Corporate Unplugged



Corporate Unplugged puts the light on impact makers in business. In an informal and seriously playful way, Vesna Lucca is talking to people transforming business entrepreneurs, leaders, activists, and other heroes from the business world, celebrities as well as hidden gems. It is a stripped-down dialogue with people from all over the world who share their dreams, experiences and what they would never give up. Listen, get inspired and share!


  • Stefan Ytterborn

    Stefan Ytterborn

    29/03/2021 Duration: 23min

    Stefan Ytterborn is an experienced entrepreneur, he’s the founder and CEO of CAKE. And after more than three decades as an influential force in design and product development, he is now four years into his newest successful venture - CAKE. It's an electric motorbike company that wants to help the world on the journey to a zero emission society.In this podcast:Why CAKE is the opposite of motorbike cultureThe global rise of IKEABeing purposeful without expecting paybackTake a breakBe respectful, be patient, take actionThe importance of caring leadershipLinks:  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Kristof De Spiegeleer

    Kristof De Spiegeleer

    15/03/2021 Duration: 36min

    Kristof De Spiegeleer is a humanist and serial entrepreneur. And for the past few years, he's been laying the foundation for a decentralised internet, building the next generation of IT infrastructure, and leveraging the power of blockchain. He believes that respect and transparency is the basis for solid business, and that doing good for the world and providing return for investors can coexist.In this podcast:What is ThreeFold and who is it forHow to become a farmer of internet capacityFinding a balance and building trustThe importance of compassion Do less with the mind and more with the heartLinks:  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Bob Chapman

    Bob Chapman

    08/02/2021 Duration: 53min

    Bob Chapman imagines a world where every person matters. He plans to change the world to achieve this.Bob is chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a global $3 billion capital equipment business with more than 12,000 team members. He was recently named the number three CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article. And Bob is very intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world. Bob was recently asked the question - what do you do, and his reply highlights quite how incredible he is - he said, ‘we build great people who build extraordinary things’.In this podcast:Why we need leadershipHow to care for your peopleThe cure for our world is our education systemThe importance of empathetic listeningLinks:Chapman and Co. Leadership InstituteBooks: Everybody MattersConscious  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Bosun Tijani

    Bosun Tijani

    25/01/2021 Duration: 38min

    Bosun Tijani is a Nigerian British entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation HUB, a pan-African hub for innovation. He drives the application of innovation and social capital for a better society across Africa. With a presence in 5 cities across Africa (Lagos, Nairobi, Abuja, Kigali and Ijebu Ode). CcHUB works closely with stakeholders - including entrepreneurs, technologists, civil society, government and private sector to identify and nurture novel solutions to pressing challenges in Africa. Bosun is a well awarded and celebrated leader and initiator of many groundbreaking innovations and tech clusters. In this podcast:Design and intentionCo Creation HUBOpportunities and challenges in AfricaSolving problems with science and technology The future is brightLong term business solutionsExperience, wisdom and empathy  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Marie Ringler

    Marie Ringler

    11/01/2021 Duration: 49min

    Marie Ringler is a member of Ashoka's Global Leadership Group and leads Ashoka's work in Europe. She founded Ashoka's Austrian office in 2011 and soon took over as Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker; a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways. Ashoka supports over 4,000 leading social entrepreneurs from all over the world, mobilising a large global community of changemakers, to solve some of the world’s toughest social problems. Marie's work is featured extensively in international media, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation. In this podcast:Redesigning the futureUsing rats to clear landminesBuilding resilient societies through social innovationThe power of businessesThe positives from COVIDTrust is the best way to leadWhat makes a social entrepreneurLinks: rats put noses to work on Mozambique's l

  • Amy Edmondson

    Amy Edmondson

    28/12/2020 Duration: 24min

    Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, studying human interactions that lead to the creation of successful companies for the betterment of society. She's been recognized by the Thinker's 50 Global ranking of management thinkers since 2011 and has received numerous top rankings and awards. She studies psychological safety and organizational learning.In this podcast:The ugly and beauty in transformational changeWhy don’t all companies create psychological safetyHer passion to create a better workplaceBuckminster FullerThe importance of system thinkingThe power of ‘I don’t know’Links:The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and GrowthBuilding the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Katarina Graffman

    Katarina Graffman

    14/12/2020 Duration: 38min

    Katarina Graffman holds a PhD in cultural anthropology, and is a pioneer of consumer anthropology in a commercial context. She’s worked with clients such as IKEA, Volvo, Bloomberg, Swedish radio and BBC among many others. She’s there to help them understand consumer behaviour, preferences, and such like. But what is the real driver behind their eagerness to understand more about culture?In this podcast:How big business uses cultural anthropologyConsumer behaviour misconceptionsHow Katarina worksUnderstanding Gen ZDefault thinking and sense  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Virginia Salas Kastilio

