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A narrated essay reflecting on how to access the mind using the body, your responsibility for your body, and who has the power to make decisions about our bodies. Brandon shares how he began a better connection with his body and his views about decisions made concerning other's bodies including abortion and COVID.Want the essays and podcasts delivered directly to you? Subscribe: brandonstover.substack.comTIMESTAMPS (00:00) - Introduction (01:04) - Beginning of essay On the Body: Using the Body to Access the Mind (04:15) - Inspiration of essay, my journey with first connecting with the body (05:49) - How do we access the mind through the body? (09:49) - What is the connection of the mind with reality? (10:49) - How did the Stoics perceive the body? (11:13) - How is the body a tool for your will? (12:30) - Why you must become the expert and take responsibility for your body (15:11) - What happens when you outsource responsibility of your body to others? (15:58) - Who should have ultimate decisions over our bodies? (18:30) - What can you do if your body is enslaved or controlled by someone else? (20:52) - Final comments on the body
A narrated essay reflecting on what the true joy of a goal is, what to do when you are not reaching goals fast enough, goals in finite vs infinite games, and how to share your ambition with others. Brandon shares his struggles with not reaching goals fast enough and sharing his ambition with others.Want the essays and podcasts delivered directly to you? Subscribe: brandonstover.substack.comTIMESTAMPS (00:00) - Introduction (01:16) - Beginning of essay On Goals: Joy of Goals (04:50) - Inspiration of essay, not reaching goals fast enough (05:38) - How does dopamine and our brain influence goals? (06:20) - What choices do we have in life? (07:03) - What are finite vs infinite games? (08:12) - How does legacy effect our goals? (10:13) - What is the true benefit of having a goal? (13:27) - How many goals should we have? (14:22) - Why should you cherish your goals? (15:25) - What is the best possible goal to set for yourself? (16:40) - Why do some fear ambition? (20:22) - Why do you fear sharing your ambition? (24:51) - What is the goal of the infinite game of life? (26:48) - How to deal with uncertainty in life Full show notes, transcripts, and resources for every episode can be found at: brandonstover.comThe On Life podcast is produced by Plato University.
A narrated essay reflecting on marriage as a contract, whether love should be a part of this contract, what other types of marriage exist, and if monogamy is the best form of partnership for marriages. Brandon elaborates on his 4 year marriage ending in divorce, relationship check-ins, and what forms of love and relationships he may look for in the future.Want the essays and podcasts delivered directly to you? Subscribe: brandonstover.substack.comTIMESTAMPS (00:00) - Introduction (01:20) - Beginning of essay On Marriage: Marriage as a Social Contract (05:43) - Current context, recent divorce, and childhood background (06:58) - Is marriage a contract requiring negotiations? (08:41) - Is marriage as a positive environment for children? (09:42) - What of the chemical influence of love on the brain? (10:32) - What role does love play in marriage? (14:16) - What is the desire to want the best for your partner? (15:29) - Relationship check-ins and the beginning of my divorce (19:09) - Should marriage be more flexible? (20:58) - What other types of marriages exist? (28:30) - Questioning the standard template of marriage to fit your circumstances (30:08) - Should love and marriage be separate? (31:40) - Questions I have for those in long lasting marriages Full show notes, transcripts, and resources for every episode can be found at: brandonstover.comThe On Life podcast is produced by Plato University.
Introducing the On Life podcast. Through narrated essays and intellectual interviews, this podcast will equip you with practical philosophies, new perspectives, and modern understandings of global issues so that change can start with you. It will help you to become a more critical thinker, find purpose in your life, and discover why you would want to take action in changing the world.WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why I'm rebranding the podcast What On Life is about and how it will help you How philosophy is one part of a trifecta for human action The biggest problem with content creation My promise to you, the listener Want the essays and podcasts delivered directly to you? Subscribe: brandonstover.substack.comFull show notes, transcripts, and resources for every episode can be found at: brandonstover.comThe On Life podcast is produced by Plato University.
