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The Best Pandemic Ever Podcast

Join Jared Nichols and Paul Toolan as they share practical (and sometimes idiotic) ways to take a more active role in shaping the post-pandemic future.

There's no such thing as a "good" pandemic. However, COVID-19 has brought our world to a stand-still, requiring us to rethink our systems, question our daily actions, and reassert what our shared values actually are. Thi
Latest Episode11/23/2020

Hollywood Here We Come (Featuring Lukas Behnken)

Ep. 12
On this episode of the podcast, our intrepid heroes plan to take (tag)The Best Pandemic Ever on the road, Jared admits to being nyctophobic, and Paul reminisces about the joys of young love. All this, plus insight into how the Pandemic has impacted the world of actor, producer, documentarian film maker and Army BRAT, (tag)Lukas Behnken.ABOUT LUKAS:Lukas is an actor, director, producer, and documentary filmmaker. He is the Founder of Sterling Light Productions, a motion picture production company directing attention onto fictional and non-fictional stories that provoke deep questions about why we are who we are. He has appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows, and is the creative power behind the documentary “Mully”, the extraordinary story of the rags-to-riches life of Charles Mully, whose meteoric rise from extreme poverty in Kenya led him on a unimaginable journey of selfless service, and the documentary “I Hate You, But It’s Killing Me” the story of the psychological and personal roots of hatred and how to overcome them to start real conversations that will heal our lives, our nation, our world.Learn more about Lukas through LinkedIn, Instagram and TwitterABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
11/23/2020

Hollywood Here We Come (Featuring Lukas Behnken)

Ep. 12
On this episode of the podcast, our intrepid heroes plan to take (tag)The Best Pandemic Ever on the road, Jared admits to being nyctophobic, and Paul reminisces about the joys of young love. All this, plus insight into how the Pandemic has impacted the world of actor, producer, documentarian film maker and Army BRAT, (tag)Lukas Behnken.ABOUT LUKAS:Lukas is an actor, director, producer, and documentary filmmaker. He is the Founder of Sterling Light Productions, a motion picture production company directing attention onto fictional and non-fictional stories that provoke deep questions about why we are who we are. He has appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows, and is the creative power behind the documentary “Mully”, the extraordinary story of the rags-to-riches life of Charles Mully, whose meteoric rise from extreme poverty in Kenya led him on a unimaginable journey of selfless service, and the documentary “I Hate You, But It’s Killing Me” the story of the psychological and personal roots of hatred and how to overcome them to start real conversations that will heal our lives, our nation, our world.Learn more about Lukas through LinkedIn, Instagram and TwitterABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
11/16/2020

The Brawl Of The Century: An Adventure Into The Gritty Underbelly Of Micro-Aggressions.

Ep. 11
LISTENER ADVISORY: This episode contains multiple cans of whoop-ass, hurt feelings, and Jared’s tears.On this episode of the podcast, Jared accidentally buys a horse disguised as a dog, Paul continues to be dumbfounded by people who inexplicably ignore him, and the team engages in a brutal, all out, no holds barred, bare knuckled contest of micro-aggressions.ABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
10/15/2020

Virtual Insights with Jeff Ton

Ep. 10
On this episode of the podcast, Paul complains about a hummingbird infestation, Jared nearly reveals his unhealthy infatuation with Sasquatch, and we’re treated to a beautiful picture of a Grandfather’s joy. All this and perspective on everything from an unexpected benefit of virtual meetings to observations on the resurgence of wildlife from accomplished author, IT professional, and doting Grandpa Jeff Ton.ABOUT JEFFJeff was dragged kicking and screaming into business and technology. After realizing his dream of being rock star was undermined by a lack of actual musical talent, he found his calling at the keyboard of a Commodore 64. He found He could make that computer “sing” And fell in love with coding. What followed was a 35 year (and going strong) career in IT. Jeff has a knackfor building strong teams, developing those teams, and building leaders. To Jeff, his job has always been about helping people learn, grow, and succeed.Jeff has successfully lead teams as small as five and as large as 150, spread across four continents. He’s served in multiple industries, including: banking, consumer electronics, real estate development, non-profit and tech. Through all this experience Jeff came to the conclusion it is not about the technology, it is about the business; more importantly, it’s about the people.Jeff brings that experience to each of his keynotes, breakouts and workshops. Discovering the people, enabling them to grow, giving them the tools to succeed, and inspiring them the desire to do the same.Jeff’s latest book “Amplify Your Job Search - Strategies For Finding Your Dream Job” can be found on his website and on Amazon.ABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
10/5/2020

