Craig Foster – Hope is All We Can Learn From Animal Teachers (Jane Goodall Hopecast #11)


Episode Summary

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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About Author

Scientist. Activist. Storyteller. Icon. Jane Goodall blazed the trail and changed the world. Now, she's studying new subjects – humans! This brand-new podcast will take listeners on a one-of-a-kind journey as they learn from Dr. Goodall's extraordinary life, hear from changemaking guests from every arena, and become awed by a growing movement sparked by Jane and fueled by hope. Join us as we get curious, grow compassion, and take action to build a better world for all. As we face some of the greatest challenges to humankind and the natural world, we have a unique opportunity: the power of technology to connect and share ideas. Now is the time to galvanize people around Jane’s message of hope in action and bring big thinkers together to change hearts and minds alike. The Jane Goodall Hopecast is produced by the Jane Goodall Institute by Dan DuPont, Shawn Sweeney, and Ashley Sullivan. Our production partner is FRQNCY Media. Michelle Khouri is our executive producer, Enna Garkusha is our producer, and Matthew Ernest Filler is our editor and sound designer. Our music is composed and performed by Ruth Mendelson with additional violin tracks from Angie Shyr. Sound design and music composition for the Conservation Chorus is by Matthew Ernest Filler.