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Inspirational conversations with experts and personalities from the creative industry about pop culture, music, art, film, fashion, and entrepreneurship. Unknown Origins is on a mission to unlock everyone's creative potential by providing innovative solutions that build capability, drive audience engagement and capture brand love.​
50 Episodes
Retail is no longer about just transacting goods. It's about creating unforgettable experiences. Technology has enabled new ways of shopping on e-commerce, immersive digital experiences, and algorithms to detect what consumers are likely to buy based on their purchase patterns, social media behavior, and demographic data to deliver connected and personalized experiences virtually and physically. Amazon has disrupted the market by provided more convenient, accessible, and affordable options to consumers through their relentless customer focus, diversity of brands to provide compelling products and services at scale through their immense distribution channels and supply chain networks.Where does retail go from here? Continued virtual, or is it time to reimagine the physical, experiential entities of what retail could become?Gary Burt provides a perspective on what the future of the retail industry could be and the implications for making that happen.Web: Unknown Origins - Unlocking Your Creative Potential Twitter: Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / Twitter Instagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77)  Music composed and performed by Iain Mutch  Unknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
David Bowie predicted that music itself is going to become like running water or electricity," which in many cases appears to be ringing true with the music industry becoming increasingly technology-mediated, with tech titans Apple, Amazon, Google, and Spotify are  providing more convenient, accessible, and affordable solutions for consumers to download and stream on-demand, making it possible to listen to music wherever and whenever we want. What opportunities has this created for artists to innovate and make a living from their art?Artist Manager and owner of Trust Management, Dave Cronen provides a perspective on the music industry and the future opportunities.From Virgin to Rough Trade, Play It Again Sam (PIAS), and Grand Royal Records, then Trust Management to guide the careers of hundreds of revered artists who have influenced popular culture; The Beastie Boys and Johnny Marr. Ash, We Are Scientists, Dexys, Baxter Dury, and currently Wesley Gonzalez, Dave has worked with artists who have received Ivor Novello Awards, Oscar nominations, and NME Godlike Genius Awards, and mentoring the next generation of artists, producers, and entrepreneurs at the Academy of Contemporary Music.Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: @UnknownOrigins9Instagram: @unknownoriginsuo77Music composed and performed by Iain MutchUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
Gary Burt on Future of Car

Gary Burt on Future of Car


Henry Ford revolutionized the automotive industry by making the assembly line produce affordable cars for the masses, which changed society and how we lived and worked by making it quicker and more convenient to get around. This helped the economy prosper by giving birth to many businesses and spin-off industries, which created thousands of new jobs. Fast forward to the current day, where Tesla has manufactured battery packs at an affordable price for mass-market consumption to make sustainable transportation a reality. If research comes to fruition, over 50% of the cars in the next 20-30 years will be Electric and will disrupt and significantly reduce the need for oil.As we envision the future car, the signposts point toward electric, autonomous, and connected vehicles empathetic to benefiting society with improved safety, less pollution, freeing up time, and customized services and experiences through intelligent technologies.How soon is the future?What will it entail, and how will it impact people's lives and society?Gary Burt discusses the forces driving change in the car industry and perspectives on what the future may entail. Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77Music composed and performed by Iain MutchUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
Gary Burt on Future of Work

Gary Burt on Future of Work


We exist in time where change is constant, and there is no going back. But just how radically improved will the new world of work be due to what we have experienced from a global pandemic?How has the global pandemic impacted how work is done, what changes has this brought, and are these changes sustainable?How is this affecting creativity, innovation, and collaboration?What will be the jobs of the future, and where will people work?Is this the end of the monolithic organization and the traditional work environment as we know it?Will this reduce the need for mass urbanization where people will migrate to where they actually want to live, and the physical location of where work gets done a bygone?Gary Burt provides perspective on the "Future of Work"; the future workplace, how people will do their work, and the socio-cultural, economic, political, and technological implications.  Web: Twitter: UnknownOrigins9 Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77 
Metropolises inspire creativity as a space for social integration, dreaming, making, and doing, where citizens can realize their full potential to live more enriched, fulfilled, and happy lives. Combined with the chemistry of individual human ingenuity, major creative breakthroughs are a social process that occurs when a diverse community of like-spirited, purpose-led, and mission-driven creative people comes together. Roy Sharples and Gary Burt provide a perspective on Creative Societies and why setting the right conditions to inspire creativity is essential for life and society.  Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77"Unknown Origins” soundtrack composed and performed by Iain Mutch.@ Copyright 2021. Unknown Origins. All rights reserved.
