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Imagine advancing local+global connection, economic development, entrepreneurship, transportation and community-development… all through an existing asset. That asset is the major airport. A new kind of community and economic engine can be built within and around existing airports if we are inventive in our coordination, collaboration and collective will. We’re talking about the idea of an Aerotropolis. In Cleveland, it’s the Aerozone Alliance, a partnership of economic jewels; Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, NASA Glenn Research Center and surrounding communities. More on the Aerozone Alliance is found, here:  Host Craig James chats with Dr. Stuart C. Mendel, the founding executive director of the Aerozone Alliance. Dr. Mendel regularly advises community leaders, nonprofit executives/board members—and has served on numerous organization boards and committees. Dr. Mendel also serves as Director of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise. Thinking big. Being Audacious. Big Audacious Idea. This is the last episode of Season-2. It’s been a blast. Thanks for listening-in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Humanity is at an inflection point. We can spiral up to abundance and equity—or spiral down into division and despair. It’s up to us. All of us. To chart a positive path, we need to have the tough conversations and challenge our assumptions. We need to talk about race, economic/health disparity… and more. Looking at history is useful, too. Not just the recent past, but back hundreds of years. Seek to understand the roots of our thinking+systems and have the courage to challenge them. We also need to ask big basic questions such as, “What is the role of government and what is government in the first place?" Can we find solutions to the greatest problems of our country and world? Absolutely. Together. Listen to a conversation that is both sobering and hopeful. Global and local. Host Craig James talks with Davidione Pearl, social/eco activist, artist, international travel writer and musician. They discuss how we (all) can live our lives in service to others—before and after we die. Davidione's Socials: FB - IG - @davidionecpearl TWR - @DavidionePearl  Davidione's work: Race, Racism, and the Power of Language Haitian Vodou: Relativity And Demystification Perfect Storm: Covid-19 America and Black Lives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Place-making and the built environment is extra special when it combines the visual with other senses. It’s called Content Driven Design. Content Driven Design tells stories, heightens our awareness of the world and informs us about humanity and history. It helps us connect, better. On this episode of Big Audacious Idea we welcome Wendy Evans Joseph of Studio Joseph a WBE (Woman Business Enterprise) in New York City. As part of a commitment to public work and the community, the firm was part of the highly competitive Small Firms Design Excellence Program for the NYC/DDC (Department of Design and Construction) and is currently working with the National Park Service. Wendy chats with host Craig James about the power of thoughtful Content Driven Design and helps us see that “the kitchen table” where bread is broken and our bodies+spirits are fueled—can exist anywhere. Everywhere.  Learn More about Wendy's work at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What makes a stink bug an entrepreneur? Maybe he takes more risk than other stink bugs do. Maybe he sees patterns that the other little creatures don’t. The entrepreneur-stink-bug’s friends tend not to understand him. Whether stink bug or human being—being an entrepreneur is a unique thing. It’s a way of being and thinking—not just a function of “doing". Not all of us are one. Not all of us should be one. Entrepreneurs tend to capably imagine, invent and convert ideas into reality. But the game of entrepreneurship is changing. Adaptation and agility—as well as embracing employees and customers in new ways—are becoming increasingly essential to the entrepreneur. In this episode of Big Audacious Idea, host Craig James is joined by Grant Marquit; environmentalist, artist, and program consultant at The Entrepreneurs EDGE. Together, they discuss all things entrepreneurial. Learn more about Grant's work here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The very act of creating art is the art. Creative Contact is when we do so, together. Creative Contact helps us truly tune into (and understand) each other. And, when we do it right, we integrate life, humanity, place-making and nature.  We can redefine what public spaces mean—and how we experience them. And sometimes, it’s the little things that matter the most.  Creator of public art Mac Love of ART x LOVE and Shanelle Smith Whigham, Vice President, Sustainability & Social Impact at KeyBank and former State Director of the Trust for Public Land in Ohio, join host Craig James in this episode of Big Audacious Idea. Together, they discuss community living and how unique approaches to human engagement can help us cope (and support each other) during a pandemic—and beyond. Learn more about Mac's work at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Humor can connect us. When we laugh together, we’re less likely to harm each other. Humor also brings new perspectives. Perspectives that produce possibility and creativity. In this episode, Comedian+Leadership Speaker David Horning and Host Craig James have a somewhat seriously funny conversation about humor. Horning describes his path to comedy, discusses the different types of humor, and helps us see how humor can make us better thinkers and leaders. Check out Horning's podcast “You Can't Laugh at That”, and his website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Have you ever experienced a synchronistic moment when time and space bend—and someone (or something) else seems “in control”? You realize something special is happening, but you can’t quite put it into words. Guess what: Love has probably got a lot to do with it. In this episode, host Craig James is joined by Dr. Stephen Post, the best-selling lead author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, and God and Love on Route 80: The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness. Together they discuss the science and humanity of love, synchronicity, and serendipity.  