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Doomer Optimism

By Doomer Optimism

Doomer Optimism is a podcast dedicated to discovering regenerative paths forward, highlighting the people working for a better world, and connecting seekers to doers. Beyond that, it's pretty much a $hitshow. Enjoy!
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DO 87 - Nora Bateson w/ Stephanie Lepp and Ashley Colby

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DO 100 - Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
DO 100 - Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Ashley and Jason reflect on Doomer Optimism. We talk a little about how it started, what brought us to doom and optimism personally that led us to accidentally define the term, some of the challenges we see in building a movement, and where we see things going from here.
01:29:27
December 08, 2022
DO 99 - Tom Ruby w/ Anarchocontrarian and Tres Crow
DO 99 - Tom Ruby w/ Anarchocontrarian and Tres Crow
AC and Tres interview Tom, the nicest guy on twitter, about his homestead, localism, distributism,  as well as his mentorship with Tres.   Tom Ruby is CEO of Bluegrass Critical Thinking Solutions (www.bgcts.com), a strategic planning and leadership development consulting company geared to small businesses. Tom was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in January, 1964. His parents escaped the country in 1965 and arrived in Los Angeles in 1966 where they settled. In 1982, Tom received an appointment to the US Air Force Academy where he received his Bachelor of Science in Humanities. A 1986 USAFA graduate and three-time football letterman, Colonel Tom Ruby served 26 years on active duty in positions from Squadron Intelligence Officer, to Chief of Doctrine for the AF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise at the Pentagon, to Chief of Special Programs for Air Force Materiel Command where he oversaw a more than $4 Billion annual portfolio of over 100 highly classified programs. He earned a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and is widely published and speaks globally on topics ranging from Morality in Warfare, to Leadership, to strategy, to localism and Distributism. Tom is a Board Member of the Society of GK Chesterton and has served on 3 non-profit boards. He mentors students from high school through graduate school, as well as individuals looking to change direction in life. He and his wife, Laura, live on 15 acres in Central Kentucky where he practices land management, reforestation, gardening and building a strong local community. They strive to live a Chestertonian Distributist life. They have three daughter and a son and five grandchildren. So far... Anarcho-contrarian @anarcontrarian is a nostalgia-poasting Twitter Anon who is passionate about the resiliency of rural places.     Tres Crow @dogeatcrow is a writer, podcast host, occasional thinker, and the President and co-owner of Roots Down, an environmental education startup that's revolutionizing the landscaping industry from one of the dirtiest industries in the US to a powerful force for positive change.
01:38:44
December 05, 2022
DO 98 - The Last Farm w/ Jason Snyder
DO 98 - The Last Farm w/ Jason Snyder
Jason speaks with The Last Farm about ecosocialism and his very ambitious ideas about how it could work, based partially on this tweet thread https://twitter.com/TheLastFarm/status/1586734175326961664
01:34:54
December 01, 2022
DO 97 - Lyndsie Bourgon w/ James Pogue
DO 97 - Lyndsie Bourgon w/ James Pogue
Lyndsie's talks with James about her book TREE THIEVES. They also discuss whether or not humans belong in landscapes, the enclosures of 16th C England and what that has to do with today, as well as the lessons from Lyndsie's book for conservationism and ecology in the American West today. James Pogue is an American essayist and journalist. He is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine. His pieces have appeared on the covers of Harper's and The American Conservative. He is the author of Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West, a first-person account of conflict over public lands in the American west.   Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer, researcher, oral historian, and 2018 National Geographic Explorer. She (mostly) writes about the environment and its entanglement with history, culture, and identity. Her features have been published in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, the Guardian, the Oxford American, Aeon, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. In 2018, she traveled to Peru with National Geographic to document indigenous experiences of timber theft. Her first book, TREE THIEVES, was published in June 2022. It uses timber poaching to explore questions of inequality, conservation history, and how the natural world defines who we are.   https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/lyndsie-bourgon/tree-thieves/9781549156120/
01:46:06
November 28, 2022
