Dawn of an Era of Well-Being

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Season 2, Episode 23 – 70 min

Jarvis and Katie

Feb 9, 2023

Today we are pleased to be joined by Katie Hill and Jarvis Smith, co-founders of My Green Pod Ltd., a socially conscious on-line retailer of a variety of products ranging from clothing to housewares to food and drink. My Green Pod is an independent, family-run UK business, with a compelling mission to lead the way to making it easier for consumers to behave in a sustainable fashion. More info
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Dr. Ervin Laszlo Frederick Tsao


Alison Goldwyn

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jarvis and katieEPISODE N. 23 | “Well-being is a system-wide concept. Being well means not just the well-being of one individual, but of everything and everybody. For one to be well, ALL must be well, and for all to be well, evolution must be continuously moving in alignment with the impetus of the universe, thereby allowing for the flourishing of life. If life is flourishing, everything is aligned with the evolutionary impetus of the Dao.

Frederick Tsao from Dawn of an Era of Well-Being (page 38)*

Today we are pleased to be joined by Katie Hill and Jarvis Smith, co-founders of My Green Pod Ltd., a socially conscious on-line retailer of a variety of products ranging from clothing to housewares to food and drink. My Green Pod is an independent, family-run UK business, with a compelling mission to lead the way to making it easier for consumers to behave in a sustainable fashion.

With every product on their shelf, they endeavor to share the real stories behind the brands and people; working tirelessly to offer ethical alternatives to mainstream products and services. In order to make this reality they meet and connect personally with the owners of the companies with whom they work.

Plenty of businesses are cashing in on the trend towards natural and organic products, but if those companies are cutting corners to be the first to market—whether in their packaging, their supply chains, their ingredients, or their staff welfare—they won’t be featured with My Green Pod. This isn’t something you can check by visiting a website, so they go behind the scenes to investigate the company’s entire DNA. The most effective and enjoyable alternatives to mainstream options are featured with their “Hero” products and services, a featured list of their top of the line products.

Join us today as Alison and Ervin engage Jarvis and Katie in an in depth exploration of the importance and the challenges facing the creation of a sustainable consumer culture. This will be followed by a few insightful words from co-host Fred Tsao about ethics, capitalism, and the spirit of stewardship.

*Note that the audio mistakenly indicates page 60 as the source to this quote

My Green Pod website: www.mygreenpod.com

Jarvis Smith website: www.jarvissmith.com


In Jarvis Smith two worlds collide with dynamic effect. On one hand a proud hippy, mystic, self-confessed tree-hugger and radical eco-warrior, Jarvis is also a thought leader, media entrepreneur, speaker and renowned online retail businessman. His work gracing global publications, he now partners with and is advising brands including Natwest, HSBC, Deloitte, Citrix, the Parliament Trust, Octopus Energy, Yeo Valley and Weleda.

He is on the advisory boards for the 2022 Initiative, the good business club, WhereFrom, Zero Carbon HR and the One Earth Show. It was in the middle of 14 years’ Shamanic training that Jarvis’ true awakening happened, during the filming of 2007 Channel 4 reality TV show ‘Dumped’. Shot on location on a Croydon landfill, the experience opened Jarvis’ eyes to the vast devastation human lifestyle waste was having on the planet. It was a realization that was to lead to a lifetime’s work protecting the Earth.

His first magazine GREEN was published with National Geographic from 2008, which then moved to The Guardian in 2010, evolving into the My Green Pod magazine from 2013. Co-produced with wife Katie Hill, it is now the world’s biggest ethical lifestyle magazine. Jarvis launched the P.E.A. (People Environment Achievement) Awards which, in its 12th year, is the UK’s leading sustainability awards and honors individuals and teams for their contribution towards sustainability.

Spring of 2021 sees Katie and Jarvis collaborate with Jo Wood for the My Green Podcast, interviewing celebrities like Fearne Cotton about their ethical endeavors. Providing shoppers with a healthy, affordable retail space that is good for them, their children, their families and ultimately, the planet, Jarvis and Katie’s online eco-conscious store MyGreenPod leads the field in ethical shopping.

In October 2021, just before Cop26, Jarvis’s TEDX Glasgow talk, “Possibility Consciousness – where do we start with runaway Climate”, encouraged people to stop and re-evaluate their consumer lifestyles and the negative knock-on effect this has on the planet. In the next decade Jarvis’ intent is to provide an ethical alternative to Amazon, with real purpose and proper values. As his message and impact spreads, so the My Green Pod project continues to grow in strength, reputation and effect.

Prior to co-founding My Green Pod with Jarvis Smith, Katie Hill was a senior writer, researcher and a deputy editor at Which?, and headed up the magazine’s Indian equivalent from Mumbai. During this period she was also a contributing co-editor for UK-based GreenSpirit Magazine.

With My Green Pod, Katie has combined her experience in investigative journalism with her passions for clean living, transparent business, human rights and the environment.

