The Swell Pod

Spencer McKeown and Josh Taylor

What does it take to create something that never existed before? What does it take to challenge the status quo? What does it take to change the world? ​ Join us on our journey to find out.

Trailer: The Swell Pod, Season 1
Trailer 1 min 16 sec

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Today marks a very special milestone for the swell pod: our final episode of season 1. In this episode. Spencer and I share all of the memories, takeaways, highlights, and low lights. We reminisce on all of our incredible guests, the conversations, and behind the scenes look at what it took to put on the swell pod. And stick around until the end, because we have some special news about a giveaway to commemorate our first season and then we drop some little hints about upcoming guests for season 2. It’s big.

Jun 1

1 hr 9 min

In today’s episode we chat with Artist, Gilbert Lee, previously the head of content at Pluralsight, and now the founder of a new art and clothing studio Microwave. We chat with Gil about his childhood, the impact art had on him at a young age, his voice as an artist and giving your full self, and how his irreverent and fun clothing designs create curiosity.

May 25

1 hr 25 min

In today’s episode, we chat with Brent Alvord, co-founder & CEO of Mighty Labs who are on a mission to align entire organizations. Where not only is the right work happening to drive important objectives, but also that everyone is aware of what’s happening around them and why, and that every person understands how their work impacts the organization and feels purpose and meaning in that work. We chat with Brent, a self-proclaimed purpose nerd, about the idea of alignment, how he and the team at Mighty Labs are delivering on Mighty’s mission.

May 18

58 min 24 sec

In today’s episode, we chat with DJ Dolph who is one of the most in-demand DJs in the high-end market for corporate, private, and special celebrity events. His DJ’s events like Pluralsight Live, Domopolooza, silicon slopes, sundance, and many others, and he’s opened shows for Ciara, Boyz 2 Men, Lil’ Jon, Weezer, Zara Larsson, and more. We chat with Randolph about his perspective on the experience of music, his ability to read an audience, and the necessary “in-the-moment” act of creation to create an unforgettable experience.

May 11

1 hr 33 min

In today's episode, we chat with Mariah Hay, Chief experience officer at Helpscout and thought leader in human-centered design. In this episode, Mariah talks about her journey into User Experience, her aspirations at HelpScout, and using the right questions to solve the right problems rather than fulfill desires.

May 4

1 hr 19 min

In today's episode, we chat with Greg Mckeown, NYT best-selling author of Essentialism, and his new book Effortless, and probably most importantly, younger brother to co-host Spencer. Greg and Spencer share some fun memories, Greg conducts an essentialist intervention on Josh, and then we conclude with a surprise guest host Arian Lewis, CEO of Kiln – our podcast partner, on how essentialism can be practically used and applied to startups, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Apr 27

1 hr 36 min

Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth.  Today we're featuring Spencer Jack, Founder of Cardagraph, a productivity data platform that automatically collects and structures work data into a suite of analysis tools to empower every manager with the insights they need to help teams become more productive and impactful every day.     

Apr 24

8 min 35 sec

In today's episode, we chat with Dr. Matthew Leavitt, the Founder, and CEO of Pathnet Labs and is on a mission to digitally disrupt pathology. We kick things off reminiscing in some childhood memories between Spencer and Matt, we talk about the movie rocky, then we get pretty deep into Matt's journey to disrupt pathology, the importance of family and friends, and then we tie everything back together with, you guessed it, the movie rocky.  Matthew completed his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School and Stanford University Hospitals. He served as department chair in a large urban medical center, where he oversaw lab diagnostics for patients referred from some of the most geographically remote communities in the United States.  In that role, he became passionate about the vision of digital pathology in transforming the quality of care, at a lower cost, for the communities that need it most.  To learn more about PathNet or LUMEA, please visit: Be sure to like, subscribe, and follow the podcast wherever your listening. If you are on apple podcasts and enjoying what your hearing, leave us a review. And come hang out with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @theswellpod    

Apr 20

1 hr 23 min

Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth.  Today we're featuring Austin Adesso from Partners in Post, a storytelling agency that works with organizations to become an extension of the creative team as a trusted video agency.    

