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We're on the quest to uncover the world's greatest thoughts. By collecting ideas from a wide range of disciplines, we're piecing together the framework each person should develop to live a curious and exciting life. We don't stop there. Without action, thoughts are worthless. We share with you exciting new hobbies and adventures to inspire you to challenge yourself to tackle new things. Over time these thoughts and activities stack on top of each other, creating a stronger you and a better c ...
 
Lisa Betts-LaCroix talks to brilliant and wise academics and scientists, visionary innovators and entrepreneurs, communication experts, authors, and other bright minds to unpack the skills and mindset needed to activate your Inner Super Hero. Whether you're growing a business, building a family, launching a start-up, managing a team, or reinventing your Self, the world needs your brightest, biggest most powerful Self now more than ever.
 
The Knowledge Project takes you inside the heads of remarkable people to explore the frameworks and mental models you can use to make life more meaningful and productive. Learn more at https://fs.blog
 
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Zengineering Podcast is for everyone who loves Science & Technology and also cares deeply about the beauty of Life's Big Questions. We (Adam & Brian) are obsessed with the spot where modern Science, Technology & Engineering meet Philosophy, Art & Spirituality. As proud wearers of lifetime nerd badges, we have found this to be the place where the most interesting questions are both formulated and discussed. Through Zengineering Podcast we discuss lots of tech, dive deeply into science and eng ...
 
Exploring the great strategic minds, both military and civilian, among them Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, and John Boyd. Also exploring outlier organisations from business, and sports. Looking at how this can be understood from a Mental Models perspective, and how strategy, training, and learning can be taken to new levels by understanding how the mind works, and how team performance really are fundamentally determined by the speed of learning, and how useful the shared mental models are… The teams, ...
 
We interview successful and driven individuals about their careers and how they got there. We also interview authors and thought leaders about the ideas, skills, and mental models they find most important for living an interesting and productive life.
 
Find The Red Thread: Simple Models for Mastering Change brings you brief, engaging looks at the mental models we use to make meaning -- and how to use them to create and communicate change. Each three- to seven-minute episode features a compelling story, framework, or example of a “red thread” and draws a quick lesson for anyone to use in their business or their life. Find the Red Thread is hosted by Tamsen Webster, Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge and 20-year change and message strategis ...
 
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This week's conversation with Victoria Lorient-Faibish is extra special. Victoria is one of Lisa’s oldest and dearest friends, and they reminisce about their friendship that extends back almost 4 decades, to high school! A relationship expert, keynote speaker, author and Holistic Psychotherapist, Victoria believes the key to self-acceptance is ...…
 
My guest for this short episode of The Knowledge Project is a man who wears many hats. Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education, and the creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. He is also a principal engineer at Apple and was formerly employed as a data visualization eng ...…
 
We’re renaming a piece of the Red Thread because the truth is it isn’t working like it should. It can be easy to get mixed up between the idea behind your message or pitch and the Idea Statement that comprises a part of its Red Thread. Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Resources EP055: Focus on the IDEA: The Difference Between “Understa ...…
 
Today's guest, Mark Hamade grounds us in the need to be grateful for everything we have and then shares his personal experience of transforming his body from 390 lbs, and living in a wheelchair to his current state of health through habit, mindset, hard work and common sense. He emphasizes the importance of family and the pursuit of personal ex ...…
 
The narrower your focus with your message, the broader your reach with your target audience. If that sounds counterintuitive to you, you’re not alone. However, this is often referred to as the universal paradox of messaging. The most effective messages feel like they were made just for you. Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Resources EP ...…
 
This episode was recorded live from Podcast Movement in Philadelphia at the TalkShoe booth. So FUN to have Craig and Gareth as guests. They use their Super Powers of deep listening and curiosity to have Ridiculously Human conversations with fascinating people on their podcast of the same name. Mentioned in This Episode: Ridiculously Human Podca ...…
 
