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Inspired for Impact

Inspired for Impact

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A place to have conversations with inspirational entrepreneurs, community leaders and representatives of organisations who are boldly creating a future by design. We are leading the way to see the change we hope to see in the world.

Join the discussion that brings to light the magic that is happening on a daily basis, and learn how exponential technologies are addressing humanity's grand challenges.

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Inspired for ImpactApr 23, 2021

Transforming From Overachieving to Subjective Success

Transforming From Overachieving to Subjective Success

Host Christina Gerakiteys interviews Dr. Hanan El Basha, a speaker, training strategist, and specialist around the theme of transforming from overachieving to subjective success. Dr. Hanan shares her journey over the past 25 years, from corporate life to entrepreneurship, and the realisation that success, for her, was defined externally through societal, parental, and environmental expectations.

Dr. Hanan highlights the importance of mindset in her work, particularly with startups and SMEs. She discusses her experience with overachieving, driven by a constant feeling of not being good enough, and how this pattern was triggered by societal and familial influences. The conversation delves into the concept of transformation, emphasising the need to shift thinking and mindset to bring about genuine change.

Nov 28, 202340:01
Breaking Barriers and Building Impact: A Journey with Imperative Impact and Wave Makers

Breaking Barriers and Building Impact: A Journey with Imperative Impact and Wave Makers

In this podcast episode, Christina Gerakiteys interviews Krista Pawley, founder of Imperative Impact, about her journey and the various projects she's involved in. Krista shares the backstory of creating Imperative Impact, emphasising her commitment to making a positive impact on society. She discusses her transition from a corporate career to founding her own company driven by the desire to prioritise impact in decision-making.

Nov 14, 202336:20
Using Democracy to Fight Climate Change with Vote Earth Now
Jul 25, 202322:21
Use Experiential Intelligence with Dr. Soren Kaplan
Jul 12, 202324:06
Unlock New Dimensions of Connectivity and Creativity
Jun 22, 202326:04
The World of Tomorrow
Jun 01, 202328:36
Driving Impact and Innovation

Driving Impact and Innovation

In this episode, host Christina Gerakiteys interviews Tanguy Fournier Le Ray, co-founder of Palo IT. Tanguy shares their vision of "tech for good" and their aim to make a difference through technology and their ecosystem. They also talk about Palo IT's focus on sustainable business models and their goal to have 50% of revenues from Impact Projects by 2025. The conversation highlights the importance of regulating carbon offsetting and avoiding greenwashing. They explore the role of individuals and businesses in creating positive change, emphasising the ripple effect and collective action.

May 16, 202327:42
The Future of Solar Energy with Solos

The Future of Solar Energy with Solos

Frank Volckmar, Don Holley, and Jarrod Leak from Solos, a company in Australia that aims to help Australians contribute to net zero, discuss the recyclability and sustainability of solar panels, the current state of building-integrated solar PV implementation in Australia, and the potential of AI to improve the efficiency of solar energy. Frank, Don, and Jarrod touch upon topics such as renewable energy zones, Greenwashing, and the financial savings of having a solar panel system. They also share their hope for a future where solar technology is affordable and integrated into the community, and homeowners can become their own power plants. Tune in to learn more about the future of solar energy in Australia and beyond.

May 03, 202336:56
The Future of Leadership with author Zoë Routh
Apr 20, 202325:60
How Thinking Differently Impact Team Performance

How Thinking Differently Impact Team Performance

Looking to boost your team's performance? Check out the latest episode of Inspired for Impact where Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Lison Mage, an author, facilitator, and high-performance coach. Lison emphasises the importance of wellbeing and how overthinking can impact physical health and sleep quality. The interview also delves into the importance of cognitive diversity in teams and how it can positively affect team performance. Listen now to learn more about fostering psychological safety, using psychometric tests, and embracing individuality and personality to create a cognitively diverse team.

Apr 04, 202326:55
Collective Intelligence Is Our Untapped Superpower
Mar 23, 202331:32
Art as the Future of Everything

Art as the Future of Everything

In this episode of Inspired for Impact, Christina Gerakiteys talks with Mariam Hashemi, a trusted global advisor with expertise in science fiction, astrophysics, neuroscience, quantum spin, artificial intelligence, simulation, and more. They discuss the role of education in shaping our reality, the importance of inviting different opinions to the table for fruitful dialogue, and how to create a society that we can all be proud to live in. Mariam highlights the potential of art and music to move and connect us on a universal, cross-cultural level. They explore the idea of co-creation and bringing together different voices to see what emerges as we move towards a sense of global community, elevating our consciousness and coming together as a species.

