'Wanderful' is a podcast created and hosted by David Pearl to help you bring a bit of wonder to your walking. Inspired by David’s not-profit social movement Street Wisdom that brings free guided in-person and online walking workshops to city streets in 67 countries and counting.
Each 30 min episode takes an entertaining and light- hearted look at an aspect of life we all secretly struggle with or want to get better at: Boredom, grumpiness, reading, feeling lost, seeking love, wealth, direction… you get the idea.
We’ll start the walks by exploring the everyday challenge in the company of an entertaining and refreshingly, imperfectly human, guest. Then, following simple instructions provided by David, the walk becomes a way to get clarity, insight and learn new skills you can use every day to help you find answers to your life questions.
All you need is some headphones and a phone so you can get outside and walk whilst listening, but if you are tuning in at home then walking (slowly) inside your house, also works well too.
You can dig deeper into the power of wandering and getting off the beaten track in David’s latest book Wanderful: Human Navigation for a Complex World available at leading bookstores.
Follow @streetwisdom_ @davidpearlhere for more ideas and inspiration on leading a Wanderful life davidpearl.net
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go is produced and engineered by Andrew Paine
Wanderful with Nmon Ford - ‘I don’t have much patience with what gets in the way‘
With multiple Grammy-winning albums to his credit, Nmon Ford began his musical journey at age three as a piano prodigy, moving quickly to the study of multiple other instruments and, ultimately, singing. He started the season as the composer and librettist (and title-role singer) of Orfeus, A House Music Opera, which was scheduled for its world premiere at London’s Young Vic Theatre (postponed due to Covid19). Nmon has appeared with the major orchestras of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, as well as Mostly Mozart Festival (Lincoln Center), San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, English National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with conductors including Robert Spano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, John Adams, and Marin Alsop. He has recorded for Universal Decca, Naxos (Songs of Innocence and Experience, winner of 4 Grammy Awards), Telarc (Transmigrations, Grammy Award winner), Concord, and Koch International.
Additionally, Nmon is Managing Director of Branding, Marketing Strategy, and A&R for Lune Rouge Entertainment, a corporation started by Guy Laliberté, the founder and creative force behind Cirque du Soleil. Prior to Lune Rouge, Nmon was Vice President and Head of A&R at Universal Music Group’s Verve Label Group (VLG), where he oversaw U.S. media and creative projects for Verve, Decca Gold, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Mercury KX and Paragon, in addition to collaborations with artists signed to Republic, Interscope, Capitol, Warner, and Sony. In this role he also directly managed the Decca Gold and Paragon labels, for which he led global initiatives and partnerships. During his tenure at Universal, VLG earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, 10 Grammys, 18 Grammy nominations, and Billboard #1 rankings on multiple charts.
Nmon joined Universal after having made a name for himself internationally as an artist and consultant. Prior to Universal, he was Co-Founder and Senior Director of Media and Communications at MATSTAT Consulting. In this position he led creative development and integrated marketing strategy for global clients including recording artists signed to Universal, Sony, Warner, and Live Nation; Target’s Community Initiatives; TED Talks; Gujarat Raffia LTD (NGO partnerships with United Nations, UNICEF, and American Red Cross); and Scallywag Productions (Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Awards from Los Angeles Independent, Berlin, Chicago, London, and Serbian Film Festivals).
Nmon is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy, a Contributing Member of the USC Alumni Association, and a Member of ASCAP. He earned his MBA in Marketing Management and Corporate Strategy and Entrepreneurship from California State University San Bernardino, and his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music—both with honors—from the University of Southern California, with additional studies in Journalism and Arts Administration.
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00.46 - 4.49
5.00 - 7.45
Nmon on being an artist
8.08 - 10.10
10.36 - 11.43
Practicality and evenness
12.48 - 14.30
The multiplicity of working roles
14.36 - 16.50
Self reflection and absence of self consciousness
17.08 - 21.08
Starting life as a performer - performing in church
23.40 - 24.40
Working at Universal Music
24.41 - 28.40
All artists have a twinge of crazy
28.51 - 35.57
37.32 - 41.00
The postponement of Orpheus
42.17 - 43.24
43.25 - 47.12
Being the star of your own movie
47.30 - 50.28
Reflecting on the ‘exercise’
50.30 - 51.13
“So much of what I do as an artist is a function of practical necessity.” (Nmon)
“Being an artist isn’t really difficult.. .the difficulty comes in trying to make the learning curve for new avenues of creativity as short as possible.” (Nmon)
“If there is a rea
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go with Kia Cannons: ”Can We Slow Down To The Pace Of Nature?”
