38 episodes

The Future STIR is a podcast about "the future of everything," and specifically about the future of Society, Technology, Intelligence and Retail.

And why?? Let's face it: The future is the journey we're all on together. And, unfortunately, none of us has a crystal ball.

But, every day there are things going on that give us little glimpses into how the future will change the way we live our lives, create dynamic. successful companies and careers and live together as a global society.

It's big stuff and most of us don't have the time to distill it and make sense of it all.

That's where we come in. And that's what The Future STIR is all about.

And, we have the street cred to bring it to you on a weekly basis. That's basically code for saying we're nerds that geek out about gadgets, technology, trends and the future as a whole. We pair that passion with years of experience as business executives who put this thinking to work.

To that end, we want each episode of The Future STIR to be entertaining, edgy, and fun to listen to. We want you to come away from The Future STIR with either new insights or a new perspective on something going on in the world.

So join us on a weekly journey into the future...

The Future STIR Podcast Greg Heist and Ben Smithee

    • Society & Culture

The Future STIR is a podcast about "the future of everything," and specifically about the future of Society, Technology, Intelligence and Retail.

And why?? Let's face it: The future is the journey we're all on together. And, unfortunately, none of us has a crystal ball.

But, every day there are things going on that give us little glimpses into how the future will change the way we live our lives, create dynamic. successful companies and careers and live together as a global society.

It's big stuff and most of us don't have the time to distill it and make sense of it all.

That's where we come in. And that's what The Future STIR is all about.

And, we have the street cred to bring it to you on a weekly basis. That's basically code for saying we're nerds that geek out about gadgets, technology, trends and the future as a whole. We pair that passion with years of experience as business executives who put this thinking to work.

To that end, we want each episode of The Future STIR to be entertaining, edgy, and fun to listen to. We want you to come away from The Future STIR with either new insights or a new perspective on something going on in the world.

So join us on a weekly journey into the future...

    The Future of the American Dream: Part II (EP038)

    The Future of the American Dream: Part II (EP038)

    Will we recognize The American Dream of the future? And how do our increasingly diverse notions of America, success, individualism and community impact how The American Dream lives on in the lives of our children and grandchildren?
    In part 2 of our interview, Brian David Johnson shares his personal stories of talking to thousands of Americans about The American Dream. They're important because they bring into sharp focus the way we are collectively looking at our future and the direction we want our society to take. Additionally, Brian shares some thought-provoking perspectives on the role of parents and our school system in fostering imagination and curiosity in our children.
    Ben talks about Google's latest attempts to ensure carefully crafted advertising doesn't find itself juxtaposed against inappropriate content for his buzz worthy hot topic. And for the latest installment of "What the Heck is That!?!" Greg and Ben share a simple way of understanding DDoS attacks.
    In this episode:
    Brian David Johnson on Twitter
    Google's plan to root out hateful videos and win back advertisers with artificial intelligence (Mashable)
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    • 39 min
    The Future of The American Dream: Part 1 (EP037)

    The Future of The American Dream: Part 1 (EP037)

    When we think of The American Dream, we often think about owning a home with a white picket fence. But, as we'll find in this episode, The American Dream is far more than that, encompassing our collective notions of America as the place where people have the freedom and mobility to make their individual dreams a reality.
    And, while this represents the The American Dream of the past, as we'll learn from our guest Brian David Johnson (Futurist in Residence at Arizona State University's Center for Science & Imagination and former Chief Futurist of Intel), the The American Dream's future will likely be evolved and shaped in ways we cannot fully imagine today.
    In part 1 of our interview, Brian talks about how a drive to Las Vegas with his father inspired his curiosity about The American Dream and has led him to meet with thousands of Americans in his quest to understand the forces shaping its future.
    For Greg's buzz worthy hot topic, he shares a crazy architectural design that will suspend a skyscraper from an asteroid (yes, you read that right) and we launch a new segment called "What the Heck is That?!?!" and give a very simple explanation of the concept of Net Neutrality.
    In this episode:
     
    Brian David Johnson on Twitter
    That really IS a high rise: Sci-fi plan to hang a wandering skyscraper from asteroid orbiting Earth is unveiled (Daily Mail UK)
    A Super-Simple Way to Understand the Net Neutrality Debate (New York Times)


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    • 32 min
    Part II - The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP036)

    Part II - The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP036)

