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Everything Starts Small

Everything Starts Small

By John B Johnson @ a small studio
A podcast that explores the lives of impact driven leaders who had an idea, and decided to bring it to life. Hosted by John B. Johnson, Principle and identity architect of a small studio, who uses these stories of beginning to combat the fear of starting.
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Episode 6 - Omari Souza | Black Design: Past, Present, Future
First-generation American of Jamaican descent, raised in the Bronx NY, Omari Souza saw a need to build bridges for designers of color. In 2019 he produced The State of Black Design and proved the need and figured out how to create more opportunities for Black designers. Omari's research explores the idea of perceptions, and how visual narratives influence culture, how we view ourselves and others around us. His wok has led him to produce a two day event that discusses many generations of Black design so we can learn from our past and begin building our future! John and Omari discuss a wide range of topics such as being the "only" in design school and throughout their career. Hear more about Omari and many other Black designers at the two day conference Black Design: Past, Present, Future. Register and participate for free! Omari Souza
April 6, 2021
Episode 5 - Dr. Tye & Courtney Caldwell of ShearShare
Lifetime Entrepreneur and Barber for over 30 years saw an opportunity, a need, and seized it. By staying ready and listening, the founders of ShearShare were able to take a small moment, and turn it into something transformative; the first B2B platform for barbers and hairstylists to rent a chair and salon on-demand. From running one salon to impacting salons across the nation - everything starts small.
November 11, 2020
Episode 4 - Troy Thomas, Creative Director at a small studio
From sketches of Superman with his mom as a child to leading a team of creatives at a small studio, Troy sits down with John to talk about his story of beginning and their experience starting a small studio together.
October 27, 2020
Episode 3 - Manao Rakotoarison of Civilian Madagascar
John and Manao talk about the challenges and dream of bringing internet to the people of one of the most remote parts of the world, Madagascar.  
October 20, 2020
Episode 2 - Vance Roush of Overflow
John and Vance talk about their experience connecting and developing Overflow's identity.   Overflow is the only online donation platform that automates the transfer of publicly-traded stocks from your donors to your nonprofit.
October 20, 2020
Episode 1 - Drew Shaw of Voyce Threads
John and Drew talk about their experience developing the direction of Voyce Threads Voyce Threads is a lifestyle brand that brings awareness to important causes by creating one-of-a-kind mismatched socks that tell the inspiring story of those who make our world a better place.
October 20, 2020
Trailer - Everything starts small
John B. Johnson explores how people take their ideas and transform them into success stories
October 19, 2020