Personal leadership and career coach Jeff Ikler and guests help unlock the innate curiosity we're all born with. Getting Unstuck-Cultivating Curiosity is about seeing the familiar from a different angle or seeing something new as a package of possibilities one can unwrap and consider.
"Speak Earth" — Having Meaningful Conversations About the Environment
Tania Marien is an independent environmental education professional and the Director of Talaterra — "Speak Earth" — a network of independent environmental education (EE) professionals who contribute to lifelong learning and environmental health in communities.
OK, that’s Tania’s official bio. After talking with her for a couple of hours and studying what she does and how she works, I prefer to describe her as a “citizen for our age”: she’s a connector, an organizer, a contributor, a doer, a giver, and infinitely smart about how to approach the highly complex topics of the environment and climate change.
And A River Runs through It
My guest in this episode is Steve Ehrlich. Steve is semi-retired, but now applying his life-long experience in adult learning, psychology, and literature to a new chapter — bringing the transformative lessons and stories gleaned from the fly fishing environment to support personal and professional growth.
In this episode, we will wade into the literature of fly fishing — a contemplative, lyrical, and often poetic genre that examines water and our association with nature as a metaphor for life.
Engaging with History to Help Make Sense of Tod
My guest in this episode is Dr. Donna Curtin, a historian serving as the Executive Director of the Pilgrim Hall Museum. Pilgrim Hall is “the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America’s museum of Pilgrim possessions. I wanted to talk to Dr. Curtin because as a former high school history teacher and developer of social studies classroom materials for more than 35 years, I’m very concerned about the restrictions being placed on what some history teachers can teach especially on the theme of racism. Having met Donna on a tour of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, I felt she would bring the professional historian’s view of the role and value of history for young and old alike.
Discovering the Pathways to Discovering Purpose
My guest in this episode is Bradley Wright, a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut and host of the “School of Purpose” podcast. When I began to investigate curiosity, Bradley’s focus on purpose was one of the first ideas that intrigued me because I don’t ever remember saying to myself, “That’s why I’m here! That’s what I meant to do in life!” Instead, it was more like, “Well, maybe I could teach.” Curious as I am, I wanted to explore the relationship between my passion for curiosity and the appeal of discovering life's purpose. So, too, it turns out, did Bradley.
It Is Always About Telling the Story
How do you go about telling a very inviting and understandable story in film? My guest in this episode, Rita Grant, is an award-winning documentary film cinematographer, director, and producer, and the driving force behind Sweet Sage Pictures. In our conversation, she explains how she harnesses her technical skills, curiosity, instinct, and heart behind the camera.
Living in Harmony with Yourself and the World
Today I’m joined by Erica Nelson, a member of the Navaho Nation. Erica is a fly fishing guide, host of the “Awkward Angler” podcast, and a contributor to the “Awkward & Clueless Beginning Fly Fishing” show on YouTube. She is a Brown Folks Fishing ambassador, a community that cultivates the visibility, representation, and inclusion of people of color in fishing and its industry. She is also the passionate co-founder of REAL Consulting, which focuses on bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the world, including the world of fly fishing.
Can You Hear Me Now?
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a guest on this podcast, and I appreciate the effort that Jeff put into preparing for the interview. This is the first podcast I've been on where the host had a meeting before the podcast to determine the best angle from which to view the guest's story so that the audience would acquire the most relevant information. Jeff did his research, asked probing questions, and allowed me to give complete uninterrupted answers. The result is a product that I believe the audience will enjoy. Thanks Jeff for your commitment to improving education.
I fully appreciated the important questions and dialogue Jeff and Kirsten prepared for our interview. They’re educators with true passion for the people and ideas that work for our best student outcomes. This is important and exciting work, and I look forward to hearing more educator’s voices they find and share for the movement, for educators must certainly be the drivers of innovation in our schools.
Jeff and Kirsten Are On A Mission
After being on this podcast and being interviewed by Jeff and Kirsten, I felt refreshed and honored to be a part of their mission.
It was so refreshing to be connected with two people who have their hearts in the right place when it comes to helping educators and school leaders continue on their paths of making a difference.