There are 3 beliefs that your audience needs to have in order to make a change. First, that it’s possible to achieve the goal they want with the change you’re recommending. Second, that it’s possible for them. And third, they need to believe that it’s worth it. Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Resources EP072: Turn Your Idea Into a Key ...…
 
I have wanted to do this interview for a long time. On this episode, I am thrilled to have Annie Duke, former professional poker player and author of the new book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts. Annie has a very interesting background that makes her uniquely qualified to speak about high-level deci ...…
 
Heyo, Fellow Zegineers!! I'll be boch!! I mean ... we'll be back ... er, we're back!! Yeah, there we go. We're back with another fun filled ride through canyon of curiosity, the laboratory of lucidity, the couch of confusion? Wait, that last one's not very good. Let me try again. We're BACK this week with an episode on one of our favorite sci f ...…
 
What if there was a way to rewire your nervous system, heal past emotional, physical, and spiritual wounds and in turn, create the external reality of our dreams? Contemplative Coach, and Master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner Crystallin Dillon shares her personal journey and the events that led her down the path of wanting to f ...…
 
When you’re trying to clarify and simplify your big idea, the word “only” is extremely important. You need to make sure your audience gets only what they need in order to act. To do that, focus on the action that you’re looking for. Find your Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Resources EP056: Focus on the CHANGE: Defining the Intent That Guides ...…
 
Even as a self-proclaimed shy and introverted person, Dreamworks Animation's Kendal Cronkite took big, bold chances that paid off in her personal growth and career. Today Lisa talks with her about leaving her comfort zone and what's to be gained from facing our fear. She shares her journey starting from her time as a hard-working Art Center stu ...…
 
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I’m happy to have William MacAskill. William is the co-founder and President of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) and an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He is also the founder and president of 80,000 Hours, the co-founder and vice-president of Giving What We Can, and the au ...…
 
Effective technical communication is tricky because we suffer from the “Curse of Knowledge.” We don’t remember what it’s like to be unfamiliar with all the jargon in our industry. It’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to not know something that we know. As a result, we end up focusing on what we want people to know instead of on what they ne ...…
 
Today's episode is the official Month #2 update of the Intermittent Fasting experiment. And Lisa's description of a book that had a profound impact on her life, called "Feeling Good" by David Burns.
 
To get an to audience make a change in a short presentation you need to know where they already are. Instead of focusing so much on the time slot, we need to focus on the amount of change that is possible in our audience, given the time slot. Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Resources Ignite 5-minute Talks Joe Smith’s “How to Use a Pap ...…
 
Divia Eden joins us today for a talk about her interesting and collaborative "high-trust high-stakes" parenting approach, which is steeped in futurist ideas with an ancestral framework. She also talks about the importance of creating a community, her assumptions and broad perspective the power of choice and the vision of sharing ideas, necessit ...…
 
In this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have the brilliant Robert Greene. Robert is the author of 5 New York Times bestsellers, including The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. He's also written on mastery and seduction. Robert’s books have been somewhat controversial over the years and have been called amoral, cunning, and even ...…
 
Making a great keynote presentation is about showmanship, but not quite in the way you might think. Yes, you need to engage the audience and be inspiring, but you also need to show them that you’ve answered three questions: Is this possible? Is this possible for me? And, is it worth it? The Red Thread gives you the tools to make that happen. Fi ...…
 
What's up, Zengineers? Drones! Get it? Awkward... Anyway, This is our second episode in a multi part series on Drones. In this one, we get technical into how things work inside these crazy machines. Mostly we're talking quadcopters, but many similar technologies are in the military aircraft of nation states and even your pocket, too (inside you ...…
 
There’s a reason our guest today is nicknamed the “Indiana Jones of the dream world.” Katherine Lawson is a doctoral student in the Mind-Body Medicine Degree Program at Saybrook University and a certified Embodiment Imagination practitioner. She is a woman on a mission to shift the current state of conventional medicine to a more holistic and i ...…
 
