Episode 12: American Times With Jon Vander Pol

March 6, 2018

In this episode, Jeff and Root Concepts co-founder Jon Vander Pol discuss Jon's current film project, 'American Times'.

"Millions of Americans are struggling to stay optimistic about the future, and at the same time struggling to get along with family and friends across the political divide. American Times is a journey in search of hope and healing. If you can relate to this struggle, please join us on this journey."


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Episode 11 - Regenerative Solutions for the Future of Humanity

October 11, 2017

"Sustainability has been one of the most often used words when envisioning thriving, healthy societies of the future but sustainability will not help us now."

That's a quote from our good friend Jacob Devaney and an exerpt from his latest Huffington Post article: "Regenerative Solutions for the Future of Humanity".


Jacob stopped by to fill us in on his latest travels with Unify and how he's been a part of unlikely, yet crucial collaborations that bring together people from all walks of life for the betterment of our nation and globe.


Episode 10 - Neverbetter

September 19, 2017

Episode 10 takes us all the way back to the early days of Root Concepts with a new poem that Jeff wrote and published called "Neverbetter", followed by a discussion focused on this philosophy and mantra that Jeff has used through the years to carry him through the ups and downs of life. 


A Creative’s Biggest Fear: The Fear Of Failure & Rejection

July 3, 2017

This episode is a follow up to Episode 8: Art+Marketing. If you haven't already, go check it out!

Episode 9 is all about how to overcome the fears of failure & rejection. Quite often artists & creatives are fearful of having their work be judged on any level. They attach a personal emotion to the opinions that others have of their creations. 

It's so important to overcome these fears. If we don't, they can lead to much worse things like procrastination and perfection, and make it difficult for you to produce artwork of any kind at all. 


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Episode 8 - Art + Marketing

May 30, 2017

Most artists face serious challenges around the ideas and process of selling their art. The idea of the 'starving artist' has been perpetuated since the pre-digital age, but it doesn't have to be that way. 

These are exciting times to be an artist! The ability to create art, market your brand and sell your art while staying true to your creative process is more available than ever, but in the internet age it is also trickier than ever to find a way to stand out.

In this episode Jeff addresses these challenges and talks about his experiences with marketing and selling his art over the course of his 20+ years in business. 




Episode 7 - The Resistance Kit

March 2, 2017

One of the best ways that we can all resist is to speak up and let our voices be heard. All over the US people are letting their voices be heard in our local governments and we at RootConcepts feel that self-expression is a way to work in solidarity--to see each other- and recognize the people who feel the same way as we do.


That's why we created "The Resistance Kit", to bring attention to the idea that your voice matters and that you have a say in what happens in our political elections. 


We'd like to invite you to speak your mind with this newest sticker pack from RootConcepts. No matter what your political affiliation, your voice matters in the fight for soicial justice and the power of your voice should be heard no matter who is in office. Click here to check out The Resistance Kit now.


Episode 6 : Exploring Media Literacy With Jacob Devaney

December 8, 2016


Our old friend Jacob Devaney recently wrote a guest post on our blog, 'The Word' that has been a well received contribution to the discussion around critical thinking and media literacy skills in relation to our current media landscape. We wanted to do a follow up to that and invite Jacob back to the podcast to expand on some key points of his post. 

Listen up as we discuss important topics like confirmation bias, yellow journalism, and the ethical side of journalism and how we can better inform ourselves to get a little bit closer to the truth.


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Episode 5 - What Makes You Stronger

November 27, 2016

In this episode, Jeff discusses the changing landscape of our nation and the importance of becoming activists for our freedoms. Also, the new poem What Makes You Stronger is performed and discussed.


Episode 4 - Ideas Behind The Ideas: Environment & Nature

September 28, 2016

Jeff explains a line of stickers that is near and dear to his heart, the Environment & Nature line, and that stands in solidarity with those who are fighting to protect our natural resources. Join us as we dive deep into the importance of our wide open spaces, the water that we drink, and the earth that provides us with food, and lets come together to find common ground on what we believe to be Root Concepts in this fourth episode of RootsCast.


Episode 3 - Interview With Jacob Devaney-Writer, Activist, and Co-Founder of Unify.org

August 5, 2016

This episode features an interview with writer and activist Jacob Devaney.

Jacob has been a friend of Root Concepts since the early days, his creative drive has been an inspiration for over 20 years! In this episode we discuss his past projects, the challenges of being an independent artist, and what inspires his passions to date. 

After walking a similar path for the past 20 years we finally had the chance to sit down and recollect on the journey thus far...


Jacob is the founder of Culture Collective
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