Every great adventure needs great guides - experienced leaders to inspire, advise, warn, and encourage.

Find them on the acclaimed
OutsideVoices podcast.

Every great adventure needs great guides — experienced leaders to inspire, advise, warn, and encourage.

Find them on the acclaimed OutsideVoices podcast.

The OutsideVoices Podcast

By Mark Bidwell

In each episode, host Mark Bidwell speaks with a celebrated name in business, arts, sports, exploration, or academia about topics from leadership and performance to creativity and growth.

Offering personal stories and hard-won wisdom, each unguarded and in-depth conversation is a torch for your own trek through today’s volatile and uncertain world.

Spot new vistas. Explore fresh paths. Crack your hardest challenges. You’ll get a lot further with these guides whispering in your ear.

Latest Episodes

Charles Foster: One Man's Search for Meaning: A Journey to the Origins of Consciousness - OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

In his latest book, Being a Human, Charles Foster and his 13-year-old son live in the wilderness as Paleolithic hunter gatherers to understand what it means to be human.

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Kevin Kelly: Raising the bar - Excellent Advice, AI’s for Better Living - OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

Kevin Kelly’s latest book is called Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I’d Known Earlier, a collection of aphorisms on travel, finite and infinite games and many other things. We also talk about AI’s and his 100-year project.

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Kevin Kelly on AI - OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

While waiting for Kevin Kelly’s new book coming out in May 2023, we’re sharing some his insights into the topic of AI, one of the areas in which he is genuinely a world leader.

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Steven Kotler; Getting Younger with Age: Mindsets for Boosting Learning and Flow - OutsideVoices with Mark Bidwell

Steven Kotler’s latest book, Gnar Country: Growing Old, Staying Rad, turns on its head the conventional wisdom about physiological and psychological decline as we get older.

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John Elkington: Green Swans, Exponentials and Super Wicked Problems - OutsideVoice with Mark Bidwell

“Green Swans” is the new, thought provoking book by John Elkington, founder of Volans, and advisor on sustainable development and corporate responsibility with over 40 years of working in this area.

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Jack Weatherford: Genghis Khan's Lessons for the Modern World - OutsideVoices Podcast with Mark Bidwell

Jack Weatherford, the author of ‘Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World’ discusses the valuable legacy this conqueror left for today’s world.

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ITunes Reviews

  • Incredible podcast!Voices 1
    June 14, 2022 by maddie@podcastingyou from United States

    This podcast is a must listen for anyone looking to expand their mindset and learn about the world today. Mark is a very skilled host and each episode is truly informative and insightful.

  • Insightful, fascinating and entertainingVoices 1
    March 24, 2022 by DForbez from United Kingdom

    I’ve been listening to this podcast in my (very few) spare moments and it’s really good. Mark B seems to draw people out and in return, they give away very candid opinions and insights. High recommended it to anyone wishing to make (some sort of) sense of the unpredictable finance world.

  • A Must Listen✨✨Voices 1
    September 21, 2021 by @MichaelUnbroken from United States

    I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken

  • Value packed!Voices 1
    July 13, 2021 by Arlie K from United States

    I can't tell you how much I appreciate this show! Mark's methodology is a breath of fresh air. There’s a steady drumbeat with his message— it’s consistent, it’s human, and it’s effective. Highly recommend giving OutsideVoices a listen!

  • One of my favourite podcastsVoices 1
    December 3, 2020 by astridvik3 from United Kingdom

    Always bringing perspectives that continues to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking. Excellent. Keep it up!

  • A satisfying addition to my podcast dietVoices 1
    October 14, 2020 by Maisie King from United Kingdom

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying these podcasts during my morning walk/gym sessions. Really stimulating, thought provoking and entertaining, and exceptionally well hosted.

  • Great guests. Great questions. Outstanding insights.Voices 1
    July 9, 2020 by Worldtraveler222 from United States

    I am big into podcasts which has actually made me more choosy with the ones I subscribe to. Mark’s is one of the few that I listen to regularly because he is able to get great guests, has done his homework so he can ask great questions so when listening to his episodes, including the most recent one with Cialdini, I walk away with new insights and perspectives. Love it!