    Welcome back to Part II of our most rockin' interview to date!!
    In Episode 036, Greg & Ben continue our conversation with Mike Latcha (General Manager & Music Director), Kerry Smith (Assistant General Manager) and Eddie Baranek (Instructor) from School of Rock in Rochester, Michigan.
    In Part II, we chat about the role School of Rock plays in the lives of students and the power of community, commitment and passion in creating great performances and in developing musicians. We also hear Mike, Kerry and Eddie discuss how being a leader and teacher at School of Rock has shaped them, as well.  
    We also have a lively conversation (and perhaps preview of a coming episode!) about how important teaching the history of rock is...and how that education is helping to shape this new generation of rockers.
    And, as we did in EP035, we use a live performance from School of Rock Rochester to transition and end our episode. Because, at the end of the day, School of Rock is ultimately about the kids and the music they create together...
    For their buzz worthy hot topics, Ben shares Levi's new bluetooth connected clothing and Greg talks about how virtual and mixed reality is being used to teach students complex topics.
    In this episode:
    Musical Interludes: "Sympathy for the Devil" - Performed by students from School of Rock Rochester Rolling Stones Band, January 2017
    School of Rock (Website)
    School of Rock Rochester (Facebook)
    Rock School Documentary (Wikipedia)
    The Sights (Eddie Baranek's band)
    What everyone's been buzzing about at SXSW (Mashable)
    Move over tablets. This could be the future of learning (FastCoDesign)
     
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    • 39 min
    Part I: The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP035)

    Part I: The Motor City Rocks a Different Kind of Fender (EP035)

    We've seen the future of music education, and it totally rocks!!
    In Episode 035 of The Future STIR, Greg & Ben sit down with Mike Latcha (General Manager & Music Director), Kerry Smith (Assistant General Manager) and Eddie Baranek (Instructor) from School of Rock in Rochester, Michigan.
    In Part I of this wide-ranging interview, we learn about the origins of School of Rock's music education model and why it offers a modern alternative to traditional approaches to teaching music. We also chat about the current state of public music education and why it makes private programs like School of Rock more important to to the future of arts education than ever.
    Beyond that, we discuss how Teddy Roosevelt can inspire music students, why Randy Newman sees creating--and finishing--a solid body of work is so important and the powerful role School of Rock plays in shaping kids' lives in ways far beyond the music.
    For their buzz worthy hot topics, Greg highlights the rise of "virtual chilling" by Gen Z via platforms like HouseParty, Fam and Kik and Ben marvels at the way FourSquare has played the long game and turned their locational intelligence into the backbone of so many social platforms.
    In this episode:
    Musical Interludes: "Gimme Shelter" - Performed by students from School of Rock Rochester Rolling Stones Band, January 2017
    Music Education in Public Schools Gets a Passing Grade (NPR)
    Music Education in Crisis (NEMC)
    School of Rock (Website)
    School of Rock Rochester (Facebook)
    Rock School Documentary (Wikipedia)
    For Generation Z, Live Chilling Replaces Hanging Out in Person (WSJ)
    Foursquare is Launching an Analytics Platform to Help Retailers Understand Foot Traffic (TechCrunch)
     
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    • 36 min
    Quick Hits BONANZA! - Round 3 (EP034)

    Quick Hits BONANZA! - Round 3 (EP034)

    It's Round 3 of The Future STIR Quick Hits BONANZA series!
    Join us this week as Ben and Greg ring the bell on Round 3 of quick hits and talk rapid-fire about today's most buzz-worthy news topics. It's a BONANZA of talk about Jay Z, iPhone 8 rumors, Snapchat and Norwegian troll-squashing...making it a must-listen episode of The Future STIR!
    In this episode:
    Jay Z launches a venture capital fund to back startups (Engadget)
    Apple to bring augmented reality to iPhone 8: Analyst (ValueWalk)
    Snap tumbles 12% on day three of trading (TechCrunch)
    Norway 'ant-troll' site makes you read before commenting (Yahoo! News)
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    • 27 min
    Minimalism to the Max (EP033)

    Minimalism to the Max (EP033)

    Is "less" truly "more"? Can greater happiness and fulfillment in life be found in rejecting consumerism and stripping away unnecessary belongings, simplifying our lifestyle and freeing ourselves from the "rat race"?
    Increasing numbers of people are answering "yes" to these questions and embracing a philosophy and lifestyle known as minimalism. They're downsizing their homes, donating their unused possessions and tuning out the drumbeat of marketing messages that tell consumers that true happiness lies in the latest gadget, a bigger home and a trendy new vehicle.
    In this episode, Greg & Ben dig into Minimalism, exploring the roots of a trend that is exploding in popularity. In doing so, their conversation spawns some powerful personal epiphanies and new commitments to embracing a more minimalist mindset for themselves.
    For their buzz-worthy hot topics, Ben talks about temporary tattoos that turn people into wearables and Greg discusses Disney's prototype room that allows you to charge your device wirelessly in a "safe, ubiquitous manner." Allegedly. ;)
    Links and Articles:
    10 Reasons Why Minimalism is Growing (Becoming Minimalist)
    Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (MinimalismFilm.com)
    What is the Tiny House Movement? (TheTinyLife.com)
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo (Amazon)
    MIT's DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin wearables (TechCrunch)
    Disney Research Builds Prototype Living Room with "Safe, Ubiquitous Wireless Power" (MacRumors)
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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Fun and Thought-Provoking!

Love the mix of timely topics - who needs another solely tech-focused podcast? Each episode is better than the last, keep up the great work!

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Good insights

As a small business owner wanting to zone in on more retail aspects vs wholesale, this podcast so far has been very informative for me in that direction. I look forward to implementing some of the ideas and concepts discussed here to further my business goals for my brand.

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