Thinking Progressive with Ron Rivers
#23 Exploring Rudimentary Utopias

#23 Exploring Rudimentary Utopias

February 4, 2020

Utopia comes in many forms, but the one we are closest to achieving could be described as a rudimentary utopia.  In this episode we'll explore some of the features and systems that would exist in this initial stage of transformation. 

#22 Reimagining Utopia

#22 Reimagining Utopia

January 28, 2020

The word utopia conjures up visions of the ideal but carries with it the stigma of impossibility. This is simply false. In this episode we explore what Utopia is and is not, focusing on why it's important that we reimagine the word to meet the needs of the present.

#21 Affordable Housing & Generational Ideals

#21 Affordable Housing & Generational Ideals

January 21, 2020

In this episode we’re going to be talking about affordable housing and generational ideals. Affordable housing is a problem that many areas in the United States are struggling with today.

Today our struggle with housing is less about economics and resources, and more about the beliefs of an aging generation. We'll discuss why these ideals are creating unnecessary challenges and how we can overcome them.

 

#20 Let it Go Millennial (and Gen Z too)

#20 Let it Go Millennial (and Gen Z too)

January 14, 2020

The struggle for transformation can mean many things to many people.  So much of our present reality, our belief in what is, and is not, possible is defined by the institutions that we were born into.   Before we can be better we must first let go of the concepts that are holding us back.  In this episode we'll explore why our generations should be rejecting the ideals and beliefs of the past in order to realize a future that will redefine the human experience.

#19 How to Prevent War: Socialize Weapons Manufacturers

#19 How to Prevent War: Socialize Weapons Manufacturers

January 7, 2020

In era of global crisis the very idea of war probably seems insane to you. That’s because it is. So how do we begin to free ourselves from the war machine? In this episode we’ll explore one potential economic and legislative solution to cripple the profit seeking war machine in the United States. Socializing the weapons manufacturers.

#18.5 Setting Intentions for our 2020 Season

#18.5 Setting Intentions for our 2020 Season

January 1, 2020

Welcome back to the 2020 season of the Thinking Progressive podcast. This episode is a brief primer on the direction and focus of our efforts in 2020.

We'll be removing our weekly progress report (current events) and focusing more on creating better content under the larger theme of progressive transformation of ourselves and our institutions.

#18 Readjusting to Routine:  Life After Entrepreneurship

#18 Readjusting to Routine: Life After Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2019

Thinking Progressive isn’t only about politics.  It’s a way of approaching change. Today’s episode is a story about how I coped with a fairly radical shift in my professional routine.  It’s a story that some of you may find relevant to your lives today or your future plans. More importantly, I’m going to share some of the darker times I went through during the process of transitioning and the methods that I used to push through. 

This is the final episode of our 2019 season, looking forward to continuing with exciting new content in 2020!

#17 Disabled Denied Democracy

#17 Disabled Denied Democracy

November 26, 2019

Disabled people face significantly unequal opportunity when it comes to running for elected office and voting.  Disadvantage in the form of information, process, and access only allow the disabled voter and candidate to experience a form of neutered democracy.  Building a pluralistic society demands that we develop methods to allow all people to have a say in their national future.  In this episode we'll explore the problem in more details and present solutions for how we might structure our electoral process to provide equal opportunity for disabled participants. 

The Progress Report 11/22/19 - Exploring the Inevitable Impeachment / Exploring A New A.I. Study

The Progress Report 11/22/19 - Exploring the Inevitable Impeachment / Exploring A New A.I. Study

November 22, 2019

11/22/19 Weekly Progress Report discussing:

- Exploring the Inevitable Impeachment
- Exploring A New A.I. Study by Brookings Institute

 

#16 Values, Institutions, and the Future

#16 Values, Institutions, and the Future

November 19, 2019

Values are guiding principles that we follow in order to help us make better decisions and construct better institutions, but require us to be conscious of their vulnerability. History shows us that no value is permanent.  If we were more open to the malleability of values in our society how might that change us? What type of policies would we explore and in what directions?  What would it mean for humanity?  We'll explore these questions and more into today's episode.