Mar 02, 202325:26
Iam Awesome, Who are you?

Iam Awesome, Who are you?

Imagine...You have had a difficult family break-up struggling with having a breakdown and suicidal depression. You go to Cambodia to get some space and the universe says you also need a heart attack whilst riding your motorbike.

The only way to get to the nearest hospital is an 8 hour black comedy journey starting with getting back on the bike and ride the 20km, hoping you can make it.

Two days later you get to read the obituaries of someone you knew, who had a heart attack on the same day as yours.

The 8 hour journey to hospital, which was so crazy it was hilarious and it showed Damon he didn't really want to die, he just didn't know how to find the meaning of life. Reading the obituaries of an inspiring person gave Damon the inspiration to create a life of meaning instead.

Fast forward 5 years and Damon McDonald has written a kids book "Iam Awesome, Who are you?" inspired by his own journey and the concept of the Hero's Journey explained by the comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. He wrote it as he believes the message he received was the gift for inspiring others to believe in who they see in the mirror as Damon had to and find their way in the world and live with the challenges that they encounter under the guidance of the hero's journey road map.

The book is called, "Iam Awesome, Who are you?" written and inspired while living by Lake Macquarie after Damon relocated there to create his new life. He wants to use the book to raise $1 Million for charities that benefit kids.

Show notes: Book - Iam Awesome, Who are you?

Nov 01, 202221:48
Saving the Planet with the Next Generation

Saving the Planet with the Next Generation

We are running out of time to save the planet. Our kids know this. 

How do we engage the next generation in sustainability? Starting a for-purpose SaaS business, that looking to ignite a whole generation to build a more sustainable future for themselves.

Show notes: 

Genus website -

Oct 19, 202228:19
Chill & Prosper with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Chill & Prosper with Denise Duffield-Thomas

Can you really earn more but work less? In a world of hustle and grind, what if there was an easier way?

Millionaire author and coach Denise Duffield-Thomas shares her counterintuitive advice to make business easier, staying true to your values and finding the path of least resistance.

Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mentor for the new wave of online entrepreneurs who want to make money and change the world.

She helps entrepreneurs charge premium prices, release the fear of money and create First Class lives.

Her books Lucky Bitch, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, and Chill & Prosper give a fresh and funny roadmap to living a life of abundance without burnout.

Her Money Bootcamp has helped over 8,500 students from all around the world.

She’s a lazy introvert, a Hay House author, and an unbusy mother of 3. She owns a rose farm and lives by the beach in sunny Australia.

Find her at

Jul 06, 202201:00:12
Evolving Human Collaboration - Meetings in the Hybrid World

Evolving Human Collaboration - Meetings in the Hybrid World

William is the CEO of MeetingZen, a meeting automation software. With a background in mechanical engineering and an obsession with process and system improvements, William is on a mission to enable companies to run better meetings in the hybrid world.

MeetingZen automates meeting preparation, facilitation & follow-up by engaging attendees through their preferred chat, calendar & tasks apps so that anyone from any tech stack can meet seamlessly in one fluid interface.

Christina Gerakiteys speaks with William on the Inspired for Impact podcast about creating a meeting's architecture to run your business, structuring conversations around data, and how to meet in the Hybrid World.

Jun 22, 202220:60
Words Matter - Success and Failure, What do They Actually Mean?

Words Matter - Success and Failure, What do They Actually Mean?

Jacqui's vision is to change the world one book at a time. She does this by helping business people share their knowledge and insights through writing, publishing and marketing their own, quality business book. 

Jaqui has interviewed over 900 Australian business people, published over 400 business books, written 19 books and over 100 articles. She is one of Australia’s leading business historians having researched and written books for the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Amcor, Cleanaway, Woolworths, Patricks, Peter Lehmann Wines, Wilson Transformers and the Asia Centre Foundation.

On this week's episode of Inspired for Impact, Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Jacqui about the highs and lows of her book publishing journey, and the lessons learned along the way.

