The Wonder Dome

Andy Cahill

Welcome to The Wonder Dome. On this podcast, I explore the question “what is your fiercest hope for humanity?” through conversations with an incredible array of practitioners from across disciplines, including coaches, artists, entrepreneurs, healers, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and organizational leaders. All of these people are working at the edge of what’s possible for humanity, striving to help us all become more resilient, adaptive, creative, and compassionate.

#107 The Difference that Makes a Difference (with Joel Monk and Ishita Sharma)
Aug 30 2022
#107 The Difference that Makes a Difference (with Joel Monk and Ishita Sharma)
Continuing my celebration with past guests are Joel Monk (founder of Coaches Rising) and Ishita Sharma (founder of Come to Center). Coaches Rising is an amazing resource for practitioners who are working to evolve the field of coaching, exploring how to show up for our clients with deep questions, presence, openness. And Ishita is a faculty member for one of their more recent programs, The Power of Presence.Our conversation centers around the questions: What is presence, and why does it matter? Why did Joel decide to build a whole program around presence? Why is presence the difference that makes the difference? The three of us play in that space in an attempt to be present with each other, to let go of a particular agenda for this conversation, and laugh, share, and learn from each other.NOTE: In the last 15 minutes or so, Ishita invites you as the listener to get in touch with a moment where you really felt in flow or felt most like yourself. When that moment comes, prepare yourself to pause and really get into your mind and body and evoke that experience. And when you press play again, listen to the way we use that invitation to bring our conversation to its conclusion. ALSO, NOTE: Toward the end, we also got interrupted by a VERY loud lawnmower. We decided to let that be part of our dance with presence and distraction. Hopefully, I’ve edited it enough that it isn’t too jarring as you listen in, and you can join us in the perfect humor of that moment :-)Connect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Joel and Ishita:#17 Waking Down and Spiraling Up (with Joel Monk)coachesrising.com#19 Embracing Your Wholeness (with Ishita Sharma)cometocenter.comListen to Ishita's free, guided call to explore inner coherence: bit.ly/3KvIqjcJoin Murmurations, a 6 month program to help usher you into the next stage of evolution and alignment with your Higher Purpose: cometocenter.com/groupintensive
#106 Facing the Violence Within (with Lawrence Barriner and Yotam Schachter)
Aug 23 2022
#106 Facing the Violence Within (with Lawrence Barriner and Yotam Schachter)
Both Lawrence Barriner and Yotam Schachter have built their careers and callings around helping others grow and evolve. A big part of that for both of them is facilitating experiences where men can work together to reckon with masculinity, violence, healing, and repair. In this conversation, we play at this intersection of what it is to be a man in relationship to the violence in our culture and in our histories. As men, we have a unique spectrum of qualities and attributes that anchor our physicality, our sexuality, or sensuality. These are a part of who we are, and these are also aspects that are often channeled in violent and unhealthy ways. How can we embrace those aspects of our masculine selves without being reduced, ashamed, or diminished by them? This conversation was recorded in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas shooting. I was feeling in tune to the ways in which so much of the violence committed in our society is committed by men. There is, of course, more to be said about the contexts and histories that allow for the violence to happen. But the presence of men is a persistent factor when we look at shootings like this.I've also recently finished reading Different by the primatologist Frans de Waal, who studies chimpanzees and bonobos - our two primate relatives that are genetically equally close to us humans - to challenge widely held beliefs about masculinity and femininity.So personally, I'm in this space of making meaning around who we are as men and how we could evolve or show up in ways that allow us to fully express all of our potentials - not just the stereotypical “masculine” ones - but the full range of potentials in service of a more robust, healthy, healed, and joyful world.Connect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Lawrence and Yotam:#18 The Strength Beyond Our Fear (with Yotam Schachter)Visit presencetree.comConnect with Yotam on LinkedIn#75 Making New Worlds Possible (with Lawrence Barriner II)Visit lqb2.coSubscribe to Lawrence’s NewsletterListen to Lawrence’s podcast, Life RadioConnect with Lawrence on Instagram | TwitterDifferent: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist by Frans de Waal
#102 Dancing in the Fire (with Kim Loh and Gabe Wilson)
Jul 19 2022
#102 Dancing in the Fire (with Kim Loh and Gabe Wilson)
