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EPAM Continuum podcasts feature interviews with people practicing innovation in various forms, digging into their ability to deliver results. Repeatedly.

    The Resonance Test 54: Sara Hendren, Author of "What Can a Body Do"?

    The Resonance Test 54: Sara Hendren, Author of "What Can a Body Do"?

    People, generally speaking, have the wrong idea about disability… or so says Sara Hendren, author of a sharp new book called *What Can a Body Do?* The Olin College professor insists on making us see disability in a more human light and learning from our improved sight. She writes, for instance, that “disability is not a fixed or permanent label that belongs only to some people; it arrives for each of us,” adding that while misfit situations—“a disharmony that runs both ways, body to world and back”—are inevitable, they should ideally be met with resilience and creativity. (Her book teems with story after story of such meetings.) In this *Resonance Test* conversation with producer Ken Gordon, Hendren expands on her book and explains, among other things, how misfit scenarios don’t have to be isolating but can, in fact, build community. She talks about aging—“In our own country old age is a really an under-imagined moment of life. We tend to make it super passive, and we tend to patronize older adults in a way that's pretty shameful”—and about the idea of incessant adaptation: “Adaptation is the fundamental state.” Above all, Hendren’s words enjoined us to pay attention—to our bodies, the bodies of others, and the environment in which they move about. The point of doing so: Striving to give everyone access to a more pleasurable life and even a richer language. “My hope is that by paying attention, we get better language, meaning, non-jargony, non-expert, non-technical language but just language that is ready to hand for the things in our lives.”

    Host: Kyle Wing
    Engineer: Kyp Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 40 min
    Silo Busting 9: Securing the Cloud with Sam Rehman

    Silo Busting 9: Securing the Cloud with Sam Rehman

    The cloud is an opaque space. Few people know how to migrate safely upwards. Fortunately, in the first of our #CybersecurityByDesign episodes of *Silo Busting,* we talk with an expert who skillfully navigates the cloud: Sam Rehman, our Chief Information Security Officer and SVP. Rehman breaks through the nimbus surrounding the topic and explains to producer Ken Gordon the special nature of cloud security, the importance of data strategy, the smart way to fly through multiple clouds, the cloud’s agile dynamism and elasticity, and the cloud-based fear many people feel (and how to disarm it). Truth is, the cloud is complicated and organizations need to cultivate a more realistic understanding here. Says Rehman: “A lot of people move to the cloud not thinking about ‘What exactly is the boundary? What exactly is the protection?’” Pay attention, and you’ll be soon floating such essential questions yourself.

    Host: Alison Kotin
    Engineer: Kip Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 26 min
    The Resonance Test 53: Clayton Rose, President of Bowdoin College

    The Resonance Test 53: Clayton Rose, President of Bowdoin College

    Clayton Rose got the upper hand on COVID-19. Rose is the President of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and he has overseen the successful reopening of his school for the Fall 2020 semester. By reducing the on-campus student population; implementing strict testing, social distancing, and masking policies; and producing a stream of clear and continuous health reporting, the school’s COVID cases dropped from three to, as of the airing of this episode, zero. (Yes, *zero.*) Rose humbly says: “The congratulations really belong to our students and faculty and staff here” who complied.

    Rose acknowledges that redesigning the fall student experience required being iterative, knowing that “there are going to be things that we're going to try that aren't going to work exactly right, or sometimes are not going to work at all. And you have to be open minded to adjusting or changing or just putting aside” whatever fails to make the grade.

    In this back-to-school episode of *The Resonance Test,* producer Ken Gordon, who recently sent his own daughter to Bowdoin, throws a series of questions at the president. They talk about the importance of having first-year students on campus (and how non-first-years feel about this), reconfiguring collegiate space in the pandemic era, the intricacies of designing an effective COVID dashboard, and why his community needs to stay vigilant if they’re to keep the virus off campus.

