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088: Weekly Digest – Farms, Ideas, Future Fatigue and Femininity

Podcast we loved  Real Famous with Scott Trattner This conversation with Scott Trattner dates to last year but has a wealth of insights into the creative mind behind some of the most iconic ads from Apple to more recently Facebook. Scott spent years working at the Media Arts Labs for Apple, eventually becoming their ECD. …

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086: Path to Purpose – Social Impact Gaming Entrepreneur – Jan Roessner

Guest Overview Jan Roessner is Co-Founder and CEO of One Earth Rising, a social impact gaming company with a mission to harvest and harness the power of philanthropy through interactive experiences, providing a playful path to social impact. Jan Roessner was born in Germany to a creative father and a loving but disciplinarian mother. After …

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084: North Brooklyn Farm, The Catskills, The Future And Beyond – Ryan Watson.

Guest Overview North Brooklyn Farm was founded by Ryan Watson and Henry Sweets. Serendipity brought them together, unified by their vision of the power of urban farming to improve the health of local communities, they spent seven years nurturing and building North Brooklyn Farm, on the banks of the East River in Brooklyn, nestled under …

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083: Ryan Watson – Building Community and Social Fabric Through Urban Farming

Guest Overview Serendipity brought Ryan Watson and Henry Sweets together, unified by their vision of the power of urban farming to improve the health of local communities, they spent seven years nurturing and building North Brooklyn Farm, on the banks of the East River in Brooklyn, nestled under the Williamsburg Bridge. This extraordinary Oasis, a …

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082: Weekly Digest – De-robing the KKK, Prof G’s Predictions, Black at The Brits , Moldy Whopper and Giving Innovation

Last Week’s Podcast Last week’s guest was Nick Fitz, founder, and CEO of the new charitable giving app, Give Momentum, Born in Washington DC, raised in a reform household, to socially conscious parents, Nick learned values “around justice and giving back” from an early age. Serendipity brought him together with his founding partners Ari Kagan …

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081: Digital Critical Edition – Craft & Creativity From The Past Made Ready For The Future

Guest Overview The Digital Critical Edition is Professor Pamela H Smith’s latest output from Columbia University and the Center for Science and Societies Making and Knowing Research Project. Pamela was born and raised in a small isolated California town, influenced by what she describes as a ‘consistent, persistent, and gentle’ math teacher father and the …

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078: Momentum App Founder Nick Fitz – The Millennial Disrupting Philanthropy

Guest Overview  Momentum app co-founder and CEO Nick Fitz is disrupting charitable giving.  Born in Washington DC, raised in a reform household, to socially conscious parents, Nick learned values “around justice and giving back” from an early age. Serendipity brought him together with his founding partners Ari Kagan and Ivan Dimitrov, to develop the Momentum …

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077 : Super Bowl Ads, Anomaly, Funding Freedom, Story of Us And The Point Of No Return.

Hi everyone, It was Super Bowl weekend and we loved many of the ads. Our gut reaction was this; Google nailed the emotional heartstring pull, Hyundai made us laugh, Budweiser could have gone further (but well done) and we respect Michelob for environmental standard-setting and finally it was Jeep’s Groundhog Day ad with Bill Murray …

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076: CIA Rebel On Power, Curiosity, Empathy and Trump – Carmen Medina -Part 2

Guest Overview  Former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, Carmen Medina is a veteran of the Intelligence Community, she is also the author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. Puerto Rican born, to a fun-loving father and an achievement-driven mother, Carmen excelled through an itinerant childhood to lead school debating teams. …

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073: Leadership and the Environment – Joshua Spodek Explains

Guest overview  Part Two Leadership and the environment is Joshua Spodek’s driving passion A two-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School. He hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016, has picked up at …

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072: Joshua Spodek And His Path To Environmental Action and Leadership

Guest overview  Joshua Spodek is the epitome of a renaissance man. A two-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School. He is a regular speaker on environmental leadership at institutions such as Boston Consulting …

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070: From Neo-Nazi to Peacemaker – Arno Michaelis: Part Two

Guest Overview  First of all thanks Stephen Hecht for the recommendation. Arno Michaelis inspirational leader for peace was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He grew up in a caring loving family but the combination of being told he could achieve anything while witnessing his artistic mother’s suffering from dealing with her husband’s alcoholism drove him to bullying and …

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From Anger and Hate to Kindness and Compassion – Arno Michaelis: Part One

Guest Overview  Arno Michaelis was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, grew up in a caring loving family but the combination of being told he could achieve anything while witnessing his artistic mother’s suffering from dealing with her husband’s alcoholism drove him to bullying and vandalism at school; to by age seventeen, becoming deeply involved in the white power …

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068: Big Questions of Creativity: Part 2 With Michael Hanchett Hanson

Big questions were asked of Michael Hanchett Hanson – author and founder and director of the Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition program at Columbia University around the theoretical aspects of creativity when we met for Part Two. In part two of the interview, we focused on creativity in practice. Michael explains why constraints are …

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067: Weekly Digest – Storytelling, Polymaths, Internet Killers and Living Packaging Free.

