More In Common

More In Common Podcast

Welcome to More In Common Podcast With Rodney Campbell and Keith Richardson. This podcast is our social experiment to examine our belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us. With each new guests we have open, honest, and insightful conversation about the things that matter to them.

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Connected to Self /// Sydney Lauren /// Part2:EP149
Feb 24 2022
Connected to Self /// Sydney Lauren /// Part2:EP149
What does 'being connected with self' actually look like…feel like?  It’s impossible to describe, as we explore with Sydney in part 2 of this conversation.  Whether or not we can describe it, what is true from this conversation is that vulnerability and the willingness to express it with yourself and others is a big step in finding that connection. Once she was willing to be vulnerable with her music it all changed, and her music went to a new level.   ///   Today, we are with singer/songwriter Sydney Lauren.  SYDNEY TELLS STORIES THROUGH HER SONGS. SHE GREW UP SINGING AND WRITING MUSIC JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY, THE PLACE SHE NOW CALLS HOME. THE CITY SERVES AS HER INSPIRATION AS WELL AS HER STOMPING GROUNDS, AND SHE HAS PERFORMED IN NYC VENUES LIKE THE DELANCEY & THE BITTER END. SYDNEY’S TRAINING IN PIANO, GUITAR AND SONGWRITING ARE CLEARLY REFLECTED IN HER SONGS, WHICH TAKE INSPIRATION FROM SOME OF HER FAVORITE ARTISTS INCLUDING JP SAXE, SARAH BAREILLES, INGRID ANDRESS, AND MORE. HER MUSIC HAS BEEN FEATURED ON “TEMPTATION ISLAND” AND "THE BIGGEST LOSER" ON USA NETWORK. SYDNEY’S NEW ERA OF MUSIC REPRESENTS A CHAPTER IN HER LIFE LYRICALLY, AND HER AUTHENTIC VISION SONICALLY. SHE DIVES INTO THE EMOTIONS THAT OCCUR DURING HEARTBREAK AND THE SIMPLISTIC HAPPINESS THAT CAN COME WITH LOVE. NEW YORK CITY WILL ALWAYS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HER MUSIC, WHETHER IT’S A STREET SHE REFERENCES OR THE SUBWAY HOME. SHE’S A STORYTELLER AT HEART AND HOPES TO SING WORDS YOU WERE THINKING BUT DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO SAY.   ///   Topics we discuss: How she got good at her MusicAccepting that she is good at itMusic built her confidence Tracking Downloads and attentionBeing vulnerable through her musicTurning Around a bad moodCreating music that resonates with peopleUnderstanding Self   References: Harkness MethodNodes Scene from Pitch PerfectHer song Bucket Hat Sydney Lauren.com   Credits: Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Connected to Self /// Sydney Lauren /// Part2:EP149
Feb 24 2022
Connected to Self /// Sydney Lauren /// Part2:EP149
What does 'being connected with self' actually look like…feel like?  It’s impossible to describe, as we explore with Sydney in part 2 of this conversation.  Whether or not we can describe it, what is true from this conversation is that vulnerability and the willingness to express it with yourself and others is a big step in finding that connection. Once she was willing to be vulnerable with her music it all changed, and her music went to a new level.   ///   Today, we are with singer/songwriter Sydney Lauren.  SYDNEY TELLS STORIES THROUGH HER SONGS. SHE GREW UP SINGING AND WRITING MUSIC JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY, THE PLACE SHE NOW CALLS HOME. THE CITY SERVES AS HER INSPIRATION AS WELL AS HER STOMPING GROUNDS, AND SHE HAS PERFORMED IN NYC VENUES LIKE THE DELANCEY & THE BITTER END. SYDNEY’S TRAINING IN PIANO, GUITAR AND SONGWRITING ARE CLEARLY REFLECTED IN HER SONGS, WHICH TAKE INSPIRATION FROM SOME OF HER FAVORITE ARTISTS INCLUDING JP SAXE, SARAH BAREILLES, INGRID ANDRESS, AND MORE. HER MUSIC HAS BEEN FEATURED ON “TEMPTATION ISLAND” AND "THE BIGGEST LOSER" ON USA NETWORK. SYDNEY’S NEW ERA OF MUSIC REPRESENTS A CHAPTER IN HER LIFE LYRICALLY, AND HER AUTHENTIC VISION SONICALLY. SHE DIVES INTO THE EMOTIONS THAT OCCUR DURING HEARTBREAK AND THE SIMPLISTIC HAPPINESS THAT CAN COME WITH LOVE. NEW YORK CITY WILL ALWAYS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HER MUSIC, WHETHER IT’S A STREET SHE REFERENCES OR THE SUBWAY HOME. SHE’S A STORYTELLER AT HEART AND HOPES TO SING WORDS YOU WERE THINKING BUT DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO SAY.   ///   Topics we discuss: How she got good at her MusicAccepting that she is good at itMusic built her confidence Tracking Downloads and attentionBeing vulnerable through her musicTurning Around a bad moodCreating music that resonates with peopleUnderstanding Self   References: Harkness MethodNodes Scene from Pitch PerfectHer song Bucket Hat Sydney Lauren.com   Credits: Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Drunk Words aren’t Sober Thoughts /// Sydney Lauren /// Part1:EP149
Feb 17 2022
Drunk Words aren’t Sober Thoughts /// Sydney Lauren /// Part1:EP149
What is a fact?  A fact is something that is true.  Yet, today we are so conflicted about our facts because we have decided to conflate them with truth. Truth is subjective.  What is true to you may not be true to me.  You may think The Matrix is the greatest cinematic accomplishment of the 20th century.  I may think that award belongs to Schindler’s List.  What isn’t true is that either sentiment is a fact.  This is merely an opinion one holds.  However, we have the tendency to think of our truths as facts and it can create serious issues connecting with others and navigating conversation. We explore this reality with Sydney in part 1 of our awesome conversation with her.   ///   Today, we are with singer/songwriter Sydney Lauren.  