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Design Of Podcast
56 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
The Design Of a Storyteller, Speaker, and Idea Shaman: Meet Stefan Mumaw
Stefan Mumaw is a man of many talents. A tall, former college basketball player, jokester, creative, best-selling author, idea generator, LinkedIn instructor, cinephile (watches 120 movies a year), and storyteller. He has led a career working with companies like Coke, Hurley, Chevrolet, and Hallmark. His ability to help organizations learn how to generate ideas, be more creative, use stories, and all while having fun doing it is a true gift. In this episode, you get to hear his story from awkward tall kid to master storyteller and all the steps in between.
49 minutes | May 27, 2021
S7 Episode 41: Ashley Easter - The Design Of a Survivor and Abuse Advocate
Ashley Easter grew up and lived in a cult for 22 years. Thankfully, she was able to break free and decided to take control of her life. Join Justin Ahrens and guest co-host Katie McConville in this episode as they discuss Ashely’s experience and world-shift as she began her healing journey while also founding and creating an amazing organization Courage 365 which seeks to transform the lives of other abuse survivors through a community of understanding, inspiration, and empowerment. They cover topics of oppression, abuse, patriarchy, feminism, and more. PSA: If this episode spoke to you or if you or someone you know needs help right now go to: www.courage365.org/need-help for a variety of resources from abuse, suicide prevention, legal and counseling services.
49 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
S7 Episode 40: Sam Harrison - The Design Of Speaking as a Performance
Sam Harrison has been on all sides of business storytelling and working in creative communications, marketing, and branding – the agency and freelance side, the client and corporate side, and, most recently, the academic and coaching side. This includes years of crafting his skills to be a sought-after and engaging speaker. In this episode, we dig into that speaking process, preparation, and the reality that great speaking and presentations are a performance. Sam speaks, trains, writes, and coaches on creativity-related topics and on presentation skills. He is an in-demand professional speaker and member of the National Speakers Association, presenting highly rated keynotes and workshops at conventions, retreats, and in-house sessions throughout North America and beyond. He is the author of three best-selling books: ZING! Five steps and 101 tips for creativity on command, IdeaSpotting: How and where to find your next great idea, and IdeaSelling: Successfully pitch your creative ideas to bosses, clients, and other decision-makers. Sam is a frequent contributor to Fast Company, HOW Design, The Communicator, and other business and lifestyle publications
46 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
S6 Episode 39: David C. Baker - Advisor, Expert, Author
The New York Times once wrote about David Baker, “What’s so compelling about Mr. Baker is that he’s an expert on being an expert”. This week’s guest, David Baker, is a well-known author of five books (so far), an international speaker, co-host of his podcast 2 Bobs, and advisor to over 900 firms. Enjoy this conversation about David’s start living among a remote Mayan community to becoming a leading authority on positioning, reinventing, and selling for firms in the creative and digital space.
40 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
S6 Episode 38: Dan Gable - Coach, Legend, Olympian
You will hear people often debate what makes a legend, or the G.O.A.T. of a sport. Is it the record? Championships? Or is it how you respond to what life throws at you and how you turn that into the fuel to propel you? All of those incredible questions are a part of the life of the legendary wrestler and coach Dan Gable. As a wrestler, Dan compiled an unbelievable record of 181-1. He was undefeated in 64 prep matches and was 117-1 at Iowa State University. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable won a Gold Medal at the famed 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, without surrendering a single point. The Soviets came to the Olympics with only one goal in mind: to defeat Gable. They were unsuccessful. In Gable’s final 21 Olympic qualification and Olympic matches, he scored 12 falls and outscored his nine other opponents, 130-1. During his six matches at the Munich Olympics, he went unscored upon. As the University of Iowa’s all-time winningest coach from 1976 to 1997, Gable won 15 NCAA National Wrestling Team Titles while compiling a career record of 355-21-5. He coached 152 All-Americans, 45 National Champions, 106 Big Ten Champions, and 12 Olympians, including four gold, one silver, and three bronze medalists. The Hawkeyes won 25 consecutive Big Ten championships, 21 under Gable as head coach and four while he was an assistant coach and administrator. He had a winning percentage of .932 and captured nine consecutive (1978–86) NCAA Championships. At the time, that equaled the longest streak of national titles won by any school in any sport and is one that is also held by Yale golf (1905–13) and Southern Cal track (1935–43). All of these statistics are not the most interesting thing about Dan, in my opinion. It’s truly the moments of loss and failure that propelled him to drive for and achieve the excellence the world uses to assess a career. Enjoy this episode with a truly great athlete, coach, and man.
