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Latest Podcasts

October, 2020

  • 21 October

    A Path To Panarchy – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 4 [PODCAST #682]

    Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." Today we continue exploring panarchy and now counter-economics (or agorism); we'll discuss Bryan O'Doherty's article The Peaceful Path to an Integral Society Music: "Touch of Grey" (cover) Mike Masse "Breaking Us In Two" Joe Jackson "Ghost Town" The Specials Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, ...

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  • 15 October

    Matt Beaudreau – The Departure [PODCAST #681]

    (It's how the hero's journey begins) Once upon a time, Matt Beaudreau was deep inside the schooling Matrix - first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Today Matt is an in-demand and provocative education speaker and consultant, and a personal development  coach to people all around the world. He is also the founder of the Acton Academy in Placer, CA; Acton is a program of self-directed learning with over 100 locations around the world. In this show we'll discuss the events that helped him to awaken and start speaking out. He'll also be returning in the near future to map out a hero's journey for teens. About Acton Academy Placer Acton Academy Placer is an Educational Resource Center ...

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  • 12 October

    PANARCHY – With Wes Bertrand, Integral Theory Part 3 [PODCAST #680]

    Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have moved so far in this series from integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and now to society and "governance." The matrix discussed in the monologue: Today we discuss Bryan O'Doherty's articles Panarchy: The Political Paradigm of an Integral Society and PANARCHY: The Integral Social Matrix Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over 100 separate schools of thought in the fields of consciousness, psychology, meditative traditions, philosophy and sociology. In this series we'll explain the Integral approach to: * ...

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Supporter-Only Content

October, 2020

  • 22 October

    [BONUS] Information Literacy vs. New York Times Misinformation vs. Russian Disinformation

    A lesson in media literacy: how mainstream media uses facts to counterfeit understanding (audio, 2hr 14min) In three consecutive Un-iversity Monday meetings, we watch, deconstruct, and expand upon a New York Times video series from 2018 called Operation InfeKtion:  Russian Disinformation From Cold War To Kanye.  The series has three parts - 1. Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News 2. The Seven Commandments of Fake News 3. The Worldwide War on Truth Why are we going back to 2018? This month, Russian disinformation conspiracy theories are back in style. CNN has revived this story line for damage control in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. While it is too late for most CNN viewers to learn anything, we wanted ...

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  • 5 October

    [BONUS] Tribes and True Believers – With Nathan Fraser

    Note: Picture not accurate in any way (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 2) Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Today: We discuss tribalism and two prophetic books - Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin and The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer. School Sucks Project · Tribalism and True Believers Sub-Topics Include: - Lizard brain reasons for why we’re tribal creatures - Why the media has become more tribal over the last few decades - ...

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September, 2020

  • 30 September

    [BONUS] Scott Hambrick – Balkanization and Culture Creation

    Scott Hambrick from Online Great Books joins our conversation. We talk about the economic concept of distributism, what's the difference between cults and cultures, the breakup of the United States, and why utopians are so dumb and dangerous. Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit   to the chaos of the real world. Friday "freestyle" conversations  invite  participants to vent about their current frustrations, usually   triggering Brett into long rants. School Sucks Project · Balkanization and Culture Creation

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

Welcome to SchoolSucksProject.com. We strive to provide young people with the building blocks of intellectual, financial and lifestyle independence. This includes in-depth explorations into higher-level thinking, organization and productivity, emotional and physical health, habit and lifestyle optimization, history and philosophy, psychology, self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and communication/negotiation strategies. It's all essential information, but almost none of it is taught in school. Our content is ideal for frustrated high school and college students, home-educating parents, and adults who are interested in independently furthering their education and achieving self-actualization.