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The Vandemic Episode: A Look Inside Van Culture With Dylan Costa

Season 1, Ep. 14

On this episode of the podcast, Jared emulates Al Capone by tangling with the IRS, Paul continues to search for the reasons why more people don’t recognize how delightful he is, and our weary travelers discuss everyone’s favorite, and inevitable, part of the show...30 seconds of awkward silence. All this, plus a fascinating conversation with Dylan Costa about the subculture of van-life; the place where paranoid doomsdayers and optimistic minimalists cross paths. 


ABOUT DYLAN:

Dylan has spent his life in pursuit of adventure whilst toiling in the technology of art and entertainment. Dylan started his journey with big designs on becoming an actor... designs that were quickly dashed at Rhode Island College when his first audition to no less than Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winner Viola Davis had the predictable result of quickly pushing him toward a life "backstage.” Working at theaters in Rhode Island, Colorado, Michigan, California, New York, Toronto, and Boston fed his growing wanderlust. This culminated in traveling literally around the world with the Joffrey Ballet in the lighting department. Married life and a new family put a temporary halt to the travel and he shifted to Film and Television. Hanging out with Daniel Day Lewis on The Crucible and Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins on Meet Joe Black didn’t suck, but a more family friendly life beckoned. A transition to engineering and design of AV systems led to his current position at The Rhode Island School of Design. Through it all, hiking and adventuring with his wife Ailis has always been part of the journey. Backpacking the Kalalau trail in Kauai as a family, exploring Iceland, rafting with whales in Victoria, BC, hiking Trolltunga in Norway, the Maroon Bells in Colorado, and always the mountains of New England give the Costas peace, joy, and adventure. Dylan has written no books but has read a few and his love of rhetoric and a good debate led him to compete in both the National and World Championships for Parliamentary Debate while in college...where for one brief moment Ted Cruz thought, who the f*** is this guy?


Learn more about Dylan on Facebook and pretty much no where else...because he doesn’t have time for that sh**


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 http://www.nufuturist.com/

Learn how you can earn your Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Tennessee: https://www.nufuturist.com/foresight-academy-strategic-foresight


ABOUT PAUL

For over twenty years Paul was at the forefront of 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 are 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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