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Disruptive conversations is a blog series where I record Skype conversations with people who are working to transform or disrupt a sector or system. Sometimes I do in-person interviews, but they are usually done over Skype. This podcast was recorded on Skype. For my first 30 episodes music was provided by Clint Harewood. Email - clint.harewood@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tamo.T Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clint-harewood-42446342
 
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Christian Madsbjerg is a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he teaches German and French philosophy from the 20th century. He has also founded a company called Red Associates. Red Associates is a Social Science-based or anthropology-based company to advise on human behaviour and how humans make sense of the worl…
 
Paul Pangaro has a deep interest in the relationship between machines and people. He describes himself as an interaction designer, pragmatist and practitioner. He thinks, like me, believes if you have a good theory, you can then make progress. Currently, he teaches at Carnegie Mellon in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute there. In this conver…
 
Elizabeth Stokoe is a conversational analyst. This means she studies conversation in the wild. She looks at real-life conversations works to understand how talk works. Her work focuses on social interactions. What are people doing as they interact? Here are some of the highlights from our conversation. We build our world through social interactions…
 
Dr Larry Richard is a former Lawyer, who now works to understand what makes Lawyers tick. In our conversation, he shares his findings from his work with lawyers. His major insight is that skills and tools that make Lawyers good at law do not necessarily make them good leaders. In analyzing a variety of personality assessment tools, he found that La…
 
In this conversation with Daniel, you hear from two people who are really fascinated with understanding conversations. We take a practical and philosophical journey thinking about and exploring our current thoughts on conversations. Here are some of the things that stood out for me in this conversation. We are designing conversations all the time. …
 
Dan Doty describes himself as a father, husband, entrepreneur and outdoorsman. He is the co-founder of Everyman. A global organization that brings men together to learn and practice emotional skill sets. Men too can learn to be in touch with the vulnerable parts of life. They can learn to express as fully as possible. This conversation with Dan was…
 
In this episode of Disruptive Conversations, we hear from Liz Elam, founder of the largest coworking conference in the world know as the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC). There are a number of great takeaways. Here are a few of the insights I found helpful. To change your life, you have to change something you do every day. Later in …
 
In this episode of Disruptive Conversations, I interview Isobel Stevenson, Director of Organizational Learning at the Connecticut Center for School Change. The Center is a nonprofit based in Hartford, Connecticut. In this conversation, we discuss a range of topics that span areas like coaching, leadership, evaluation, and even the role of gaming th…
 
David Burkus has focused much of work, writing and research on how to not make work suck. A common joke in the world of organizational psychologists. He written books on creativity, networking, teams, teamwork and more recently remote work. In general, he asks, what do we think we know about work? Now that we have some ideas around that, what does …
 
In this episode, I interview John Ruffolo former Chief Executive Officer of OMERS Ventures. We explore how many of the entrepreneurs they invest in have a passion for solving a problem. He tells the story of Shopify. One of Canada’s great entrepreneurial stories. John and his team look for founders who care deeply about the problem to be solved. He…
 
In this conversation, Peter and I explore how solution-focused conversation has helped to shape his view of the world. This conversation is full of beautiful insights, stories, metaphors and quotable quotes. Here are some of the things that stood out for me in the conversation. Where do we have power and influence in conversations? Peter reminded m…
 
Michael Unger is a professor of social work and is currently the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Although he began his career as a family therapist, today he is a researcher and looks at resilience in populations that under stress. He works around the world to try to unders…
 
Aneil Gokhale is the Director of Philanthropy at the Toronto Foundation. In this conversation, he and I cover a range of topics related to Philanthropy and the charitable sector. At the Foundation, he and his colleagues are trying to get people to think differently about how they give. In our conversation, we cover a range of inflexion points withi…
 
In this episode of Disruptive Conversations, I speak with Sarah Kaplan (PhD). Sarah is an innovation scholar at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She has recently written the book The 360˚ Corporation. Today, Sarah works to explore how ideas from innovation can be applied in a way that helps to create a world of social and ec…
 
Can we change the way people have dialogue? Can we make their interactions better? This is the simple premise of Haesun’s work. Admittedly, we share similar perspectives on the role conversations play and their potential to help people thrive. So often, we blame other people for not communicating well. When we are in fact not listening. Conversatio…
 
