Caspar speaks to 33 year old lawyer and social pioneer Dion McCurdy about NewVote, an online direct democracy platform. The two discuss Dion's faith in ordinary people's ability to solve difficult political problems, the case for direct democracy in Australia, and how these systems work in other countries like Switzerland, Spain and even the United States. Dion also explains the value of citizen juries, and shares his passion for reforming politics to make the world a better place. You can support NewVote at their Patreon page here, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This episode was edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
In this episode, Caspar speaks with 25 year old community leader Bee Shrestha. Bee is the founder of a social enterprise called Guilty Pleasures, that teaches work skills and provides independent livelihood to trafficked women in Nepal. Bee also runs her own international development company and is an avid public speaker. She hosts public 'Talk Shows' in Nepal and Thailand that aim to break down taboos in social discourse, such as mental health, sex, gender and rape. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar binges with his good friend Jamie Wood on life and work as a physiotherapist, small business owner, DJ, and avid bike tourer. After training in industrial design, Jamie shares his story in figuring out his passion in relieving pain and bringing joy to both people and for himself. He uses the four key pillars of his life to create this effect, whether its through rehabilitating children to walk again, getting the dance floor pumping at Splendour in the Grass, or through his personal joy in jumping on his bike and peddling into the distance – Jamie is fascinated with the efficiency of our bodies and the use of momentum. He discusses starting his business, Walk With Me, and how the experience of having two grandmothers with dementia has shaped his view on the world and his work. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar binge thinks his way through the global fashion industry with designer and small business owner, Kate Mackay. After over a decade in the biz, Kate launched her own fashion label – Flared Fashion - in the last 2 years and has been met with great success in the Australian retro festival market. She makes custom pieces, designs and creates her own prints and uses her label to promote accessible and ethical fashion for self expression, with a tilt towards men’s fashion. Breaking down barriers on what men should and shouldn’t wear and the challenges with sustainability and trend culture, listen to Kate share her story on why she loves what she does. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you lived on a boat? What about if you spent your life working toward the idealistic goal of world peace? In this episode, we bring you Caspar's conversation with activist-interpreter Daniel Read. Dan lives in Japan, but travels the world working as an interpreter for a non-governmental organisation called Peace Boat - a cruise ship that blends education, tourism and activism together as a vehicle for change. Dan and Caspar discuss his work as an interpreter in international dialogue and his passion for educating people about differences in the world. Dan also shares his struggle with NGO work and the challenge in affecting real change on complex issues. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and featuring music by Big Gigantic.
Join Caspar in Episode 31 of Binge Thinking where he explores the journey of creative writer, filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Domini Marshall. The two binge on Domini’s passion for story telling, her struggle with work life suffering from bad managers, her mission to address women’s representation in the media, how her own experience with sexual assault led to the creation of her social enterprise, Her Words, and why she thinks empathy is the key to addressing our social and political problems. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Have you read Australia's constitution? Did you know that our political system is different to the British even though we inherited their laws? Why do you think the high court of Australia supported the government to conduct a postal survey for Marriage Equality and was that legal? Join Caspar as he binges with lawyer and life long political activist, Chris Orchard. Chris shares his journey growing up working class in Australia, finding political causes throughout his early twenties and deep passion for the study of class and capitalism, and later solidifying his interests in a career in law. Caspar and Chris binge on his struggles of feeling like an impostor in middle-upper class of Australian society, and why he thinks the law is the best way to impact society and to hold those who have power accountable. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Almost half of all Australians are either born overseas or have at least one parent from another country. That's a lot of people who have had to come to terms with their dual identity. For some of us, the difference between these cultures is minor, but for others a mixed background makes you an outsider wherever you go. This episode Caspar speaks with 28 year old Japanese-Australian Iori Forsythe. Iori grew up in both Australia and Japan, and always struggled to reconcile this dual identity. In her adult life she has championed cultural exchange. She works for the Queensland Government promoting high school education exchanges between Japan and Australia. Iori discusses her struggle to find her sense of belonging, her passion for bringing her two worlds together, and the cultural differences between Australia and Japan. This episode was edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Ever heard of a digital artist? Among other things, it's the kind of job where you get to work on marvel films and helps builds giant robots. Sounds cool huh? In this episode, Caspar speaks to 29 year old digital artist Paul Fleer. Paul has a background in architecture, but decided to swap careers early on to escape the rigidity of the industry. As a digital artist he creates visual effects alongside animators and engineers. He’s worked on blockbuster Hollywood films like Dr Strange, Alien Covenant, Black Panther (gasp!) and even the LEGO movie spin offs! And Paul is now helping build giant dinosaurs and king king robots for stage shows and theme parks! Hear Paul Binge Thinking his life navigating a design mind, coding, being obsessed with efficiency but all the while dealing with anxiety about his future after falling into such a niche field of work. Of course, he also discussed what it's like being behind the scenes of some of the biggest films and visual art of our time! This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Imagine walking away from a high-paying, but soul-destroying job to travel the world as a writer. It's the greatest gamble and the ultimate dream. This episode brings you the remarkable story of 31 year old Kristin Addis. Five years ago, Kristin left her job as an investment banker in California with a packed bag and a one-way ticket to Thailand. Today she runs a successful business as a travel blogger and Instagram influencer under the name "Be My Trave Muse". Caspar and Kirstin got binge thinking her journey from banker to blogger, author and photographer and her passion to make women feel empowered to travel the world. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.