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61. Dave Gould

The Iowa Idea: Dave Gould

“Feeding friends and community.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with David Gould. Dave is a modern-day embodiment of the Iowa Idea. He is a self-described accidental academic. David is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy

Center. Previously, Dave served The University of Iowa as an administrator at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent, the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,

Lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, and the first

Obermann Center Public Scholar. He worked with Zappos CEO Tony

Hsieh’s Downtown Project in its effort to transform Las Vegas into the “most community-focused large city in the world.” In addition to his work in higher ed, Dave has produced a number of documentary films and creative community events.

We explore Dave’s journey as an artist, student, and creative that brought him to Iowa City. We dig into the power of connecting people and ideas. For those that follow the podcast closely – first, thank you!; second, Dave’s name has come up in interviews with Andy Stoll, Jesse Elliott, and Mark Nolte. So, it seemed appropriate to go to the source. I really appreciate Mark introducing me to Dave.

During the pandemic, Dave has brought his powerful Life Design course as a free, online experience for alumni and friends. The last session will be broadcast live on Wednesday, January 27 with special guest, Dan Learner of NYU. If you have the chance, check out the final installment.

It was an honor having Dave join me on the show. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Dave

David Gould is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy

Center. Previously, Mr. Gould served the University of Iowa as an administrator at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent, the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,

Lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, and the first

Obermann Center Public Scholar. Mr. Gould also worked with Zappos CEO Tony

Hsieh’s Downtown Project in its effort to transform Las Vegas into the “most community-focused large city in the world.”

For over a decade, the focus of Mr. Gould’s work has revolved around reimagining higher education, and in turn, he has created a number of distinctive university courses concentrated on issues of meaning and community engagement. These courses have garnered considerable media attention and professional recognition.

From 2010 – 2020, graduating seniors at the University of Iowa have recognized Mr.

Gould as one of the top faculty and staff members “who has had a positive effect on

their life.” Mr. Gould was awarded the 2020 Honors Teaching Award and the 2019 David J. Skorton Staff Excellence Award in Service to The University of Iowa. Mr. Gould is also a sought-after public speaker whose presentations include the commencement address for the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Educating 21st Century Adolescent Learners (keynote, Tokyo, Japan), Luther College Convocation, Next Gen. Summit (keynote), TEDx Iowa City, and TEDxUNI.

Mr. Gould directed the documentary Two Sides of the Moon (Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, UNSPOKEN Human Rights

Film Festival, FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, among others.) He also produced The Checker King (HBO2), and Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable

(HBO Signature). Currently, Mr. Gould is producing the feature film Gable.

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/).

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

60. Tim Carty

The Iowa Idea: Tim Carty

“Actively choose where you live.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Tim Carty. Tim has lived in Iowa City since 2009 and has lived in Iowa most of his life. He is a passionate advocate for local development and entrepreneurship. Tim has served as an ambassador for the Iowa City Area Business Partnership and has recently co-founded a new talent attraction agency called RoleCall. RoleCall works with cities and economic developers to strengthen and build successful talent attraction strategies.

We explore Tim’s journey from New Jersey to Iowa and the roles, managers, and mentors that have helped him along the way. We dig into what it’s like to launch two businesses in the time of the pandemic, as well as why it’s important to be intentional about improving the communities where you want to live.

It was an honor having Tim join me on the show. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Tim

Tim has lived in Iowa City since 2019 and worked in local economic development with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce (Now IC Area Business Partnership) and ICR Iowa for the last several years. Tim, along with his business partner has recently launched a new talent attraction agency called RoleCall, where they work with cities and economic developers to strengthen and build successful talent attraction strategies.

Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/).

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

59. Aaron Proietti

The Iowa Idea: Aaron Proietti

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, Aaron Proietti returns as we try to make sense of 2020 from an innovation perspective. Aaron is the author of Today’s Innovator. He is an innovation expert with seventeen years of experience innovating in complex organizations. Through his company “Today’s Innovator” and his writing, Aaron’s mission is to connect and empower the innovators found within each of us.

Aaron and I talk about 2020 and how we’re making sense of it. We discuss disruption, the winners and losers of the year, as well as historic parallels to the 1920s. We dig deep into sensemaking, wayfinding, and crisis innovation, and close with what lessons we might take away from a crazy year.

It was great having Aaron back on the podcast. I thank him for his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode and wish you the best in 2021.