For episode 102, I'm bringing together two past Wonder Dome guests who know each other quite well: Kim Loh and Gabe Wilson. They’ve worked together as facilitators, trainers, and coaches, and they co-authored Compassionate Conversations alongside master practitioner Diane Hamilton. As the three of us come together again in The Wonder Dome, we deepen into one of the core themes from our prior conversations: the healing, learning, and growth that are possible when at the heart of conflict. It’s easy to look at our dwindling public commons and despair. It has become driven by 24-hour news media cycles and social media bubbles of highly polarized and insular content. This content points to deep conflicts at the heart of our social structures and institutions.What we don’t always see is that there are countless folks who are sitting with the question of how can we live together more peacefully and more beautifully?The paradox is that we might only be able to find the answer to that question if we're willing to walk into the fire of conflict and feel its heat. If we do it unskillfully, we’ll get burned. But if we can find our way in - if we can somehow dance in that fire - we also discover the warmth and light that can serve as the source for new life. Connect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Kim and Gabe:compassionateconversations.comVisit kimberlyloh.com#25 Finding Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (with Kim Loh)Visit freedomandfairness.co#47 Freedom and Fairness (with Gabe Wilson)
#101 Change Begins in Art (with Ken Liu, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Ray Nayler)
Jun 30 2022
#101 Change Begins in Art (with Ken Liu, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Ray Nayler)
Back for our second episode of the Summer Celebration Series are Ken Liu, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Ray Nayler. All three of these writers add so much depth and richness to the tapestry of our lives. When you leave this conversation today, I encourage you to listen to my other interviews with them and to read their work. Their writing has the potential to change your relationship to what's possible for the future of our species.Ursula K. Le Guin said that “Change begins in art.” The divine rights of kings seemed to be a permanent fact of reality until artists, philosophers, and activists imagined something else. Imagination was the precursor to social change. In the same way, we will not end the suffering, inequities, and impoverishment of our global society until we can imagine something else. Ken, Tochi, and Ray are doing that imaginative work, each in their own beautiful way. Their work confronts the brutality of our societies while also amplifying and deepening the beauty of existence. Our conversation is a rich, deep, and joyful exploration of these themes.And remember to enter our summer giveaway for the chance to win some cool artifacts that represent the best of the show: mailchi.mp/58e29b41e03a/twd100Connect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Ken, Tochi, and Ray: Purchase Ken's Speaking Bones: Purchase Tochi's latest novel Goliath: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250782953 Ray’s first novel The Mountain in the Sea: bookshop.org/books/the-mountain-in-the-sea-9780374605957/9780374605957
#100 One Hundred Ways to Imagine (with Todd Marston)
Jun 21 2022
#100 One Hundred Ways to Imagine (with Todd Marston)
Welcome to the 100th episode of The Wonder Dome! I've spent the past two years showing up as fully as I can for each one of these conversations. In the process, I've been repeatedly humbled and inspired by the amazing humans I've had the privilege to meet here in The Dome. Thank you for being here with me. In a sense, every person who listens to these recordings is in the room with me and my guests. Getting in touch with your presence as we talk deepens the quality and the energy of the conversations in amazing ways. To celebrate this milestone, I’m hosting a series of ten conversations with past guests. In today’s episode, I’m joined once again by the amazing Todd Marston. He was my very first guest in The Wonder Dome (and the composer of our theme song!). He was the person I went to and said, “I’m going to do this thing. I'm a little scared. It could be weird. It could be a hot mess. But if it's terrible, then at least we get to hang out for an hour.” And here we are 100 episodes later, and more than 10,000 people have tuned in.In a really lovely and generous gesture, Todd reached out to me and said he’d like to interview me for my 100th episode. Todd turns the tables on me to help me unpack what I've learned through the journey of having 100 conversations in The Dome. He's such a talented and beautiful artist who brings his full self to the power of art to enliven us and make new worlds possible. He brings that playfulness and artistic spirit to his interview with me today. It was a delightful way to kick off the next 100 conversations in The Wonder Dome.Finally, as a way of saying thanks to everyone who’s supported this journey, I’m gifting my listeners with all sorts of cool artifacts that represent the best of the show: Books, music, art, coaching sessions, guided meditations, developmental practices, and even the chance to join me for a special live Wonder Dome gathering where we can meet in real-time and have a shared experience in The Dome. Learn more here, and enter for a chance to win one of these meaningful gifts.Connect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Toddinstagram.com/integermusicyoutube.com/user/ToddMarstonListen to Todd’s music toddmarston.bandcamp.comSupport him on Patreon patreon.com/toddmarstonTig Brich’s Pub westkerrybrewery.ie
