Thought as a collaborative work between the two, the podcast showcases the power of music to improve our wellbeing and healing as well as Amrita’s exclusive ideas in terms of narratives from Indian Mythology. She aesthetically introduces a fresh perspective to the potentials of music in alleviating one’s inner self by taking an illustration of Buddha’s life.
About Amrita Sen
Originally from India, Amrita Sen is a US-based designer, singer, producer and businesswoman of Indian-themed products and entertainment for global markets. Amrita Sen combines the creation of original artistic content with extensive businessexperience to commercialize unique products at retail and on-the-air.
Among her many achievements, Amrita performed at the 2009’s Academy Awards with music legend AR Rahman, singing Jai Ho from the Oscar-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire. As an entrepreneur, Amrita creates original Indian-themed art on successful lines of fashion and home products and distributes it through her own personal brand, Amrita Sen Designs.
Dinis Guarda is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain. With over two decades of experience in international business, C level positions and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.
Dinis has created various companies such as Ztudium tech platform a digital and blockchain startup that created the software Blockimpact (sold to Glance Technologies Inc) and founder and publisher of intelligenthq.com, hedgethink.com, fashionabc.org and tradersdna.com. Dinis is also the co-founder of techabc and citiesabc, a digital transformation platform to empower, guide and index cities through 4IR based technologies like blockchain, AI, IoT, etc.
He has been working with the likes of UN / UNITAR, UNESCO, European Space Agency, Davos WEF, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays and governments all over the world.
He has been a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Group INSEEC/Monaco University, where he coordinates executive Masters and MBAs.
As an author, Dinis Guarda published the book 4IR: AI, Blockchain, FinTech, IoT, Reinventing a Nation in 2019, among others. His upcoming book, titled 4IR Magna Carta Cities ABC: A tech AI blockchain 4IR Smart Cities Data Research Charter of Liberties for our humanity is due to be published in 2020.
He is ranked as one of the most influential people in Blockchain in the world by Right Relevance as well as being listed in Cointelegraph’s Top People In Blockchain and Rise Global’s The Artificial Intelligence Power 100. He was also listed as one of the 100 B2B Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow in 2020 by Thinkers360.
Around two out of five investors in cryptocurrencies have been in the market for three or more years, underlining how the market is moving into the mainstream, new research(1) from UK-based money app Ziglu shows.
Its study found that 40% of current crypto investors in the UK have held digital currencies for three or more years, with 8% saying they have been in the market for five or more years.
Almost one in five (18%) have started investing in the past six months, with 6% saying they have only come into the market in the past three to four months, despite recent price falls and market volatility.
Ziglu, which offers account services and also enables customers to buy and sell a range of cryptocurrencies, believes crypto investors should look to take advantage of pound cost averaging – investing every month – to smooth out price volatility.
However, the research shows that only 12% of crypto customers buy currencies through regular monthly payments. Around 38% say they bought their cryptocurrencies in a single lump sum, while half (50%) bought their holdings in a number of lump sums when they thought the time was right.
Ziglu’s study found 69% of investors estimate they’ve spent less than £1,000 on cryptocurrencies, and around 12% of investors questioned estimate their crypto holdings are worth £5,000 or more.
Mark Hipperson, Founder and CEO of Ziglu said: “Cryptocurrency investing is becoming ever more mainstream, as shown by the fact that so many customers have now been in the market for three or more years.
“It’s not just a flash in the pan driven by rising prices, and that’s well demonstrated by how many people have been investing in the past three to four months, even as prices have been lower.
“It is also encouraging to see that investors are regularly drip-feeding money into their crypto investments rather than trying to time the market with one-off lump sums. The benefits of pound cost averaging are well known in the equity markets, and the principle applies equally well in the crypto market.”
Ziglu offers clients access to Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, Chainlink, Dogecoin, Ether, Litecoin, Polkadot, Solano and Tezos. Ziglu is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and fully authorised as an Electronic Money Institution. It is also one of the world’s first cryptocurrency platforms to comply with the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing standards set by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), implemented in over 200 jurisdictions. As with any investment, capital is at risk.
