INFLUENCE Podcast Launches – Media Update | Mega Mediakw

Corresponding INFLUENCE Founder and host Lebo Madiba’s idea was to launch the platform as a philosophy that can counteract the polarized conversations currently dominating the media.

Madiba says, “It’s about conversations in a changing world and being an engine of intelligent thought and engagement. We may not always have the answers at hand, but in this hyper-connected world, we have access to connected intelligence. It’s in this area that we can gain some perspective and clarity.”

According to the podcast, development has taken two years and is being led by an outstanding team of communications experts and content producers. In each episode, Madiba speaks to global leaders, innovators, and thinkers from business, technology, and government.

Madiba adds that influence Core principle of networked intelligence based on the open source ideas of:

  • cooperation
  • transparency
  • share and
  • Authorization.

“Sherry Turkle, the author of win back conversation, held that intelligence used to mean possessing sensitivity, sensibility, awareness, discernment, reason, perspicacity, and wit. Today, the definition of intelligence is distorted to resemble cunning. With INFLUENCEI’m trying to exercise Turkle’s definition of intelligence,” says Madiba.

According to the podcast, Madiba is aware of this INFLUENCE Competing for listeners with thousands of other podcasts around the world, not many of them are trying to build a unified human movement that aims to take care of each other and the planet.

“We live in a world where we have all the information we need to keep conflict and climate change at bay. The trick is how we can access that information and turn it into knowledge with the sensitivity and sensitivity needed to solve our most pressing challenges,” adds Madiba.

Madiba wants to expand INFLUENCE offer seminars, conferences and broadcasts for a demanding and curious audience in the near future.

While INFLUENCE Covering topics related to business, technology, politics and communication, its main theme is environmental, social and governance (ESG) which runs through every episode.

Madiba says she is an ESG advocate as she believes that environmental and social justice are increasingly at the heart of the business world. It is quickly becoming a deciding factor for sustainability-minded investors and for consumers who want to buy products that are ethically sourced and manufactured.

Madiba adds that the world is experiencing multiple challenges at the same time – from the Covid-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine and environmental disasters such as the KwaZulu-Natal floods – which means we urgently need to change our behavior

“Through conversations we can face these challenges head-on, seek clarity and define perspectives that ultimately lead to action. We don’t talk to each other. And when we talk, it’s hardly about the important things that are conducive to all life. We need to be good to each other and treat the planet with more respect,” says Madiba.

Communication as an agent of progress
Madiba has been in the communications industry for nearly two decades and is the Founder and CEO of PR Powerhouse. She says she believes communication drives progress and that a platform that encourages direct and open conversation is a boon in a democratic society.

Madiba adds, “What is needed in today’s social and political climate is an open discussion, one that puts aside the left-right political spectrum and partisan affiliations, and exposes our thoughts and ideas that can move humanity forward.”

INFLUENCE aims to counteract the online bubble where we only hear the ideas we already know and prefer.

Madiba says: “The virtual world may offer us many opportunities to connect with each other, but very little is spoken. INFLUENCE will be that space where enriching conversations will take place.”

“In his essay The gradual production of thoughts when speaking, says the poet and philosopher Heinrich von Kleist that through skillful questioning we can foster meaningful dialogue and that appetite comes from eating, ideas from speaking. As the host of INFLUENCEI take his aphorism to heart and apply it to every episode,” concludes Madiba.

Individuals can access the podcast by searching for INFLUENCE on their favorite podcasting platforms.

For more information, visit You can also follow INFLUENCE on Twitter or on Instagram.

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