Podcasts

Leanne Hughes – International Facilitator

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Creating Unpredictable Workshop Experiences that Predictably Work with Leanne Hughes – International Facilitator Description: Episode 75:  Join two expert facilitators on a new VPP episode.  Host Phil Brown chats with an international facilitator and podcaster Leanne Hughes about the craft of facilitation and the value it brings to groups.  In Leanne’s words, she creates unpredictable […]




Beth Buoro – SEL Focused Educator

Edge of Leadership Podcast

Beth Buoro Shares Perspectives on SEL & Inspires Others to Pursue Careers in Education Description: Episode 13:  Perspectives on SEL are in the EOL Podcast spotlight today with guest Beth Buoro.  In an engaging Q&A session, Beth and host Phil Brown explore a variety of topics centered on SEL and Beth’s distinguished career as an […]




Challenge Course Inspection

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Challenge Course Inspection Process Description Episode 74: Learn more about the challenge course inspection process from two experts at High 5 Adventure.  Todd Brown, Director of Challenge Course Services (CCS), and Ian Doak, Assistant Director, join Phil Brown for helpful guidance on Challenge Course Inspections.  In a twenty-minute audio tour, they cover these topics: Overview […]




Jim Grout – Sweeping the Sheds

Edge of Leadership Podcast

Jim Grout Compares Sweeping the Sheds and Leadership Development Description Episode 12:  In this new episode, Jim Grout joins Phil Brown and masterfully compares the term Sweeping the Sheds with Leadership Development.  Basing their conversation on the book Legacy by James Kerr, there is much to explore and discuss on the Leadership Development front.  Each […]




Outdoor Leadership Program

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Andrew Jillings Discusses the Benefits of Outdoor Leadership Program at Hamilton College Description: Episode 73:   Phil interviews his UK hometown connection Andrew Jillings, Outdoor Leadership Program Director at Hamilton College.  There’s some small-world charm to this episode and you’ll quickly discover why throughout this episode on Outdoor Leadership Programs. Right from the start, Phil quizzes […]




Tre’ Gammage – SEL Educator

Edge of Leadership Podcast

Tre’ Gammage Discusses the Importance of SEL for Teachers Description: Episode 11:  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential for teachers as well as students.  Tre’ Gammage, an adult SEL consultant, chats with Phil about his work with teachers regarding SEL.  Together, Phil and Tre’ examine why SEL is vitally important for teachers as an […]




Group Dynamics

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Reading Group Dynamics for Facilitators Description Episode 72: When making your activity agenda it can be helpful to intentionally pick activities that can help you read your group. In this episode, we explore a variety of activities that help facilitators gauge the learning style and underlying dynamics of their group(s).  In order to more fully […]




Inspired Educator Stories Continued

Edge of Leadership Podcast

Inspired Educator Stories Continued… What Motivated You to Become an Educator? Description: Episode 10:  Inspired educators’ stories to start the New Year!  Host Phil Brown invites teachers to share their answers to the question: “What Inspired You to Become an Educator?” What follows is a compilation of responses from 7 teachers via speakpipe.com/eol.   Each teacher […]




Bob Ryan – Adventure Program Safety

Vertical Playpen Podcast

Bob Ryan Discusses Adventure Program Safety & Risk Management Description: Episode 71:  We’re excited to welcome Bob Ryan, an expert in Adventure Program Safety and Risk Management to VPP.  A former colleague, and guest host, Chris Damboise, prompts Bob to share some of his poignant early career memories including Tall Ship sailing in Europe, landing […]




Tom Percival – Writer and Illustrator

Edge of Leadership Podcast

Meet Tom Percival – Author of Books About Emotions for Kids Description: Episode 9: Author and illustrator, Tom Percival, writes books for kids that focus on emotions.  Host Phil Brown has read and reread many of Tom’s books, with a particular interest in the book  Ruby Has A Worry.  In this episode, Tom explains his […]