From ice cream activism to data privacy

From ice cream activism to data privacy

Who is exposing the widespread problems in media and advertising? How is racial discourse pushing brands to do better? And which organizations are leading the way with responsible, fresh visions?

The industry today faces both financial and moral challenges that are shaking up the way advertising is done. Fake news, a global pandemic, racial injustice, questionable ethics—the problems are deep and long-lasting. And they’re the kind of challenges we take on in season three of Influence, a podcast by WeTransfer.

The world is changing, and so is the way we’re influenced. 

After Season Three, we've decided to keep going and make it ongoing. Expect timely conversations about the power that art, technology, psychology, business, religion, or policy has in swaying our beliefs. Only in revealing these forces can we understand how to use them for good.

Having originally coined the term “cellular agriculture”, Isha Datar is on a mission to change the way we eat. Speaking to Damian she shares her insights from more than a decade at the forefront of research into cultured meat as this has gone from the fringes to center stage in conversations around the future of food and the planet.

In 2012, Cyrill Gutch’s life changed when he met environmental activist Paul Watson and learned about the impact of plastic waste on ocean habitats and wildlife. In this episode, Damian meets the founder of Parley for the Oceans to discuss his journey from designer to leader in the fight against ocean plastic and how he has pioneered upcycling as a response to the crisis, using the power of art to inspire action and envisage a world without plastic waste. 

Cyrill shares his reflections on collaborating with brands and creators to inspire and build systemic change, defending ocean life, and protecting habitats.

Even if you haven't heard of Dan Keeling, you probably know his work. Now co-founder and editor of the bright, funny, and boisterous Noble Rot Magazine, and co-founder of the Noble Rot restaurants in London, he was in music R&D before—signing artists like Coldplay and Lily Allen. In this conversation, Dan talks about how sharing his enthusiasm for wine is rapidly changing its culture.

In this episode, Damian talks with the artist, writer, and coder Xiaowei Wang about their surprising findings about modern technology from their travels in rural China. Expanding on their book, Blockchain Chicken Farm, Wang shares models for decolonizing tech, challenges our ideas about rural vs urban innovation, and calls for a more expansive vision for global advancement (instead of a tech silver bullet).

Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin is the Bishop of Dover, in the very church where Damian sang in the choir many years ago. They speak about her journey from growing up in Jamaica to becoming the Church of England’s first black female bishop and how her philosophy of mutual responsibility has led her to speak out on important issues in support of vulnerable people, challenge discrimination, and reaffirm the power of community – something that has taken on new significance in responding to the challenges of the pandemic.

Martha Lane Fox is a Responsible Technology Evangelist who brings a unique voice and different perspective to some of the most influential rooms on the planet. Damian speaks to her about convincing media companies that the Internet would be a thing, walking into the House of Lords with leopard print walking sticks and pink hair, and why we need to put our bright minds to think about the challenges at hand.

Damian meets two cyborg artists and the co-founders of the Cyborg Foundation to find out more about their new senses and how they altered their perceptions of reality, the blurring of lines between human and machine and what testing these boundaries might mean for society, alongside the new artistic and sensory possibilities it opens up.

Nichelle Tramble Spellman is the creator and showrunner of Truth be Told, the flyaway success Apple TV+ series about a true-life podcaster, with its second season due to air in August 2021. Nichelle discusses what it means to juggle the role of writer and producer and how she has strived to tell the stories of marginalised and underrepresented groups, both in Truth be Told and through her production company The 51, which she runs with her husband Malcolm. 

S03E07: Noreena Hertz speaks about loneliness before and through the pandemic & the relationship between craving connection and believing in conspiracy theories.

S03E06: Aaron Koblin's dazzling data art projects have animated Johnny Cash's music and brought an Arcade Fire music video to viewers' childhood homes.

In today's episode, Damian talks to the artist, designer, and co-founder of the VR company Within about what it means to be a tech optimist today, how VR might lead to more compassion, and how we save ourselves from the tech beasts we've created.

S03E05: Nadya Tolokonnikova speaks with Damian about what's happened since the early days of Pussy Riot, why she believes in NFTs and the growth of digital art, and her emotional growth and current projects, including a unique performance she has planned at Chernobyl.

S03E04: Do let them fool you—hear about the mysteries of magic with Justin Willman.

S03E03: Take a walk in the park with Eli Pariser, while he speaks about building online communities and digital public spaces.

S03E02: What do you do when you have an email that the whole world is freaking out about? Hear a whistle-blower's first hand experience in the second episode.

S03E01: The godfathers or responsible business, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, on dropping out of college and fighting injustice with a spoon full of sugar.

Curious to hear what else season three has in store for you?