43 episodes

The smartest people on the planet distill a single idea or piece of advice that they think you need to know right now. Each episode focuses on a central theme and Andrew guides the conversations so that information is tightly packaged and intriguing. You will walk away from each episode with a clear understanding of the topic and direct path to integrate the knowledge into your life.

What's the Big Idea with Andrew Horn Andrew Horn

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 60 Ratings

The smartest people on the planet distill a single idea or piece of advice that they think you need to know right now. Each episode focuses on a central theme and Andrew guides the conversations so that information is tightly packaged and intriguing. You will walk away from each episode with a clear understanding of the topic and direct path to integrate the knowledge into your life.

    The Founder of 1800 Flowers on cultivating Human Connection in the Digital Age

    The Founder of 1800 Flowers on cultivating Human Connection in the Digital Age

    Jim McCann is the business leader, author, and philanthropist who founded 1-800-Flowers.com and grew the business from its roots as a single flower shop in Manhattan into the world's largest florist. With a passion for helping people deliver smiles, Jim transformed the flower and gift marketplace to help customers express themselves and connect with the important people in their lives. 


     


    Devoted to helping others, Jim founded the nonprofit organization Smile Farms to provide meaningful jobs to young adults and people with developmental disabilities. Jim also started the Connectivity Council, which brings together therapists, researchers, and thought leaders to share ideas and trends around human connection and community.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    44. Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky - The Power of Friendship in the Age of Loneliness

    44. Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky - The Power of Friendship in the Age of Loneliness

    How have your friendships changed since COVID began? 
     
    How did your community shrink or expand? 
     
    Do you have more depth with less people? 
     
    If you want some help exploring these types of questions and the power of friendship in the age of loneliness, this is a great one. 
     
    - We explore the stats that break down the loneliness epidemic we are currently facing in America.
    - Tangible strategies for building friendships and community
    - Intro to facilitation and meaningful gathering
    - Two friends talking about the power of human connection
     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Michael Hebb: Talk About Death So You Can Live A Better Life

    Michael Hebb: Talk About Death So You Can Live A Better Life

    Michael Hebb is an innovative and influential cultural figure, entrepreneur and activist, described by the New York Times as an “underground restaurateur, impresario and provocateur.” He believes that the dinner table is one of the most effective (and overlooked) vehicles for changing the world.


    After teaching a University of Washington graduate course titled Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death, Michael started Death Over Dinner. This project was created as a gift, an invitation and a simple set of tools to help families and friends address the basic human fact that we are all, at some point, going to die. We suffer more when we don’t communicate our wishes, we suffer less when we know how to honor the wishes of our loved ones. 


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    Michael is a partner at RoundGlass and the Founder of Deathoverdinner.org, Drugsoverdinner.org, EarthtoDinner.org, WomenTeachMen.org and The Living Wake. He currently serves as a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; and in the recent past as Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, Learnist, Caffe Vita, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, and Mosaic Voices Foundation . 


    In 1997 Hebb co-founded City Repair and Communitecture with architect Mark Lakeman, winning the AIA People's Choice Award for the Intersection Repair Project. In 1999 Michael and Naomi Pomeroy co-founded Family Supper in Portland, a supper club that is credited with starting the pop-up restaurant movement. In the years following they opened the restaurants clarklewis and Gotham Bldg Tavern, garnering international acclaim. 


    After leaving Portland, Hebb built Convivium/One Pot, a creative agency that specialized in the ability to shift culture through the use of thoughtful food and discourse based gatherings. Convivium's client list includes: The Obama Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, TEDMED, The World Economic Forum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, The Nature Conservancy.


    Michael is the founding Creative Director of The City Arts Festival, the founder of Night School @ The Sorrento Hotel, the founder of www.seder.today and the founding Creative Director at the Cloud Room. He served as a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Communication at University of Washington. His writings have appeared in USA TODAY, GQ, Food and Wine and numerous other publications. Michael can often be found speaking at universities and conferences, here is his TEDMED talk. 

    • 1 hr 22 min
    CROSSPOST - Andrew on the Art of Charm Podcast. Emotional Mastery and Social Flow

    CROSSPOST - Andrew on the Art of Charm Podcast. Emotional Mastery and Social Flow

    The Art of Charm Podcast is one of the most popular lifestyle podcasts on the planet with nearly 2.5M monthly downloads. You'll learn our top strategies to improve your career, confidence, lifestyle, and love-life from top experts like life and business-hackers.


    Andrew has always loved the AOC podcast because of their focus on communication, confidence and relational dynamics. On this episode he focused on emotional mastery techniques from his men's work facilitation, as well as his proprietary social flow framework for clear communication and unshakable confidence. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Thom Bond: Compassion - An Intro To Non-Violent Communication

    Thom Bond: Compassion - An Intro To Non-Violent Communication

    Thom Bond is a thought leader, author, peace educator and mediation consultant. He is best known as the creator and leader of The Compassion Course, a comprehensive online training, that has served over 20,000 participants in over 130 countries, in four languages. Thom is a founder and the Director of Education for NYCNVC, The New York Center for Nonviolent Communication (a United Nations Civil Society Organization). He is the author of The Compassion Book, the founder of The Engineering Peace Project, and a former member of the Advisory Board for the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN). He is the author of "Shifting Toward Compassion" (theexercise.org), and "64 Days for Peace" an open source, online, self-led small-group curriculum.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Eldra Jackson III: Hurt People Hurt People. Healed People Heal People.

    Eldra Jackson III: Hurt People Hurt People. Healed People Heal People.

    Eldra Jackson III is a spiritual warrior who lives a passion of "saving lives one circle at a time." After living most of his life devoid of emotions and coming face-to-face with the reality of dying behind bars, he came to a point of self-inquiry, seeking answers as to how his life had spiraled into a mass of destruction set upon self and others. From this point, the space was made to save his life.


    Today, Jackson works to bring his spiritual medicine into the world while simultaneously guiding others to tap into their own internal salve and help identify wounds. Through his intensive awareness work, he is on a mission to show the world what's possible as each person does their own internal examination to begin the path towards emotional and psychic health.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Shieva ,

So engaging

One of my favorite podcasts. Every episode is Engaging but completely varied and BEYOND informative. I’ve recommended it to many and love hearing Andrew
Horn’s enthusiasm as he leads the talks...kudos!

Andrew shev ,

Insightful, interesting, compelling

I listen to a fair amount of podcasts and was growing tired of seeing the same old format all the time - “let’s interview high performers and figure out they eat for breakfast!” What’s the Big Idea breaks that mold. It is a refreshingly authentic approach that opens the door to unique and interesting conversations that you won’t find elsewhere. Get in here and listen!

Dominick Q ,

The Barry Zito episode is A+

If you haven’t listened before...start with the Barry Zito interview episode.

Zito signed the largest pitching contract in Major League Baseball history and immediately fell into a 3 year slump, hated by fans and eventually left off the roster while his team went on to win the World Series without him.

Zito opens up in such an incredibly authentic and honest way...and tells the inspiring story of how we fell back in love with baseball again after hitting rock bottom, and how he redeemed himself in his personal and professional life in the biggest of ways.

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