What's the Big Idea? - A Destination Imagination Podcast

What's the Big Idea? - A Destination Imagination Podcast

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? is the podcast where today’s leaders and innovators share the big ideas that brought them to where they are today. Learn about the stories, skills, and inspirations behind some of today's most successful minds. Guests will reflect on the journeys they’ve taken, from kid to career, that helped them make an impact in our world. If you’re a parent or an educator, you dream of bright futures for the young people in your life. On WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?, join us while today’s leaders - authors, entrepreneurs, even astronauts! - reflect on the big ideas that helped them achieve their goals. Brought to you by Destination Imagination, the leading project-based learning experience for students, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? shares today’s successes to build tomorrow’s futures.

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June 8, 2022 22 min

In our season finale, host Michele Tuck-Ponder shares a conversation with DI’s Director of Education, Johnny Wells! Johnny tells us his opinions on the four Cs, shares how his 30 years as a teacher prepared him for the world of DI, and gives us some behind-the-scenes knowledge into how decisions are made at Destination Imagination HQ.

 

You can learn more about Johnny and his role at DI by visiting our website.

 

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This week, host Andrew Whitmire chats with Shira Ali, founder of REI Chics, a property management training and consulting firm. Shira takes us through the decision making process behind leaving her corporate job to start her own business, and gives us some insights to the many skill sets she uses in her work.

 

You can learn more about Shira and her podcast, Manage Your Property with Ease, by visiting her website.

 

This week, we a...

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May 25, 2022 23 min

In this episode, host Michele Tuck-Ponder chats with the University of Dayton’s Teri Rizvi, author and co-founder of the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. Teri tells us about the inspiration behind the creation of this famous writing workshop. We also learn more about Teri’s new book, One Heart with Courage, and how she finds time to pursue writing in addition to her other responsibilities.

 

You can learn more about Teri on her websi...

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May 18, 2022 8 min

This week, most of our staff and volunteers are in Kansas City, Missouri, for our Global Finals tournament. If you’ve never attended Global Finals, it’s an event unlike any other - so we asked some of our alumni to describe their experience for you.

 

This week, we ask you to consider making a charitable donation to Destination Imagination. Click here to make your contribution today.

 

A transcript of this episode is available here...

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May 11, 2022 27 min

In this week’s episode, host Michele Tuck-Ponder chats with Antwaun Thompson, aka Coach T, Executive Director of JLT Fieldhouse and owner of Coach T’s Corner. Coach T shares his stories from the basketball court and tells us about the leadership skills that can be gained through team sports.

 

You can learn more about Coach T and his leadership programs by visiting his website.

 

This week, we ask you to learn more about Destinatio...

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May 4, 2022 24 min

“I don’t balance. Nope. I feel like that’s just not a thing. There is no balance…communication research backs this up; you shouldn’t multitask…your brain doesn’t work that way. When I’m doing news, I am just doing news.” - Malika Dudley

 

This week, host Paige Curtis sits down with Malika Dudley, broadcast meteorologist for KITV4 Island News in Hawaii! Malika talks us through her process for communicating big information with the m...

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 “My advice: Follow your heart. Follow your dreams. Work hard. Show you can do.” - John Cronin

 

“Don’t ever focus on somebody’s limitations. Be awed by the possibilities.” - Mark X. Cronin

 

Part 2 of 2! Join us for Part 2 of our interview with John and Mark Cronin, founders of John’s Crazy Socks. In this episode, John and Mark tell us more about their advocacy work for people with differing abilities, how they use communication i...

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“We’re in this for the long haul, so we’re looking to make personal connections and share the experience with our customers - we’re looking to create an experience for our customers. Once you believe that, then it becomes manifest in everything you do.” - Mark X. Cronin

 

In our Season 2 premiere, host Paige Curtis sits down with John and Mark Cronin, a father and son duo who are the founders of John’s Crazy Socks. In part 1 of our...

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WE'RE BACK! Season 2 of What's the Big Idea? debuts April 21.

Join us for a new round of interviews, including authors, teachers, entrepreneurs, meteorologists, and more!