SYDNEY TELLS STORIES THROUGH HER SONGS. SHE GREW UP SINGING AND WRITING MUSIC JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY, THE PLACE SHE NOW CALLS HOME. THE CITY SERVES AS HER INSPIRATION AS WELL AS HER STOMPING GROUNDS, AND SHE HAS PERFORMED IN NYC VENUES LIKE THE DELANCEY & THE BITTER END. SYDNEY’S TRAINING IN PIANO, GUITAR AND SONGWRITING ARE CLEARLY REFLECTED IN HER SONGS, WHICH TAKE INSPIRATION FROM SOME OF HER FAVORITE ARTISTS INCLUDING JP SAXE, SARAH BAREILLES, INGRID ANDRESS, AND MORE. HER MUSIC HAS BEEN FEATURED ON “TEMPTATION ISLAND” AND "THE BIGGEST LOSER" ON USA NETWORK. SYDNEY’S NEW ERA OF MUSIC REPRESENTS A CHAPTER IN HER LIFE LYRICALLY, AND HER AUTHENTIC VISION SONICALLY. SHE DIVES INTO THE EMOTIONS THAT OCCUR DURING HEARTBREAK AND THE SIMPLISTIC HAPPINESS THAT CAN COME WITH LOVE. NEW YORK CITY WILL ALWAYS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN HER MUSIC, WHETHER IT’S A STREET SHE REFERENCES OR THE SUBWAY HOME. SHE’S A STORYTELLER AT HEART AND HOPES TO SING WORDS YOU WERE THINKING BUT DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO SAY. ///   Topics we discuss: Knowing when to walk away from conflictHarkness MethodSaying what you don't meanBeing Brutally Honest Facts vs. TruthAccepting Others   References: Harkness MethodNodes Scene from Pitch PerfectHer song Bucket Hat Sydney Lauren.com   Credits: Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Games are for Everyone /// Krysten Callina /// Part2:EP148
Feb 10 2022
Games are for Everyone /// Krysten Callina /// Part2:EP148
In a postindustrial, technology centric, world we are taught to be productive, get a job, work, work, work… We reserve play for short periods of time and for our childhood.  Yet, we are increasingly demanding more productivity of our children to get ahead.  The thing about play, is that it is a necessity of life.  We need it.  We especially need it to improve learning and how we absorb information.  Games are a great way to help kids learn and also enjoy life. Mastermind Adventures is helping kids who have a hard time learning social and emotional skills.  They are doing it by challenging kids through games so they also have fun with their life.    ///   Today we are with Krysten Callina.  She is the Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC, a talent management agency for professional game masters of tabletop role playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons).  Krysten helps people find connection and community through games so they can embrace their creativity and individuality and have more fun. Her goal is to create the industry standard for professional game masters and to establish a vibrant, safe community of fans of role playing games. Examples of non-traditional game applications developed by Mastermind Adventures are Quest! Adventure Game for Social Skills Mastery to help kids improve their social emotional skills, and The Game of Influencers, a unique training program for businesses to learn about how to use influencers as part of a marketing strategy. Mastermind Adventures is currently developing programs that will serve as inroads for young people into the gaming industry - especially for kids in marginalized communities. Krysten is a serial entrepreneur, loves cooking, gardening, photography, interior decorating, nerd topics and whiskey.    ///   Topics we discuss: Income correlation to effectiveness of HomeschoolingBuilding perspectiveTravelingExposing to others Creating Mastermind AdventuresHow it started as a Game NightWhat it is now The concept called BLEEDManaging the potential dangers   References: Home schooling resourcesMastermind AdventuresLive Action Role Play (L.A.R.P.)Who is Percy Jackson More In Common Website   Credits: Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Be a Student of Your Child /// Krysten Callina /// Part1:EP148
Feb 3 2022
Be a Student of Your Child /// Krysten Callina /// Part1:EP148
What do you think of when you think someone is homeschooled?  What do you think when someone homeschools their kids? Homeschooling is a great example of the subtle biases we all project onto other because of our cultural influences.  There are many reasons for homeschooling and it’s important to understand when it makes sense for your kids.  In this conversation with Krysten, we get into some of those reasons and why she made that very decision.   ///   Today we are with Krysten Callina.  She is the Founder of Mastermind Adventures LLC, a talent management agency for professional game masters of tabletop role playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons).  Krysten helps people find connection and community through games so they can embrace their creativity and individuality and have more fun. Her goal is to create the industry standard for professional game masters and to establish a vibrant, safe community of fans of role playing games. Examples of non-traditional game applications developed by Mastermind Adventures are Quest! Adventure Game for Social Skills Mastery to help kids improve their social emotional skills, and The Game of Influencers, a unique training program for businesses to learn about how to use influencers as part of a marketing strategy. Mastermind Adventures is currently developing programs that will serve as inroads for young people into the gaming industry - especially for kids in marginalized communities. Krysten is a serial entrepreneur, loves cooking, gardening, photography, interior decorating, nerd topics and whiskey.  ///   Topics we discuss: Home schooling resourcesMastermind AdventuresWhat is Live Action Role Play (L.A.R.P.)Who is Percy Jackson B.L.E.E.D.Sara Lynn Bowman More In Common Website   References: Home schooling resourcesMastermind AdventuresLive Action Role Play (L.A.R.P.)Who is Percy Jackson More In Common Website   Credits: Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Enabling your Children  /// Lisa Davis, MPH /// EP147:Part2
