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Language and the Art of Ideas


When I’m working on creative projects, my ideas are rooted in various forms of language. I usually begin with words, sketched or written feverishly in my notepad. I’m looking for anything to get started: words, themes, connecting thoughts. Eventually I find a form the project will take and it has a built-in structure that I […]

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The Shape of Your Knowledge


Being a constant patron of the local library, I am familiar with the Dewey Decimal system of organization, but never took the time to understand the history of what the numbers meant and how the system actually worked. Dewey felt that he understood how knowledge and information should be organized based upon its importance to […]

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Thinking About Discovery


I’ve been thinking a lot about discovery, specifically how I end up finding out about new ideas, people, movies, music, books, stories, and technology. The other day I was on Twitter and I read a tweet about discovery being a problem with podcasts: With so many podcasts out there, how do you find something that […]

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My Go-To List of Books


I’m constantly searching for new ideas. One of the ways I do that is through reading. I’m often asked for book recommendations, so I thought I would take some time to create a list of books that I have found meaningful. If it is on the list, I have read it, in the process of […]

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100 Episodes and Counting!


It’s hard to believe that Getting Work To Work surpassed 100 episodes this month! On one hand, it feels like the podcast just started. I still have a lot of ideas, I love interviewing guests each week, and the show still has that “new project” feeling (and smell). But on the other hand, the podcast has […]

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Learning How to Interview People


Over the years, I have discovered that I love interviewing people for videos and podcasts. Once the camera, lights, and audio equipment are setup, I sit down and the process begins. “Don’t worry about the camera, we’re just going to have a conversation,” I say. Inevitably their eyes go to the camera and then travel […]

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About Chris

Chris Martin is a filmmaker, podcaster, educator, and coach in Vancouver, WA. He loves stories that are filled to the brim with heart, edge, and fearlessness and can’t get enough of people who live their lives daring to build a better world.