When Lynne Golodner heard that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, was spearheading a nationwide effort to provide period products in all K-12 schools, she wanted to hear her story. So, she reached out to see if the Kiwi leader might consider coming on the Make Meaning Podcast. Of course, a Prime Minister is rather busy, and when she declined the interview, she suggested instead that Lynne speak with the Hon. Jan Tinetti – a member of Parliament for the Labour Party who is Associate Minister of Education and Minister for Women. Tinetti was a guest on the […]
John Hartig has dedicated his life to improving the quality of the Great Lakes and waterways throughout Michigan. A childhood passion turned into his life’s purpose, and in the 81st episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, he tells host Lynne Golodner how others can follow a similar path. Hartig, a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, believes that connecting with nature will spark a more conscious effort to protect our planet. In a similar way, his connection to his personal ecosystem stimulated his passion and turned it into a meaningful […]
Sabrina Colosimo loves what she does for a living, and she’s on a mission to help others mold careers that speak to their soul. A creative entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada, Sabrina runs an offbeat urban design business called Sunday Creative. She specializes in reupholstering vintage furniture with bold fabrics, bringing exotic decor from worldwide travels to create unique designs for clients. Sabrina was featured as a guest on Episode 95 of the Make Meaning Podcast, when she spoke to host Lynne Golodner about how she started her company, and how she helps others find meaning. A Bold Path to […]
What is the meaning of life? It’s an age-old question that has no answer, but one Lynne Golodner is compelled to keep asking through her writing, her podcast and her work as a marketing and public relations entrepreneur.
As host of the Make Meaning Podcast, Lynne is driven by finding answers to existential questions.
What is the state of higher education today? Do today’s college students have the luxury to study life’s meaning and purpose? Or, are universities and institutes of higher education focusing more on professional skills and salary potential? Molly Worthen, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, thinks there is a problem with our current higher educational system. She believes that in recent years, universities have not been able to properly guide students to ask and answer the big questions. Molly believes that they’ve lost their original mission. Her article, The Anti-College Is on the Rise, breaks […]
In order to find meaning in your work and purpose in your life, you must first pinpoint what you are most passionate about, then commit to pursuing it. Make Meaning Podcast host Lynne Golodner recently interviewed author Patrick Hicks about how important it is to identify your calling, then strive to incorporate your purpose into your life in ways large and small. Patrick says writing grounds him. On Episode 102 of the Make Meaning Podcast, he tells Lynne about his love not just for putting words to paper but everything around the process of writing – from research and connecting with readers […]
Is it possible to turn artistic passion into a sustainable career?
So many people say that when they turn their passion into the way they earn income, the passion becomes work. Artist, author and academic Aaron Dworkin believes it is possible to continue feeding one’s passion and also earn a living from it.
Let’s face it, many adults might dismiss teens as not-quite-ready to meet the real world. Lisa Damour doesn’t. A clinical psychologist, author, and the 55th guest on the Make Meaning podcast, Lisa has studied teenagers for her entire career. Her work has shown that teens actually have the ability to perceive situations with clarity and accuracy often missed by adults.
Katie Yamasaki is devoted to using art as a platform for dialogue building and storytelling. When Lynne Golodner interviewed Katie on Episode 103 of the Make Meaning Podcast, the muralist and children’s book artist opened up about using her artwork to give people — particularly vulnerable women — a platform.
Dr. Sibrina Collins has always been an impressive scientist and educator. But it was a disappointment on her career journey that led her to discover and embrace her purpose. After a heartbreaking denial of tenure, Dr. Collins shifted focus, thanks to the support and encouragement of her informal board of advisors – a group of other strong women scientists who would not put up with a pity party. Their rallying forced Dr. Collins to realize her true purpose: making STEM relatable, interesting and accessible to women and people of color. “And so it occurred to me that in my next […]
At Make Meaning, we strive to find purpose in work and help others do the same. We learn through Lynne Golodner’s interviews with inspiring people on the Make Meaning Podcast, and helping our clients at Your People LLC market with mission and purpose.
Ironically, the more meaning we find in our work, the more it grows, sometimes at the expense of personal goals and dreams. Responsibilities increase. Deadlines mount. Distractions multiply. Scope bleeds. Personal goals are pushed off and postponed. Which makes us wonder: Is Balance a Myth?