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What Origin?

What Origin?

By Gavin
From muse to manifestation: exploring why and how people create things

What Origin? is a series of interviews with guests, exploring the origins and motivations behind what they create. We delve into personal experiences in order to examine and explore the creative process, and learn what can help keep people motivated to manifest what they desire. We hope to spread inspiration to listeners in each episode.
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Mitch Altman - Hacker, Creator, Maker
In this episode we interview Mitch Altman, He's one of the founders of the hackerspace noisebridge, he has taught thousands soldering, and is embarking on a new chapter of life in Berlin pursuing writing.
November 30, 2020
Hannah Zeller DBSA
In this episode we talk with Hannah Zeller programs manager at Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) We cover her journey to working with nonprofits, how she has used art to help and inspire people, and her most recent project mood monsters with DBSA.
November 30, 2020
Alara Vural - Inner Gold
Alura Vural teaches entrepreneurs and businesses how to create emotional connections. In this interview she talks about how to find your inner gold, and her journey to her current career.  Visit her site:
November 30, 2020
Law and Technology - Pieter Gunst
Pieter Gunst talks about how he became a lawyer, the challenges we face as a society and how technology can be applied to solve common problems. 
June 23, 2020
Sahar Massachi - Community, Corporate Culture, and Independence
In this podcast we explore the philosophy of communities, the good and bad of corporate culture, and the difficulty of starting an independent lifestyle leaving the rat race.  find out more at
May 15, 2020
Curious Creations #1: The Slinky
This episode is hosted by Chris and covers the history of the invention of the Slinky by Richard T. James, an icon in children's toys. 
June 05, 2019
ep.10 Kasi Bailey on Creative Hairstyling
In this episode we interview Kasi Bailey on creative hairstyling. Shyla hosts and covers tips and tricks for hair, and the daily life of a hairstylist. Kasi Bailey specializes in creative hair coloring, and cuts. You can find out more about Kasi Bailey's work at
April 18, 2019
Ep. 9 Glamputee (Alex Locust) Alex Locust talks about living with as an amputee and creative ways to empower and have fun with the disability community. Alex Locust is creator of Spill the Disabili-Tea a vibrant, fun and interactive experience for the disabled and advocates. It puts a twist on the common medical model by focusing on humor, and a colorful space to make living with a disability more about community and connection rather than a clinical and dry experience.
March 20, 2019
ep.8 Christy Smith: Enrichment Project Christy Smith describes her eight year project, called The Enrichment Project into the healing and effects of dance and creative arts. The Enrichment Project is about creating radical rituals for daily living, and Christy has finished a manuscript to be published in the future as a book. She says, "By pestering eleven other talented women, I hoped to “just figure this creativity thing out” in about a year or so. We sat down to meals, exchanged bread and salt, and then the real stories began to emerge."
March 12, 2019
ep.7 Leona Godin: Creativity in Darkness
Dr. Leona Godin ( started aromatica poetica ( an exploration into how to describe smell. She is a Writer, Actor, Artist, Educator who is Blind. She shares her journey into creativity and beyond.
February 28, 2019
ep.6 Suhaila Salimpour Belly Dancing for Everyone Suhaila Salimpour talks about the origin of her love for belly dancing, creating standards for the practice and the 70th anniversary of Salimpour School
February 22, 2019
ep.5 Disabled Writers with S.E. Smith In this podcast we cover and the journey of S.E. Smith in writing, disability advocacy, and helping others. Disabled Writers is a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and journalists connect with disabled sources.
February 14, 2019
ep.4 Openlibrary with mek mek (Michael Karpeles), shares his work on with the internet archive (, how Aaron Swartz influenced him, and tips on productivity ( If you're a developer or lover of libraries volunteers are welcome.
February 06, 2019
ep.3 Mental Health Help
Gavin covers the topic of mental health providing resources, advice and stories. We will cover mental health with other guests and this is seen as a reference for this seeking help who may find themselves in tough situations. Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (talk) National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
January 30, 2019
ep.2 Raising Children with Shyla
Shyla, co-host of what origin? talks about creating a family. Shyla opens up about the deep emotional issues experienced, and the ups and downs of her journey with her kids. She’s raising a 1 year old and 4 year old. For mothers, there’s something to relate to, and for those without kids there’s nuggets of wisdom and advice to dealing with kids and the social conditions. 
January 28, 2019
ep.1 Interviewing my Father
Gavin interviews his father Tom about life, religion and science. Tom worked for 31 years at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and being 76 has experienced the ups and downs of life, and how to maintain optimism. Tom is half of Gavin's origin biologically and helped inspire the podcast. We hope you enjoy this episode, as our personal origin.
January 21, 2019