“Can we slow down to the pace of nature?”
Kia is the do what you love coach for creative women. Empowering women with the tools to figure out what they want to do with their life, Kia helps women shift from surviving to thriving.
Guiding people through essential self-discovery work to know what they want and tap into what they are called to do, Kia gets people unstuck so they can live a life without regret. She does this through teaching soul-led living and cultivating a killer mindset.
Kia is a monthly columnist for Psychologies Magazine, an Abstract Artist, Host of UK top 3 wellness podcast, Happy Hacks, and Founder of Untold Happiness.
Full episode https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl
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Theme / Introduction
Introducing Kia Cannons
How Kia named herself - finding her identity
The time Kia couldn’t walk
Is giving herself permission, key to Kia’s life?
Learning to love yourself - the lessons from coaching
Showing people what works in Kia’s life - Instagram
Kia is rising up and letting go of the beliefs that don’t serve her
The Manifesto of Beliefs
Taking time to rest
The benefits of slowing down
The benefits of grounding
Working on choices
David sets up the grounding exercise
Post exercise conversation - what was the learning?
Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom
“I didn’t have a real aversion to my name (Vicky) but i just had a real longing to find my own identity.” (Kia)
“It’s just insane how the answers are so often out there, but so often we shut our lives down because of what one person says.” (Kia)
“The key to everything in life is love.” (Kia)
“I really feel like I came into this world, this little ball of sunshine, full of enthusiasm, hope and excitement and then I had the human experience… of being moulded, told what to do, given advice, well meaning but advice that then took away my permission to do things.” (Kia)
“When you learn to love yourself - it began with acceptance and then moving into a deep appreciation of myself and my journey and then it turns into love.” (Kia)
“When you learn to love yourself, you treat yourself very differently and will give yourself permission to do so many things that you wouldn’t have done when you didn’t love yourself.” (Kia)
‘With the desire to give comes the need to be able to not give at times otherwise you find yourself quite depleted.” (David)
“I empower my mind, body and soul when I take time to rest.” (Kia)
“I move through my life and business so much more powerfully when I slow down and especially when I come to it from a state of being… which is always a slow, restful place.” (Kia)
“Slow doesn’t mean lacking in energy… quite the opposite.” (David)
“Am I slowing down to the pace of nature? I realised… walking without shoes makes you slow down… because you’re looking at where you’re putting your feet.” (Kia)
“I now challenge myself when I’m bare feet walking to find evidence of what the pace of nature is.” (Kia)
Andrew Paine (Producer)
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go with Oli Barrett: ‘Great ideas start with laughter‘
Oli Barrett MBE – Connector, Presenter and Co- Creator
'Great Ideas Start With Laughter'
Described by WIRED magazine as "the most connected man in Britain", OIi Barrett is a serial co-founder who enjoys connecting people and ideas. He is a shareholder in several companies including Calm.com and Troubadour Theatres and co-founded the UK's largest schools enterprise competition, Tenner.
He co-founded StartUp Britain with support from the British Prime Minister and the Clean and Cool Mission, supporting cleantech scaleups to connect with global investors and markets.
He is a regular event host, including for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and sits on the advisory boards of Tech London Advocates, One Million Mentors and Founders4Schools.
His latest audio course, Build a Better Network, has been taken by people around the world and his latest charity campaign (TOTS) encourages broadcasters and tech companies to turn on the subtitles, improving children's literacy.
David introduces Oli Barrett
Tenner - The Schools Entrepreneurship Challenge
Where Do You Get Ideas From?
Distilling a big idea and making it something beautifully simple
Turn on the subtitles (TOTS)
The get-up-and-go mentality?
Bringing people together & the process of collaboration
The love of hosting events
The amazing people you get to meet
Breadth of subject
The process of being on stage and making other people feel comfortable.
Creating authenticity and honesty in the room.
Oli’s network - the golden rules
The joy of meandering - life is a search for people
The lessons of ‘seize the day’ - action / restoration
Getting to know other people more easily - the sense of the fellow traveller
The ‘Wanderful’ experience - seeing the funny side
The link between lightness and creativity
Post ‘Wanderful’ exercise - what did we learn?