DO 96 - Inez Stepman w/ Ashley Colby
DO 96 - Inez Stepman w/ Ashley Colby
Ashley and Inez solve the battle of the sexes.   Inez Feltscher Stepman @InezFeltscher is a senior policy analyst at IWF and host of High Noon with Inez Stepman, a podcast that hosts conversations with heterodox thinkers on a variety of important cultural and political subjects. She has over a decade of experience in education policy, and also handles issues related to institutional capture and the definition of sex in law and culture.  She is a Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute and a senior contributor to The Federalist. Her work has additionally appeared in outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Post, and she has made appearances on Fox News, PBS, CSPAN, and NPR. Inez has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband.   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
01:21:24
November 25, 2022
DO 95 - Blake Smith w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
DO 95 - Blake Smith w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
Ashley and first time host Donald ask Blake about his Unherd article "What Christopher Lasch Got Wrong" in which he argues that we fundamentally need to be seeking a "politics that makes politics possible."    https://unherd.com/2022/11/what-christopher-lasch-got-wrong/   Blake Smith @blejksmith is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. A historian of modern France, he is also a translator of contemporary francophone fiction and a regular contributor to Tablet.   Donald Antenen @riversofeurope lives with his wife and daughters in the Pacific Northwest. He is translating Genesis: Beginning: a Verse Translation of Genesis.   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
02:14:07
November 21, 2022
DO 94 - Zach on WI DO Camp w/ Patrick Fitzgerald
DO 94 - Zach on WI DO Camp w/ Patrick Fitzgerald
Zach and Patrick discuss the Driftless region of Wisconsin, the social landscape of regenerative ag in that area, and insights from the Wisconsin Doomer Optimism camp hosted by Zach and Peter Allen.
01:07:10
November 18, 2022
DO 93 - LM Sacasas w/ Ashley Colby
DO 93 - LM Sacasas w/ Ashley Colby
Ashley sits down with Michael Sacasas to discuss institutions, technology, conviviality, education and sitting around a table for a nice meal!   Michael (LM) Sacasas @lmsacasas Writes a newsletter, The Convivial Society, where he thinks about technology and culture.  http://theconvivialsociety.substack.com   His book: http://gum.co/CWRfq   his website: https://thefrailestthing.com/   Ashley Colby is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
01:19:31
November 16, 2022
DO 92 - Phoebe Tickell w/ Jason Snyder and Nicholas McCay
DO 92 - Phoebe Tickell w/ Jason Snyder and Nicholas McCay
Jason interviewing @solarpunk_girl, with special guest host Nicholas McCay @espacewalk to talk about the future of web3 and regeneration   Nicholas McCay (@ESpacewalk) is a director, producer, and writer. He is also the creator of Eclectic Spacewalk, a hub for essays, podcasts, and video productions through the lenses of the “Overview Effect” and “Science & Technology Studies (STS).   Phoebe Tickell (@solarpunk_girl): Founder/Director @moral_imagining. Imagination Activist. Scientist, strategist, writer, activist in ecology   Jason Snyder @cognazor Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:01:48
November 10, 2022
DO 91 - John Robb w/ Ashley Colby and Brian Keith
DO 91 - John Robb w/ Ashley Colby and Brian Keith
Ashley and Brian ask John about network swarms, energy, technology, and what we can be optimistic about in the face of it all.     John Robb @johnrobb -- Tier 1 special ops. Pilot. Analyst. Author. Tech pioneer. He writes The Global Guerrillas Report -- predictive frameworks for making sense of the world at the intersection of war, technology, and politics. http://patreon.com/johnrobb johnrobb.substack.com   Brian Keith podcasts on mindset, systems,  and profit om Red Beard Radio. Get it at http://redbeard.am. He also interviews John Robb inside his Patreon each month. Subscribe at http://patreon.com/johnrobb.   Ashley Colby is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
01:08:39
November 08, 2022
DO 90 - Grandpa stories w/ Anarchocontrarian, Nathan Gates and Josh Kearns
DO 90 - Grandpa stories w/ Anarchocontrarian, Nathan Gates and Josh Kearns
In this episode AC, TornadoNate and Josh do some irl nostalgia posting showing love for their home places and people, and telling stories about their grandpas.   Anarcho-contrarian @anarcontrarian is a nostalgia-poasting Twitter Anon who is passionate about the resiliency of rural places.   Nathan Gates @TornadoNate is a licensed psychotherapist and co-host of Altered States of Context, a podcast about psychedelics, science and psychotherapy. He also practices regenerative ranching and writes from his family's farm in rural west-central Illinois.   Dr. Josh Kearns @hillbillynarnia is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia.