This Week’s Guest – Hunter Johansson   Hunter Johansson, twin brother of actress Scarlett was born and raised in New York to an American Mother and Danish Architect Father, and a community activist grandmother. Hunter is on a mission to save lives through renewable energy and is in Puerto Rico as we send this dealing with …

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066: Solar Responders – Part 2: Hunter Johansson on Finding Purpose and Social Impact

Guest Overview  Solar Responders was founder by Hunter Johansson. Hunter was born and raised in New York to an American Mother and Danish Architect Father, a community activist grandmother, he is twin brother to Scarlet Johansson, and he’s on a mission to save lives through his renewable energy NGO Solar Responders. Listen to part one …

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063: 2019 Compilation – Part Two

In this second series of clips, we share more of our guest’s reflections. Partner at Pentagram, Emily Oberman Episode 53, discussed the importance of cultivating a distinctive character. Enjoy her answer. When we met Michael Ventura, Founder of Sub Rosa, Episode 4, he explained his model for Applied Empathy – we can all benefit from this. …

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062: 2019 Compilation – Part One

Over the last twelve months, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some extraordinary people and have been inspired by their passion, insights, and wisdom. The following audio clips are just a short selection of our guest’s reflections. We asked John C Haven’s Episode 40 to reflect on the societal changes required in an AI-driven world …

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061: Weekly Digest – Leadership, Environment, Feminism & Redemption

This Week’s Guest  Michael Hanchett Hanson – deconstructing creativity What is creativity – It’s a big question. I’ve worked in the creative industries all my life, yet I’ve never considered creativity to from a psychological and developmental perspective until I sat down with this weeks guest Michael Hanchett Hanson – author and founder and director …

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059: Weekly Round-Up

This Week’s Guest  Stephen Hecht, the co-founder of Million Peacemakers, provides inspiration to anyone that doubts their ability to change the world for the better, at scale. Stephen is proof that good intentions, a little creativity, underpinned by clear goals can result in monumental impact, at any age. Million Peacemakers is a non-profit organization that …

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058: A Million Peacemakers and Nonflict With Stephen Hecht

GUEST OVERVIEW Stephen Hecht co-founder of Million Peacemakers provides inspiration to anyone that doubts their ability to change the world for the better, at scale. Stephen is proof that good intentions, a little creativity, underpinned by clear goals can result in monumental impact, at any age.   Million Peacemakers is a non-profit organization that empowers people …

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057 – Recommendations For The Week

This Week’s Guest  If you missed last weeks‘ guest was Marcus G Miller. He was born and raised in Jersey, from a sax-playing accountant father and a schizophrenia suffering Mother, he graduated from Harvard University, became a hedge fund trader before becoming a professional jazz musician and mathematician. Marcus has since performed at the Obama …

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053: Emily Oberman – Beautiful Weirdness As A Principle For Life In Design

Guest Overview  Emily Oberman – a partner at the international design firm, Pentagram, was born and raised in New York, to a graphic designer father and illustrator mother, discusses her prolific life in design and branding.  In part one of this two-part episode Emily recounts the impact of her upbringing based on the idea of …

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051: From Celebrity Photographer to Psychedelics to Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Pt2 Roberto Rabanne

Celebrity photographer Roberto Rabanne. Guest Overview Born in Panama, raised in Brooklyn from age 13, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, a self-taught celebrity photographer who’s captured iconic images of music, art, and fashion for over 5 decades, is this week’s guest Roberto Rabanne. In part two we delve into Roberto Rabanne’ year in …

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049: Welcome to AWorld – There Is No Planet B With Alessandro Armillotta

Guest Overview Born in England and raised in Italy by a trend-spotting mother and entrepreneurial father, innovation infused his education, welcome this week’s guest, and founder of social impact and sustainability start-up AWorld  – Alex Armillotta.  In this episode, Alex discusses how his childhood prepared him, how his father coached him and his mother inspired …

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048: WeCyclers – The Nigerian Entrepreneurs Transforming Trash Into Cash

Guest Overview  Born and raised in Nigeria to a family of five high achieving siblings, educated in the US, recipients of the prestigious King Baudouin African Development Prize for social entrepreneurship are this week’s guests, sister Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola and brother Wale Adebiyi of Wecyclers. We discuss how their parent’s commitment to excellence in education …

