is now, but in the process she is doing something that many people dream of doing…in that she made the decision to leave everything she knew behind, to go after her dream and see how far she could take it.

She started training in Muay Thai at age 31, and a few years later made the decision to go professional, and move to Phuket, Thailand to train with the Phuket Top Team, one of the premier gyms in the city. She has taken this opportunity to grow stronger and better, and her results have mimicked this development, with a strong fight record, numerous titles, and the synonymous nickname of “Candi Crush” which describes her in-ring abilities quite well.

We talked about her journey to get where she is now, the numerous physical and mental benefits to practicing a martial art, the mentality of a fighter in the ring, and how failure is the ultimate opportunity to learn and grow stronger.

You can find out more about Candice, donate to her crowdfunding campaign and keep track of her news and results by checking out the links below:

https://makeachamp.com/candicekmitch (MAKEACHAMP Page)

http://candicekmitchell.com (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/CandiceKMitchell (Facebook Page)

https://twitter.com/CandiceKMitch (Twitter)

https://www.instagram.com/candicekmitch (Instagram)

https://www.youtube.com/CandiceKMitchell (YouTube)

Episode #18 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team

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In this episode, we head to Houston, Texas, USA to talk to the three members of the NIGERIAN WOMEN’S BOBSLED TEAM, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, who are currently crowdfunding on GoFundMe to raise funds for training and competition costs as they aim for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

To date, there have been 7 athletes from the continent of Africa who have competed in the Winter Olympics. None of them have competed in Bobsled, and none of them have been women. So these three are breaking new ground in their journey, and in turn inspiring a generation of athletes in Nigeria and Africa to look outside the normal, and to aim to do something different.

But not only are they breaking new ground, they are doing it in a DIY fashion; to the point of making their own training equipment, conducting their own social media, and combining the training schedules of an Olympic athlete within their own lives which already have higher educational studies and careers within them.

Their journey so far has been documented by a number of different media outlets, both in print, television, and on the internet. For some, this exposure would go to their heads, but these three continue to maintain that what they are doing is so much bigger than just them, and have stayed humble and selfless within it all.

We talked about their journey so far, the nuances associated with learning Bobsled,    the impact that they hope to leave in their continent through what they are doing, and how failure is a way to learn, grow, and develop yourselves into a stronger person.

To check out their updates, news, and to find out more, you can check out the following links:

http://www.bsfnigeria.com (Official Website)

https://www.facebook.com/Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation-Of-Nigeria-1698794513771544/ (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/BSF_Nigeria (Twitter)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8zECC75IJhqwRtR1R81dA (YouTube)

https://www.instagram.com/bsfnigeria/ (Instagram)

Episode #15 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Dominik Dresel (Lehrermarktplatz.de)

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In this episode, we head to Germany to talk to DOMINIK DRESEL, a 2016 member of the Young Founders Conference with the Westerwelle Foundation; and the co-founder of LEHRERMARKTPLATZ.DE, an online marketplace specifically for teachers and educators, where they can submit and purchase lesson plans and educational materials. This in turn is creating a community of teachers throughout Germany who can be connected, work together, and in turn develop their abilities and skills to continue reaching out and giving opportunities to students all over the country.

The desire to teach and help people within the educational system is something that Dominik always wanted to do, but instead of going directly into the system as a teacher, he went around from the outside, discovering that he could use his knowledge gained from studying business to create a venture that could reach out to teachers in ways that projects and companies he was with in the past could not. This desire was one of the foundations that created Lehrermarktplatz.de, and indirectly it also created something that can become a strong connecting force for teachers and those working within the educational system, which can be at times an isolating experience; which in turn reminds teachers that they are not alone and that there is always someone there that can help and who can give them new ideas, inspiration, and perspective.

We talked about his journey in the creation of Lehrermarktplatz, about his thoughts about the German educational system, his goals and dreams for what he is doing, and about how even though the odds and statistics may say one thing, and that even though failure sometimes is an ever-present possibility in what you are doing, that no matter what happens, the lessons and knowledge you gain from the entire experience will strengthen you, help you grow, and make you that much better in the long run.

To find out more about Dominik and Lehrermarktplatz.de, you can visit the following links:
https://lehrermarktplatz.de (Official Website, German)
https://www.facebook.com/lehrermarktplatz (Facebook)
dominik@lehrermarktplatz.de (Email Address for Dominik)

 

Episode #8 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Tawanda Mutukwa (Chief Technology Officer, Hurukuro)

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In this episode, we head to Zimbabwe to talk to TAWANDA MUTUKWA, the Chief Technology Officer for HURUKURO, a Harare-based tech firm that is working to use technology (specifically mobile technology) to revitalize and support the agricultural industry of Zimbabwe, and other southern Africa countries.

Zimbabwe was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa, with some of the highest agricultural outputs in the region, but political measures created a situation where agricultural yields and output dropped dramatically due to lack of support and resources, both knowledge and in-person. Hurukuro is aiming to change this through the usage of mobile technology (did you know that Zimbabwe has mobile phone penetration of over 92%?) to provide rural farmers with all the information and support that is needed to properly conduct and farm their land. Everything from knowledge support, logistical support, financial payment platforms, and other essential products to give farmers the tools they need to farm higher yields, be able to ship and sell, and then start over again sustainably.

We talked about his journey into becoming an entrepreneur; how the lack of innovation drove him out of the private sector, and we talked extensively about entrepreneurship in Africa. Not just about the challenges and obstacles that African Entrepreneurs face, but that media and platforms need to focus on the development, triumphs, and look at life from the African perspective to really understand the region.

To find out more about Hurukuro, you can visit the following links:
http://hurukuro.com (Official Site, English)
https://www.facebook.com/HurukuroC (Facebook, English)
https://twitter.com/HurukuroC (Twitter, English)

 

NOTE: There are some audio issues near the beginning of the podcast. We tried to remove them as best as we could, they were due to internet connection issues during the recording of the episode. 

Episode #5 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Liza Mamaliga (Dulce Plai)

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In this episode, we head to Moldova to talk to LIZA MAMALIGA, the founder of DULCE PLAI, an environmentally sustainable honey company, that is both creating tasty honey products while working to improve the environment for future generations.

We talked about the proper way to pronounce “Chișinău”, how she became interested in bees and beekeeping, a few stories and experiences from her development and growth of Dulce Plai, and how there is always something that can be learned from your failures.

To learn more about Dulce Plai, you can visit the following links:

http://dulceplai.com/home/ (Official Website, English/Romanian)

https://www.facebook.com/dulceplai/ (Facebook Page, English/Romanian)

Episode #3 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Wilson Masaka (Wilsen Initiative)

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In our third episode, we talked with WILSON MASAKA of the WILSEN INITIATIVE (based out of Nairobi, Kenya) who is working to inspire and develop the next generation of young changemakers and leaders through a number of different mediums, including but not limited to Web Design (ICT), Sport, and Art.

We talked about how your life story can directly influence your perspectives and decision making process as an Entrepreneur, the love of creating positive change, the power of sport and the strong (and underused) relationship between sport and entrepreneurship, and how it is healthy to celebrate failure rather than pushing it away.

To find out more about Wilson Masaka and the Wilsen Inititative, you can visit the following links:
wilsenx.blogspot.ca (Wilson’s personal Blog)
www.youtube.com/wilsenx (Wilson’s YouTube Page)
www.wilsen-initiative.org (Wilsen Initiative, Official Website)
wilseninitiative.wordpress.com (Wilsen Initiative, Blog)
www.facebook.com/Wilsenx/ (Wilsen Initiative, Facebook)
twitter.com/wilsenx (Wilsen Initiative, Twitter)