“Storytelling is a big part of what I do, but it’s all driven by curiosity.”
There is nothing more powerful than a story well told.
Built into the very fabric of what makes us human, this ancient art holds the power to transform not just the individual but humanity at large.
Nobody understands this better than Tom Scott – a man devoted to the idea that when curiosity, conversation and community converge, the world indeed becomes a better place.
A graduate of Brown University with a Masters of Divinity from Yale, Tom is perhaps best known as the co-founder and original CEO of Nantucket Nectars. Founded in 1989 — long before it was cool to be a start-up founder — the fruit juice venture quickly grew to national prominence, making the “Inc. 500” list of fastest growing U.S. companies five years in a row and garnering Tom accolades, including the Mercury Award for Advertising and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
After selling Nantucket Nectars in 2002, Tom reinvented himself as a film and television producer. In 2004 he formed Plum TV, which owned and operated a network of stations around the country and received more than 14 Emmy awards. He produced television ads for companies like Nike and BMW. He created and produced the HBO series The Neistat Brothers with 3-time podcast guest Casey Neistat. And in 2010 he won an Independent Spirit Award for producing the feature-length film Daddy Longlegs (also with Casey).
Tom’s current passion is The Nantucket Project. Akin to TED but much more intimate, TNP is both an annual event and a movement — gatherings large and small (plus a new podcast, The Neighborhood Project) that bring together thought leaders across a wide range of disciplines to explore the most relevant, cutting-edge ideas and the implications such ideas pose for the betterment of culture, society and business.
I have known Tom since 7th grade. We attended junior high and high school together. These were not my favorite times, so it was incredibly healing to revisit that era with someone who was there. We discuss Tom’s entrepreneurial success. What he aims to achieve with The Nantucket Project. And the power of story to inspire wonder, cultivate community, ignite change, and unite us in this most divided time.
I’ve been waiting 30 years to have this conversation. Honest, intimate and personally meaningful, it’s exactly the exchange I always hoped it would be.
You’re in for a treat. Enjoy!
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference
- Connect with Tom: Twitter
- The Nantucket Project: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube
- Podcast: The Neighborhood Project
- Time Magazine: The Nantucket Project Stories
- Forbes: Can The Nantucket Project Change Who We Are? by John Tamny
- Huffington Post: The Nantucket Project Offers More Than Red Pants by Rob Taub
- Nantucket Film Festival: 5 Questions with Tom Scott, co-founder of The Nantucket Project
- Serendipity: Tom Scott’s Next Big Idea by Kari Molvar
- The Inquirer and Mirror: Juice Guy Tom Scott turns producer with film at Cannes, series for HBO by Marianne Stanton
- Greenwich Free Press: Nantucket Project Packs its Headquarters for Panel Discussion On Civility by Asher Almonacy
- Film: Wonder* an inspiring story of a loving family whose son, born with facial differences, enters a mainstream school for the first time
- Documentary: Finding Joe* explores the studies of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell
- YouTube: Experience The Nantucket Project | TNP
- YouTube: Tom Scott: Improving Entrepreneurship | WebEx
- YouTube: SEER Symposium – Tom Scott | Pepperdine University
Notable People Discussed In Today’s Podcast
- Sharon Salzberg: teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, New York Times Best selling author and podcast guest
- Andy Puddicombe: co-founder of Headspace, a guided meditation training app and podcast guest
- Dan Harris: journalist, ABC News correspondent, Nightline anchor, author of 10% Happier* and (2x) podcast guest
- Doug Evans: Founder and Chairman of juicero and podcast guest
- Rip Esselstyn: Former fire-fighter and author of The Engine 2 Diet* and podcast guest
- Casey Neistat: YouTube personality, filmmaker, vlogger, and 3x podcast guest
- Slomo: (Dr. John Kitchin; podcast guest) abandoned his neurology career and traded his lab coat for roller blades.
- Rob Bell: author, speaker, former pastor and 2x podcast guest
- Neil Phillips: founder and executive director of Visible Men, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has had an illustrious career as an athlete, educator, coach, and entrepreneur
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #94: Slomo: How One Man Reinvented Himself Wholesale — Ruminations On Simplicity, Life In The Zone & The Great Iceberg Of Consciousness
- RRP 142: Andy Puddicombe: From Monk to Entrepreneur
- RRP 144: Casey Neistat’s Absolute Disregard For Failure
- RRP #221: Doug Evans Is Revolutionizing Juice
- RRP #251: Faith Provocateur Rob Bell On God, Divinity & Why Love Always Wins
- RRP #249: Sacha Gervasi & David De Rothschild: Chasing Dreams, Seeking Adventure & The Power Of Story To Change The World
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