“When you feel connected, you feel whole.”Child psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Perry is renowned for his pioneering research on trauma. Yet, his impact is equally made each time he sits down to color with a four-year-old to help facilitate their healing. This is the life-giving power of connection, and it is the enduring theme of his work. We delve into Dr.Perry’s most recent book, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You?, to understand how our experiences influence our brain development, and thus our worldview and behavior. He explains why our relationships are the number one predictor of our health and the profound ways we contribute to each other’s vitality. Dr.Perry’s vision for more connected communities, and the role we play in our own, is an invitation of tremendous hope...“We could have a quantum leap in humanity,” he writes. “We have so much unexpressed potential.”
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Feeling Our Way Through the Creative Process
39:08“You can never hide the traces of yourself and your way of being: they always show up in your work,” Sarah Stein Greenberg writes in Creative Acts for Curious People. Executive Director of the Stanford d.school, encouraging students to feel is core to Sarah’s mission and her team’s design thinking philosophy. How do they achieve it when creativity is often a rollercoaster of emotions? By expanding our ability to see what is, imagine what can be, and navigate ambiguity as we create it. Sarah shares exercises to thrive in each stage of the creative process, from incorporating more play into our work to “setting the conditions” to do our best thinking. We quickly learn that design thinking doesn’t solely amplify our creativity. It offers a dynamic lens to navigate our lives.
Indulging in the Adventure of Life
55:36When Norma Kamali visits kids at her high school she encourages them to imagine...How close to your dream can your life be?Renowned designer, Norma’s extraordinary life is an embodiment of not only realizing our dreams, but continuously expanding them. Her philosophy is an invitation to indulge in the adventure of life. We delve into her book I Am Invincible to explore the physical, mental, and emotional foundations that facilitate our becoming and hear pivotal stories that shaped hers. She shares how she followed her intuition to strike out as a solo designer, and save her soul, in her 20s, say ‘Yes!’ to the spontaneous European olive-oil adventure that spurred her wellness endeavors, and commit to the life cleanse that continues to ignite her creativity. Norma is an inspiration to embody the courage to pursue the experiences that enliven us. “I am 76 and I’m still dreaming,” she says. “I don’t have deadlines and I don’t have limits.” *Editor’s note: We experienced sound fluctuations recording this episode remotely. Thank you for listening and understanding!
“Living Into Our Faith”
57:01If Reverend Jen Bailey could share one message with her church it would be that: “They are beloved, no matter what they’ve done or where they’ve been. They are loved because of who they are.” Founder of Faith Matters Network and Co-founder of the People’s Supper, Reverend Jen is a compassionate voice in the new dawn of religion and spirituality. We delve into her book, To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope, to explore what it means to live into our faith and experience God in the tiny and the vast because “the sacred exists in all of it.” She believes that “the great question of the twenty-first century is the question of how we “be” together.” We reflect on taking care of each other as an embodiment of love and ideate a new definition for sustainable strength, imbued by the radical hope that “we have the deep ability to transform the world in the here and now.”
Understanding Dopamine to Cultivate Inner Peace
47:46How do we navigate life’s highs and lows without feeling like we’re on an emotional rollercoaster? By managing our relationship with dopamine, we learn from Stanford University Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Anna Lembke. In her book, Dopamine Nation, Dr.Lembke reveals how understanding our quest for dopamine empowers us to make choices that enable us to live in a state of equilibrium. The most important decision is the most straightforward: Choose enduring dopamine over cheap dopamine. Still, willpower rarely prevails in the midst of temptation. Dr. Lembke reveals what’s happening inside of our brains when we participate in addictive behaviors and explains how we can regulate our pleasure-pain balance. She shares a range of tools, from dopamine fasts to self-binding techniques, to gain control over any addictions we may have and replace them with healthy behaviors. In a world of constant striving and stimulation, Dr.Lembke’s work is a breath of fresh air. She reminds us that inner peace is possible and offers a roadmap there.
What Happens When We Design Our Life Around Joy?
54:03Katia Verresen’s philosophy around inner power has made her a revered executive coach, advising leaders at organizations like Airbnb, WhatsApp, and Stanford. What makes her approach so impactful? It centers around living a life of joy. Katia affirms that achievement and fulfillment aren’t mutually exclusive and shares tools to use joy as a compass in our daily lives. Whereas society may cause us to lose our sense of imagination, she urges us to reclaim it: “Inner power is this self-cultivation, self-respect, and dignity to say that you have a right to feel the way you want to feel. If you want to acknowledge the beauty of the world that you live in, then you have that right.”
A Framework To Multiply Your Impact
41:52Often, the word 'potential' is more hype than substances - yet in every endeavor, a few outshine the rest. In this conversation - Moe is rejoined by Liz Wiseman to discuss the five characteristics that distinguish true Impact Players.
How We Contribute to Each Other’s Vitality
58:48“When you feel connected, you feel whole.”Child psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Perry is renowned for his pioneering research on trauma. Yet, his impact is equally made each time he sits down to color with a four-year-old to help facilitate their healing. This is the life-giving power of connection, and it is the enduring theme of his work. We delve into Dr.Perry’s most recent book, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You?, to understand how our experiences influence our brain development, and thus our worldview and behavior. He explains why our relationships are the number one predictor of our health and the profound ways we contribute to each other’s vitality. Dr.Perry’s vision for more connected communities, and the role we play in our own, is an invitation of tremendous hope...“We could have a quantum leap in humanity,” he writes. “We have so much unexpressed potential.”
The Genius of Category Design
54:37Perhaps the single biggest distinction between the Silicon Valley elites & the rest of the world is their ability to design & dominate a category - and few understand that better than chief evangelist, Christopher Lochhead. He rejoins Moe to recap five years' worth of insights since the release of Play Bigger.
Beauty as a Compass
43:49Every detail matters to Elisa Marshall — The tiny chips that give plates their character, the story behind every chair surrounding her 14-person dinner table, and the feeling evoking questions she asks gathered around it, like: What made you smile today? Driven to find the beauty in every day, Elisa lives by Elsie de Wolfe’s wisdom: “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful, and that will be my life.” She began by asking - What do I love to do? Who do I love to do it with? - to combine all of her passions into the creation of her global cafes, Maman, and embodies this intentionality in every aspect of her life. We see the world through her creative lens as she shares how symbolic objects enliven the soul of a space and multi-sensory experiences “stimulate our being.” Elisa and her husband and co-founder, Ben, are also the authors of Maman: The Cookbook: All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart. We delve into the importance of togetherness in the kitchen and the moments that become lifelong memories. Whether through sharing a meal or a lively cooking competition, they all center around “devoted time to sit down and really enjoy each other’s company.” *Editor’s note: We experienced a few sound fluctuations recording this episode remotely. Thank you for listening and understanding!
Dreaming as Hope in Action
38:58“Abundance is living in your greatest place of peace and joy,” says nyakio and Thirteen Lune founder, Nyakio Grieco. How does she get there? By fulfilling her purpose in the “right now moments.” Grounded in her faith, we kick off exploring how Nyakio’s mother taught her to pray boldly, call upon her ancestors, and the belief that gives her hope during trying times. Nyakio continues to reinvent herself as a beauty industry veteran. She shares where she derives her strength, the courage to say ‘No’ when the path isn’t right, and the importance of knowing your worth. For Nyakio, a beautiful life is one of embodied fullness. We explore the depth of soul connections, dancing in the corners of the world with friends, and why “the greatest gift is to love yourself the most.”