01:29:47
November 03, 2022
DO 89 - Jon Askonas w/ Ashley Colby
DO 89 - Jon Askonas w/ Ashley Colby
Ashley sits down with Jon Askonas to dive into his Compact Magazine article Why Conservatism Failed (https://compactmag.com/article/why-conservatism-failed). They discuss solutions to the problem of political or cultural 'team sports' including simply driving after the Good.    Jon Askonas @jonaskonas is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America and a member of the Politics faculty.   Ashley Colby is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
01:17:03
November 01, 2022
DO 88 - Tornado Nate w/ Jason Snyder
DO 88 - Tornado Nate w/ Jason Snyder
Jason speaks to Tornado Nate! They discuss doomer optimism, homesteading and rootedness, psychedelics, and being a hippie! Nathan Gates @TornadoNate is a licensed psychotherapist and co-host of Altered States of Context, a podcast about psychedelics, science and psychotherapy. He also practices regenerative ranching and writes from his family's farm in rural west-central Illinois. Jason Snyder @cognazor Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:29:22
October 27, 2022
DO 87 - Nora Bateson w/ Stephanie Lepp and Ashley Colby
DO 87 - Nora Bateson w/ Stephanie Lepp and Ashley Colby
Ashley and Stephanie Lepp sit down with Nore Bateson to discuss warm data, nursing mothers, balance bikes, and what all that has to do with the sustainable development goals (if anything!). Nora Bateson is a filmmaker, lecturer, author. Founder of #WarmData #PeopleNeedPeople #symmathesy #aphanipoiesis. Ecology & society reframing & shifting perception, complexity, and tenderness. Stephanie Lepp, producer and conceptual artist. I'm the outgoing Executive Producer at the Center for Humane Technology, and incoming Executive Director at the Institute for Cultural Evolutions. To get a feel for Stephanie's work, listen to her interviews on The Jim Rutt Show (jimruttshow.com/stephanie-lepp/) and KALW's Inflection Point (bit.ly/3jGcAEg). The best way to be in dialogue with Stephanie is to follow her on Twitter: @stephlepp Ashley Colby is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to collapse. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School in Colonia Uruguay.
01:31:30
October 25, 2022
DO 86 - Roxanne Ahern w/ Ashley Colby
DO 86 - Roxanne Ahern w/ Ashley Colby
Ashley speaks with Roxanne about her new book (!!!), homesteading, her meet cute story with her husband, God, agency, and paw paws!   **please forgive the audio quality issues in this episode! Roxanne had to do this recording in a parking lot and Ashley's internet was spotty. Homestead life, sorry!    Roxanne Ahern is the author of Holistic Homesteading: A Guide to a Sustainable and Regenerative Lifestyle. She lives with her family of 7 on a homestead in the Ozarks where they grow food, raise animals, and homeschool. Follow along with Roxanne’s journey on Instagram @happyholistichomestead. Roxanne also acts as a consultant and a speaker on the topics of regenerative homesteading and gardening, permaculture, and holistic nutrition. Reach out to her at her website HappyHolisticHomestead.com.   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist and co-founder of the Rizoma Field School in Uruguay.
