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Results May Vary Podcast

Designers: Tracy DeLuca, Chris Waugh & Katia Verresen

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Results May Vary is a podcast, and a community, to help you design your life. Through our work in the fields of design, innovation, and executive coaching, Tracy DeLuca, Chris Waugh, and Katia Verresen have learned that the creative problem-solving strategies we use to help organizations tackle tough challenges apply to people-problems too. The design process is universal – gaining empathy and taking action is useful for every industry, and individual, alike. Our hope is that by sharing stor ...
 
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The pandemic has taken its toll on many people's romantic relationships. How can passion thrive as the world starts to rebuild? Katie Love is a life designer and expert on the human heart. The RMV chat to her about how to build a co-creative relationship, how to re-spark passion and when to decide if a relationship is coming to an end.…
 
The pandemic is forcing us to rethink how we work but how can you separate the home and the office if they're both the same place? Chris and Katia chat with life designer Ashley Jablow about how to overcome a toxic culture of excessive work. They also talk about the power of intuition and what true growth feels like.…
 
Gabrielle recently joined the Learning Team at Airbnb to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that help foster connection, unlock creativity and inspire action. Katia and Chris talk with Gabrielle about the fundamentals of life design, the potential for prototyping and practical steps everyone can take to unlock their full potential.…
 
In early 2017 Lee Kim forgot her friend Tracy's birthday. What would be a moment of fleeting regret for many of us, instead sparked a creative journey for Lee and @wearabletracy was born. Every day Lee would wear a different birthday crown made from multi-coloured pipe cleaners. On the show, Lee Kim talks about how this simple act of play has radic…
 
Wellness expert Alyssa Chang talks to Chris and Tracy about the power of neuroscience. Based in sunny Honolulu, Alyssa's journey into brain-based coaching stems from a past career as a collegiate volleyball player. In the first episode of Season 3 of Results May Vary, Alyssa guides us through practical exercises that help improve the connection bet…
 
Dare to dream beyond the pandemic as Chris, Katia and Tracy guide you through life design in the age of Covid-19. In this bonus episode of the podcast, the team talk about how the vaccine offers a glimmer of light from fatigue and exhaustion. Also, how life can get harder when you get closer to the finish line and why it's important to keep moving …
 
Today we are excited to wrap up our Results May Vary podcast relaunch with the sixth and final episode of Season 2! To celebrate, we’re switching up the format a bit by inviting our talented producer, Jenny Luna, to ask us the life design questions that came up for her while editing our material as a newbie to this work. Since we recorded all of th…
 
Today we are delighted to welcome artist, designer, and educator Purin Phanichiphant. With his roots in Northern Thailand, where he spent part of his life as a Buddhist monk, combined with his background in designing innovative products in Silicon Valley, Purin’s work reminds us to take a pause, play, touch, and take joy in simplicity. Whether it’s…
 
Today we are excited to welcome our first Results May Vary repeat guest, and author of Well-Designed Life, Dr. Kyra Bobinet. Kyra’s specialty is combining brain science & design thinking to serve the health of whole populations of people, and to challenge them and herself to live healthy fulfilling lives; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Dr. …
 
Today we’re thrilled and honored to welcome Sasha Sagan. Raised in a secular household by the astronomer Carl Sagan and writer and producer Ann Druyen, Sasha was taught that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, and that science reveals truths that are more wondrous than any myth or fable. When she herself became a mother, …
 
Today we are excited to welcome physician, author, speaker, and friend, Dr. BJ Miller. As a practicing hospice and palliative care doctor, BJ is best known for his TED Talk, "What Really Matters at the End of Life," and recently co-authored A Beginner’s Guide to the End, with the Editorial Director of IDEO, Shoshana Berger. BJ sees patients and car…
 
"Your mindset is like glasses. It's the lens through which you see the world." In this episode of Results May Vary, Chris and Tracy welcome new co-host Katia Verresen, an executive coach and dubbed "the fairy godmother of Silicon Valley." Katia's passion for life design and realizing that anything can be created inspires her work with startup cofou…
 
