I’m sitting here today with Dawn Hancock from Firebelly Design. The focus of today’s chat is how a better design can increase your impact…and, of course, how a not-so-good design can leave you shouting into the wind with little following.

Dawn shares her unique story that led her to launch Firebelly Design and talks us through how she has built a business that embodies what she calls “good design for good reason.”

She also runs an alternative MBA program called Firebelly University that helps prepare social entrepreneurs for taking their design idea to market.

Make sure to share your questions and thoughts on design over at our virtual coffee shop. 


I hope you all enjoyed national coffee day! Here’s a great cup of coffee I got to enjoy from my local coffee shop, Bank Square Coffeehouse in Beacon, NY. 

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Have you ever asked yourself what it means exactly to be a change-maker? It’s often easy to look at the past and see how leaders pushed through fear. But, in the present, it can be painfully difficult to push through fear when it’s so much easier to sit comfortably. Not take a leap of faith. Not start an idea. Not question a boss.

Enter the linchpin — a term that Seth Godin defined as a person that disrupts and pushes through fear to be the change-maker.

Seth  joins us on the coffee chat today to talk about pushing through to reach a new creative potential. We touch on mindfulness and motivation then Seth welcomes a few listener questions.

His tips will help you continue to be remarkable and fly high without fear of having your wings melt.

He shares his thoughts on:

– Confidence from within without external affirmation
– How to manifest a dream through action
– Schooling and how the school system structure influenced your thinking
– The health care structure
– The globalization of goods and the go-local movements

To connect with Seth:
– Google the word “Seth”. He does so much, he comes up on the first page (even without the last name).

I’m honored to have him join us on the call today. For those who don’t know Seth’s work, I strongly suggest you subscribe to his daily blog. I find him to be a very Seussical writer that pleasantly critiques large-scale organizational thought and pushes us to question.

He’s been a long-time idol of mine and I’m sure he will be of yours if he isn’t already.

Here’s to you my friends. Matter on!

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I’m sitting here today with Nate Cooper to talk about all things website creation with a lovely dose of education entrepreneurship, or as Nate calls it “edupreneurship”. Nate is a full-time nice guy, a WordPress expert, blog strategist, writer, and edupreneur. He’s here to share the news behind his latest graphic e-book on how to create a stellar website.

He has incredible street credit in the education startup scene in New York City, which sounds really easy to get, but really is not. Trust me. The New York City EdTech scene has exploded into the Mecca of education revolution, which explains the newly founded name Silicon Valley. To get that street credit is truly admirable.

On the call, Nate and I chat about:

  • Creating an education start-up
  • What makes for a great website
  • Should you learn to code?
  • Using WordPress over another website provider.

Connect w/ Nate here:

Like always, come say hi. If you are recreating your website, I’d love to hear what you are working on.


FYI: My apologies for not sending out a second podcast last week. I had the honor to attend a retreat at Omega Institute and unplugged for a few days. And let me tell you…it was awesome! Unplugging and spending a few days without a car, sitting in lotus, and sleeping in nature without wireless helped me stay grounded. It also helped me realize how much I appreciate you. As a part of The Traveling Cup tribe, I appreciate you more than I can express in a sentence.

Corey Boling joins me on the call today to talk about his non-profit, Filmmakers Without Borders. I’m really excited to bring Corey on because he and his team have been wildly successful with Kickstarter and launching a brand-new idea into the marketplace.

Corey and his team send filmmakers to developing countries in a Peace-Corp-like mission where they spend one year helping children create visual documentary and films.

What I love most about this story is that it’s a helpful reminder that children have an unbelievable knack to bring adults back to a simpler world, one that is more peaceful (albeit besides the occasional childhood temper tantrum). When these children create a documentary, they deliver a beautiful narrative that no major newspaper could ever create.

Being a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how children so easily think outside the box that we as adults struggle to step out of.

My hope is that you can learn from Corey’s story and use it to create your own quest.

On the call, Corey and I chat about:

  • How to succeed with Kickstarter
  • How storytelling can empower your audience
  • Developing an international team to employ your startup
  • The initial struggles Corey had in getting his idea off the ground

Connect w/ Corey here:

What’s neat about Corey’s idea is that it would not be possible in any other time in history. Now that cameras are more affordable, he was able to mesh together what he learned from the Peace Corps model into his own idea of bringing storytelling to students worldwide.

