In 2014, Seattle City Council voted to incrementally raise the minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 per hour. Puget Sound Sage, a community driven policy think and do tank, was the policy engine behind that decision.
This week, we sit down with Monica Guzman, the founder and director of the Evergrey. A leading digital news publication that helps Seattleites make the most of their city. On this episode you’ll hear how Guzman started the Evergrey and what she hopes it accomplishes for residents of Seattle. We also discuss her thoughts on Seattle’s current affordability issues, and her views on the idea of “good” journalism in today’s political climate.
This week we hear how Kevin Sur and his company, Artist Home, started the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival and what attendees can expect from the weekend’s festivities. We also learn Sur’s advice for music lovers who want to support local artists and his fear for the music scene in Seattle amidst the city’s recent boom and the nation’s economic hardships.
While we tend to think of Seattle as an inclusive and diverse city, the data shows that we still have a lot of work to do. With the growing gap of affordability, progressive Seattle workplaces are partnering with companies like Diverse City LLC to ensure they continue to pull the best talent from all demographics. Join us for an inspiring and challenging conversation with Cheryl Ingram, PhD and CEO of Diverse City, LLC.
This week we sit down with Roger Valdez, the Director of Seattle for Growth, a partnership advocating for creating more housing of all types, in all neighborhoods, for all levels of income. He is a self-proclaimed lobbyist for developers and evangelist for growth and free-market economics. In this episode we discuss Valdez's “slice the pie thinner” vs. “bake more pies” analogy and how Seattle’s citizens must learn how to balance their morals with their own self-interests.
On this episode, Tyler and Phil sit down with Seattle resident and Exstreamist.com founder Rob Toledo to discuss how streaming is changing the landscape of entertainment for cable companies, content providers, and customers. We also chat Toledo's favorite watering holes in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood and how he managed to turn binge-watching Netflix into a career.
On this episode of the Rise Seattle podcast, Tyler and Phil sit down with Brennon Staley, who is the strategic advisor on urban planning and policy for Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development. Staley shares how he first came to Seattle and what his job as a strategic advisor entails. He also answers some of the locals’ most burning questions, including what systems are in place to address the growing need for parking and housing affordability in the city
On this episode, Tyler and Phil sit down with Fred Moody a retired journalist, author, and part-time bartender at the local North Star Diner & Shanghai Room (featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show, Part’s Unknown). Moody has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has authored four books. You can read his book, Seattle and the Demons of Ambition, a dramatic, entertaining, and insightful portrait of the city that defined economic and technological change in the America of the 1990s.
On this episode, we turn the mic around and Tyler interviews Phil and Emily McFarlane about their collaborative effort to create the Seattle School Guide. McFarlane shares tips for parents when it comes to communicating to school staff and her hopes and concerns for Seattle going forward. We also discuss her thoughts and feelings on living in Seattle and Shoreline, especially when it comes to having a large family with multiple kids.
On this episode of the Rise Seattle podcast, Tyler and Phil sit down with Gabriel Scheer, the director of strategic development for LimeBike, to discuss the recent influx of bike-share systems in Seattle and what that means for the future of the city. Scheer shares his knowledge of the origin of the bike-share trend, including where other companies have failed and how LimeBike changes the game. He also discusses the push-back LimeBike has received from the locals, the positive effects he has seen and hopes to see in the future, and how the introduction of LimeBike and other bike-share systems has opened the door to a much-needed discussion about transportation and the eventual need for shifting expectations and paradigms in Seattle.
On this episode of the Rise Seattle podcast, Tyler and Phil sit down with former long-snapper for the Seattle Seahawks, Clint Gresham, to discuss his time in the NFL and what it has taught him about life. He shares his experience as a player in the Super Bowl and breaks down a very common, yet dangerous mentality that the NFL spreads to its employees. Gresham also discusses how the tutelage of his former coach, Pete Carroll, has influenced his personal philosophy, changed his views of God, and led to the creation of his book, Becoming: Loving the Process to Wholeness.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what not to do while traveling, Geraldine DeRuiter is your top resource. On this episode of the Rise Seattle podcast, Tyler and Phil sit down with DeRuiter to discuss the creation of her award-winning travel blog, the Everywhereist, as well as her process in transitioning from blog writing to book writing. DeRuiter also shares a glimpse of her oddball sense of humor as she relays her experience with being diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 2012 and declares her stance on the political issues that are occurring in our country today.
Dunlop to discuss her journey from working at a NYC publishing firm to becoming professional author here in Seattle. Dunlop shares her insights in the areas of marketing and self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. We also discuss her writing process and routine, as well as what makes Seattle’s writing scene different from other major cities.
In this episode Tyler and Phil sit down with musician and podcaster Matt Carter to discuss the “Bad Christian” podcast and his opinions on Seattle’s Christian scene following the infamous Mars Hill movement. We also hit on his now decade long career as the lead guitarist in the band, Emery. And we wrap up on how Carter handles being self-employed in the fastest growing city in the US.
On this episode, Tyler and Phil hear Laurie Frankel’s perspective on being an author in Seattle, including her feelings about the general writing process and her thoughts on Seattle’s writing community in particular. They also discuss Frankel’s experience as a parent to a transgender daughter, her opinion on the recent transgender bathroom bill legislation, and her advice on navigating the transgender world (both as a person and a parent). They wrap up with Frankel’s hopes and concerns for the future of Seattle, and how you can win a copy of her newest book, This is How it Always Is.
NEW Episode: We’re baaaaaaaack! Season 2 kickoff! Local tech founder, Rand Fishkin of Moz goes deep on the struggles of starting a company; what venture capitalists REALLY want to see and his personal struggle with depression. If you live in Seattle, you must hear from this super smart and super awesome man who describes himself as a feminist. Did you just attend MozCon? Hear more about what makes your favorite SEO wizard tick.
In this season finale episode of “Rise Seattle” podcast, Phil and Tyler recap eight of thier favorite moments from episodes throughout the first season. From stories of survival to new perspectives on issues affecting Seattleites, each of these interviews encapsulate Rise Seattle's mission and show the true depth of the ways people contribute to the community everyday.
Nate is a Seattle transplant and digital marketing guru who cares deeply about his community of North Seattle. By day Nate works as the Customer Success team lead at Socedo a marketing technology company in Seattle and by night he’s the owner and Blogger of ournorthseattle.com a North Seattle community blog that has blown up in popularity, by focusing on infrastructure issues, local politics and economic trends affecting North Seattle. In this episode, we discuss the Seattle tech marketing scene, North Seattle hacker commutes and how Nate’s community blog ournorthseattle.com is activating North Seattleites to engage in local issues.