Jan 27 2022
Enabling your Children /// Lisa Davis, MPH /// EP147:Part2
Developing a child is one of the most challenging responsibilities any parent will have in a lifetime. One of the biggest challenges is removing your ego to focus on what the child needs, not what you would need if you were the child. We all struggle to separate these two realities. However, when we can, we will deliver the promise to our children that set them up to live the life they want to live. We talk a lot in this part 2 with Lisa Davis, MPH, about instilling values in children through the perspective of their personalities and giving them space to be who they need to be.   ///   Today we are with Lisa Davis, MPH. Lisa has two decades of experience as a health educator and a broadcaster. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health, is creator, host, and producer of the syndicated "It's Your Health" radio heard on regional NPR as well as host/producer of "Talk Healthy Today" brought to you by Pocket Media (of Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times, Better Nutrition. Muscle & Performance, Yoga Journal magazines).   She is host/producer of Naturally Savvy Radio heard online on RadioMD, iHeart Radio Talk, TuneIn, Stitcher, iTunes, UberRadio, and TalkStreamLive. Lisa is also the co-creator and co-host of the podcast "Active Allyship...it's more than a #hashtag!"   In addition to developing radio shows, if it doesn't seem like enough, Lisa has created, produced, and hosted health television shows. Her first show, Health Power, was seen on KRUZ-TV in California. She was also a regular contributor to Carol Alt's national health TV show on FOX News Channel, A Healthy You.   She also authored her books, Clean Eating, Dirty Sex: Sensual Superfoods and Aphrodisiac Practices for Ultimate Sexual Health and Easy to Love but Hard to Live with: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories.     Her core passion is helping people find they're why to enable them to live their healthiest life.   /// Topics we discuss:   Daughter with NVLDHelping kids through their challengesLetting people speak for themselves Instilling values in kidsUnderstanding how kids learnBeing sex positive with her kidsPromoting positive relationships with Sex   References: Lisadavismph.comActive Allyship is more than just a HashtagTalk Healthy TodayNaturally Savvy Podcast Clean Eating / Dirty Sex - Her BookNaturallysavvy.com Dr. David CamptSeptember 18th Rally Non Verbal Learning DisorderAutism Spectrum DisorderAuthoritarian vs. Authoritative parenting   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Past does not Define the Present  /// Lisa Davis  /// EP147:Part1
Jan 20 2022
Past does not Define the Present /// Lisa Davis /// EP147:Part1
Everyone goes through a journey from the beginning to the end. It's easy to look at our stories and think about our limitations and how they will prevent us from doing more. That voice inside tells you one thing that reality doesn't seem to support. Then we focus so much on "what is" because we can't see "what could be." Lisa is an excellent example of looking at life through the lens of what is possible while working through all the early challenges to living a life that feels like she is the best version of herself and still getting better.    /// Today we are with Lisa Davis, MPH. Lisa has two decades of experience as a health educator and a broadcaster. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health, is creator, host, and producer of the syndicated "It's Your Health" radio heard on regional NPR as well as host/producer of "Talk Healthy Today" brought to you by Pocket Media (of Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times, Better Nutrition. Muscle & Performance, Yoga Journal magazines).   She is host/producer of Naturally Savvy Radio heard online on RadioMD, iHeart Radio Talk, TuneIn, Stitcher, iTunes, UberRadio, and TalkStreamLive. Lisa is also the co-creator and co-host of the podcast "Active Allyship...it's more than a #hashtag!"   In addition to developing radio shows, Lisa has created, produced, and hosted health television shows if it doesn't seem like enough. Her first show, Health Power, was seen on KRUZ-TV in California. She was also a regular contributor to Carol Alt's national health TV show on FOX News Channel, A Healthy You.   She also authored her books, Clean Eating, Dirty Sex: Sensual Superfoods and Aphrodisiac Practices for Ultimate Sexual Health and Easy to Love but Hard to Live with: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories.     Her core passion is helping people find they're why to enable them to live their healthiest life. /// Topics we discuss:   Active ListeningHow she employs it with her daughter Navigating our boundaries with othersOthering Growing up with an Anti-Racist environmentSpeaking up no matter whatWhat it was like growing up Gaining confidenceBeing herself after many years of being shy   References:   Lisadavismph.comActive Allyship is more than just a HashtagTalk Healthy TodayNaturally Savvy Podcast Clean Eating / Dirty Sex - Her BookNaturallysavvy.com Dr. David CamptSeptember 18th Rally Non Verbal Learning DisorderAutism Spectrum DisorderAuthoritarian vs. Authoritative parenting   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Genius is Not Perfect  /// Ben and Fitz /// EP146:Part2
Jan 13 2022
Genius is Not Perfect /// Ben and Fitz /// EP146:Part2
