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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.
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The weekly podcast about the serendipitous stories of everyday people living extraordinary lives. Learn, gain insights, and be inspired by how a diverse range of people have broken through obstacles, fearlessly exceeded the boundaries society sets, taken the chances, regardless of risk, that most fear, in pursuit of their ‘impossible’. Each week, host Mark Fallows, explores how his guests' ‘impossible’ became possible? How their upbringing affected them; how creativity fueled them, how serendipity guided them. Each guest offers their insight and advice to others seeking to challenge and achieve their impossible.
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    Dina Lovinsky -Write Like A Human

    Dina Lovinsky -Write Like A Human

    Dina Lovinsky is a Russian-born, SF-based writer. She is also the ghostwriter of the recent NYT and WSJ bestseller Tony Fadell’s, Build - An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.
    This is a fun episode.  
    We discuss 
    Dina discusses being born in St Petersburg, Russia before moving to the US and growing up in Boston.Being conditioned by her parents with a sense of invincibility. She discusses her parent's experience of being Refusniks in Soviet-period Russia.Her father's experience working for the Mafia.She describes her Star Trek life lesson and developing her superpower to never blame others for how she feels.We discuss how two scientists produced a child with a talent for the arts and English. Dina explains how she developed her love of reading and developing her curiosity.She discusses her school life and not working hard. Dina explains how her path led her to San Francisco to a job in publishing before moving into product management in tech startups. She explains how her focus shifted to writing all content for the companies she worked. We discussed how she developed her copywriting skills.Dina explains her approach to writing, her disorganization, and procrastination.Dina describes her work with Tony Fadell and how she came to ghost-write his book Build, She explains how she and Tony arrived at the structure and wrote the book during the pandemic.Dina describes how people can use the book as a mentor in a box. We discuss the emergence of AI and the impact and threat to writers Dina describes her hopes for the next ten yearsShe answers the quick-fire questionsSocial Links  
    Linkedin 
    Links 
     Build - An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.
    Star Trek   
    Refusniks 
    Tenth of December George Saunders
    Swim In The Pond In The Rain 
    Kurt Vonnegut 
    Gary Shteyngart
    Super Sad True love Story
    GPT3
    Jasper AI
    Severance 
    Radio Lab 

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Negar Tayyar - Empowering The Forcibly Displaced People Through Values, Vision and Vitality.

    Negar Tayyar - Empowering The Forcibly Displaced People Through Values, Vision and Vitality.

    ​​Negar Tayyar is a philanthropic refugee rights advocate, life coach, and co-founder and director of the Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF), an international fund supporting the humanitarian and long-term needs of forcibly displaced people. 
    We cover a lot in this episode from Negar’s early memories of growing up in Iran, her parents being civil rights activists, which resulted in them fleeing Iran, moving from country to country, and relying on the kindness of strangers before arriving and settling in Germany and the challenges she and her parents experienced in an alien culture. 
    Negar discusses in detail the global scale of the refugee response crisis, the vision and mission of GWBF, and how its focus on grassroots ecosystems and holistic approach enables more equitable solutions and empowers displaced people to claim their voice. 
    Negar is not only a powerful advocate of the rights and well-being of displaced people, but she is also reframing the narrative and mechanisms of how philanthropic grants work and changing operational control to encourage refugee-led organizations to flourish.  
    While our news feed may be filled with stories of despondency and desperation, hearing Negar’s vision and vitality is a timely antidote and much-needed boost of optimism. Please Enjoy. 
    We cover
    The challenging experience of seeking safety by crossing many borders. Arriving and settling into Germany and witnessing the toll it took on her parents, who shaped her worldview and sense of self. We cover the transitional fabric of German society and the impact of migrants.Her childhood memories and the precious generosity of people.We discuss the work of the Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF), its focus on local ecosystems, and asset-based grant-making. Negar touches on the Ukraine refugee crisis highlighting Choose Love’s Ukraine Campaign supporting people seeking safety. She explains the imperative to prioritize resourcing dignified approaches to support people seeking safety as we face more displacement in the years ahead.  
     
    Links in the Show
    Global Whole Being Fund
    Choose Love  
    Resonance Coaching
    Mo Gowdat
    Fast Forward 
    Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project 
    MaKenzie Scott
    Mans Search For Meaning
    Myriad Intimacies Lata Mani
    Stewarding The Earth 
     

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Matteo Vianello - A Life of Channeling Curiosity and Expressing Creativity to Create a Better World

    Matteo Vianello - A Life of Channeling Curiosity and Expressing Creativity to Create a Better World

    Born and raised in Venice Italy, Matteo Vianello is a Creative and Design leader who has led an extraordinary and varied life channeling his curiosity and expressing his rich creative talent in building brands, launching products, and designing high-performing teams, from design companies to global ads agencies to silicon valley start-ups. 
    Key discussion points: 
    Matteo discusses the impact of growing up surrounded by art in VeniceThe expectations his parents placed on him to be happy     His Father’s impact on his worldview and his creative identity Matteo discusses curiosity and the generative nature of creativity We discuss his traditional early education and his Math focused secondary educationHow he entered graphic design via a connection with David Carson  Matteo discusses his growing interest in graphic design Hustling his way into Fabrica Benettons in-house design agency  The serendipitous experiences resulting from opening all doors Matteo discusses Benetton's creative output under Olivero ToscaniThe changing nature of creativity The strategic competency of design The curse of competency The synergistic impact on inhouse creative departments The need for more design thinking to solve world-scale challengesThe evolution of agencies and agility  His new agency SqueroHis answers to the quick-fire questions Social Links 
    Linkedin 
    Squero Studio
    Instagram 
    Art site 
     
