15 episodes

Sonder Union is, at heart, an exercise in human connection. In a world that encourages spit-polished projections of ourselves on every kind of social media, marketing, personal branding, etc., are we able to actually connect with people we don't already intimately know?

Sonder is defined as "the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it."

Let's start paying attention to the complex lives around us.

Sonder Union Owen McGrann

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

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Sonder Union is, at heart, an exercise in human connection. In a world that encourages spit-polished projections of ourselves on every kind of social media, marketing, personal branding, etc., are we able to actually connect with people we don't already intimately know?

Sonder is defined as "the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it."

Let's start paying attention to the complex lives around us.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Ep 15 - The Culture is Embedded in the Lanuage

    Ep 15 - The Culture is Embedded in the Lanuage

    What a treat it is to speak with Dr. Theodora Ziamou! Theodora is a behavioral psychologist, and as you might expect, a keen observer of people. We have a wide-ranging conversation touching on language, culture, and change.

    You can find Theodora on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtheodoraziamou/

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    • 59 min
    Ep 14 - Mapmaking and Strategic Perplexity

    Ep 14 - Mapmaking and Strategic Perplexity

    What do you talk about when you've got a guy who's won one of the world's toughest races on your podcast? Well, raising children, writing and reading books, and, yes, why doing hard things isn't about the hard thing, really, so much as about breaking bread with our inner animal.

    Paul Watkins is a delightful guest: full of expected and unexpected wisdom and a wonderful sense of humor about things. He is able to appreciate Nassim Nicholas Taleb's work and still recognize what a gigantic douche he is.

    You can find Paul at https://www.paulwatkins.com.au and on LinkedIn (where he's doing some actually interesting stuff) at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-watkins-92125499/



    Music copyright © Owen McGrann 2023.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 13 - Queen Maeve and the Popcorn Man

    Ep 13 - Queen Maeve and the Popcorn Man

    Charley Mann has "coffeesodes" on his podcast – short narrative episodes in between his interviews. I guess this is similar, except not really. Helpful description, I know.

    If you don't want to hear a story about miscarriage or pregnancy loss, I would skip this one.

    • 13 min
    Ep 12 - Babysitters and Cheerleaders

    Ep 12 - Babysitters and Cheerleaders

    Sarah Ennor and I both have ADHD. Although we didn't intend to talk almost exclusively about ADHD, it just kinda happened ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    It was an absolute blast trading stories with Sarah and I suspect you'll find it pretty interesting too. Sarah has played Aussie Rules Football for Team Canada, worked as a badass lawyer for a large bank, opened her own business, and has made it a mission to speak about ADHD in the professional world.

    She's awesome and you can find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-ennor/

    Music copyright © Owen McGrann 2023.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 11 - On Losing Things

    Ep 11 - On Losing Things

    Happy New Year and welcome back to Sonder Union. We have a treat in this episode, with Lenor Marquis Segal returning to discuss why losing things is bad, the impact of Covid, and, of course, writing.

    Lenor was a guest on Episode 3, The Irish Goodbye. She was a tremendous guest, and I was a tremendously shitty host. I kept cutting out during recording, leaving her hanging in the room, and then managed not to record the last 50 minutes of our conversation. She was gracious enough to come back.

    You can find Lenor on LinkedIn (and you should: she's one of the very best writers around): https://www.linkedin.com/in/lenormarquissegal/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 10 - Potential and Kinetic Energy

    Ep 10 - Potential and Kinetic Energy

    We're rounding out 2023 with our 10th episode, something of an achievement for a podcast. Most don't make it this far, but my own dumb obstinance has Sonder Union rolling!

    Episode Ten is something a bit different: there's no guest today, so you're stuck only with your humble host, who shares some reflections on where Sonder Union has been and where it hopes to go in 2024.

    Please rate and review! Until next year!

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

CharleyMann ,

Beautiful conversations

There’s a hidden side benefit to this show. It shows you how to have deep conversations and ask better questions. Be brave and be curious like Owen the next time you are out in a social setting. You will love the outcome far more.

SyberSwede ,

Breathe-Taking

Literally the breathe of fresh air, space and thinking we all need apart and away from the polished fictions too much all around us! Thanks for this realness!

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