62 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
S6 Episode 37: Vernon Lockhart - Creative Therapist, Mentor, Ultraman
In an open letter to the public, Vernon Lockhart wrote the following: AS A BLACK MAN who grew up in one of the toughest areas of St. Louis, I didn’t think I would live to see 21. The neighborhood I grew up in wasn’t much different than the one many Black youths who live in impoverished urban neighborhoods in the U.S. are navigating. Even with everything I saw happening around me, I was still able to tap into the creativity within me. I have my Baby Girl “Mama” to thank for that. As a talented design hopeful herself, she encouraged me to explore my talent. She always told me, “Baby, you can be and do anything you want.” And I believed her. That belief is probably what saved my life. Fast forward to 2020. In a design career that has spanned decades, I consider myself fortunate. THIS LIFE LESSON TAUGHT ME THAT WE ALL HAVE THE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE CREATIVE! MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO CREATE RESOURCES AND SPACES TO NURTURE OUR YOUTH! I challenge you—in your own community—to see how you can invest in ALL youth who may just need someone to show them that there is a way out. That their dreams do matter. This episode we talk about what Vernon's family and community did to help him get to where he is at, and what we can all do to live out our unique hero to make a difference.
62 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
S6 Episode 36: Rudy Niswanger - NFL Lineman to CEO - Humble, Leader, Athlete
Some may think being a lineman in the NFL is a relatively simple position, one that doesn’t require much brain power. The reality is that offensive linemen are among the smartest players on the field. The various plays, blocking schemes, and last-second changes that need to be made makes their capacity to know almost everything that goes on the field critical to their success. Rudy Niswanger is an unassuming giant of a man who is both sharp in his wit and his perspective. He has won at every level on the football field and is now winning at life by running several companies and raising his amazing and growing family. Meet Rudy, a simple kid from Louisiana, who knows how to make the most of what life has to offer.
39 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
S6 Episode 35: Christian Vande Velde - Professional Cyclist and Analyst - Cyclist, Olympian, Fan
Christian Vande Velde is a former professional cyclist who now serves as a cycling analyst for NBC Sports. Christian is joining DesignOf for his second episode where we talk about life, the current state of cycling during a pandemic, and the hopeful return of the Tour De France. We hope you enjoy this conversation with a two-time Olympian turned pro cycling analyst.
42 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
S6 Episode 34: Kathy Eldon - Founder of Creative Visions - Creative Activist, Filmmaker, Purposeful
Kathy Eldon's life has been and continues to be, one of reinvention and transformation. Hear the story of a woman that has lived a life of adventure and it's fair share of tragedy, but through it all, her commitment to making the world a better place has stayed in focus. In this episode, we talk about her midwest roots, her son Dan Eldon, and how she and her daughter Amy have created a world-changing organization, Creative Visions. Together, their organization has incubated 400 projects and productions on 5 continents impacting more that 100 million people. Kathy is also an accomplished author of 17 books, including, "In the Heart of Life," a memoir of her life journey to date. Kathy also continues to speak, write, and play an active role in Creative Visions located in the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in Malibu.
