Justin Kan, Scott Prindle, Waylon Lewis on Alex Bogusky’s Fearless Q&A talk show. Video:

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 4, 2010
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Update: Most of the post below is original, previous to my guest spot on Alex Bogusky’s Fearless Q&A talk show. Video is now below. ~ed.

Talk Show today, 12 MST. Video will appear below.


Alex Bogusky doesn’t learn from his Mistkaes.

You know that conventional wisdom about the importance of learning from your mistakes? Alex doesn’t buy it.

(Via AdWeek):

“I’ve never learned anything from my mistakes,” Bogusky said. “Again, I hate conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is learning from your mistakes. What about learning from your successes? That’s where I’ve focused [my energies]. Like, this works, we better get down and study on this.”

Love this. It immediately made me think, perhaps for the first time, of what I’ve done right: growing our magazine and now web site step by step; growing our FB Page super-quickly super-suddenly just by asking people to spread the love, something they can do for free…it’s funny, we really never to think on what we’ve done right, and try and replicate and refine and re-up that.

Why am I reading AdWeek? Well, I’m not—I’m preparing for my appearance, with Justin Kan (founder of Justin.tv) on Alex’s FearLess talk show. Over the last year or so, elephant and Alex and Co (a little ad agency called Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B) that has been named the best on the planet) have grown closer connected—and over the last month or so Alex has personally become really helpful to myself in these turbulent, but promising times of transition from old media to new.

Alex Bogusky, Modern Mad Man, is FearLess.

FearLess will be live-streamed (on Justin.tv, of course), if you’d like to tune in. You can tweet in your questions (or type ’em in directly, on Justin.tv/fearlessqa) for Alex to ask us. Be bold, be thoughtful, be spontaneous, be unforgivably rude.

Watch live video from Fearless QA on Justin.tv

Ladies and gentlemen: mark your calendars.

A recent FearLess with our good friends at Bcycle, a public bike sharing system:

Watch live video from Fearless QA on Justin.tv


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Justin Kan, Scott Prindle, Waylon Lewis on Alex Bogusky’s Fearless Q&A talk show. Video:”

  1. John M
    What a great group! Is this a public event? Would love to attend if possible.

    Waylon Lewis
    It will be live-streamed, John–I'll post more info when I have it.

    John M
    Thank you Waylon. Have a fantastic week.

    Waylon Lewis
    I embedded the livestream here, if you want to watch on Thursday boss.

  2. Greg says:

    Success and failure are simply dichotomies. Focus exclusively on either one and you get stuck. Get caught in the middle and you get stuck. Embracing the duality probably pays better dividends.

    My successful failures and the failure of my success has a certain ring to it.

  3. John Smith says:

    Elephant is featuring Alex Bogusky? I thought Elepahnt was a progressive magazine… Alex Bogusky owns the biggest advertising agency in the world. Everything he does is for money. To make up for all the damage he has done with his ad agency and pushing consumption he then tries to "make up for it" with things like B-cycle. What a sad sad show.

    None of the real people who wanted a denver bike sharing program wanted big advertising agencies, big health care insurance companies to be the backers of a bike sharing program.

    If you wanted to help denver just give some bikes to the pleothera of bike shops. That way it would be organic and grassroots bike sharing. They based this on Paris's bike sharing but there it was organic and born from the culture.

    Alex Bogusky, stop trying to make up for the bullshit you push on society by trying to change and shift culture. Let it happen on its own let the culture do it.

    Elephant, get real this is pure bullshit. Keep loving your capitalism folks… sickening. I will never be part of the elephant community anymore.

  4. We're only progressive until we start making real money, then we'll sell out like everyone else.

    Seriously, if you read the above, he's featuring us, not other way around as you say. I'm honored. I've written about my concerns with some CPB campaigns before, particularly the "let's take indigenous natives into a city and have them do taste test between Mickey D's and BK." So bad it's almost, but not quite, funny.

    Aside from your attitude, which doesn't do your argument any huge favors, I think your points themselves are great.

    Oh, why am I commenting? Forgot you're one of those who only likes to be a part of communities with whom you agree 100% of the time. Dialogue and discussion are sooooo 60s, man. See you on (corporate-owned) MSNBC!

  5. Rob says:

    Love your site but have had a nagging question I've always wanted to ask. I guess this is as good a time as any. The question is: Why don't you guys ever reach out to the Denver community? You guys seem to be so Boulder-centric. This interview is just one of many examples of that. You guys reach within the Boulder 'bubble' all the time, but rarely reach out of it. As a Denver reader, I figured I'd ask. We're just as progressive and interesting as you guys.

  6. If not more! Great question. The main reason is that it's my fault—I gave up my car, and just sit around working all the time. In a year we'll have a bit more staff, and we'll get out more…I'll be free to do our talk show, and such. Catch us at Yoga Rocks the Park, we'll be doing our talk show in Denver this summer!

    Thanks for asking. And suggest anything we shoudl get involved in, in Denver, any time–I'd appreciate it sincerely.