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Weaving our Worlds

Melanie Nelson

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Melanie Nelson seeks to foster mutual understanding between Māori and Pākehā in Aotearoa. Long-form conversations enable learning, insight and positive change. Topics are diverse ranging from te reo to the arts, and te Tiriti to the environment.
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Weaving Voices

Whetstone Radio Collective

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Weaving Voices is a Whetstone Radio Collective podcast that stitches textile systems and traditions, economic philosophy, and climate science into a quilt of understanding. Designed to transform our thinking and actions both as citizens and material culture makers and users. You can learn more about this podcast at WhetstoneRadio.com, on Twitter @whetstoneradio, on Tiktok and Instagram @whetstonemedia and subscribe to our Spotify and Youtube channel, Whetstone Media, for more podcast content ...
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WEB8 holds conversations that weave inner and outer technology as a vehicle for your soul’s expression in the world. We explore entrepreneurship, creativity and ritual in the digital age. Welcome to the space where you weave a new world of soul led self expression, in a world of infinite possibility. May the frequencies you tap into on this podcast remind you that you are the weaver of your own reality, expressing soul through your humanity. May you be moved into peace, truth, joy, playfulne ...
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Beth Tupara-Katene joins Melanie to share the findings of research project Tangaroa Ararau. The project has focused on how to put Tangaroa and Hinemoana (the ocean) at the centre of marine governance, with decisions led collectively by local communities. We include Māori perspectives on governance and relating to the ocean, across the spectrum of k…
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It’s been almost a year since I’ve released an episode and since then we’ve moved across the country, bought and renovated a house (well, it’s still in progress!), birthed a baby, and welcomed another furry member to our family. I also released my first spoken word song. I’ve been hearing very strong inner guidance whispers to come back to the podc…
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Dr Jessica Hutchings talks about Māori and indigenous food sovereignty, and her practice of this in her own life, through growing food, research and sharing knowledge. She articulates her views on GMOs and the risks that genetic engineering pose to indigenous peoples and their sovereignty. Also, Jessica shares about the difficulties of ensuring Māo…
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Alex Barnes talks about the complexities and benefits co-governance education in Aotearoa through application of te Tiriti o Waitangi, the subject of his recently completed PhD. We also discuss some of our experiences over decades of walking between te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā, and why we perceive them as different worlds. Plus we delve into how w…
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Hona Black talks about Māori wit and humour and his efforts to help revitalise that particular aspect of te reo. He shares his experience growing up in a Māori speaking household and kura kaupapa, and the challenges of life in a society where the English language and Western cultural norms dominate. Plus, he explores Māori attitudes to sexuality an…
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Dame Anne Salmond talks about her experience of walking between worlds over the past 50 years, witnessing racism and injustice, and working to grow understanding. She shares her views on any moves by the government to review the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi. She explains that it is the Māori text which was signed and must be adhered to, and h…
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Whirimako Black speaks openly about memories of her early life in Te Urewera and Kawerau and how that has shaped her life and career. She shares her love of mōteatea, her reo and culture, and desire to share that with people. This deep and personal conversation traverses her whānau influences and inspirations, cultural disconnection and reconnectio…
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In this episode, I share one of the most expansive journeys I’ve ever been on: my path to being 24 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy. After multiple pregnancy losses, there have been so many non-obvious, non-linear initiations and activations that have moved through me to prepare me for this moment. In this solo episode, I share some of them. …
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Four years ago musician, writer and podcaster Karina Ivanova was listening to one of my podcast episodes, and planted a seed that she’d like to be a guest one day. But then she heard an inner voice ask: “What would you be excited to tell Ksenia about?” That’s when she realized that the creations she’s meant to share with me (and with you) haven’t c…
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In this solo update I’m sharing the WHY behind the longest break from podcasting I’ve ever taken, some of the creations that I’m currently bringing into the world, and why allowing the space for Source to move through is an invitation for miracles. Here are some of the things I share: - Our experience at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (and an invita…
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My mentor Michelle Sinnette and my husband Eric Brief join me in this very special conversation about a soul calling we’ve all said YES to. After a few very internal months away from podcasting (I’m growing a baby in my belly!), I heard clear guidance to jump back in. What we share in this conversation is an answered prayer in many ways, and we go …
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If you’ve been feeling stuck, overwhelmed or just unclear about how to show up on social media – and wondering if you should show up at all – this one’s for you. In this episode, I will share a 5-step intuitive social media process that is inspired by some of the downloads that have been coming through during my one-on-one energy/social media strat…
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I really enjoyed this conversation with Nathan Maingard – podcast host, transformational guide and wordsmith. This is the first interview under the updated podcast cover art, and that’s intentional: the depths to which we journey in this episode takes the sacred space that is this podcast to a new level! We discuss: How a conscious social media Goo…
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I’ve been in a deep process of surrendering and incubating an upgraded podcast name and cover, and I’m so excited to share this update with you. In this solo episode, I share: Alchemization of WEB8 podcast name How someone calling me out led to a big expansion New podcast cover! Some of the symbols within the WEB8 podcast cover art The most importa…
