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Jason Roberts is a renegade builder

LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA: You were in Coburg yesterday working on a Better Block project…<p>JASON ROBERTS: That’s right. Well actually, the community put that …

Inspiration

Joel Salatin is a farmer

PATRICK PITTMAN: <i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma</i> describes the way you do your work quite beautifully. In the way the animals work, the way the land works and …

Agriculture

Paul Jennings is unreal

JOSEPHINE ROWE: You’ve been writing for 26 years, and have published 70 books. What’s changed for you in that time?<p>PAUL JENNINGS: Well, that’s an …

Books

Alan Rabinowitz is a big cat protector

RUBY MURRAY: How was that drive home?<p>ALAN RABINOWITZ: It was tricky, it was tricky. If I didn’t have a GPS unit I wouldn’t have made it anywhere. I …

Mind

Isobel Davies is an ethical entrepreneur

ELIZABETH EVANS: I remember when you launched Farmaround, Britain’s first organic veggie box delivery scheme. And here you are, 18 years later, …

London Fashion Week

Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian

SOFIJA STEFANOVIC: So, Zainab, I wanted to mention that I come from Serbia. And yesterday I was reading up on the women you worked with in the former …

Domestic Violence

Alys Fowler is a punk-rock gardener

LIZ EVANS: So, how’s the garden looking?<p>ALYS FOWLER: The garden’s good! We’ve had a very late spring so it’s all a bit behind, but we’re having a …

Ira Glass is an icon

MYKE BARTLETT: It’s 9:00pm in New York and you’re eating takeaway. What is a typical day for you?<p>IRA GLASS: I’m picturing this in the really weird, …

Journalism

Dr Karl has the answer

DANIEL TEITELBAUM: Dr Karl, is it okay if I record you?<p>DR KARL: Yeah, go for it man.<p>I’m going to hide the phone, because I’ve learned from <i>Game of</i> …

Maira Kalman is a storyteller

RACHELLE UNREICH: You’re up early!<p>MAIRA KALMAN: I have a routine when I have deadlines. A deadline is a beautiful thing. It puts me into a framework. …

Thomas Jefferson

Catherine Baba is a stylist

RACHELLE UNREICH: Looking through photos of you, even random snapshots of you caught unawares—bicycling in stilettos around Paris, for example—are …

Del Kathryn Barton is an artist

JESSICA FRIEDMANN: So we were talking about your show earlier this year…<p>DEL KATHRYN BARTON: Yeah. That was the shortest time frame I’ve ever had to …

Brené Brown is a grounded researcher

BERRY LIBERMAN: I figured there was no better person to be imperfect with! (laughing)<p>BRENÉ BROWN: Around motherhood issues especially…yeah, in fact I …

TED Talks

Kylie Kwong cooks from the heart

LORELEI VASHTI: You usually start your weekend at the Eveleigh market. Can you tell me a bit about what happens there?<p>KYLIE KWONG:<br>Eveleigh markets is …

Mia Freedman is a media mogul

Berry Liberman: The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, visited your office recently. That must have been surreal.<p>Mia Freedman: That was so funny! I met …

Tour de France

Simon Amstell is a comedian

This story originally ran in issue #33 of Dumbo Feather<p>Subscribe Now<p>Subscribe Now<p>Myke Bartlett: I’ve heard you had a great time in the US. Has it …

Comedy

David Hieatt is a doer

LIZ EVANS: I’ve been thinking about the concept of doing; how what we do affects who we are and vice versa. As the founder of the Do Lectures, what …

Tyler Brûlé makes Monocle

MYKE BARTLETT: You’ve got quite a history with magazines. Your first job was in a Winnipeg WHSmith’s, wasn’t it?<p>TYLER BRULE: It was.<p>Was that the …

Saamdu Chetri teaches happiness

MYKE BARTLETT: You were in Melbourne this week for a conference at which you spoke about the Gross National Happiness (GNH) model, do you attend many …

Happiness

Maria Popova is a brain picker

OSCAR SCHWARTZ: Where have you been travelling?<p>MARIA POPOVA: First I was at TED in California, and then I judged the South by Southwest film festival …

Creativity