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The Impactors Podcast

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Welcome to The Impactors Podcast! This podcast is all about impact. Each episode taps into the minds of some of the most impactful people around the world to find out how they have built a life of creating impact. Support this podcast:

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Touching The Jaguar & transforming fears into action (John Perkins)

Episode #67 of Season 2 of The Social Impactors Podcast features #SocialImpactor John Perkins, Chief Economist, New York Times Bestselling Author and an advocate for the Life Economy.

In his newest book Touching the Jaguar, Perkins tells the dramatic story of how, when he was a Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to “touch the jaguar,” to change his reality by embracing perceptions that transformed fears into positive actions.

Despite that experience, Perkins fell back on what business school had encouraged him to do. He became an economic hit man, convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions. Although he had been taught this was the best model for economic development, Perkins came to see that this was simply a new form of colonialism.

John and I delve deep on what it means to touch the jaguar, why he stepped away from being an Economic Hitman, and what it means to build a regenerative and Life Economy.

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