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047: Jeremy Heimans – Perspectives on New Power and Purpose

Guest Overview  Jeremy Heimans – a child activist,  a McKinsey strategist, founder of social movement agency Purpose, TED speaker, and co-author of NY Times bestseller New Power is this week’s guest  We start with Australian born Jeremy reflecting on how the combination of his immigrant parent’s backstory and his voracious interest in politics led him …

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039: Agitating For Happiness – Elina Teboul – Part 2

Guest Overview LightUp Lab Founder is the Russian born, New York raised, corporate lawyer, turned Facilitator, speaker and entrepreneur with a mission to empower people and organizations to flourish through science-backed behavioral solutions – welcome this week’s guest Elina Teboul. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from …

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038: Elina Teboul – Cultivating The Happiness Habit

Guest Overview Elina Teboul –  the Russian born, New York raised, corporate lawyer, turned Facilitator, Speaker and entrepreneur with a mission to empower people and organizations to flourish through science-backed behavioral solutions, is this week’s guest Elina Teboul. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from Columbia Law …

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036: Reflections On Time

Having heard the diverse stories from our season one guests, I’ve reflected on curiosity, mental health, and serendipity. However, in this final reflection, I want to focus on something that weaves through all three previous musings. Time; its value, it’s scarcity and power.   We recently interviewed Carmen D’Alessio, Impresario behind Studio 54 and one of …

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035: Reflections On Education

The science fiction novels, comic book, and movies of the past are full of technologies from the imaginations of writers that have since been transformed to science fact and reality by someone who believed, what most considered impossible, to be possible. I’m old enough to remember the phone-like device from Star Trek that only a few years later ended up in my hands branded Startac by Motorola

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033: Reflections On Mental Wellness

This week I want to reflect on mental wellness, technology, and sleep. During this first season we didn’t set out to explore mental wellness but it became apparent that in the arc of their stories that mental fortitude, resilience, and strength were crucial to the achievements of our guests, even those that had experienced mental …

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032: Reflecting on Serendipity

I’m going to start these reflections on serendipity,  It’s the underlying theme of this series, a word that’s often used but as a concept somewhat misunderstood.   Let’s start with its origins.  The origins of words always make for fascinating reading.  But ‘serendipity’ has a particularly interesting origin story.  The word ‘serendipity’ was invented on 28 …

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030: Debbie Millman – When Life Design Meets Serendipity

One of the most influential voices in design, led the re-design of over 200 global brands, is Co-founder of the Masters in Branding program at New York’s School of Visual Arts and creator, author of six books, and host of one of the most popular and longest running podcasts, Design Matters, is this week’s guest Debbie Millman. 

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029: Anahita Moghaddam – Transcendence, Transformation and Finding Purpose

Guest Overview Born in Iran, raised in Germany, a social anthropologist, an executive coach, organizational trainer and international speaker, founder of contemplative science focused Neural Beings, and long term resident of New York is this week’s guest, Anahita Moghaddam. In this episode, Anahita tells the story of her troubled, anger-fueled and rebellious early years, the …

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024: How to Confront Race, Gender and Cultural Bias with Navdip Dhariwal

Navdip Dhariwal – A former BBC International Correspondent and Anchor, reporting from over 60 countries and hostile environments on some of the most significant stories of recent times, honored in the Asian Woman of Achievement Awards, Chief of Communications for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and most recently founder of Content company Miran Media, is this week’s guest.

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022: The White Knight Of Content Publishing – Mads Holmen

Guest Overview Mads Holmen – an entrepreneur at school and university, an innovator in digital branded content, founder and CEO of Bibblio and an attention economy thought-leader is this weeks’ guest.    In this episode, Danish-born, London based Mads discusses his parents’ contribution, and the impact of the Italian educational philosophy Reggio Emilia on his …

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021: The Curiosity and Compassion of Celebrity Mom – Sharon Feldstein

New York-born, Hollywood stylist, creator of the first expert management agency, a trend spotter and teacher, and co-founder of moms’ charity YourMomCares.org, is this week’s guest, the irrepressible and inspirational Sharon Feldstein. Leaving her beloved NYC, aged 20, Sharon earned an early break as a costume designer on 70’s hit TV sitcom, TAXI. Never looking …

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020: Perspectives On The Dark Web, Data and Cybersecurity with Munish Walther Puri.

Guest Overview An expert in the economics of the data on the dark web, an advisor on cyber-crime and security and respected specialist on geopolitical risk, trends and their impact on business and society, welcome to this week’s guest, Munish Walther Puri. Born in California to Physician parents, we discuss the impact of Munish’s upbringing …

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017: Bonus – Joshua Holland On Surprise, Re-evaluation And More

In this short bonus episode, Josh answers some questions we didn’t ask in last weeks interview. Who’s surprised him and who’s made him reevaluate himself and the differences when training celebrities with time and money and the normal everyday clients he also trains.

