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To the South Pole: Going Colder and Further for Dreams to Come True | GC08
Episode 86th April 2021 • Good Change: Conversations About Making a World of Difference • Ken Streater
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For over sixty days, covering more than 800 miles on skis while pulling a 350-pound sled, forty-something Norwegian Astrid Furholt carried the loving advice of one man and the hopes and dreams of an entire nation as she fought the elements to reach the South Pole. This story is a testimonial to the strength of mind, soul, character, and prayer, one that will deeply touch your heart. As the first woman to reach the South Pole while following most of the arduous route taken by fellow countryman Roald Amundsen 100 years earlier, Astrid stirs in all of us the need to dream and to act on these dreams to fully live life, and to make the world a much, much better place. As she has. 

With Astrid’s conversation, you will find out how one person can quietly but completely and positively transform the life of another; what perseverance means when it comes to success; that it this the doing of the thing that matters most; what is physically possible when the mind is the motor; to pray big in order to do big; and that a country lifting one person up can be reciprocated when that person returns the favor by inspiring a country full of supporters to live their own dreams.


About the Guest: 

Astrid Furholt is an ordinary woman who dared to follow a big dream. She grew up on a farm in southern Norway. Her preferred activity when she was young was whitewater kayaking. She became a nurse. It was what a dying patient of hers said to her that would shape the rest of her life.

Today, Astrid is regarded as a world-class Norwegian explorer, having skied to Greenland’s Ice Cap, through Norway’s Arctic Circle, over the glaciers of Chile’s Patagonia region and, ultimately to the South Pole—at the age of 49. Perhaps bigger than any of these accomplishments are lessons she shares from her humble and caring heart that she first learned as a palliative-care cancer nurse, a job that ultimately led to her pursuing and realizing her expedition dreams. Astrid is now a national hero for her journeys into wild, remote, and potentially perilous wilderness areas and for her gentle but immeasurably powerful reflections on a life well lived.


About the Host: Ken Streater shares eye-opening and heartening global experiences that reflect our shared dreams and concerns. A former international river guide and adventure travel outfitter who has worked and played in 50 countries, Alaskan bush teacher turned social good entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, bestselling author, and keynote speaker, Ken has seen first-hand how common ground blooms greater good. From angry hippo showdowns to nuclear missile attacks, from billionaire shenanigans to Siberian soccer wars to quiet conversations with everyday heroes, these and other interactions inspire him to create good change.

Ken’s just released #1 Amazon bestselling book, Be the Good: Becoming a Force for a Better World, is receiving rave reviews from movement leaders and readers alike. His podcast, Good Change: Conversations About Making a World of Difference is “where movement makers, industry leaders, visionaries, voices of hope, and everyday heroes gather to share ideas, laugh, and inspire action for greater good.”


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