01:26:11
October 21, 2022
DO 85 - Lafayette Lee w/ Ashley Colby
DO 85 - Lafayette Lee w/ Ashley Colby
Ashley and Lee discuss politics, Lee's IM1776 article "Country Party Reprise," localism, family, populism, and Werner Herzog's films.    Lafayette Lee @Partisan_O is an American writer and veteran. See his writing here: https://im1776.com/author/lafayette-lee/   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist and co-founder of the Rizoma Field School in Uruguay.
01:13:25
October 18, 2022
DO 84 - KMO w/ Steven Morris and Ben Lee
DO 84 - KMO w/ Steven Morris and Ben Lee
KMO was probably the original doomer podcast host starting in the mid 2000s with his C-Realm Podcast. He interviewed many of the names we recognize now. JMG, James Howard Kunstler, Dmitry Orlov, and others. Listen in as hosts Steven and Ben follow KMO on his journey from Doomer to Optimist and his new podcast Padverb.   KMO is the host and producer of the C-Realm Podcast, a cartoonist and author of the book ‘Conversations on Collapse.’ His full bio and links are here https://gebb.io/about-kmo-new/ The Padverb podcast with KMO https://en.padverb.com/s/padverb_podcast  Ben @bennirubber grew up in upstate NY, got a bachelors in psychology from Wells College and works with the developmentally disabled in Auburn, NY. He got into learning about soil health and regenerative agriculture from David Montgomery’s books, a geomorpholigist in the interest of addressing climate change. Read more about the history of colonialism as it relates to ecological “changes in the land” (William Cronon) and indigenous cultures of North America (Shepherd Krech III).  Ben grew heavily interested in peak oil and the collapse of civilization from “overshoot” (William Catton) and found KMO’s C-Realm podcast at about the same time. After Covid settled down and growing nauseous toward any mindset that prescribed controlling the behavior of others, Ben settled into the collapse agnostic mindset but tried to do as much gardening around regular work and family life.   Steven Morris started his journey into then unnamed realm of Doomer Optimism in 2011 when, during the time of a divorce, he stumbled upon 3 of the many early doomer optimist voices: Chris Martenson's Crash Course, John Michael Greer's blog The Archdruid Report, and KMO's C-Realm podcast. These 3 identified the many issues of decline in the world that he could sense but didn't have words for. At the same time they all provided positive possibilities for the future. Steven considers himself an amateur Renaissance Man and Polymath of sorts with a wide variety of interests including: appropriate use of technology, regenerative systems, explorations in consciousness, alternative (sometimes called complementary) currency systems, computer technology, and complex systems. He has worked on multiple award winning independent films, managed warehouse logistics for a small business, run a college radio station and lead ecstatic dance workshops. He is a trained Host for Nora Bateson's People Need People gatherings and recently completed work as video editor for the Commons Engine on their newly released Currency Design for Social Change master class on Udemy. Steven is committed to supporting people find their way through the rapidly changing chaos, especially those who don’t see themselves as homesteaders.
01:10:12
October 14, 2022
DO 83 - Panel on biophysical realities and cultural potentials
DO 83 - Panel on biophysical realities and cultural potentials
Jason moderates this panel on the topic of biophysical realities and cultural potentials.   Greg Cassel @gregsc1 of @neighbour_hoods community open source #p2p inclusive organizing / protocols not platforms; communication not control/ #permaculture #madhyamika #panentheism    Ellie at Common Action @sellieyoung making climate cool again. move fast and fix things. get your CA orb: https://ca.refiorb.com join us in Slack: http://tinyurl.com/42dnwub6   Nathan @tornadonate is a licensed psychotherapist and co-host of Altered States of Context, a podcast about psychedelics, science and psychotherapy. He also practices regenerative ranching and writes from his family's farm in rural west-central Illinois.   Richard Flyer @Richard_Flyer Fall 2022 Launching Symbiotic Culture Lab. From Symbiosis -- Intentional Mutual Benefit at all scales. Global Commonwealth of Bioregional Economies.   Jason Snyder @cognazor Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:37:05
October 12, 2022
DO 82 - Jack Murphy w/ Tucker Max and Ashley Colby
DO 82 - Jack Murphy w/ Tucker Max and Ashley Colby
Ashley and Tucker ask Jack about the version of homestead rescue he did for a member of his Liminal Order on a farm in Michigan. They discuss the barn raising, homesteading, localism and why it is important to push yourself to learn and try new things, even when it is hard to do.   Jack Murphy @jackmurphylive interviews the world’s best thinkers on Jack Murphy Live.  He is the founder of the Liminal Order and an Alumnus of the Claremont Institute's Lincoln Fellowship.  YouTube.com/jackmurphylive liminal-order.com   Tucker Max @tuckermax is the co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps you write, publish, and market your book. He's written four New York Times Best Sellers (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He's credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the fourth writer (along with Malcolm Gladwell, Brene Brown and Michael Lewis) to have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time. He was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and four children.   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist and co-founder of the Rizoma Field School in Uruguay.
