Hero Forge, Episode 28: Robert Waggoner

Robert Waggoner is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the little understood phenomenon of Lucid Dreaming. With more than 30 years personal experience as a lucid dreamer himself, Robert has consulted and presented at a plethora of conferences and institutions and has authored some of the best selling and most respected books on the subject. In this conversation we explore just what it means to experience lucidity and the implication for heroes-in-training.

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Hero Forge, Episode 27: Greg Smith

Greg Smith is based in Richmond, Virginia and is the creator of the Agile Writer Method which is a model to help writers move from their initial idea to publication in just 6 months using Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, insights from the field of psychology and some project management wizardry.He is also a co-creator and contributor to the ‘Reel Heroes’ project along with previous guest and heroism scholar Scott Allison – together they analyse the narrative structure and heroic principles revealed in modern cinema releases.

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Hero Forge, Episode 25: Duncan Slater (part 2)

Having successfully completed the trek to the South Pole, double amputee Duncan Slater could easily have rested on his laurels, but instead he decided to take on an even more daunting challenge – the Marathon Des Sables. Touted as the toughest land race on earth, participants cover 252km through some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet – the Sahara desert. Had Duncan bitten off more than even he could chew this time around? Tune in to find out!

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Hero Forge, Episode 24: Duncan Slater (part 1)

Duncan Slater was on patrol in Afghanistan as part of Operation Pather’s Claw in 2009 when his vehicle drove over a roadside bomb. The explosion threw him from the vehicle, breaking nearly every bone in his body. After more than a year of complications during rehabilitation, he made the decision to have both legs amputated. Four years later he skied to the South Pole along with Prince Harry to raise funds for ‘Walking with the Wounded’ – this is part one of his extraordinary journey!

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Hero Forge, Episode 23: Casper Craven

Caspar Craven was a successful business man with three young children and every reason to double down on his comfortable life in the city. So what possessed him to take his family with him on a two year sailing odyssey around the world? What did he learn on that voyage and how is he now applying them to his consultancy work with life partners and business leaders? Tune in to find out!

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Hero Forge, Episode 22: Sally Kettle

Sally Kettle is an adventurer, author and ambassador for the Girl Guide movement. She has rowed the Atlantic Ocean not once but twice, she has crossed the Pyrenees in the footsteps of wartime heroine Nancy Wake and has served as a first responder following the 2010 earthquake in Sumatra. Sally is certainly an inspirational figure, but her most impressive quality is not her tenacity or feats of endurance, but her authenticity and insistence that she presents herself as a real and flawed human being, rather than an airbrushed role model.

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Hero Forge, Episode 21: Scott Allison

Scott Allison is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond and is one of the leading researchers in leadership and modern heroism studies. He has published numerous books including ‘Reel Heroes’, a study of heroism on the silver screen, and more recently the ‘Handbook of Heroism and Heroic leadership’. Scott has presented at numerous conferences, including ‘The Hero Roundtable’ and he is on the board of Phil Zimbardo’s ‘Heroic Imagination Project’.

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Hero Forge, Episode 20: Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher and is the author of a number of bestselling books which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He is the founder of the world’s first ‘Empathy Museum’ and a digital ‘Empathy Library’. Roman has been a Human Rights campaigner and most recently he’s published a compelling study of Horace’s sage advice that we should seize the day, entitled ‘Carpe Diem Regained’.

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Hero Forge: Episode 19: Shaniqua Benjamin

Shaniqua Benjamin is a writer, blogger and youth leader who is based in Croydon, South London. She is the creator of ‘Young People Insight’, which is a platform through which she and her community can engage in critical conversations around education, violence and knife crime, mental health and other challenges she and her peers wrestle with every day. Despite the sometimes bleak cultural landscape of postmodern Britain, Shaniqua’s message is one of hope and empowerment.

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