So, that begs the question, how are you able to take a business model you are familiar with and mesh it to match something newly available in the world today? I call that pastiche entrepreneurship, where you blend together models that have worked with what’s newly available in the present.

What’s your pastiche entrepreneurial idea? Share it with us in a comment below.

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Chris Guillebeau joins us on the show today to talk about this new book The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that Will Bring Purpose to your Life.

It feels a bit silly giving an introduction to Chris’ work because I’m sure you know of him. For those who don’t, you should definitely keep up with what he does.

He’s the author of a blog I’ve grown to love, The Art of Non-Conformity and also started up the incredible conference in Portland, Oregon called the World Domination Summit.

In short, all of Chris’ work stems from a deep seed in his heart for doing work that creates better tomorrows and I’m so happy to have him join us here on the show.

It’s one you won’t want to miss.

On the call, Chris shares:

  • How to live an unconventional life and break free from societal expectations to live the life you want to live
  • Making an income and having tremendous impact
  • The human history of the quest and why you need to journey
  • How to go on a journey even if you don’t leave the sofa
  • Advice for recent graduates

Connect w/ Chris here:

Today The Traveling Cup is flying over to Singapore to talk with Solonia Teodros, the co-founder of The Change School. Solonia and her partner Grace Clapham have been doing so much good for the world it’s incredible. In fact, they just won the prestigious Inspirational Leadership Award which was voted on by Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Now, if that’s not a couple of elite judges, I don’t know what is.

We talk about a lot of things on the show today, but mostly we focus on the transformation process — what it takes to move from the stage of “I really want to do something different and make a greater impact in my work” to the concrete stage of “I’m actually doing what I love to do and am making a serious impact.”

For those of you interested in starting up your own programs to help other change-makers achieve their greatness and live remarkable lives, Solonia shares how her and Grace went from ideation to creation. Solonia is beautifully honest and our hope is that you learn from what she is doing and emulate it.

You’ll hear about fellowship-like retreats that focus on re-birthing a better you. These are not retreats where you sun on the beach, but rather, these are retreats where you dig deep within yourself to explore the why within yourself and create something remarkable from it. That said, this year’s retreat is in Bali, so…that does sound like paradise to me no matter what.

All right, let’s jump right into the episode. Make sure to subscribe to the show if you like what I’m bringing to you. You can find all this information and my free guide to help you write great content and connect with your tribe over at Thetravelingcup.com. 

Connect with Solonia and Grace at:

Like always, reach out to me and say by sending me a tweet at @markwguay. Cheers to you for choosing to be the change you want to see in the world.

Today on the show, I have the honor of speaking with Rose George. She is the foremost thought leader on the problems in the shipping industry, shit, and the sanitation industry.

There I was about three months ago at an incredible conference in New York City and one of the presentations was on shit and what the world doesn’t realize about the sanitation industry. To say I was shocked by the information I discovered is the understatement of the century. More than 2.5 billion people in the world don’t have a toilet and many of them practice open defecation — which means they go number two in a field that typically feeds into the crops and water systems nearby.

My hope with today’s episode is that this conversation with Rose will help shed light on how you can do one of two things:

1. Either be the change-maker who solves one of the problems Rose sheds light on
2. You emulate how Rose grew into the expert she is today

And an added bonus? Rose shares how she still found a way to have an excellent cup of coffee while on a ship at sea for many, many months.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How Rose uses fiction to enhance her non-fiction writing
  • Using story to enhance a non-fiction narrative
  • The world of sanitation, its problems and what you can do to help fix it
  • The shipping industry and the small fixes that could reverse its heavy environment impact on the world below sea level

Connect with Rose here:

I don’t know about you, but every time I go number two, I’m going to have a lot more to think about. And I hope you join me on Nov. 19 for World Toilet Day as we all move forward to a better design for our everyday defecation. It’s one of the simplest things that we all do and it’s something that we could be doing better.

I hope you got as much out of that as I did and I’d love to hear what you think and what you are working on. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @markwguay or over at mark@thetravelingcup.com.


P.S. If you want to strike, join my friend Matt Damon and I here.