01:29:17
October 07, 2022
DO 81 - Michael Thomas w/ Jason Snyder and Anarchocontrarian
DO 81 - Michael Thomas w/ Jason Snyder and Anarchocontrarian
Jason and AC talk to Michael about his farm, family, the Catholic Land Movement, and distributism.   Michael Thomas of Sharon @michaelGT09 Husband of @rosary2battle Father of five. Traditional Catholic. https://catholiclandmovement.info/   Jason Snyder @cognazor Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.     Anarcho-contrarian @anarcontrarian is a nostalgia-poasting Twitter Anon who is passionate about the resiliency of rural places.
01:51:31
October 05, 2022
DO 80 - Paul Wheaton w/ Tres Crow and Dave Aspiring Peasant
DO 80 - Paul Wheaton w/ Tres Crow and Dave Aspiring Peasant
Dave and Tres interview Paul about all his various activities including Permies, Rich Soil, Wheaton Labs and more. The Duke of Permaculture, ladies and gentlemen!   Paul Wheaton  @paul wheaton  is an American permaculture author, master gardener, software engineer, and disciple of the natural agriculturist Sepp Holzer.   paulwheaton.com  richsoil.com  permies.com   Dave @aspiringpeasant still none of your business   Tres Crow @dogeatcrow is a writer, podcast host, occasional thinker, and the President and co-owner of Roots Down, an environmental education startup that's revolutionizing the landscaping industry from one of the dirtiest industries in the US to a powerful force for positive change.
01:35:26
October 03, 2022
DO 79 - Richard Heinberg w/ Jason Snyder and Josh Kearns
DO 79 - Richard Heinberg w/ Jason Snyder and Josh Kearns
Jason and Josh sit down with world renowned expert on energy and the environment, Richard Heinberg to discuss the future of energy, techno-utopianism, and an optimistic vision for the future.    Richard William Heinberg @richardheinberg is an American journalist and educator who has written extensively on energy, economic, and ecological issues, including oil depletion. He is the author of 13 books, and presently serves as the senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.  Richardheinberg.com   Jason Snyder @cognazor Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.   Josh Kearns @hillbillynarnia is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia.
01:20:30
October 01, 2022
DO 78 - Chris Arnade w/ Ashley Colby and Anarcho-contrarian
DO 78 - Chris Arnade w/ Ashley Colby and Anarcho-contrarian
Ashley and AC talk to Chris about the dominance of Front Row thinking, and Ashley offers Chris use of her term "spreadsheet brain." We talk about antidotes to this kind of thinking, including the advice "don't be an asshole."    Chris Arnade @chris_arnade is the author of Dignity, a book exploring poverty, addiction, and faith in the US. He is currently walking across the cities of the world.   Anarcho-contrarian @anarcontrarian is a nostalgia-poasting Twitter Anon who is passionate about the resiliency of rural places.   Ashley Colby @rizomaschool is an Environmental Sociologist and co-founder of the Rizoma Field School in Uruguay.
