REMARKABLE INSIGHTS
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REMARKABLE INSIGHTS

Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and technologies have been shaped by lived experience of disability but how much do we know about the intersection between innovation and disability? And what does it mean for the future of technology at large?

Episode 8 - International day of people with disability

Today’s episode is one big celebration – not only is it the final episode of Remarkable Insights season 1 but today also marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)!

This year, the United Nations is observing IDPwD by exploring the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world, which fits the theme of our podcast perfectly. In the following episode we explore what this theme means to the Remarkable community and look back at some unheard moments from this season where our guests highlight how disability drives innovation.

Episode 7 - Andrew Gurza

Please note the following episode contains sexual themes and references.

In the following episode we chat all things sex-tech and disability, with none other than the brilliant, Andrew Gurza.

Andrew is an award winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. He has been featured on BBC, CBC, Huffington Post, Mashable, Wall Street Journal, Startup Daily and the list goes on. Andrew is also the host of Disability After Dark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Disability Stories and has spoken all over the world on sex and disability.

In our conversation we discuss Andrew’s personal journey and the work Bump’n is doing to dismantle the ableism and broaden the accessibility of the sex-tech industry.

Episode 6 - Charli Skinner

When we think of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, we might think of innovation, determination and ability to adapt to change. It should come at no surprise then that there has and continues to be a growing wealth of talent in disabled entrepreneurs – but how can we do better to harness this largely untapped talentpool?

In this episode we speak with advocate and founder Charli Skinner, who’s on a mission to empower young adults who are chronically ill and disabled to design a radically inclusive world around us.

Charli shares her experience of acquiring a brain injury and how this exposed the stark reality of inaccessible workplaces, the hidden costs of disability and has taught her how we can do better to tap into the potential of disabled entrepreneurs.

Episode 5 - Bernard Chiira

Did you know that more than 1 billion people globally are living with some form of disability, and that 80% of this population live in low- and middle-income countries? And that only 1 in 10 of those have access to the assistive technology they need?

In the following episode we speak with Bernard Chiira, Founder of Africa’s 1st Assistive Technology Accelerator based in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about his life growing up with scoliosis and his mission to raise the business profile of investing in assistive tech Startups in Africa.

We discuss the accessibility, equity and affordability of assistive technology in Africa and how regulation must meet the needs of innovation in order to get the technology into the hands of those who need it most.

Episode 4 - Professor Sébastien Jodoin

Do you consider the disability community when thinking about climate change? Professor Sébastien Jodoin, director of the disability inclusive climate action research programme, joins us in this episode to discuss how his experience with disability in combination with his academic and legal careers has motivated him to study the relationship between climate change and disability.

As we look to the future and a truly innovative, accessible, and inclusive strategy to tackling climate change from both a tech and policy perspective, we examine why people with disabilities aren’t discussed in Climate Change justice conversations and why this needs to change.

Episode 3 - Matt Pierri

From Melbourne to the hallways of Oxford University! The CEO and creator of the “Sociability” app, Australia’s Matt Pierri, joins us to talk about his mission to empower disabled individuals to benefit from greater social inclusion and meaningful equality of opportunity. We also talk about the obvious but frequently disregarded economic advantages of accessibility.

Episode 2 - Giselle Mota

What do you get when you cross a futurist with a disability rights activist AND an entrepreneur who has the courage to take on the Metaverse? Giselle Mota!

Giselle is the founder of the NIFTY collective, a project whose goal is to include people with disabilities in the “Web 3” and the “Metaverse.” Furthermore, you’ll learn exactly what the Metaverse actually is and why it’s important to construct inclusion and accessibility from the start.

Episode 1 - Jonathan Kaufman

Just outside of New York the term “Disability Economy” is making its way across the globe and this is thanks to the brilliant work of Professor Jonathan Kaufman.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonathan’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic, and professional life and it’s also how he ended up as the former Policy Advisor to the White House on Diversity and Disability and with a column in Forbes magazine.

In the following conversation we dive into the brilliant mind of Jonathan unpacking the concept of the Disability Economy and what this market means for the future of the tech industry.

Remarkable Insights - Trailer

When you think tech and innovation, do you think disability? Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, innovations and technologies have been shaped by lived experience of disability but how much do we know about the intersection between innovation and disability?

 

Remarkable Insights host Viv Mullan, takes us across the globe to speak with disability-tech pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, business and social norms. We talk tech, we talk disability, we talk to real humans about real change.

 

Tune in to learn how disability drives innovation.

Previously on remarkable Insights

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This year’s IDPwD theme is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’. To celebrate and honour this theme we are hosting a Remarkable Insights conversation with a focus on Inclusivity in the post-COVID Age. We are thrilled to be welcoming Hannah Diviney, Co-Editor In Chief & Head of Creative at Missing Perspectives, as guest moderator for this event, as well as an amazing lineup of panelists!

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