067 – A Real Education with Dr. David Thornburg

Dr. Thornburg has worked in the field of educational technology since the early 1980's. His focus is on STEM education, and he is a strong proponent of tinkering as a pathway to helping children learn about engineering. He is the co-author of the book "The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom" which is aligned to both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Math standards. Listen in as Steve and David talk the advantages of inquiry-driven, project based learning and what education means in a modern world.

066 – Transformational Learning with Michael Wesch

What is digital ethnography? How difficult is it to learn to use a 3D game creation engine? How would Maker Schools change how we do education? Why are initiation rituals a critical right of passage into a society? Speaking of rituals, today's guest Michael Wesch advocates the adoption of some curious rituals. Keep your headphones in or your bluetooth synced up, because today's podcast has enough quotable ideas to really stir your noodles. I won't give any spoilers, so let's listen in to the conversation Michael and I had recently at the Bakersfield College Learning Technologies Conference.

065 – Taking Back Education with Linda Polin

In this episode, that originally aired on November 6, 2014, Steve and Dr. Linda Polin have a lively discussion about taking back education from the forces that have corrupted it, including the answers to questions such as: How can you learn secrets directly from a great inventor? How do we take back education from the dark forces of the universe? How can we help students become who they were meant to be? Stay tuned. Some of Linda's answers may surprise you!

Three Most Important Success Habits

It’s December, and next year is coming fast. Have you ever had the opportunity to sit down with a successful executive to pick their brain about how they got where they are? If you feel like you need help knowing the most important lessons to share with your teenager about success, today’s podcast is a must-listen episode.  Today’s guest is the Chief Executive Officer for a private equity-based investing firm based in Dubai. Don’t regret missing out on the three most important habits for success.  Continue reading →

064 – Ambition and Service with Mark Stoleson

Welcome to the Table Top Inventing podcast where we discuss innovation, success, and the path to a good life for teens and those who guide them. We have a special treat for you today. I had an opportunity to bump into a successful executive at a business conference earlier this fall. I was so impressed by his story and the values of their company that I knew I had to find a way to bring his wisdom to our show. Mark Stoleson is the CEO at Legatum a global private investment fund based in Dubai--The United Arab Emirates. I love the way Mark frames his experience. As you listen to this interview remember some of the greatest success stories began in humble places. It isn't about getting it right every time. Success is about how you face what life brings. Let's listen in for timeless wisdom from a life well-lived.

The Truth about Hope

It is Thanksgiving day in the US, and most of us are having turkey for dinner.  As you reflect on the past year, is it a year filled with hope and excitement or one with frustration and disappointment? Through today’s podcast interview we’ll learn that even the frustrating and disappointing events in our lives can be a catalyst for hope. Allison Jenson is a professionally certified educational therapist at the National Institute for Learning Development.  Her experience leads us through difficulty into hope.  If you Continue reading →

063 – True Potential with Allison Jenson

Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to the podcast where we discuss innovation and potential in teens. At this time of year, we explore gratitude and the effects of thankfulness on our lives. Today's episode is about "Hope"--specifically hope for parents and educators who may have a student with unrealized potential. If you need a shot in the arm or encouragement to stay the course, today is for you. Allison is a professionally certified educational therapist and the Program Development Manager at the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). As a young person facing chronic pain, she learned the value of hope and tenacity, and these experiences shaped her desire to see the full potential in students cultivated and bloom into beautiful things. Let's listen in for a hope-filled journey through the life of a passionate educator.

The little secret to be more

I have been working hard to learn more about myself over the past couple years.  I have discovered that the more I work to change myself, the more the world around me responds to the changes. Those little changes, compounded over time have led to a major shift in what I’m doing and how much I am able to accomplish.  Many people call this habit “personal development”. Will your teenager be ready with the skills they need for their life ahead?  Don’t continue to put Continue reading →

062 – Free Agent Kevin Miller

This is the podcast where we discuss innovation, excellence, and entrepreneurship for teens and the adults who cheer for them. Today's guest is a personal development enthusiast. Kevin Miller grew up as an entrepreneur. In fact from his earliest memories, he always thought of himself as an entrepreneur. Recently his enthusiasm for personal development led him to work with the Zig Ziglar brand, and he's now the host of "The Ziglar Show", one of the top 10 most popular business podcasts in the world! Listen in today to hear the exciting and gritty details of growing up as an innovator.

Lessons in Leadership

Do you have a teen that’s developing their leadership skills?  How important are those skills later in life?  Find out on today’s podcast where we discuss innovation and leadership skills with Jonathan Silk.   Listen in: http://InventingPodcast.com Jonathan is a recently retired military officer who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and most recently West Point.  We’ll hear about some of his experiences in the military (like patrolling the DMZ between North and South Korea) and how he started developing his leadership skills early in Continue reading →

061 – Leading People with Jonathan Silk

This is the podcast where we discuss leadership and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce today's guest! We've been counting the days until Jonathan retired from his position at West Point so we could interview him for the show. While in active military service, he wasn't allowed to speak publicly about his experiences, and having previous experience as a researcher in civil service with the Navy, I understand why the military has such strict policies. I also believe that strong innovators must believe in the future and their innovation with the same discipline that a soldier holds to the commands and structures put into place by an honor-bound military. So I had to interview Jonathan Silk to learn more about his philosophy of leadership. You'll find Jonathan's story and perspectives irresistible. Join me today as I interview an American hero.

060 – Going to Mars with Sarah Marcotte

This is the podcast where we discuss curiosity and innovation for teenagers. I can't wait to introduce you to Sarah! Today she and I will be discussing the path we take to our ultimate career. Often when students finish college to enter the work force, there is a bit of a haze as they begin choosing where they will work. This confusion is normal if they've never taken the time to actually understand themselves. Sarah Marcotte is a science and engineering communicator. She began her career in museums with Art History but through a bizarre experience on a New York City sidewalk, she fell in love with science and engineering--subjects she'd never given a second glance in high school. Join me as we follow Sarah's path to an exciting career!

Don’t let 2016 sneak up on you

October is almost over and 2015 is edging to a close.  Do you or your kids have regrets from 2015? Don’t have regrets in 2016–listen to this week’s podcast: http://InventingPodcast.com Goals not planned and written down are twice as likely to be tossed aside with time.  Ask me how I know…  I’ve been on a steady path to reforging a life that I enjoy.  In fact, you are reading this email as a result of goals and plans for 2015. This week Carol Topp, a Continue reading →

059 – Teen Microbusiness with Carol Topp

This is the podcast where we discuss success and innovation for teenagers. No spoiler alerts today, but if you are interested in teenagers getting a jump start, stay locked in here! On the podcast we discuss an alternative to our modern conundrum of how to keep teens engaged in meaningful education. Carol Topp is an Engineer turned accountant--I know that's an unusual shift. In the last few years, she has worked with many teens in her accounting practice, helping them structure what she likes to call a "microbusiness". The experiences and learning that occurs in a microbusiness can be a great catalyst toward adding significance to the otherwise "dry learning" teens dread. Let's find out more about Carol's experience and explore some new possibilities.

What media isn’t telling you about living the good life

Are you worried your teenagers are missing out on the good life?  Do you find yourself wondering when they’re going to stop complaining and start living? You aren’t alone, but what can be done?  No matter how hard you try they just keep missing the best things in life.   For the past few years, my wife and I have been in “teenager land” with four of our kids in the throes of various silly teen phases.  I was ready to pull my hair out Continue reading →