Hero Forge, Episode 18: Justin Wren

Justin Wren is a heavyweight mixed martial artist who has fought in both the UFC and now for Bellatore, his explosive style and lion-hearted approach to his matches earning him a loyal following. However, it is Justin’s work in the heart of the Congo to end slavery and bring clean water and agriculture to the tribes living there, that makes him such an extraordinary role model. His mission to bring lasting change to a once forgotten people, is one based on faith and fortitude – and he’s only just getting started!

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Hero Forge, Episode 17: Sam Morris

Sam Morris is the creator of a unique mentoring program called ‘Zen Warrior Training’. When he was just 24, Sam experienced a catastrophic event which was to shape the rest of his life. Paralysed from the waist down, Sam had a choice to make: to give up, or discover the tools and skills needed to experience a new kind of freedom. Not only did Sam undertake that journey with a full heart, but he chose to share the secrets he discovered along the way with the rest of us!

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Hero Forge, Episode 16: Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander is the author of a series of children’s fantasy novels and has presented talks to more than 1,600 schools across the globe, garnering an international following. Marcus is a renaissance man in the trust sense of the world; he has been a professional chef, a cage fighter, he is a gymnast, spars with medieval weapons and lives out loud at every opportunity.

I have had the privilege of knowing Marcus as a friend for several years now and I think my wife summed him up best when, upon first meeting him, she described Marcus as ‘an indoor fireworks display, disguised in human form’!

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Hero Forge, Episode 15: Jo Edwardes

Jo Edwardes is a respected authority in the Social Enterprise space and is currently working to realise a potentially game-changing project called ‘Good Connection’. He has two decades of experience working in areas such as consumer data and online media and his MBA from Cass Business school focused on the need for socially aware global business practices. In other words, he is one of a rare breed of thought leaders in the corporate world who is committed to making a difference and not just a profit.

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Hero Forge, Episode 14: Daniele Bolleli

Daniele Bolleli is a writer, martial artist, history professor and is perhaps best known as the host of ‘The Drunken Taoist’ podcast and ‘History on Fire’ – two shows which have garnished him much deserved praise and respect. He is the author of ‘Not Afraid’ and ‘On the Warrior’s Path’, books which have had a significant influence on my own work and he has the coolest accent on the planet!

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Hero Forge, Episode 13: Olivia Ephimiou and Dana Klisanin

For the first time on ‘The Hero Forge’ I am delighted to welcome two fascinating guests onto the same call. First we have Olivia Ephimiou who is a researcher at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Olivia has an enduring interest in the everyday heroism movement and the hunt for what she calls the ‘heroic gene’.

My second guest is consciousness hacker, futurist, and CEO of Evolutionary Guidance Media, Dana Klisanin. Dana’s work explores how we can use information technologies and the new media to promote human wellbeing and flourishing.

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Hero Forge, Episode 11: Michelle Werning

Michelle Werning is the Chairwoman of The Hero Construction Company. She is a regular Hero Roundtable contributor and has presented at multiple TED Talks events. She offers compelling proof that we can forge powerful and meaningful lives from even the most tragic of beginnings. Michelle is a key figure in the everyday hero movement and has been a major influence in my own work in this arena.

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Hero Forge, Episode 10: Kristina Palten

Kristina Palten is a World record holding ultra-distance runner and a woman who believes in ’the beauty that happens when people authentically connect’. In October last year she decided to challenge her own prejudices about the ordinary people of Iran by running the width of the country unaided; a feat which took her 58 days. The resulting documentary, ‘Alone Through Iran: 1144 miles of trust’ is soon to be released (as of April 2017) and the trailer has already gone viral on social media with more than 16,000,000 views to date.

In this episode Kristina and I chat about the impulse that led her to undertake her remarkable journey, the resistance she met along the way, and what she in fact experienced once she was running through a land, not able to speak or read a word of Persian, and subject to the strictures of Sharia laws.

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Hero Forge, Episode 9: Parkour as an Heroic Path

In this conversation I chat with Dan Edwardes, founder of Parkour Generations, about parkour as a training discipline which is perfectly suited to developing the skills, attributes and mental resilience needed to be of service in the world. The interview includes a 25 minute excerpt from a wider conversation with members of the London parkour community, who had just survived a 9 hour ‘night mission’ shaped around Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.

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