Reboot Podcast Episode #115 – This Could Be Our Future – with Yancey Strickler

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 115 // October 31, 2019


Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler

author, Co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter

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Episode Description

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast Jerry sits down with Yancey Strickler (Co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter) to explore his recently released book, This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, which lays out a vision for building a society that looks beyond money and toward maximizing the values that make life worth living. 

During this conversation, Yancey and Jerry consider how our values shape the way in which we (and our companies!) show up to meet the world. Yancey sheds light on how the Western World has shifted away from a culture that highly values community, purpose, and fairness, and has instead placed focus and value on decisions that maximize financial gain. In order to tackle the major problems facing the world today, Yancey calls for a radical shift in how we view rational self-interest, proposing that self-coherence, or making decisions that are aligned with who you really are and want to be in the future, is the key to expanding our world view. When we come into alignment with ourselves, we are building a greater capacity to see the ways in which our choices could have greater influence beyond ourselves. In shifting from a ‘me’ to an ‘us’ way of looking at the world, we open ourselves up to the ability to make choices that will create a fairer and more fulfilling world to live in.

Yancey Strickler on Twitter | This Could Be Our World: A Manifesto for a More Generous World

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I’ve learned to be comfortable with that outsider stance and that has tormented me for a lot of my life.” – Yancey Strickler

“We’ve come to believe that financial value, money, is the only rational value that exists in the world.” – Yancey Strickler

“In a world without an imminent climate crisis, I would be significantly more optimistic.” – Yancey Strickler

“Implicit in what could be our future is a bringing forward of what was lost in the past but making it appropriate for the future.” – Jerry Colonna

“We didn’t view Kickstarter as a personal lottery ticket. You shouldn’t make something great and then use it to extract yourself from the rest of society.” – Yancey Strickler

“The book is not just about problems. The first half is about what’s wrong. The second half is about where to go.” – Yancey Strickler

“As self-interest grows, it creates more responsibility and impacts others. It goes to an ‘us.’” – Yancey Strickler

“The reason why we struggle with climate change and problems of the future is ’cause we have such a difficult time in the West thinking beyond now.” – Yancey Strickler

“Oftentimes what I will advise a client is that when the inner parts of who we are don’t map to the outer actions that we’re taking, not only does it create, anxiety, but it can lead to a massive depression. And what I’m hearing is, I think, within the organizational structure, massive distrust.” – Jerry Colonna

“The future is unknown, but like the character you carry into the future will shape it, it also defines your past at the same time.” – Yancey Strickler

“An expanded understanding of value can greatly increase our potential, and that there’s a whole world of value for each of us to unlock in our organizations and in our lives.” – Yancey Strickler

“Many great things have taken many generations to happen.” – Yancey Strickler

“I believe in the power of business and organizations. I mean, organizations are the most powerful groupings second to the family.” – Yancey Strickler