    Links in show   
    Raygun
    Wired 
    Tadao Ando
    Bruno Munari    
    Gilla Dorfles  
    Minjin Lee Pachinko
    Oliviero Toscani
    Tony Fadell 
    Dina Lovinsky
    Build By Tony Fadell -

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Chris Debiec On The The Rule-Breaking, Detail-Driven, Honest-Talking Path to Hollywood Production Success

    Chris Debiec On The The Rule-Breaking, Detail-Driven, Honest-Talking Path to Hollywood Production Success

    Chris Debiec is an award-winning writer/producer/executive with a thirty-plus-year track record of producing film and tv series, working with icons across all aspects of the entertainment industry.
    Chris recently moved from LA to Austin, and as a result of a serendipitous connection, we sat down to discuss his insights and experiences across his inspiring career. We cover a lot of ground in this interview. But what stood out to me was the combination of his willingness to take risks, to trust in his instinct, his fastidious attention to detail, a hard work ethic, and his brutal candor. 

    Securing a place in Disney’s Management Training program.How his free thinking led to his removal from the program.Chris explains how his brutal candor, combined with his hard work ethic, secured a position in Disney Film and Tape and craft service. The serendipitous encounter with Martin Baker that set his future path through film and TV.Discussing why production is a combination of economics and creativity.The trauma of working on the set of the Crow when Brandon Lee was killed. Chris describes why he left Disney to build a career in Hollywood. Chris explains the work he did working with James and John Cameron on Cameron’s underwater adventure films. We discussed the pivot during Covid when he and John Cameron supplied the film industry with PPE and protocols to enable production to occur.We discuss the importance of curiosity and creativity for producers.Where we will be in 10 years.His principles. His advice to ambitious wannabe producers.Social Links 
    Linkedin 
    Instagram 
     
    Show Links 
    Lou Wasserman 
    Disney MGM studios
    Michael Eisner  
    Jim Henson
    Screen Actors Guild
    James Cameron
    Human Health Organization 
    Civilized Entertainment

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Michael Plitkins - Redefining The Human Experience With Immersive Sound

    Michael Plitkins - Redefining The Human Experience With Immersive Sound

    This week's guest is Michael Plitkins, co-founder and Co-Der of Spatial Inc - the  Immersive Audio start-up that redefines the human experience by creating virtual soundscapes where you work, where you play, and where you stay. 
    In this interview, Michael takes us on a serendipitous journey through his life; a life defined by his willingness to embrace challenges, the courage to confront uncertainty, and trust in his ferocious independence. 
    We discuss the trajectory of his fascinating career in Software Engineering, his appreciation for, and experience in design, how that opened the doors to his first role as an engineer,  working across some groundbreaking technologies in VR and voice space, at iconic companies from Netscape to Nest. 
    At 27 min Michael discusses the genesis of his idea for creating Spatial when he discovered no immersive audio solution existed to deliver the experience he sought.  
    Micheal describes how he and his team are breaking down traditional audio barriers, taking audio to a new level, and allowing a community of creators to use Spatial tools to unleash their creative soundscapes as part of their designs, Michael and his team are poised to reimagine immersive audio that will change how we experience community spaces like retail, hospitals, entertainment spaces and even the office. 
    Thanks to past guest Walter Werzowa for the recommendation
    Now on with the show

    His early years and expanding world view from living in the UK and traveling Europe in his youth. The influence of his father and mother The serendipitous impact of discovering the Apple2 computerHaving the confidence to carve his own path without the traditional education trajectoryEarly career path Discovering the need to build immersive audio to scratch his own itch. The commercial applications of SpatialHis quick-fire answers 
    Social Links
    Spatial Inc
    Instagram
    Twitter 
    Linkedin 
    Links in the show
    IBM 
    Paper Software
    Apple II
    Netscape 
    Tony Fadell
    Silicon Graphics
    Tell-Me Networks


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Forced Displacement Of Ukrainians - Sana Mustafa

    The Forced Displacement Of Ukrainians - Sana Mustafa

    This week we have a follow-up to our recent interview with Sana Mustafa. When I interviewed Sana back in November 2021, we could not have imagined the Ukrainian refugee crisis.  So I wanted to hear Sana’s perspective as Director of Partnership and Engagement at Asylum Access, on the mass migration from Ukraine that has resulted from the Russian invasion and to understand the broader impactions on how the world will deal with future mass migrations as climate change forces people North. 
    This is a shorter than normal episode but Sana’s insight and experience make this well worth a listen.
    Sana's perspective on the crisisThe impact on the host nations The new standard set for welcoming the displacedThe institutional racism and bigotry that exists in the system  

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    • 27 min

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