  • Best show in its categoryVoices 1
    June 26, 2018 by Pinkstyy from United Kingdom

    This is by far one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. As a podcaster myself I find it incredibly refreshing, the scope and depth of top is, guests and perspectives that the show offers really helps you question what you think you know about leadership, innovation, career development and even personal growth and life-work balance. The questions and conversations are incredibly smart, deep and thought provoking. I have applied many of the principles the guests present in my own personal life and professional relationships, even with my partner! I freaking love this show.

  • Phenominal content for thought leadersVoices 1
    June 25, 2018 by Kage233 from United States

    So many amazing guests and Mark really pulls the best information out of them. This podcast is bingeworthy and actionable! I love it!

  • Great content, excellent guests and hostVoices 1
    April 14, 2018 by Aaaapppppppplllll from Switzerland

    Excellent content, I really enjoy the content guys! The guests are thought-provoking, inspirational people, and their erudite knowledge is squeezed out well by the host. Mark Bidwell, the host is an excellent host, exceptional knowledge and hosting skills! Hope and look forward for more to come!

  • Innovation Ecosystem is leading the way!Voices 1
    April 11, 2018 by ErikBison from United States

    Innovation Ecosystem shares actionable insights on how to become a better leader (and innovating with purpose and values). I highly recommend listening and subscribing if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to become the best leader you can possibly be (and grow your business and live your best life as a result)!

  • Excellent podcastVoices 1
    April 8, 2018 by kalwar.g from Finland

    This podcast is excellent...and falls into the category of one of that top-rated podcast for innovators and innovation lovers. If you are young, millennials or baby-boomer or any such age groups you may want to learn from people who have made it in the business, this podcast is for you. The podcast has an excellent tone to it, curious listener group and awesome questions that might attract people from all corners of the business. As Peter Drucker said, "the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said", you will see the echoes of Drucker's diversity and culture by listening to this podcast. If you value diversity and culture in an organisation, this podcast is the must for you.

  • Best podcast on innovating in an organization!Voices 1
    March 24, 2018 by Chris @100 from Canada

    After finding this pod cast I have burned through all episodes during my commute and am on my second time through! Just great, useful and inspiring I formation!

  • Really good quality, thought provoking podcastsVoices 1
    February 26, 2018 by GazzaTurner from United Kingdom

    I have found this podcast series by accident but I am very pleased that I have. The relevance, transferability and ideas are all so applicable and are well on point regards the future of work

  • Awesome show, highly recommend!Voices 1
    November 2, 2017 by J. Barshop from United States

    Mark and his guests share actionable and inspiring lessons to become a better business leader and (more importantly) a better overall person. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to The Innovation Ecosystem if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to take your business to the next level (and reach your overall goals as a result)!

  • Always insightfulVoices 1
    August 18, 2017 by Hdcripps from Australia

    Mark has the most interesting and varied guest from around the world that equips the listeners for the VUCA world. If you are in business you need to be listing.

  • Mark Bidwell is driven to help you lead betterVoices 1
    July 7, 2017 by Joshua Spodek from United States

    I've had the pleasure of meeting Mark. One-on-one as well as interviewing his world-class guests, he is driven beyond just bringing you interesting conversation to helping you connect with his guests and learn from them. He has big corporate teams and small entrepreneurial ones. He's innovated and he's worked with bureaucracies. That experience comes through in making his guests comfortable to share vulnerabilities and experiences we can learn from.

  • Class Act PodcastVoices 1
    March 29, 2017 by Whitney Johnson from United States

    Mark Bidwell not only does his homework to get as much learning as possible from his guests, he himself is an expert innovator -- also loves the visual collteral that accompanies each episode.

  • High quality and insightfull interviewsVoices 1
    November 6, 2016 by Klodeko from France

    This is an really high quality ressource for everyone interested on innovation. Mark is a really good interviewer. He helps leaders and writers to strucure their message and to extract the best of their experiences. The website completes the podcast with the transcriptions and some excellent sketchings.

  • Getting the Back StoryVoices 20
    October 9, 2016 by P Brody from United States

    I got interested in these because Mark interviewed me for one. I've since been listening to others and have come to really enjoy the broader back-story around innovation - not just what happened by why other entrepreneurs have developed a specific point of view.