53 minutes | Nov 27, 2018

S2 EP8: Epilogue: The State of Wonder 2018 — with Jeffrey Davis, Erin Haworth, Britt Bravo & Laine Nickl

This season on the podcast, we explored the idea of designing our lives and work for more curiosity, more purpose, more openness… More WONDER. We went behind-the-scenes of wonder-making in films, video games and art exhibitions and studied experience architecture in our families and our brand communities. But have you ever wondered how Jeffrey and his team design the podcast itself or the business of Tracking Wonder as a whole? Today, Tracking Wonder team members Jeffrey Davis, Erin Haworth, Britt Bravo and Laine Nickl pull back the curtain on their own work. Jeffrey reveals how he conceived of the idea for the business, discussing the watershed moments that led to his commitment to be a wonder tracker in his own life. They go on to share their top takeaways from this season of the podcast and the nuts and bolts of putting together an episode. Jeffrey walks us through his role in developing the premise, Erin offers insight around the necessary systems and Laine describes the evolution of the imagery that complements the podcast episodes.  Jeffrey also explains the need for wonder in the current moment of divisiveness, advocating for businesses to raise their expectations and bring diverse people together in a culture of openness. Finally, they address the idea of working well and breaking better, developing a strong work ethos in conjunction with a strong wonder ethos. Listen in as Britt shares the power of Tracking Wonder’s Brand Artistry Labs program and learn about the organization’s other offerings, including Quest 2019, the Tracking Wonder journal and the upcoming 1440 Multiversity Wonder Interventions Course. Key Takeaways [2:17] The origins of Tracking Wonder Book research led to focus on wonder and surprise Baudelaire & Maslow’s concepts of genius, peak experience Launch consultancy around productivity + meaning [6:20] Jeffrey’s watershed moments Lightning storm caused fire that destroyed home Commitment to practices of tracking wonder [11:07] Jeffrey’s small moments of derailment Ongoing questions (wonder involves unknowing) Uncertainty of how ideas would resonate w/ public [13:22] How Jeffrey’s daughters inform his business Teach nuances of wonder, human consciousness Deepen appreciation for complexity of wonder Natural makers of worlds, engaged w/ surroundings [16:27] The team’s key takeaways from this season Scope of behind-the-scenes struggle Motivated to withstand by love for work [20:23] Jeffrey’s role in creating a podcast episode Development of theme and gather guests Entry point for reflections (hours to record) [23:28] Erin’s insight on the podcast systems, team Remote team in five different time zones Requires transparency, flexibility and communication [26:10] The design experience of Tracking Wonder Artist in residence concept for Season 2 Abstract images pique interest on social [27:46] The need for wonder in this moment in time Digital era creates problem of isolation Add rise of authoritarianism, divisiveness Wonder dissolves biases, creates openness [33:25] How Brand Artistry Labs brings people together See impact of transformative work firsthand Propels forward to advance skills, plan [37:46] The Tracking Wonder Quest Experience Envision next best year w/ wonder and meaning Exceeded expectations, created global community [43:03] The benefits of Tracking Wonder’s ArtMark Develop foundation of brand story Small groups to bounce ideas off of [46:08] The new Wonder Interventions tool Seven practices to integrate wonder into days TW Journal + 1440 Multiversity Course Connect with Jeffrey & the Tracking Wonder Team Tracking Wonder Email info@trackingwonder.com Tracking Wonder on Twitter Tracking Wonder on Facebook Tracking Wonder on Instagram Jeffrey on Instagram Brand Artistry Labs Quest 2019 ArtMark 1440 Multiversity Tracking Wonder Course Resources The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices as a Muse for Authentic Writing by Jeff Davis ‘The Painter of Modern Life’ by Charles Baudelaire Dr. Martin Seligman & Positive Psychology The Little Prince Film Walden, A Game Zen Habits: Handbook for Life by Leo Babauta Zen Habits
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