Imagine if the world was rebooted to its factory settings. Not a hard reboot, where everything was erased, but one that would reset our way of living, allowing us to return to the previous setting and ignore the changes made in recent years.What would you do to reset based on what you've learned from the history of time and do differently if you had no constraints? We currently stand in the midst of a global pandemic. Whilst it has had a devastating effect on the world, it has also shown us that many behaviors and practices we once thought unchangeable could be improved, and that many outcomes thought impossible were achievable. Reduced travel has improved air quality.  Fewer vacations have transformed water quality in popular holiday resorts. Cities freed of congested traffic can once again be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists without their worrying about inhaling dangerous fumes. Whilst no one would choose a global pandemic to understand what is possible, it has provided us with a temporary cleanse of the modern world and an opportunity to reassess the anachronisms that we endured, showing these as unfit for modern life.Roy Sharples and Gary Burt provide perspective on a people-first manifesto for rebooting the world by discussing how  Education, Public Policy, Culture, Economics, Politics, and Society, can be reshaped  for the benefit of Humanity.Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: @UnknownOrigins9Instagram: @unknownoriginsuo77Music composed and performed by Iain MutchUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
From forming the Human League, Heaven 17, and British Electric Foundation to record producer, Martyn Ware is a musical pioneer who has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide. Martyn founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts, and corporate clients worldwide. He is a Principal of Tileyard Education and curates an extensive range of world-class arts events, a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a member of BAFTA, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, an Honorary DSc at the University Of London and is the first ambassador for In Place Of War, and an international activist who helps to fight for the rights of creators and underrepresented people worldwide. Martyn provides perspective on creativity and his creative process for music-making throughout a career that spans over four Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77) Music composed and performed by Iain MutchUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021.Support the show ( - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Cherry Valentine is a Performance Artist who grew up within a Roma Gypsy community in the North East of England, which fueled Cherry's creative instincts, curiosity for adventure, and freedom for expression. Cherry has blended a lifelong passion for understanding what makes the human mind tick by combining mental health nursing with fine art and fashion. Cherry emerged from RuPaul's Drag Race UK's success as an influential voice in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community by combining life experience, curiosity, comedy, and satire into performance art and as a practitioner in the National Health Service. Cherry provides perspective on creativity, what it means to be a performance artist, the keys to success and pitfalls to avoid to unlocking your creative potential.Cherry Valentine ( Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77) Music composed and performed by Iain Mutch Unknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021.Support the show ( - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Ever since childhood, Deborah Lewis had an eye for fashion and design with a knack for translating what people desire to make them feel special and empowered into what they wear.As a Fashion Designer, she's spent over the last 20 years designing bestselling garments with some of the UK’s most influential retail brands. She established her own venture, no name design, and currently mentors start-up sustainable fashion brands to design, make, and produce saleable garment collections. Unknown Origins - Unlocking Your Creative PotentialTwitter: Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77) Music composed and performed by Iain Mutch Unknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021Support the show (
ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena is one of the most influential at preparing artists and designers to share their creativity with the world. Its Critical Practices in Graduate Media Design Practices MFA program is among the USA's top 20 graduate schools. Led by Department Chair; Maggie Hendrie - an industry pioneer who has deployed numerous interactive products, services, and strategies for a wide array of clients. Maggie hosts a discussion with her practice and Roy Sharples about his journey and compared perspectives along the way. Graduate Media Design Practices - ArtCenter College of DesignWeb: Unknown Origins - Unlocking Your Creative PotentialTwitter: Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77) Music composed and performed by Iain Mutch Unknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
Creativity is the ability to make the invisible visible by making unique connections between disparate universes past and present to light the way into the future. Believing in yourself and your ideas, always moving forward and never giving up!Roy Sharples provides a perspective for the manifesto for creativity and the five principles for creating without frontiers.Web: Unknown Origins - Unlocking Your Creative PotentialTwitter: Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77)Music composed and performed by Iain MutchPhotography by Brian SmaleUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
Authentic entrepreneurs can see the future coming and create solutions to problems we didn't know existed that make people's lives and society better.Jeremy Parker co-founded to be the best place to buy quality promotional products that people actually want to keep.  Where they have curated and streamline the entire buying and distribution experience.Growing the company in 2019 from selling $7M to eight figures in 2020. working with the likes of; TikTok, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify. When the pandemic hit, they had the resilience and agility to adapt to their approach to selling branded facemasks. For every 100 bought, they donated 10 to people in need.  Jeremy graduated from Boston University in 2007, majoring in film production. A Jr. in college, his feature-length documentary won the Audience Award at the 2006 Vail Film Festival. He then started a creative Promotional Product Division under MV Sport. Afterward, He began a company with his brother David and Jesse Itzler, Co-Founder of Marquis Jet, investor and partner in Zico Coconut Water, and owner of Atlanta – Create & Distribute High-Quality Custom Promotional ProductsWeb: Unknown Origins - Unlocking Your Creative PotentialTwitter: Unknown Origins (@UnknownOrigins9) / TwitterInstagram: Unknown Origins (@unknownoriginsuo77) Music composed and performed by Iain MutchUnknown Origins. All rights reserved © copyright 2021