#99 Mindful Diversity (with Angella Okawa)
Jun 14 2022
#99 Mindful Diversity (with Angella Okawa)
Angella Okawa is a certified Integral coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of Mindful Diversity. She brings together a wide range of modalities to help people navigate questions of identity, belonging, community, diversity, and equity. These questions permeate our social fabric, pushing us to explore who we are and who we might become.This is a deeply experiential episode. We begin by exploring work that I did with Angella in a private coaching session, where she took me through a process to connect to my own inner imagination to navigate a question of my future and purpose. From there, our conversation delves into group, social, and organizational contexts where there's conflict or disagreement about what's right or true. At the end of the conversation, Angella leads a guided visualization to weave together the elements we explored.Throughout it all, she models what becomes possible if we’re willing to listen deeply to each other in those moments where we feel most afraid, angry, upset, or defensive. You will leave this conversation with a deeper sense of how to navigate spaces that are riven by conflict and uncertainty, and how to emerge from those conflicts with more possibility, creativity, and true human connectionConnect with Us:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Angella:linkedin.com/in/angellatwitter.com/angellamindfuldiversity.comFocusing Therapy - focusingtherapy.orgHakomi Therapy -hakomiinstitute.comCarl Jung - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_JungActive Imagination (Carl Jung) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_imagination Dr. Thomas Singer - linkedin.com/in/thomas-singer-a687518bMaria Lugones - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_LugonesDiane Musho Hamilton - dianemushohamilton.comArny Mindell - aamindell.net
#97 What the Heart Hears (with Rev. Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain)
May 19 2022
#97 What the Heart Hears (with Rev. Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain)
Rev. Dr. Nóirín Ní Riain is a theologian, philosopher, and teacher of music and music history. She is a Reverend minister, a master of ritual, and uses sound to help people mark the most important milestones in their lives: birth, marriage, death, and many others along the way.She also originated the concept of Theosony which is the sound of God or the sound of the Divine, a way of engaging with reality through listening that can bring us in touch with the mystery and the wonder of existence and of the universe.Nóirín has collaborated with hundreds of other singers and artists, perhaps most relevant to this audience, her sons Owen and Mícheál. In 2004, she collaborated with Sinead O'Connor who described Nóirín as her biggest influence and heroine in music.Nóirín has helped thousands of people through her music and gentle encouragement, as you’ll hear in our conversation today - which traverses Irish poetry, prayer, and sacred song; a distillation of the incredibly rich and full life that Nóirín has lived and an embodiment of her calling to share her gifts with the world.Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Nóirín: to my conversation with Nóirín’s son, Owen - mindfulcreative.coach/the-wonder-dome/2022/3/1/86-owen-osuilleabhainVoice at the Edge Documentary - hilaryfennell.com/portfolio/noirin-ni-riain-voice-at-the-edgebookshop.org/books/listen-with-the-ear-of-the-heart-an-autobiography/9781847301727 Sean-nós singing - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean-n%C3%B3s_singingTheosony: the Sound of God from BBC - bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/music/theosony.shtml
#96 For All Beings (with Monique Schubert)
May 13 2022
#96 For All Beings (with Monique Schubert)
Monique Schubert is a dear friend who I've had the privilege of studying with, learning from, and teaching alongside. She is a beautiful soul who sees life as an extended project to make the world more beautiful, more kind, and more inclusive. She uses the tools of art, yoga, and music to educate, inspire, and connect.Monique is also a Kripalu certified teacher and helps design their teacher trainings and facilitates transformational experiences, including their 200-hour meditation teacher certification, which she is co-teaching alongside another dear friend, colleague, and past Wonder Dome guest, Sam Chase.For over 20 years she’s been teaching yoga and mindfulness in the New York City area, and she brings together a wonderful background in visual arts that weaves into her mindfulness teaching and practices. She's also a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a powerhouse group of 60+ women and femmes who unite to sing songs from various protest traditions, such as the civil rights movement, the labor movement, and the women's movement.Infusing all of Monique’s work as a teacher, an educator, an artist, a musician, and an activist, is her deep commitment to collective joy and thriving.Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Monique:omsociety.yogalinkedin.com/in/monique-schubert-mfa-4a57ba45resistancerevivalchorus.com'For All Beings' by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - zenju.org/for-all-beings-2/Valerie June 'Astral Plane' - youtube.com/watch?v=rN35g4eLQgg Ronald McNair - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_McNairResistance Revival Chorus 'Reason I Sing' featuring Valerie June - resistancerevivalchorus.bandcamp.com/track/reason-i-singAni DiFranco 'Joyful Girl' feat the Resistance Revival Chorus - youtube.com/watch?v=qS_b_ExBfWIUbuntu Philosophy - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_philosophy