Saeeda Hafiz is a yoga teacher, author, and wellness expert. As a holistic health educator with the San Francisco Unified School District, she focuses on sharing her knowledge of physical and mental wellness within the school system. On this episode of Results May Vary, Saeeda talks with Chris and Tracy about how growing up in a household of chaos,…
 
Barbara has been designing her life for almost a century, with a stint at global design firm IDEO starting when she was just 93-years-old. After seeing founder David Kelley featured on an episode of 60 Minutes, Barbara wrote to the company offering to help design for aging and low-vision populations. Hailing from the field of occupational therapy, …
 
Surprise, listeners! It’s been quite awhile since our last episode, but that doesn’t mean you’ve heard the last of me and Chris, or the amazing individuals we’ve met who have been intentionally designing their own lives. In fact, we dug into the Results May Vary vault and found 3 previously unreleased, yet truly inspiring episodes that we’re excite…
 
Kristen Berman spends a lot of time thinking about human behavior. As a behavioral economist, she helps people make the changes that they want in the long term, but are hard to implement in the short term. On this episode of Results May Vary, Kristen talks with Chris and Tracy about the ways our environment can alter our behavior and how incorporat…
 
In our last episode, community architect Sandra Kulli talked to us about fostering human connection through the design of extraordinary places. Today we are excited to share this very special episode of Results May Vary. We’re featuring this year’s Stanford d.school Civic Innovation Fellows, which this year was sponsored by Knight Foundation. This …
 
In our newest episode, we introduce you to Sandra Kulli, a community architect, dedicated to creating extraordinary places that focus on fostering human connection. As she practices the business and art of placemaking, Sandra is an advocate of thoughtful design and innovative problem-solving. Starting her career as a teacher in a rich and vibrant i…
 
On the newest episode of Results May Vary, we introduce you to aging and climate change expert, Dr. Mick Smyer, and his Graying Green movement, which aims to engage more older adults in taking impactful action on climate change. Among his many accomplishments, Mick is the former Provost and a current Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. …
 
Today we introduce you to designer, Jenny Jin, whose motto is “always be learning!” A graduate of Stanford and MIT, she recently worked at the Alicia Foundation, founded by world renowned chef of El Bulli, Ferran Adria, to promote healthy eating for everyone. Jenny is an entrepreneurial learner and doer, and is here to inspire us with her a sense o…
 
As the U.S. healthcare system undergoes a technology revolution, the impact on us as patients, and for providers, often falls short of the promises made. In our newest episode, we ask healthcare innovator, Aaron Sklar, how we can fix our broken system. You may not be surprised to hear, he thinks it involves a whole lot of Design Thinking! Aaron is …
 
What CAN'T you say about Story Musgrave? He holds 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year career as an astronaut, AND has had a cameo on Home Improvement. Today, in his 80s, he operates a palm …
 
Sanrio Dollhouse Story is a creative, artistic Instagram user that uses Sanrio items to stage picturesque kawaii imagery that represents Japanese customs and ways of life. As a child, she recalls receiving Sanrio calendars at the end of kindergarten when she chose Hello Kitty with the red bow. She now collects tableware and everyday items that she …
 
Have you ever wanted a fast and reliable way to make changes in your life? In our newest episode of Results May Vary, we orient ourselves with Ela Ben Ur and her Innovators' Compass, a simple tool that allows you to take swift action on any opportunity or challenge you're facing. As Ela describes it: "The Compass orients us to the powerful directio…
 
This episode features Richard Brown, or Acton as he is known throughout various online communities. After being stationed in Japan with the US Navy in the 1980s, Hello Kitty is one of several cute characters that he remembers during his stay. Fast forward to the late 90s and Richard is once again face to face with Miss Kitty White and reminiscing a…
 
