Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. The…


Praxis and the PDP

One of the core building blocks of the Praxis educational experience is the Personal Development Project, or "PDP".  A PDP is simple: a self-chosen 30-day challenge with tangible benchmarks and outcomes, documented and demonstrated. Project based learning - tackling a challenge that the learner has…


2015: A Personal Year in Review

  Alright, my good friend and Praxis colleague TK Coleman convinced me to share this personal recap in a blog post after I shared it with him in an email.  It feels a little weird or narcissistic, but I guess a little reflection is permitted this time of year.  Besides, I had nothing to write…


Does Future Orientation Mean Anything?

It's not easy to stay out of the future. I live a lot of my life there.  I don't know that it's bad, but there is this universal approval of ideas like, "be in the present moment", and, "don't put off living for some future date".  Those platitudes sound right and put the tiniest weight of guilt on…


The Possibilities of Private Drones

I recently contributed to a Kickstarter campaign for a small quadcopter style drone.  I'm set to receive it sometime this fall and I can't wait!  At this point, most of these drones only carry a camera, but as the payload capability increases, our lives could change in a lot of small but powerful…


It's Not About GDP

I’ve been thinking lately about GDP, and common ideas of economic progress more generally. I just attended an event about the causes of and cures for poverty in the poorest countries.  So much of the discussion utilized comparisons between countries based on measures of GDP, GDP growth, and the…


Oil and Assumptions

Not long ago there was a crash involving a train full of crude oil.  It exploded and caused a great deal of damage.  In fact, this has happened multiple times in the last few months.  Of course reporters and pundits call for more and "better" regulation - as if somehow politicians and bureaucrats…


A Book That Will Help You Understand Why Bitcoin is Amazing

My friend Steve Patterson - a brilliant and clear thinker, excellent writer, radical, tech enthusiast, and scholar - has written what I think is the best intro to bitcoin you can find.  It's sufficiently basic, so even a tech noob like me can grasp it, but it doesn't shy away from delving into the…