Wake Up Project: Inspiration + Courage + Kindness



Jono Fisher hosts inspiring conversations with remarkable people. The highs, the lows and what fuels a kind and courageous life. Be inspired as we dig deep into what matters most with best-selling authors, artists, scientists, celebrities, business leaders and wisdom teachers.


  • Jono Fisher: New Possibilities For Men

    Jono Fisher: New Possibilities For Men

    05/05/2017 Duration: 27min

    Many of us have been raised to think that men have to act in a certain way. You know the story - be tough, invulnerable, in control, unemotional etc. This has led to an epidemic of loneliness, depression, dysfunction and suicide. This podcast explores some of my experiences and hopefully catalyses a new way of thinking about modern masculinity.

  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas: The Science of Human Goodness

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas: The Science of Human Goodness

    20/04/2017 Duration: 01h37min

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas Phd is the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Centre at the University of California Berkeley. She is one of the leading authorities uncovering the deep roots of human goodness and she specialises in the biological underpinnings of prosocial states like compassion, kindness and empathy and how they benefit well-being and psychosocial functioning. Her programs are hugely popular and offered in online formats for over 400,000 students. During this wide ranging conversation, Emiliana shares how modern science all points to human beings being wired for compassion and connection. At one point, Emiliana said “Biologically, we’re built to dedicate ourselves to each other.” Emiliana also shares how the “achievement model of success” is letting so many people down and the perils of misunderstanding the word “happiness”. Instead, Emiliana speaks of the importance of experiencing our rich and diverse emotions like anger and sadness while also learning how to foster more resilience, conn

  • Jono Fisher: A Little Bird on Your Shoulder

    Jono Fisher: A Little Bird on Your Shoulder

    06/04/2017 Duration: 17min

    In this episode, I share some recent experiences of sadness and death. From these experiences, three valuable insights have emerged for me. My hope is that these insights may lead you to a deeper appreciation for life.

  • Danielle LaPorte: The Pitfalls  Promises on the Spiritual Path

    Danielle LaPorte: The Pitfalls & Promises on the Spiritual Path

    10/03/2017 Duration: 01h44min

    Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—from One Seeker to Another, The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into eight languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Her website has been named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes. During this very nourishing conversation we explore topics such as discipline as a path to liberation, how the “lie of inadequacy” drives so many poor decisions and how softness and tenderness could be one of the signs of genuine spiritual maturity.

  • Marc Lesser: The Journey to Search Inside Yourself

    Marc Lesser: The Journey to Search Inside Yourself

    08/02/2017 Duration: 01h05min

    Marc Lesser co-founded the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) with Google engineer and author of the New York Times bestseller, Chade-Meng Tan. He is the CEO of SIYLI taking Google’s #1 training program to thousands of senior executives, entrepreneurs and professionals around the world. Previously, Marc founded a multi-million dollar publishing company, managed a Zen monastery for 10 years and has written three books including ZBA: Zen of Business Administration. He now sits on the SIYLI board with the likes of Arianna Huffington and the VP of Google’s People Development, Karen May. During this very personal conversation, Marc shares his fascinating story from childhood to living in a Zen centre, founding a multi-million dollar publishing company and then teaming up with a Google engineer to create the hugely successful Search Inside Yourself Program. Moved by the pain of loss and the love of psychology and literature, Marc shares what what influenced his path to Zen, entrepreneurship and be

  • Jono Fisher: Small is Everything

    Jono Fisher: Small is Everything

    01/12/2016 Duration: 12min

    Welcome to this “Mini-Podcast” - short reflections (around 5-10 mins long) with ideas, tools and resources to help you live a more mindful, brave and kind life. In this episode, I reflect on the power of staying focused on small things. In a world that glorifies the large and the flashy, it can be hard to see the value in the everyday actions. However, by learning how to calm our minds and be of service in this moment, we begin to create a meaningful living. Keep it simple. Focus on the small. This way you will take care of your soul, your relationships, and everything.

  • Elena Brower: Truth Telling, Shame  Freedom

    Elena Brower: Truth Telling, Shame & Freedom

    17/11/2016 Duration: 01h16min

    Elena Brower is one of the leading yoga teachers in the world having risen to acclaim on the New York yoga scene. She is also a mum and artist who is devoted to helping people live more meaningful and loving lives. Elena is a graduate from Cornell University and has studied with several master yoga teachers for over a decade. She is the author of “Art of Attention: A Yoga Practice Workbook for Movement as Meditation” that guides us into an exploration of presence, elegance and deeper life purpose. During this conversation, Elena shares how for a long time, she wasn’t proud of who she was. In fact she felt a discrepancy between her public and private life that led her to carry around the weight of shame. It was her journey to sobriety and telling the truth that allowed her life to more fully open up. We speak about the power of integrity and telling the truth and how shame can impact creativity, immunity and parenting. Elena also shares her daily rituals that she utilises in her daily life and during her par

  • Jono Fisher: Micro Practice: Loving Kindness

    Jono Fisher: Micro Practice: Loving Kindness

    03/11/2016 Duration: 22min

    In this episode I share the practice of “loving kindness”. This practice is thousands of years old and more recently scientists are discovering its observable impact on emotional, physical and social wellbeing. By pairing breath with emotion and wishes we begin to generate more warmth for ourselves that naturally radiates out to others. I’d suggest experimenting with this practice for 5 minutes a day - and may it be of benefit to you and those around you. Welcome to this “Mini-Podcast” - short reflections (around 5-10 mins long) with ideas, tools and resources to help you live a more mindful, brave and kind life.