The COP26 meeting made it clear the need for an urgent strategy to limit the impact of climate change. The world is, then, transitioning into a new era: a world no longer dependent on fossil fuels.
That is what 1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom is trying to achieve. The initiative is based on the idea that if 1000 cities around the world develop and implement ambitious climate action plans, the world will be able to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement and beyond.
The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
The Paris Agreement is a landmark in the multilateral climate change process because, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.
1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom’s latest campaign, the 1000 Cities Campaign, is a call-to-action for citizens, cities and nations to reject fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy by 2040.
“There is a global solution to climate change. If 1000 cities commit to leaving fossil fuels behind and transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2040, we can meet the Paris Agreement, and avoid the worst-case scenarios of our climate crisis,” said the organization.
The 1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom was launched in 2017 by Pathway to Paris at the United Nations Secretariat as a global solution to turning the Paris Agreement into action. The initiative is based on the idea that if 1000 cities around the world develop and implement ambitious climate action plans, we will achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement and beyond. We support cities in developing and implementing ambitious climate action plans. 1000 Cities is developing a global network advocating for a renewable world while connecting cities to the leading best practices and innovative financing mechanisms. Pathway to Paris’ annual concert in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and 350.org highlight 1000 cities and the best practices leading the way into a renewable future.
“Our time is now. Let’s unite as a planet to move towards a sustainable future for us all and future generations,” conclude the organization.
Pedro Gadanho is an architect, curator, and writer. PhD in architecture and mass media, Gadanho led a recognized architecture renovation practice until 2012, when he became the curator of contemporary architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York. In 2015, Pedro Gadanho became the founding director of MAAT, the new Museum of Art Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon, working on projects with major multi-media artists such as Apichapong Weerasethakul, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gary Hill, and others.
Gadanho has kept a high profile in the architectural field at large, with a regular presence in international conferences, juries and other consulting bodies. He was a consultant for the Rolex Mentor-Protegé Arts Initiative 2013, the MacArthurs Fellows Program, and the Pew Fellowship Programs for 2014, among others.
Profiles on his work and curatorial projects have been published in magazines and online sites such as New York Times, New York; Architecture d’Aujourd’Hui, Paris; ICON, London; DAMNo, Brussels; IndabaDesign, Cape Town, etc.
He is a Loeb Fellow from Harvard University. Currently, Gadanho is leading the Candidacy to European Capital of Culture 2027, for 19 towns in Portugal and Spain, at the border territory of Raia Central.
Pedro Gadanho Interview Topics
1. Education background – From Portugal to the world, Education
2. As a Writer
3. Science Fiction and its impact on our reality
4. Architecture background – How do you see architecture now?
5. Present state of architecture: evolution over digital platforms
6. We are creating our own illusion of reality. How do you defend the blend?
Pedro Gadanho is a 2020 Loeb Fellow from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he developed multidisciplinary research on the environmental crisis and its impacts on architectural practice, leading to the upcoming publication of Climax Change! (Actar Publishers, 2021).
Gadanho holds an MA in art and architecture and is a PhD in architecture and mass media. Until 2012, he was an Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, in Porto. Currently is a Guest Professor at the Beira Interior University.
From 2012 to 2016, he was the Curator of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. From 2015 to 2019, he was also the founding director of MAAT, the new Museum of Art Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon.
As a founding director of MAAT, he completed projects with major multi-media artists such as Apichapong Weerasethakul, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gary Hill, Tomás Saraceno, Bill Fontana, Tadashi Kawamata, or Jesper Just. In between more than 50 exhibitions programmed over four years, he curated group shows such as Utopia/Dystopia, the multi-venue Eco-Visionaries, Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene, and the film and video exhibition Tension & Conflict, Video Art after 2008. Under his leadership, the museum reached an audience of half a million visitors in its first year of activity.
