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The Election Episode

Ep. 13

In this episode of the podcast, Paul sells his soul for high-speed fiber, Jared promotes the benefits of organic train milk, and we open our kimonos and expose some engorged political opinions. All this plus a glimmer of hope from two people who voted differently but are still very much in love. 

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.

Learn more at www.thenewfuturist.com 

Learn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: www.theforesightacademy.com


ABOUT 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 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/

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1/1/2021

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Ep. 15
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Ep. 14
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Ep. 12
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