Ostrolenk asks Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein to comment on the United States’ recent agreement with Iran. Fein discusses the agreement must be understood in the context of historical US-Iran relations, and how misguided U.S. foreign policy in the region has created the power vacuum that precedes the agreement. The United States’ inability to understand the ramifications of its foreign policy actions has led to this agreement, ultimately creating a cure that are worse than the disease.
Ostrolenk speaks with Lora Lumpe, Senior Policy Advisor at the Open Society Policy Center, on the status of U.S. military aid. The United States government spends roughly 20 billion dollars on security assistance through both the State Department and the Department of Defense; however, the true amount, Lumpe points out, is difficult to determine. Spending is done through numerous different pots of money making it difficult not only for citizens, but also members of government oversight committees, to know how and where money is being spent. Without a comprehensive budget and increased transparency, it is difficult to know how the programs are interacting, what overall impact they’re having, and if the U.S. is reaching its goals. Most importantly, if the U.S. wants to spend money to ensure foreign governments are accountable and open to their people, it should model such behavior itself.
To learn more about Secuirty Assistance Monitor and their work, visit their website at: http://securityassistance.org/
Ostrolenk speaks with Keith Norris, Partner at Efficient Exercise, Co-founder of Paleo f(x), and Founding Partner of ID Life. Keith describes how he transitioned from a previous career in the corporate world to his life’s calling in the health and fitness field. His mission now is to help people to be healthy – in mind, body, and soul – so they can use their innate talents to help change the world. One of the ways Keith is working to accomplish this is through Paleo f(x). Not just about diet, Keith describes the Paleo mindset and how it can be used as a lens for economics, medicine, exercise, and spirituality. Specifically focusing on medicine, Keith elaborates on the benefits of plant medicine, such as Ayahuasca, and the importance of community in its utilization. As health is just one aspect of Paleo f(x)’s focus in improving human health, Keith will return for future conversations to further discuss efficient exercise, spirituality, and other elements of the Paleo mindset.
To learn more about Paleo f(x), visit the website (www.paleofx.com) and check out the Austin Paleo f(x) Conference from May 27-29th which features authors, physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs and athletes, and activists involved in the Paleo movement.
Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the Declaration of Independence and its relevance today. Fein comments that in the rights-centered universe created by the Declaration, the purpose of the government is to secure the rights of the people, and the power to do so is given through the peoples’ consent. However, as transparency in government is largely absent, citizens today lack adequate information to give consent to govern. A liberty-centered universe no longer exists and America is no longer governed by the consent of the people. In this context, the relevance of the Declaration of Independence today is to act as a blueprint for government reform.
To learn more about Bruce Fein and his work, go to www.brucefein.com.
Ostrolenk speaks with Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Cofounder of Givenation.com, and former Chair of Alliance for Peace Building. In their conversation, Hackley details her documentary film project “A Child’s Guide to War,” which seeks to bridge the divide between military and civilians in America. While less than one percent of Americans have served in the military, Hackley advocates that all citizens have a role to play in the discussion of American military service and war. Furthermore, nearly two million American children have a parent who has served in war, inevitably impacting these families greatly. Through the stories in “A Child’s Guide to War,” we can begin to bridge the gap by promoting all citizens to support these families and for all parties to engage in productive conversations on war.
To learn more about Susan Hackley and “A Child’s Guide to War” visit their website:
http://achildsguidetowar.com/about-us/, or follow them on Twitter: @childsguide2war
Ostrolenk speaks with Kate Galliett, creator of “Fit for Real Life,” which brings together body, mind, and movement to help people become highly charged and fit for real life. Kate coaches online, in person, and through her program “The Unbreakble Body.” In their discussion, Kate details her background in physical therapy and coaching and the strengths, limitations, and differences between the two. Through “The Unbreakable Body,” Kate sought to develop a unique program that adapted to the individual needs of each person. She explains the significance of this model, as well as the challenges and importance of learning how to move your body in the right way, remove judgment, and search for new answers.
To learn more about Kate Galliett and her program –
follow her on twitter @kategalliett
Ostrolenk continues previous conversations with Coach Kiki on transpersonal psychology, and the various models he uses in his work as a coach. Transpersonal therapy seeks to open believers up to a greater reality than the one currently known; the focus is not on specific mythical or religious beliefs, but rather how a person can develop their own personal journey and use behaviors to live fulfilling lives. Incorporating this in to his work, Ostrolenk describes the five pillars he seeks to explore with his coaching clients: diet and nutrition, sleep patterns, movement and exercise, stress management, and social life. Ostrolenk then gives various examples of the work that can be done with this holistic approach. Although not used in his work, Ostrolenk also explains the use of psychedelics and various medicines in helping a personal to unlock from set patterns of behavior and thought. Ostrolenk concludes with some overarching ideas that are key to successful coaching, including accountability, truly hearing and knowing a personal, and having gratitude.
Ostrolenk speaks with Heather Hurlburt, director of New Models of Policy Change, Political Reform Project at the New America Foundation. This relatively new think tank helps facilitate new models of policy change by harnessing innovated, underutilized ideas. Hurlburt draws on recent New America projects, including her research into the transpartisan approaches to criminal justice reform, Pentagon budget reform and climate change. She also elaborates on the disconnect between ideas and politics, and how confidence in one’s own beliefs, and an open mind to others, can help bridge the gap. Hurlburt concludes by providing advice on how to participate in the current system, and continue to bring new ideas, without getting caught in the current orthodoxy.
To learn more about Heather Hurlburt and her work visit newamerica.org and click on political reform.
Ostrolenk speaks with Geordie Young, Civilian Team Co-Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation. Young first discovered the True Patriot Love Foundation after being inspired by the Unbeatable Mind Foundation to search out a cause through which he could contribute to his community. The True Patriot Love Foundation works with veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces by hosting global expeditions, which help bridge the gap between military and civilian communities.
In January 2016, on an expedition Young has helped to organize, a team of civilians and Canadian veterans will hike Mount Vinson, the highest point in Antarctica. Young describes that the purpose of this mission is three-fold: to introduce civilian leaders to veterans and the amble talent and motivation that they bring home, to raise awareness and funds around the cause, and to instill confidence and purpose in veterans, many of whom are recovering from physical injuries.
To read updates on the expedition, visit tplexpedition.com/about/true-patriot-love/
To read more on the cause, visit: truepatriotlove.com/
Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Turner (Chairman of Citizens for Health and President ofVoice for Hope) and Roger Jahnke (Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Director of Health Action) on the state of health care. Ostrolenk notes that today’s policy conversations surround supporting or repealing Obamacare. Those conversations are about who should pay for medicine in America and who controls those decisions. As important as that conversation might be, another conversation needs to take place which is what would health promoting systems actually look like in America. Commenting on this, Jahnke describes how health care systems are increasingly incorporating integrated medical systems, and individuals are increasingly engaged in their own personal wellness. Jahnke also describes the Healer Within concept, through which each person is born with a finite amount of rehabilitating power, which can either be maximized or overused. Following these ideas, the conversation evolves to a discussion on the duality of our current system: a trend towards centralized control of health care alongside a decentralized trend of people utilizing technology and information to take a proactive role in their own wellness. Jahnke concludes by asking if this needs to be a debate: do we have to take a side, or is the answer in the integration of this apparent duality within the context of spontaneous order?
To learn more about Roger Janke’s work visit The Institute of Integral Quigong and Tai Chi and The Healer Within Foundation