Please enjoy this short bonus episode. Part Two of Josh Holland and his health insights and nutrition advice drops later this week.

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012: Rough Diamond To Transformational Gem – Nicole Yershon

This week’s guest is author, consultant, speaker, mentor and curiosity charged connector, Nicole Yershon.
Since starting her career in advertising at aged nineteen, Nicole has been
forging the path of change, driving digital disruption inside traditional ad agencies and beyond.

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011: Telling the Untold Stories – Dan McDougall

Three-time Foreign Correspondent of the Year nominee (the UK equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize), a dozen major International Prizes for Reporting including four Amnesty International Awards for Outstanding Human Rights Journalism, awards that are a testament to the talent and tenacity of Scottish born journalist Dan McDougall

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010: To Pod, To Serve – Corey Cambridge

On this show, we discuss the influence of Corey’s family and upbringing, when and how his desire to entertain and his creative drive emerged, his commitment to living a life of service, the impact of serendipity, his view of luck and probability and his philosophy of life. And a whole lot more.

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009: Living An Intentional Life – Ryder Carroll

Today’s guest is Ryder Carroll, the creator of The Bullet Journal® method, and author of the recent Bullet Journal book about the art of intentional living. In this episode we discuss his serendipitous journey to the Bullet Journal, the method, the practice and the underlying why of Bullet Journaling.

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008: How to Get to Great Ideas = Dave Birss

Dave Birss is one of the most interesting creative thinkers on idea development and innovation. We discuss his views on creativity and why organizations must change the way they embrace creative thinking.

With three books to his name, his latest book- How to Get to Great Ideas offers a methodology called Right Thinking, a creative thinking framework, tools and resources to help organizations direct their mental and creative efforts more effectively.

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007: Courtney Rennicke – The Psychotherapists Perspective On Our Challenging Times

n this episode, we discuss how Courtney’s early upbringing influenced her decision to follow a path in psychotherapy. We discuss her first=hand experience of the psychological effects of the current political and social climate, what we can learn from other countries more balanced representation of race and gender, the neurological impact of neglect or abuse, and the necessity for human connection.

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005: Natalie Bridgeman Fields – Empowering the Powerless and Changing The World From The Bottom-Up

Natalie Bridgeman Fields is driven by the desire to see a different world and is working hard to change it. A fierce advocate and pioneer in international human rights, environmental law and founder of Accountability Counsel. AC has worked with nearly 40 communities around the world, providing direct legal support as well as working to address the systemic problems that perpetuate harmful projects through policy, advocacy, and research.

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Michael Ventura – Problem Solving With Empathy

This weeks guest is Michael Ventura – Founder of NYC Brand Strategy and Design Practice, Sub Rosa, author of the new book Applied Empathy and alternative medicine healer.

At age 10 Michael Ventura told his parents he wanted to be an ideas man.

Arguably that was the moment that defined his course and set him on his impossible journey to change brands, organizations, and some day, even society.

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003: Alessandra Lariu – From Power Over to Power With

In 2007 Ale founded She Says …a global community focused on engagement, education, and advancement for women in the creative fields. From 7 people in a room in London to 45 countries, Ale’s journey is far from over…In this conversation, we cover Ale’s impossible journey from growing up in the Amazon rainforest to being Executive Creative Director in NYC.

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002: Taking The Backroads – Colby Gaines

Colby Gains…Emmy Nominated producer and Founder TV production company, Back Roads Entertainment discusses serendipity.
– The importance of ‘luck’ and the thought process when creating a ‘hit show’
– The importance of curiosity and asking questions in creating hits.
– The disposable nature of social media – instantaneous edible and forgettable and transactional people don’t want to invest in the conversation
How he developed his love of storytelling and comedy, how he learned his craft by just making stuff, developing a gut instinct for what works. The importance

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001:Running a Corner to Changing Lives – Tyrique Glasgow

From running a corner, being shot 11 times, and serving time; Tyrique (Rique) Glasgow’s world is now about creating possibilities for the kids of the very same street. His world revolved around the corner of Taney and Tasker Streets, in South Philadelphia. Described as a world he’d been willing to die for, willing to kill for and gone to war for; Rique has now transformed this corner to a world of hope and opportunity. Running the Young Chances Foundation for the kids of this South Philly community, this is Rique’s story.

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About The Impossible Network

This is a podcast where we explore the stories and experiences of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Our aim is to tell their inspiring stories, understand how serendipity played its part in their life’s journey and maybe re-evaluate how we all view serendipity in our lives. And in doing so we hope to appeal to …

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