Ostrolenk speaks with Jake Laperruque, Senior Council for the Constitution Project at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). Laperruque recently wrote Securing our Elections: How States Can Mitigate the Potential Damage of Hacked Voter Registration Roles. Ostrolenk and Laperruque discuss the risks of malicious hacking that our voter registration systems face, and how to proactively ensure future hacking does not occur. Laperruque discusses best practices at the state and federal level to minimize the possibility of malicious hacking and contingency plans for if voter registration databases are hacked. To learn more, read the above-mentioned report and visit POGO’s website.
Ostrolenk speaks with Stefanos Sifandos, facilitator of transformational growth. Sifandos details his career path to coaching, specifically his personal transformation from a life that felt void of depth and quality relationships to one that is full of personal connections and growth. Through this transformation, Sifandos reflected on his past and began to understand the ways in which men often isolate themselves internally and distract themselves externally. Sifandos taught himself to instead be reflective, conscious, and take personal responsibility. Sifandos translated these lessons into the curriculum of his many programs, noted below. To learn more about Sifandos and his work, visit his website and learn about his programs: Reclaim Your Kingdom, Leadership of Self, How to Create Harmony, Vulnerability is the New Black, Conscious Relating, Conscious Warrior, and Chaos to Clarity.
Ostrolenk speaks with Steve Foerster, writer, technologist, educator, and President of New World University, based in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Foerster discusses how he became involved with online higher education and how his experience working with international students drove the development of New World University. Foerster further details the educational opportunities through New World University, specifically their one year certificate, two year diploma, and three-year Bachelor of Science in International Business Leadership. The University also plans to add similar programs in Economics and Public Policy, Information Systems, and Education. Foerster also notes the educational process through New World University and the low costs. To learn more about New World University, visit their website.
Ostrolenk speaks with Dr. Stuart Sovatsky, long-time psychotherapist, author, and scholar of Kundalini Yoga. Sovatsky describes successful spiritual based therapeutic approaches including the overarching approach to aim for what is ideal in human relationships rather than what seems likely. With this ideal in mind, he guides clients through changing their mental and emotional states to reconnect to their ‘beloved’ , before trying to solve a problem. This is coupled with love, gratitude, and compassion, and has proven successful in many cases. To learn more about Dr. Stuart Sovatsky, find him on Facebook and at Princeton Academia. Also check out his books Advanced Spiritual Intimacy, Words from the Soul, Your Perfect Lips, and Eros Consciousness and Kundalini.
Ostrolenk speaks with John St. Claire, a musician, teacher, and Master Healer, trained in many modalities. St. Claire speaks of his private healing practice, using crystals and sound, which helps clients change their lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ostrolenk and St. Claire discuss Ostrolenk’s experience with non-ordinary states of being during his session with St. Claire and the successes St. Claire has seen his clients achieve through this practice. To learn more about John St. Claire and his work, visit his website.
Ostrolenk speaks with Cosper Scafidi, a Structural integration Certified Advanced Rolfer® and a board member of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute. Scafidi chronicles what led him into Rolfing®, which is soft tissue manipulation and movement education aimed at improving body alignment and function. Scafidi also discusses the transformations that can occur from Rolfing, both physically and psychologically, and the various approaches to this work over time. Lastly, Scafidi details his approach and successes he’s seen with his clients. To learn more about Cosper Scafidi and his work visit his website.
Ostrolenk speaks with Joseph Norman, a recovering academic and an applied complexity scientist who focuses on complex systems engineering and design, systemic and large-scale risk, systems strategy, and systems-thinking education. He is engaged in the pursuit of liberty, localism, self-determination and self-sufficiency. Ostrolenk and Norman discuss the approach to complex systems thinking, and the ways in which this diverges from typical thought processes in mainstream culture. They also discuss natural systems versus artificial systems, and the reasons we should expect that large-scale efficiencies can lead to large-scale consequences. Norman also comments on how this might relate to a larger political discourse, and ongoing debates between centralizing versus decentralizing. Lastly, he concludes with what steps he would recommend for someone to be more cognizant of systems thinking. To learn more about systems thinking, he would recommend books by Stuart Kauffman and Nassim as well as Chris Alexander’s The Timeless Way of Building, and Robert Rosen’s Life Itself, and you can also learn more about Joe Norman and his work from his website and following him on Twitter at @normonics.
Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Brault, a Certified Unbeatable Mind Coach and a graduate of SEALFIT’s KOKORO™ 47 – the world’s premier training crucible for forging mental toughness. He is also the author of four books: Lessons from the Masters, The Winning Mindset, A Path of Mastery, and the newly released: Easy Makes Us Weak: Forging Mental Toughness, Resilience and Character.
Brault speaks to Ostrolenk about the experience behind his newest book, including his completion of SEAL FITS KOKORO 47, as well as is broader education and career history that has served as the foundation for his work as a trusted advisor and master coach. Perhaps most importantly, Brault discusses the heart awakening that led to his ability to be more present and at peace, which has in turn fostered growth in his personal life and his capacity to support clients.
Ostrolenk speaks with Josh Mantz, a former Major in US Army, combat veteran, author of the book The Beauty of a Darker Soul, and a PhD candidate at the California Institute for Integral Studies.
Mantz will soon be launching the Asymmetric Therapist Program in January 2019, which seeks to arm clinical providers with the cultural context they need in order to delivery effective services to combat veterans and first responders. These clients, many of who have experience in asymmetric warfare and counterinsurgency, must face the moral and ethical implications of the modern-day operating environment and the associated trauma that can come with working in that environment. Participants of this program – which can include both clinicians and support peers – will gain an understanding of the trauma associated with warfare and how to effectively deliver services and support.
The course includes eight modules, one per week, and includes live group sessions that supports engagement between students and the professor. To learn more visit his website.
Ostrolenk continues his conversation with Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Fellow with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), on the F-35. The F-35 is back in the news following two key events: its bombing missions in Afghanistan and a crash in South Carolina. Grazier updates the audience on current production levels of the F-35, as well as the ongoing issues with its operations, noting that although many issues are known, simulations are insufficient at providing insight into the F-35’s capacity against enemy aircraft. Grazier also touches upon why the F-35 remains the wrong aircraft for many of the US’s operational needs as it is built for too narrow of a purpose. Grazier concludes on lessons learned upon which he hopes we can build more successful aircraft programs.