25 episodes

I’m Danu Poyner and on Still Curious I talk to guests from many worlds and walks of life about what lights them up, the ways they like to learn and how they navigate the sometimes surprising situations they end up in through following their interests. What do people who are still curious have in common and what can we learn from their stories that will inspire us on our own path? [Currently on mid-season break – returning 3 Aug 2022]

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I’m Danu Poyner and on Still Curious I talk to guests from many worlds and walks of life about what lights them up, the ways they like to learn and how they navigate the sometimes surprising situations they end up in through following their interests. What do people who are still curious have in common and what can we learn from their stories that will inspire us on our own path? [Currently on mid-season break – returning 3 Aug 2022]

    Combining parenting, adventure and outdoor education with Erich Leidums from That Mountain Life | S2E13

    Combining parenting, adventure and outdoor education with Erich Leidums from That Mountain Life | S2E13

    A conversation all about risk, play and reward. Celebrating effort as well as outcome, learning through experience and adventure, and building confidence and resilience over time to ride out the inevitable bumps along the way. Showing up in the world, building a fulfilling and integrated lifestyle that aligns with your values, and freeing yourself from the need for external validation.

    Key Topics:
    Avoiding the rat race and living the mountain lifestyle in the small town of Fernie in British Columbia, CanadaBecoming a full-time content creator, documenting Erich's kids' adventures with That Mountain LifeThe 'don't bubble-wrap your kids' philosophy – examples and reactionsBuilding confidence and emotional resilience through outdoor educationUnschooling and escaping the need for external validationDetours and Tangents:
    Being an unplanned dadThe business mechanics of being a full-time content creatorWhy playing poker is a form of meditationThe one book Erich read in high school that forever changed his life

    About the Guest:  Erich Leidums is the content creator behind That Mountain Life [https://youtube.com/thatmountainlife] who documents his family’s outdoor adventures and parenting journey in a small mountain town in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Erich has put in thousands of hours to create content for That Mountain Life making videos on YouTube and Instagram that at first, no one was watching. After 3.5 years he is now a full time content creator and social media influencer navigating the world of digital marketing with over 850,000 followers across all platforms. His videos fall into the categories of outdoor adventure, family, conscious parenting, homeschooling, risky play and small town mountain lifestyle among others. Erich has always been interested in the entrepreneurial journey and didn’t expect or set out to be where he is today.

    Recorded 3 August 2022

    Links:
    That Mountain Life [https://youtube.com/thatmountainlife]Chris McCandless [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_McCandless]Into the Wild by John Krakauer [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Wild_(book)]Gary Vaynerchuk: Document, Don't Create [https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/creating-content-that-builds-your-personal-brand/]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet. He is the Founder of Grokkist. [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 55 min
    From guilt at leaving teaching to designing student wellbeing at scale, with Maria Fernanda Puertas | S2E12

    From guilt at leaving teaching to designing student wellbeing at scale, with Maria Fernanda Puertas | S2E12

    A conversation all about what happens when a mingling of interests meets a sudden change in priorities. The moments where you change from being one kind of thing into another, how that happens and how you update your self-understanding along the way. Teaching moments and learning moments – the beating heart of education that enables each of us to reflect on our experiences and capitalise on those reflections in ways we can put into practice and that move us forward.

    Key Topics:
    What you lose when you stop being a teacher and reconnecting with what you love about educationBeing in the hotseat as head teacher at the start of the pandemic and coming up with a plan to support students, teachers and parentsStudent wellbeing and how education systems fit and discard peopleWhat teachers making the transition to learning design and operations need to learn and unlearn

    About the Guest:  Maria Fernanda Puertas is a Latina, tea lover and cat lady who is passionate about the science of learning and community building. After being a teacher and head teacher for over a decade, she made the decision to move into tech to pursue the mission of reaching a much wider audience with amazing learning experiences, and hopefully help people find what they are looking for. [Maria's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-fernanda-puertas/]
    Recorded 21 July 2022


    Links:
    Atom Learning [https://atomlearning.co.uk/]Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? [https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity]Convivencia [https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095636384]Bed of Procrustes [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrustes]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet. He is the Founder of Grokkist. [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Living life out of sequence, with engagement and experience leader Grace Liaw | S2E11

    Living life out of sequence, with engagement and experience leader Grace Liaw | S2E11

    A conversation all about doing things in a different way and order than you’re supposed to. Not doing what you’re told, leaning into life’s sudden twists and turns, feeling behind, and taking flight, all while figuring out adulting and navigating the exciting challenges, complexity and expectations of cultural identity.

    Key Topics:
    Having a family at a young age and living life out of sequence with your career-focussed peersStarting undergraduate studies at age 28 and catching upBecoming a public school teacher and chafing against the systemLiving and working in Shanghai, China as a Chinese-AmericanFrom educator to entrepreneur to engagement leader

    About the Guest:  Grace Liaw is a connector, an educator, and a global citizen-in-progress.
    Unlike most of her peers, Grace did not start her undergraduate studies until turning 28, when she began to pursue a degree in Human Ecology and Family Studies at Montclair State University. Finally fulfilling her dreams of being a teacher, Grace taught in New Jersey public schools for a couple of years and realized that public education was not for her. Later, she found herself living and working in Shanghai, China, for 6 years in various private schools. The experience of doing work, life, and family in a foreign land was absolutely transformative. Grace then pursued a Master of Education at Penn State for Curriculum and Instruction.
    Now living in New York, Grace is designing and hosting events, creating experiences, and building relationships with global students at Quantic School of Business & Technology, a virtual business school. She is now able to tick all of the important boxes of connecting, educating, and becoming more culturally intelligent.