  • Marianne Williamson: Love, Fear and Miracles

    Marianne Williamson: Love, Fear and Miracles

    19/10/2016 Duration: 56min

    Marianne Williamson has written four #1 New York Times Bestsellers and her teachings have influenced millions around the world. Newsweek magazine named Marianne as one of the “50 most influential baby boomers” and she has been a popular speaker at Google and regularly appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America. In 2014, Marianne ran for US Congress in an attempt to start a bold new conversation in politics. She is the founder of Project Angel Food that serves over 1,000 meals per day for people suffering with AIDS in Los Angeles. Marianne co-founded the Peace Alliance and sits on the board of RESULTS that works to end hunger and poverty throughout the world.

  • Jono Fisher: We Are Here to Help One Another

    Jono Fisher: We Are Here to Help One Another

    06/10/2016 Duration: 10min

    **Big Announcement** Danielle LaPorte is coming to Australia! Join the Priority List at WakeUpProject.com In this episode, Wake Up’s Jono Fisher shares an experience that reminded him of our basic goodness and our connection with one another. He also shares a Kindness Card story that touched him. Welcome to this “Mini-Podcast” - short reflections (around 5-10 mins long) with ideas, tools and resources to help you live a more mindful, brave and kind life.

  • Lyn White: The Power of Compassion

    Lyn White: The Power of Compassion

    31/08/2016 Duration: 35min

    Lyn White is is one of Australia’s most courageous leaders who believes in the power of our everyday choices to create a kinder world. She is the Campaign Director for Animals Australia - Australia's leading animal protection organisation. Their investigations and campaigns are recognised the world over for protecting the most vulnerable and abused animals in our society. In this inspiring talk given at the 2015 Mindful Leadership Forum in Sydney, Lyn shares her very personal journey and her belief that human beings have a profound goodness within them, with the potential to fulfil a new kind of ethical standard. A rally cry for each of us to dedicate ourselves to creating a more kind and compassionate world. Lyn White was a South Australian police investigator for 20 years before becoming the Campaign Director for Animals Australia. Lyn’s work has been profiled extensively in major Australian media. She is an Australian of the Year Finalist and in 2014 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

  • Golbie Kamarei: The Power of One

    Golbie Kamarei: The Power of One

    17/08/2016 Duration: 01h09min

    Golbie Kamarei founded the pioneering BlackRock meditation program. BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager with $4.7 trillion in assets under management and over 12,000 employees. During this conversation, Golbie shares her personal journey beginning with attending meditation retreats through to bringing these learnings into her work environment. She began with a weekly mindfulness class in the New York City office and over the next two years more than 1,500 employees in over 30 cities and 17 countries became part of her program. But something more began happening, “People began showing up with humanity and compassion - friendships were being created that were beyond normal work colleague relationships.” Golbie Kamarei was the former Global Program Manager at BlackRock asset management. She is now a Corporate Wellbeing and Performance Consultant leading training for multinational firms including the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, Golbie was recognised as a Corporate Culture Champion by Berk

  • Jono Fisher: The Courage to Be Kind [To Yourself]

    Jono Fisher: The Courage to Be Kind [To Yourself]

    07/08/2016 Duration: 10min

    What is it that you love most about your closest friend? How does this friend treat you when things aren’t going as planned? What words do they use to support you? Can you imagine if you had this kind of relationship with yourself? In this episode, Jono Fisher shares how kindness towards yourself can transform how you live, love and show up in the world. It’s an ongoing practice, but it’s the one that makes all the difference. Welcome to this “Mini-Podcast” - short reflections (around 5-10 mins long) with ideas, tools and resources to help you live a more mindful, brave and kind life.

  • Rich Fernandez: Transforming Cultures Through Mindfulness

    Rich Fernandez: Transforming Cultures Through Mindfulness

    21/07/2016 Duration: 01h07min

    Rich Fernandez is one of the pioneers bringing mindfulness into some of the world’s biggest companies such as Facebook, SalesForce, LinkedIn, Ford and Starbucks. In this conversation, Rich shares his very personal journey as a young boy, through to scaling mindfulness at Google, hanging out with Eckhart Tolle and the moment he took a leap from his dream job to move from a “career to a calling”. The clarity of his communication and integrity will help you see the huge potential work cultures have by embracing the power of mindfulness for wellbeing, innovation and engagement. Rich Fernandez is the co-founder of Wisdom Labs. He was the head of executive education at Google and combines nearly two decades working at organizations such as Google, eBay, and J.P. Morgan Chase with his deep expertise in cognitive psychology, human performance science and organizational systems to deliver transformational people development solutions in business settings. Rich now focuses on the science of mindful wellbeing, resilie

  • Jono Fisher: The Power of Being Seen

    Jono Fisher: The Power of Being Seen

    01/07/2016 Duration: 07min

    What’s one of the most profound experiences a human being can have? Jono Fisher recently met Dr. Dan Siegel at one of the Wake Up events and he shared what he is believes is one of the most profound experiences a human being can have. And it has nothing to do with big bank balances or fancy goods :-) Welcome to the first “Mini-Podcast” - these are short reflections (around 5 -10 mins long) with ideas, tools and resources to help you live a more mindful, brave and kind life.