May 11, 202230:07
The Convergence of Climate and Economics

The Convergence of Climate and Economics

Nicky Hutley, SingularityU Expert Faculty and renowned economists is passionate about the climate and sits on the Climate Council. Telling it as it is, Christina Gerakiteys and Nicki Hutley discuss climate spending, Australia's reputation on the international stage, the economic effects of keeping our heads in the sand, voters demand for action on climate change and economic and political pragmatism. How can we create opportunities and formulate transition plans so we leave no-one behind?

Show notes: 

1Million Women:

May 04, 202228:59
Create confidence in your future

Create confidence in your future

Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.

His new Australian-first book just released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, is a fascinating window into Australian professional's sentiment about the decade ahead. The book is based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm. His other book Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution has now being translated into Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese languages.

On this week's episode of Inspired for Impact, Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Rocky on how 2 words, Youthquake and Juvenescence, have shaped and influenced his life and led him to his purpose which is to 'create confidence in our future'.

Apr 06, 202233:39
Crypto for Good
Mar 30, 202226:47
Empowering the World to Stop Ocean Plastic with David Katz

Empowering the World to Stop Ocean Plastic with David Katz

David is founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank; an internationally recognised solution to ocean plastic. An eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency.

Christina Gerakiteys speaks with David about his model to reduce pollution in the world's oceans with a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. 

Mar 23, 202233:42
This Working Life: How to Navigate Your Career in Uncertain Times
Mar 08, 202238:47
How to innovate, differentiate, and create relevance in a noisy world

How to innovate, differentiate, and create relevance in a noisy world

The only danger is not to evolve. This provocative, inspiring, funny, creative episode shares how anyone can disrupt their industry and evolve their business creatively so they can build massive brands and make game changing impact at the same time. Miki shares hard-won wisdom and best practices from her experiences in building $200+ million brands in seemingly immovable categories. She shares her strategies that motivated people to transform from skeptics to fans. In this talk, Miki also offers strategic insights on how she designs her brands to stand out in the noisy advertising and digital world, and where creative innovation has been stagnant for decades. She will also share how to navigate and manage PR using atypical creativity and design in an ever-changing, click-focused media world.

Mar 01, 202236:23
The role of Innovation in Corporate Strategy

The role of Innovation in Corporate Strategy

Innovation is key to achieving your business strategy, in a rapidly evolving world of accelerating change. During this podcast, Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Joanna Marsh, General Manager, Innovation & Advanced Analytics, Investa Property Group on how to write innovation into your business plan to ensure stakeholder buy-in and execution. Innovation is, after all, everyone' s business.

Jan 17, 202235:04
Disrupting education with micro-credentials and blockchain

Disrupting education with micro-credentials and blockchain

During this podcast we'll discuss how verifiable micro-credentials, and blockchain are going to disrupt traditional education. We'll take a look at a future where individuals have the power to customise their own learning journey - and gain academic recognition from micro-courses - while building their own tailored multi-provider, non-linear, learning paths. We'll also talk about the ability to use our work expertise to gain academic recognition and provide evidence of knowledge and abilities. In essence, the power of an individual to choose what and where they learn… and how it's tracked. This change in education is inevitable. The question we'll be looking to answer is: who will lead the change?

Dec 14, 202143:34
Amplified: Unleash Your Potential Through the Power of Music
Dec 06, 202139:59
How will we find our way in an increasingly complex and confusing world?

How will we find our way in an increasingly complex and confusing world?

Our shopping centres, transport hubs, universities and indoor spaces alike are becoming larger, more complex and difficult to navigate. For us, this is causing a lot of frustration. For organisations like shopping centres and hospitals, this is causing millions of dollars in losses per year. How do we mitigate these losses and how can technology help us navigate our complex world.

Mladen Jovanovic is an international multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, and a sales expert. Mladen has successfully secured contracts with multi-national organisations and is now teaching other startup founders how to do the same.

Nov 29, 202126:53
The World's Best Recognition and Gifting tool, with Impact

The World's Best Recognition and Gifting tool, with Impact

Shannon Poulton is the co-founder of Good Thnx, an Australian technology company on a mission to build the world's best recognition and gifting tool. Counting Google as a multi-year customer and working with two of the four big banks in Australia, as well as Australian Executor Trustees, JBWere and over 500 partners around the world. 

Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Shannon about the Good Thnx founding story, the impact achieved and what's next for the platform.

Good Thnx Website: 👉

Looking for a Christmas Gift with a force for good? Good Thnx have created No Waste Gifts, that puts the power in the recipient hands, supporting charities and our planet. 

No Waste Gifts Website: 👉

Nov 23, 202134:55
Get Real, Go Large, Give Forward
Nov 15, 202143:26
Female Entrepreneurs in the Digital World

Female Entrepreneurs in the Digital World

Closing the Divide

While the conversation around diversity in the workplace has never been louder, the voices of female entrepreneurs in the male-dominated tech fields are still demanding attention.

In this week's episode Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Terese Alarcos who has interviewed and documented conversations with female entrepreneurs in tech from around the globe in her recently released book Female Entrepreneurs; Strengths, Journeys and Outcomes.

Franziska Iseli joins the conversation, featured in the book and a serial entrepreneur, Franziska is a Marketing & Brand Strategist and Co-founder of Basic Bananas, The Business Hood and Oceanlovers.

Adding her wisdom and experience is Rebecca Grainger, founder at triiyo, an organisation connecting businesses with their people during workplace transitions using innovative technology and HR automation.

The conversation is lively, a deep-dive into what it is to experience being female in the tech world, and how we can all join together to ensure purpose and impact are the guiding principles rather than gender.

Nov 02, 202143:15
Lifelong Learning: Part 2

Lifelong Learning: Part 2

What obligations do organisations need to embrace to ensure their employees are relevantly skilled for the future?

Fiona Anson; UTS Enterprise Learning Lead, Dan Fish; Director of Go1 Education, and Ian Thomson; Head of UTS Animal Logic Academy, look at the critical role our teams play in business function and development, micro-credentials and recognition for what the skills we already possess and the things we already know, as well as the transferable attributes of corporate responsibility.

Oct 25, 202139:17
Creative Technology & The Future of Story

Creative Technology & The Future of Story

In our digitally-blended-decade of the 2020's, the delineation between IRL & URL is truly blurred. From unbelievable XR, to heart-racing interactive stories, to metaverses of millions, when near anything imaginable is technologically possible, how do we continue to imagine, invent and extend our new realities?

With cleverly designed digital experiences, from physical spaces built for mixed reality, data-driven personalisation, to voice-based conversational interfaces, our everyday realities are blurry and blended— making way for our storyworlds to be too.

Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Jessie Hughes, an internationally-recognised Australian new media artist and technologist. She has been named one of Australia’s Future Changers for her commitment to using digital innovation for positive social impact, and was named a 2020 Sir General John Monash Scholar. Hughes has designed and implemented solutions for tech-giants such as Oculus, Facebook, and Adobe, and has been featured in over 80+ media articles in radio, newspaper and TV. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow, Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellow and a UN Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Talent. Professionally, Jessie works as a Creative Technologist for Josephmark, toying at the cross-intersection of design, technology, art, research and strategy for social innovation.

This episode will prepare, scare and excite those in the storytelling, media and entertainment sphere to the expanding and unfolding future of entertainment technologies. What's real, what's not, and do we really need to know the difference?

Show Notes: 

Connect with Jessie Hughes

Connect with Josephmark

Oct 18, 202137:51
The Leading Edge with Holly Ransom
Oct 11, 202142:03
Driving Purpose, Impact, and Innovation at Volvo Group

Driving Purpose, Impact, and Innovation at Volvo Group

Mike Hatrick is an engineer who has spent 30 years’ working with aerospace, automated logistics, climate change, trucks and construction equipment.

15 years ago he made a mid-career switch from being an innovator to helping people and organisations innovate.

Since then he has strived to put innovation theory into practice in four different organisations, and is a frequent and enthusiastic speaker on the topic of corporate innovation.

Since 2016 he has been helping to enable innovation at Volvo Group in Sweden working with intellectual property strategy. 

Christina Gerakiteys speaks with Mike about driving purpose, impact and innovation in organisations, and the steps needed to overcome barriers.

Oct 04, 202126:15
The Growth of My Life Through Gender Transition
Sep 28, 202126:08
Lifelong Learning: Part 1

Lifelong Learning: Part 1

Join our panel of experts Fiona Anson, UTS Enterprise Learning Lead, Dan Fish, Director Go1 Education and Ian Thomson, Head of UTS Animal Logic Academy, as they discuss the future of work and the skills required while we head towards a future that looks very different from our past.