Turning on The Subtitles (TOTS)
Brij Kathari - TED Talk: Reading For A Billion, With Bollywood
Nudge Theory - Richard H Thaler & Cass R Sunstein
Start Up Britain
‘Make your thinking as funny as possible’ (Oli Barrett)
“Most of the things I’ve started have come through experiencing or reading about a problem.” (Oli Barrett)
“TOTS is all about the power of same language subtitles… if you put subtitles on kids TV you double the chances of them becoming a proficient reader.” (Oli Barrett)
“That process of connecting ideas and people - you create conditions for people to inspire each other, which means that quietly and respectfully, you can step back and enable them to get on with it.” (Oli Barrett)
“If something I’ve been involved with in any gets mentioned publicly and I’m not mentioned, I take that as a huge compliment, because it gives me that sense that it really could carry on without me.” (Oli Barrett)
“I do like process of making people feel comfortable, who wouldn’t normally feel comfortable and getting something from them that almost surprises them.” (Oli Barrett)
“You can travel the world looking for joy but they’re also on your doorstep.” (David Pearl)
“Life is a search for people is a beautiful thought” (Oli Barrett)
“To solve some of the biggest problems in the world you have to join unusual forces together.” (Oli Barrett)
“If you think you’ll live forever you do give yourself time to moan, whereas if you remember its finite, you may make more use of your
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go with Traci Ruble: ‘When I listen I am not alone”
“When I listen, I am not alone…”
Traci Ruble has worked with people on their relationships for over 16 years as a couples counsellor and psychotherapist; describing herself as a “candid, clever, and integrative psychotherapist / couples therapist. I talk like a regular person and love "getting in the mud" with clients as an equal.”
Having survived six divorces as a child, born to a teen mom, she says “really I’ve been working with couples since I was four. I have my own lived experience of not being heard and being an outsider.”
In addition, Traci is the chief listener and volunteer executive director for Sidewalk Talk, a listening and volunteer-led global movement and non-profit, now in 15 countries across 90 locations with 8500 listeners listening as their own activism and growth practice.
She sat on the sidewalk in San Francisco in 2015 and continues to be moved by the changes this project has made in her own life. From getting more conscious about her own privilege, the challenges of leading while female, the link between connection and boundaries, and sustainable heart-centered organisational growth.
Traci is working on her first book and is a sought after speaker and couples expert. Aside from thoroughly loving her work, Traci also loves to be outside wandering in the trees, running, and goofing off with her husband of 17 years and two tween sons. She also loves couch surfing on some of the Sidewalk Talk chapter leader’s couches and listening with other teams around the world. Traci is currently living in Germany until 2022
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Theme / Introduction
00.45 - 05.03
Introducing Tracy Ruble
05.03 - 09.20
Traci explains ‘Sidewalk Talk’
The importance of listening and compassion
Confronting bias about people
Falling in love with a stranger after 10 minutes
Paying attention to economic injustice
Compassion happens between equals
How do you know when the (sidewalk) talk is done?
Traci’s communication style (listening versus talking)
The joy of listening to other people’s stories
Traci is an anxiety sufferer - Traci wants to be liked
Traci’s new relationship to Leaders and Leadership
How Traci made life difficult for previous leaders?
‘High maintenance but worth it’
Are we asking for what we really want?
The questions we ask people on Sidewalk Talk
How does Traci experience and tolerate the word NO?
The importance of developing a capacity to say NO
Cherishing the tender parts of Traci Ruble
How does Traci meet the world in cool ways?
Giving people the ‘cherishing’ face
Meeting people with the ‘sparkle’ in their eyes
How to amplify your own sparkle - Inviting clients to put themselves in an ‘egg’ and put inside what ever nourishes them.
Using Metaphor and creativity to create resilience
The ‘Wanderful’ Exercise: the ‘egg’ walk
Post-Wanderful Exercise - What came up for David Pearl?
Additional thinking about your ‘egg’
Sidewalk Talk (Traci Ruble TED talk)
Internal Family Systems by Richard Shwartz
“It’s super pleasurable to start listening to other people’s stories and to start listening in a way you can illicit more of their personal story - it’s just incredibly gratifying and enlivening.” (Traci Ruble)
“Compassion happens between equals.” (Traci Ruble)
“When I’m listening, I just think, I’m not alone, I’m human with you and that feels really good.” (Traci Ruble)
“Thank you for leading me today, I feel so appreciated.” (Traci Ruble)
“As I’ve stepped into a leadership role, have I made myself approachable enough as a leader? t
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go with Sir Tim Smit: ‘I am completely turned on by being a frog kisser‘
"I am completely turned on by being a frog kisser."