No matter how much effort you put into something, it's never done alone. This applies to everyone, including the smartest or most athletic. A genius doesn't create without supplies, funding, or assistance to contribute to their field of study. Like an athlete doesn't get to show their skills if the structure of sport doesn't exist.  This is highlighted by Ben and Fitz in this Part 2 episode of their conversation. They talk about the Genius Myth and the importance of recognizing it when building highly collaborative and effective teams.   ///   Brian (Fitz) is the Founder and CTO of Tock, and he started Google's Chicago engineering office in 2005. An open-source contributor for over 13 years, Brian was the engineering manager for several Google products, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, a former engineer at Apple and CollabNet, and a Subversion developer,   Ben is a co-founder & author of Subversion, a popular version-control tool to help programmers collaborate. He also co-authored the main O'Reilly manual for the software. He is currently the engineering Site Lead for Google's Chicago office, having joined Google in 2005 as one of the first two engineers in Chicago. He manages multiple teams working on Google's Search-serving infrastructure.   Together they have collaborated on multiple talks and books regarding the social challenges of software development. They have given dozens of talks at conferences (many viewable on youtube), and authored a popular O'Reilly book on the subject: Debugging Teams: Better Productivity through Collaboration.   /// Topics we discuss:   PrivilegeThe relative nature of privilegeSeeing privilege Their Book - Debugging TeamsGenius MythWorking together in a creative space Peter PrincipleUnderstanding othersPursue what makes sense for each   References: ORD Camp Crucial ConversationsH.A.L.T. - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, TiredFree Book - Debugging TeamsNikola Tesla and Thomas Edison Peter Principle   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Fixing Culture is a Moral Imperative  /// Ben and Fitz  /// EP146:Part1
Jan 6 2022
Fixing Culture is a Moral Imperative /// Ben and Fitz /// EP146:Part1
Culture is an agreed-upon set of values and norms that we accept and embrace. In organizations, if these aren't intentional and established, the company is not likely to operate at its best. Ben and Fitz came to some remarkable conclusions about Culture in the collective time at Google causing them to write their book, Debugging Teams. Their goal is to ensure teams operate at their best by being intentional about how they work together and for each other.    ///   Brian (Fitz) is the Founder and CTO of Tock, and he started Google's Chicago engineering office in 2005. An open-source contributor for over 13 years, Brian was the engineering manager for several Google products, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, a former engineer at Apple and CollabNet, and a Subversion developer,   Ben is a co-founder & author of Subversion, a popular version-control tool to help programmers collaborate. He also co-authored the central O'Reilly manual for the software. He is currently the engineering Site Lead for Google's Chicago office, having joined Google in 2005 as one of the first two engineers in Chicago. He manages multiple teams working on Google's Search-serving infrastructure.   Together they have collaborated on multiple talks and books regarding the social challenges of software development. They have given dozens of talks at conferences (many viewable on youtube), and authored a popular O'Reilly book on the subject: Debugging Teams: Better Productivity through Collaboration. /// Topics we discuss:   Learning when to speakUsing a 20 sided die as a toolLearning to listen Finding Common GroundTaking a breakH.A.L.T.When it's not possible Ending Phone NotificationsMoral Imperative of fixing CultureTheir growth to seeing the importanceObservations of the pandemicEarn Trust   References:   ORD Camp Crucial ConversationsH.A.L.T. - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, TiredFree Book - Debugging TeamsNikola Tesla and Thomas Edison Peter Principle   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
History is Accountability and Atonement  /// Paula Yoo /// EP145:Part2
Dec 23 2021
History is Accountability and Atonement /// Paula Yoo /// EP145:Part2
History is always 20/20 if we decide to look.  Looking at history from the present perspective is a flawed exercise loaded with past judgment. Too often, we don't look at history from the present it once represented.  As a result, we don't see the perspectives of those that came before us and what they did to give us what we have today. Paula beautifully discusses this phenomenon relative to those who had to stay silent for us to be able to speak today.    ///   We are with award-winning book author, TV writer/producer, and feature screenwriter Paula Yoo.  Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, she loves to spend time hanging with her family and cats.                  Her latest Young Adult narrative non-fiction book, FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement, is from Norton Young Readers (W.W. Norton & Company). Her books have won many awards, including IRA Notables, Junior Guild Library Selections, and starred reviews from Kirkus.                 Paula's TV credits include Freeform's Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, The CW's Supergirl, SyFy's Defiance, Eureka, Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, and NBC's The West Wing. She has also sold TV pilots and feature scripts.                 Paula is also a professional violinist, but not just as a hobby…she has played with the Southeast Symphony, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, Glendale Philharmonic and Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra, toured and recorded with bands including Il Divo, No Doubt, Fun, Arthur Lee, Love Revisited and Spiritualized, and appeared on national TV shows and commercial spots, including A&E's The Two Coreys reality show and a United Airlines commercial.   /// Topics we discuss:   AAPI experienceCoverage variabilityWhat's still happeningHistory of AAPI Hate Vincent Chin and her BookCOVID experience as an Asian WomanWhat framed and influenced her perspectivePrejudice within the Diaspora    References: Paulayoo.com Texas Abortion decision AAPI history in Illinois mandateVincent ChinFrom a Whisper to a Rallying Cry - Her BookAtlanta Spa Shootings Sundown Towns   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Productive Procrastination  /// Paula Yoo /// EP145:Part1
