Jane Goodall Hopecast Podcast Episode 11 – Craig Foster

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Episode 11 with Craig Foster – Hope is All We Can Learn From Animal Teachers

In this fireside chat, Dr. Jane Goodall is joined by Craig Foster of “My Octopus Teacher,” an Academy Award® nominated, BAFTA Best Documentary award-winning Netflix original. If you’ve seen the film, you’ve probably already witnessed Craig’s curiosity and heart. As a documentary filmmaker and founder of the Sea Change Project, Craig embodies the power of storytelling – and how we can change minds by showing the sentience, grace, and intelligence of our planet’s many species. In the film, Craig spends a year of his life with an octopus and ends up learning a great deal about our relationship to the natural world, and much more about himself. Dr. Goodall and Craig have this in common and have used their profound and special ability to connect with non-human animals, chimpanzees and octopus, to share their individual stories worldwide, motivating conservation action. This conversation embodies what it means to use science as a tool for growing understanding, and how we can each find teachers even in the most unexpected places.  *Dr. Goodall and JGI do not endorse close proximity or handling of wildlife.* 

This episode is sponsored by Netflix. 

At the End of the Rainbow: Stay to the end of the episode to hear a rare archival clip of Dr. Goodall describing one of her first interactions with now-famous Gombe, Tanzania chimpanzee David Graybeard. 

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Stay tuned…Episode 12 our very special Mailbag episode featuring questions and comments from YOU our Hopecasters!

Join us Hopecasters, you are reason for hope.

SUBMIT TO OUR MAILBAG: Now, you also have the chance to submit for the opportunity to be featured in our mailbag episodes! Share what your greatest reasons for hope are, questions for Jane, or stories of being inspired by Jane for a chance to be featured. 


BECOME AN OFFICIAL HOPECASTER: And that’s not all – the Jane Goodall Hopecast is a movement fueled by hope and driven by the action of each and every one of you, our Hopecasters. To keep hope alive and help transform it into real change, you have the opportunity to support the Jane Goodall Hopecast today! By becoming an official Hopecaster, you’ll get access to a special Hopecaster gift, early notice of new episodes, special discounts, and other exclusive podcast opportunities. Join us as a Hopecaster, making this podcast and movement possible as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to build a brighter tomorrow. 

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About Author

Shawn Sweeney is a senior director of community engagement at the Jane Goodall Institute and works to create connections among the organizations staff, constituents, supporters and the wider world. Shawn has been involved with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2004 when as a college student he led a group of fellow students in Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots at the College of Wooster. Shawn has a masters of education in humane education and has been working in service learning and communications with the Jane Goodall Institute since 2007 when he joined the staff.