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What does it take to create something that never existed before?
What does it take to challenge the status quo?
What does it take to change the world?
How does an idea swell into a movement?

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In the last Episode of Series 1, we'll have a candid chat about the journey, our learnings and give a sneak peek into our Season 2 Lineup

BRENT

ALVORD

CEO of Mighty Labs

MARIAH

HAY

VP of Product @ HelpScout

Leader in Human-Centered Design

GREG

MCKEOWN

New York Times best-selling author of Essentialism & Effortless

GILBERT

LEE

Artist & Founder of Microwave

DJ

DOLPH

Mixing those 1's and 2's

MATTHEW

LEAVITT

CEO Pathnet Labs

Digitally Disrupting Pathology

SARA

JONES

CEO InclusionPro

Transformative inclusion, diversity & equity

MOHAN

SUDABATULLA

Founder of Project Embrace and named to 20 in their 20s

EM

CAPITO

Psychotherapist specializing in tangible resilience strategies

STEVE

CLAYTON

Chief Storyteller @ Microsoft

NATE

WALKINGSHAW

Previous CXO & Pluralsight & Author of Chasing Confidence: Transforming Ideas into Impact

BRENDAN

DAWES

Data Artist exploring the aesthetics of form & code

SEASON 1 - 24.03.21 

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In the first Episode, meet the co-hosts Spencer McKeown & Josh Taylor, discussing why they created the podcast. 

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This podcast is an experiment for us but our intention is to continue providing incredible thought-leaders, world-builders, game-changers, and other pleasantly rebellious humans with unique & diverse experience, skills, and stories so that we can spark curiosity, new ideas, and valuable lessons for you and the rest of our community.

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PART 1

ORIGIN STORY

One dark and stormy night, two kindred spirits, a dreamer and an innovator, dizzy from the meaningless jargon, never-ending PowerPoint presentations, and enough acronyms to demand entire encyclopedias, emerged from the fires of fortune 100 companies. These two change agents, armed with their curiosity, a bit of pleasant rebelliousness, and their toothbrushes, set out to change the world.

Their journey, fueled by a lifelong passion for Story, Design, Culture, and Experience, took them from humble beginnings of designing bite-sized content, to leading creative change and transformation within entire organizations. Until, one day, they found a problem that hooked them: Culture change is often the victim of unintended evolution over time.

They believed they could intentionally and creatively design culture and its experience to be more aligned, both with the employee and the business, by using a human-centered, change-based, narrative strategy focused on purpose, values, behaviors, and the various experiences within a culture including rituals, symbols, artifacts, communication, story, content, and communication.

It was at this moment, they committed to a philosophy that believes culture and change begins with the individual and swells outward. Culture (and change) isn’t a bulldozer plowing through your organization. It’s a seed planted deeply within us as individuals, rooted in our human sensibilities, swelling into passionate and purposeful action. It’s at this point when we stop convincing minds and start connecting hearts. It’s when we meaningfully and purposefully see ourselves within the larger story and culture. It’s when change swells from the individual, into teams, across departments, and through the entire organization until it sticks. We believe lasting change can’t be prescribed. It has to be believed. 

 

It was through this journey that instead of changing the world, they discovered it. They encountered new people, places, and ideas and found themselves humbled and in awe of… Well, all of it. This sparked a life-long fascination and, ultimately, a mission to understand how ideas, culture, and change swell into a movement --  through moments of inspiration, disruption, and innovation.

As a result, The Swell Podcast was born.

About The Swell Podcast in four parts...

PART 2

THE SWELL

We’re passionate about story, experience, designing culture, and how the seed of an idea swells into a movement. 

The Swell Podcast is an experimental journey that we hope you’ll find curious, interesting, and valuable. Our initial desire to start this podcast was simply to satisfy our own curiosity around three questions:

    1. What does it take to create something that never existed before?
    2. What does it take to challenge the status quo?
    3. What does it take to change the world?

Our idea was to seek the answers to those three questions through the stories of thought-leaders, world-builders, game-changers, disruptors, and other pleasantly rebellious humans, who’ve ventured out into the unknown, on a personal journey to do something novel, innovative, creative, and or disruptive.

Our intent is to look across a broad range of experiences, skills, and passions of our guests in search of patterns, connections, and deeper truths of what it takes for the seed of an idea to swell into a movement. 

While it may not always be the case, we strive for conversations that are:

Human first. Business Second. Story always. Unscripted and unedited, intimate coffee shop chat.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey and share your learnings, curiosities, musings, desire for future guests, and thoughts about how we can continue to improve this experiment that is The Swell Podcast.

PART 3

THE HOSTS

JOSH

TAYLOR

SPENCER

MCKEOWN

Entrepreneur. Innovator.
Leader. Experientialist.
Speaker at CIPD L&D Conference

Story. Film. Design. Experience.
TEDx Speaker

PART 4

OUR PARTNER

Our first season is made in partnership with Kiln. Kiln provides flex-office space solutions for teams and individuals. Their all-inclusive set of amenities helps startups, creatives and entrepreneurs alike to get work done. Learn more about Kiln at kiln.co

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