#95 Everything Is Humming (with Sessei Meg Levie)
May 3 2022
#95 Everything Is Humming (with Sessei Meg Levie)
My conversation with Sessei Meg Levie works with the possibility that sitting in stillness, attending to what is without judging yourself or the world, and simply noticing, can open whole new doorways of possibility in your life and the lives of those around you. Sessei Meg Levie is the head priest of the Stone Creek Zen Center in Sonoma County, CA, and she has been practicing Soto Zen for 30+ years. Over the past decade, she has pioneered the development of awareness practices in organizations around the world.As a senior teacher for Search Inside Yourself, the mindfulness-based emotional intelligence and leadership program created at Google, she has trained hundreds of other meditation and mindfulness teachers and impacted thousands more participants. She's also a professional coach who works with executives to bring meditation and mindfulness to their leadership.I invite you to start with the advice Meg offers at the end: simply pay attention. If you are feeling that sense of exhaustion, fatigue, or overwhelm, or even a hint that things could be different, then start by paying attention. Who knows what doorways might open?Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Meg:meglevie.comlinkedin.com/in/megleviestonecreekzencenter.orgsfzc.orgsiyli.orgSunryu Suzuki Roshiwordsfortheyear.com/2015/09/04/the-breeze-at-dawn-by-rumiynharari.com/book/sapiens-2Find Meg's essay 'Home-leaving and Home-making' here: wisdomexperience.org/product/buddhas-apprentices
#94 Queer Flourishing for All (with Dominic Longo)
Apr 28 2022
#94 Queer Flourishing for All (with Dominic Longo)
Dominic Longo is the founder of Flourishing Gays, a coaching and consulting firm that works especially with gay, bi, queer, and trans men to support their leadership, personal development, growth, and flourishing. He is a remarkable scholar, teacher, coach, thinker, theologian, bringing together a number of different streams of understanding about how we humans are made, and who we can become if we give ourselves the gift of a life of transformation and growth.Our conversation explores human development through the lens of what it is to be Queer - in particular a Queer man - in our culture. We land on the beautiful possibility that by creating a world where Queer humans flourish, we are creating a world where every human can flourish.  Because, in a sense, “queerness” is a part of all of us. Regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, all of us have parts of ourselves that are deemed to be too different, strange, threatening, or confusing by our dominant culture. The natural protective response is to hide or repress those parts. But this comes with massive emotional, psychological, and energetic costs. When we find ways to set down our protections and our defenses, we have the opportunity to welcome and amplify the latent gifts and potentials living inside us. Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Dominic:flourishinggays.comfacebook.com/flourishinggaysinstagram.com/flourishinggayslinkedin.com/in/fdominiclongo
#92 Choose the Rough Waters (with Aidan McCullen)
Apr 14 2022
#92 Choose the Rough Waters (with Aidan McCullen)
One of the coolest things about hosting The Wonder Dome is that I get to dive deep into conversations with some of the most dynamic human beings on the planet. Aidan McCullen is one of those people.He is the author of Undisruptable: A Mindset of Permanent Reinvention for Individuals, Organisations, and Life. He also hosts the fantastic podcast, The Innovation Show, which served as an exemplar for me of what's possible for the Wonder Dome. And he publishes a weekly blog centering around what it means to reinvent ourselves and our organizations. As you’ll see and hear, he has a remarkable gift for storytelling and metaphor, and his body of work speaks to the importance of having full access to all of our inner resources. So that we can do the hard work necessary to weather tough times. And so that we can adapt and innovate when the situation demands it.We could stop there, and that would be material enough. But before Aidan built this body of work, he made a successful career as a professional rugby player with over 100 caps for Leinster, Toulouse, and London Irish. And in our conversation, he shares how even becoming a rugby player was in itself a personal reinvention.In short, Aidan is someone who has walked the walk in terms of growth, adaption, and evolution. If you care at all about how to live life more fully, more creatively, with more resilience and adaptability, then this conversation is for you.Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Aidan:Listen to theinnovationshow.ioKeep up with Aidan’s blog aidanmccullen.com/thursday-thought-blogRead Aidan's latest book theinnovationshow.io/undisruptable-bookVisit AidanMcCullen.cominstagram.com/the_innovation_showlinkedin.com/in/aidanmccullentwitter.com/aidanmccullen
