Ostrolenk speaks with Nan Swift, Federal Affairs Manager at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). Swift speaks about the projects she works on through the NTU to achieve legislative outcomes favorable to taxpayers. Her recent work includes collaboration with Taxpayers for Common Sense on defense spending. Swift also elaborates on the Budget Control Act and the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund. Lastly, she discusses how throwing more money at the Pentagon does not make us more safe and how beneficial an audit would be.
Ostrolenk speaks on transpartisan leadership and focuses on the importance of inner development for the next generation of leaders. Inner development refers to an individual’s ability to cultivate emotional and intellectual intelligence, develop skills in effective and efficient thinking, and seek to understand other’s world views. Ostrolenk expresses that in addition to developing for one’s own leadership, true leaders also aim to train the next generation of leaders.
Ostrolenk speaks on transpartisanship and how prioritizing the ends over the means can be an efficient way to collaborate. In working across the aisle, it’s likely that others agree with the ends you seek, but may not agree on the means. If you are curious and flexible to compromise on the means, it is often possible to obtain the ends that both parties desire.
Armor Down, an organization that provides mindfulness training to warriors and transitioning veterans. Armor Down is also the organization behind Mindful Memorial Day, an annual event at the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. that seeks to honor every fallen service member since September 11th, 2001. In doing this they hang a yellow ribbon with the name of each fallen warrior and then provide each ribbon to a visitor of the memorial. This year they will hang 6,852 ribbons. The event will take place on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend and will require the help and dedication of volunteers to carryout our responsibility of honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our country. To learn more about how you can help and volunteer, visit Mindful Memorial Day’s website:http://www.mindfulmemorialday.