Ben Jeffreys is the CEO of ATEC International, which supports households across Asia & Africa to transition to modern, decarbonized cooking through its patented IoT stove products - delivering cost efficiency to households, data-validated carbon credits to net-zero partners and addressing the 4 billion people who lack access to clean, modern cooking. After moving his family to Cambodia in 2015 to commercialize ATEC’s biodigester prototype, the winning product of the Google Impact Challenge, into a social enterprise, he has helped ATEC become a global leader in clean cooking it's two flagship on-grid and off-grid products delivering data-driven scalable impact not only for cooking, but data validation of carbon reduction as well. ATEC is aiming to help 800 million households to offset more emissions than the global airline industry whilst saving the lives of millions of women each year who traditionally cook with wood. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE How clean cooking products increases life quality, health, and household incomes How ATEC is using data collection and technology to offset carbon emissions The economics of carbon credits and why they are attractive to companies How to choose a high impact problem you can have a significant role in solving How to develop an Impact Flywheel to scale a solution and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/79The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University.TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:40) - How big is the clean cooking problem globally?(02:46) - How to choose a high impact problem you can have a significant role in solving(06:29) - What macro trends in energy made ATEC's solutions possible(07:23) - ATEC's clean cooking biodigester and induction stove solutions(11:41) - How to develop an Impact Flywheel to scale a solution(16:50) - Why Ben moved his family to Cambodia(21:04) - How ATEC gained early adopters with its PAYGO model(23:01) - How ATEC developed it's prototypes(27:01) - How clean cooking products increases life quality, health, and household incomes(30:12) - Why ATEC decided to pivot to induction stoves(33:04) - How ATEC is using data collection and technology to offset carbon emissions(36:34) - The economics of carbon credits and why they are attractive to companies(40:55) - How to face overwhelming problems(42:37) - Why its important to choose purposeful work(46:18) - How to identify a problem you are equipped to solve(48:34) - What our energy solutions look like for the next decade(53:17) - How we can push the world to Evolve
Dr. Yael Joffe is Founder and Chief Science Officer of 3x4 genetics, which is brining the future of personalized healthcare by make use of the power of your unique genetics. This digital health company is pioneering the application of genomics to improve human health and sports performance by giving people access to more personalized, DNA-data-driven recommendations for fitness, food, supplements and lifestyle. Pioneering in the field and even cobbling together her own PHD, Yael became a world-renowned scientist in the rapidly-evolving discipline of nutrigenomics. She has over 20 years of experience in nutrition, genetics, sound research, clinical practice and scientific integrity, is a highly sought-after speaker, has co-authored two books, ‘It’s Not Just Your Genes’ and ‘Genes To Plate’, and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners globally in nutrigenomics as course creator and adjunct professor. Yael is going share how we can use genetics to help everyone, everywhere personalize every health decisions, addressing root causes not just patching symptoms. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODEHow genetics and epigenetics can enhance health, wellbeing, and performanceWhat are the problems with modern medicine's one size fits all model to healthcare?How does knowing your genetics help with your nutrition and diet?How Yael went from budding architect to world renowned scientist and entrepreneurHow to keep pursuing an idea when everyone else says your crazyHow we can start taking responsibility for your own healthand much more...Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/78The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University.TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:46) - Why is Yael so passionate about cold water swimming?(05:58) - Genetics and epigenetics 101(12:18) - What are the problems with modern medicine's one size fits all model to healthcare?(15:08) - The problem of focusing on symptoms rather than root causes(19:18) - 3x4 Genetics solution to enhance health, wellbeing, and performance(26:53) - Why work with health practitioners rather than go direct to consumer(30:12) - How does the science of 3x4 compare to 23andMe?(34:10) - How does knowing your genetics help with your nutrition and diet?(40:15) - Ethical considerations for genetic data and how to stay safe(44:41) - How Yael went from budding architect to world renowned scientist and entrepreneur(55:10) - Most important lessons Yael learned from her mentors(57:01) - How to decide if a project is having impact and when to move on(1:01:04) - Passing along important lessons in entrepreneurship through family generations(1:04:43) - How to keep pursuing an idea when everyone else says your crazy(1:08:50) - How we can start taking responsibility for your own health(1:11:48) - How we can push the world to Evolve