Learn more about Dr. Post here. You can purchase his latest book: God and Love on Route 80: The Hidden Mystery of Human Connectedness here. Stephen’s Other Links: Correction: During the interview, Craig references a book by Mara Gleason Olsen. The correct title is, “One Thought Changes Everything”. You can purchase it here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Did you know that the word “Network” has 43 meanings? Yep, 43. Like the case with so many words, there are many meanings. It’s important to be specific and clear about what we’re discussing. During this conversation, host Craig James and his guest Valdis Krebs, a Data Scientist, explore the fascinating topic of Human Networks.   Human Networks can look and act like other networks, such as electrical networks. But when it comes to Human Networks—there are important differences. Human Networks rely on relationship, trust and quality connection. In our era of hyper-connection and “promiscuous linking” we may lose sight of what’s good, or bad—when we connect. Connections can infect us, or protect us. They can build bridges, or separate us. They can spread useful information… or proliferate disinformation.   It’s important to be thoughtful as we network and connect.  We can connect on our similarities—and benefit from our differences. It’s up to us. Listen up. Listen in.  Listen good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Culture makes us better human beings. Music is a great example of culture. In fact, one could argue that music is a necessity—not a nicety. It’s an international language.  Creating music is an elevated act like no other. Performing music connects and bridges human differences. Witnessing a live performance is a vivid multi-sensory experience that combines venue, performer-audience connection and the music itself. But changes in our world are making such rich human experiences harder to come by... and the future (and business) of performance art is uncertain.  In this episode, join Host Craig James and Conductor Wilson Hermanto, the Principal Guest Conductor of Cameristi della Scala. They discuss what Hermanto calls “the higher plateau” and the impact of music on humanity and the future. Listen-in Learn more about Wilson and his work from his website and from his bio at IMG Artists. The music playing during the interview: Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, Daniel Müller-Schott, cello, Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto, Conductor Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings in C Major op. 48, Cameristi della Scala, Wilson Hermanto, Conductor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Imagine looking upon the Earth with millions of brilliant stars in the background while you “walk“ through low Earth orbit toward the Hubble Space Telescope.  Upon arrival at the Hubble—you’re reminded of the fact that it sees 13 billion years into the “past” and can practically witness the birth of the Universe.  Join Host Craig James in a wonderment-igniting conversation with Michael T. "Bueno” Good—retired NASA Astronaut + retired Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. Colonel Good has flown 30+ types of aircraft such as the F-111 and F-15… and flew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis for STS-125 (the final Space Shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble). He was also Mission Specialist 2 on STS-132 which docked with the International Space Station for an assembly mission. Space Exploration expands human imagination and can bridge human social, societal and political chasms. Space Exploration also serves us in our daily lives—in ways we may not realize.  Every successful Mission is a series of “consecutive miracles” Colonel Good explains. Listen-in to learn more. For more on Colonel Good: see his NASA profile here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We’re in a unique time. What will leadership look like in the future? How can a leader help other leaders grow their leadership abilities? How and when should we conduct courageous conversations?  Host Craig James is joined by Scott J. Miller, Senior Advisor + Former CMO & EVP, Thought Leadership, FranklinCovey, WSJ Best-selling Author, Host of On Leadership Podcast and Columnist. Scott is also launching Ignite Your Genius Career Series on February 1, 2021. In this episode, Craig and Scott discuss the importance of challenging one’s own paradigms, the difference between checking-in and checking-on, and the need for transparency—especially now. Learn more about Scott and FranklinCovey here. Purchase Scott’s book Management Mess to Leadership Success here. Listen to FranklinCovey On Leadership with Scott Miller here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why does Capitalism exist? Should it be reimagined? How do we define opportunity equality? Is American democracy at stake? Host Craig James is joined by Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam. Peter has a gripping life story. While growing up in Romania he was arrested along with his brother and grandmother and was sent to a work camp. He was only ten years old at the time. His family was victim of the Iron Curtain and the oppression of the Soviet Union (USSR). Fortunately, in 1954 he was rescued by the intervention of Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton and President Eisenhower.  Peter has seen the worst of oppression as well as the fruits of Capitalism—becoming a successful ad executive in New York. With his range of experiences, Peter reflects on what he believes to be both the “good versions" and “bad versions" of Capitalism—and asserts that things can be much better than they are today. Peter's current work on Stakeholder Capitalism has been driven by his past—yet is intended to catalyze significant change for our collective future. Listen in. You can learn more about Peter at and you can purchase Peter’s book: Capitalists Arise! here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