In the Belly of the Beast with Lolly Daskal

Ep. 9
In this episode of the podcast, Jared actually stays quiet for more than a minute, Paul admits to crop dusting an elevator, and The Best Pandemic Ever Podcast get’s it’s echo-chamber recalibrated by the brilliant and gracious Lolly Daskal, who’s pedigree reveals the hosts as the troglodytes they really are. All this, plus insight and perspective from someone living a completely different COVID reality than Paul and Jared...in the heart of Manhattan.ABOUT LOLLYLolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world.Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly thirty years coaching top executives, Lolly’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground and produce exceptional results.Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc.com and was named among the 100 Great Leadership Speakers by Inc. magazine.Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post,and Psychology Today, among others.Lolly Daskal’s new book The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness isa Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Find it on Amazon and on Lolly’s website.ABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
9/28/2020

Pros and Cons of Living in a Virtual Reality

Ep. 8
On this episode of the podcast, Jared and Paul discuss their first date, we discover Jared’s family vacation was spent exploiting endangered animals, and way more time is spent explaining the ins-and-outs of Paul’s dysfunctional digestive system. All this, plus insights and observations on how the pandemic is both amplifying the positives and exacerbating the negatives of life in a virtual world.ABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
9/21/2020

Ground Truth from Ground Zero featuring Jamie Mustard

Ep. 7
On this episode of the podcast, Paul wastes no time insulting our guest by comparing him to a board game character, Jared gets emotionally triggered because no one let’s him talk, and the legendary Iconast Jamie Mustard shares his amazing life story, his perspectives on the information ecosystem, and the life-changing effects the pandemic. All this, plus the ground truth from ground zero, Portland Oregon, where it turns out the level of unrest might not be ascatastrophic as we are being told.ABOUT JAMIE MUSTARDJamie Mustard is an expert on perception in the physical world, a strategic multi-media consultant, art, design and product futurist, creative artist and Iconist. He has codified the primal laws of what makes anything iconic–the anatomy of what causes any idea, art or message toSTAND OUTand take hold in the human mind, across any medium. His passion is to teach the science and art of obviousness, helping professionals, change agents, artists and businesses confidently and at will make their messages, brands and ideasSTAND OUTto their desired audiences–breaking through “DRAG” from dilution that we all know we are all up against.Learn all about Jamie athttps://theiconist.orgABOUT JAREDJared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education.Learn more at:www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee:www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAULFor over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably instrumental. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world. Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/
9/5/2020

Paul's Field Report

Ep. 6
On this episode of the podcast, Jared reveals his irrational fear of hotel voyeurs, Paul waxes nostalgic about old-school gangland violence, and we add to the list of cities that will most certainly not welcome us as guests. All this, and some ground truth from Paul’s travels around the United States. Turns out, despite what the information ecosystem is broadcasting 24/7, people are living their lives relatively free of fear, anxiety and tension...are are still being decent and kind.ABOUT JARED:Jared Nichols is the founder and creator of The Foresight Academy, a groundbreaking program that teaches leaders and teams the same skills that innovators, industry disruptors, and change makers, have used to guide and shape the future they wanted to see. Jared is also a futurist, advisor, and professor of Strategic Foresight at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education. He teaches leaders, teams, and individuals, how to think like futurists so they can create the best future for themselves and the people they serve.Learn more at: www.thenewfuturist.comLearn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.comABOUT PAUL:For over twenty years Paul was on the forefront on solving the most complex problems in the world's most dangerous places. As a career Special Forces Officer (The Green Berets) his genuine love of making people laugh was probably more instrumental than his ability to shoot, move or communicate on the battlefield. In every high stake, high risk situation he encountered, humor carried the day. These days, Paul ‘s energy and bias for action is dedicated to The Green Marines, a movement he co-founded, dedicated to reconnecting people to the planet and each other by advocating micro-missions to change the world.Learn more by following Paul’s Green Marine posts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-toolan/