    Virginia Salas Kastilio

    30/11/2020 Duration: 53min

    Virginia Salas Kastilio is a hyper connector and serial entrepreneur who was named one of Inc. Magazine's top 26 Women to Change the World. She's an internationally acclaimed speaker, marketer and activist and having built multiple empires, she is currently helping "reconnect" humanity and bring consciousness into the mainstream through The I Trust You Movement (after previously disputing the social media landscape through her agency, Gini.TV). In this podcast:Self mastery and I Trust You The importance of human connectionLaw of attractionBeing a responsible influencerHuman connection in Silicon ValleyUnderstanding Gen  (Company Website)  (Portfolio)  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Oren Lyons

    Oren Lyons

    16/11/2020 Duration: 59min

    Chief Oren Lyons is a Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee Peoples. He’s a member Chief of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy. He's Professor Emeritus at University of Buffalo, New York and he has a doctorate law degree from Syracuse University. Oren is an accomplished artist, environmentalist, author, and founder and principal partner of One Bowl Productions, a purpose-driven film and television production company in LA. He's chairman of the board for Plantagon, and a world leader in Greenhouse Innovation. Oren is a leading voice at the United Nations permanent forum on human rights of indigenous peoples. And he's received numerous prestigious awards, such as the United Nations NGO World Peace Prize, and recently the prestigious Friends of the Children award with his colleague, the late Nelson Mandela. In this podcast:What is wisdomThe difference between listening and hearingWhy w

  • Nina Siemiatkowski

    Nina Siemiatkowski

    09/11/2020 Duration: 46min

    Nina Siemiatkowski is the founder and CEO of Milkywire, a platform that brings people who want to improve our world closer to the people in the field who are working to protect and restore our planet. Milkywire is a crowdfunding platform that lets you connect with and support grassroots NGOs that fight climate change, preserve wildlife, protect and clean the oceans, and so much more. Every week the organisations on Milkywire share videos and photo updates so that anyone can follow their progress and learn what is being done. Milkywire is literally disrupting the charity sector, so that everyone can contribute and directly dive into action and participate.In this podcast:The genesis of MilkywireHow bullying and self doubt shaped Nina All roads lead to RomeLive outside of your comfort zoneWhat companies need right nowWhy leaders need to look in the mirrorThe impact of COVID on launching Book of Leon  See for privacy and opt-ou

  • Tim Leberecht

    Tim Leberecht

    14/10/2020 Duration: 40min

    “In the wake of this pandemic, it's this impossible stretch between on the one hand restoring normalcy and making sure that the operations continue, and at the same time thinking ahead, looking forward and really adjusting to the new reality that we're going to experience in the wake of this crisis.”And what will this new reality look like for you? A more beautiful business that allows more human-centred growth strategies? Then Tim Leberecht, the German-American championing a more humanised future in the age of machines is the passionate voice you should listen to. “We're moving from the binary world in a binary way of running business to a non binary way of running business that is fluid, that is ambiguous, that is fuzzy.”Tim is an author and entrepreneur and the co-founder and co-CEO of The Business Romantic Society, a firm that helps organisations and individuals create transformative visions, stories and experiences. He's also the co-founder and co-curator of the House of Beautiful Business, a g

  • Laurent “Larry” Leksell

    Laurent “Larry” Leksell

    05/10/2020 Duration: 40min

    Laurent “Larry” Leksell is the co-founder of Elekta, a global company that is pushing the boundaries of radiation therapy to provide access for advanced, high-quality cancer care. While studying at the Stockholm School of Economics, Larry jumped into entrepreneurship with his father who had a passion in cancer research. Larry now sits as a chairman and principal shareholder of Elekta while he fulfills his passions of philanthropy, entrepreneurship and art.In this podcast:Founding Elekta with his fatherHis life dedication to solutions for cancer His passions for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and artCancer care innovation and resourcesEntrepreneurship expectationsLong-term business solutions  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Markus Lehto

    Markus Lehto

    08/09/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    Markus Lehto is a Utopian, an expert generalist. He’s also the co-founder of Joint Idea and Lifeworks Labs and the co-founder of the global community - Love Mafia. Born in Canada with Finnish traditions and culture, life took him on a path across the world as a professional in consulting, investment banking and real estate development. He's based in Istanbul and is pursuing entrepreneurial ventures in design and architecture, investment, community building, learning and tech development. In this podcast:Why we need to rethink our Anglo Saxon worldviewCreating Lifeworks LabsWhy seeking his own truth is his passionBecoming an expert generalistRedefining what the good life meansWhat decentralisation meansWhy we need to break in order to growCultivating serendipityWhy the world needs loveLinks:Joint Idea  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Zakaria Bekkali

    Zakaria Bekkali

    14/07/2020 Duration: 43min

    “Business leaders should be ready to be challenged by young people. I feel we have ended up in this patriarchal system with CEOs and leaders who do not want to be confronted by the young generations.”Meet Zakaria Bekkali, a 22 year old with a wise head on young shoulders. Zak is a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he’s been awarded a postgraduate excellence scholarship for a Master of Public Administration with a specialisation in social impact. He also holds a Bachelor in International Politics and Government from Bocconi University in Milan, as well as having studied at Princeton University during his undergraduate senior year. In this podcast:Transformational momentsWhy insecurity was a driver for himThe synergy between business and communityEquality of opportunityGive opportunities to young peopleWhy feminine isn’t another word for weaknessRadical vulnerability for collective healingLinks:Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economics  See