Just because we understand something doesn’t mean that we’ll actually do it, which is a problem if we’re trying to get someone to make a change or take an action. That means we need to design our messages to accomplish a specific mental outcome: we need to be specific about what we mean by “understanding.” To help us, we can use the model of Bl ...…
 
Stacy Brookman is this week's Super Power U Podcast guest. Stacy affirms the belief that sharing our own story, and especially our trauma experiences, is therapeutic. She talks about boundaries and codependency, lessons learned from her past relationships, including with her narcissistic-sociopath ex-husband, as well as the antidote--the beauti ...…
 
Since the popularity of Obstacle Course Racing, or OCR, has exploded onto the scene, there has been one woman who has dominated the sport: Amelia Boone. Amelia ran her first race in 2011 after some prodding from a co-worker, and though she says she stumbled her way to an unimpressive finish, she was smitten. She has since amassed over 50 podium ...…
 
Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks have very different audiences but, as big brands, they have something in common: constancy. Their entire experience revolves around where their Red Thread and their audience’s Red Thread align. Both deliver coffee, but you’d never mistake one for the other because their customers have different Goals. Find the Red Th ...…
 
Hey there Zengineers!! Thanks for coming back for another great convo. This week, our guest is Y Combinator (YC - https://www.ycombinator.com) partner and Carbon Removal Technology advocate and investor, Gustaf Alstromer. He's the first guest in our three part (so far) series on Climate Change, Green Tech, & Earth Systems Science. These are wil ...…
 
Today's Super Power U Podcast is a report on Month #1 of Lisa's Intermittent Fasting Experiment outlining what she did and the results. Generally, I really like to support independent podcasters but today I'm going to make an exception...because well, one thing you can count on is that I'll always make exceptions, without exception. The podcast ...…
 
Anytime you’re pitching your idea, there’s one clear hurdle you need to get over in order to succeed: someone else needs to find your idea irresistible. The thing they’re looking for when they listen to you is information, but it’s a certain kind of information that will actually win them over: they’re looking for a Curiosity Gap. Find the Red ...…
 
Meryl Klemow is a refreshing blend of earnestness, openness, and self-deprecation in the world of podcasting and entertainment. She hopes that she is a blazing a path so weird and out there that others feel safe to set fire to their own. Lisa and Meryl talk about her experience in music industry marketing, comedy writing and her current project ...…
 
Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Metaphors are powerful because they take one concept and marry it to another one to help someone understand something. They’re a way to create an instantly-shared view of the world. To capture big ideas, you need something big enough to capture both the idea itself and all the subconcepts associated wit ...…
 
Well, hellow there, fellow Zengineers! This week is our first in a series on Drones!! Yeah, those unbelievable fantasy vehicles that are everywhere now. Some are taking pictures, some are dropping bombs, some are taking pictures and dropping bombs ... but most are just buzzing around and scaring the hell out of grandma. This episode is all abou ...…
 
On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I’m joined by the fascinating Dan Ariely. Dan just about does it all. He has delivered 6 TED talks with a combined 20 million views, he’s a multiple New York Times best-selling author, a widely published researcher, and the James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University ...…
 
Most Americans are fearful of death! And our collective resistance to talking about is in the way of making compassionate care increasingly available. Lisa talked with Dr. Sandy Buchman --who was her mother's home hospice doctor-- about being a life-long learner and creating a free student-run highschool with other dropouts, how birth and death ...…
 
Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. “Start with Why” is pretty common advice, but it’s hard to follow. It wasn’t until Tamsen had a conversation with Nilofer Merchant that things shifted into place for her. She said, “change doesn’t happen until we understand the context in which it happens.” In other words, our Why is contextual. The goo ...…
 
Maya Lockwood and Lisa talk about the profound and transformational messages on surrender, love, and evolution Maya received during a near-death experience, and how it set her on a path of curiosity and commitment to a new future. Maya also shares her unique and fun experience of growing up as a child in Bangladesh, her community in the Bay are ...…
 
Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Why do we still buy diamonds for engagement and wedding rings? Because we want to give or receive a symbol of the commitment that we’re making and, of course, “A Diamond Is Forever.” Behind this simple tagline is a powerful Red Thread complete with a Goal, a Problem, an Idea, a Change, and an Action. Re ...…
 
Hey Zengineers! This is our second episode in a series on Climate Change. No one knows how many episodes this series may ultimately contain, but probably a lot! We've got loads to share, and we've got some killer guests coming up. We also find this topic important, timely, all encompassing, and endlessly interesting. Lots of what we talk about ...…
 
Today's show is all about Intermittent Fasting, how Lisa approaches it. It's chock full of resources from scientists, doctors, and friends to help listeners learn about IF and prepare to try it out for themselves. You'll Learn About: Lisa's appearance of the Experience 50 podcast with Mary Roger's Episode #124 How Phil Libin of the AI startup A ...…
 
Design Principle: Consistency. The usability of a system is improved when similar parts are expressed in similar ways. Thinking is energy. Good design reduces the amount of energy a person has to input to use the entity. That’s why consistency is so powerful. Little actions over time tend to amount to huge outcomes. For more resources on Consis ...…
 
Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. The conventional wisdom with regards to negotiations is to “argue interests, rather than positions.” The problem is that interests are often so fraught with moral obligations and deep-set beliefs about the other side that we need to go one step further. We need to think about the principles that create ...…
 
Rachel Hart coaches women who want to take a break from alcohol and helps them to rewrite their stories to help them feel deeply confident, powerful, and present in their own Super Powered lives. I appreciate and am inspired by her passion for helping others that’s not based on a black and white dichotomy of “bad” or “good,” but rooted in helpi ...…
 
On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the transaction. What is now an organization with over a thousand employees and handling tens of ...…
 
Find the Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. Our idea of what people need to make a change is really different from what information they actually need, and the difference is the distinction between curiosity and knowledge. We want people to be asking questions because curiosity is how the audience moves themselves along the Red Thread. Resources ...…
 
What's happenin' Zengineers? Our guest this week is Kelly Gardner, a filmmaker, teacher, community leader, and friend. He has a great radio voice and does an awful lot of speaking for a living, so get ready for some serious ear candy, and a deep dive into the philosophy of story telling through the ages. This episode is a delightful conversatio ...…
 
The next time someone says "you can't compare apples and oranges"...tell them you CAN. Design Principle: Comparison. A comparison is a method for understanding information in a controlled manner within a system. It's important to understand the variables you are comparing, how you are measuring the data, and how you're conveying the information ...…
 
Ankit Shah's Super Power is initiating vulnerability and creating a space for everyone to have space. His organization Tea With Strangers and his work with Airbnb have been deep learning in creating community for the purposes of connection and doing good. He is unusual in his ability to engage and connect people in a heartfelt way and to come f ...…
 
Find your Red Thread at TamsenWebster.com. We use the word "story" a lot, but we often mean something else: narrative. A narrative has a lot of things that stories have, like characters and motivations, but the difference is that it isn’t over. It has a hoped-for end, but it’s evolving, and there are any number of individual stories that suppor ...…
 
5 Ways to Increase Empathy: Travel more Listen more Volunteer doing something you enjoy Stay curious (learn something new) Realize everyone is unique. Find those differences. For more resources on Accessibility, visit http://thoughtstack.co/accessiblity If you'd rather listen to the audio, check out the podcast: → http://www.thoughtstack.co Rea ...…
 
Today is a deep dive into the process of Mirroring, one of the most profound skills to use in relationship to facilitate connection and rapport. It's an extremely effective tool to use when there is tension or when you don't feel understood in your relationship. The process as outlined by Harville Hendrix is a 3-step dialogue exercise you can d ...…
 
Hello Zengineers! (And SideChainers who backtracked to the pre-release episode!) Surprise! And welcome to our first Zengineering Media spinoff podcast, The SideChain. It’s a Zengineering podcast, but all about blockchain tech, cryptocurrencies, and all that fun stuff. As an intro this is the only time we’ll run one of these in the Zengineering ...…
 
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