#90 Bridging the Imaginal Gap (with Gayle Karen Young)
Mar 31 2022
#90 Bridging the Imaginal Gap (with Gayle Karen Young)
Gayle Karen Young is a catalyst for human and organizational development. She is a mentor, a teacher, an empath, a systems thinker, and a healer. For many years, she worked as the chief culture and talent officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, the foundation responsible for Wikipedia and all of its sister projects devoted to free knowledge and free information. Now Gayle is in private practice, working with leaders from a variety of sectors, many at the frontlines of our collective future, living the question of where are we going and how might we get there together.Our conversation begins with the question, What is it to belong somewhere? To belong to a group? To a people? What does it take for us to find our way back to the places that feel like home? To remember that, in fact, this entire planet is our one and only home?From there, we work with what we call the imaginal gap - that infinite possibility space that speculative authors, futurists, poets, and creators of many stripes have leapt across. The imaginal gap invites us to explore what becomes possible in the future if we resolve, repair, and restore our connections to universal truths right here, right now.This is not clean or easy work, but it is beautiful and essential. It requires our willingness and capacity to enter the sensitive, nuanced, highly-charged spaces of learning, discovery, and growth so that we can “be able for” all that life has in store for us.Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Gayle:gaylekarenyoung.comlinkedin.com/in/missgayle twitter.com/MissGayle
#89 Raising Thriving Boys (with Janet Allison)
Mar 22 2022
#89 Raising Thriving Boys (with Janet Allison)
Janet Allison's work asks and helps us answer the question, how do we raise boys to become good men? She is the founder of Boys Alive, an organization that provides coaching and education to parents of boys of all ages. She's also the host of the ON BOYS podcast, which is now four years running with hundreds of thousands of downloads, featuring experts in the worlds of child psychology, development, and parenting. Even if you are not a parent or don't ever plan to become one, this conversation will deeply impact you. It points to tragic cultural feedback loops that keep making it harder for children of all genders to become healthy, thriving adults.As a result, we keep reproducing the very social-cultural problems we want to avoid - men abusing power, unable to communicate effectively, unable to express their emotions, confusing strength with force, confusing confidence with arrogance. All of these problems have roots in our culture's approach to raising boys.Janet has done amazing work as an educator and coach to help people of all backgrounds unpack this. In the process, she helps us think deeply and clearly about who we want our children to become. How do we help our children unlock their full potential without forcing them into rigid gender identities that limit that potential? Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Janet:Visit boysalive.comListen to on-boys-podcast.comfacebook.com/boysaliveinstagram.com/boys.alivelinkedin.com/in/janetallisontwitter.com/ParentAdvisor
#88 Chill Executive Officer (with Kyrah Altman)
Mar 15 2022
#88 Chill Executive Officer (with Kyrah Altman)
Kyrah Altman is the Chill Executive Officer and co-founder of LEAD an organization devoted to cultivating mental health and wellbeing in organizations and communities around the world.  She is one of those rare, wholehearted leaders pushing back against the dominant narrative that constantly drives us to produce, to perform, to be perfect without ever revealing our full humanity.Kyrah co-founded LEAD (Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do) 10 years ago as a 15-year-old high school student. Today, the fast-growing organization provides teaching, training, coaching, and a huge library of resources dedicated to what she calls "no fluff" mental health education. She travels the world speaking about the impact of social entrepreneurship on trauma survivors, the importance of addressing mental health and wellbeing, and of destigmatizing mental illness, particularly in vulnerable communities.Ultimately, Kyrah is a champion for the idea that while not everyone has a mental illness, everyone can improve mental health. All of us live in contexts that are producing pain and suffering, but we can all contribute to the reduction of that pain in how we treat each other, how we treat ourselves, and how we build thriving cultures by inviting everyone to show up as full human beings.Get Connected:The Wonder Dome Newsletter Andy on Twitter us on Instagram us on Facebook with Kyrah:Visit leadnow.orgfacebook.com/leadinc.nowinstagram.com/leadinc.nowlinkedin.com/in/kyrahaltmantwitter.com/LEADInc_now