About Aaron

Aaron Proietti is an innovation expert with seventeen-plus years of experience innovating in complex organizations. Most recently, at Transamerica, a multinational Fortune 500 insurance company, Aaron built and led the company’s Insights & Innovation department consisting of six centers of excellence designed to fuel innovation. As Chief Innovation Officer he led a division- wide effort to transform the culture of 6,000 employees to a culture of innovation, collaboration, and trust. As Chief Customer Advocate he merged the company’s customer-centric service strategy with its forward-looking innovation strategy. And as the Head of Marketing Innovation he built and staffed a cutting-edge Research & Development team tasked with building customer experiences of the future and integrating them back into Transamerica’s core business.

After getting his Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech, Aaron got his career started as a Data Analyst at Capital One, one of the nation’s largest banks — a role that for sure would be called a Data Scientist today. It is there that he gained his first exposure to innovation as part of a team that developed new products and processes that contributed over $50 million per year. Aaron later worked as a Product Owner in Capital One’s “Invention Factory,” as well as several other roles that would shape his career as an innovator. It is at Capital One where Aaron learned the value a strong corporate culture has in driving innovation. He left Capital One in 2007 to gain experience in the startup environment, working to develop a new way of packaging and selling life insurance.

In 2016, at the age of forty, Aaron stepped away from the corporate grind to decompress and reevaluate his career trajectory. He recently founded Today’s Innovator, a coaching and training company working to “connect and empower innovators.” Aaron is the author of the book Today’s Innovator (Motivational Press, 2019). He speaks at conferences and events on topics related to technology trends, innovation leadership, innovation strategy, and culture change. Aaron has also been a regular writing contributor at Future Shapers, InnovationLeader.com and Insurance Thought Leadership.

Today’s Innovator Website

Today’s Innovator Book

Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

58. Jorge Arango

The Iowa Idea: Jorge Arango

 “We need to resist the siren call of the extreme.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Jorge Arango. Jorge is an information architect, author, and educator. He helps design products and services that bring business goals and user needs into alignment. Jorge is the author of Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places (released in 2018) and co-author of Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond. He’s a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at global design conferences. In addition to his design consulting practice, Jorge also writes a blog, hosts a podcast, and teaches systems design in the graduate interaction design program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

We explore Jorge’s journey from an architect of buildings to an information architect and a designer of digital systems and applications. We discuss the need for responsible design and why it’s important to be suspicious of extremes, especially in the context of social media.

It was an honor having Jorge join me on the show. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Jorge

Jorge Arango

Information Architect, Author, and Educator

Jorge Arango helps design products and services that bring business goals and user needs into alignment. Over the past twenty-five years, he has architected digital experiences and “made the complex clear” for organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune-500 corporations. Jorge’s areas of expertise include strategic design direction, conceptual modeling, and navigation design.

Jorge is the author of Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places (Two Waves Books, 2018) and co-author of Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond (O’Reilly Media, 2015). He’s also a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at global design conferences. In addition to his design consulting practice, Jorge also writes a blog, hosts a podcast, and teaches systems design in the graduate interaction design program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Links

Jorge’s site: https://jarango.com

Jorge’s Podcast: https://theinformed.life

Jorge on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jarango

Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

57. Jesse Elliott

The Iowa Idea: Jesse Elliott 

You can’t always get what you want.

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Jesse Elliott. Jesse is the Director of Creative Ecosystems for CACHE (Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange), is a lifelong champion of collaborative social entrepreneurship, the power of multimedia and storytelling, and inclusive arts and artist resourcing.  He is the founder and songwriter of two rock and roll bands, who released six albums and performed live 1,200 times in a decade, from SXSW and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and your favorite local dive. A proud graduate of the University of Iowa, Elliott penned books and speeches with economist Richard Florida, helped research and author music strategies for the City of Denver and the State of Colorado, and served Bohemian Foundation as the founding Director of The Music District.

We talk about his work with economist Richard Florida; the building of creative collaborations and creative ecosystems, and the simple power of collaboration that can be fueled by as little as cheap pizza and cold beer. We dig into the early days of the James Gang collaboration, as well as Jesse’s work on Denver’s music strategies, as well as the State of Colorado’s music strategy. We briefly touch on Jack Kerouac’s affinity for Iowa and how he may have mistaken Des Moines for Iowa City.

I encourage you to check out Jesse’s Tedx talk, linked in the episode description, as he talks about music ecosystems and the remixing of community.