Dec 16 2021
Productive Procrastination /// Paula Yoo /// EP145:Part1
We are with award-winning book author, TV writer/producer, and feature screenwriter Paula Yoo.  Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, she loves to spend time hanging with her family and cats.                  Her latest Young Adult narrative non-fiction book, FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement, is from Norton Young Readers (W.W. Norton & Company). Her books have won many awards, including IRA Notables, Junior Guild Library Selections, and starred reviews from Kirkus.                 Paula's TV credits include Freeform's Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, The CW's Supergirl, SyFy's Defiance, and Eureka, Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, and NBC's The West Wing. She has also sold TV pilots and feature scripts.                 Paula is also a professional violinist, but not just as a hobby…she has played with the Southeast Symphony, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, Glendale Philharmonic, and Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra, toured and recorded with bands including Il Divo, No Doubt, Fun, Arthur Lee, Love Revisited and Spiritualized, and appeared on national TV shows and commercial spots, including A&E's The Two Coreys reality show and a United Airlines commercial. /// Topics we discuss:   Understanding what holds others backEveryone has a patternAsk questionsWalking away when necessary Her processHow she does all she doesWhat she focuses on IdentityProcrastinationProductively and unproductively   References:   Paulayoo.com Texas Abortion decision AAPI history in Illinois mandateVincent ChinFrom a Whisper to a Rallying Cry - Her BookAtlanta Spa Shootings Sundown Towns   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Changing the Education Paradigm  /// Brandon Stover /// EP144:Part2
Dec 9 2021
Changing the Education Paradigm /// Brandon Stover /// EP144:Part2
It's rare these days to get into the field you study in college, especially if you don't go onto a master's or Ph.D. program.  The rising costs of education make it more and more challenging to pursue a field that doesn't set you back financially for a lifetime and aligns with how you want to live your life. Brandon Stover is reimaging how to deliver education.   He envisions a practical approach that provides experiences, not just knowledge.  His ultimate goal is to educate people about the desire while improving the quality of education brought to an employer.    ///   Brandon Stover believes that the evolution of the world requires the development of the individual. His work strives to evolve the individual by liberating and educating others to have the belief, willpower, & skills to change their lives and discover a fulfilling purpose to change the lives of others.   As a founder, Brandon is launching a personalized, online university that combines a student's passions with skill building to solve the world's most significant challenges. Constantly evolving himself through learning, he is obsessed with delivering this power to others and scaling its impact.   As a podcaster, Brandon is also the host and producer of the Evolve Podcast, a show about how social innovators and founders can change the world. From climate change to education to mental health, he mines the wisdom of visionaries and experts for the tools and tactics to solve these global issues. He also created the Power To Podcast 90 day audio course, which teaches podcasting in just 10 minutes a day and has over 75K downloads to date.   Before these ventures, Brandon has half a decade of experience as a designer, marketer, and educator. His portfolio and body of work can be found at brandonstover.com.   /// Topics we discuss:   The role fear playedIt being energy for movement The Higher Education PlatformWhat he is buildingHow it worksWhat's the plan?What value you will get.Impact on hiring Education to Job Pipeline   References: Brandon - LinkedInBrandonstover.com Benjamin Mathes - WebsiteEpisode with MIC Impact theory - Tom Billieu Evolvethe.worldPower To PodcastVictor Frankel's - a man's search for meaningOur conversation on his podcastConversation with Pete MulroyConversation with Jamil Smith   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Changing the Education Paradigm  /// Brandon Stover /// EP144:Part1
Dec 2 2021
Changing the Education Paradigm /// Brandon Stover /// EP144:Part1
