Join Brandon Stover, founder of Plato University, as he questions everything in life to challenge the way you think. Every change in the world starts with one person. Through narrated essays and intellectual interviews, this podcast will equip you with practical philosophies, new perspectives, and modern understandings of global issues so that change can start with you. It will help you to become a more critical thinker, find purpose in your life, and discover why you would want to take action in changing the world.
"They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs
On Goals: Joy of Goals, Finite Games vs Infinite Games, and The Fear of Ambition | On Life 081
A narrated essay reflecting on what the true joy of a goal is, what to do when you are not reaching goals fast enough, goals in finite vs infinite games, and how to share your ambition with others. Brandon shares his struggles with not reaching goals fast enough and sharing his ambition with others.
On Marriage: Marriage as a Social Contract, Greek Love, Divorce, and Monogamy vs Polygamy | On Life 080
A narrated essay reflecting on marriage as a contract, whether love should be a part of this contract, what other types of marriage exist, and if monogamy is the best form of partnership for marriages. Brandon elaborates on his 4 year marriage ending in divorce, relationship check-ins, and what forms of love and relationships he may look for in the future.
Introducing: On Life (Formerly the Evolve Podcast)
Introducing the On Life podcast. Through narrated essays and intellectual interviews, this podcast will equip you with practical philosophies, new perspectives, and modern understandings of global issues so that change can start with you. It will help you to become a more critical thinker, find purpose in your life, and discover why you would want to take action in changing the world.
Ben Jeffreys on Solving Clean Cooking for 4 Billion People, Carbon Credits, and Impact Flywheels | Evolve 079
Ben Jeffreys is the CEO of ATEC International, which supports households across Asia & Africa to transition to modern, decarbonized cooking through its patented IoT stove products - delivering cost efficiency to households, data-validated carbon credits to net-zero partners and addressing the 4 billion people who lack access to clean, modern cooking. After moving his family to Cambodia in 2015 to commercialize ATEC’s biodigester prototype, the winning product of the Google Impact Challenge, into a social enterprise, he has helped ATEC become a global leader in clean cooking it's two flagship on-grid and off-grid products delivering data-driven scalable impact not only for cooking, but data validation of carbon reduction as well. ATEC is aiming to help 800 million households to offset more emissions than the global airline industry whilst saving the lives of millions of women each year who traditionally cook with wood.
Yael Joffe on Genetics for Personalized Healthcare, Problems with Modern Medicine, and Going from Scientist to Entrepreneur | Evolve 078
Dr. Yael Joffe is Founder and Chief Science Officer of 3x4 genetics, which is brining the future of personalized healthcare by make use of the power of your unique genetics. This digital health company is pioneering the application of genomics to improve human health and sports performance by giving people access to more personalized, DNA-data-driven recommendations for fitness, food, supplements and lifestyle. Pioneering in the field and even cobbling together her own PHD, Yael became a world-renowned scientist in the rapidly-evolving discipline of nutrigenomics. She has over 20 years of experience in nutrition, genetics, sound research, clinical practice and scientific integrity, is a highly sought-after speaker, has co-authored two books, ‘It’s Not Just Your Genes’ and ‘Genes To Plate’, and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners globally in nutrigenomics as course creator and adjunct professor. Yael is going share how we can use genetics to help everyone, everywhere personalize every health decisions, addressing root causes not just patching symptoms.
Sibongani Kayola on Ending Global Poverty, GivingDirectly Cash Transfers, and Finding Meaningful Careers | Evolve 077
Sibongani Kayola is Country Director of GiveDirectly Liberia, and someone deeply interested in the interaction between psychosocial factors and financial behavior. GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors like you send money directly to the world’s poorest households. Globally, GiveDirectly delivered $165M+ to over 534K households in 8 countries across 25 different programs in 2021. Sibongani joined the GiveDirectly Liberia program in 2018 and had a goal to deliver cash to ~12,000 people in 2 years. Fast forward to 2021 they enrolled and paid over 100,000 Liberians in a single year! As country director she provides strategic leadership for GiveDirectly’s in-country operations. She is responsible for managing a US$ 70M portfolio (2022-2025), leading in-country fundraising and resource mobilization and managing relationships with entities such as the Liberia Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, USAID and the World Bank. And today, Sibongani shares her learnings of giving money directly in Liberia and how we can end poverty in our lifetime by direct giving, an efficient, proven, and empowering way to help.
Brandon is an extremely thoughtful and intentional host. He gets to the core of a guest and makes the guest feel right at home.
Very valuable podcast with lots of free research and information.
Brandon discusses a wide range of topics and experiences with knowledgeable guests, making his podcast both highly entertaining and informative!