    Grace hates and loves running, is a novice birder, and is obsessed with Canva. She is also excited to see what the second half of life has in store! [Grace's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/graceliaw1/]
    Recorded 8 July 2022


    Links:
    Quantic School of Business and Technology [https://quantic.edu/]Falling Upwards by Richard Rohr [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9963483-falling-upward]The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23878688-the-5-love-languages]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet. He is the Founder of Grokkist. [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Conscious, creative and caring virtual learning with Seth Fleischauer | S2E10

    Conscious, creative and caring virtual learning with Seth Fleischauer | S2E10

    In this episode: Preparing learners with future-ready skills in digital citizenship, world culture and social and emotional learning. What Seth's daughter's experience of homeschooling during the pandemic reveals about education. Becoming an educator entrepreneur, via teaching in progressive education and a high-needs public school. Virtual field trips and designing creating and caring online education spaces. Reform vs revolution in the future of education. Navigating privilege. Being a real-life meme (Sad Mets Fan). 
    About the Guest:  Seth's work is at the intersection of technology, language, culture and social and emotional learning. By connecting students to people & places to whom they would never otherwise have access, Seth believes that live video conferencing is an underutilized force of positive, revolutionary change in education. Creating positive change in education is Seth's ikigai, his reason for being. 

    President & founder at Banyan Global Learning; expert in video conferencing, international teaching, SEL & K-12 online education. Seth will forever lean on his experience as a public elementary school teacher to create authentic and meaningful educational experiences.
    Recorded 10 May 2022

    Links:
    Banyan Global Learning [https://banyangloballearning.com/]The Body Keeps The Score [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693771-the-body-keeps-the-score]The Earth School (Manhattan) [https://sites.google.com/a/theearthschool.org/theearthschool/]Dr Trevor Saponis [https://twitter.com/TrevorSoponis] and Sustainable Learning Projects [https://www.thesustainablelearningprojects.com/]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet. He is the Founder of Grokkist. [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Navigating the passing of a loved one with estate planning lawyer and author Robert Kabacy | S2E9

    Navigating the passing of a loved one with estate planning lawyer and author Robert Kabacy | S2E9

    In this episode: Navigating the dynamics of death, grief and loss, from brain fog to finding a sense of control. Arguing over estates and why 70% of people don't make plans for what happens after they die. Explaining the mechanics of probate with a story about picking berries. Being a stage magician and how magic helps with storytelling. What we can learn from near-death experiences. Why patience matters in law as well as in marriage. Swimming and mindfulness.
    About the Guest:  Robert Kabacy has been a lawyer in the estate planning and wealth transfer industries for more than twenty-five years. He grew up in the small town of Canby, Oregon, where he was a competitive swimmer. He attended law school to pursue his passion of helping others navigate a complicated legal and tax world and has an uncanny ability to explain complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand format. About Me is a result of the passing of his mother and experiencing firsthand the difficulty of losing a loved one while navigating the mechanics that go with it. He enjoys reading, stage/parlor magic, and outdoor activities. He still swims almost daily (though no longer competitively). Learn more at robertkabacy.com.
    Recorded 6 May 2022

    Links:
    About Me: Information You Will Need When I've Passed on Amazon [https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Kabacy/e/B09VS4QP3P?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000]Robert's website [http://robertkabacy.com/]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet.  [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 1 hr 3 min
    From classroom to corporate with TESOL teacher and instructional designer Diego Boada | S2E8

    From classroom to corporate with TESOL teacher and instructional designer Diego Boada | S2E8

    In this episode: Losing your job in the pandemic and reverse culture shock when moving from the US back to Colombia. From English language teaching to instructional design for product managers. Never leaving school and how teachers are more than teachers. Universal design for learning. How teaching expertise is valued in traditional education vs instructional design and edtech and what that means for teachers' freedom and creativity. Filling your cup and finding structure in uncertainty.
    About the Guest:  Diego Boada is an educator, researcher, and instructional designer from Colombia with over 15 years of experience. As a Fulbright scholar, Diego earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia in the US. Before recently becoming an e-learning consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, Diego worked at Product School where he collaborated with product leaders from top Silicon Valley companies to develop training materials and certificates for product managers. Also, Diego is working on his Executive MBA at Quantic School of Business and Technology. [Diego's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diego-boada/]
    Recorded 12 April 2022

    Links:
    Ellii (formerly ESL Library) [https://ellii.com/]Product School [https://www.productschool.com/]Gagne's 9 Events of Instruction [https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/gagne.htm]Minerva University [https://www.minerva.edu/]Mentimeter - interactive presentations [https://www.mentimeter.com/]The Culture Map - breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business [https://erinmeyer.com/books/the-culture-map/]Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hofstede%27s_cultural_dimensions_theory]Inter-American Development Bank [https://www.iadb.org/en]--
    About the Host: Despite never letting school interfere with his education, Danu has nevertheless acquired two social science degrees and an executive MBA. He toils at the intersection of education, technology and society and has worked at various times in teaching, research, project management, business development and customer service. He has so many interests that he has started to outsource them, and his life plan is rapidly running out of alphabet.  [Danu's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danupoyner/]

    Music: Kleptotonic Swing by Tri-Tachyon
    --Website: stillcuriouspodcast.com | Email: podcast@grokk.ist | Socials: @stillcuriouspodRate and review at https://lovethepodcast.com/stillcurious© 2022 Grokkist Ltd. http://grokk.ist

    • 1 hr 3 min