Creating from Awakened Awareness: Interview with Dustin DiPerna

dustinIn this episode of the Startup Shaman podcast we interview Dustin DiPerna. He is an author, coach, meditation teacher, and entrepreneur. Trained at both Cornell University and Harvard University, Dustin draws from the practices at the core of our world’s wisdom traditions to liberate individuals and groups into their fullest potential. You can learn more about Dustin’s books Streams of Wisdom and Evolutions Ally and about Dustin at

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Voices in Your Head

InsideOut2If you haven’t watched Inside Out, go and watch it: it’s deep! One simple but profound truth that it points out is that we all have voices, or even whole personalities, inside our heads. And quite often they take over the steering wheel.

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Interview with Adam Leonard @Google

adamIn our second episode we interview Adam Leonard, who currently works in people development at Google. Previously he has worked at the Stagen Integral Leadership Academy that trains industry leaders who are committed to long-term personal development and using their organizational platforms for positive impact. Adam also spent time working at the Integral Institute, where he together with Ken Wilber, co-authored the book Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening.

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meditateMost people have heard of meditation, and that it’s good for them. I think saying that its good for you is a huge understatement. It’s probably the one most transformative practice one can learn, especially as an entrepreneur.

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What is “difficult”?

pulling-hair-out-image2You often hear that start-ups are difficult. Or that a particular situation at work is difficult. Difficulties are things we usually try to avoid. But in that’s simply not always possible when running a start-up, where “difficult” things happen every day. So let’s take a closer look at “difficult”.

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Interview with Jack Butler


Our first interview is with Jack Butler – a social entrepreneur, speaker, coach and thinker. The focus of our conversation is on whether vertical development makes you more effective as an entrepreneur, and in the process we touch on many interesting topics, such as Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics, Enneagram and much more.

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Enneagram and Archetypes

enneagramEnneagram is an intricate model of personality types, giving us detailed information about our personality archetype and its patterns of behavior.

There are 9 basic personality types. I, for example, identify with type 7 (“Enthusiast”) – an optimistic, variety-seeking, spontaneous personality, that thrives on action and experience, especially doing a variety of things.Read More

Finite and Infinite Games (and Start-ups)

Finite-Infinite-Games One of my favorite books is Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse. The book offers a profound paradigm of reality via two types of games: finite and infinite.

Finite games have a definite beginning and ending. They are played with the goal of winning. A finite game is resolved within the context of its rules, with a winner of the contest being declared and receiving a victory. The rules exist to ensure the game is finite.
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