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Latest Podcasts

November, 2020

  • 17 November

    Discontented Optimism: How A Teacher Freed Himself From School – With Joel Bein [PODCAST #686]

    AND...found a fulfilling new career. Joel Bein is back for a follow-up conversation about his exit from school teaching, and his transition to working with our friends at Joel last appeared on episode 669, where we introduced his story. Today we'll talk about his journey in more detail. An important feature of our discussion is what Joel refers to as Discontented Optimism - as a teacher, allowing himself to hate school, to NOT tolerate it, AND empowering himself to change the situation. Towards the end of the show, we'll also talk about a new mini-course Joel put together for Crash: Job Hunting 101 You can see more of Joel's work at Please also check out his podcast Exponentially ...

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  • 11 November

    Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up – With Wes Bertrand [PODCAST #685]

    (Integral Theory Part 5) Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have covered integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and society and "governance." Opening Sequence: "Let the Healing Begin" Discussion: We'll move from the political back to the personal and social,reading and expanding on Dustin DiPerna's article Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up Music: "Orinoco Flow" (cover) Vienna Symphony Orchestra "Somewhere In America" Jay-Z "Run For the Roses" (cover) The Grass Is Dead "Don't Stop" Maiya Sykes Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over ...

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  • 2 November

    MYTH of the PANIC – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #684]

    (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 3) In 1938, a young thespian named Orson Welles exploited a new communications medium to scare the shit out of an entire country. Or...did his enemies simply exploit an old communications medium to make people think he did? It only gets more complicated from there, folks! Today: We discuss the 1938 radio adaption of War of the Worlds, and the lessons it offers to both manipulators and marketers. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) 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. Music: "Callin' Out" Lyrics ...

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Supporter-Only Content

November, 2020

  • 22 November

    [UN-IVERSITY] Opening the Kept Gates

    Richard Grove and I use the work of investigative journalist Matt Taibbi as a jumping off point to discuss how gatekeepers can be useful to help "on ramp" people stuck on the low roads of mainstream confirmation-bias media to ride on a better super highway of information, if you will. Furthermore, are we building (or can we build) a map that helps to open some of their gates. This exploration was inspired by our recent integral theory series. Where else can we discover ways to integrate disparate or even conflicting sources of information into a clearer picture of reality? (Recorded October 7th) Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices ...

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  • 19 November

    [UN-IVERSITY] The Tim Pool Deep End

    For the record, Tim did not request our constructive criticism and I have great respect for him and for his work. Among other topics discussed, Kevin Cole and I talk about some things we'd like to see him do. 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. School Sucks Project · The Tim Pool Deep End Related Posts[UN-IVERSITY] Giving ThanksTags: un-iversity, weekly, sucks, school, real, chaos, summit, action, ideas, practices[UN-IVERSITY] The World's Most Beautiful Productivity ConversationTags: conversation, school, sucks, project, un-iversity, discussion, a/v, premium, content, joel

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  • 13 November

    [BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 2 of 2)

    A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. 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.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry 2

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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

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