Sibongani Kayola is Country Director of GiveDirectly Liberia, and someone deeply interested in the interaction between psychosocial factors and financial behavior. GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors like you send money directly to the world’s poorest households. Globally, GiveDirectly delivered $165M+ to over 534K households in 8 countries across 25 different programs in 2021. Sibongani joined the GiveDirectly Liberia program in 2018 and had a goal to deliver cash to ~12,000 people in 2 years. Fast forward to 2021 they enrolled and paid over 100,000 Liberians in a single year!  As country director she provides strategic leadership for GiveDirectly’s in-country operations. She is responsible for managing a US$ 70M portfolio (2022-2025), leading in-country fundraising and resource mobilization and managing relationships with entities such as the Liberia Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, USAID and the World Bank. And today, Sibongani shares her learnings of giving money directly in Liberia and how we can end poverty in our lifetime by direct giving, an efficient, proven, and empowering way to help. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE What are the drivers of global poverty The step by step journey from donating your cash to someone receiving it The effectiveness of giving cash directly for lifting someone out of poverty Key considerations when looking for a meaningful career solving global issues How an everyday person can make change to solve big issues and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/77The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University.TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:54) - What are the drivers of global poverty?(06:05) - How does US poverty compare to global poverty?(07:02) - The State of Liberia in 2018 making poverty worse(10:32) - How much someone in Liberia lives on in a day(12:40) - The first steps to giving cash directly to people in Liberia(13:51) - What happens when they refuse to take the cash?(16:51) - The step by step journey from donating your cash to someone receiving it(18:50) - How country governments respond to GiveDirectly(21:33) - How communities change when money is given directly to citizens(24:15) - GiveDirectly's effectiveness compared to goods or service nonprofits(26:17) - Long-term research and considerations of giving cash directly(28:40) - Can crypto help end poverty?(31:04) - How to provide financial literacy to receivers of cash(34:08) - How Sibongani went from working in mental health to poverty(37:23) - Key considerations when looking for a meaningful career solving global issues(41:58) - Challenges to growing the GiveDirectly Liberia program(46:15) - How an everyday person can make change to solve big issues(49:16) - How we can push the world to Evolve
Robbie Bent is Co-founder of Othership,  a physical location and an on-demand Breathwork platform featuring the world's best facilitators in the space. Years ago, breathwork, plant medicine, and hot/cold therapy helped Robbie turn away from a lifetime of alienation and addiction. Now, his mission is to create a community and safe space for people to feel belonging, connection, and emotional resilience without the social crutch of alcohol or drugs. His brand, Othership, includes physical and online opportunities to dial into the breath, self-regulate our emotions, and connect with one another. How backyard ice baths sparked a community that’s redefining well-being. Prior to Othership, he led ecosystem development at Ethereum and was multiple time founder. Today, Robbie is going share how backyard ice baths sparked a community that’s redefining well-being and how we can tap into the power of the human nervous system to shift our state for better mental health. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why Robbie lived 8 days in a cave How our modern life is effecting our mental health How breathwork can foster emotional fitness, mental health, and friendship How Othership went from a backyard to growing startup How Robbie went from a failed startup and drug addiction to helping hundreds of people with mental health and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/76The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University.TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(02:16) - Why Robbie lived 8 days in a cave(04:28) - How the cave experience changed his perception(12:39) - How our modern life is effecting our mental health(16:49) - How breath is connected to wellbeing(20:18) - How breathwork can foster emotional fitness, mental health, and friendship(27:37) - Using music to make wellness practices fun(30:19) - How Othership went from a backyard to growing startup(37:49) - How Robbie went from a failed startup and drug addiction to helping hundreds of people with mental health(43:36) - The first steps to getting out of depression(47:39) - What success and enough means for Robbie(51:44) - How Robbie is using a retreat to prepare for fatherhood(53:17) - The difficulties of keeping a wellness routine(55:42) - How to get started with breathwork and hot/cold therapy for wellbeing(58:59) - How we can push the world to Evolve
Want the top 3 lessons and premium, detailed deep-dive show notes for this episode for FREE? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comBrandon Stover it the founder of Plato University, an alternative, online university that turns your passions into purpose by helping you master skills and launch a career solving global challenges. As a podcaster, he hosts the Evolve podcast. From climate change to education to mental health, he mines the wisdom of visionaries and experts for the tools and tactics to solve these global issues. He is also the founder of the Social Good Media Network, a media group united around the goal of helping listeners understand the global challenges we face and how we can work together to solve them. Before these ventures, I spent half a decade of experience as a designer, marketer, and educator. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE How to listen to others and TRULY understand them How I am changing the higher education paradigm And the dark challenges I faced that led me to finding my purpose and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/75The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(06:36) - How to navigate difficult conversations(09:01) - How to calm the voice of judgement in your mind(11:00) - How to connect and recognize other's emotions(12:33) - How podcasting made me a better listener(16:20) - How podcasting skills transfer to other areas of life(20:28) - Podcasting as a container for deeper conversations(24:09) - Chasing the golden ticket and reaching depression(28:24) - How I started the path to finding purpose(32:35) - Does fear play into my decisions(37:42) - How students start finding their purpose at Plato University(40:30) - How did Plato University start(45:03) - How millennials and gen z are demanding purpose in their life(53:40) - What does Plato University look like at scale?(57:53) - How do employers look at education?(52:04) - What does a degree signal in Higher Education?(1:05:29) - What does compassion mean?