Time continually evolves our needs and how we access those needs.  We have a thirst for knowledge and education, yet, it is increasingly less accessible to us.  Especially education that captures what we want out of life.  Giving us the practical experience to pursue what we know we are good at, but it falls outside the parameters of traditional education. We now can re-envision what education looks like for people and how it can be accessible and practical.  Brandon is thinking differently about giving access to continued education in a way that challenges the status quo.    ///   Brandon Stover believes that the evolution of the world requires the development of the individual. His work strives to evolve the individual by liberating and educating others to have the belief, willpower, & skills to change their lives and discover a fulfilling purpose to change the lives of others.   As a founder, Brandon is launching a personalized, online university that combines a student's passions with skill building to solve the world's most significant challenges. Constantly evolving himself through learning, he is obsessed with delivering this power to others and scaling its impact.   As a podcaster, Brandon is also the host and producer of the Evolve Podcast, a show about how social innovators and founders can change the world. From climate change to education to mental health, he mines the wisdom of visionaries and experts for the tools and tactics to solve these global issues. He also created the Power To Podcast 90 day audio course, which teaches podcasting in just 10 minutes a day and has over 75K downloads to date.   Before these ventures, Brandon has half a decade of experience as a designer, marketer, and educator. His portfolio and body of work can be found at brandonstover.com. /// Topics we discuss:   - Listening to Understand                 ○ Seek clarity                 ○ Validate another's emotions                 ○ Impact of Podcasting - Higher Education                 ○ Evolution of value                 ○ Is it the golden ticket? - Growing up                 ○ How it led to his awareness The challenges he faced References:   Brandon - LinkedInBrandonstover.com Benjamin Mathes - WebsiteEpisode with MIC Impact theory - Tom Billieu Evolvethe.worldPower To PodcastVictor Frankel's - a man's search for meaningOur conversation on his podcastConversation with Pete MulroyConversation with Jamil Smith   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
The Beginning of a Dream  /// Jeremiah Smart /// EP143:Part1
Nov 19 2021
The Beginning of a Dream /// Jeremiah Smart /// EP143:Part1
So often, we look in the past to see how people have arrived at the present. It's easy to do because we can pick those we see as a "success" and wonder how they got there. What is impressive about this conversation with Jeremiah Smart is that we get to initially see someone with the dreams and vision for their future that has yet to pan out. We don't know where he will end up, but he does, and he will do what it takes to make a difference in this world.  This conversation is the beginning of his journey, and we are thrilled to bring that to you.    ///   Today we are with Jeremiah Smart.  23 and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Through his dreams, belief in self, hope, and faith, he fulfilled his life dreams.  Currently living in Los Angeles, he produces the Smartway Podcast, where he drops short, weekly pearls of hope and inspiration for anyone who needs a positive boost to their day.   He is an aspiring author and sets out every day to make just one person's life better.  /// Topics we discuss:   Reading Body languageWhat is a lie? Necessity of lyingFib vs. a lieBoundaries around lying Moving to CaliforniaWhat impact it has hadSeeing other's purpose Seeing the best in others.Traveling to get perspective Leaving and pursuingKnowing self   References:   His Podcast - Smartway PodcastThe Jen RatioAddison Rae Tik TokNBA Young Boy   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
You’re Never Stuck, Lost or Alone  /// Elizabeth Miles /// EP142:Part2
Nov 11 2021
You’re Never Stuck, Lost or Alone /// Elizabeth Miles /// EP142:Part2
We all have a journey.  On our journey's we take many steps in every direction.  Sometimes, those steps have us walking in a circle, and it seems as if there is no way out. As we talk about Elizabeth's philosophy on taking small pivots, we learn about her story.  We learn about what her first Pivot was that sent her life in a direction she never thought possible. After 20 years in an abusive relationship, she took her first Pivot.  That led to many more, giving her the confidence to make big jumps that changed her life.  It's not always easy, but listening to Elizabeth's story may give you just enough inspiration to take that Pivot you need in your life.   /// Elizabeth A. Miles is an author, a certified life and business coach, a podcaster, and an entrepreneur. As the founder of March Forth Media Company, she is on a mission to help creatives find their unique style and voice and share their message with the world. Elizabeth is committed to assisting others in gaining the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to build a brand and business (and life) they love.   Elizabeth is the author of This Is Where You Pivot: The Shift from Fear to Freedom, The Journey to Healing: Love, Yourself, and Connect You: A Guide to Your Authentic Life. She is also the host of The Power to Pivot Podcast (available on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, and Amazon), where she interviews others who have chosen Pivot in their lives. Her blog features other creatives trying to spread their story and offers tools, tips, and resources for marketing and brand development.   Elizabeth is a Philadelphia native who loves baking and cooking, music, and spending time in nature. /// Topics we discuss:   What it was like before her choice to PivotHer pivot moment and what changedThe damaging relationship The journey to getting to her first PivotGrowing up and her early influencesBeing bulliedFinding her place What life is like todayListening to Intuition   References:   Big (The Movie)Zoltar Funko PopsPower to PivotWebsitePodcastBooks Friends - Pivot segment   Credits:   Music: Central Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.   All music created by DJ Rufbeats
