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Changing the world, one mind at a time, For What it's Worth...“For What it’s Worth” is an interview-based podcast series which focuses on exploring innovative ideas for a changing world; ideas related to people, culture, business, education, science and more. The show features well-known guests from across a variety of industries and disciplines, each presenting their views, theories, and predictions about issues related to new ways of thinking, working, and learning. From education to technology, social justice to the future of work, from politics to culture change, "For What it's Worth" explores where we are, how we got here, and whether or not we want to continue along these same paths in a post-COVID 19 world. The show will also feature “The Space [in Between]” co-hosted with Cameron Brown. “The Space” is an opinion-based exploration of a broad spectrum of cultural issues from current events, entertainment and the Arts. “The Space” is a free-flowing, non-scripted dialogue between Blake Melnick and Cameron Brown, and may appear as a stand-alone episode, or as an episode segment, you just never know... To access resources mentioned in the episode or to comment on the show, please visit: http://forwhatitsworthpodcast.blogspot.com
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Send us a Text Message.Prepare to light up your imagination as we take you on a whimsically satirical journey back to the smoke-filled rooms of yore. Remember when a cloud of tobacco was synonymous with deep thought in university halls and spirited camaraderie in our favorite bars? We'll entertain the fantastical notion of reviving this golden era, complete with smoking dispensaries and safe smoking sites, enveloping everything from educational institutions to airplanes. We blow smoke at the ...
Send us a Text Message.When the chords of life strike a dissonant note, it's the art of music that can guide us back to harmony. The latest instalment of Pass the Jam, Part 2 of 'Lucky Time' , I'm joined by Douglas Cameron for the inaugural "passing of the jam" to our next artist in residence, Tracy Jones.This episode offers a masterclass in dedication, from honing vocal prowess to strumming the guitar with intention. Tracy's narrative is one of preparation and courage, empowering artis...
Send us a Text Message.When Tracy Jones strums his guitar, it's not just about the notes—it's his life's story in the strings. Tracy doesn't just play music; he lives it, breathing life into his songs while fostering thoughtful , personal reflection and a community spirit.This week's episode takes you on a sonic journey through the heart of Tracy's artistry. We navigate the waters of his song craft, revealing how legendary acts like the Beatles and Rush have shaped his rhythmic and narr...
Send us a Text Message.Well Happy New Year!For our first episode of 2024, we turn our attention to our music series #passthejam Over the past several months, the music of our current artist in residence,# DouglasCameron's has been a cornerstone of the show. Songs, like the soul-stirring "Doctor," underscored our episodes. We were drawn into his tales where love wrestles with the shadows of fame, creating a tapestry of places, experiences and emotions, that we all can relate to.As we get...
Send us a Text Message.Embark on a thought-provoking journey, as we continue our fascinating conversation with Eric Monteiro. We attempt to unravel the complex tapestry of AI, free will, and the human condition, offering insights that promise to challenge your perspectives on a future with generative AI. Our discussion spans the ethical quandaries of AI's impact on creativity and wealth distribution, to the practical experiences of using AI tools like Copilot AI in content creation. We're bal...
Send us a Text Message.What if our future was not just shaped by human intelligence but also artificial intelligence? This week on "For What It's Worth", we explore one possible future in a world dependent on Generative AI as we sit down with Eric Monteiro, analytics expert, robotics engineer, and author, through the lens of his science-based novel ALMA. We weave our way through Eric's fascinating journey from Brazil to Canada, his unexpected shift from engineering to writing, and...
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever considered how intellectual inequality in education might be a root cause of socioeconomic disparity? Join us as we dive deep into this thought-provoking issue with our guest, John Mighton, the founder of Jump Math. We take a hard look at intellectual inequality, a hidden yet pervasive issue in our society, and discuss how promoting intellectual equality in schools can eradicate it within two years. John brings a unique perspective, weaving in the power of...
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered why some people are naturally good at math while others struggle ? Get ready to debunk the myth of the 'math gene' as we chat with one of Canada's most distinguished innovators, John Mighton. A self-taught mathematician, John takes us on a fascinating journey from his diverse background in mathematics, literature and theatre, to his innovative approach in teaching mathematics. Discover how his time as a consultant for Good Will Hunting help to shift his pe...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to a new season of For What It's Worth that promises to be a whirlwind journey through the world of innovation, music, and social issues. Our first guest is John Mighton, whose contributions to the fields of Mathematics, Literature, Drama, Education and Social Entrepreneurship are nothing short of extraordinary. His charity organization JUMP Math is changing how we can create intellectual quality in our society through the teaching of mathematics.Can you i...
