It's March 1 which means we’ve come to the end of Fearless February, our annual exploration of Zeno’s most dearly held value. This year 3 Monkeys Zeno and Zeno Canada had the honour of being FF co-hosts and for the past four weeks we've examined what being fearless means, taking inspiration from tales of bravery amongst ourselves and from the wider world.
In our very first Fearless Feb podcast series we interviewed four people from different parts of the world and with very different experiences. Their stories are captured together, here.
Liz Curtis – The Lily Foundation
For podcast number one we welcomed Liz Curtis. Liz founded the Lily Foundation in 2007 in memory of her daughter, Lily, who died from mitochondrial disease at eight months old. 14 years later, from a standing start, the foundation is now the UK’s leading mitochondrial awareness charity, supporting more than 950 families dealing with the illness or coping with loss, and raising more than £6.2 million to support 12 research projects to help find a cure for this little known disease.
Jess Joseph – Season25
For our second podcast we said hello to Jess Joseph. Born and raised in Bradford - a city that’s home to over 150 languages and known for being a melting pot of cultures - Jess studied Fashion Communication at Northumbria University, graduating in 2015 and moving to London shortly after to kickstart her career before founding Season25 - at the age of 25. A talent agency that showcases change-makers within the black community, Season25 exists to create a more inclusive and equal landscape within influencer marketing. As a mixed-race female, in what is a predominantly white industry, Jess’ raison d’etre is to nurture and support under-represented digital talent.
Mary Matheson - Documentary Film Maker
Next up was Mary Matheson. Mary spent her early childhood in Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany – courtesy of her father’s postings in the British Armed Forces. Leaving home at 18 to study journalism in London, she then moved to Venezuela and Columbia as a British foreign correspondent. Mary returned to London to join the Associated Press before starting out on her own as a documentary film maker.
She fell in love with VR the moment she watched the UN’s Clouds Over Sidra in 2015, seeing the transformative nature of immersive storytelling and realising it would change her film making forever. Today Mary is regarded as one of the world’s pioneering VR & 360 film directors. A champion of VR for good, her work has a valiant social conscience, often advocating for women’s rights for charities including Save the Children.
Peter Bregg - Photojournalist
For our final podcast we welcomed Peter Bregg, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist who's travelled to over 80 countries covering events including the Iran hostage crisis, the Vietnam war, the 9/11terrorist attack and the HIV-AIDS crisis in Africa. Reporting for Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Maclean’s Magazine amongst others, Peter is also an active member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that works towards global and social change. In our final podcast he talks about his work for PhotoSensitive and how it took him to Sierra Leone in May 2019 for a literacy project, where he took memorable photographs of children holding books for the first time.
We found all four podcasts inspiring and full of wisdom. We hope you do too.