Stefan Kollenberg is a Co-Founder of Crescendo. Crescendo delivers tailored microlearning for every employee inside of Slack. In our conversation, we discuss a number of themes. I really struggled to summarize this conversation but some of the things that stood out for me were: Using existing platforms to deliver a novel solution. Crescendo uses Sl…
 
In this episode, I talk with Misha Glouberman and I explore the nuance of a conversation. Admittedly, this was not my best interview. There was a moment in the interview where I was so caught up in being understood that Misha and I got in a silly dance where I broke all the rules of successful conversations. The irony of this conversation is that i…
 
Sille Krukow is a Nudge Behavioral Design expert. She describes her work as using applied behavioral science to work to change behavior in a variety of industries. She stumbled into the field out of a desire to create an impact in the world. In her previous experiences, she found that she did great design and campaign work but she was never really …
 
Tonya Surman is the CEO of the Center for Social Innovation. One of the largest purpose driven coworking spaces, likely in the world. In this conversation, we explore a number of lessons that she has learned over the years. A few that stood out for me are: The goal of the work is to understand how to better support people. A major theme in this epi…
 
In this conversation with Jon Shell, we talk about the a range of topics loosely connected to Impact Investing. Jon, throughout this episode, problematized a lot of the language people use. For example, instead of talking about the Future of Work, he talks about the Present of work. I really enjoyed this conversation and some of the take ways I hav…
 
Andrea Reimer is known for her disruptive public policy initiatives. She attributes her knack for disruption to her belief in fairness and justice. When she sees things that are unfair on unjust, she feels like she has to embark on transformative change initiatives. In this episode we explore many of the ideas that inform her knack for starting on …
 
Keita Demming • Disruptive Conversations • Cameron Norman.mp3 Cameron Norman is a psychologist and designer who brings together the science of systems, program evaluation, and design to help people create impact and innovation. In this conversation, he and I explore a number of themes related to change and innovation. Here I highlight some of theme…
 
In this conversation, Ashley Proctor and I we talk about the difference between the coworking industry and the coworking movement. There are a number of things that stood out for me in this episode. Build something for community larger than you. Build something for people. Ashley points out that she is driven to build things for people. Essentially…
 
Start your career where you can grow. Sarah decided to take the road less traveled and instead of taking a job with a major company she opted to take a job at Startup. In the basement of a house. She was interested in where could she learn the most and where could she learn the fastest? Keep making changes to your life until it’s the life you want …
 
This interview with Kofi Hope was thought-provoking on many levels. In this episode, we explored his work as an activist and an academic. Hope you enjoy the many insights we uncover in this episode. Here are some of the things that stood out for me. The most important journey we can go on is to find the fearless honestly within ourselves. Kofi remi…
 
Adrian Crook is an entrepreneur and housing activist. He is probably best known for his blog 5 Kids 1 Condo. Additionally, Adrian runs a successful game design company. Somehow, with five kids and as a fulltime entrepreneur, he manages to find time to write and speak about sustainable housing. Adrian is challenging the way we thinking about homes a…
 
Maarten Ectors is the Chief Innovation Office at Legal and General. He has helped companies like Amazon launch new services and disrupt markets. At the time of the interview, he was focused on disrupting insurance from the inside. In this conversation, we explore some very interesting ideas around disruptive innovation. There are few ideas that sto…
 
Alyson Schafer considers herself to be a modern-day parenting expert. Her general message is that a lot of what we think is common, may not necessarily be right. One of the most interesting things about Alyson is that she is the third generation of parenting educators. Although she is the first to do it as a full-time job, she comes from a long tra…
 
In order to walk, you need two feet. For Kate Sunderland in order to achieve your Big Hairy Audacious Goal, you need both the rational mind and the intuitive mind. Her goal is to make inner work as universal as cooking pots. So much of our world focuses on the rational mind and minimizes the role of intuitive mind. It is in the space that Kate Suth…
 
David Grayson has worked in Corporate Responsibility before there was a term for it. As a former Proctor and Gamble employee, he has taken his skills from that world and applied to the third sector. Today he is an author, educator, and consultant. In this episode, David talks about how Corporate Social responsibility needs to move away from a lens …
 
John Robinson is a sustainability professor at the University of Toronto and the Copenhagen Business School. In this episode, he and explore his perspectives on sustainability and the wonderful insight has gained after a lifetime of trying to disrupt sectors and systems. For John, the big challenges in sustainability are not technical or economic. …
 
