Preview of Series Four on theme of sustainability and pioneering

Sue Stockdale previews Series Four, where the theme is sustainability and pioneering. She introduces the first Access to Inspiration Ambassador, Paul Rose, and talks to Matías de Ezcurra​ from Argentina, who edits the podcasts, to find out the effect that the recordings have on him personally.

Matias de Ezcurra

Sue also introduces some of the guests that she will be speaking to in Series Four, including:

Navi Radjou Consciously reinventing how we live and work

Jonathan Cook Living the dream as a dairy farmer

Nontuthuko Mgahbi– Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents


Preview transcription

Sue Stockdale : hello, I’m Sue Stockdale and welcome to the fourth series of Access to Inspiration. The podcast series, where you can be inspired by people who may be unlike you. We hope that their stories and insights help you to transcend your day to day challenges and reflect on what you are capable of achieving.

Thanks for continuing to send us your feedback about the impact that these podcasts are having on your work and your life. It’s really heartening for us to know that they are making a positive difference. And you may recall that the final episode of Series Three where adventurer Paul Rose talked about the importance of being useful.

Well, he has put his idea into action and agreed to be our first [00:01:00] Access to Inspiration ambassador, helping us to spread the message of the podcast to a wider audience. We thank you, Paul, for your ongoing support. Another key member of our team is Matias de Ezcurra, who edits our podcasts and makes them sound great.

Matias who lives in Argentina talked to me about his work, which involves more than just podcasts. And I was also curious to find out if the podcasts have an inspirational effect on him. So tell us, what is your job when you’re being a Sound Designer? What does it involve?

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:01:39] A Sound Designer job involves a lot of things, but my work involves much more things. For example, I play the cello, so I teach cello. That’s part of my job. I studied electroacoustic composition in university while I was studying music and I was playing. I never thought I could make a living from playing. Then you see that you [00:02:00] can well, but there are different ways to do it. But I started working in editing sound mainly for television and then for movies. And then two years ago, I found sites like People per Hour, like Upwork, where you can work online and to a lot of places in the world. And then I started editing podcasts and my field of work expanded a lot. It became anything that is related to sound editing or creating effects or the music or playing or mainly I did sound in different ways. And the other half of my day is I teach cello lessons in the music school here and well with all of that, I make my living. I always enjoyed doing different things and learning different things. When I was younger, I was learning. I thought, should I focus just in playing music? Should I focus just in sound. I studied engineering first for a couple of years before deciding to go into composition, but as they are all related so far, I’ve managed to keep it like that.

[00:03:00] Sue Stockdale : [00:03:00] So really sound is at the heart of everything that you’re doing. Whether it’s teaching cello, whether it’s editing film, soundtracks, editing podcasts, and is at the heart of what you’re doing, I guess I’m wondering when you’re listening to sound, what does it evoke within you?

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:03:18] That’s a good question. When I started studying composition, it was electro acoustic composition. And in that kind of music, you focus in sound in sound itself. It’s not focusing just in notes or in melodies. It focused on the sound itself. So I studied sound and we studied how the ear works and how the physics of the sound work. And I was fascinated by it. Just the idea of particles vibrating. And at some point something, he did something else and that vibration was transformed in different ways until you get to your ear and your brain makes some interpretation and you hear something and you feel something then. A lot [00:04:00] of things happened and then they become something completely different inside every person, you will hear something and you will feel something. And I will feel something else just by a sound, depending on new experiences.

Sue Stockdale : [00:04:11] What I’m hearing is your fascination with the process of how sound is created and the effect it has on the recipient.

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:04:19] Yes. I was always fascinated by that when I studied electro acoustic composition. Then I started to realize I was really fascinated by sound itself, but then we keep on studying and then you lose a little bit of that feeling. And that’s why I started saying once in a while, I think about that. Because those sensations are the ones that I think we shouldn’t lose those feelings that get you started at something. I had that passion for just for sound, and then different ways I played the guitar on it, whatever I did, but not to lose that, feeling, that original feeling, that passion, I think that’s really important. And I think that’s something that’s in your podcast a lot.

Sue Stockdale : [00:04:57] And you’re absolutely right. That’s what we’re aiming to do is [00:05:00] to instill it, the passion or the belief in somebody else that wants, drives them to take action, to do something different. And it sounds like from your early experiences in sound that you were motivated to want to learn more about it.

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:05:13] That’s right.

