Interviews

I started Idea Playground to foster thinking, complexity, and the intersection of ideas. My fascinations have led me to friendships with remarkable people on six continents. Meet them here.

Sharon Davis

If you visit Omaha, you will see the hand of Sharon Davis. Her sign work brings distinction and personalization to the walls of many businesses and neighborhoods.

John Winsor

John Winsor is CEO of Victors & Spoils, an agency which combines advertising with the wisdom of the crowd.

Jeffrey Koterba

Jeffrey Koterba’s LinkedIn profile is simple: editorial cartoonist, Omaha World-Herald, July 1989 – Present. Jeff has also been struck by lightning.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith lived up to nobody’s expectations. He is a skateboarder from a town of 2,000 people, and he barely graduated from high school.

Sharen Scott

Sharen Scott is honest. “Much to the consternation of other people, my unprofitable interests are numerous, fluctuating, & subject to change on a whim.”

Shannon Downey

Shannon Downey calls herself a “Doer of Things.” She is CEO of Pivotal Production, Star Trek: TNG enthusiast, and needle wielder at Badass Cross Stitch. Additionally, Shannon runs the excellent interview blog, Seriously Badass Women.

Roger Stout-Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard

You might remember Roger Hazard from such shows as Sell This House, Move this House, and Sell this House: Extreme. He became Roger Stout-Hazard as a result of his marriage to the former Chris Stout, now Stout-Hazard.

Maike Both

Maike Both landed in Los Angeles from Hamburg, Germany and brought an undying fire for social change.

Bill Moore

J. William “Bill” Moore founded EV World in 1998, a digital publication that addresses sustainable transportation and its people, policy, and technology.

Urs Bucher

Urs Bucher is Zurich CEO of Amazee Labs, a high performance technology group. He makes light of the fact that he is slightly older than most of his employees and has developed software with COBOL and punch cards.

Yana Gilbuena

Yana Gilbuena is the founder and creative director of SALO Project, a moveable Filpino pop-up dinner. Salo, derived from “Salu-salo” which means a dinner party, is designed as a gathering of the curious ones, adventuring for deeper understanding of native feasts.

Andrew Nemr

Andrew Nemr is the Artistic Director of tap dance company, Cats Paying Dues. He has worked with the biggest names in the business, including Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin is the co-founder and trustee of Ministry of Awesome, NZ Ambassador to Singularity University and, Chairman of the Board of…

Kt McBratney

Kt McBratney describes herself as “storyteller, brand marketer, knot untangler.” She is Head of Product Marketing at Seed&Spark, a platform for supporting film projects and streaming unique works.

Melody Khodaverdian

Melody Khodaverdian is Director of Conference Partnerships at Forbes, including events like Forbes Women’s Summit, Forbes Healthcare Summit and Forbes Under 30 Summit. She is past co-chair of TEDxToronto, Canada’s largest TEDx event, and a longtime activist…

Ksenya Samarskaya

Ksenya Samarskaya makes words look better on the internets. She’s done it for Apple, YouTube, AirBnB, Snoop Dogg Marketing, and 999 other groups. She is on the AIGA New York board and runs an innovative dinner series.

Brian Lim

Brian Lim works on “the edge of the possible” in Australia’s space industry. Currently, he’s focused on impacting a billion people in a positive way with exponential technologies.

Taryn Cowart

Taryn Cowart, part hippie + part punk , is a designer and art director in Portland, Oregon. This is her first interview EVER.

Karin Campbell

Karin Campbell is Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at Joslyn Art Museum.

Julie Burstein

Julie Burstein is Peabody Award-winning radio producer, best-selling author, TED speaker, and tea enthusiast.

Jordan Weber

Jordan Weber is an artist who resculpts and reframes the experiences of city life. He focuses on…

Gemma Correll

“Hello, I’m Gemma. I am a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person.”