You’re Never Stuck, Lost or Alone  /// Elizabeth Miles /// EP142:Part1
Nov 4 2021
You’re Never Stuck, Lost or Alone /// Elizabeth Miles /// EP142:Part1
In life, there are significant moments that change the direction we go.  There are also big moments we choose not to take for fear of the unknown and the amount of change all at once.  Many people say it is these moments that are necessary to pursue what you want out of life.  And, there is some truth to that. However, there are so many opportunities to take small steps toward what you want.  Little pivots that add up over time show what you can make that big moment easier. This perspective is shared fervently by Elizabeth Miles.  Her platform, Power to Pivot, helps us take those little pivots and appreciate the value that gives us on our path to the lives we want to live. /// Elizabeth A. Miles is an author, a certified life and business coach, a podcaster, and an entrepreneur. As the founder of March Forth Media Company, she is on a mission to help creatives find their unique style and voice and share their message with the world. Elizabeth is committed to assisting others to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to build a brand and business (and life) they love.   Elizabeth is the author of This Is Where You Pivot: The Shift from Fear to Freedom, The Journey to Healing: Love, Yourself, and Connect You: A Guide to Your Authentic Life. She is also the host of The Power to Pivot Podcast (available on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, and Amazon), where she interviews others who have chosen Pivot in their lives. Her blog features other creatives trying to spread their story and offers tools, tips, and resources for marketing and brand development.   Elizabeth is a Philadelphia native who loves baking and cooking, music, and spending time in nature. /// Topics we discuss:   Understanding boundariesTaking small pivots vs. big leapsProving yourself you can make the changeWhen to make big leaps How she learned to PivotWhat is being an overnight success?Overnight stardomWhat is success?   References:   Big (The Movie)Zoltar Funko PopsPower to PivotWebsitePodcastBooks Friends - Pivot segment   Credits:   Music: Central Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.   All music created by DJ Rufbeats
What’s it all for? /// Banana Chant /// EP141:PART2
Oct 28 2021
What’s it all for? /// Banana Chant /// EP141:PART2
When we pursue passions, especially in a group, a decision needs to be made that the pursuit of the thing will be a way to make money.  Making sure everyone is aligned to the goal while still maintaining the love for the thing is a challenge many people face.  How do we do this without selling ourselves out? Banana Chant has an amazing outlook on this balance, and as a group, they find that balance seamlessly. It's not easy, but they talk about it openly in an effort to make sure that it is the thing that drives them, not the money.    ///   Today is a More In Common first…a full band…Banana Chant.  They are an up-and-coming Alternative Rock Band located in Miami, Florida. With influences such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Young The Giant, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, Banana Chant's music is deeply rooted in an authentic appreciation for good old-fashioned rock and roll.   A 4 piece band made up of Gilexson (Singer/Songwriter), Tanis Perez (Guitarist), Vanessa Faith (Bassist), and Doof (Drummer), Banana Chant strives to make music that they personally like to hear. It is not for monetary gain but for the love of music that keeps Banana Chant going. They have one EP released, "The Balloon Room," and an album, "Paying off Student Loans," which was released on March 20, 2021.   Their most recent video, "Floating," is the bands' self-proclaimed magnum opus.  A song about isolation and addition, providing a haunting ghostlike quality with relaxed drums and a colorful bassline. The chorus is euphoric as Gilexson's falsetto and Vanessa's harmonies drift directly into your heart.   /// Topics we discuss:   Balancing monetary goals and the purity of the musicUnderstanding roles and strengths in a groupDivision of labor Their process of music creationBreaking news from VanessaWhat 'Can't Believe' means from Gio himself   References: Banana Chant WebsiteAlbum - Paying off Student LoansSong - FloatingSong - Milky Way Jason Derulo – Take You DancingMiami Beach Condo Collapse   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
What’s it all for?  /// Banana Chant /// EP141:Part1
Oct 21 2021
What’s it all for? /// Banana Chant /// EP141:Part1
