Ahead of Our Time is a new weekly podcast featuring interviews with the leaders and rebels of today who are mastering the skills of tomorrow. Guests include game-changers in social transformation, conflict resolution, artificial intelligence, comedy, and more. Every week, guests will answer questions about our future: what skills do we need to survive and thrive in the coming decades? How do some people rise above the rest to achieve great things? And, most importantly, how can we live meaningful lives in a rapidly changing world? Ahead of Our Time is hosted by Ben Olsen, an expert and educator in 21st-century skills.
For more information about the podcast, visit www.aheadofourtime.com.
Own Your Power Over Tech — Evan Selinger
Evan Selinger is a philosophy professor and author focused on the unique intersection of philosophy, technology, and privacy law. His work, which includes co-authoring the book Re-Engineering Humanity, helps people wrap their minds around the implications of our relationships with technology—a vision of where we are today and where we’re going—and he hopes to create an optimal future for us and for the generations to come. In our conversation, Evan shares the “meta-skill” of world-building, including our fundamental abilities of choice (free will) and a salvo for us to be more thoughtful about when and how we outsource our humanity to technology. Throughout, he displays a judicious eye for the ways our thoughts and blind spots, actions and inaction, end up shaping our world—and he encourages us to pause. This pause can come in the form of a mindful moment (“breathing room”) or simply the consideration of the full, weighty context of social and technological issues at play. To read the full description and show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/own-your-power-over-tech.
Embrace Complexity — Arun Jain
Cities are magnificently complex, and Arun Jain’s interdisciplinary approach to urban design reveals how we can plan and craft our urban settlements without playing God. He urges us to embrace complexity in all its forms with measured confidence and a sense of humility, forming a pragmatic basis for us to strategically intervene in evolving urban and social systems that defy our ability to control them. Urban designers and planners address interrelated issues and opportunities, balancing how we learn, move, communicate, work, and play within the context of evolving man-made and natural systems. With over three decades of global experience, Arun has contemplated and contributed to these kinds of projects, comprising over $14 billion in investment. To read the full description and show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/embrace-complexity.
Anchor the Day — Laurie Cameron
As a sought-after speaker, coach, and mindfulness teacher across the globe, Laurie Cameron offers a richly poetic perspective on anchoring our days to what matters in order to increase joy and alleviate suffering. She has dedicated over twenty years to the science and application of human flourishing and adult development—working at the intersection of emotional intelligence, positive psychology, compassion, and neuroscience—and recently authored The Mindful Day, which goes beyond meditation into important territory for creative thinking, innovation, storytelling, and executive leadership. In addition to speaking and writing, Laurie is the Founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidence-based mindful leadership programs to large companies, universities, and federal agencies. She has also received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in a quiet sunrise ceremony from Thich Nhat Hanh and was given the dharma name Fresh Lovingkindness of the Heart. Listen to our conversation for a wealth of life-giving insights: how we can enrich a hello or goodbye at work, what she calls “micro-connections,” leveraging metaphors and analogy to spark creativity, initiating calm in any situation, and more. For more information about the podcast and this week's show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/anchor-the-day/.
7 Future Skills for Everybody — Ben Olsen
This special episode with Ben Olsen is like a reader’s digest of the past ten weeks of interviews, featuring seven key takeaways from conversations with leaders in business, psychology, activism, and human wellness. As diverse as their experiences are, what do they have in common? What habits propel them forward each day? What skills are they using to meet the future? Ben also offers a meditation on five interlocking principles for personal evolution and deeper connection, rich with insights from his own life. For more information about the podcast and this week's show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/7-future-skills-everybody/.
Lead with Compassion — Scott Shute
Scott Shute is at the heart of LinkedIn's quest to create a culture of compassionate leadership, serving as VP of Global Customer Operations and Head of Mindfulness Programs. In both of his roles, Scott is working every day to align himself, his coworkers, and the company with a deeper understanding of member needs—and human needs in general—through data analysis, intentional listening, and swift action, in order to elevate LinkedIn’s collective wisdom and impact in the world. As a mindful leader, he has cultivated his mastery of meditation and awareness from his early days farming with his family in rural Kansas to leading thousands in meditation in Silicon Valley and beyond. Here we learn about the secret driver of his work and creative pursuits, including art photography and yoga, that is also the key to our happiness—with beautiful depth and a simple application that we can all put into practice. For more information about the podcast and this week's show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/lead-with-compassion.
Take Action for Equity — Trish Millines Dziko
Trish Millines Dziko is a loving force, and she's fiercely wise in skills like cultural fluency and helping others become woke to systemic inequality in our educational pathways in the US. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a successful and sustained experiment in holistically providing STEM education for students of color all the way from Kindergarten through post-high-school internships at tech companies in the area. TAF has been changing lives for over 20 years with tens of thousands of students and graduation rates that are among the best out there. Trish has made a career of busting down closed doors, being the first diversity officer at Microsoft and the first to create a public/not-for-profit partnership school in Washington State. Her mission is to energize whole generations to become co-conspirators in a truly equitable, creative, and loving future. Trish so embodies her mission to give true access to people of color that, like me, I think you'll leave our conversation here full of hope, practical wisdom, and a sense of having been initiated into what she calls "The Work." For more information about the podcast and this week's show notes, visit www.aheadofourtime.com/take-action-for-equity.
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Intuitive and smooth
Great, always interesting listen - Ben asks great questions and makes sure valuable information from the guest is being shared. He takes the conversation farther than you'd expect. Warm and smooth conversation.
Insightful and Inspiring
Ben is a guy who lives deep in the questions, and really does his research before a conversation which makes this for a much richer exploration of the themes of our day. Ben is present and connected with his guests, and blends his own questions about life, what makes us thrive, what do we need to cultivate and how to do it with what the guest is sharing. I am so glad Ben entered the podcast scene, we are richer for it.
I've really enjoyed listening to this podcast. Each of the guests have an incredible amount of wisdmon they share during the show. I learn a few new things with every episode.
Ben is definetely building a great podcast and I can't wait to continue listening and learning. I appreciate his style and the intentionality he puts into every guest he brings on.