Travis Kimmel is the CEO and one of the co-founders of GitPrime. A company that provides data to help software engineering teams measure and improve productivity. Said another way, if a developer is stuck, it is often difficult to tell if they are just busy working on a problem or if they are stuck on a problem and need help. GitPrime helps manager…
 
Seyi Fabode is one of LinkedIn’s TopVoice in Technology. In this episode of Disruptive Conversations, we talk about many of his perspectives on disrupting sectors and systems. In my conversation with Seyi, he attributes a major part of his success to bringing his whole self into all that he does. In his experience, he found that by being honest wit…
 
Marc Winn is on a mission to make Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel between France and the United Kingdom, the best place to live by 2020. His goal is audacious, but his lessons and approach are powerful. Firstly, Marc is bringing his mission to life one coffee meeting at a time. He calls it making change at coffee scale. An approach …
 
In this episode, you meet Chris Hooper. Early in his life, Chris began to see accounting as the language of business and despite having had success as an accountant, he realized that his business could not scale beyond him. The company he is building is called Accodex. Accodex is disrupting what some describe as the most boring profession in the wo…
 
At Accenture, one of the world’s largest business consulting firms, there 45000 people who have volunteered to take a 50% pay cut so they can volunteer in a developing country. It all started with Gib Bulloch this week’s guest. It all started when Gib read an article in the Financial Times that inspired him to volunteer, as a business consultant, i…
 
Tendayi Viki is one of my favourite innovation thinkers, authors, and educators. In this episodes, we hear his wonderful insights on innovation and strategy. One of the comments that stood out for me in this episodes was, “it is that it is better to be lucky than to be smart.” I suspect that Tendayi love of this quote is driven by his observation t…
 
In this episode, you will learn about some of the challenges of the future of work. This episode has a lot of great content and is hard to summarize. The future of work is full of possibility and there are new ways of collaborating that can be transformative for future workers. This episode is a recording of a panel I attended earlier this year. Be…
 
What does it mean to live in a world where we struggle to find funding for programs that help children find their humanity? After my Disruptive Conversation with Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy, this is the question I was left with. If you have never heard of Roots of Empathy, it is a nonprofit organization whose long-term goal is to build…
 
(Chapter 5) In this mini-series, we explore how patient-generated data is being used to redefine the patient experience. This mini-series if funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a partnership between Reos Partners and Disruptive Conversations. In this mini-series, we explore three examples, or use cases, of how patient-generated data…
 
(Chapter 4) In this mini-series, we explore how patient-generated data is being used to redefine the patient experience. This mini-series if funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a partnership between Reos Partners and Disruptive Conversations. In this mini-series, we explore three examples, or use cases, of how patient-generated data…
 
(Chapter 3) In this mini-series, we explore how patient-generated data is being used to redefine the patient experience. This mini-series if funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a partnership between Reos Partners and Disruptive Conversations. In this mini-series, we explore three examples, or use cases, of how patient-generated data…
 
(Chapter 2) In this mini-series, we explore how patient-generated data is being used to redefine the patient experience. This mini-series if funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a partnership between Reos Partners and Disruptive Conversations. In this mini-series, we explore three examples, or use cases, of how patient-generated data…
 
In this mini-series, we explore how patient-generated data is being used to redefine the patient experience. This mini-series if funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a partnership between Reos Partners and Disruptive Conversations. In this mini-series, we explore three examples, or use cases, of how patient-generated data is being us…
 
Andreas Demichelis is as an entrepreneur as you can find. Simply put, he is going up against Google. He is trying to use a search engine as a way of funding water projects in the developing world. The idea is simple, each time you use his search engine, Elliot for Water, you will help him bring safe drinking water to developing countries! Although …
 
If you own technology, you produce data, and that data is very valuable. OWN is working to help you take control of that data. Mitzi László and her colleagues are working to help you own your data. This conversation is particularly relevant in a week where Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have been dominating our news cycle. Cambridge Analytica was…
 
When most people think of the word disruption, they think about software. Some of the most of interesting innovations are what I refer to as analog innovations. These are innovations that are not connected to software but have to do with process and people. These offline innovations are perhaps the most interesting innovations to come. Shannon Down…
 
In this episode of Disruptive Conversations, I interview Kishau Rogers, founder of Big Think and many other software related companies. In this episode, Kishau and I geek out on systems thinking and find many overlaps in our own work. As a listener you will enjoy the many nuances she presents on thinking and problem-solving. Her general premise is …
 
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