Summary: THINK BIGGER, THINK BETTER presents the 21st century’s leading entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers, public intellectuals, and business and political leaders as they discuss the most important issues of today. Join your host Paul Gibbons and his guests as they explore themes such as: progress and technology, reason and emotions, ethics and business leadership, science and health, media and society, politics and education, pseudoscience and marketing hype, neuroscience and decision making. To support us on Patreon, go to


 Behavioral Science and the Future of Work with Charlotte Blank and Kelly Monahan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:13

Behavioral Science and the Future of Work are two elements of the subtitle of my new book IMPACT: Using Science to Change Behaviors, Hearts, and Minds. These are two of the most discussed and most important trends in business today, and I'm excited to share my discussions with Charlotte and Kelly with you. And, the paperback version of IMPACT came out in September 2019, available on Amazon and from other online book retailers. Get full show notes and more information here:

 The Connector's Advantage and the New Era of Networking with Michelle Tillis Lederman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:30

Michelle and I discuss her new book and why personal connections are so important to doing business today. We talk about how to network if you're a shy person (or just hate the term "networking"), and how important it is to add value to your relationships. We also run through the seven mindsets of a connector and the connector spectrum so you can get a feel for how you're connecting with other people in your industry and beyond. Get full show notes and more information here:

 How Behavioral Science Is Already Affecting Consumers and Shaping the Future of Business with Michael Barbera | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:30

Michael and I talk about how businesses are beginning to apply behavioral science in their approaches to both employee engagement and consumer behavior. We discuss how much more we have to learn, and we talk about some firms and practitioners that are paving the way for some serious innovation in the application of behavioral science. Michael also touches on the role of gamification in behavioral science. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Why Is Behavioral Science the Hottest Thing in Business? With Kelly Monahan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:03

Dr. Monahan and I talk about why she decided to write the definitive text on behavioral science in business and what inspired her to start studying it in the first place. We discuss extrinsic versus intrinsic motivation and what's better for employee's health and performance; the psychological state of the workforce today; and how to apply behavioral science to organizational change and development. Get full show notes and more information here:

 The Future is Asian with Parag Khanna | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:41

Parag Khanna and I talk about his new book and what inspired him to write about the Asian century. We also chat about what Western countries who are turning away from Asia (e.g. the United States) are risking by turning their backs on one of the most economically dynamic regions in today's world. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Is Plastic Pollution a Threat to Our Oceans or Us? with Julie Andersen of Plastic Oceans International | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:11

As plastic sits out there in the oceans, salt, sun, UV, and wave action turn your plastic bottles into microplastics, which get eaten by sea-dwelling animals. Julie Andersen, of Plastic Oceans International, and I talk about the basics of why plastic is so bad for our environment, just how big the problem really is, and what activists can do to get involved in changing our plastic consumption habits and norms. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Human Evolution: How CRISPR babies, online dating, and technology are changing our future with Scott Solomon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:37

Human Evolution: How CRISPR babies, online dating, and technology are changing our future with Scott Solomon

 Globalization: Trade, Trump, Brexit, and the Great Convergence with Richard Baldwin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:18

Today, Professor Richard Baldwin joins me for a great conversation. We begin with a discussion about the history of globalization and how it's ebbed and flowed over time. We also talk mercantilism, Trump's trade policy, the rapid growth of China, and Richard's globalization theory, the Great Convergence. Richard and I also talk about the state of Brexit and what's likely to happen economically in Britain's near future. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Climate Change, the Paris Accord, and Sustainable Business with Rt Hon James Shaw, Minster for Climate Change, New Zealand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:59

In this episode, the Minister shares his views on the Paris Accord, talks about steps being taken around the world to implement the 1.5 degrees C temperature cap, and describes how New Zealand's climate change efforts compare to those of other countries.  He also talks about how young leaders can get started in politics and how he's incorporated a passion for sustainability into every aspect of his long and varied career. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Marijuana - Medical, Legal, and Industry Overview with Alex Romero | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:22

Marijuana is approved for medical and recreational use in six states, for medical use only in about another 12, and another 10 have decriminalized it to varying extents. Joining us to talk about these huge shifts, the risks and opportunities, is Alex Romero, the COO of LandRace Group LLC. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Will Ed Tech bring Universities into the 21st Century? with Andrew Hermalyn of 2U | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:03

Andrew Hermalyn, the 30-year-old President of 2UGrad, joins us today to talk about how 2U provides the digital infrastructure universities need to attract, enroll, educate, and support students at scale while delivering high-quality outcomes. With the 2U platform, students can pursue their education anytime, anywhere, without quitting their jobs or moving. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Artificial Intelligence, IBM, and the Future of Work with Jesus Mantas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:30

Today's guest, Jesus Mantas of IBM, joins us to talk about Artificial Intelligence, its main consumer and business applications, and how IBM is addressing the risks of AI. He is, in some ways, typical IBM: a geek through and through, exemplified by his engineering background and lifelong fascination with AI. But he is a geek who is helping lead one of history's most groundbreaking companies into a future of responsible, transparent AI. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Free-Range Parenting: An Interview with America's Worst Mom - Lenore Skenazy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:08

Our culture - the norms, beliefs, and assumptions that drive behavior - suggests that kids are in constant danger despite all the statistics pointing in the opposite direction. Today’s guest, Lenore Skenazy, the "Worst Mom in America," and founder of Free Range Kids and President of the non-profit Let Grow, is on a mission to change this culture of fear that hampers kids' development as a result. Get full show notes and more information here:

 Spiritual Atheist and 21st Century Leadership with Nick Jankel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:35

Are spirituality and atheism incompatible?  Today’s guest, Nick Jankel, would argue no. Nick broke with organized religion at a young age but has spent the rest of his life filling this gap with all of the things that typically come along with organized religion sans the dogmatic teachings. In this episode, we talk about how you find your purpose and must do battle with some psychological dragons along the way.  Get full show notes and more information here:

 Trump Leadership Scorecard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:52

On today's episode, I’m going to talk about Trump - not too much about his policies but more about his leadership, asking the question: How, from the perspective of a leadership scholar and former CEO of a leadership consulting firm (myself), are his leadership skills? Join me this week as we think bigger and broader about the Trump presidency and what is unfolding within his administration. Get full show notes and more information here:


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