  • Seane Corn: Wholehearted Living

    Seane Corn: Wholehearted Living

    15/06/2016 Duration: 01h27min

    Seane Corn is one of the most inspirational people around. In this conversation she explores deep and sometimes difficult topics with tremendous honesty, warmth and humour. She shared about her upbringing, how she found yoga and how this relates to spirituality, activism and personal transformation. As one of the most sought-after yoga teachers in the world, Seane views yoga as a path to whole-hearted, engaged and fearless living. Her eloquent and down-to-earth nature will help you find the courage and inspiration even in the most difficult and painful circumstances. Seane Corn is one of the world’s most influential yoga instructors. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Today Show and been on the front cover of over 25 magazines. She is the co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World®, a training organisation that uses the power of yoga to ignite grass roots social change and has raised over $4 million for social causes. She is the “National Yoga Ambassador” for YouthAIDS and was honored wit

  • Rob Bell: The Big Questions

    Rob Bell: The Big Questions

    18/05/2016 Duration: 01h46min

    Rob Bell shakes up how we see religion and spirituality. Rather than focusing on dogma or beliefs, Rob prefers the world of mystery, art, wonder and living in the moment. He offers a refreshing view of how to cultivate a spiritual life that focuses on love, grief, loss, taking care of ourselves and embracing all the messy parts of being human. Rob said, “Often times when I meet atheists and we talk about the god they don’t believe in, we quickly discover that I don’t believe in that god, either.” Rob Bell is a New York Times bestselling author, international teacher and highly sought after public speaker. TIME magazine named Rob Bell one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2015, Oprah invited Rob on her “ Life You Want Tour ” with Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Nepo and Deepak Chopra. Along with Brene Brown, Rob is a founding member of the “ The Compassion Collective ” raising over $1 million for the European refugees crisis.

  • Michael Cheika: Being True To Yourself

    Michael Cheika: Being True To Yourself

    10/05/2016 Duration: 44min

    Michael Cheika believes a great team is made up of different types of characters - lovers, fighters, jokers, hard men, quiet types and bookworms. Rather than trying to maintain a certain image based on the media, Michael shares how important it is to be true to yourself and what you believe. This includes knowing when to be gentle, tough and never taking yourself too seriously. Michael Cheika is the coach of the Australian Rugby team. He is also the coach of the New South Wales Waratahs, a husband and father of four children. He’s played rugby, has ran a highly successful fashion business and is the only coach to have won the major rugby competitions in both the southern and northern hemispheres.

  • Daniel Petre: The Good Life

    Daniel Petre: The Good Life

    24/07/2015 Duration: 01h33min

    Daniel Petre sees a ‘good life’ as being determined by generosity, caring for one another and acknowledging our shared frailty as humans. Rather than being exclusively focused on wealth or achievement, he reminds us of the need to value our emotional worlds, our families and cultivating what matters most to us. He has wonderful insights and stories on working shorter hours, the value of spending time with children and how helpful it can be to seek out professional help when needed. Daniel is a genuine, smart and warmhearted man - and one of the bright lights in the Australian business community. Daniel Petre is one of Australia’s most successful businesspeople and has been at the forefront of the Australian technology industry for 20 years. He’s a philanthropist, author and father of 3 daughters. He was former Head of Microsoft in Australia and was the first Australian Vice President of Microsoft international. Daniel was the founding Chairman of Ecorp, was four years on the PBL Board and brought the likes

  • Michael Traill: Our Common Humanity  Social Investment

    Michael Traill: Our Common Humanity & Social Investment

    17/07/2015 Duration: 01h13min

    Michael Traill is passionate about applying business skills to care for the lives of people in need. During this conversation, Michael shares his thoughts on the importance of service, social conscience and his spiritual life. We hear about his experience doing rites of passages with his sons, taking family sabbaticals and how he naturally gravitates to people who are open, emotionally available and vulnerable. Ultimately, Michael reminds us of our pressing need to craft a new narrative. One that appeals to our common humanity - and who we really want to be as a community. Michael Traill was born in the small industrial country town of Morewell in Victoria. He graduated dux of his school, got an MBA from the Harvard Business School and by age 41 was running Macquarie Bank’s venture capital arm, overseeing $400 million worth of investments. One morning, in the late stages of a $20 million investment, he found himself not feeling the usual rush of adrenalin and excitement. On this occasion, he was more concer

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