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My New Podcast: The 21st Century Creative

21st Century Creative logoBack in 2006 I started blogging here at Wishful Thinking to share my ideas about creativity, communication and business, and to help as many of my fellow creative professionals as I could.

Several hundred blog posts and three books later, it’s time for a new phase of my mission: I’m upgrading from blogging to podcasting, with a new show called The 21st Century Creative.

Over the past couple of years I’ve become an avid podcast listener – I love the richness of the medium, and the way it allows for the space and subtlety to present and discuss topics in depth.

It also allows listeners to enjoy the show while doing other things – so far I’ve had people tell me they have listened to episodes of my show on the subway, on the deck of a ship, while cooking, washing up, and on a long car journey.

What The 21st Century Creative offers you

We’re living at a time of unprecedented opportunity for enterprising, outward-looking creators. And you’ve probably noticed we don’t have our challenges to seek either – creatively, personally, professionally, politically and environmentally.

So I thought it was time for a show that addresses these issues, from your perspective as a creative professional. I share my thoughts on them in a series of short talks in the first part of each episode.

Plus I have a stellar line-up of guests who have given me in-depth, insightful and inspiring interviews – including writers, designers, entrepreneurs, and experts in leadership, productivity, and personal development.

At the end of every interview, my guest sets you a Creative Challenge, to be completed the same week the show goes out. And there are prizes!

This week, for example, you can win a limited edition art print by artist and Virtual Reality designer Fabrice Bourrelly, by taking his challenge before midnight this Friday 16th June. Details here.

Episodes 1-3 available to listen now

I’m producing the show in seasons of 10 episodes – the first 3 episodes are available now to listen on iTunes or via the links below:

Episode 1. Scott Belsky on the Power of Creative Community

Episode 1 title graphic: The power of creative community with Scott Belsky

Episode 2. Steven Pressfield on Truth and Fiction

Episode 2 title graphic: Truth and Fiction with Steven Pressfield

Episode 3. How Virtual Reality Will Shape Our Future with Fabrice Bourrelly

Episode 3 title graphic: How Virtual Reality Will Shape Our Future with Fabrice Bourrelly

I’d like to say a special thank you to two amazing creatives who have been a huge help in producing the show:

Irene Hoffman, who designs all my books, has created a beautiful and distinctive visual identity for the show.

And Javier Weyler, musician, composer and producer, has composed original music and soundscapes that give the show a unique atmosphere. He and his team are also responsible for producing the show, and making my job a whole lot easier.

One last thing…

If you take a moment to subscribe to The 21st Century Creative in iTunes you will never miss an episode of the show, and you can take part in all the Creative Challenges as soon as each new episode comes out.

It would also be a big help to me – because the more people who subscribe, the more visible the show will be in the iTunes store, and the more creators I can help with it.

This is particularly important in the first few weeks of a podcast – so if you enjoy the show, and you’d like to support it, taking a moment to subscribe in iTunes will give the podcast the best chance of success.

Thank you and enjoy the show!

Mark McGuinness is a poet, a coach for creative professionals, and the host of The 21st Century Creative Podcast.