Creating Holistic and Impactful Resilient Communities with Ryan Colker [The Polymath PolyCast] artwork
The Polymath PolyCast with Dustin Miller

Creating Holistic and Impactful Resilient Communities with Ryan Colker [The Polymath PolyCast]

  • S4E39
  • 1:04:34
  • July 13th 2021

►Today's episode is a massive shift towards the macro of being multidisciplinary. Talking to Ryan Colker about the holistic approach to creating impactful communities and resilient ones at that. We go from the large scale macro, down to the small time micro, and compare the two in our deep conversation.


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On this episode of the Polymath PolyCast we are talking with Ryan Colker J.D., CAE and is Vice President of Innovation at the International Code Council, Washington DC, United States. He also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR), a national coalition working to provide communities with the tools necessary to holistically assess and improve their resilience.


0:00 Intro

3:00 International Code Council + Alliance for National & Community Resilience

6:30 Global Model Codes / "Common Starting Point"

10:00 Building Codes Education

16:00 His book "Optimizing Community Infrastructure: Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses"

20:00 Looking More Holistically

25:00 Smart Cities: Smartness for the sake of smartness is not going to help you.

30:00 Modularity and Off Site Construction

35:00 Thinking about Buildings ahead of time | Construction's Various Disciplines

40:00 Being Multidisciplinary

43:50 What is a polymath to you?

46:00 Interrelated Solutions for Disparate Problems

50:00 Efficiency and Making Decisions based on a Community Approach

56:00 Identifying Building's Roles in Communities

01:00:00 Outro


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The Polymath PolyCast with Dustin Miller

This show is for the polymathic, the entrepreneurial, the multipotentialites, and the Innovators!

Now on Season 5!!

PolyInnovator (The overarching personal brand that the PolyCast is under), means Innovation Polymath, or future global changemaker. Created a Modular Degree curated with online courses and micro-credentials. You will find topics wide ranging in interests!

PolyInnovator works in #OmniContent sprints, which are like multi/omni channel episodes. So each release gets a OmniBlog Post, TeleInnovator Video, and PolyCast upload! :D


Between the OmniContent, and the guest interviews I have on the show, there are multiple formats for the #PolyCast. It can get a little confusing, so here is the series that you will see:

Fireside Micro-PolyCast

Bits of idea bursts, rants, explanations, and simply short form 3-10min episodes.


These don't happen often, but they are the medium sized episodes that may have a didactic feel to them. They are solocasts, with a bit of flare.


Each episode of the Omnicontent series starts with a blog post, turns into a slideshow, then a video, and with the video I extract the audio and turn it into a PolyCast!

The Polymath PolyCast Interviews

The interview and guest arm of the show, these episodes tend to be much longer, as they are interview discussions. They have been great, and the nuggets of knowledge anyone can get from them have been insanely awesome. Go take a listen!

If you would prefer the video version:

All in all they keep a similar polymathic feel, and stay true to the "Niche".... However the subniches can be essentially anything. Meaning the topics could be as well, so don't worry if one episode doesn't fit the bill. I'm sure another one will hit it out of the park!