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Powerful, impactful, inspiring and entertaining. The Forged In The Fires podcast will tell stories from individuals to motivate and inspire you to find your truest potential. While also giving you catalysts to fire up your life. The catalyst behind the fires is your host, Fireman Rob. Fireman Rob is a career firefighter, United States Air Force Veteran, worked search and recovery after 9/11 WTC attacks, Discovery Channel Reality Star, World Record Holder and most importantly father and husba ...
 
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Experienced people-oriented places professional committed to helping communities create a "Culture of Activity" through proven "All Ages & Abilities" design concepts and evidence-based behavior change initiatives. John's foundation advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. dba Active Towns is a globally focused nonprofit, 501c3 organization dedicated…
 
Show Notes: Episode Landing page for access to more information and photos Easthampton, Massachusetts and Jeffrey Bagg, City Planner were suggested for the Podcast by one our listeners. The following is a brief description that was provided as part of this suggestion: "Easthampton's a small Western Mass city that's more aptly a dense village. They'…
 
Show Notes: Landing page for this episode Video version of the episode In 2010 Charles Marohn, Founder of the Strong Towns organization sat down to create a computerized animated cartoon video called Conversation with an Engineer. As he says in this podcast episode the dialog just flowed out of him, he didn't have to think hard about it, because he…
 
Show Notes: Landing page for this episode to access the visuals associated with the discussion The book Cognitive Architecture by Ann Sussman and Justin Hollander published by Routledge, now in its second edition, has helped refine what we know and understand about how we humans respond to our surroundings, from nature to the built environment, inc…
 
Show Notes: Active Towns Landing Page for this episode for access to more photos, videos Every week on the Strong Towns Upzoned Podcast, Abby Kinney and most frequently, Chuck Marohn, Founder of Strong Towns have a discussion about a relevant article in some way connected to the Strong Towns message and movement. The thoughtful analysis of the cont…
 
Show Notes: It's not an understatement to say that Houston is one of the most challenged cities in North America when it comes to it's sprawling size, at 670+ square miles (1,739.69 km2) in the city limits and 10,062 square miles (26,060 km2) at the metro level, car-centric infrastructure, and climate, with months on end of hot humid weather, but w…
 
Show Notes: Active Towns Landing page for this episode for additional photos and content Public health is and has been top of mind ever since the global coronavirus pandemic took hold, but there's a side to the study of public health that might not be as salient in our thoughts and that is the impact that our built environment has on our health, we…
 
Show Notes: Active Towns Landing Page for this episode Dr. Robin Mazumder, recently (October 2020) received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in cognitive neuroscience studying the impacts of urban design on our health and wellbeing. Among other things, John and Robin talk about how we as humans respond to our built environments, what role …
 
Show Notes: Active Towns Landing page for this episode - for additional content and photos Providence, Rhode Island is one of our oldest cities in North America and one of the original 13 Colonies, but just like so many others post world war two they transformed their historic built form into an automobile-dependent environment which drained it of …
 
JM Ryerson is a Mindset & Performance Coach that provides top level virtual and in person Coaching on Mindset, Performance, Leadership, Business, Team Building & Career Development. He believes in a work life balance, providing athletes, teams, sales executives and individuals the tools that lead to success at work, at home and in life! You and you…
 
Show Notes: Active Towns Landing Page for this Episode (for additional photos and content) In order to combat climate change, we know that we must electrify the motor vehicle fleet (and other fossil fuel burning engines for that matter) as soon as possible but what we also need is far fewer motor vehicles on our roads (not to mention far fewer lane…
 
Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco is the CEO of People Building, Inc., and the powerhouse behind the “What Are You Made Of?” movement. He is a performance coach, author, dynamic public speaker, visionary and thought leader. He has been featured by Yahoo! Finance as one of the Top Business Leaders to Follow in 2020 and is on a mission to build people. He is dr…
 
Show Notes: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? As you'll learn from this episode, that's precisely the question Jason Slaughter and his wife pondered when they became disillusioned with the overly car-centric design of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area. With the stakes high, they did their research, relied upon their vast…
 