While he joined MoMA, he curated a number of breakthrough exhibitions based on the Museum’s collections, including 9+1 Ways of Being Political, Cut’n’Paste, Conceptions of Space, and Endless House. He curated two new major initiatives: Uneven Growth, Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, in collaboration with the Vienna Biennale, 2014, and A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA and Beyond, 2016. At over 350.000 visitors, this group show was the most viewed architecture exhibition in the world during that year. He was also responsible for MoMA’s Young Architects Program, a multi-partner initiative that continues to grow in relevance and scope, with two new international venues – in Istanbul, Turkey, and Seoul, Korea – added in 2013.
While at MoMA, Gadanho has kept a high profile in the architectural field at large, with a regular presence in international conferences, juries and other consulting bodies. He was a consultant for the Rolex Mentor-Protegé Arts Initiative 2013, the MacArthurs Fellows Program, and the Pew Fellowship Programs for 2014. He was a jury member for the Bienal Colombiana de Arquitectura 2012, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, and the Harvard GSD Wheelright Prize 2014.
Previously to joining MoMA, Pedro Gadanho was based in Lisbon and divided highly successful activities between architecture, teaching, writing and curating. He used all media available at any given moment to provoke critical thinking on the connections between architecture, city and contemporary culture.
Since 2012, he has given lectures at the ETH Zurich, Columbia University, Rice University and Penn State University, as well as in cultural venues in Brazil, Italy, India, Kuwait, Poland, Taiwan and Japan. He participated in conferences such as The Future of the City salon, organized by the New Yorker; Think Space conference, in Zagreb; Performing Architecture symposium, at Princeton University; and Exhibiting Architecture symposium, at Yale University.
Besides contributing regularly to international magazines and books, he was the editor of the BEYOND, Short Stories on the Post-Contemporary bookseries, in Amsterdam, and kept the Shrapnel Contemporary blog. He published the monograph [Interiors 01/010] (Caleidoscópio) and the book Architecture in Public (Dafne), which was a recipient of the FAD Prize for Thought and Criticism in 2012.
Between 2000 and 2003, he was a director and curator of ExperimentaDesign, the Lisbon Biennial. Since 1999, he is also the founding director of CUC, Centre for Contemporary Urban Culture, an organisation with which he co-organised the 1st International Conference on Architecture and Fiction, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, in 2010.
Previous participation in international conferences included Alternate Currents, at Sheffield University, and Tickle Your Catastrophe, at Ghent University. Beyond presentations included Harvard GSD, the Architectural Association, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Beyond Media Festival in Florence. He also participated in international panels on architectural curating and writing, including Archilife, Orleans, the CCA or the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008.
As a free-lance curator, he led Metaflux, the Portuguese representation at the 2004 Architecture Venice Biennale; Post.Rotterdam, for the European Culture Capital Porto 2001; Space Invaders, for the British Council London; the 1000 Plateaux talk series for ExperimentaDesign, Lisbon; Influx, for Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto; Pancho Guedes, An Alternative Modernist, for the Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel. He was also the chief-curator of the National Architecture Exhibition Habitar Portugal 06- 08 for the Portuguese Architects Guild, and Performance Architecture, a public space program for the European Capital of Culture 2012, in Guimarães.
He has published articles on architectural curating internationally, including contributions for academic publications and for magazines such as Domus, Milano, or Abitare, Milano. His articles on curating as a critical practice appeared in Oase, Rotterdam, ICAM Print, Vienna, or the Routledge publication Architecture Beyond Criticism. He has co-authored two TV series and has directed a film documentary on African architect Pancho Guedes.
His architectural practice has been specifically dedicated to spatial recycling and has included exhibition designs such as Flexibility, for the Torino 2008 World Design Capital, gallery spaces such as the Ellipse Foundation Art Centre, in Lisbon, Galeria Presença, in Porto, Transforma Headquarters, in Torres Vedras, and experimental domestic architectures such as Baltasar House, the Orange House and the GMG House, all of them highly acclaimed and published worldwide.
