The MultiPod

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The MultiPod is an independent podcast exploring the ideas and profiles of the world’s first community of dedicated multipotentialites, the Puttyverse. Multipotentialites (a.k.a “multipods”) have diverse interests, skills, and creative outlets – making us capable of success in just about anything.

Our cultures and global economy today demand creativity and flexibility, and more people are creating purposeful lives from the intersections of various pursuits. Join us every other week to share in the amazing journeys of our Puttyverse members.

Show co-hosts – Ted, Sara, and Vanessa – are constantly exploring what’s important in the wide world of multipotentiality. In each episode, they profile at least one member of the Puttyverse and discuss themes like work ethic and productivity, mental health, jobs vs. careers, languages, simplicity, and rituals.

Do you have questions or suggestions for the show? Feel free to contact the team.

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The MultiPod Team

Ted Cragg

Ted Cragg

Producer and Co-Host

Ted is a budding podcaster, aspiring entrepreneur, musician, writer, traveler, and guide. He’s inspired by outliers, adventurers, individuality, and making the most out of life. Plus, he’s a happy husband and father of two.
Vanessa Hennessey

Vanessa Hennessey

Co-Host

Vanessa lives and breathes podcasting as a co-host, producer, and editor. She also loves travel, yoga, community-building, her pets, and her partner (a fellow podcaster).
Flo Stummer

Flo Stummer

Co-Host

Flo is mostly in transition. He’s a journalist, researcher, writer, aspiring drawer, musician, kayak enthusiast, experimental carpenter, and a super-happy dad of a lively three-year-old.

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Affirming Your Multipotentiality with Angela Cotellessa, PhD – TMP 076

In this tremendously affirming interview, we speak with Angela Cotellessa, who wrote the first PhD dissertation on polymaths and found common themes among them. Angela shares her research and data, but also her deep insight into the life and reality of polymaths, or, in our language, multipotentialites.

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Offer and Receive: How To Be Circular with Paul Sockett – TMP 075

Paul Sockett joins us today: an actor, performer, improviser, hugger, traveller, and storyteller. We chat about his journey to this point, and the lessons he continues to learn about identity, control, safety and how we interact with each other. How we are allowed to choose the words we use, and define what those words mean to us. “We’re all trying to perform a show that we have not rehearsed.”

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The Beauty of Darkness with Flo Stummer – TMP 074

The MultiPod takes you on an adventure to northern Sweden in December, to the city of Skellefteå. We explore what darkness really is, why humans fear it so much, and how the inner light of people helps when we’re at our darkest moments.

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To Live in a Tiny Home, with Cat P. – TMP 073

Life in a tiny home may sound equally idyllic and daunting. CatP is here to give us the real story, to describe what life is like in a 16×16 one-room home, of how it changes your perspective and understanding of pretty much everything, and how it is the epitome of intentional living. This episode may just leave you feeling inspired and determined to make some big changes in your own life.

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Homesteading, Home-Schooling, and Remote Working: Sónia’s Journey – TMP 072

Sónia joins us to talk about her journey from fast-paced veterinarian to homesteader, home schooler, and remote worker: a change that has brought many positive and healthy results. How did she and her husband do it with three kids and a whole lot of multipotentiality? You’re about to find out!

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Third Culture Kids and Belonging with Risa – TMP 071

What happens when a parent get transferred abroad and the whole family packs up to move to a completely different language and culture? Third Culture Kids are people who grow up and spend their formative years in a culture other than that of their parents. Their experience is one of travel, adventure and multi-culturalisim, but with the flip side of often lacking that grounding feeling of “home” that so much of us take for granted. Risa is here to share with us her story as a TCK, a fascinating journey around the world.

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Bye Bye to 2020, Hello to a Fresh Start – TMP 070

As 2020 ends, Flo, Vanessa, and Ted got together to reflect on the many changes, new realities and lessons learned, with an eye to the year ahead. What forces can we control, and how can we stay positive and productive in 2021? Tune in for some inspiration!

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Reflections on Milestones with Emilie Wapnick – TMP 069

Vanessa and Ted sit down with Emilie Wapnick to chat about the changes and growth of the Putty universe over the past decade, how her perspectives have evolved, what it feels like having influenced millions of people, what led to the recent name change, and lots of useful advice and ideas for all of us. Here’s a bright ray of sunshine, inspiration, and positivity!

