In our ZG19 Curated Podcast S02: No Man Is an Island we look to the future through the paradoxes of the present. Living through constantly shifting perspectives of trauma, endurance and hope, in the midst of menacing challenges that have taken away our awareness, the climate crisis often gets swapped away from our attention. Revealing shocking damages faster than ever, Nature summons us to act now. Suspended in a web of multifaceted doom experiences, we come back to the idea of John Donne - thriving is possible only as a united community, by cracking down the shell of isolation.


In the wake of the myriad crises of the past two decades - of climate change, financial meltdown, and the escalation of global conflicts - we have witnessed the emergence of a palpable collective desire for change. ‘Collective’ is fundamental here, it is only through togetherness we can achieve sustainable long-run results. In order to re-emerge and re-evaluate, as the current time dictates, we decided to dive into our past and start from the beginning. This is why we address Donne’s 17th century timeless poem, and insist “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”


S02: No Man Is An Island is a cross-disciplinary encounter that explores the foundations of modern thought and creative practice while addressing the most urgent questions of the day. This season provides an alternative space to advanced study that traverse the arts, humanities, and sciences. We have selected researchers from various fields, the “new think tank of our age”, pushing the boundaries of critical thinking towards social and sustainable development.

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Prof. Salim

Abdool Karim



The Hazards of Vaccine 

Nationalism & Beyond




Simon Butler

Founder Migrate Art

Migrate Art:

We Are Part Of A Larger We

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Sara Naomi Bleich

Health Researcher & Advisor


The Collateral Effect: 

Hunger & Food Insecurity

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Bahia Shehab




& A Thousand Times No



Decolonize This Place

Action-oriented Collective


Blurred Lines:

Art, Activism, Resistance

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Piers Secunda



On the Art of Scars

& Erased History

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Wanyi Li

Science Researcher


On Biodiversity Loss

& Environmental Conservation



Padmashree Gehl Sampath

Innovation Expert


On Technological Innovation

& Renewable Energy



Saeed Taji Farouky

Film Director


Filmmaking As Poetic Justice 



Benedetta Berti 

Head of Policy Planning, NATO


On Security & Tackling

Modern Conflict