By Eklectish Media
The GeneralistsMay 25, 2022
Building better communities with Vijai Kumar
The Generalists are joined by Vijai Kumar to discuss the threat to Canadian and North American communities as a result of poor land-use planning and walk-able infrastructure.
Vijai is a public policy enthusiast with a range of research experience at multiple governing levels. Currently, he works in the think tank/non profit space doing policy research.
Being a proponent of community wealth building, Vijai volunteers to address the crisis of homelessness in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). He is a proponent of community land trusts (CLTs) and “missing middle” infrastructure, providing research support to community groups and nonprofits around affordable housing solutions.
He also enjoys demystifying economic policy for non-economist audiences through his writing, which you can find on Eklectish and on his blog, The Kumar Effect.
Episode 10: The Ethiopian Fight for Survival with Bemnet Debebe
The Generalists are joined by Bemnet Debebe to discuss the Ethiopian civil war - an extremely serious global event that too few in the West are aware of. Bemnet provides a coherent and honest analysis of the conflict that all will find interesting regardless of previous knowledge or interest in the topic.
Bemnet predominately operates in the field of consultation and has given advice to clients in Canada, USA and Sub-Saharan Africa. He’s lived in Ethiopia and supported a USAID funded initiative focused on the promotion of urban health in Addis Ababa. He currently works for a Canadian financial institution consulting on risk & strategy topics. He received his Master of International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs in 2016.
During the conversation two media interviews are mentioned. Links to these interviews are below:
CNN interviewing the TPLF
CNN interview the Ethiopian Government
Episode 9: 2021 Canadian election primer
With only a few days to go before Canadians choose a new government, The Generalists provide their humourous take on the state of politics in the country and share predictions for the outcome of the election.
Episode 8: The philosophy of organization with Megan Arthurs
The Generalists announce a new life update and sit down with old friend and wildly successful entrepreneur Megan Arthurs. They discuss Megan’s business H:OM Organizing, an organizing and decluttering business with a twist. Megan has been featured on multiple media outlets and The Generalists were pleased to have such a candid and hilarious conversation with her.
Special Episode: 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 - Scott Corbett eats his Leafs jersey
Cory Camilleri and Scott Corbett return to The Generalists for another special episode where the guys dissect and cry over the loss of their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, review their performance from the First Round, and provide predictions for Round Two. Another hilarious episode, you won't want to miss Scott holding true to his word and eating his Tavares jersey, as he promised he'd do if the Leafs lost to Montreal.
Special Episode: 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview with Cory Camilleri and Scott Corbett
Its Christmas morning for hockey fans - the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs! To celebrate this joyous time, The Generalists have released a special episode with hockey experts (and future Hockey Night in Canada broadcasters), Cory Camilleri and Scott Corbett, to break down their series picks and argue over juicy hot takes. Whether you're planning on watching every playoff game or just looking to casually follow along, you won't want to miss this one.
Episode 7: The politics of immigration with Michael Cuenco
The Generalists chat COVID-19, rising home prices, street hockey, and are later joined by Michael Cuenco to discuss the prolific policy writer's recent piece in American Affairs. His article offers a thought provoking look at how Democrats and Republicans selectively choose different parts of Canada's immigration system to further their own immigration positions south of the border, and how Canada's immigration system may not be as "liberal" as Canadians like to believe.
Episode 6: Light and wellness with Dave Robinson
On this episode of The Generalists speak with Dave Robinson, the founder of Hyperbolic Health about his journey to wellness and get some tips on how each of us can live healthier lives.
You can find Dave at www.hyperbolichealth.ca and on Instagram @dave.robinson93.
Episode 5: Intimacy in the modern world with Alisha Fisher
The Generalists chat with renowned intimacy expert Alisha Fisher about her career, misconceptions about porn consumption, and many more spicy topics that you won't want to miss. Find her work at https://www.inspireintimacy.com/
Episode 2: Movie talks and MCU fatigue with Rhianna Mehta and Kevin Maguire
The Generalists chat with movie experts Rhianna Mehta and Kevin Maguire about their experience watching hundreds of movies through the COVID lockdown. Rhi and Kevin provide their top recommendations and also discuss why they aren't the biggest fans of Marvel movies.
Episode 4: Progressive Politics with Pranav Bakaraju
The Generalists chat with an up and coming figure in Canadian progressive politics, Pranav Bakaraju about the progressive movement in Canada and the United States, and how open discussions can pave the way for greater empathy and understanding in today's fractured social climate.
Pranav Bakaraju is the Legislative Assistant to Chris Glover, a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) in Ontario's New Democratic Party. His previous work was in compliance and anti-corruption in the financial sector as wealth inequality is the issue he is most passionate about resolving to fight injustice in the world. Pranav is an optimist who loves connecting with others, playing guitar and finding serenity in meditation and nature.
Episode 3: Top Global Cuisine Debate with Cameron Rogers
The Generalists discuss the new batch of articles on Eklectish and interview London food blogger Cameron Rogers, where controversial takes on global cuisine are debated.
Episode 1: Introduction and Conversation with Nick Gibson, founder of Our Better Selves
The Generalists introduce the podcast and discuss what Eklectish is. Afterwards, they speak with social entrepreneur Nick Gibson about his company Our Better Selves and self-improvement.
Nick Gibson is a social entrepreneur, speaker, coach/facilitator, and a change agent. Nick has worked at Nielsen (a global market research consulting firm) with clients ranging from consumer product manufacturers Coca-Cola, Conagra and Lindt to retailers like Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw. He will be the first to point out how much he learned from his previous work in consulting, but his university student government experience and his leadership development experience (including with Sigma Chi) revealed to him that there were bigger problems in the world that he was not adequately addressing in his day job. This tension forced him to make a change and found Our Better Selves: a venture focused on unleashing a vibrant, empowered, and thriving community of change agents focused on solving critical problems of human flourishing aligned with their values. He works directly with change agents (creating an empowering environment to thrive and solve problems), organizations looking to create better workplace culture, and partners who can serve them in various capacities.