The Hired Thought Podcast

There are those that walk among us who think for a living. You’re one of them! Ben hosts guests with interesting ideas on work, tech, complexity, methodology, and more.

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Society in Transition (Dr. Caitlin McDonald)

Society in Transition (Dr. Caitlin McDonald)

COVID-19 is changing our society, but how are we coping? Ben is joined by digital anthropologist Dr. Caitlin McDonald to discuss our collective re-examination of common assumptions about work, community, and life.

Language Is Key, but Context Is King (Dean DiStasio)

Language Is Key, but Context Is King (Dean DiStasio)

Ben is joined by artist Dean Distasio to explore what it takes to create transformative conversations through complexity-informed artistic works. Dean shares his process and offers unique perspective on networks, narrative, and the importance of language and context.

Organizational Resilience (Matt Stratton)

Organizational Resilience (Matt Stratton)

Legendary DevOps friend Matt Stratton joins Ben for a discussion on the very near and dear topic of organizational trauma. Matt shares important lessons from his experiences, as well as a few secrets to building organizational resilience through incident response. (Content warning: General discussion of trauma.)

Building Bridges (Colleen Esposito)

Building Bridges (Colleen Esposito)

Ben is joined by Colleen Esposito, an agile coach and self-described bridge-builder with an incredible set of unique experiences spanning finance, software development, project management, and even home renovation. She and Ben explore the complexity of engaging with...

How are you doing as a human? (Toby Sola)

How are you doing as a human? (Toby Sola)

This episode features a thoughtful discussion with Toby Sola, Co-Founder & CPO of Brightmind, a meditation app for managing stress and anxiety. Ben and Toby explore the intersection of meditation and technology, as well as how to start inviting contemplative...

The Reluctant Devop: Heretical Anthropology (Anthony Mastrean)

The Reluctant Devop: Heretical Anthropology (Anthony Mastrean)

Ben kicks off episode 2 with Anthony Mastrean, a friend, colleague, and professional organizational agitator. They discuss the origin story leading to their work together, what it's like changing an organization from the inside, and the underrated discipline of...