Want the top 3 lessons and premium, detailed deep-dive show notes for this episode for FREE? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comH.D. Lee is Founder of Nomadic School, which is dedicated to adolescents’ and young adults’ exploration of the beauty, truth, and goodness within in connection to Something larger than oneself. He is a seeker and practitioner of wholeness through living an authentic and inspired life. The life roles which bring him insight, healing and growth are son, father, friend, learner, artist, musician, writer, teacher, and coach. H.D. Lee runs a life coaching practice with a focus on self- actualization and Self-realization. In other words, his work often involves the questions of the discovery and fulfillment of one’s potential, as well as life meaning and purpose. His clients are young adults, adults, and couples who come from more than twenty different countries and cultural backgrounds. H.D. Lee serves in an advisory role for the social educational non-profit HundrED in Finland, and Xinzhai-Better (心斋-貝德幼兒全人教育中心) in China. Fluent and literate in Chinese, French, and English, H.D. has lived or worked in the US, Germany, France, England, Taiwan, China, and Belgium. Formerly an information technology and business consultant for many years, H.D. Lee also taught transpersonal & positive psychology to international students at Sofia University (USA). H.D. is currently launching a school .WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE What is the Self and how you can discover it How the economic system & industrial complex have effected education Why traditional education does not help learners wrestle with the fundamental question of life How to create a transdisciplinary school model for student discovery of the self How to help students find meaning and purpose through learning and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/74The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:10) - How Dean's life culminated into education(06:41) - Why start a new school(11:52) - Dean's mission with Nomadic School(12:38) - What is the Self & how do we discover it?(16:32) - How the economic system & industrial complex have effected education(21:44) - Why traditional education does not help learners wrestle with the fundamental question of life(23:44) - How to create a transdisciplinary school model for student discovery of the self(29:12) - A day in the life of a Nomadic School learner(34:25) - Challenges of starting a school with a radical model(39:29) - How to help students find meaning and purpose through learning(47:56) - What is the meaning of life(49:11) - Call to action(51:02) - How to push the world to Evolve
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comVriti Saraf is Founder & CEO of k20, the social learning community for global educators. They offer programs to engage educators, like masterminds, think tanks, incubators, and conferences, and a community of educators from all over the world. Vriti has worked with public, private, and charter schools both locally & internationally, across the k20 spectrum. An alumna of Teach for America & Relay Graduate School, Vriti served as a teacher, dean of instruction, and network director of professional learning at Ascend Public Charter Schools, where she built the network’s first teacher residency program. At the same time, she worked with first year teachers as an adjunct professor at Relay. Most recently, she spent several years building schools around the world with Whittle School & Studios. As Global Director of Professional Learning, she constructed the professional learning and growth infrastructure for educators. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why silos exist in education and how they rob teachers of their powers How educators can have more innovative research practices How Web3 and the metaverse will change education Where to find to leading resources for education and technology and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/73The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:25) - k20's Mission(01:56) - Why do silos exist in education?(05:11) - How the education systems robs teachers of agency and creativity(07:34) - How is education siloed from other industries like tech?(10:39) - How teachers are taught(13:20) - What is the k20 eduverse?(16:57) - What is the metaverse?(19:14) - Creating the City of Learning(21:16) - A 24 hour education conference on Twitter(25:09) - How educators can have more innovative research practices(31:32) - How Teach for America transformed Vriti(35:48) - How Vriti went from educator to founder(38:28) - The power of virtual relationships(41:30) - How Web3 will change education(52:37) - Must hear advice for founders and educators alike(53:51) - Call to action(55:15) - How to push the world to Evolve