Advertising Planners set the communication strategy for advertising campaigns by coming up with inspirational ideas that capture an audience's imagination, setting the goals and objectives, define target audiences, the message and tone in which a campaign should be expedited. Encompassing quantitative and qualitative research, brand positioning, and the marketing campaign to win an audience's hearts and minds by driving behavioral change.Victoria Milne provides a perspective on creativity in the advertising industry from the point of view of a planner.Victoria has had an unconventional journey to becoming the wise, old planning owl she is today. After growing up in a fishing port in the North East of Scotland, she studied sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. Film and Television design at Central Saint Martins in London, before starting work in the 'Trends Observatory' Fitch in London. This sparked her lifelong interest in understanding punters as people, not as demographics. Fast forward 25 years, and she is a multi-award-winning Planner at The Leith Agency in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having worked on hundreds of brands along the way. A self-confessed trouble-maker. Her husband describes her as  a; Truculent Iconoclast. Her kids just call her Mum.   Web: Twitter: UnknownOrigins9 Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
The Modernist Society is a creative project and community of interest company that seeks to change people's perceptions of Modernist architecture and design by producing accessible events and products which celebrate the bold, brutal, and beautiful. It has five chapters located in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, and Birmingham dedicated to celebrating and engaging with twentieth-century architecture and design through publishing, events, exhibitions, and creative collaborations. Their publishing arm 'The Modernist' is a small press, publishing limited quarterly editions about 20th-century architecture and design to educate and entertain whilst being beautiful and engaging. Eddy Rhead is one of the founding members and co-editor in chief of The Modernist magazine, and provides perspective about the modernist and its creative pursuits. The Modernist ( Origins - Unlocking Your Creative PotentialWeb: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
And so the ancient proverb goes: Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn, tell me a truth, and I’ll believe, but tell me a story – and it will live in my heart forever. Storytelling is about making meaningful connections and helping people make sense of themselves and the world they live in by observing the world around you and turning what you see into entertainment and insights that spread. Combined with a knack for envisioning the creative vision for brands and products by producing art, designs, and productions through products, advertising, digital publications, and print. David Llama is on a lifelong quest to bring purposeful stories to life that engage and make a difference by connecting people through branded content and documentary filmmaking that is human-led and has a social purpose.  David provides perspective on his creative process as the Head of Creative and founder of El Animal, with over 20 years of working with some of the most influential brands in Latin America and the United States of America.Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
An illustrator is an artist who applies their imagination to enhance the written word and expound concepts by providing visual representation and meaning. Anita Kunz has created art that has been internationally shown and published for four decades. Famous for her covers for the New Yorker Magazine, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, and many others. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries and museums and she has won many awards for her work.Anita was named as one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.  Received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and a second from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour, and more recently the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour. In 2018 she was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration Hall of Fame, and in 2019 Canada Post released a stamp celebrating her career and work. In her spare time she volunteers at a sanctuary that rescues primates. www.anitakunzart.com credit Bruce HeavinWeb: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
Authentic photographers are artists who use the camera as a wand to blend their artistic eye with technical know-how by capturing snapshots in time that demystify the complex to convey its verbal description.Award-winning freelance photographer Brian Smale provides perspective on the harsh truth of the camera eye by portraying some of the world's leading businessmen and women, scientists, inventors, and politicians. Assignments for magazines such as Fortune, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Spin, and commercial clients including Microsoft, Panasonic, Boeing, Fuji, and Seattle Children's Hospital.https://briansmale.comWeb: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
From being the creative bridge between brands and the talented team at Loaded Pictures, which he co-founded, to overseeing all aspects of video production, motion design, animation, and branded content across a diverse range of clients from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Fox Sports, MTV, and McDonalds to Pizza Hut, AT&T, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  He was also part of the production team that made The Foo Fighters first promotional video. Brian Homman provides perspective on being on the art and science of being an Executive Producer in making commercial entertainment products. www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
Spencer Stander founded a charity that worked with the fashion world to plant trees: Cool Green Fashion for Forests. He is a coveted artist with galleries holding his work in the Art District of Downtown LA, Laguna Beach, and Cape Cod. He plays in a band and has performed at The Whiskey A GO GO and even The Crocodile here in Seattle. He has placed music in Warner Brothers Features and Network advertising campaigns, including the Lord Of The Rings network premiere. He holds 2 Official Selections with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He even appears on the History Channel as the "Dive Master" on Ancient Aliens. Has been employed by many Television Networks covering a diverse range of jobs, including Promotion, where he holds eleven Gold Promax awards. To top it off, he and his wife, Julia, are the quintessential entrepreneurs. A true renaissance man, a polymath, embodied in success. Spencer provides perspective on his life journey so far as a creative polymath and entrepreneur. So if you want tips on success or a fantastic creative for your next marketing campaign, this is a true disrupter - then stand on the shoulder of this giant! podcast was guest produced by Spencer Stander.  Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
Culture is the engine that drives our momentum. It is the sum of what we feel, believe, and do, shaping and defining our work's input and output. A culture is defined by the people who live and operate within it. When people come together in service of something greater, they retain their own unique personalities, passions, hopes, and dreams - it is their shared experiences, and constant interactions between themselves make up a culture.Dave Gartenberg has been at the forefront of industry for over 30 years,  from economic analyst, teaching fellow, to various executive HR leaderships (including Chief People Officer) at companies like Microsoft, Avanade and Slalom. Where he has captained all aspects of human resource management, industrial relations policies, practices and operations. Dave provides perspective on organization effectiveness and culture transformation to accelerate innovation and optimize business performance. Web: www.unknownorigins.comTwitter: UnknownOrigins9Instagram: unknownoriginsuo77
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