As editor in chief, Katie has exposed a ‘microplastics dodge’ in cosmetics, the ‘dark side’ of bubbles and ‘second-wave greenwash’ from companies cashing in on the growing demand for ethical products. She frequently writes about the importance of detecting corporate sideshows that can slow the shift to a more conscious lifestyle.

Katie currently sits at number 13 on the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ Top 25 list of personalities driving change in the sector. She is also a co-presenter on My Green Podcast, a Beauty Buzz columnist for Natural Products News, a regular judge for the coveted Beauty Shortlist Eco Lifestyle and Mama & Baby Awards and a speaker at events including Natural & Organic Products Europe and Fully Charged LIVE.

Thank you for listening to Dawn of an Era of Well-Being: The Podcast. Please subscribe to the program as we have more guests joining Ervin, Fred and Alison for more fascinating conversation. If you enjoyed our program, here are a few links that may be of further interest: ERVIN LASZLO ervinlaszlobooks.com FREDERICK TSAO aitiainstitute.org octaveinstitute.com/en ALISON GOLDWYN synchronistory.com/ Please visit the SelectBooks Studios YouTube channel for episodes and bonus video material. The book Dawn of an Era of Well-Being: New Paths to a Better World by Ervin Laszlo and Frederick Tsao is available wherever books or e-books are sold including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


dr ervin laszlo
Ervin Laszlo is a Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist (and originally a concert pianist) who has published about 75 books and over 400 papers. An advocate of the theory of quantum consciousness, Laszlo has a PhD from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary PhD’s (from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary). His many awards and distinctions include the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award (Tokyo 2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (Assisi 2005), and nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (2004 and 2005). Ervin Laszlo spent his childhood in Budapest, Hungary. He was a celebrated child prodigy on the piano, with public appearances from the age of nine. Receiving a Grand Prize at the inter- national music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to leave Hungary and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in America. He is a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the Inter- national Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the International Medici Academy. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010. ervinlaszlobooks.com
fred tsao
Frederick Tsao is the fourth-generation leader of IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group, born in the East and educated in the West. He became chairman in 1995 and transformed the family business from a traditional shipping company to a multinational conglomerate. With more than 40 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, Fred has worked successfully with business partners and governments in multiple markets across diverse cultures. Not afraid to push boundaries, as Chairman of Intercargo, Fred repositioned the dry bulk industry from a shipper to one that plays a role within the global supply chain. Fred has published over 30 books in Chinese, concluding that we are amidst a major consciousness shift and at the dawn of a new era. He advocates that business should transform and reform our era. For this, he founded OCTAVE Institute, a comprehensive integrated life journey approach towards well-being. In 2019, Fred co-authored “Quantum Leadership, New Consciousness in Business” with Chris Laszlo, published by Stanford University Press. Fred also contributed a piece titled “Reconnecting to the Source in the Mirror of Chinese Culture” to the book by Ervin Laszlo titled “Reconnecting to the Source” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2020. aitiainstitute.org octaveinstitute.com
Alison Goldwyn
Alison Goldwyn is an Edutainment Producer & Climate Alchemist, engaging Media & the Creative Arts to help change the worldwide Emotional Climate – root of Climate Change and virtually all our global ills. Alison believes that the gaping hole in our global whole is due, in part, to a disconnect from Soul… and that Civilisation’s healthy maturation hinges on rekindling this timeless connection. In 2020 she co-produced the 4 day Source of Wonder online event featuring 80 Presenters & Artists from diverse global sectors. Alison is in her 34th year of party planning Synchronistory®; an interstellar, music- propelled, globally broadcast “B’earthday Party” for the Planet celebrating every living being! She is affiliated with Al Gore / The Climate Reality Project, Ervin Laszlo / The Club of Budapest, global governance platform Simpol (Simultaneous Policy) … and the Cosmos. Videos Interview with Prof Ervin Laszlo Generating Soul-our Power for a Brighter World (Music Video) Human Being in Search of Meaning (Source of Wonder)


dawn of an era of well-being - the book
Humankind is facing monumental challenges—the sustainability of our natural resources, climate change, wealth inequalities, breakdowns in social structures, the impact of artificial intelligence, and of course the threat of pandemics. What we need to understand is that with each of these challenges is an opportunity to create a better future for our Earth. But first we need to open our eyes and understand how the old “normal”—the conventions and assumptions about how our systems work—are no longer sustainable. Change is going to occur, and a “new normal” is not simply necessary; it is imminent. The authors of Dawn of An Era of Well-Being offer a unique worldview called the “quantum paradigm” that is emerging in society. Their concepts and principles are drawn from theories of Western science and Eastern wisdom traditions of human spirituality. These compass points for navigating the uncharted waters we are entering will be of interest to all who want to find a path to a better world. In this critical work authors Ervin Laszlo and Frederick Tsao are joined by several contributors including Deepak Chopra, Jean Houston, Neale Donald Walsch, and other well-known thought leaders.
The book Dawn of an Era of Well-Being: New Paths to a Better World by Ervin Laszlo and Frederick Tsao is available wherever books or e-books are sold including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.