Profiles on his work and curatorial projects have been published in magazines and online sites such as New York Times, New York; Architecture d’Aujourd’Hui, Paris; ICON, London; DAMNo, Brussels; IndabaDesign, Cape Town; Archiworld, Seoul; Coolhunter, New York; Architect’s Newspaper, New York; Domus, Milano; Monocle, London.
Present state of architecture: evolution over digital platforms
“Architects are seen as powerful because they build structures that are powerful. But, they feel powerful because most of the things have been laid down upon. You have to lead very big team-engineers, and builders. Economic pressure to just respond in an effective way.
You might become a corporate architect, plainly using formula and responding in a mechanical way. In the art field, we split in two different ways: a smaller world by adding expanse by exhibitions, and the other expanded boundaries. But both are not talking to each other. So they are just split.”
As a curator at MoMA
“For me, it was my first 9-5 job, exciting to enter a high level organization: presenting arts in the best way possible. It was also an opportunity for a wider platform to reach many people. As a curator in the architecture and designs department I was in charge of initiating new projects. After 9 months, I did these exhibitions from political aspects. People do tend to look at architecture as a commercial production. It gave me a lot of feedback, but a cruel conception that political positions can never be threatened by architecture exhibitions.”
As seekers of wellbeing, Sunny and Thomas will interview a range of figures from the worlds of business, medicine, academia, science, technology, and publishing, to explore individual wellbeing journeys and map out society’s progress towards a better, more harmonious world, across various industries.
“Why this podcast, and why now? Because the pandemic has driven wholistic health and wellbeing to the forefront of both science and business.” Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh.
The inaugural episode will see Sunny and Thomas interview the bright and brilliant Vernon Sankey, a serial executive, board director, and the author of two books: The Stairway to Happiness and The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times. Sankey has made a name for himself not just as an exceptional executive, but also as a talented writer whose emotional intuition and sensitivity set him apart from his peers.
Himself a champion of Wholistic Wellbeing, Sankey dives into his past and shares nuggets of wisdom from his life in the corporate world, where he has become a pioneer of workplace wellbeing. But the conversation also goes beyond the workplace, venturing into Planetary Wellbeing, the importance of good teachers, and the need to live in the moment.
With their joint corporate expertise, Sunny and Thomas are particularly interested in addressing the issue of corporate wellbeing and manifesting the institutionalisation of Wholistic Wellbeing in the workplace. Their podcast will explore how businesses might adopt a new, preventative approach to wellbeing and replace current corporate healthcare packages with more wholistic alternatives that cover physical as well as financial, professional, social, planetary, community and emotional wellbeing, contiguous with the vision of Wholistic Wellbeing pioneered by Sunny. Combining business expertise with medical progressivism to usher forth a new era in corporate wellbeing, Sunny and Thomas hope to enact momentous change for the better.
Living With Sunny will be distributed via YouTube, but also via LinkedIn, Apple, Google Podcast, Spotify, and over 20 podcast directories. Collectively, this represents an outreach of over 10 million people a month.
Sunny (Gurpreet) Singh is the founder of RoundGlass and Edifecs, and the visionary behind the Wholistic Wellbeing concept: the practice of using wholistic health in order to feel whole and at one with ourselves.
A serial entrepreneur and paragon of corporate wellbeing, Sunny has dedicated his life to developing and sharing a sustainable and accessible holistic healthcare model. The culmination of years of work in this field, RoundGlass is Sunny’s magnum opus: a company through which he offers cutting-edge solutions, content, an app, and other technologies to facilitate people’s journeys towards Wholistic Wellbeing.
Sunny’s altruism also shines through his philanthropy, most notably through the RoundGlass Foundation in India. Among other impressive projects, the Foundation has been supporting over 700 villages in India and other exceptional work in wellbeing, education, sustainability, and sports. Offshoots like RoundGlass Sustain and RoundGlass Sports have contributed tremendous progress in their respective areas.
