Author Archives: Berin Kinsman

Work-Life Balance – Proof of Life podcast for 15 October 2017

In this episode Katie and Berin talk about the importance of coffee breaks, defining boundaries between work and life, and the differences between Finnish and American work environments.

Proof of Life Podcast for 8 October 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about being excited for autumn and the Long Dark, dealing with depression, and shutting out distractions.

Filing Fetish – Proof of Life Podcast for 1 October 2017

In this episode, Katie & Berin make is clear why she’s an academic and he’s a project manager. Discussion dances around organizing data, providing context for information, and orderly workflows.

America as Religion: Proof of Life Podcast for 24 September 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss taking a knee, exercising freedom of speech in the United States, and the concept of American Exceptionalism as religion and protest as blasphemy. If you have topics you’d like to hear us discuss in future episodes, leave your ideas in the comments below.

Selfish vs. Social: Proof of Life podcast for 17 September 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about how consumer culture and the internet encourage people to be selfish and impede the development of empathy and compassion necessary for a functional society.

Proof of Life Podcast for 10 September 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about climate change. Specifically, they discuss the reasons behind the widespread climate change denial in the United States. This one’s for our non-American friends who find it incomprehensible as hurricanes and flooding ravage America.

Proof of Life podcast 3 September 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about the influences of cultural context on creativity, how creativity is defined and taught, and discuss some stuff about tabletop roleplaying games.

Proof of Life Podcast August 2017

In this episode, Berin and Katie discuss the relationship between critical thinking skills and cultural values. Current events are metaphorically compared to “weather”, with culture being the overall “climate”, to explain why it will be difficult to change the way things are.

Proof of Life Podcast 20 August 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss their creative work, the philosophical and ethical issues of selling things that are deeply personal, and how to determine the right price for art and writing.

Proof of Life Podcast 13 August 2017

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.