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Perspectives From Outside The Puttyverse with Rinat Ben Avraham – TMP 068

Here at The MultiPod, we occasionally incorporate a voice from beyond the Puttyverse to gain their perspective on multipotentiality and what makes us tick. This episode, that guest is Rinat Ben Avraham. Would she benefit from community and support? Listen in to hear her story, and consider whether some of the non-Puttyverse multipods in your life might have a similar perspective.

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The German Multipotentialite Experience: “Straightforward and Exact” with Flo and Friederike – TMP 067

Let’s go into the German-speaking world and the broader question of “how does language, culture, and society impact our multipotentialite identity?” We discuss the deficiencies of the German educational curriculum and the shocking class sizes that render individual attention from teachers impossible. Of course, the efficiency and pointedness of German can also help define terms and concepts that otherwise come across as a little too passive and vague in English. So can we find the best of multiple languages?

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Queerness and Multipotentiality Part 2: Empowered Complexity with Niyoosha and Hannah – TMP 066

Queerness and multipotentiality: what do they have to do with each other? Vanessa speaks with Niyoosha and Hannah, each members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all multipotentialites. In Part 2, we’re covering parallels between heteronormative culture and “non-multipotentialite culture,” how people try to put others in boxes, and how to use the darkness and complexity to be empowered.

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Queerness and Multipotentiality: An Intersection of Rainbows with Niyoosha and Hannah – TMP 065

Queerness and multipotentiality: what do they have to do with each other? Vanessa speaks with Niyoosha and Hannah, each members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all multipotentialites. Labels can be important to help figure out your identity, but they’re just a tool that helps you, and they don’t have to rule your life.

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Creative Techniques to Improve Your Creativity, With Thomas Beutel – TMP 064

This episode gives you some concrete steps for organizing your creative thoughts and inspiration into productive routines that do not emphasize “100% completion,” but rather embrace and collate your spontaneity!

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In the Backyard and Live! with Ted, Vanessa & Taylor – TMP 062

Regular co-hosts, Ted and Vanessa, are joined by her husband Taylor to reflect on the differences between online and in-person relationships, our own experiences of meeting people in person after first knowing them online, and then take the opportunity to chat about the experience of the partner to a multipotentialite, and the compromise and support that comes with our many career changes.

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Profiles in Multipotentiality: Tesla and Hughes – TMP 061

The MultiPod takes a new turn with a focus on biographies of historic multipotentialites. Nicola Tesla and Howard Hughes take center stage today, and we put their stories into the context of the modern multipotentialite to give us all energy and inspiration to discover what we’re each capable of achieving.

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How Better Communication Will Make Your Projects Soar, With Flo – TMP 060

Thriving multipotentialite, Flo Stummer, joins us today from Austria, sharing some valuable lessons in planning, expectations, making the most of failures and most of all the importance of good, clear communication. Through a combination of business and academic life, Flo helps us explore the definition and meaning of “success” and sets us up to be prepared and confident in our new endeavors.

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Mary Gabriola: A Life Lived Without a Name on a Parking Spot – TMP 059

Our guest today, Mary, is an inspiration for a life well-lived as a multipotentialite. From education to permaculture gardening, sailing to learning to play the bodhran, Mary has embraced the winding path of adventure and discovery, a journey that shows no signs of slowing down. Join us for a light-hearted, wide-ranging, motivating, and inspiring conversation about all the things you can accomplish when you put your mind to them. With a handy scheduler/planner to help you out!

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What It’s Like To Experience Public Shaming – TMP 058

Our guest today is, like any multipotentialite, full of talents, ideas, dreams and motivations. However, she has also been through the type of experience that we usually only observe from a distance, involving celebrities and strangers, the kind of thing we would usually say, “It’ll never happen to me.” Well, for Kylie it did: a workplace conflict that was dragged out into the local media, and she was publicly fired. Kylie is here to to share some insight into what this kind of trauma feels like, and how to summon the courage to believe in and have faith in who you are. We all seek validation from different sources, but at the end of the day it has to start with yourself.

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MultiPod Extras: Breathing Wind with Sarah Davis

MultiPod Extras is an ongoing project of The MultiPod, where the hosts test out new podcast ideas in a bonus, typically one-off format. We present a short excerpt from Breathing Wind, a podcast on grief and loss, produced by our guest in Episode 57, Sarah Davis. This 3 minute clip will give you a good feel for the style of engrossing storytelling of her guests and the immersive experience of hearing them share their insight. 

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