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MindFolk: Human Creativity and Mindful Innovation, in a Podcast.

Host Brian Pagán talks with scientists, artists, philosophers, and designers about how to build a more compassionate world. We discuss topics like human experience (UX) design, empathy, storytelling, ethics, privacy, and creativity.

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MindFolk: Human Creativity and Mindful Innovation, in a Podcast.

Host Brian Pagán talks with scientists, artists, philosophers, and designers about how to build a more compassionate world. We discuss topics like human experience (UX) design, empathy, storytelling, ethics, privacy, and creativity.

    #10 Interview with The Upgrade Society: Do-Be-Do

    #10 Interview with The Upgrade Society: Do-Be-Do

    At any given moment in life, we can either do (take action) or be (simply exist). And we're closest to our true purpose when we can move between those states mindfully. Let's practice this together!

    "One of the foundations of [do-be-do] is actually taking the time and the silence to be for a moment and to connect."

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    People
    The Upgrade Society
    The Upgrade Society's Website

    Thomas Swaak
    The Essentialist Website

    Sujith Ravindran
    Sujith's Website

    Rolf van Haren
    Rolf van Haren @ LinkedIn

    References
    VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

    The Hero's Journey

    Topics
    Creativity, VUCA, Leadership, Mindfulness, Activism, Non-judgement, Meaningful Value, Ego

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    • 34 min
    #9 Interview with Sherin Wafaai: Bath Towels and Boundaries

    #9 Interview with Sherin Wafaai: Bath Towels and Boundaries

    It's not easy to sashay between two worlds, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Sherin Wafaai examines with us her practice for turning anger into compassion, the importance of our own boundaries, and  transforming trauma into purpose.

    ⚠️ This one goes to a dark place not suitable for kids...

    "Where there is no love, put love, and then there will be love."

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    Sherin Wafaai
    Instagram | Sherin's LinkedIn Profile | Healers & Guides

    References
    Conscious Leadership with Jim Dethmer

    Topics
    Compassion, Leadership, Trauma, Healing, Love, Empathy, UX, Design, Creative Career, Shame, Grace, Boundaries

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    • 24 min
    #8 Interview with Goran Mrvoš: Fostering a Culture of Resilience & Empathy

    #8 Interview with Goran Mrvoš: Fostering a Culture of Resilience & Empathy

    No organization or company survives 19 years by accident. Goran Mrvoš opens up about how being in nature helps him nurture his own, and his company's, emotional intelligence, grit, and enthusiasm for experimentation.

    "Being young in your soul is not a matter of age, but of mindset. "

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    Goran Mrvoš
    Instagram | Goran's LinkedIn Profile | Infosit Website | Apprais.ly

    Topics
    Remote Work, Company Culture, Nature, Employee Assessment, Creativity, Empathy, App Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Psychological Safety, Digital Detox, Barter Deals

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    • 27 min
    #7 Interview with Adedana Ashebir: It's Gonna Be OK

    #7 Interview with Adedana Ashebir: It's Gonna Be OK

    Within each of us resides at least one fundamental paradox: a contradiction that makes us who we uniquely are. Adedana Ashebir shares with us how her paradoxes fuel her journey toward self-compassion, her relationships with friends & family, and her career in venture capital, empowering overlooked entrepreneurs.

    "The PhD-level [of empathy] is: how to have grace for other people, when they don't have grace for you ."

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    Adedana Ashebir
    Instagram | Twitter | @Afracanah on Insta | Afracanah on Twitter | Village Capital

    Topics
    Grace, Imposter Syndrome, Love, Empathy, Theater, Faith, Collective Trauma, Race, Investment Capital, Entrepreneurship, Stress

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    • 27 min
    #6 Interview with Abdalla Shaheen: Nature is the Best Teacher

    #6 Interview with Abdalla Shaheen: Nature is the Best Teacher

    The worst crisis inspires the most meaningful change. Abdalla Shaheen shares with Brian the story of his own crisis, finding love in the Sinai, getting married via Google Translate, and experiencing Bedouin superpowers first-hand.

    "You are here on a training mission to learn how to tame your ego."

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    Abdalla Shaheen
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    References
    The Purpose of Life by Jeffrey Lang

    Habiba Community Farm

    Topics
    Spirituality, Religion, Transformation, Ego, Love, Natural Living, Compassion, Relationships, Sustainability

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    • 25 min
    #5 Interview with Karin Ackerholm: Design is Building Relationships

    #5 Interview with Karin Ackerholm: Design is Building Relationships

    Interaction designers often transition into other creative roles, and Karin Ackerholm is no exception. She talks with Brian about having curiosity as a superpower, learning empathy from immigrants, and dedicating her career to making the world more sustainable for all of us.



    "Should we spend our funding on things that make the world better or worse?"



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    Karin Ackerholm
    LinkedIn profile  |  University bio



    References
    Brainpickings: Paula Scher on Combinatorial Creativity


    Topics
    Sustainability, Innovation, Sustainable Business, Refugees, Comfort in Discomfort, Curiosity, Relationship-Building, Creative Career, Stress, Self-Care, Empathy


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    • 28 min

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