57 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
S6 Episode 33: Nichole Carter - Senior Program Director of BSCO - Family Advocate, Change Maker
“The time is now for uncomfortable conversations”- Nichole Carter In this episode of Design Of, meet Nichole Carter. A woman of many roles. Mother, wife, fighter, advocate, leader, and academic. Together, we have an open and honest conversation about race, #BlackLivesMatter, privilege, and what America feels like for people of color. Nichole is the Senior Program Director at Bright Star Community Outreach where they work to empower residents of Bronzeville and the greater Chicago area to share in the responsibility to build community through resource development and collaborative partnerships. Nichole is committed to making the streets of Chicago a safer place and lives by the mantra of, “Changing the world, one family at a time.”
59 minutes | May 6, 2020
S6 Episode 32: Dr. JJ Peterson - Chief of Teaching at Storybrand - Storyteller, Author, Giggler
Humans are designed to understand and process information through storytelling whether we are sharing our experiences or building a community. Dr. JJ Peterson has spent his lifetime exploring how to define stories and their impact. This episode shares that adventure. JJ is the Chief of Teaching and Facilitation at Storybrand(https://storybrand.com), a marketing company started by the New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller. Storybrand teaches companies how to clarify their message and connect with their customers through a proven methodology. Get ready to learn about JJ’s new book(Marketing Made Simple - https://amzn.to/2A8NjyR), his acting career in Hollywood, his teaching experience, and his impact on helping run one of the fastest-growing marketing companies in the industry. He also has a giggle that will brighten your day. Enjoy!
47 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
S6 Episode 31: Britt Kulsveen - Chief Whiskey Officer - Authentic, Kentucky, Bourbon
Bourbon. These days it seems to be the hottest spirit around, but do you ever wonder where it is made? Who are the actual bourbon makers? We did too — so much so that we produced a book about it (check out https://simplybourbon.com)! We did our research by going to the only place one should go to look for Bourbon Truth: Kentucky. Kentucky is synonymous with bourbon, for many reasons. It’s most like the birthplace of bourbon, and it’s certainly where bourbon made it’s mark. But it’s more than just historical reasons that bourbon is intimately tied to Kentucky. The truth is, there are few things left in American culture that are connected to place, people, and tradition. Bourbon is one of them. And so, for episode 31, we are fortunate to be able to sit down with Britt Kulsveen, the Chief Whiskey Officer of Willett Distillery (https://www.kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com), one of the oldest family-owned distilleries in Bardstown, the heart of Kentucky Bourbon making. Hear how Britt's family has been a part of that very tradition now for five generations. You'll enjoy her unique view on life and her desire for everyone to enjoy bourbon, especially Willett, spirit forward. Cheers! Do see Britt mixing her signature drink, check this out: https://vimeo.com/280968366
64 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
S5 Episode 30: Samantha Curley - Producer, Perspective Changer, Listener
Do you create the space to have conversations with strangers or people who travel in different circles than you? How often do you consider others before yourself? In this episode, you'll meet someone who has spent the last several years doing just that. Sometimes the stars align and you get to meet someone who is incredibly brilliant, charming and has the ability to influence the way you see the world. Samantha Curley, an independent producer and creative entrepreneur, is one of those rare individuals. As the co-founder and executive director of Level Ground, a nonprofit arts collective, production incubator, and festival in Los Angeles, California, Sam has been an advocate for creating conversations in the LGBTQ+ community. In this episode you’ll hear how this truly special leader has just produced her first short, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is now starting the feature-length version. Samantha will help you to have a deeper perspective on approaching conversations, people, and working out your own story so you can truly hear others.
31 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
S5 Episode 29: Kerri Walsh Jennings - Olympian, Purpose, SixFeetOfSunshine
Do you ever wonder what it is like to be an Olympic athlete? Better yet, have you ever imagined what it is like to be an Olympic champion? To watch your flag raise to your anthem on that podium with hand over heart? Yeah us too :) Because of that for our 29th episode of Design Of we are featuring not only a five-time Olympian, but someone who works unbelievably hard day in and day out. Someone who cares deeply about her family, faith, and her sport. Kerri Walsh Jennings is a three-time gold medalist, and one-time Olympic bronze medalist. Kerri wants to live each and every moment of her life with passion and purpose. She believes in this so much that she is the co-founder of p1440, a digital platform focused on the sport and culture of beach volleyball. p1440 elevates the sport and inspires people to live all 1,440 minutes a day with intention. Kerri treats her athleticism as a gift and shares her story about how she’s gotten to where she is today. The foundation of Kerri’s beliefs are very similar to Rule29’s, making it an honor to have her as our 29th episode. You won’t want to miss this inspirational story about one of our most well-known Olympians who has found her niche through her sport and living on purpose. PS: Special thanks to Larry Harper and Good Tidings Foundation for helping this connection happen!