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comVictoria Ransom is the Founder & CEO of Prisma, the world's first connected learning network for K-12 that fully replaces regular school. Victoria's track record as a serial entrepreneur comes from developing 3 companies including Wildfire,  a social marketing software company, Victoria led the company to profitability in just one year and built the company to tens of thousands of customers, 400 employees, and eight offices worldwide. Clients included 31 of the world’s top 50 brands. Wildfire was acquired by Google in August 2012 for $450M. Victoria joined Google as Director of Product, initially leading Wildfire and later Google Express.  But after having 3 children, Victoria and her husband and cofounder Alain Chuard, wondered, could they prepare their children to thrive in a tumultuous, ever-changing world? So they set out to reimagine what school could be. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODEWhat are the problems of today's education systemHow to personalize a student's learning and scale it for othersHow to foster a community of learners online in engaging experiencesHow to decide big problems worth solvingand much more...Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/72The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:22) - What are the problems of today's education system(05:31) - How to research education from an outside perspective(07:40) - How school funding and higher education influence K-12 education(10:24) - What is Prisma?(14:10) - What is the purpose of education?(15:23) - A day in the life of a Prisma learner(19:56) - How to personalize a student's learning(23:16) - How to scale personalized learning(28:02) - Curating vs creating educational content(31:43) - How to celebrate student learning(34:37) - Badges vs grades(37:36) - How to foster a community of learners online(40:16) - Creating engaging online experiences for students(45:32) - Results of Prisma learning(49:42) - How has Prisma's model changed(53:40) - How to decide problems worth solving(58:26) - How to launch a company during a recession(1:02:17) - How Prisma built their team of educators(1:03:48) - Call to Action(1:04:16) - How we can push the world to Evolve
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comCarla Marschall & Elizabeth Crawford are educators, curriculum designers, and authors of Worldwise Learning: A Teacher′s Guide to Shaping a Just, Sustainable Future, which helps educators create a “Pedagogy for People, Planet, and Prosperity” that supports  educators in nurturing “Worldwise Learners”: students who both deeply understand and purposefully act when learning about global challenges. Carla has worked in a variety of leadership roles in international schools in Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Singapore over the past ten years and her current role is Director of Teaching & Learning at UWC South East Asia. Elizabeth has taught in a variety of school contexts, including elementary and middle schools in France and the United States and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE How to connect students to global problems; even in kindergarten How to help them understand problems at a systems level How to help students act on creating solutions for problems How to write a book with someone you just met on Twitter and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/71The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:32) - What education needs in 2021(04:25) - How scripted, top down models are a problem for education(07:15) - How poverty effects education(10:22) - What traditional education does really well(14:05) - What is global competence?(18:36) - Why its important to connect content personally to a student(22:30) - What is the 3 parts of the Worldwise Learning Cycle?(27:59) - Why is systems thinking important for students?(31:58) - How to create knowledge transfer through real world problems(33:09) - Examples of the Worldwise Learning Cycle in action(40:55) - How a teacher can implement this into their practice(44:38) - How could this be used for adults?(47:25) - How to write a book with someone you just met on Twitter(55:03) - How Carla and Elizabeth personally changed their teaching(58:14) - Call to Action(59:14) - How to push the world to Evolve
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comRaya Bidshahri is a serial education entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and award-winning educator, and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the School of Humanity, a revolutionary online high school with a progressive model and skill-based curriculum. Raya works with governments, investors, EdTech companies, and education providers to ideate and execute revolutionary education models for the 21st-century world. Featured by the BBC as one of the most influential and inspiring women globally, she is a global thought-leader on the future of work and education. Raya is also the Founder of Awecademy, an award-winning organization offering future-focussed & wisdom-based education. She has served on the founding teams of multiple organizations including SciFest Dubai, and SheWorks. She serves as an advisory board member to multiple EdTech companies and is a member of the Bett Future Education Council. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE What's wrong with what, where, how, and why we are learning in schools How regulation, higher education, and accreditation stifle education innovation How to create personalized learning for students How an education entrepreneur can go from idea to a full school Why entrepreneurs should tackle problems that really piss them off and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/70The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:19) - Raya's experience in traditional schooling(04:15) - School of Humanity's mission(04:48) - What are the core problems of traditional education?(07:46) - Why is there a lack of personalization in schools?(09:34) - Are traditional schools unethical?(11:32) - How do other stakeholders effect schools?(14:05) - How are the trends from the future of work effecting education?(16:19) - How does regulation stifle innovation in education?(19:42) - What is the School of Humanity and how is it different?(23:04) - What is the purpose of education?(24:23) - How to create personalized learning paths for students(29:06) - What are the 600 skills and competencies learners need in the 21st century?(30:32) - What is existential intelligence and why should students develop it?(33:34) - How to create competency based education(37:38) - How to evaluate skills students are learning(39:48) - A day in the life of a School of Humanity learner(43:27) - How to explain radically new education models to others(46:32) - Results from School of Humanity's model(48:35) - How to build a vibrant online community for learning(53:25) - Can AI help personalize learning in the future?(55:55) - Why entrepreneurs should tackle problems that really piss them off(59:12) - Raya's prior startup Aweacademy(1:00:03) - How an education entrepreneur can go from idea to a full school(1:09:37) - Must hear advice for founders(1:12:06) - Closing
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comZoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement that works to create a peaceful, healthy, and just world for all people, animals, and the environment through education. Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at educational, animal protection, environmental and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed talk, “The World Becomes What You Teach”, which became one of the 50 top-rated TEDx talks within a year of its video release. She is the author of seven books including "The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries;" Nautilus silver medal winner "Most Good, Least Harm," Moonbeam gold medal winner "Claude and Medea," and "Above All, Be Kind."As a special treat, Zoe and I also got to chat with Andra Yeghoian, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Coordinator, about her work in San Mateo County implementing Zoe's philosophy in 23 school districts serving 113,000 students.WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why we must educate students to solve the worlds most pressing problems How to change the education system at scale How an entire county of 23 schools districts is creating 113,000 Solutionaries How to face extremely difficult challenges like solving the education crisis Step by step how to identify the root of a problem and begin creating a solution and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/69The Evolve podcast is produced by Plato University and is a member of the  Social Good Media NetworkTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:38) - Zoe's Mission with the Institute for Humane Education(01:59) - Why our current education system's goal is insufficient(05:03) - How an educator in San Mateo county experiences these problems(07:58) - Why education is the root of all other systems(11:11) - What's at stake if we don't fix education(14:28) - What is a Solutionary(17:05) - Step by step of how to think like a Solutionary(24:11)  - Why San Mateo County implemented this philosophy(29:18) - How to implement a Solutionary curriculum(33:11) - The results of implementing this curriculum in San Mateo County(37:35) - Is it right to expose kids to global issues(44:19) - The pushback educators experience when implementing curriculum(50:27) - What is a Solutionary Fair(52:55) - How effective is this solution at solving the education crisis(57:03) - How Zoe started the Institute for Humane Education(1:01:10) - How to change education at scale(1:03:41) - How to face extremely tough challenges(1:10:44) - Call to Action(1:11:37) - How to push the world to evolve
Want the shownotes & resources delivered to your inbox? Subscribe at evolvepodcast.substack.comDespite the transformation of our world in every context, education has not updated it's models to address the needs our current world. Education has failed to fulfill it's purpose in helping each student thrive individually and helping to better humanity as a collective. But how do we solve the education crisis? In this episode we uncovered the outdated practices and systems keeping education from fulfilling its purpose and the building blocks that can be used to develop new models of education that will properly prepare students for solving our worlds most pressing problems. EXPERTS FEATURED Zoe Weil, Co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education, author of The World Becomes What We Teach Carla Marschall & Elizabeth Crawford, co-authors of Worldwise