FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH with Blake Melnick

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH with Blake Melnick

Changing the world, one mind at a time, For What it's Worth...“For What it’s Worth” is an interview-based podcast series which focuses on exploring innovative ideas for a changing world; ideas related to people, culture, business, education, science and more. The show features well-known guests from across a variety of industries and disciplines, each presenting their views, theories, and predictions about issues related to new ways of thinking, working, and learning. From education to technology, social justice to the future of work, from politics to culture change, "For What it's Worth" explores where we are, how we got here, and whether or not we want to continue along these same paths in a post-COVID 19 world. The show will also feature “The Space [in Between]” co-hosted with Cameron Brown. “The Space” is an opinion-based exploration of a broad spectrum of cultural issues from current events, entertainment and the Arts. “The Space” is a free-flowing, non-scripted dialogue between Blake Melnick and Cameron Brown, and may appear as a stand-alone episode, or as an episode segment, you just never know... To access resources mentioned in the episode or to comment on the show, please visit:


May 29, 2023 41 mins

This week on  #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick , part two of my interview with Dr. #RuthBackstrom author of #IgnitingaBoldNewDemocracy .  In part one, Dr. Backstrom and I discussed the context for change; the eroding belief that our democracy can provide for the needs of all our citizens.
In part two, we pick up from where we left off and focus our conversation on the impact of the Reagan years, technology, social media, and t...

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This week on #ForWhatitsWorhwithBlakeMelnick, Part 1 of my interview with Dr. #RuthBackstrom, author of the recently published book #IGNITINGABOLDNEWDEMOCRACY: Empowering Citizens Through Game-Changing Reforms.

In Part 1 of our interview, Dr. Backstrom discusses her background  and the motivation for wanting to write her book; The root causes of the dysfunctional state of Democracy in the U.S. and Canada; The disconnect b...

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May 8, 2023 6 mins

We are all acutely aware of the stark polarization in our world; We have begun to lose faith In our political, social and economic systems. Our belief that our democracy can provide adequately for our citizens, is fraying at the edges.

We have lost the art of open minded discourse and it would seem that we no longer value perspectives different from our own - Cancel culture, negative labelling; distortion of the truth has ...

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This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick and our #ManyFacesofInnovation series, is part 2 of #EntrainmentandPowerofSound, with my guest @TomPowers. 

In part one, Tom explained the Theory of Entrainment and his “aha!” moment when he realized that something in music had changed post 1995.

We had inadvertently lost the natural  interpersonal musical entrainment, which occurs between artists and their music and their audie...

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This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the next instalment of our #TheManyFacesofInnovation series, called #EntrainmentandthePowerofSound with my guest @TomPowers.

In this episode, Tom explains the concept of #Entrainment - the natural synchronization that occurs in the mechanical world; the biological world; the social world and between musicians and their audience.

Entrainment is natural ....and it is so...

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This week on #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, part of our Many Faces of Innovation series with my guest, Stephen Cohos from #EntuitiveEngineering in Calgary, Alberta. 

In part one of our interview, Stephen and I discussed Entuitive's innovation ecosystem, their goals and objectives for trying to create a culture of innovation in their workplace.

In this episode, Stephen and I zero in on some of the success stories, th...

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This week on #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the next instalment in our series, #TheManyFacesofInnovation, we focus on innovation at the organizational level.

For those of you new to the series, here's a bit of a recap. #TheManyFacesofInnovation Series is designed to make innovation more understandable, accessible, and actionable to both individuals and organizations alike.

In our first two episodes of the...

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Well, Happy New Year and welcome to this week's episode of #ForWhatIt'sWorthwithBlakeMelnick. This is part two of our episode, #UnderstandingthMotivationtoInnovate with my guest, #Dr.TerrySoleas from #QueensUniversity. Dr. Soleas's seminal research on the factors which motivate people to innovate is key to making innovation more understandable, accessible, and actionable to individuals and organizations alike.

We need...

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In this episode of #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the #MotivationstoInnovate, my guest is #DrTerrySoleas from #QueensUniversity in Kingston Ontario. Terry and I discuss #Innovation, Invention and the difference between the two. We share stories and insights about innovation with the collective goal of making innovation more understandable, accessible and actionable to individuals and organizations alike ...For What it's Wor...