47 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
S5 Episode 28: Hugh Weber - Optimist, Recovered Mercenary, Community Builder
To say Hugh Weber is one of a kind is an understatement. From the age of 8, he was writing to leaders in congress and ended up becoming pen pals with none other than Rose Kennedy, President Kennedy’s mother. But when you hear Hugh’s story, you realize that it is no surprise this small-town kid went from a young political mercenary to leading an inauguration to a reformed community organizer, influencer and connector. Listen to this episode and hear the story of a humble, hardworking South Dakotan making a difference by chasing his dreams and choosing to see the possibilities
52 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
S5 Episode 27: Larry Harper - Dreamer, Doer
For 25 years, Larry Harper has been a beacon of hope for children, teens, and families within the Bay Area by providing them the chance to play, learn, and grow. Get ready to meet a man who believed in hard work and dreaming big. Listen to his journey and how three of his role models became good friends as they sought to give tens of thousands of kids the opportunity to dream bigger and brighter.
34 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
S5 Episode 26: Charles Adler - Entrepreneur, Kickstarter
Charles Adler is an incredible mash-up of experiences and interests. He’s an East Coast kid who grew up digging street art, skateboarding, break dancing, and all the forms of music that aligned with those interests: punk, hip-hop, and electronic. He was also an Eagle Scout. He loves exploring the outdoors and cycling. Add his curiosity with technology and his skill as a designer, and you have a story about a college dropout who became one of the founders of the world's largest and most successful crowdfunding platform and an entrepreneur who continues to explore the juncture of creativity, community, and technology.
53 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
S5 Episode 25: MartyNeumeier - Director of Transformation, Thought Leader, Brand Expert
Marty Neumeier has lived a pretty amazing life. His brushes with fame, celebrity, and how a season of failure pushed him into becoming a bestselling author is a fascinating story. Marty’s mission is to bring the principles and processes of creativity to industry. He is a sought-after teacher, speaker, and one of the leading authors on creativity and business. His book Zag was named one of the “top 100 business books of all time,” and The Brand Gap is considered a the foundational text for modern brand-building. Marty has worked with top companies such as Apple, Netscape, HP, Adobe, and Google, but most impressively he is an engaging, caring, and exceptional person. Enjoy hearing the story of a truly great thought leader.
37 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
S4 Episode 24: Bill Gardner - Logo Connoisseur, Entertainer, Kansan
Bill Gardner is one of those people that you are just happy to be around. He is the creator of Logo Lounge in addition to being a natural entertainer, entrepreneur, creative, teacher, and author. He is extremely thoughtful and has even experienced a little magic in his life. Listen to this episode and hear the story of an authentic Kansan who followed his DNA-destined career as he lives each day with a spirit of humility and gratefulness.
56 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
S4 Episode 23: Chris Harris PCH - Community Protector, Vocalist, Pastor
Chris Harris (PCH) is a self-proclaimed son of the soil within the Bronzeville community, a historic neighborhood near the South Side of Chicago. Decades ago, Bronzeville was the destination for thousands of black southerners migrating North to find better employment, education, and living opportunities. Harris has spent his life living and working alongside the South Side community as they continue to tackle many of the social issues that plague low-income residents, including unemployment. As a leading community pastor, Harris has worked tirelessly to unite faith leaders in the community as well as starting a 501c3 named Bright Star Community Outreach. Don’t miss his dynamic story and the tellings of the realities many face everyday in the Bronzeville community https://www.brightstarcommunityoutreach.com/
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