Learning Raya Bidshahri, Founder and CEO of the School of Humanity Victoria Ransom, Founder and CEO of Prisma Vriti Saraf, Founder and CEO of K20 Educators KEY TAKEAWAYS The traditional framework of schooling has multiple elements that are contributing to the scope of the problem: curriculum, isolated disciplines, focus on external motivators, division by age groups, and restrictive boundaries of formal institutions. If the education crisis is not addressed, our society faces large consequences such as an $8.5 trillion dollar skills gap by 2030. The education lies at the root of all other systems including but not limited to the economic system, the political system, the energy system, the transportation system, the legal system and the healthcare system If we want to solve the education crisis, we must address other systems outside of education that influence it including all stakeholders, higher education, and money and resource allocation. The building blocks for solutions include: connecting curriculum to real challenges, connecting curriculum to personal interests, developing the entire student, taking an interdisciplinary approach, online-learning, cultivating student relationships, engage learners in application of knowledge, and using competency based assessment. Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/research/educationTIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(03:16) - What is the purpose of education?(05:54) - What is the root problem of the education crisis?(07:58) - How this problem personally effects students(09:25) - Scope of the problem: What are we learning?(12:34) - Scope of the problem: Why are we learning this?(15:27) - Scope of the problem: How are we learning?(19:10) - Scope of the problem: Where is learning happening?(19:35)  - What's at stake if we don't solve the education crisis?(26:07) - What other stakeholders and influences like higher education or resource allocation, should we consider?(33:54) - How does education regulation present an obstacle to solving this problem?(40:11) - Summary of the problem(42:06) - What traditional education does well(44:06) - Solution 1: Institute for Humane Education and Creating Solutionaries(54:19) - Solution 2: Worldwise Learning(1:05:16) - Solution 3: School of Humanity(1:13:47) - Solution 4: Prisma(1:20:50) - Other Solutions briefly mentioned(1:22:42) - Summary of the solutions(1:25:07) - Closing wisdom from our experts
Celine Halioua is the CEO and Founder of Loyal, a biotech startup developing drugs to extend dog lifespan. BUT with a twist! If this life-extension research and drug development works for canines, her theory is that it could lead to breakthroughs for the rest of us humans for age related diseases! Previously, she held various roles at The Longevity Fund, an early stage venture capital fund investing in companies developing therapeutics to treat aging. Celine has a technical background in neuroscience and gene therapy. She holds a B.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin and was a D.Phil. student at Oxford University. She worked in the laboratories of Dr. Evan Snyder at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute on novel enteric neuron disease therapeutics, and of Dr. Richard Morrisett and Dr. Keith Stevenson at The University of Texas at Austin on the development of novel silver-nanocluster neuronal tracers for applications in neuropharmacology.WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why cracking the code on a dog's can fix human age related diseases What's wrong with the longevity field How to go from academia to startups The real mental and emotional challenges of being a founder How to think about sacrifice, personal responsibility, and your own mortality and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/68TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Podcast Recommendation - #impact with Regina Larko(00:43) - Introduction(02:17) - Celine's Mission For Better Medicine and Healthcare(04:40) - Why dog longevity to fix human illness(07:11) - Why Celine cares so much about longevity(09:39) - What's wrong with the longevity field(11:57) - What does longevity actually look like(14:04) - What is Loyal for dogs and what is it creating(18:33)  - How Celine wants to inspire other biotech founders(20:25) - How to manage senior talent as a young founder(21:59) - How to go from academia to startups(26:25) - The first step for creating a biotech company(28:00) - Mental models, self awareness, and emotional challenges as a found(34:12) - Sacrifice and personal responsibility(35:32) - Are we all delaying our own mortality(36:35) - Call to Action(37:24) - How to push the world to Evolve
