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Now Listening: From system change to entrepreneurship, psychology to self-organizing…

New and old podcasts for inspiration and insight

john gieryn
Apr 20, 2019 · 4 min read

In moving to New Zealand, in part to join my peers and colleagues at Loomio and Enspiral, I had a lot of time for podcast exploration. I stumbled across such a number of excellent episodes from podcasts I hadn’t heard of, that I thought I’d make a little digest. While I was at it, I figured I’d also share my enduring favorites.

New podcasts to me — stand out episodes:

  • The Seed — “Collette’s Corner” —friend and ally, Camia Young’s crowdfunding campaign for equitable, democratic, and human-centered development in NZ; he also explores her broader story in this episode
  • In Too Deep — “Experimental, multi-disciplinary approaches to systems change and social innovation” —Enspiral’s very own Sam Rye talks about his work, his Masters of Design and more; transcript available. In Too Deep is quite new, by the (system) mapping tool, Kumu.io
  • Leadermorphosis — “Aaron Dignan on being complexity conscious and people positive” — This podcast isn’t new nor a recent find, but the delivery and quality has grown exponentially… kudos to Lisa Gill, another Enspiral Contributor. MJ Kaplan—a Loomio board member—works for the company Aaron founded, The Ready. I was really impressed with this episode and took a number of notes (happy to make ’em digital if somebody is highly interested, especially if you want to reflect on it with me). This episode put Aaron’s new book Brave New Work on my reading list. Dovetails nicely with Sam Rye’s just above, and shared some practical tools like the O.S. Canvas & Tension Practice Cards.
  • No Ego — “Scott Halford, writer and behavioral science expert” — Really nice compilation of simple ways to treat your brain well and live your day productively and well; many you’ll have heard before, but I found them good reminders. Halford focuses on brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and influence.
  • Invisibilia— “The Fifth Vital Sign” —Again not new, but it’s back with another season (w00t)… This episode shares quality discourse around the experience, and culture around, pain. Generally, Invisibilia brings together top-notch science with heartfelt story around the intangibles of the human experience (often psychological). Pairs nicely with their episodes that hugely transformed my understandings of emotion.
  • Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan (part of The Intercept) — “Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid” — I don’t typically listen to political shows from the US, let alone play in the national US political arena, but this one does spotlight a really awesome candidate whom even I am enjoying amplifying and (minimally) supporting

Haven’t really listened to it yet, but still am excited about…

  • All My Relations — “All my relations and indigenous feminisms
  • Playing Well With Others — by Creative Commons, sweet, narrative-driven stories around collaboration; I did listen to one and it was chill and enjoyable.

GOLDEN OLDIES: Selected episodes from podcasts I always return to

‘cuz I couldn’t help myself…

I’d love to hear from you:

  • any reactions? connections?
  • any podcasts you recently stumbled on?
  • any enduring favorites, episodes, that come up for you?

Enspiral Tales

Stories from a bold experiment - creating a collaborative…

john gieryn

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Speak Peace/ Act Love/ Open Mind/ Breathe Change/ Share Heart/ Hold Space/ Grow Trust/ Listen Deep. @Loomio

Enspiral Tales

Stories from a bold experiment - creating a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.

john gieryn

Written by

Speak Peace/ Act Love/ Open Mind/ Breathe Change/ Share Heart/ Hold Space/ Grow Trust/ Listen Deep. @Loomio

Enspiral Tales

Stories from a bold experiment - creating a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.

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