Sep 21, 202144:52
Food: Different by Design

Food: Different by Design

To celebrate National Science Week, Prof. Elliot Gilbert, a leader of Food Material Science at ANSTO, discusses how measuring food structure at the molecular level assists with controlling and predicting behaviour, and the design of better food.

Aug 17, 202137:30
Making the Digital Health Revolution

Making the Digital Health Revolution

Bianca Rose Phillips is on a mission to help advance global 21st century healthcare with the mainstream use of telemedicine, wearables and personalised medicine. She is a lawyer and the author of the upcoming book Making the Digital Health Revolution. Ranked by Medika Life as top 50 most influential voices in healthcare for 2021.

Pre-order Bianca Rose Phillips' Book 'Making the Digital Health Revolution: Structural Elements & Logical Methods' at

Jul 26, 202124:32
A Mecca For The New World
Jul 20, 202123:34
AI in Medicine and Healthcare

AI in Medicine and Healthcare

Dr Sandra L J Johnson is a developmental paediatrician who has been in private practice in Sydney for the past 30 years. With Sandra’s deep interest in Artificial Intelligence, she believes that Ethics has an important role in AI in Medicine, and can be used for well-being of people and the greater good of all communities.

Learn how AI will have an enormous impact in Medicine and healthcare in the future, the importance of keeping a “human in the loop” , and ethical and legal considerations.

Jul 13, 202135:09
Zen, Improvisation and Collaborative Value

Zen, Improvisation and Collaborative Value

Ross Dawson is globally recognised as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and strategy advisor. He travels the world helping business and government leaders think about the future, having delivered keynotes and strategy workshops in over 30 countries across six continents.

His bestselling books include the acclaimed Living Networks, which The New York Times credits with predicting the rise of social networking.

Listen to futurist and entrepreneur Ross Dawson speak about some of the fundamental inspirations of his path across continents and careers seeking to create a positive future.

Jul 06, 202136:44
5 Costs of Climate Inaction
Jun 29, 202118:42
5 Reasons Music, Sound & Technology will Transform the Future of Health & Human Potential

5 Reasons Music, Sound & Technology will Transform the Future of Health & Human Potential

Frank is a Grammy-nominated multi-platinum music producer, international keynote speaker, social entrepreneur, author and wellness expert redefining human potential through the convergence of health, music, entertainment and technology. He is a leading voice in the emerging Hearables market, contributing writer for Forbes, and faculty at Singularity University's Exponential Medicine. 

May 25, 202133:38
Inspiration that created the Conscious Experience Design (CXD) Framework

Inspiration that created the Conscious Experience Design (CXD) Framework

Join Chief Experience Officer, James Breeze, from Objective Experience, as he breaks down the CXD Framework for providing meaningful user experiences that enrich the lives of people and the world around them. 

5 Points with James Breeze: 

Living as a Buddhist monk Thailand, at age 17, inspired James to seek presence through mindfulness techniques. This brought a sense of Purpose, Control and Freedom to his life and these concepts can be used to design more conscious online experiences for everyone.

Seeing how people's eyes move when they do something inspires empathy in me, my staff, and my clients, so that we can design things together that allow people to quickly focus on what is important when interacting online.

Helping my son design a playground in a Balinese school, and a Nepalese one too, inspires me to design the right solutions that delight people and encourage positive behaviour at every opportunity.

Living in Asia inspires me to encourage community action through design, instead of just doing things for "Number One".  How can we leverage technology to positively shift the collective?

Travelling to and from Antarctica inspires me to save the planet from human ignorance by making incremental improvements to the technology people use every day.

May 04, 202125:13
5 Points of Inspiration with Mark and Jodi from Rush Gold
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5 Steps In The Journey of Telehealth with Kesley Kernes
Apr 07, 202124:17
Designing a beautiful work life with the 5Cs with Lisa Leong
Mar 15, 202128:40
5 Moments That Inspired a New Method with Fallon Tame
Mar 08, 202113:38
5 Inspiring Women with Jules Brooke
Feb 23, 202124:33
5 Steps To Finding Equilibrium with Lawrence Mitchell
Feb 02, 202120:34