For most of history, healthcare has been a centralized system. But with today's advancements in information technology, artificial intelligence and social platforms; aspects of healthcare can be reimagined. Care can become increasingly patient-centric, peer-to-peer and distributed. In this episode, host Craig James is joined by Charu Ramanathan PhD, Co-Founder & CEO of vitalxchange. Charu shares her personal and professional experiences with the healthcare system. Further, she shares her mission to empower one’s own health by helping individuals in similar situations exchange insights and emotional support. It’s all delivered through a technology-enabled social platform. Can you find someone who’s going through what you’re going through? Can quality of life go hand in hand with extension of life? Can entrepreneurship intermingle with medicine?  Listen in and find out, and learn more about vitalxchange here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We are experiencing the arrival of the Internet of Value. What does that mean? What might it bring to Business and the World? What is the underlying Technology? Have our methods of transacting become outdated? Does it mean the end of cash? Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute and bestselling author Don Tapscott joins host Craig James in this week’s episode of Big Audacious Idea. Together, they discuss Blockchain, the “Double-Spend” problem, and the changing role of the middleman. You can check out all of Don Tapscott’s books here. Don also recently launched four new courses on the world of blockchain technology. They explain what it is, how it works, and why it’s revolutionary.  You can also watch Don Tapscott’s TED Talks here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Can we see into the future? How can we better prepare ourselves to alter outcomes in the future that we deem damaging or negative? In this episode of Big Audacious Idea, Host Craig James is joined by Senior Executive Advisor, Jens Ulrik Hansen. Hansen describes the development that sprouts from crises, and how this applies to the future of schooling, government, and technology in a post-pandemic world. Jens is the cofounder of the two companies Supertrends and Supertrends Institute, where he is the CEO of Supertrends Institute. Supertrends Institute is a membership based Institute with the goal is to empower its members to successfully identify, evaluate and craft their most desired future, today. Learn more at You can read his contributed work in Lars Tvede's "50 Things you Need to Know About the Future". Additionally, learn more about Jens' work with Future Associates here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What truly is code? How can the definition of code be better associated with the progression of humankind? Can this adapted understanding influence our relationship with progress? In this episode, Host Craig James is joined by economist and author of “The Code Economy” Philip Auerswald. Together, they discuss the purpose of code, the importance of scaling outwards, and even the significance of the chocolate chip cookie. Philip Auerswald is chief academic officer of the Hult Prize Foundation. He is also the founding board chair and president of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the founder of Innovations journal (MIT Press), and a professor of public policy at George Mason University. Auerswald has published over fifty books, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional reports on entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy. He is among the leading authorities globally on policies to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems. Learn more about Philip by following these links: Oxford University Press: The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History  Harvard Business Review: "The Ups and Downs of India’s Digital Transformation" TEDx: Eye Contact Can't be Automated  Harvard Business Review: "A Decade In, It’s Time to Supercharge the Giving Pledge" New York Times: "As Population Growth Slows, Populism Surges” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How is trust most effectively built? How does trust impact a team? What type of environment will help a team thrive? Greg Wooldridge is a former member of the Blue Angels and is the only person to have led their flight demonstration team three times. During his time in the Blues, he learned a lot about teamwork. Greg talks to host Craig James about these experiences, the significance of “Glad to be here”, and the four C’s: keys to building trust. Learn more about Commander Greg Wooldridge here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Can we ensure a bright future? Is holding true to our beliefs in a world of technological and social "progress" really possible? Don’t miss the exciting conclusion of Big Audacious Idea. In this episode, we will sum it all up. During the season we’ve delved into mind-spinning topics of technology, reality, and consciousness… All of these topics relate to how we as humans solve problems, generate ideas and transform our world. Advances through history have caused certain revolutions of thought: tec Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How will augmented and virtual reality shape the future? Will 3D-printing impact our everyday lives? What’s real and what’s not? This episode is going virtual! Host, Craig James, will be joined by Aaron Frank, one of the first faculty members at Silicon Valley’s prestigious Singularity University. Together, they will discuss interesting topics such as programmable matter, 3D-printing and other things that make physical matter, not matter as much. These are the tech trends that are changing our rel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Time with Alan Burdick

Time with Alan Burdick


Does time move backward? Can we change time? Can we move through it? Does time even exist? Host, Craig James will be joined by an expert in the field of Time, Alan Burdick, who authored the book, “Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.” Alan is a former staff writer for the New Yorker and an editor for it’s science-and-tech blog. Together, Craig and Alan travel across the many twists and turns of Time, forward, backward, and in-between. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Ryan Chynces

this one was a bit out there for me

Jun 20th
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