The Smart and Simple Matters Podcast
Welcome to the Smart and Simple Matters podcast – a consistently popular show with 100,000s of downloads.
I (Joel) use SASM to explore the slower side of life, creating fun and meaning via bringing people together, and intentional living (among other things).
For example, I feature interviews about meditation with TED Talk hot-shots like Andy Puddicombe, community and belonging with experts like Cormac Russell, or death and dying with dynamos like Humaira Hamid.
But I'm just as passionate about chatting with normal folks like you and me or going solo on community-building and relationships.
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This episode features Daniel Vitalis on the difference between natural, wild water and processed water, how to see yourself as and act like a sovereign being, and why we're not biologically designed for houses, jobs, or modern institutions.
This episode features Shanna Mann on how to strategically use constraints to pole-vault over your obstacles, how she got left on the side of the road with a traumatic brain injury, and how to grow your own intentionally small bonsai business.
This episode features Warren Talbot on how to borrow bravery when you're coming up short, how to make conscious decisions to have your “Plan A” life, and how to tell fear, “I hear you … but this is still happening.”
This special solo episode features why and when social security is more important than Social Security, the history of Social Security and how the word “social” got attached to it, and why your social capital is literally keeping you alive.
This episode features Charlie Gilkey on what's required to talk reasonably and openly about self-identity, race, and discrimination, how to say, “What about this?” without discounting others' views, and why Charlie shifted his focus to engage would-be allies more than current allies.
This episode features Courtney Carver on how she got 2,000 people to almost instantly ask her to come to their city, how she fell in love with forty strangers in one day, and why starting with the mechanics of simplicity is so helpful.
This special solo episode features how to transcend our hard-wired fear of death and dying, the step-by-step process of how I practice dying, and what finally shattered the emotional walls between my pal Sal and his father.
This episode features Join Christine Walker on what to do when your mindfulness muscles are weak, how the “Pentagon of Wellness” works to heal you, and why going fast is addictive in our brains and culture.
This episode features Joshua Fields Millburn on how you can have more meaning and less stuff with a slight pivot, why a ninety-something great-great grandma took five family generations to a book tour stop, and how to align your short-term actions with your long-term values.
This special solo episode features why community becomes a bigger deal the more you don't have it, the 3 qualities of a great question for any community setting, and which of the 6 crucial conversations you need to have in your community.
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I bring together diverse communities, podcast about smart and simple matters, and get you excited about spreadsheets. Let's explore how to live intentionally, embrace our multipotentiality, build authentic relationships, and have tons of gratitude. No prior experience is required.