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to this week's episode of #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, called #TakeFive, the final episode of Season 4 of the show. Thanks to all the wonderful guests we've had on the show this season - #DrTomCarey #DrTerrySoleas #StephenCohos, #DrRuthBackstrom, #TomPowers and #SueSiri . And my special thanks to you, our listeners. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Without YOU there would be no show.We'll be back again with the start of Season 5 towards the ...
Send us a Text Message.This Week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, our next instalment of #WhatWereWatchingReadingandListeningto on #TheSpaceinbetween. As in the past, I'm joined by my co-host, #CameronBrown to discuss our recommendations for what to watch; what to read, and what to listen to as the Summer draws to a close.We have some great picks for you - #TeskeyBrothers, #AlwaysattheCarlyle #InsideMan and many more ...For What it's Worth.Accompanying playlist https://spotify.link/v46xVc...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the next installment in our series #ManyFacesofInnovation, #EyesWideOpen - my interview with #SueSiri, Founder and CEO of #IrisBooth.Often times good ideas "die on the vine" so to speak, because at the time the idea was conceived, there was no context to which it could be applied. In some cases, the right context might be the right market condition. In others, it might be the lack of funds and experti...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the trailer for our up and coming episode, the next instalment in our series #TheManyFacesofInnovation, called #EyesWideOpen with my guest #SueSiri, Founder of #IrisBooth.Sometimes the opportunity for innovation is right in front of us. It's not necessarily an idea that's new to the world ...sometimes it's a better mousetrap ...Check out the trailer and join us for the next episode to hear Sue's story ....For What it'...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick , part two of my interview with Dr. #RuthBackstrom author of #IgnitingaBoldNewDemocracy . In part one, Dr. Backstrom and I discussed the context for change; the eroding belief that our democracy can provide for the needs of all our citizens. In part two, we pick up from where we left off and focus our conversation on the impact of the Reagan years, technology, social media, and the need to re-imagine education. &...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorhwithBlakeMelnick, Part 1 of my interview with Dr. #RuthBackstrom, author of the recently published book #IGNITINGABOLDNEWDEMOCRACY: Empowering Citizens Through Game-Changing Reforms. In Part 1 of our interview, Dr. Backstrom discusses her background and the motivation for wanting to write her book; The root causes of the dysfunctional state of Democracy in the U.S. and Canada; The disconnect between the political system and the needs of...
Send us a Text Message.We are all acutely aware of the stark polarization in our world; We have begun to lose faith In our political, social and economic systems. Our belief that our democracy can provide adequately for our citizens, is fraying at the edges.We have lost the art of open minded discourse and it would seem that we no longer value perspectives different from our own - Cancel culture, negative labelling; distortion of the truth has prevented all voices from being heard and has spl...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick and our #ManyFacesofInnovation series, is part 2 of #EntrainmentandPowerofSound, with my guest @TomPowers. In part one, Tom explained the Theory of Entrainment and his “aha!” moment when he realized that something in music had changed post 1995.We had inadvertently lost the natural interpersonal musical entrainment, which occurs between artists and their music and their audience as a result of the mass adoption of...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the next instalment of our #TheManyFacesofInnovation series, called #EntrainmentandthePowerofSound with my guest @TomPowers.In this episode, Tom explains the concept of #Entrainment - the natural synchronization that occurs in the mechanical world; the biological world; the social world and between musicians and their audience.Entrainment is natural ....and it is something that we've inadvertently lost as a result of the ov...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, part of our Many Faces of Innovation series with my guest, Stephen Cohos from #EntuitiveEngineering in Calgary, Alberta. In part one of our interview, Stephen and I discussed Entuitive's innovation ecosystem, their goals and objectives for trying to create a culture of innovation in their workplace.In this episode, Stephen and I zero in on some of the success stories, the things that have worked really well, the "ah ha...
Send us a Text Message.This week on #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the next instalment in our series, #TheManyFacesofInnovation, we focus on innovation at the organizational level. For those of you new to the series, here's a bit of a recap. #TheManyFacesofInnovation Series is designed to make innovation more understandable, accessible, and actionable to both individuals and organizations alike.In our first two episodes of the series this season, we profiled the ground-breaking research of...
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