Sue Stockdale : [00:05:14] So when you’ve been listening, whilst editing the access to inspiration, podcasts, Matias, what has struck you about any of the episodes you’ve heard? What caused you to perhaps reflect differently about?

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:05:27] I think that mainly this feeling, because all that’s the name of your podcast is, and I think that that’s what you’re aiming for in every interview or the people that appear in your podcast. All had this, this feeling I was mentioning, right. They have this passion and they have this search. You don’t hear them saying, well, they’re just, this is just my job. And that’s, that’s all they are looking for. Something else, always looking for something else. I think that’s crucial in life. We should always be looking for something else and looking to enjoy as far as we can because we have different situations and [00:06:00] sometimes it’s harder than others, but as long as we can be looking for something else that feels, I think it’s really important. In fact, lately that maybe more choice with the work I do, I try to choose projects that have this kind of feeling, right now I am editing two or three other podcasts in a regular basis and  this inspiration message it’s something I like, because it’s not just editing an interview, but it’s being part of something else. While I edit I also get that message. So it’s inspiring me and I’m being part of a team that is also helping to inspire other people. So that as a general thing I think is really important.

Sue Stockdale : [00:06:38] So the essence of what you’re hearing is having an inspirational effect on you as you’re listening to the podcast.

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:06:43] Yes, that’s right.

Sue Stockdale : [00:06:44] I’m sure our listeners are pleased to learn a bit more about you Matias and the work that you do. And please keep up the good work in editing these podcasts. It’s been great to speak to you.

Matias de Ezcurra : [00:06:54] Thank you. So it’s a pleasure for me to take part in this team, and I really appreciate it.

[00:07:00] Sue Stockdale : [00:07:00] Now, looking forward to the upcoming series that are two themes that stand out from all of the episodes which are sustainability and pioneering. I think that the COVID pandemic has caused many people to reevaluate how they live their lives. And it’s been a wake up call for us to address some of the bigger societal issues such as how we interact with one another, how we consume resources and how we reconnect with nature. Some of our guests in this upcoming series, talk about these topics. Navi Radjou is a leadership  thinker whose TED talk on Frugal Innovation has been viewed over 2 million times. He has some fascinating thoughts on how we need to reinvent how we live and work. We also have Anne Pleun van Eijsden who is transforming the stationary industry by making [00:08:00] paper from rocks. She founded her company in 2015 to create an alternative and more sustainable approach to how paper is manufactured. And we are also be speaking to farmer, Jonathan Cook, whose regenerative farming approach influences how he operates as a dairy farmer. Jon believes that we need to reconnect with nature to better understand where our food comes from.

Jonathan Cook : [00:08:29] I think everybody should grow at least one crop. Even if it’s in a window box, grow crop of potatoes, just one, you know, if you’ve got a garden, have two chickens, best waste disposal system you will ever have, and you can eggs and it’d be the best eggs you’ve ever had. What could be better?

Sue Stockdale : [00:08:46] Besides these guests, we have several pioneers. People who have led the way in their field of endeavor. The first is Major Becky Frater. Becky is a military helicopter pilot, [00:09:00] and was the first woman to lead to the Royal Navy helicopter display team, the Black Cats. And we also speak to Nontu Mgahbi. The first African female to run seven marathons on seven continents on seven consecutive days, a mammoth effort I’m sure. I asked Nontu how she believed that she could do such an achievement?

Nontu Mghabi: [00:09:26] You know, Sue

Sue Stockdale : [00:09:27] the

Nontu Mghabi: [00:09:28] truth is you can never know, hundred percent that you can do it. You just got to get to a point where you actually don’t demonize fear. You do things afraid. You experience both with emotions of courage and emotions of being nervous. And you accept them as deeply human as they are because they are deeply human. So for sure, believe in yourself. [00:10:00] And number two, it’s about understanding that courage like Brene Brown puts it beautifully. It’s actually not about winning or losing. So I got to a point where before I registered for it, the race, I was like, am I sure I can do that assignment. I got to a point where I said, I don’t need to be sure. Courage is not about finishing these marathons or not. It’s about showing up. And right now I’m deciding to show up. Once you see it as an opportunity to just to show up, then you just do that. You show up.

Sue Stockdale : [00:10:36] I hope that this preview has given you a taste of what’s to come and that you will enjoy these amazing stories from people around the world. Look out for the first in the new series next week, where I will talk to Navi Radjou about consciously, reinventing how we live and work.

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