15: How To Change the World As An Individual

15: How To Change the World As An Individual

Mass movements are seductive. We find a sense of safety in numbers and they all seem to promise a quick and easy fix to the problems that need solving. Unfortunately, mass movements are easily distracted. They can be co-opted and, sometimes, the promise of “unity” becomes fertile ground for animalistic groupthink. If you’re the kind of person who yearns to be a problem-solver, take heart! This episode will offer you hope and some ideas on how to make the difference you were born to make by engaging your own sense of personal purpose.
August 9, 2017
14: Dan Sanchez on The Virtue of Defiance

14: Dan Sanchez on The Virtue of Defiance

The lust to control others has always been a part of human nature but we know we’re in trouble when we start seeing official mental health diagnoses like Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Writer Dan Sanchez has made a timely diagnosis of his own; it’s called Submissive Compliant Disorder. Dan joins us to discuss how how to stand your ground effectively and how to help others break others out of our society-wide case of Stockholm Syndrome by rediscovering the undeniable power of the word “no”.
August 7, 2017
13: Nate Holzapfel on Being a College Dropout Entrepreneur and Surviving Shark Tank

13: Nate Holzapfel on Being a College Dropout Entrepreneur and Surviving Shark Tank

What do you think of when you hear words like “success” and “failure”? Get ready to expand your definitions when you hear what Nate Holzapfel has to say. In this episode, Nate shares his experiences as a college dropout who found his groove and went on to co-found the Mission Belt Co. He later appeared on the popular television show Shark Tank and negotiated a deal with fashion brand icon Daymond John. Nate’s energy is contagious and his insights are dead on.
August 4, 2017
12: How Fear Becomes a Tool of Control

12: How Fear Becomes a Tool of Control

If you sense that there’s more fear being channeled in your direction these days, you’re right. Fear has been used as a tool of control for millennia. The biggest change in our time is the efficiency of the delivery systems. In this episode, Connor and Bryan discuss the methods and science behind how fear can be leveraged into controlling others. You’ll also learn how to inoculate yourself against fear-based manipulation and how to recognize when someone’s trying hack your brain with fear.
August 2, 2017
11: Jeff Harmon Using Humor to Change Minds

11: Jeff Harmon Using Humor to Change Minds

You might not know Jeff Harmon by name but chances are you’ve watched one or more of his hilarious, viral advertisements online. Jeff’s advertising agency Harmon Brothers is raising the bar in how to effectively persuade people through humor. Many of the same principles that apply to building a brand or selling a product can also be applied to persuading others to accept our ideas. This episode is a must listen for anyone who is working to change the world in a positive way.
July 31, 2017
10: John Perkins on Life As an Economic Hitman

10: John Perkins on Life As an Economic Hitman

Most of what the average citizen knows about U.S. foreign policy is limited to whatever military actions or government aid is being reported by our news media. John Perkins joins us on the podcast to reveal the truth about some of the self-serving economic developments that have been taking place out of our view. His experiences are firsthand from the time he spent convincing foreign political leaders to take out massive loans as an economic hitman. Who really wields the greater influence around the globe, corporations or governments? John’s answer may surprise you.
July 28, 2017
9: Finding Truth In an Age of Deception

9: Finding Truth In an Age of Deception

Seeing the world as it really is can be harder than it sounds. Even though we’re adrift on a sea of information, it’s still easy to be misled or under-informed on critical issues. It’s not so much a matter of being told outright falsehoods as it’s a matter of understanding how mass media works and what happens when crucial facts are omitted. We also discuss worthwhile ways to become better informed no matter what information sources you’re accessing.
July 26, 2017
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8: Lenore Skenazy On Free Range Parenting

Raising responsible, self-reliant, can-do kids isn’t easy. Especially when the perception of danger is everywhere. Lenore Skenazy made headlines a few years ago when she allowed her then 9 year old son to take the subway home from Bloomingdales department store, by himself. Of course, he made it home safely. However, when her story hit the media, she was labeled “America’s worst mom.” If you’ve ever been caught up in the kind of irrational fear that leads to hyper-vigilant “helicopter parenting”, Lenore has a message of hope that you need to hear.
July 24, 2017
7: Johnny Hanna on Disrupting the Real Estate Industry

7: Johnny Hanna on Disrupting the Real Estate Industry

Technology is changing our world right before our eyes. It’s the result of highly creative people constantly innovating to discover better ways to get things done. When that new and better way creates a new market and starts replacing established competitors, it’s called disruptive innovation. Johnny Hanna is the founder of Homie and he’s revolutionizing the way people buy and sell their homes. On this episode of Society and the State, he gives us the scoop on how Homie is disrupting the real estate industry, for the better.
July 21, 2017
6: Winning People Over to Unpopular Ideas

6: Winning People Over to Unpopular Ideas

It’s telling that taking a stand on principle guarantees you’ll be out of step with what is popular. Contrary to what you see on social media, persuading people to open their minds shouldn’t require force or intimidation. In this episode, Connor and Bryan discuss 3 highly unpopular ideas and how to help others discover a degree of clarity regarding the principles behind them.
July 19, 2017