01:20:36
September 29, 2022
DO 77 - Texas Slim w/ Julie Frederickson
DO 77 - Texas Slim w/ Julie Frederickson
In this episode Julie interviews Slim about his beef initiative, bitcoin and several events he has been a part of that are advancing food and community sovereignty.    Texas Slim @moderntman   Slim is the founder of The Beef Initiative and Food Intelligence. He is a Native Texan with a National Reach.   https://fountain.fm/texasslimsvision  https://beefinitiative.com/  About Julie Fredrickson I'm a founder, and now investor, with extensive experience across the internet and software industry. As a serial entrepreneur, I have overseen multiple venture and private equity fundraises for companies as diverse as direct to consumer cosmetics and online advertising networks. I have managed multi-million dollar P&Ls and successfully exited two of my companies. I'm currently the founder and managing partner of Chaotic Capital, a seed stage investment vehicle that invests in ideas that adapt humanity to complexity. We capitalize on chaos. We like companies that adapt our lives and systems to the opportunity that chaos brings. We invest in 4 key areas Personal Flexibility Organizational Agility, Systemic Arbitrage and Climate. I began my entrepreneurial career as the Co-Founder of Coutorture Media, a luxury affiliate publishing and e-commerce network of fashion websites that was acquired by Sugar Inc. I also founded and ran playAPI, a developer tool kit and SaaS platform for digital brand marketers. Most recently I was the CEO and Co-Founder of Stowaway Cosmetics a direct to consumer makeup brand re-making how premium cosmetics are manufactured, marketed, merchandised and sold online (acquired by WIN Brands Group). I have extensive experience user acquisition, audience development, digital and social marketing, communications and brand marketing for Fortune 500 brands. I've created digital, e-commerce & brand marketing strategies for brands as diverse as Pepsi, Tropicana, Nike, Michael Kors, Club Monaco, and The Gap. I have spent time in-house at Equinox as well as at Ann Taylor overseeing ecommerce and digital brand growth.
01:01:28
September 26, 2022
DO 76 - Carol Sanford w/ Glen Ganaway and Tres Crow
DO 76 - Carol Sanford w/ Glen Ganaway and Tres Crow
Carol Sanford @carolsanford   Carol Sanford is a consistently recognized disruptor and contrarian working side by side with new economy executives in designing and leading systemic business change and design. Through her university and in-house educational offerings, global speaking platforms, best selling multi-award-winning books, and human development work, Carol works with executive leaders who see the possibility to change the nature of work through developing people and work systems that ignite motivation everywhere. For four decades, Carol has worked with great leaders of successful businesses, educating them to develop their people and ensure a continuous stream of innovation that continually deliver extraordinary results. Carol is often called a positive contrarian bringing old practices into modern practice. But most importantly, Carol offers businesses and their stakeholders a pathway to extraordinary results.    Glen Morton Ganaway @glenganaway  Glen considers himself a product of the Military Industrial Complex, The Deep South and the Southern Baptist Church. Today he identifies as an Anarchist. Born in Anchorage, Alaska to a deeply religious family and raised in the gated communities of Navy bases.The 80's found Glen doing sex work and waiting tables to support an injection habit. Glen cleaned up in the 90's and joined the Radical Faeries, a loose knit collection of Pagan Queer Anarchists. He met the love of his life Yolanda, an East Village legendary performance artist in 2004. Glen went on to be ordained an Interfaith Minister and acquire an Integral Mentor Certification and a BS in Healthcare Management, which he uses for UFCW Local 2013. Glen's passions include Advaita-Vedanta, Integral Theory, Anarchism, and Regenerative Agriculture. His next project is a 4.4 Acre Homestead in Vermont.    Tres Crow @dogeatcrow   Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
54:06
September 24, 2022
DO 75 - David Holmgren w/ Ashley Colby and Sam Sager
DO 75 - David Holmgren w/ Ashley Colby and Sam Sager
Ashley and new host Sam Sager sit down with legend of permaculture David Holmgren. They discuss a permaculture vision for the suburbs laid out in David's book: Retrosuburbia.     David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, writer and speaker promoting permaculture as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. Other key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009) and RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018).   www.holmgren.com.au  www.retrosuburbia.com  www.futurescenarios.org   Sam Sager is slowly building a suburban food forest on a 1/4 acre in North Carolina. He's fascinated by how we can build the capacity to respond to change within ourselves and the natural world around us. He loves exploring new ideas and experimenting in his own backyard. He runs First Stone Fitness to help people embrace exercise more fully and hosts The Self-Renewal Podcast.