We all work with people with who we don't always see eye to eye.  Sometimes it's our closest relationships that challenge us the most.  Put those two together, and it can be a challenge to accomplish what you set out to. Banana Chant embodies the struggles and the way to resolve those struggles in order to accomplish the common goal.  A group that produces amazing music has to navigate the nuances of relationships, responsibilities, and the dynamics of a team environment.  Banana Chant gracefully navigates those challenges and tells us about it in Part 1 of this conversation.   ///   Today is a More In Common first…a full band…Banana Chant.  They are an up-and-coming Alternative Rock Band located in Miami, Florida. With influences such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Young The Giant, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, Banana Chant's music is deeply rooted in an authentic appreciation for good old-fashioned rock and roll.   A 4 piece band made up of Gilexson (Singer/Songwriter), Tanis Perez (Guitarist), Vanessa Faith (Bassist), and Doof (Drummer), Banana Chant strives to make music that they personally like to hear. It is not for monetary gain but for the love of music that keeps Banana Chant going. They have one EP released, "The Balloon Room," and an album, "Paying off Student Loans," which was released on March 20, 2021.   Their most recent video, "Floating," is the bands' self-proclaimed magnum opus.  A song about isolation and addition, providing a haunting ghostlike quality with relaxed drums and a colorful bassline. The chorus is euphoric as Gilexson's falsetto, and Vanessa's harmonies drift directly into your heart. /// Topics we discuss:   Understanding the goals of a ConversationManaging emotionsListening as a mode of creation Managing the differences within the bandIndividual vs. band goalsFinding the balance with Band and other prioritiesManaging Resent Their Origin story and what keeps them together   References:   Banana Chant WebsiteAlbum - Paying off Student LoansSong - FloatingSong - Milky Way Jason Derulo – Take You DancingMiami Beach Condo Collapse   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Living a BOLD Life /// Jessica Frew /// EP140:Part2
Oct 14 2021
Living a BOLD Life /// Jessica Frew /// EP140:Part2
So many things try to dictate how we act. It's easy to follow when we don't know who we really are.  In Part 2 of this conversation with Jessica, we really get into what it looks like to navigate acting most aligned to who you are and not what you are told. The navigation of self within the social structures of our social ecosystems is a balance many do not achieve.  Jessica gets into what this looks like for her as she is an example of what is truly possible to live a happy life.    ///   Today we are with Jessica Frew, co-host of the "Husband in Law" Podcast.  A podcast for those who are open-minded enough to let go of the religious and social norms they have been taught we should all fit into.                 Steve, Jessica, and Matt walk through the science of making a relationship successful.  Steve and Jessica were happily married for seven years until Steve came out as being gay, which inevitably ended in divorce. Now, Matt and Jessica have been happily married for six years.                 Matt, Jessica, and Steve have a relationship that, by most standards, would be considered atypical.                 Sharing stories of love, marriage, children, divorce, the struggles of religious norms, homosexuality, and trying to be our best selves, this podcast holds nothing back and shares what most people are scared to talk about.                 Jessica is really passionate about Living a BOLD life and how it not only impacts us personally but also in the way we show up in our relationships.   /// Topics we discuss:   Managing judgementBeing divorced in the Mormon ChurchAccepting her ex husbandAccepting a "Different" life Religious identityWhat being Mormon means to herLoving and not loving it at the same timeQuestioning Her journey of self-discoveryJournalingHelping others on their journey Parenting her child to be herself   References: Husband in Law PodcastBrene BrownChurch of Jesus Christ Identity Covering   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats
Living a BOLD Life  /// Jessica Frew /// EP140:Part1
Oct 7 2021
Living a BOLD Life /// Jessica Frew /// EP140:Part1
Life can be complex, with so many different influences on how we see ourselves.  Our identity is wrapped up in so many things that we can easily lose sight of who we really are. Jessica is a shining example of understanding yourself.  She carries many labels.  Those labels could easily cause her to act in a way that is expected by others. Yet, it doesn't change who she is.  She wears her labels with pride and still is able to maintain grace and acceptance of others.  Her compassion emanates from her, and her ability to be who she is with confidence gives her the greatest opportunity to leave a positive impact on this world.   ///   Today we are with Jessica Frew, co-host of the "Husband in Law" Podcast.  A podcast for those who are open-minded enough to let go of the religious and social norms they have been taught we should all fit into.                 Steve, Jessica, and Matt walk through the science of making a relationship successful.  Steve and Jessica were happily married for seven years until Steve came out as being gay, which inevitably ended in divorce. Now, Matt and Jessica have been happily married for six years.                 Matt, Jessica, and Steve have a relationship that, by most standards, would be considered atypical.                 Sharing stories of love, marriage, children, divorce, the struggles of religious norms, homosexuality, and trying to be our best selves, this podcast holds nothing back and shares what most people are scared to talk about.                 Jessica is really passionate about Living a BOLD life and how it not only impacts us personally but also in the way we show up in our relationships. /// Topics we discuss:   - Planning out difficult conversations Exploring the emotionsHolding more than one emotionsTaking space and time - Living a bold life Doing what feels right to youShowing up as yourself - Setting personal boundaries   References:   Husband in Law PodcastBrene BrownChurch of Jesus Christ Identity Covering   Credits:   Music: Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive. All music created by DJ Rufbeats