Show Notes: In episode number 81, John welcomes to the podcast Paul Tranter, Honorary Associate Professor in Geography in the School of Science at the University of New South Wales Canberra in Australia where he researches children’s well-being and the dominance of speed and mobility in urban planning and society. His work has demonstrated that chi…
 
Most people think mental toughness when they imagine a Navy SEAL. What they don’t expect is the thoughtful, yoga-innovating, joking and laughing, professor of leadership named Mark Divine. At twenty-six he graduated as Honor Man (#1-ranked trainee) of SEAL BUD/S class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on active duty and eleven as a Reser…
 
Show Notes: MOTHERLOAD captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Motherhood was challenging, but to Liz hauling babies via car felt stifling. She Googled “f…
 
Taking a leap of faith, Adam Hires joined the mortgage Loan industry in 2016. His desire to succeed has allowed him to become a Top 1% income earner and loan originator in the US. With his background in Power Lifting, Adam achieved #1 in his weight class which led him to start his first coaching job in Power Lifting and Strength athletics. A lifest…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: DECISIONS "Are your decisions practical or risky?" For mo…
 
Show Notes: Curbing Traffic - The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives published by Island Press is due to be released on June 29, 2021. We highly recommend everyone get a copy and Melissa and Chris have passed along the following information: The book is available for pre-order from Island Press (use promo code "BRUNTLETT" for 20% off) in North …
 
Show Notes: A livable street is like a good friend that gives you energy. In contrast, an unlivable street drains you. Bruce Appleyard is an Associate Professor of City Planning & Public Administration, at San Diego State University and serves as both the Associate Director Active Transportation Research Center (ATR) and the Associate Director Cent…
 
Great teams are powered by individuals who contribute in unexpected ways. Andrew Moses is a super connector and thought leader, Andrew organizes one of the largest networking dinner series in the US for finance and business leaders and has authored content for Forbes, The Huffington Post, and other publications featuring insights from his interview…
 
Show Notes: Does Salt Lake City, Utah come to mind when you think of cities leading the way in innovative cycle infrastructure? Probably not. But, they were one of the early protected cycling infrastructure adopters in North America, with one of the first official "Dutch-style" protected intersections. Unfortunately, the car-centric status quo push…
 
Jon Macaskill, MMT, is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher. He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jon has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, off the coast of Somalia, and in Panama. He also runs a consulting business, named Macaskill Consultin…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: OWNERSHIP "Do you give embarrassment too much power?" For…
 
Show Notes: When one steps into a pocket neighborhood it seems familiar and feels comfortable. Perhaps this is because humans have been creating intentional habitats such as these for tens of thousands of years. They are inherently sociable, cohesive, and livable communities. Ross Chapin literally wrote the book on these development patterns and th…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: PASSION / PURPOSE "Do you have the courage to find your p…
 
Show Notes: In 2017, Brandon joined his wife Tatiana on a trip to The Netherlands. She had some work to do there and they figured why not combine the travel for a bit of vacation time. What Brandon couldn’t have known at the time, was that this trip would forever alter his life and spark a curiosity to learn more about functional cycling, and ignit…
 
Douglas has over 20 years experience in the Entertainment and Investment industry empowering entrepreneurs to pursue their purpose. He transitioned from Entertainment to the Financial Services industry as a Financial Educator and High Performance Life Coach where he leads and mentors countless amount of people including CEOs, CPA, Attorneys and sev…
 
Show Notes: This episode with Billy Fields, Ph.D. has reinforced our appreciation for just how interconnected everything is in our world, from active mobility to land use to pollution and the climate. Add to that the fact our mobility and stormwater systems can work together rather than against each other. We encourage everyone to check out this ne…
 
I first met JD on the Discovery Channel television show "The Ultimate Ninja Challenge" and on an island in British Columbia we forged a friendship that helped me find greater clarity in my life. This episode is a great conversation on the power of the mind and the resilience of an amazing human being.…
 
Show Notes: David Nuttall was motivated to get in a little exercise and lose a little weight by exploring his adopted hometown of Huntsville, Alabama on his trusty old mountain bike. And thus a challenge was born: ride every street in the city limits and since he’s cartographer, naturally he’d map that experience and learn what he could along the w…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: COURAGE "Does your courage extend past your comfort zone?…
 
