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4x10: Pass the mic

8/13/2019
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Rachel has guided our audio voyage through two seasons of One Billion. In this episode our host transitions from being the interviewer to being the interviewee. She shares her own story of learning about design thinking, becoming a professional designer, and landing a place on the Civilla team. Amidst all the change going on in Civilla, Rachel's advice to the team is to share what's actually going on inside each of us.

Duration:00:29:50

4x9: Stay Close to the Knitting

8/5/2019
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While every member of the Civilla team has left fingerprints on the organization, Civilla would not exist without Michael Brennan. By title, he is our CEO, but his impact extends far beyond the four walls of the studio. His story helps us understand how Civilla grew from a seed of an idea to an organization rooted in values, real relationships, and deep work, and his reflections provide tangible advice we can all learn from.

Duration:00:39:47

4x8 - Believe in Yourself (and Practice)

7/30/2019
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Since childhood, Scott put all his eggs in one basket: he was going to be an artist. And no one or nothing could stop him. While today, he's living that dream at Civilla, he'll be the first to tell you the journey was all but direct. In this episode, Scott illustrates how his confidence, conviction, and open-mind have helped him to take the phase changes he's experienced in stride. And he encourages us all to do the same.

Duration:00:22:04

The 2nd Quasi-Annual Civilla Reunion

7/22/2019
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In this interlude, we go behind-the-scenes with 6 individuals who have a unique, but critically important perspective on the phase change we're navigating: over the last 3.5 years, they've each lent their time and talent to Civilla. As a result, they have a deep understanding of our culture. However, they also have an outside perspective on they change that's occurring - today, the live and work in cities and organizations around the world. Tune in to hear their provocative stories and...

Duration:00:16:36

4x6 - You Have to Show Up

7/15/2019
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What in an organization should stay constant amidst change? What should evolve? This week, we dive into these questions with the one and only: Gaby Dorantes. Since Civilla's early days, Gaby has helped to steward our mission into the world. And while she may describe herself as risk-averse, she took a leap of faith to join the team at a time when the organization's future was fuzzy at best. Tune in to hear how she's helping us stay focused on what matters most, while also challenging...

Duration:00:25:46

4x5 - The Priority

7/9/2019
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This week, we dive deep into Rachael's journey of self-discovery. In her interview, she illustrates the power of investing in our whole selves, rather than just the people we are at work. Then, she challenges us to face a growing tension: the tension between our insatiable desire to grow as individuals, while also maintaining health as our top priority.

Duration:00:27:21

4x4 - Into the Mind of an Activator

6/25/2019
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If you need help jump starting a project, Adam's your guy. However, this phase change is challenging him to think differently about how to leverage this superpower here at Civilla. In this episode we explore both the beauty of Adam's strength as an activator, and its shadows. He leaves us with a powerful point of view about how to create synergy between an organization's growth and the growth of its team members.

Duration:00:26:29

4x3 - Learning to Fly

6/18/2019
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Meet Sam: a designer, a researcher, a policy maker, a data guru, and a project manager. His role at Civilla has grown exponentially since he joined the team full time. But he'll be the first to tell you that when he came to Civilla, he didn't have many of these skills. So how has he grown so quickly? Tune in to hear Sam's first hand account of his journey, and the lessons he's learned along the way.

Duration:00:27:18

4x2 - Stepping Into Design Leadership

6/10/2019
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This week, we hear from Lena Selzer, one of Civilla's founding team members. She walks us into the heart of her journey as the organization's Design Director: the ups, the downs, and the lessons she's learned along the way. She leaves us with a powerful provocation about how to step into the future without losing sight of what's important.

Duration:00:24:49

4x1 - Season 4 Opener

6/4/2019
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Here at Civilla, things are changing - quickly. And so, this season we’re bringing you right into the heart of that evolution - the fun, the pain, and the fear. Our goal? To determine how to grow our impact without compromising our culture or our belief system. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:20:34

Interlude - How Civilla Got it's Name

10/15/2018
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In this interlude, we hear from Paul Seibert, the designer who gifted Civilla with it's name. Listen in to hear the story and learn from his process. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:14:55

3x11 - Bring it on home

9/18/2018
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This is the season 3 finale! Lena, Adam, and Michael all join in to share their conclusion after 10 podcast episodes about how change actually happens in the world. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:31:58

03x10 - Living Out Conviction

9/4/2018
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Meet Leon Stevenson. He'll share the story of how the Mack Avenue Community Church came to be. Learn more about the role of unwavering personal commitment in the pursuit of social justice. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:39:46

03x09 - Leadership is Inhumane

8/28/2018
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Meet Lena and Michael, two Civilla teammates with a point of view on our previous podcast episode and guest Amy Kaherl. Tune in to hear their thoughts about giving oneself permission to take care of your own needs as a leader. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:12:26

03x08 - The power right here

8/21/2018
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Meet Amy Kaherl. She'll share some of the story of how Detroit Soup came to be and where the journey has taken her. Learn more about the toll change work can take on the individual and at least one strategy for addressing it (it involves a week of solitude in the desert). www.civilla.com

Duration:00:28:44

03x07 - Charge into the next thing

8/14/2018
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Meet Michael Arena, the Chief Talent Officer at General Motors. He's spent much of his life passionately exploring how to lead change inside large complex organizations during which he's learned a thing or two. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:28:08

03x06 - Lazy (in a strategic way)

8/7/2018
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Meet Bryan Boyer, a true pioneer in the application of design to large government systems. He'll share incredible stories about his experiences traveling the globe and helping launch the esteemed Helsinki Design Lab. This is an episode you won't want to skip. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:34:23

03x05 - Secret Weapon

7/31/2018
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Meet Rachael, a Civilla design researcher with a very relevant point of view on our previous guest, LanVy Nguyen. Tune in to hear her reactions to the interview and episode. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:11:12

03x04 - Hungry for change

7/24/2018
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Meet LanVy Nguyen - the founder of Fashion4Freedom, a social enterprise that aims to transform establish a sustainable, ethical, supply chain featuring the work of some incredible artisans. Hear her incredible story and learn from her perspective on how change actually happens.

Duration:00:31:19

03x03 - Nothing happens without pain

7/3/2018
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Meet Taavi Kotka - the Chief Information Officer of Estonia (the former Soviet nation that borders Russia). Taavi helped lead Estonia's digital transformation to become the world's first e-government. He has an amazing story and a bold perspective on how change happens. www.civilla.com

Duration:00:28:32