Sir Tim Smit KBE is one of the most recognisable and respected characters in the field of environment and sustainability. He is probably best known for his achievements in Cornwall where he ‘discovered’ and then restored The Lost Gardens of Heligan with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best-loved gardens.
Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi-award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Since its opening in 2001, over 22 million people have come to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour. Tim is also Executive Co-Chair for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every inhabited continent by 2025.
In this warm and engaging episode of Wanderful, David gets to have a meandering talk with one of his heroes exploring the inspiration behind Tim’s projects and what makes them magnetic to the thousands of people who keep them vibrant and alive.
Tim touches upon the problem of male vanity & ego at a time when there is a need for more collaboration and ensemble-working as we turn our attention to the challenges of climate change.
The conversation ends with a gentle analysis of the word ‘community’ and the importance of gifting and relationship building.
Full episode https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl
0.00 – 00.45
Theme / Introduction
Introducing Sir Tim Smit
The word ‘sustainability’ versus the word ‘nature’
How does Sir Tim get so much done?
The people who are drawn to Eden
The biggest barrier to resolving climate change is male vanity
How is the Tim of today compared to the Tim of the early days?
Ensembles need leaders
The Eden Project allows people to find meaning
The Big Lunch – local connections & true community
The meaning of community
Identity & Violence by Amartya Sen
The polymathy that makes us
What is Sir Tim’s ‘verb?’
What does Tim do when he is wandering?
David sets up the ‘Wanderful’ exercise
What happened during the exercise
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Eden Project
The Big Lunch
Identity & Violence by Amartya Sen
Ulysses by Lord Tennyson
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
“Almost everybody who comes towards or who is drawn to Eden is a slightly square peg looking for a square hole.” (Sir Tim Smit)
“The biggest barrier to resolving climate change is male vanity” (David Pearl attributed to Sir Tim Smit)
‘Vanity leads you to not listening enough. Nobody ever learnt anything by talking” (Sir Tim Smit)
“True genius is generally a construct of many different people” (Sir Tim Smit)
“The key code to you is noticing that a whole bunch of people needed you and valued you.” (Sir Tim Smit)
“The thing about the Big Lunch is not the day that’s important, it’s all the socialising and organising before.” (Sir Tim Smit)
“People are basically good. They don’t know how to be given permission to do good things sometimes.” (Sir Tim Smit)
“The origin of community is ‘comm' meaning together and ‘munos’, meaning gift. It’s about the relationships of the people. You can’t be in a community if its passive” (Sir Tim Smit)
“Can I have a verb which is to kiss frogs? I am completely turned on by being a frog kisser. I love putting things into good heart. (Sir Tim Smit)
“You can’t always
Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go - Omnibus
"Hello wanderers… welcome to the finale of our first season of ‘Wanderful’.
If you’ve listened to any of the previous episodes, you will know this is a podcast which has been designed to be walked to, providing you with some ‘inspiration on the go’
Every week we invite an inspiring guest to join us… somebody with a refreshing take on life and its various twists and turns.
What you don’t know is that lots of the wonderful conversations get left on the cutting room floor.
However… David and the team have scooped up some of that interview gold so you can take a wander through the magic we missed out on.
As ever… you can listen to this podcast in your home, but we think you will get the most inspiration if you boot up and join David @davidpearl_here @streetwisdom_ out on the streets.
This omnibus edition features conversations with improviser Pippa Evans @Iampippaevans, creative genius Philip Cowell @goodchancetheatre, career guru Sarah Ellis @amazingif, mental health pioneer Deborah Coughlin @deborahcoughlin & adult sex educator Ruby Rare @rubyrare.
For further information on David please go to Twitter @davidpearlhere or Instagram @davidpearl_here
Wanderful is produced and edited by Andrew Paine @ItPainesMe
Really fun way to listen to a podcast - walking - loved the exercise at the end. Impactful and thought provoking :)
Inspiring and Sharing the experience
Great combination of fascinating conversation and exercises or experiences that we can do/have in response to the discussion. Love it.