It was an honor having Jesse join me on the show. I appreciate how Jesse credits and shares the positive influence that mentors have had on his journey. I Jesse for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Jesse

Jesse Elliott, Director of Creative Ecosystems for CACHE (Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange), is a lifelong champion of collaborative social entrepreneurship, the power of multimedia and storytelling, and inclusive arts and artist resourcing.  He is the founder and songwriter of two rock and roll bands, who released six albums and performed live 1,200 times in a decade, from SXSW and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza and your favorite local dive. A proud graduate of the University of Iowa, Elliott penned books and speeches with economist Richard Florida, helped research and author music strategies for the City of Denver and the State of Colorado, and served Bohemian Foundation as the founding Director of The Music District.  He’s a complete amateur at everything from old Schwinns and experimental cooking to eastern philosophies and evolutionary neuroscience, living on Beaver Lake in Rogers, AR, with his kayak Ozzie, his bike Trailzz, and various maps of the earth and sky hung on everything that’s not a window.

https://www.themusicdistrict.org/

http://www.cachecreate.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7RwANj9z-c

https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/making-a-music-city-home-innovating-music-podcast/

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

56. Matthew Swift

The Iowa Idea: Matthew Swift 

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Matthew Swift. Matt is an entrepreneur, restauranter, and CEO. If you enjoy great beer, great food, and well-designed settings in the ICR corridor, you’ve most likely been at one of Matt’s hospitality projects, which include St. Burch, Mosely’s, Pullman’s, 30 Hop, Red’s, Blackstone, and Big Grove – I hope I got them all.

Matt is an Iowa native and grew up in the restaurant industry learning the business first-hand at his mother’s restaurant Slugger’s.  We discuss how his hospitality projects, especially Big Grove have evolved, grown – and have pivoted in the middle of the pandemic. We dig deep into the craft beer business and spend some time discussing barbeque. I really appreciated how Matt attributes his success to team collaboration as well as strong, trusted partnerships. We explore the importance of community and place when it comes to designing an experience, and  the need to remain nimble to keep growing.

It was an honor having Matt join me on the show. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. Sit back, crack a cold one, and enjoy the episode.

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

55. Mark Nolte

The Iowa Idea: Mark Nolte

“It mattered to that one.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down Mark Nolte. Mark is a lifelong Iowan who feels indebted to this state and has spent his professional life trying to help strengthen and grow the economy through entrepreneurship. He and his wife Leslie have five children. Mark is considering a run for Governor as an Independent in 2022 to bring Iowans back together and solving problems with common sense.

Mark and I discuss his journey into economic development. We dig into the need for more collaborative ways to address the complex, or wicked, problems that may be preventing our communities and state from being the best they can be.

It was an honor having Mark join me on the show. Mark was a big help when I launched my company and incredibly supportive of me as I started this podcast. I really appreciated his stories and perspectives. I thank Mark for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Mark

Mark Nolte is a lifelong Iowan who feels indebted to this state and has spent his professional life trying to help strengthen and grow the economy through entrepreneurship. He and his wife Leslie have five children that they hopefully haven’t screwed up too much. Mark is considering a run for Governor as an Independent in 2022 to bring Iowans back together and solving problems with common sense.

Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

54. Samantha Ferm

The Iowa Idea: Samantha Ferm

“I just followed what felt like the next best step.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Samantha Ferm. Samantha helps businesses in southeast Iowa navigate the world of local, state, and federal government contracting. She also owns and operates her own massage therapy and sound healing business in Iowa City, Full Circle Wellness, and is one of the leaders for Her Experience, a day-long urban retreat for women.

Samantha and I discuss her journey starting her own business, helping small businesses navigate government contracts, and working on a family farm in California; as well as her early job as a Starbucks barista. I apologize, to you dear listeners, for my excitement digging into the barista naming process, Starbucks socks policy, and the glory of French press coffee.

It was an honor having Samantha join me on the show. I really appreciated Samantha’s stories and perspectives. I thank her for sharing her time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Samantha

Samantha joined the ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center team in 2018, after almost three years as a Business Counselor for the Kirkwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where she supported small businesses throughout Linn, Benton, and Jones counties. During her time there, she received the Iowa SBDC ‘Support Person of the Year’ award for 2017 and also supported the state’s largest 1 Million Cups weekly networking program. Prior to joining the SBDC, Samantha was the Marketing Director for EntreFEST, Iowa’s largest startup, and small business conference. Originally from the Phoenix area, Samantha spent nearly five years in Washington D.C. prior to moving to Iowa, where she worked as the Marketing and Community Outreach Manager for the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza).

Samantha also owns and operates her own massage therapy and sound healing business in Iowa City, Full Circle Wellness, and is one of the leaders for Her Experience, a day-long urban retreat for women.