Business advisor and tech trailblazer, Thomas Power is an entrepreneur and serial board member, with expertise spanning multiple industries. He has worked for the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and now sits on the board for The Business Café, Social Power Limited, Digital Entrepreneur, and, most significantly, 9 Spokes, the software company responsible for the 9 Spokes business management app allowing companies to aggregate meaningful data across their business, apps and banks. In this capacity, Power has harnessed his technical acumen to deliver insights to small businesses so they may improve their efficiency, and offer them access to vital industry information, normally only available to bigger businesses with greater budgets. Supporting corporations from start-ups to household names, Thomas’ input is visionary and scalable to any size, helping businesses grow and thrive.
Pursuing his passion to help others on their journey to corporate success, Power founded Business is Personal, a mentoring service for businesses and professionals, in 2019. He runs the service with his wife Penny, and they offer seasoned advice on Mental Wellbeing for employees as well as bespoke services to enhance the health and vitality of businesses.
With over 1,000 speeches delivered in more than 56 countries, including a TEDx talk on ‘The Future of Social Networks’, Thomas’ three decades at the forefront of tech have earned him enviable status as a speaker. Much of Power’s present time is dedicated to travelling the world, educating and advising corporate clients, and hosting industry conferences.
The musical “Did They See My Crown” was created by a new type of artist, Vatican Dolls, who completed the show in October after working on it for 17 years and describes it as a brand-new type of world-class entertainment. Vatican Dolls identifies as a brother-sister duo, which is reflected by his male and female vocals in the musical’s 17 songs.
Vatican Dolls is a classically trained painter, graphic artist and musician, as well as a published author from a major publishing house.
“Did They See My Crown” is the world’s most expensive NFT and always will be. Offers below the current maximum of approximately $70 million will be rejected and resales of the NFT only permitted when the selling price exceeds that of history’s previously most expensive NFT.
The “Did They See My Crown” NFT includes the 17 songs and a 150-page libretto and has an estimated running time of two hours and fifty-two minutes. Unlike most Broadway shows, it is not an adaptation, historic work, parody, anthology, sequel, revue or jukebox musical, but a brand-new original for our times and will appeal to audiences that traditionally don’t watch musicals.
“It’s an original thriller as exciting as any ‘Matrix,’ ‘Stars Wars’ or Bond movie created for you and your time,” Vatican Dolls said.
Vatican Dolls called “Did They See My Crown” history’s first true “Gesamtkunstwerk,” a total work of art created by one artist. Vatican Dolls composed, arranged and performed all 17 songs; wrote and sang all lyrics; wrote the story and libretto; created all sets, videos and 2D/3D animations; designed the work’s metaverse and its VR interface; and designed its integrated social media platform UrMask.
All future updates to scripts, melodies, arrangements, lyrics, social media and set design will automatically be uploaded to the owner’s Dropbox folders
UrMask is part of the “Gesamtkunstwerk,” but doubles as a real-life, NFT-friendly social media platform that offers complete privacy and a new freedom for artists. After a testing period by a previous team, Vatican Dolls took full control of the site on Halloween, October 31, 2021. The platform will be in public beta until its official launch on Halloween 2022.
Unlike most of today’s mass-produced NFT series, UrMask NFT Editions never exceed 100 works, all of which are unique and signed originals like etchings or bronze sculptures. This is a common standard in the art world where editions beyond 200-500 are seen as reproductions that typically lose their value over time.
Each NFT includes its own signed 3D GoldHandle and social media account. Like the title of a song, novel or painting, each GoldHandle is a deeply integrated part of the composition, meticulously selected by the artist to accentuate a certain quality, meaning or sound of that unique NFT.
The NFTs are safe, certified and verified, as each NFT is built on its own exclusive, trademarked GoldHandle that anyone can check on UrMask.com. Each NFT includes its own unique 3D GoldHandle that can be used in any metaverse and virtual gallery.
In addition, as a strong, extra layer of protection for NFT collectors, Vatican Dolls and UrMask are among the first in the world to sign and verify all their JPEG-based NFTs with Adobe’s new Content Credentials that launched on October 26.
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