How Change Happens - Higher Ed. Edition

The current higher education model is flawed.  If we’re serious about changing it, first we need to get serious about understanding how social change happens.  Intentions and action are not enough to bring about desired ends.  We need an understanding of the causal relationships involved in order…


Ask Isaac: The Most Awkward Moment

On this episode of Ask Isaac, I got a listener question that was a little odd..."What was your most awkward moment?"  I'm pretty sure the person who asked it on Facebook had heard through the grapevine about one particular story.  I decided to come clean. This and all "Ask" episodes, as well as all…


How Information Destroys Dictators (Are Demagogues Next?)

I recently saw a presentation by economist Antony Davies on the basics of Public Choice Theory and the predictable problems with democratic systems.  Ant laid out the median voter theorem, then observed that national elections continue to get tighter and tighter as candidates become more and more…


Your Student Debt is Unfair

You hear a lot of complaints about student debt, and how maddening it is to be $40,000 in the hole at age 23 and still not have a job that requires a degree.  The case for the unfairness of student loan debt is that these kids didn't know better.  It's kind of a pathetic excuse, but it's often…


Episode 23: Sam Patterson on OpenBazaar, OB1, and the Decentralization of Everything

Sam Patterson works on the OpenBazaar project, building a distributed, peer-to-peer marketplace for the world. His team recently received media attention for landing a $1m investment from prominent VC firms Union Square Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz to launch a company called OB1. We discuss…


'Easy for You to Say' is a Dumb Phrase

I wrote an article not long ago about how I learned to get a lot done without being busy.  A lot of people liked it and shared stories and thoughts, almost all positive.  I did get something I didn't expect, however, from a small number of people.   Some women Tweeted comments to the effect of,…


7 Super Simple Steps to Launch a Podcast for Less than $240

I'm a tech novice.  Editing a blog post in WordPress is about the height of my interest and skill level when it comes to digital content.  When a friend kept urging me to launch a podcast and see if I liked it, it sounded fun but I was skeptical.  It seemed so much harder than blogging.  There was…


Why I Started Praxis

Exciting Changes at Praxis

Praxis is growing and we're improving the program every day, and I'm excited to highlight some big changes we've just rolled out to make it more valuable to participants, business partners, and anyone interested in self-directed learning and living! New website You'll notice some changes on…


Metaphors Can Limit Us

I've been thinking a lot about metaphors and how indispensable they are to human speech and thought.  Whether or not we realize it, we can't do much thinking or communicating without extensive use of metaphors.  Many of the metaphors we use we are unconscious of. Language reveals the prevalence of…


Build a Better Signal

Why pay a university to do something you can do better yourself? From Medium. A college degree is a signal. It’s a signal to the world of your value in the market. It conveys information about your ability, skill, and intelligence. There is a lot of noise in the world of work, and it’s hard to…