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When you have a feeling that there’s an adventure, a journey you’re meant to take, but you don’t know where to start… get patient and listen. The guidance always drops in. In this episode, I share the boundless miracles that have unfolded for me and my family in the last couple of weeks as we journeyed through Turkey. We cover: - Getting quiet and …
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My guest is Manoj Dias – author, teacher, speaker and co-founder of Open, a modern meditation organization based in California. I have been using Open to participate in the January meditation and breathwork challenge, and it’s quickly becoming my favorite mindfulness app. If you’d like to experience it for yourself, download the Open app here. We d…
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Sammy Oteng is a Kantamanto Market organizer in Accra Ghana. The market is a 28 acre site, historically created by the people of Ghana to repurpose and reuse materials. Since the onset of fast fashion, the marketplace has become a dumping ground for the waste of the Global North. In a country of 2 million, the marketplace is cycling orders of magni…
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In this episode I'm interviewed by Tom Boyd for his show Creators Are Brands. It's packed with gems! Description from Creators are Brands: In a world where everyone is telling us to speed up, we talk about intentionally slowing down to create more of what you love, how to create your own algorithm, we talk about her integrated holistic way of worki…
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Ground building legislation was passed in 2021 to protect the California garment worker community from the “piece rate”, otherwise known as life threatening wages. We’ll talk to the Executive Director of the Garment Worker Center, an organization that worked with the affected community to design and push the law into place. Weaving Voices is part o…
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In this episode recorded over a cup of ceremonial cacao, I catch up with Florencia Fridman, my “cacao mama”. Her beautiful cacao ceremony offerings served as a doorway for me to connect to the spirit of cacao, and since then I’ve had the joy of doing a cacao ceremony training with Flo, as well as traveling to Guatemala with the cacao brand she runs…
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Plastic textiles are flowing and shedding into our soils, oceans and bodies. The reality of 60 percent of our clothing being plastic is that the lint that our textiles produce ends up where we least want it to be— and that includes our biosphere, oceans and soils. We're permeating our ecosystems with a material that microbes can't eat. Dr. Timnit K…
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For thousands of years to the present, the Indonesian archipelago textile communities have been producing intricately complex textiles— woven with yarns dyed in morinda root, indigo and hundreds of other dye plant recipes. In this interview with William Ingram, co-founder of Threads of Life, we discuss the plants, processes and non-material dimensi…
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Katie Hess is a flower alchemist, TEDx speaker, author of Flowerevolution and founder of LOTUSWEI, one of the world’s leading floral apothecaries. Katie Hess is one of my favorite people in the world, and I use LOTUSWEI products daily – they have been an incredible ally on my journey of stepping into my truth and into my voice. We discuss: Gatherin…
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In this interview with Jay and Nikyle Begay and Zefren Anderson, we learn about the long arc of relationship between the Dine and the Churro Sheep. Beyond the narratives promulgated by colonization about when this relationship began, we dive into a landscape of relationships held together by mutual care and exchange between shepherds and sheep. The…
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The most important home to visit during the Holiday season is the one within. In this solo frequency transmission, I share the waves I’ve been surfing around coming home to self, cultivating unshakeable peace, and BEing an invitation into love everywhere I go. Some of the topics we traverse: How to be when triggers come up around family Invitation …
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Four thousand meters above the sea, Andean mountain communities have been living with alpaca for thousands of years. Small flock shepherding is a long-held way of life, one that our guest, Mauricio Nunez, is working diligently to see flourish and sustain. He leads the Andean Pastoralist Livelihood Initiative, a multi-stakeholder project that lifts …
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In this episode, I share the top lessons I’ve learned so far from starting, growing and monetizing a podcast. We cover: Why I started a podcast and my intention behind continuing it Why podcasting is my favorite form of content creation after experiences creating courses, blogging, sharing on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube The energetics of a succe…
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In this interview with Roland Geyer, we discuss the history and the effects of the interplay of economic forces and environmentalism. We'll also touch on how sustainability has been defined in the last three decades coming out of the U.N. Earth Summit of 1992 in Rio, and what this means for our textile material culture, human labor and the climate …
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Recording this solo episode has felt like a ceremony and I’m grateful to share this potent conversation with you! I share an update on my relationship with being a “content creator”, as well as some of the biggest lessons that I’ve been moving through both in my personal and professional life. I also share my vision for the future of being a storyt…
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One of the most ancient fibers, silk has been cultivated for 5,000 years. The silk moth produces a filament designed to protect the moth from heat, predators, wind and water. In turn, these properties generate enduring and high quality second skin garments. Brazil (by luck and fate of Japanese immigration) hosts the Vale da Seda (Valley of Silk), a…
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Interview with Jason Hickel; Economic Anthropologist and the author of the new book Less is More. We discuss the historic political, social, and ecological threads that led to the economic model we now exist within. Understanding the model is foundational to understanding the textile industry as it exists, and the reasons why the most sustaining te…
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Brittany Eastman is an adventurer and architect of inner worlds where beautiful lives, businesses and leadership emerge. Writer, multidimensional mentor and speaker, Brittany creates rich spaces and communities where mysticism, business and self inquiry collide and thrive. I discovered Brittany through Ellie Seilern, and since then have really enjo…
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