What’s Jeff reading? 
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe Robert Lanza and Bob Berman

On this episode, I had the chance to chat with Jeff Power, founder behind the incredible coffee Pangeo Coffee.

Jeff has created an all new business model that he calls the “Adopt a Village” business plan. It’s brilliant and I’m here to share his story with you.

On the call, Jeff shares:

  • One essential tip for social entrepreneurs: Start with the heart and learn to listen to yourself
  • The adopt a village business model
  • Building a globally connected B2C experience
  • The intricacies of starting up a coffee business

Stay connected with Jeff here:

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Please add in your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I love hearing your stories and learning about the amazing work that you do to create a better tomorrow.

What’s Ayelet reading? Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now 

On this episode, I had the chance to chat with Ayelet Baron, the thought leader behind the future of work.  Her work is one-of-a-kind and delves into the future of work (what it will look like and what it will feel like) and shares her insights on how to be more productive with work hacks.

Our interview is a little bit longer than some others, so I won’t waste any time before we jump into it. I know you’ll love her 3 tips for work hacking and perhaps at the end of the episode, you’ll have three words you’ll be willing to share with me. You’ll find out what I’m talking about and I hope you tweet me your 3 words @markwguay

On the call, Ayelet shares:

  • How focus words will better drive your life
  • 3 work-hacking tips for social entrepreneurs
  • The future of work and building villages
  • What to do if you want to leave the corporate lifestyle
  • The skills you will need to succeed in the future of work
  • and many more…

Stay connect with Ayelet here:

Quick note: I would really appreciate it if you could head over to iTunes and leave an honest rating of the show. I really want to get this message out to as many people as possible and I can only do it with your help.

Also, if you’re a coffee fan like me, make sure you click on the “coffee-club” tab above to find out about a coffee of the month club that I am creating. I’m really excited about it and don’t want to give away too many details, so make sure you sign up to learn more.

Like always, please add in your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I love hearing your stories and learning about the amazing work that you do to create a better tomorrow.

What’s Irene reading? Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

On this episode, I have an amazing opportunity to share with you. I had the chance to chat with Irene Au, the thought leader behind mindful user-experience (UX) design.

If you don’t know what UX is, just think of it as the thinking that goes into how your customer (user) will interact with your website, service, product on a holistic level.

To me, it’s like taking a step back and looking at how everything interacts. It can mean anything from how long it takes a website to load to how many clicks it takes for a potential lead to make a purchase all the way to how you make the customer/user feel.

And “feel” is the key quality to look for. Rio did a good job of putting songs on an MP3 player, but Apple made you feel a connection to the iPod (don’t’ remember the Rio player? Yeah, me neither…Irene reminded me of it).

UX is what we all need to be thinking about and I am so honored, blessed, and thankful to share Irene’s thoughts with you. I know so little and she knows so much.
On the call, Irene shares:

  • What makes great UX and how to focus on mindful UX
  • 3 businesses who have great UX: Google, Tesla, and Apple
  • 3 UX tips for the social-entrepreneur, even if you have a shoestring budget
  • How to create a culture of empowerment
  • Her thoughts on the education sector and what you can do to create intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects in the education sector
  • The incredible benefits of yoga and meditation and what it could mean for your own benefit ( I share my story with yoga too)

Stay connected with Irene here:

Like always, please add in your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I love hearing your stories and learning about the amazing work that you do to create a better tomorrow.

What’s Kelly reading? 
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

This week I have Kelly Kingman joining in the call today to share her story of entrepreneurship in graphic recording.

In a world that’s becoming increasingly overcrowded, getting noticed has become like howling into the wind. Let’s not forget how easy it has become to get quickly overwhelmed from all the content you find.

This morning, for instance, I woke up at 4:45AM to get a jumpstart on some writing I’ve been meaning to finish for an e-book I have been writing for a long time.

When I opened the computer and signed on, a friend tweeted me a Lifehacker article and the next thing I know, it’s an hour later and I’ve ready twenty articles and am overwhelmed with all the information I took in. How much writing did I get done? None.

Kelly calls this the Information Overload Age.

And this is what her current work with KingmanInk revolves around: Helping speakers increase audience retention rates and helping you get your message out there in the world a whole lot easier.

For the budget-conscious start-up entrepreneur, check out http://visualbuzz101.com . Kelly put together a whole bunch of helpful videos and learning material so that you can create your own graphic recordings and help grow your business.

I’m really excited to share this interview with you, so let me know what you think by leaving a comment on the show or sending me a message at mark@thetravelingcup.com.

On the chat, Kelly shares:

  • The evolution of graphic recording and how it helps us retain and share information
  • 3 golden-nugget tips for social-entrepreneurs
  • How a start-up social entrepreneur could benefit from Kelly’s strategy with content creation

Find out more and connect with Kelly here:

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All right..enough cat talk. Let’s jump into the show…

Coffeeshop to Compliment the Episode: http://www.taskafe.com/ in Beacon, NY
(Click here to download a copy of the transcript)

The focus on today’s episode centers on cooperative working spaces and ways we as entrepreneurs could inspire each other to create great work – better work than if we were to work all alone all the time.

In the education world they call this constructivist learning with the idea that one person’s weakness is another person’s strength – and together as a team – we can all achieve a great brilliance and produce better work.

Trust me, I love being able to work on my own schedule and being able to roll out of bed, feed my cat Yoda before he bites me, turn on the percolator and get right to work if I have an idea in my head that keeps spinning like a hamster in a caged wheel.

I also know that some of my greatest writing and ideas comes from talking with others that inspire me. To me, a cooperative working space is a lot like a mastermind group combined with the sharing of ideas we all used to love in college.

I am so honored to have my friend Scott Tillitt on the show today. I’ve known Scott for a while since I moved into the Hudson Valley in New York and have always been in awe of his work.  I first met Scott at a TEDx event he set up and since then quickly found out that Scott has such an eclectic background in social entrepreneurship that I had to have him on the show.

Luckily, he was able to sit down and chat with me while he was in his hometown of Beacon, NY.

On the episode, Scott shares:

  • His favorite cup of coffee in Paris after he moved there post-9/11
  • Why you may want to work in a cooperative working space
  • What to look for when you look for a cooperative working space

You can reach out to Scott at:

  • Scott’s Twitter handle: @bluehwyflaneur
  • @BEAHIVE