Tracking Wonder Podcast

Advance your most important ideas even amidst inevitable challenges.

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The Tracking Wonder podcast, hosted by Jeffrey Davis, raises counter-intuitive questions about how agile creatives and curious entrepreneurs can pursue a life of mastery and meaning.

Each Season tracks a surprising arc of themes that unfolds conversation by conversation.

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Each week brings you in-depth conversations with leaders, stories from change-makers, and provocative ideas from artists and scientists – all designed to inspire you to shape your best work with more possibility, impact, and – yes – wonder.

Season 3: The Beauty of an Excellent Life

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Some social critics argue that digital culture has created a culture of mediocrity and amateurism. But maybe there’s another story. Maybe these bewildering times prompt in us a new kind of drive to excel. A daring to excel in our work, our creativity, and our humanity.

Is it possible that if we dared to excel together, we could elevate our lives and the world around us if tempered by qualities such as wonder, beauty, and compassion?

Is it possible that qualities such as openness to experience, an appreciation of beauty, and multiple interests can fuel our drive to excel?

To dare to excel at something is risky but a risk worth taking for our own benefit and for the benefit of the world around us.

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Designing for
Excellent Wow

with
Meow Wolf Founder
Vince Kadlubek

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Excelling at Tech, Entrepreneurship, and
the Art of Not-Knowing

with
Sequoia Blodgett

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Mastering the
Entrepreneurial Self

with
John Jantsch

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The Art of Finishing
Our Best Work

with
Charlie Gilkey

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The Beauty of
an Excellent Life

Prologue

Season 2: Designing for Wonder

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WORK | LIFE | MAKE | LOVE

“We ought to try, by the example of our own lives, to prove that life is love and wonder and that that nation is doomed which penalizes those of its citizens who recognize and rejoice in this fact.” – James Baldwin

What if in these trying times we could contribute to a culture of radical openness – a culture of wonder every day? What if wonder were not only accidental but also designable?

This season we examine the possibility of crafting meaningful work and memorable moments by fostering more wonder in our work culture, relationships, flow, customer experience, and more.

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The State of Wonder 2018

Epilogue

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Designing Brand Communities
for Belonging

with
Charles Vogl

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Designing a Life & Business for Creative Mastery & Meaning
with Srinivas Rao
& Marty Neumeier

EPISODE 05

Designing for Stillness & Genius in Film, Video Games with
Mark Osborne &
Tracy Fullerton

EPISODE 04

What If We Could Explode
With Curiosity Every Day?

with
Julianne Swartz &
Denise Markonish

EPISODE 03

Making Time to Savor Life, Family, & Business
with
Laura Vanderkam &
Tom Hodgkinson

EPISODE 02

Experience Design to Build Wonder at Work
with
Chip Heath &
Chris Flink

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Can We Design for Wonder at the Clap of a Hand?

Season 2 Feedback

The podcast has been a joy for us to make as we dive into designing for wonder with guests this season.

Now we need to step back and dream up the next season, but it takes a village – our village – to make this podcast and so I’m really interested to know what you found valuable in this season.

To that end, I’d be grateful if you’d complete this short survey. I always appreciate your ideas and input.

Season 1: Quest

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In Season One, we examined the creative entrepreneur’s quest for meaningful work. How do we face inevitable challenges with a little less worry and a little more wonder? How can we convert pain into purpose? And how can we get the right stuff done without burning out?

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Cracked Open to a
Greater-Than-You Purpose

Epilogue

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Branding & Creativity
with a Higher Purpose

with
Marty Neumeier

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The Challenges of Long-Term Love & Creative Work
with
Susan Piver

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The Art of
Leading Creatives

with
Todd Henry

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Finessing a Healthy Competition & a Healthy Community

with

Dorie Clark & Jonathan Fields

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Lead Yourself First
with
Mike Erwin

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Cultivating
Your Young Genius
at Work


Halftime Show

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The Tension Between
Optimal Collaboration
vs Solitude

with
Pam Slim and
Leo Babauta

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The Power of Deliberate Unfocus, Rest, & Daydreaming
with
Srini Pillay and
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

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Getting Stuff Done
vs Dreaming Stuff Up

with
Charlie Gilkey and
Ishita Gupta

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Do We Find Purpose
or Test it Out?

with
Katie Dalebout and
Caroline Adams Miller

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The Quest for
Our Best Ideas

What Listeners are Saying

“It’s like inhaling the freshest, most reviving spring air!”
“Soothing poetry…that your soul just gulps in without needing to open your mouth. And the rest deliciously curated food for thought.”
“Tracking Wonder performs an amazing trick: bringing depth and practicality together with artistry.”
“Highly recommended for anyone–fascinating, provocative and full of wonder.”
| MEET YOUR HOST

Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey Davis talks with psychologists and leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs to discover how idea-driven people flourish in times of challenge and change. His 12-year obsession has focused on how people doing exceptional work cultivate experiences of wonder, curiosity, and surprise.

Jeffrey has worked with high-performing professionals, NYT-best selling authors, entrepreneurs, and creatives to advance brands, businesses, and revenue-building frameworks that enrich a part of the world.

He heads up the team at Tracking Wonder Consultancy that shapes captivating brand stories & strategies for individuals and organizations.

As an online columnist on the psychology of creativity for Psychology Today, The Creativity Post, and Thrive Global, he combines elements of creative thinking, design thinking, story architecture, and collaborative problem-solving to the field of branding.

| VIRTUAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Season 3: Gregory Berg

Gregory Berg is a veteran photographer, multimedia storyteller, and the host & producer of Life on Purpose, a podcast that explores how to lead a more intentional life. Since he began his career as a professional photographer in 2004, Gregory has traveled the world seeking to capture the light and beauty that connects us all.

Gregory’s quest has led him to visit breathtaking destinations and photograph amazing humans, including world champion skateboarder Tony Hawk and distinguished entrepreneurs at Camp GoodLifeProject, a summer camp for adults where he has served as a photographer for the past five years.

After realizing the power of mindfulness and intention to infuse creative expression with transformational power, Gregory has developed projects (coming soon) to share this revelation with others. In the meantime, he posts stunning iPhone photography with his reflections on the world around him each day on Instagram.

For a brief primer on mindful photography, see his post written for Digital Photo Mentor. To see more of Greg’s photography, visit his website: ensophotography.com.

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