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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: What Qualities Do You Want In A World Leader?

What qualities do you want in a world leader?

This week we consider ‘What qualities do you want in a world leader?’ Jenny Purt for the Guardian newspaper reports the opinion of Yuri Itoh, Hitachi manager, on leadership: “People tend to seek leaders who have a strong character, clear picture for the future, and talk fluently. They are often praised by the results. However, I think now people also care about the processes used to achieve the outcome. Therefore, future leaders… need to have qualities that were not required in the past. These are: enthusiasm to create a better world; strong principles whilst being flexible and realistic; patience; sincerity and fairness; collaborate and work together; take risks and give the fruits to people.” Do world leaders today need different qualities than in the past? Do you expect a world leader to hold high values in their personal life or do you see that as separate to their ability to lead? Do you feel different qualities are required to be the leader of America than other countries? Is it more important to you that your leader shares your exact beliefs or that they share your values?

What do you think?  Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Leslie Vanderpool

Sir Sean Connery, Leslie Vanderpool and Nicolas Cage

Sir Sean Connery, Leslie Vanderpool and Nicolas Cage

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing founder and executive director of the Bahamas International Film Festival, Leslie Vanderpool. The Bahamas International Film Festival or BIFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF provides a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. Leslie launched the film festival in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge, and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. The festival has showcased more than 800 films from countries around the world and has attracted such lumimaries as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Daryl Hannah, Sir Sean Connery, Debra Messing, Sidney Poitier, Danny Glover and many more. Leslie received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations before going on to pursue her passion for theater and filmmaking. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Acting Institute and studied Shakespeare at Balliol College, Oxford University in England, where Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and many more honed her skills. In addition to spending over a decade planning and developing film festivals, Leslie has been innovative in taking filmmaking into schools where she has taught all aspects of filmmaking. She has also created unique cultural experiences such as ‘Summer Films In The Square’ and ‘Theater In The Park.’ Leslie is an entrepreneur with a strong background in marketing, branding, film production and sponsorship. She spends her time between California and The Bahamas advancing the film industry while partnering with startups and established film production companies.

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