Claire Schmidt is the CEO and Founder of AllVoices: A technology platform that enables employees to anonymously report bias, discrimination or sexual harassment to their company's leadership. By equipping companies with transparent data, leadership teams can actively work to improve their culture and move towards a more equal and just workplace. Prior to founding AllVoices, Claire served as Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Fox, the Senior Director of Giving at Thrive Market, as well as the Director of Programs at Thorn. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE How company culture has been changed by MeToo, BLM, COVID, and remote work Why anonymous reporting helps create a psychologically safe and decent workplace How to have a compassionate conversation without having to agree with the other side or even like them The skills you need to start a career in social impact How to quickly became an expert in any domain & surround yourself with mentors Why you should raise more money for your startup in your pre-seed than you think and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/67 TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Podcast Recommendation - Startups for Good with Miles Laster(00:43) - Introduction(02:09) - Claire's Mission(02:23) - What Problems inside the Workplace?(05:05) - Why do Whistleblower Hotlines and Culture Surveys Not Address the Issue?(07:19) - How has MeToo, COVID, and BLM Changed Company Culture?(08:46) - What is the State of The Workplace in 2021?(11:23) - What About Remote Work?(12:24)  - What is a Psychologically Safe and Decent Workplace?(13:56) - What is AllVoices and How Does It Help?(20:16) - Why Anonymity is Important(25:05) - A Unique Benefit Available to Any Employee in Any Company(29:41) - How Effective is AllVoices?(32:24) - How Claire Builds Culture in AllVoices as CEO(36:34) - What Work Still Needs Done in This Space?(38:40) - How Claire Started Her Social Impact Career & The Skills She Learned(42:47) - How to Quickly Became An Expert In Any Domain(44:24) - How to Surround Yourself with Expert Mentors(47:06) - Why Claire Quit Her Successful Career to Start AllVoices(49:25) - How Claire Made Life Changing Decisions in the Beginning of AllVoices(52:32) - Why You Should Raise More Money Than You Think in Your Pre-Seed(56:03) - Why You Must Separate Your Identity From Your Startup(58:04) - The Future of Company Culture(1:00:51) - Call to Action(1:02:29) - How To Push The World To Evolve
Rodney Campbell & Keith Richardson are Co-Founders of More In Common and creators of the More In Common Podcast, a social experiment to prove that we have more in common than that which divides us and prove its beneficial to have conversation with people of disparate points of view. On their podcast they explore a variety of tough and controversial topics such as  race, politics, mental health, child abuse, parenting, and many others with guests ranging from Kristen Bell to Jason Primrose. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE Why we currently have so much disconnection and divide among people in our society Why conversation is one of the foundational skills that underlies all other problems How to have a compassionate conversation without having to agree with the other side or even like them The power of podcasting to effect others How to talk about controversial topics and much more... Full show notes, transcripts, and resources can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/66 TIMESTAMPS(00:00) - Introduction(01:02) - Rodney & Keith's Mission(01:39) - Why Compassionate Conversation is a Metaskill?(05:06) - How Evolution has Influenced Conversation(09:54) - How Lack of Connection has Increased Loneliness and Depression(15:29) - Self Awareness and Conversations(19:11) - What is a Companionate Conversation and How Does It Feel?(27:15)  - What it the M.O.R.E. Approach?(31:48) - Why Did Rodney & Keith Start a Podcast to Demonstrate Compassionate Conversations?(35:49) - How has the Podcast Changed Lives?(39:53) - How To Help Others Open Up to Vulnerability(42:36) - Rodney & Keith's First Discussions about Controversial Topics(53:11) - Labels of Others and Us vs. Them(59:04) - What They are Teaching Their Children About Human Connection(1:03:20) - Call to Action(1:05:04) - How To Push The World To Evolve
Andrea Malone is the Founder of Humble Teacher, a full-service online course platform centering liberation and anti-oppression work. Originally launching with only 5 courses, they quickly received over a hundred course signups within a month and have expanded their offerings to over a dozen courses addressing racism, diversity, equity, activism and more. Andrea’s passion for anti-oppression and liberation work emerged early on. Now she helps online instructors that share ways in which anyone can join in the journey to end systemic racism, bias, and white supremacy culture specifically in commerce and education.Today she shares the two sides of dismantling oppression through anti-oppression and liberation, her journey from corporate America to becoming a founder, and how she used her unique skills that tackle a problem she deeply cared about and how you could too.  Full show notes can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/65
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Jessica Roberts

Brandon, just wanted to say a massive thank you for this episode. I doubt you were expecting to do some of you own radical self inquiry as part of the interview, but I really appreciate you leaving it in. Took great courage and please know its helping others evolve.

Jan 29th
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