Season 1

Episode #12 – 2017 Year End Reflection with Adi Breuer and Vernice Jones

This is the last episode of this year and we take the opportunity to reflect on our experience of 2017. We talk about our biggest challenges, best food, most inspiring moments, most interesting book we read, and much more. Come along and join us.

Episode #11 – Part 2 with Andres Fossas

This is part 2 of our journey together with our exciting guest Andres Fossas. In this episode we start looking into the theory of Adult Stages of Development and explore how and why understanding this theory and the various models in use may help us in living a good life.

Andres is a constructive-developmental psychologist and mixed-methods researcher. His primary interests are (1) the ways in which the human mind matures and evolves in one lifespan, and (2) the subjective experience of such growth. These interests emerged during his time as a graduate student at Harvard University, where he conducted a research study co-designed with developmental psychologist Robert Kegan. The study explored the relationship between psychological maturity and happiness, and found that maturity predicts changes in form, but not quantity, of happiness. Andres has provided a range of research services to individuals and organizations including qualitative and quantitative assessment of organizational culture, personality assessment, developmental coaching, conducting and scoring of Subject-Object Interviews, and a host of research services. He conducted research for the book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris, and for the first edition of Spiritualize as a Senior Researcher at the RSA. Andres’s general approach to life has been shaped by contemplative practices, particularly insight meditation as taught by the historical Buddha. He currently teaches insight meditation pro-bono and has served as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain for Broadmoor Hospital in the UK.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Books – Robert Kegan – The Evolving Self

Books – Robert Kegan – Immunity to Change

Books – Jennifer Garvey Berger – Changing on the Job

Books – William Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter et all – Action Inquiry

Episode #10 – Part 1 with Andres Fossas

In this episode our guest is the fascinating Andres Fossas.

Andres is a constructive-developmental psychologist and mixed-methods researcher. His primary interests are (1) the ways in which the human mind matures and evolves in one lifespan, and (2) the subjective experience of such growth. These interests emerged during his time as a graduate student at Harvard University, where he conducted a research study co-designed with developmental psychologist Robert Kegan. The study explored the relationship between psychological maturity and happiness, and found that maturity predicts changes in form, but not quantity, of happiness. Andres has provided a range of research services to individuals and organizations including qualitative and quantitative assessment of organizational culture, personality assessment, developmental coaching, conducting and scoring of Subject-Object Interviews, and a host of research services. He conducted research for the book Waking Up:

A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris, and for the first edition of Spiritualize as a Senior Researcher at the RSA. Andres’s general approach to life has been shaped by contemplative practices, particularly insight meditation as taught by the
historical Buddha. He currently teaches insight meditation pro-bono and has served as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain for Broadmoor Hospital in the UK.

This is part 1 of a trilogy with Andres. In part 1 we talk about his life experience. In part 2 we start looking into the theory of adult stages of development and explore how and why understanding this theory and the various models that have been used may help us in living a good life. In part 3 we go deeper in our exploration and discussion of forms of mind.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Books – Robert Kegan – The Evolving Self

Books – Robert Kegan – Immunity to Change

Books – Jennifer Garvey Berger – Changing on the Job

Books – William Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter et all – Action Inquiry

Episode #09 – with Mrs. Lolita Jardeleza

In this episode our guest is the lovely, wise and spiritual Mrs. Lolita Jardeleza. Originally from the Philippines already at the age of two she lost her mom and was raised by her grandparents. Post WWII the family moved to the US where she became a US citizen and met her late husband. Together they have 11 children, 46 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Mrs. Jardeleza is the author of the book “Compost Makes the Strawberries Grow” in which she shares her wisdom on parenting. She is also the Prayer Minister at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Book “Compost Makes the Strawberries Grow”

Website Academy of the Holy Cross

Episode #08 – with Billi Bierling

In this episode our guest is the humble, in many ways unconventional and well respected high-altitude mountaineer Billi Bierling. Originally from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Billi lives half of her life in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she maintains the Himalayan Database as a journalist and accompanies expeditions either to basecamps or sometimes even to the summit. The other half of her life she works as a humanitarian worker for the Swiss Development Agency in various locations, most recently in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Her first accomplishment in her fascinating career was a certificate as shop assistant. Billi’s latest achievement was the summiting of the 8201 meter high Cho Oyu peak without using an oxygen mask.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Homepage of Billi Bierling: www.billibierling.com

The Himalayan Database: www.himalayandatabase.com

Episode #07 – with Angela Trammel

In this episode we are going on a journey together with our fabulous guest, Angela Trammel, discovering how she arrived at her fascinating profession as an investigative genealogist and in which ways this has influenced her life and the life of others.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

  1. Kin Finder Group, LLC website and Facebook page
  2. 23andme.com website
  3. Ancestry.com website

Episode #06 – with Vernice and Adi

In this episode Vernice and Adi get into a conversation about different meditation practices, how they experience it, why they meditate, how they started it and what benefits it has brought into their lives. Inevitably they also explore Eastern and Western cultures in this regard and lastly they can’t have a podcast about the good life without mentioning food.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

  1. The Tree of Contemplative Practices used by Mirabai Bush, a meditation and mindfulness teacher who leads Google’s mindfulness training.
  2. TED talk by Andy Puddicombe / All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
  3. Tonglen Meditation and Talk about Tonglen Meditation by Pema Chodron

Episode #05 – with Vernice and Adi

In this episode Vernice and Adi catch up on the past two to three months since last episode as both had been busy and off the grid. They discuss the growing poverty in Spain, the political as well as societal struggles in their world, how they engage with social media these days and since it all could be overly serious, the mentioning of good food and delicious recipes.

Episode #04 – with Jason Ighani

Jason is a leadership/team coach and consultant with over 15 years of experience in the fields of human development and organizational health. He works extensively within the United Nations system, with agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP and the UN Secretariat, primarily in the areas of leadership development, team performance and staff wellbeing. He is also a founder of The Humanitarian Coaching Network,(www.thehcn.org) an initiative developed to support the wellbeing and development of humanitarian staff. He has lived and worked in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe, and currently divides his time between the United States and Costa Rica.

Episode #03 – with Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer is a complexity researcher and evangelist for the field of culture design. He is co-founder and editor for Evonomics magazine, research director for TheRules.org, and coordinator for the newly forming Cultural Evolution Society. He lives in Seattle and travels the world helping humanity make the transition to sustainability.

Joe has a unique background in physics, math, philosophy, atmospheric science, complexity research, and cognitive linguistics.

He has spoken at many global conferences on the science of social change and the human dimensions of planetary sustainability. And has given workshops on three continents about the workings of the human mind and the strategic tools for designing and enacting positive change in the world.