01:32:54
September 21, 2022
Episode 74 - Mr. Cooper w/ Ashley Colby and Willow Liana
Episode 74 - Mr. Cooper w/ Ashley Colby and Willow Liana
On one of the most inspiring episodes of Doomer Optimism, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Willow Liana (@willlowthewhisp) speak with the father of Kevin Cooper (AKA Cole Summers) about his late son's work. They discuss Cole's plans and aspirations for sustainably developing the farmland where he lived to preserve the water table. Cole passed away at aged 14, leaving a huge legacy behind him. He had some of the most ambitious plans for business development and sustainable agriculture that you'll ever hear of. The hope of this episode is to inspire others to continue the work he left behind him. You can donate to help Cole's family rebuild their lives here:   https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-coopers-family You can purchase Cole's autobiography here. About Willow Liana Willow is a professional social butterfly and mother of a wee babe whom she is raising in the Canadian countryside. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:29:10
September 19, 2022
Episode 73 - Chris Smaje and Sean Domencic w/ Ashley Colby and Nathan Gates
Episode 73 - Chris Smaje and Sean Domencic w/ Ashley Colby and Nathan Gates
On this episode, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) teams up with Nathan Gates (@TornadoNate) to co-host an intriguing conversation about Distributism with Chris Smaje (@csmaje) and Sean Domencic (@tradtom), co-founder of Tradistae. About Sean Domencic Sean Domencic is the director of Tradistae, a contributing author at New Polity, and a maintenance man who speaks and writes about Distributism and Catholic Social Teaching. He and his wife live in community at Holy Family Catholic Worker in Lancaster, PA. About Chris Smaje Chris Smaje has coworked a small farm in Somerset, southwest England, for the last 17 years. Previously, he was a university-based social scientist, working in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey and the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths College on aspects of social policy, social identities and the environment. Since switching focus to the practice and politics of agroecology, he's written for various publications, such as The Land , Dark Mountain , Permaculture magazine and Statistics Views, as well as academic journals such as Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems and the Journal of Consumer Culture . Smaje writes the blog Small Farm Future, is a featured author at www.resilience.org and a current director of the Ecological Land Co-op. Chris' latest book is: A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity, and a Shared Earth. About Nathan Gates Nathan is a licensed psychotherapist and co-host of Altered States of Context, a podcast about psychedelics, science and psychotherapy. He also practices regenerative ranching and writes from his family's farm in rural west-central Illinois. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:29:22
September 14, 2022
Episode 72 - Tres Crow w/ Dave, Aspiring Peasant
Episode 72 - Tres Crow w/ Dave, Aspiring Peasant
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, the tables turn and Dave of Aspiring Peasant (@aspiringpeasant) fame interviews occasional DO host, and podcast co-founder, Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) about his work with Roots Down and how he came to be a Doomer Optimist. About Tres Crow Tres is a writer, podcast host, occasional thinker, and the President and co-owner of Roots Down, an environmental education startup that's revolutionizing the landscaping industry from one of the dirtiest industries in the US to a powerful force for positive change. Keep up with the world of Roots Down by downloading the free app, available for iPhone and Android. About Aspiring Peasant Still none of your business.