Links

CIRAS –  https://www.ciras.iastate.edu/

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

53. John Coyle

The Iowa Idea: John Coyle

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down John Coyle. John is the founder of the online Design Thinking Academy, and a graduate of Stanford University’s D-School and holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School. At Stanford, John’s advisor and mentor was IDEO founder David Kelley. A former head of innovation for a Fortune 500 wireless telecom, John has also been the SVP of innovation for a leading strategy consultancy. John is a world class athlete in two sports (cycling and speedskating) and an Olympic silver medalist, as well as an NBC Olympic Sports analyst. John is an award-winning author of two books, including the 2018 best seller: Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths. John is also a thought leader in the field of “chronoception” – the neuroscience and psychology of how humans process time –  and framing it as “when action and awareness merge, time stops and performance goes through the roof.”

John and I discuss how a design thinking mindset, combined with persistence, fueled his success at an Olympic level. We dig deep into the importance to understanding one’s strengths and the power of asking “what are you best at?” John’s journey and his insights help drive individual and organizational achievement. John talks about two tools that impair our ability to deal with complex problems – Maslow’s Hammer and Occam’s Razor.

It was an honor having John join me on the show. I really appreciated John’s stories and perspectives. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About John

John K. Coyle is one of the world’s leading experts in “Design Thinking” and Innovation, and a highly sought-after speaker. John’s presentations are always an audience favorite because he combines the exhilarating stories of a champion athlete with the data and intellect of a professor and best-selling author.

John is the founder of the online Design Thinking Academy, and a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Engineering – Product Design (Design Thinking) and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School with an MBA in organizational behavior, marketing and entrepreneurship. A former head of innovation for a Fortune 500 wireless telecom, John has also been the SVP of innovation for a leading strategy consultancy. John is a world class athlete in two sports (cycling and speedskating) and an Olympic silver medalist, as well as an NBC Olympic Sports analyst, and a guest lecturer on Innovation at several leading universities (Kellogg, Marquette, CEDIM). John is a two-time TEDx speaker, and an award-winning author of two books, including the 2018 best seller: Design For Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths. John is also a thought leader in the field of “chronoception” – the neuroscience and psychology of how humans process time.

As a speaker and writer, John’s special talent is weaving facts, examples and business principles into engaging, accessible stories which bring his topics and frameworks to life. People leave John’s programs inspired and empowered to make significant, positive changes in their business and personal lives.

Links

John’s website –  www.johnkcoyle.com

Design Thinking Academy – https://academy.johnkcoyle.com/p/innovation_leadership_master_bundle

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

52. Andy Stoll

The Iowa Idea: Andy Stoll

“Creativity is the synthesis of diverse elements.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down Andy Stoll.  Andy is a serial social entrepreneur and producer and has co-founded six entrepreneurial-focused organizations and currently serves as a Senior Program Officer in Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. His career has focused on building pioneering programs, communities, classes and events to help entrepreneurs and creatives turn their ideas into reality.

Andy’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and his portfolio of projects includes collaborations with AOL Founder Steve Case, Microsoft Founder Paul Allen, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.

We dig deep into creativity, networks, collaboration, and what it means to innovate and be an entrepreneur in the connected age.

Through Andy’s work in building creative and entrepreneurial ecosystems, Andy has noticed four patterns of the connected age

  • The democratization of creativity
  • The individual has been globalized
  • Networks are replacing hierarchies
  • Geography does not have a monopoly on good ideas

It was an honor having Andy join me on the show. I really appreciated Andy’s stories and perspectives. I thank him for sharing his time and insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Andy

Andy Stoll is a serial social entrepreneur and producer and has co-founded six entrepreneurial-focused organizations and currently serves as a Senior Program Officer in Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. His career has focused on building pioneering programs, communities, classes and events to help entrepreneurs and creatives turn their ideas into reality.

Stoll’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and his portfolio of projects includes collaborations with AOL Founder Steve Case, Microsoft Founder Paul Allen, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.

Andy is a sought-after speaker on leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, communities and travel, and has been a featured speaker at SXSW, numerous TEDx events and more than 50 American universities — including serving as the 2013 Commencement speaker for the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts.

Stoll served as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell College; has taught courses at The University of Iowa; has served as a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, and completed a 4-year, 40-country solo trip-around-the-world.

Andy holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Media Production and Business Management from The University of Iowa and a Masters Degree in Media Cultures from The City University of Hong Kong — he also moonlights as a photographer, sometimes chef and occasional cooking class instructor.

Credits

Episode produce by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).