Before we wish everyone a happy New Year, we wanted to share some of our favorite highlights from the first 26 episodes of the Before IT Happened podcast! This show is about people who are all about innovation and making the world a better and more equitable place. Regardless of their background or the problem they’re working to solve, it really comes down to the human spirit and the big idea that something needs to change. So join us for this end-of-year round up of some of the most interesting and groundbreaking guests we’ve talked to on this podcast so far! Then we’ll see you in January to talk with more trailblazers and changemakers!
Before any world-changing innovation, there was a moment, an event, a realization that sparked the idea before it happened. This is a podcast about that moment — about that idea. Before IT Happened takes you on a journey with the innovators who imagined — and are still imagining — our future. Join host Donna Loughlin as her guests tell their stories of how they brought their visions to life.
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(00:00) - On Before IT Happened’s evolution - “When this podcast first started, initially it was conversations with some of the most amazing innovators and visionaries that are working in the technology sectors, as well as science and space. Real futurists.”
(04:11) - Shaping the Future of AI with Eric Daimler - “Whatever technology that is invented between when you are 15 and 25 is something you think you can build a career on, whatever comes after you are 25 or 30 is against the law of nature. You don't want to learn new techniques.”
(04:09) - Getting a Black Belt in Blockchain with Medha Parlikar - “My goal is that the user experiences that will emerge and the tooling that will emerge will make it very easy for the consumer to interact with blockchain.”
(07:17) - Smart, Electric Motorcycles and Achieving Zero Fatalities Before 2030 with Damon Founder Jay Giraud - “I was in Jakarta and I realized if I've dedicated my life to getting the world off oil and the car side of it's handled, and the motorcycle side in the world actually dwarfs the number of vehicles driven compared to cars, so here's this really big missing link.”
(09:48) - A New Wave of Manning Up With the 2 LADS Daniel Sharman and Leggy Langdon - “We're putting the weapons down for a moment and saying: ‘Oh God, isn't it weird being human?’”
(12:39) - Disrupting the Silicon Valley Boys Club with Mercedes Soria - “If you're a woman, especially in technology and Silicon Valley, you have to prove your worth. As soon as you come in, they assume that you don't know anything.”
(14:52) - Getting Kids Excited About STEM and Space with “The NASA Lady” Pamela Greyer - “I look at Elon Musk and I'm like, ‘Well, at what point and where did he start?’ There is still such a long way to go when we look at black and brown women and men in the industry pursuing these careers.”
(19:32) - Sprouting our way to Better Health and Sustainability with Doug Evans - “I think for the people that are listening to this, you can start just with a Mason jar and some seeds and you could change the world.”
(20:04) - From Farm to Table to Feeding the World with Uncrushable Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur Tyler Florence - “Right now, hands down, there's enough food grown to feed the world. There's no. It's just not managed properly.”
(21:33) - In the Pursuit of Cleaner Farming, Making Great Wine and Chasing Monarch Butterflies with Carlo Mondavi - “Farmers are the most important people on the planet. We need farmers.”
(25:36) The impact that every guest has made on this show’s journey - “We have to set a goal that's seemingly impossible because it changes what we believe we can do.
Before IT Happened is produced by Donna Loughlin and StudioPod Media with additional editing and sound design by nodalab. The Executive Producer is Katie Sunku Wood and all episodes are written by Jack Buehrer.