What's the Big Idea? is available wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Music Attributions: Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song... License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

TRANSCRIPT: 

MICHELE: Hi, I’m Michele Tuc...

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“I see some young adults - and it kinda frustrates me a little bit - at top notch universities, that cannot really critically think. They know how to use the tools, and they know how to get direction, but if I say ‘Solve this problem’ and it’s kind of an open ended problem, they’ll basically be asking for a set of instructions. And so that ability to really look and abstract the problem - it’s something we really need to develop ve...

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“You want someone to feel something if you’re going to be involved in an experience. And for me, learning meant I needed to remember something. Like, I remember my dad tripping over me in the early morning hours, because I was watching on this black and white TV on this big ol’ console there in the living room because they were going to the moon - and I remember that moment….those moments are seared in our mind.  And if we can crea...

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“I would love to touch on this from a perspective of, like, if you might believe differently from me, I still want this to apply to you if you’re listening to this. So, for me, I think all of us can resonate with the idea that we want to make a difference in the world...I was able to learn from so many different beliefs - around my own faith, even!...and so I think I was able to become a better songwriter because I was able to unde...

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“I am fully owning what makes me different, what makes me unique - and once we are able to fully own what makes us unique, we regain control over our narrative. And we are no longer controlled by the fear of being judged for not being like everyone else.” - Joze Piranian

 

In today’s episode, guest host Paige Curtis chats with Joze Piranian, award-winning motivational speaker and stand-up comedian who’s known for his TEDx presentat...

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“You have to learn to be a beginner again. And there’s a lot of creativity in that beginner place, but it’s not very comfortable.” - Gail Bower

 

This week host Michele Tuck-Ponder sits down with Gail Bower, Revenue Strategist with Bower & Company Consulting LLC. Gail chats with us about how her love of creative writing and a set of career textbooks led to a career in public relations, what it means to be a consultant, and the ...

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“I’m very excited because in my job, not only do I personally get to be creative and do fun things, but I also feel that the work we’re doing is making a difference in our community. Whether it’s teaching a young person and helping them with their self-confidence, or creating a platform for queer youth to talk to parents and talk to teachers and talk to administrators about what’s going on...that is so important.” - Brian Guehring

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“I knew, even at a young age, that I wanted to spend the rest of my life giving back. I wanted to spend the rest of my existence pouring into others and making the world a better place. Because, quite frankly, when we leave, we don’t take anything with us - you know? We don’t take anything with us, but we do leave a legacy.” - Gabrielle Gay 

 

This week, guest host Andrew Whitmire interviews Gabrielle Gay, an education activist and...

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“You walk into a job, and you don’t necessarily...you don’t know these people, you don’t know their backgrounds, you’re going to have differences - as you should! We all should be different and come in with different ideas and different beliefs and different backgrounds or upbringing. ” - Marshall Rainey

 

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how tall Godzilla is, this week’s episode is for you.

 

This week, guest host Paige Curtis chat...

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“New things only come from being creative. If we just accept tradition and only do traditional things going into the future, then we aren’t going to make any progress.” - Dr. Chawne Kimber

 

In the latest episode of What’s the Big Idea?, Michele interviews Dr. Chawne Kimber, Dean of the College and Washington and Lee University. Dr. Kimber describes how her Southern roots and her spirit of competition led to a career as a mathemati...

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“Communication is a big piece of every job I’ve ever had. If you have the best idea in the world, but you can’t explain it to people, or explain it in a way that they can understand...your idea doesn’t matter.” - Chloe Kontos

 

Part 2 of 2!  Guest host Paige Curtis continues her conversation with Chloe Kontos, the incoming Director of the Office of the CTO at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In Part 2, Chloe details how she used the four...

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“I’m not a scientist, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t work on these issues or work in this domain. So I think that it’s really important to have the courage to try out different domains and areas and not think that you need to be an expert. There are generalist roles in these STEM fields...and that means that you are part of the STEM workforce.” - Chloe Kontos 

 

Part 1 of 2! This week guest host Paige Curtis speaks with Chloe K...

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