Apr 17

9 min 7 sec

In today’s episode, we Chat with Sara Jones, CEO of InclusionPro about Transformative Inclusion, Diversity and Equity strategies. Sara was recently honored as a 2021 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni, Utah Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year, and Diversity Initiative of the Year for Women in IT (for eBay's Rise Up! Lift Up! program). And if you haven’t seen it, TED featured her TEDxSaltLakeCity talk about transracial adoption. Go Check it out. InclusionPro - TED Talk -   Be sure to like, subscribe, and follow the podcast wherever your listening. If you are on apple podcasts and enjoying what your hearing, leave us a review. And come hang out with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn @theswellpod    

Apr 13

1 hr 38 min

Come into the Kiln and hear stories from startups and creatives about their fiery formation and growth.  Today we chat with Aaron from the Start-Up Freeplay, an app that's disrupting fitness instruction and training. They're taking fitness classes and the instructors outside of the gym and putting them live on their app.  

Apr 10

21 min 56 sec

In today's episode, we chat with Mohan Sudabattula recently named to Utah's 20 in their 20s, and founder and CEO at Project Embrace, a nonprofit providing unused medical equipment to those in need. We dive into his own personal journey to start Project Embrace, what motivates him, and the importance of community when setting out to solve a big problem.

Apr 6

1 hr 15 min

In today's episode, we chat with Em Capito a psychotherapist specializing in tangible resilience strategies, highlighted in a recent TEDx talk, and partners behind the scenes with visionaries, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to foster purpose-driven impact and holds a Master's Degree in social work and business administration. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a yoga teacher, and a meditation teacher with a private practice in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. We dive into Em's story and her strategies to build resilience.

Mar 25

1 hr 21 min

In today’s episode, we chat with Steve Clayton – the Chief Storyteller at Microsoft in which he shares some pretty fantastic stories about how he landed at Microsoft, became the chief storyteller, and then his perspective on story, culture, and change – and the role they play on each other.

Mar 25

51 min 55 sec

In today’s episode, we chat with Nate Walkinshaw – previous chief experience office at Pluralsight and author of “Chasing Confidence: Transforming Ideas into Impact” We dive into his story. From his first company, the moment that changed his perspective, to his time with Pluralsight and beyond. Learn about his passion for kinetic architecture and Directed Discovery – his model for putting the customer at the center of everything. And stick around because, by the end, he may or may not bring out the guitar to close us out! 

Mar 25

1 hr 5 min

In today’s episode, we chat with Brendan Dawes, A UK-based artist who’s exploring the aesthetics of form and code. We dive into his creative process, his installations at MoMa and Sundance, and how he elicits emotional impact and curiosity – as he turns Data into Art.

Mar 25

1 hr 3 min

In this inaugural episode of the Swell Podcast – Get to know us, the creators and hosts Josh Taylor and Spencer McKeown. We’ll talk about what you can expect from this podcast, why we created it, and ultimately, we’ll tease into the discussions that we had with our Season 1 guests.

Mar 25

45 min 9 sec

One dark and stormy night, two kindred spirits, a dreamer and an innovator, dizzy from the meaningless jargon, never-ending PowerPoint presentations, and enough acronyms to demand entire encyclopedias, emerged from the fires of fortune 100 companies. These two change agents, armed with their curiosity, a bit of pleasant rebelliousness, and their toothbrushes, set out to change the world.  ​Their journey, fueled by a lifelong passion for Story, Design, Culture, and Experience, took them from humble beginnings of designing bite-sized content, to leading creative change and transformation within entire organizations. Until, one day, they found a problem that hooked them: ​Culture change is often the victim of unintended evolution over time.  They believed they could intentionally and creatively design culture and its experience to be more aligned, both with the employee and the business, by using a human-centered, change-based, narrative strategy focused on purpose, values, behaviors, and the various experiences within a culture including rituals, symbols, artifacts, communication, story, content, and communication. ​It was at this moment, they committed to a philosophy that believes that culture and change begins with the individual and swells outward. Culture isn’t a bulldozer plowing through your organization. It’s a seed planted deeply within us as individuals, rooted in our human sensibilities, swelling into passionate and purposeful action. It’s at this point when we stop convincing minds and start connecting hearts. It’s when we meaningfully and purposefully see ourselves within the larger story and culture. It’s when change swells from the individual, into teams, across departments, and through the entire organization until it sticks. We believe lasting change can’t be prescribed. It has to be believed. It was through this journey that instead of changing the world, they discovered it. They encountered new people, places, and ideas and found themselves humbled and in awe of… Well, all of it. This sparked a life-long fascination and, ultimately, a mission to understand how ideas, culture, and change swell into a movement --  through moments of inspiration, disruption, and innovation. ​As a result, The Swell Podcast was born.

Mar 11

1 min 16 sec