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This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, the season 4 trailer for our series, #TheManyFacesofInnovation, #EmployeeLedWorkplaceInnovationand theQualityofWork, where we speak with innovators from across multiple fields of endeavour to hear about their innovation journey and through their stories, seek to better understand how to unlock  and support Innovation dynamic within yourself and your organization regardless of its natu...

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November 25, 2022 29 mins

 This week on  #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick an episode of #TheSpaceinBetween  called #LittleFeatAG.

As our listeners know, we've been doing a fairly deep dive into the music of Little Feat. I had a great interview with Mr. Bill Payne, co-founder and pianist for the band, and during that interview we  discussed the need to encourage new listeners to Little Feat. What came out of the interviews, both with Bill and w...

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Welcome to this week's episode of #ForWhatItsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, part 2 of my interview, #StraightfromtheHeart with my guest, the great #BillPayne from #LittleFeet.

In part one, Bill and I discussed the recent tour, his early musical influences, the renewed power of music in our tumultuous times, and his short lived career as a drummer

In this episode, Bill and I pick up from where we left off and do a de...

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This week on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick, part 1 of #Straightfromthe Heart, my interview with the great #BillPayne, keyboardist and co-founder of #LittleFeat.

I spent a lot of time listening  to interviews given by Bill over the years ,  looking for a different angle, something that we could talk about that perhaps nobody has talked about before.

One of the comments Bill made in one interview  was,  &q...
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We're Back! Welcome to season 4 of #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick and #TheSpaceinBetween. We have a great season in store for you and we're kicking it off where we left off at the end of season 3 - our multipart episode featuring #LittleFeat and their 45th anniversary tour of #WaitingforColumbus.

In this episode we also celebrate the accomplishments of our past guests on the show, @Heather Gemmell, @BenHunter, ...

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July 20, 2022 10 mins

We have an exciting announcement for y’all! We are going to be having #BillPayne, Co-Founder and Pianist extraordinaire of #LittleFeat as a guest on #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick and #TheSpaceinbetween!

This will be a multipart experience encompassing the journey from #VictoriaBC to #SeattleWa to see #LittleFeats 45 Anniversary Tour of their masterpiece live record, #WaitingforColumbus.

We’ll be #puttingonours...

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 This week's episode of #thespaceinbetween, #ForWhatitsWorthwithBlakeMelnick,#WhatwerelisteningtoWhatwereWatchingandWhatwereReading. This is the second last episode of season three of the show. We're going to be taking a bit of a hiatus to recharge our batteries and prep for next season. But for this episode, I'm bringing back my old co-host #CameronBrown, and we're going to be talking about what we're list...

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This week on #TheSpaceInbetween, #AnsweringTheStones another moment in time from Tom Locke's great new book by the same name

In the late fifties and early sixties, music fans were introduced to answer records, songs that were sometimes a parody or a sequel to established hits.

A few that come to mind are Jeanie Black's, "He'll have to Stay" in 1960. The answer record to Jim Reeves smash hi...

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Welcome to this week's episode of # forwhatitsworthwithBlakeMelnick,  #AManofaThousandFaces part of our #PasstheJam series.  This is part two of our interviewwith our new #ArtistinResidence #DouglasCameron. In part one  Douglas,  and I discussed his motivation for music, his career, his stories, and the bands he fronts and has played with over the years.

In part two, we're going to bring Heather Gammell, our curr...

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This week on #forwhatit'sworthwithBlakeMelnick. is the next instalment in our #PasstheJam series, called #ManofaThousandFaces. #PasstheJam, highlights the work of both experienced and emerging musicians. For the past month or so. We've been featuring the music of our current artist in residence, #HeatherGemmell for all the intros and outros to the show.

It's now time for Heather to join me in passing the jam...

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Welcome to this week's episode of #thespaceinbetween. As we mentioned in our last episode, it's now getting time to pass the jam. For the past month or so, we’ve been playing songs from our current artist in residence, #HeatherGemmell for all the intros and outros to our episodes.

Now we'll be playing all of these songs in their entirety, - and I get to play DJ. I hope you've enjoyed Heather's musi...

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