Show Notes: The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative based in Austin, Texas provides education, engagement, and activation programs and services which help to get more people, of all ages and abilities, riding more often. Briana provides a wonderful glimpse into the organization and how it helps to support the communities they serve well beyond issues relat…
 
Comedian Jeffrey Binney’s part documentary, part stand-up comedy routine film “Once Is Enough” recounts his journey to lose weight by training for a 100-mile ultramarathon after losing his mother to obesity-related heart disease. Get motivated, laugh, and be inspired by this self proclaimed "blindingly pale chubby ginger comedian". Find out more ab…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: LEADERSHIP "Is your leadership translating your passion a…
 
Show Notes: In the past three episodes in a row now we've explored the theme that transforming our cities into safer, more inviting places that support and promote a culture of activity is hard work that requires strong leadership and competence at all levels. Council Member Paige Ellis is a fabulous example of a passionate, caring city leader who …
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: MENTAL STRENGTH "How do you toughen your mental muscle?" …
 
Amber Vilhauer is a leading digital marketing strategists who supports authors, speakers and coaches to establish a powerful, integrated online presence that gets results and empowers them to make a difference in their industry. She supports entrepreneurs through branding & website development, online marketing and live streaming services, plus #1 …
 
Show Notes: What makes Kansas City so relevant when it comes to the movement to create and promote a Culture of Activity is that it is so unremarkable and reflective of the challenges cities across North America and around the world are facing. As you'll hear from Laura and Michael during this conversation with John, BikeWalkKC is rising to the occ…
 
Kelly Sheffield has been the head coach for Wisconsin volleyball for eight years. He has led UW to seven straight NCAA Final 16-or-better tournament appearances and two national championship matches. Wisconsin has also been a dominant force in the Big Ten Conference in six of the past seven seasons, winning titles in 2019 and 2014. "The goal is to …
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: FAITH OVER FEAR "Do you fear failure?" For more informati…
 
Show Notes: The city of New Orleans was one of ten cities chosen to participate in the Big Jump Project by the PeopleForBikes Foundation's Local Innovations initiative in an attempt to help accelerate the buildout of a high comfort cycle network. Jennifer Ruley is the Mobility & Safety Lead Engineer for the City of New Orleans (Moving New Orleans) …
 
Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church Tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 60 organizations annually and his clien…
 
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. These episodes will be short impact information podcasts on one of the different seven catalysts that I have used in my life to move forward, push the limits of possible and find myself. This week's Topic: RESILIENCE "Do your accumulated behaviors enhance or hind…
 
Show Notes: In this episode, John shares his recent conversation with Zach Vanderkooy a veteran study tour organizer and principal of the firm Inspired by Cities. Zach is an urban planner by training and has a deep history in bicycle advocacy having work for both IMBA - the International Mountain Bicycling Association and PeopleForBikes. They talk …
 
Show Notes: The League of American Bicyclists based in Washington, DC is a membership-based organization that has been fighting for the rights and needs of cyclists specifically and active mobility in general since 1880. As Policy Director, Ken McLeod is at the forefront of these policy discussions as well as monitoring the critical updates to the …
 
Show Notes: To say that Mark Cramer is an accidental bike advocate would be quite an understatement. He describes how many years ago he happened upon a fun group of cyclists completely taking over the streets of Paris, with the support and assistance of the police, and how this chance connection led him down the road of becoming a regular bike comm…
 
Show Notes: The city of Memphis, Tennessee is most certainly not on the top of mind for most of us when it comes to a safe and inviting environment for walking and biking, but it has been on our radar here at Active Towns as being one of the early adopters of innovative unsanctioned tactical urbanism installations which have helped pave the way to …
 
Show Notes: In this rare mid-week episode, John and Rob talk through a wide range of topics, including how the Ironman triathlon helped him to find his passion, his take on safer streets for active living as a working emergency services professional, the role activity played in helping him deal with PTSD in the aftermath of 9-11 and so much more. A…
 
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