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ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

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    • 4.6 • 1.5K Ratings

ZigZag, the business show about being human, returns as a member of the TED family of podcasts. Join this zig-zagging quest with Manoush Zomorodi (Host of NPR’s TED Radio Hour; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business) to discover new ways we can align our ambitions with systemic change that’s good for our fellow human beings. www.zigzagpod.comOn Season 5, Manoush profiles six unusual dynamos reinventing business, their industries, and even capitalism in the name of humanity. It will change the way you see your work and your self . Find @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram.Tell Manoush YOUR story by emailing a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com.

    STEP 4: THE MATCH

    STEP 4: THE MATCH

    On this episode of The ZigZag Project, we move into a more practical phase and start asking hard questions like: What might you need to sacrifice, in order to align your values with your work? Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett shares a story about what she gave up as a young aide, working for the city of Chicago. Manoush gives her own example and asks listeners to try a strange (but proven) methodology to figure out what changes are worth pursuing.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 3: THE WEIRD IDEAS

    STEP 3: THE WEIRD IDEAS

    The third step of The ZigZag Project requires getting weird. Because we're gonna need to dig deep to find new ways to roll back climate change, bring equity to society, and pay our bills. If, after a year of lockdowns and stress, you feel drained at the thought, meet Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing. Rob has some unusual ways to inspire you to get creative and figure out your next job, business model, or project. Manoush turns Rob’s insight into this episode’s assignment: The Board of All Ideas, No Matter How Weird.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 2: THE VISION

    STEP 2: THE VISION

    Conflict resolution specialist Priya Parker joins Manoush to talk about visioning: Taking time out of our daily lives to clarify our professional and personal purpose. With 60% of the project’s beta testers reporting that work is an important part of their identity (and 25% saying they define themselves by the work they do), picturing the future is a particularly crucial step. Manoush shares instructions for listeners to conduct their own visioning lab, similar to the session she did with Priya years ago, but with a ZigZag twist.

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com

    • 16 min
    STEP 1: THE PULSE

    STEP 1: THE PULSE

    We’re doing something different this season…

    The ZigZag Project is six steps (and episodes) to help you map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions. Think of it as a RESET for your career or business.

    In this first episode, host Manoush Zomorodi shares stories and data from the 150 listeners who volunteered to test the project. We also learn why change requires spending time in “the neutral zone,” from MIT Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein, and get our first assignment.

    Find the assignments, survey, newsletter and more at ZigZagPod.com.

    • 20 min
    The Case of the Lost American Dream

    The Case of the Lost American Dream

    You may have heard Aarti Shahani’s voice on the radio when she was NPR’s Silicon Valley reporter. The techies she interviewed often assumed she came from a family of engineers or scientists. Nothing could be further from the truth, Aarti says.

    Her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was a child. They overstayed their tourist visas, moved the family into a roach-infested apartment, and subsisted on welfare while looking for work. Eventually, they all got green cards and Aarti thrived as a American teenager…until the day her father was arrested at his electronics store in Manhattan for a crime he didn’t know he’d committed.

    Now Aarti is reporting her own story: why her parents migrated, what it took for the family to survive in the U.S. economy, and how their saga reflects the state of the “American Dream” right now.

    Plus, listeners share what’s happened to their careers, businesses, and mental health since the pandemic began.

    This is the final episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    You can get updates and stay in touch with Manoush on Twitter @ManoushZ or @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram. Or just sign up for the newsletter.

    • 51 min
    Changing Our Relationship to STUFF

    Changing Our Relationship to STUFF

    We recycle. But does it make a difference?
    We donate our old t-shirts. But does anyone want them?
    We try to shop less. But isn't that bad for the economy?

    On this episode, author Adam Minter explains the connections between our personal habits and a massive global network of recycling and secondhand markets...and he helps us consider: what would it take to build an economy that didn't depend on manufacturing yet more STUFF? Plus, Adam's own zig-zagging story: from growing up in a junkyard to carving out a career as an expert on the global recycling and reuse economies.

    This is the fifth episode of Season 5 which explains six systemic problems and profiles six amazing people working to fix them.

    Tell Manoush what’s going on with your career or company during these strange times @ZigZagPod on Twitter and Instagram or send a voice memo to ZigZag@StableG.com. You can also just say hi @ManoushZ

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Wayno_HUB ,

Been listening since day one. So worth it.

Great podcast. Start at the beginning if you can, take notes, think deeply. Then, go back and listen to Manoush on Note to Self. Inspired me to write, to seek my own way and truth.

ElizabethExpressive ,

ZigZag has stepped up like no other podcast

Manoush has broken the third wall in season six of ZigZag and it is fantastic. I am loving the participation and exercises. This podcast is a great platform for creating a new generation of thoughtful business leaders!

JP4.0 ,

Excellent show

Earnest. Thought provoking. Human.

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