Today we talk to the father of contemporary a cappella, Deke Sharon. In college, Deke decided to make a career of contemporary a cappella.[22] even though people laughed at him [23] and thought he was crazy for doing so. Since then, he’s arranged for The Social Network, and served as music director and arranger for Pitch Perfect 1 and 2, the sing o…
 
We’re in the double digits, y'all! (sfx: NYE party horns) In the newest Results May Vary episode, we talk to fish-monger turned award-winning history podcaster, Mike Duncan, about how you can design the past — to engage more people in our shared human history, as well as to gather insights that our useful for us to design our future. His approach t…
 
In the newest Results May Vary episode, we talk to New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond about how you can design your creative practice and make a career out of following your artistic passions. Steve's way of design thinking is intentional and intuitive, and offers incredible insight around: - Living a more examined life - Finding a patr…
 
Today we’re so grateful to introduce you to Dr. Ellen Vora, a psychiatrist who prefers NOT to prescribe drugs. Instead, she really looks at the whole picture from sleep, nutrition, relationships, diet, and spirituality, in order to help people repair, heal, and optimize their lives in the least risky way possible. Dr. Vora studied English at Yale U…
 
Do you have that recurring idea that’s really cool but hard to make time for? That’s the insight today’s guest, Jessica Semaan, has built an entire company around. Despite her success at Stanford Business School and as an early employee at Airbnb, Jessica found herself unfulfilled. So she spent a year interviewing 100 people who were doing what the…
 
Today, we are beyond THRILLED to introduce you to Andy Weir, a computer programmer turned New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Martian. He joins us to talk about turning his nights and weekend hobby into, not just one of the most successful self-published novels of all time, but also a soon-to-be major motion picture starring Matt Damon. How…
 
Today we're excited for you to meet Aaron Scott, a data scientist who made the very conscious decision to move from his gorgeous San Francisco home overlooking the Pacific Ocean into a van. Why would anyone do that? And how is it working out for him? Aaron shares his story and makes it sound like it might just be a really great idea!…
 
Today we introduce you to San Francisco-based artist, designer, and writer, Elle Luna. After her own success as a designer for companies such as Mailbox, Uber, Medium, and IDEO, Elle completely redesigned her life and started a movement around Choosing Must. Her first book, "The Crossroads of Should and Must" just launched in April. If that wasn't …
 
Today we want to introduce you to one of the most influential people on the planet when it comes to design, innovation, and creativity. Founder of IDEO and the Hasso Platner Institute of Design at Stanford (The d.school), David Kelley has spent decades helping students, employees, and organizations apply unleash the creativity that lies within each…
 
In our inaugural episode, we talk about what design means to us, how we've applied the tools of design used in business to our own lives, and what it could all mean for you. In future episodes, we'll talk to people already designing their lives, as well as those curious to get started. Maybe that's you! Our dream is to build a community of people w…
 
Ever wondered what it was a Sanrio Store was like in the 1990s? Well, Evelyn has all the answers about life as a store manager of the Sanrio Store in the Capitola Mall during 1996 & 1997. She's got some great Sanrio Stories about Hello Kitty and many other Sanrio characters. She explains how she started out, how she decorated her store, what she li…
 
Oliver is a Super Fan! He has been collecting random and rare Hello Kitty items since his first item: the Hello Kitty Sega Dreamcast. Although most of his collection is in storage, that doesn't stop him from spreading the cheer and love of Sanrio's message of Small Gift, Big Smile. Oliver makes it a point to show up to an HK Junkies meet up with ba…
 
Meryl is a great Sanrio fan! She's liked Hello Kitty since an early age and even had a seventh birthday that was Sanrio themed! Her collection rests in organized protected bags so they don't get ruined and many stationary items she has, she passes on to her friends. This good deed of sending smiles is what Sanrio prides itself on, and with fans lik…
 
Few Sanrio fans can say they've been with Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, and Patty & Jimmy since the early days, but @MrHelloKittyBoy has pictures to prove it! Starting back in 1976 in southern California, Tommy, as he was known back then, would visit his local Hallmark shop and become drawn towards the small display that was set up to showcase th…
 
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