    Host: Kyle Wing
    Editor: Kyp Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 30 min
    Silo Busting 8: Redesigning Our Supply Chains with Denis Grishin and Jit Agarwal

    Silo Busting 8: Redesigning Our Supply Chains with Denis Grishin and Jit Agarwal

    Over the last 40 years, says Jit Agarwal, our VP of Enterprise Products, supply chains have “become very strung out, very long, very complicated, very convoluted, and very, very diverse.” This has made them brittle, a fact that the pandemic has brutally exposed. Denis Grishin, our VP and Supply Chain Practice Leader and Agarwal’s interlocutor for this episode, adds that for the longest time, “the name of the game was productivity”—but supply chains’ efficiency “did us a disservice.” Plug in your earbuds to hear their ideas about creating more resilient supply chains today (Grishin says, for instance, that you should “try to cut out the complexity that’s not really contributive or additive to your business”). The pair toss up some agile answers to the questions of the inquiring Ken Gordon, on topics such as demand partnerships, streamlining, future-proofing teams, and forecasting (“Forecasting is ultimately an inexact science. The forecast is always wrong,” says Grishin. “The reality always is something else”). Tune in, and you’ll learn not just about where supply chains are headed—you’ll also discover Agarwal’s secret nickname! Well, sort of.

    Host: Alison Kotin
    Engineer: Kyp Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 33 min
    The Resonance Test 52: Danielle Ofri, Author of "When We Do Harm"

    The Resonance Test 52: Danielle Ofri, Author of "When We Do Harm"

    We need to talk about electronic medical records. Dr. Danielle Ofri certainly does. Why? The physician-author of the newly published volume, *When We Do Harm,* tells our Jonathon Swersey, on the latest episode of this podcast: “I was just tearing my hair out” because a patient requested a biopsy report and she spent nearly 45 minutes trying to extract it from the EMR. When Ofri says “now it falls on the clinicians to somehow find time to customize the EMR to make it workable,” you get a vivid sense of how EMRs contribute to physician burnout.

    Ofri, it turns out, has all kinds of strong opinions. Listen to this episode and you’ll learn, for instance, how *shame* functions in the world of medical error. (After making an error as a second-year resident, she says: “It took me 20 years till I could talk about and write about it.”) Ofri also discusses the naming of medicines, the common good and American healthcare, and what it’s like to practice medicine during the current pandemic and prepare for the next one.

    Attend to Ofri, *Resonance Test* listeners. When she speaks, she does good.

    Host: Kyle Wing
    Editor: Kyp Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 31 min
    Silo Busting 7: Reskilling in the Next Normal with Sandra Loughlin and Jitin Agarwal

    Silo Busting 7: Reskilling in the Next Normal with Sandra Loughlin and Jitin Agarwal

    In our remote present, people—a group that includes *you*—have been left to their own devices. This means we must all develop a capacity for learning. Fast. Today’s guests have a deep understanding of why we should reskill ourselves in the next normal. Sandra Loughlin, our Head of Learning Practice, and Jit Agarwal, VP of Enterprise Products, give *Silo Busting* Producer, Ken Gordon, 762.5 earfuls of what it means for contemporary workers to experience and harness facilitative anxiety. The pair talk about many relevant topics, including the shift in mindset needed for this moment. Loughlin says the explosion of remote work has led to the rise of “a different mindset of management. Instead of thinking about seat time or being visible, their focus is shifting to outcomes.” In this environment, she says, employees must think about agility and resilience. Agarwal adds that they should think about their particular jobs, companies, and industries and figure out how can stay ahead of the curve by developing a “bleeding-edge skillset.” They also talk about mentoring in the age of “figure it out” or FIO and discuss common online training tools and the importance of feedback. This learning is as easy as listening, so unclog your ears and get smart.

    Host: Alison Kotin
    Engineer: Kyp Pilalas
    Producer: Ken Gordon

    • 29 min

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Argos929 ,

Interesting insider perspective

Great to hear from someone on the "inside" of Boston politics speak candidly about the challenges in the school system and how the city is embracing innovative approaches to tackling their issues. Will be interesting to see who else Continuum talks to on this podcast!

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