Catalyst Podcast: 008 – Writer’s Block & Catalyst Cross-Over Madness

Did you know that “audioblogging” was launched in the 1980’s and was re-coined podcasting in the early 2000’s with the creation of the iPod?  If you are like us, or one of the other 40 million Americans who listen to podcasts weekly, then your download que is jam-packed with everything from Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist to On Being with Krista Tippet, to WTF with Marc Maron.  But what is it like to go from a podcast fan to podcast host?READ MORE

Catalyst Podcast: 007 – Keep Portland… Dark? With MyKala Stinson of Beerquest Walking Tours


Dark roast, Dark brews, Dark…tourism. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, has a long and complicated past. Seated in the shadow of Mt. Hood, the region was originally home to the indigenous Chinook peoples, and saw large populations of pioneer settlers entering the area in the 1830s. The city that developed came to be known as a gritty logging and port hub, and was once dubbed “the most filthy city in the Northern States” by its own hometown paper. Today Portland is more known for its infestation of microbreweries, award-winning coffee, and quirky personae, but its history still creeps throughout the dark corners–if you know where to look.READ MORE

Catalyst Podcast: 006 – On Becoming 222 Market Part Two – Artisans and Lifestyle Branding


In Part two of Episode 006: On Becoming 222, hosts Shannon and Taryn speak with Aly Thompson, founder and owner of Olysocial the marketing design company hired by the 222 Market, and Carissa Dickson and Iana Franks co-owners of Fleurae floral design and boutique, one of 222’s founding artisans. All three ladies discuss the adventure of starting their own business and their experience working with Olympia’s premier artisan market. Photo credit: Poppi  Photography.READ MORE

Catalyst Podcast: 005 – On Becoming 222 Market Part One – The Developers


Olympia, the state capital of Washington, in many ways still has the feel of a small town. In a time when so many of our communities, towns, and cities are experiencing the strain of modern day life, Olympia’s 222 Market is bringing together local artisans, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a place for families and friends to connect around local culture and heritage. So how and why was the 222 Market created? What has made it successful? And who are the makers involved?READ MORE