  • Maria Konnikova

    Maria Konnikova

    30/06/2020 Duration: 46min

    Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist and psychologist who in 2018 while researching her newest book, The Biggest Bluff, became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings, inadvertently turning herself into a professional poker player. In this podcast:The role that luck plays in our livesWhat Maria has learned about life from playing pokerWhy we shouldn’t take life for grantedWhere she gets her inspiration to write fromHow COVID-19 is revealing our true coloursThe power of language and communication in businessHow chance affected her lifeThe value of human connectionsLinks:The Biggest Bluff  See for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Ma Steinsvik

    Ma Steinsvik

    16/06/2020 Duration: 46min

    Ma Steinsvik is passionate about emerging technologies and believes in the power of digital transformation and AI in order to scale business transformation towards a circular economy. Because an augmented circular future will lead to a better world. Ma is a European business leader, futurist and investor, and the CEO of Bulls Holding, an international agency for film, literary and art-based brands, influencers and editorial content, and Chair of the Board of R&B Licensing, a global 360 agency for literary and design based properties. She is an acknowledged international keynote speaker on technical leaps and their impact around the world. Ma discusses the foundations of business, of being a part of something big and giving back. And how even now, while the whole world is going through one of the toughest times in living memory, we still see people who, when they have their own lives secured, do what they can to contribute and give back to society. “When I invest in companies I'm often so st

  • Ayse Birsel

    Ayse Birsel

    02/06/2020 Duration: 48min

    What is design and who is it for? This loaded question is asked of Ayse Birsel, named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business. Ayse is a beautiful blend of East meets West, born and raised in Turkey but who now calls New York home. “The combination of East and West, being Turkish living in the States, really allows me to see two sides of everything, which is a great quality, actually a superpower for designers, especially when those qualities are often in opposition to each other.”And there is no better person to pose this question to: Ayse is a designer and innovator who has designed hundreds of award winning products and systems for Fortune 500 brands. She's known for bringing new solutions to old problems and for her humanistic design approach. She's also the author of Design The Life You Love, and gives lectures on Design The Work You Love to corporations. She's also the co-founder of Birsel Plus Seck, the award winning design and innovation studio and consults for a

  • Tara Schuster

    Tara Schuster

    19/05/2020 Duration: 43min

    We’ve all suffered from ‘Not Enough Syndrome’ at some point in our lives. “In our relentless pursuit for external validation, we've lost sight with the fact that validation actually comes from within always, and I think that actually applies to business and products.”Tara Schuster was told early on to pick a lane and stick with it. She couldn’t be or do more than one thing, but luckily for the rest of us she rejected this notion and has since become an author, playwright, and accomplished entertainment executive, currently serving as Vice President of Talent and Development at Comedy Central. In her first book, Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies, which lies at the intersection of self-help humour and memoir, she shares hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself.“I think we are very good at being mean to ourselves and treating ourselves with such little care. I mean shocking because we'll treat a guest 10X better than we'll treat ourselves.”This episode is as brutally honest as her book

  • Anna Bäck

    Anna Bäck

    28/04/2020 Duration: 28min

    With everything going on globally, taking your physical mailbox online is probably one of the smartest decisions you could make. Not just to protect yourself, but to protect the environment too. It’s such a smart move that today over 3.7 million Swedish people, almost half of the grown up population in Sweden, have Kivra. That’s roughly 25,000 companies and organisations that rely on Kivra, the digital mail company, for important letters, invoices, doctor’s appointments, salary specifications and so on. Anna Bäck is an entrepreneur and innovation leader who’s been leading a number of startups in China and Sweden, and most recently driving innovation and disruption as a design leader within McKinsey.This is an incredibly interesting conversation, learning about Anna’s influences and transformational points in her life that have led her to where she is today - to a business model that goes hand in hand with doing good and driving a more sustainable future.This is an inspirational podcast with an inspi

  • Jen Grace Baron

    Jen Grace Baron

    14/04/2020 Duration: 44min

    You might think it an impossible task to find inspiration in these troubled times. But according to Jen Grace Baron, co-founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at InspireCorps, an inspiration strategy firm that partners with organisations to drive business growth and also innovation, it’s precisely during times like these when we are most likely to find inspiration. “Some of what people find most inspiring in their whole lives, are some of the hardest times that they had been through or had survived.”Inspiration is a complex entity, something that is hard to define in itself without using the word ‘inspiration’. It’s not a smiley thing that works just in the good times, it’s not something that we do only when it’s convenient, inspiration is a critical foundation for healthy humans. Inspiration is especially critical during times of crisis, such as the one we are enduring right now. “We found that during times of crisis, the ways that we act in the world change, right, all of how we're thinking an

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