Hosted by John Lobell, we talk with visionaries – people in the arts, technology, science, culture, and spirituality

Visionaries - 08.21.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business.” In 1982, in a climate of panic over American business “decline,” Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman released a book titled “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies.” The book is important to this day and has been followed by similar books, for example James C. Collins’s 2001 book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t.”  The authors presented lists of principles management leaders should follow, all based on exhaustive research — or was it? Here we look at the importance of Visionary Creativity in business, and how it relates to creativity in other areas.


Visionaries - 08.14.17

“Jeremy Lent.” Our guest is Jeremy Lent, author of “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.” Jeremy is a writer and the founder and president of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. You’ll find the Liology Institute at We discuss Eastern and Western worldview, the nature of science, how we can understand the world non-reductively, and how we can live in greater harmony.


Visionaries - 08.07.17

“Creative Thinking.” In his book, “The Act of Creation,” Arthur Koestler proposes a general theory of creativity the he calls "bisociation" – a blending of elements drawn from two previously unrelated lines of thought into a new matrix of meaning. Today we look at some examples of this kind of thinking. Today, particularly in academia, we are discouraged from going outside of our fields, but perhaps that is the best way to break new ground.