53:34
September 09, 2022
Episode 71 - Jeff Bilbro w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
Episode 71 - Jeff Bilbro w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, first-time host Donald Antenen (@riversofeurope) and Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) interview associate English professor and editor of Front Porch Republic, Jeff Bilbro (@jeff_bilbro). Topics range from Jeff's experiences living in a remote part of Washington state to his work at Front Porch Republic. About Jeff Bilbro Jeffrey Bilbro is an Associate Professor of English at Grove City College. He grew up in the mountainous state of Washington and earned his B.A. in Writing and Literature from George Fox University in Oregon and his Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. His books include Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News, Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature, Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place (written with Jack Baker), and Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry’s Sustainable Forms. About Donald Antenen Donald Antenen lives with his wife and daughters in the Pacific Northwest. He is translating Genesis: Beginning: a Verse Translation of Genesis. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:31:59
September 06, 2022
Episode 70 - Ariel Greenwood and Jonathan Gay w/ Jason Snyder
Episode 70 - Ariel Greenwood and Jonathan Gay w/ Jason Snyder
Episode 70 of Doomer Optimism kicks off with Jason Snyder (@cognazor) introducing first-time host Ariel Greenwood (@greenwoodae) before launching into a discussion on ecological restoration with cattle rancher Jonathan Gay of Freestone Ranch. About Jonathan Gay Jonathan focuses on ranch infrastructure and restoration projects. He sees the land with its soils, plants, microbes, fungi and animals as a living entity that deserves care and tending. After a career writing software, he appreciates the chance to be working outside and seeing the growing physical results of his efforts. About Ariel Greenwood Ariel grew up unschooled in the rural wilds of North Carolina and began farming at 16. In college, she studied agroecology and psychology while working with community gardens and private farms. She managed livestock in Northern California for 4 1/2 years, primarily at Pepperwood Preserve and Freestone Ranch in the North Bay region, and since 2018 she has been working in the intermountain west with Triangle P Cattle Company and as co-owner of Grass Nomads LLC, a land and livestock management and consulting company. She also serves as founding board member & treasurer for Contra Viento Journal, an art & literature journal about rangelands, and on the board of Holistic Management International. Her work is seasonal; in the summers she manages yearlings in Montana and the rest of the time she works with cows on rangeland in Northeastern New Mexico. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:39:02
August 31, 2022
Episode 69 - Malcolm Schluenderfritz w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 69 - Malcolm Schluenderfritz w/ Ashley Colby
This episode of Doomer Optimism has Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) discussing voluntary poverty with Malcolm Schluenderfritz (@HAYPpodcast), the host of Happy Are You Poor, a blog and podcast dedicated to discussing radical Christian community as a means of evangelization. About Malcolm Schluenderfritz Malcolm Schluenderfritz hosts Happy Are You Poor, a blog and podcast dedicated to discussing radical Christian community as a means of evangelization. He works as a graphic design assistant and a horticulturalist in Littleton, CO. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:02:54
August 27, 2022
Episode 68 - Chris Mott w/ Josh Kearns and Ashley Colby
Episode 68 - Chris Mott w/ Josh Kearns and Ashley Colby
On episode 68, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Josh Kearns (@HillbillyNarnia) to interview writer and historical geopolitics specialist, Chris Mott (@ChrisDMott), about his recent white paper "Woke Imperium: The Coming Confluence Between Social Justice and Neoconservatism". Show note: Ashley's anecdote about Uruguay was about Cavani, not Suarez. About Chris Mott Chris Mott is an historical geopolitics specialist, and Research Fellow at Institute for Peace & Diplomacy . He's the author of 'The Formless Empire'. Allergic to moralism. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Dr. Josh Kearns Josh is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia.
01:35:26
August 24, 2022
Episode 67 - Brendan Barnard w/ Ashley Colby and Peter Allen
Episode 67 - Brendan Barnard w/ Ashley Colby and Peter Allen
Episode 67 is all about regenerative ag, with Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Peter Allen (@pclarkallen) teaming up to talk to Brendan Barnard (@IntractableLion)of Posterity Ciderworks about his cider-making philosophy, and his interest in low intervention agriculture. About Brendan Barnard Passionate about stewardship, long term thinking, and the intersections of nature, art, and science, cider captured Brendan’s attention in 2016 and he hasn’t shaken it. When he’s not grafting, planting, pruning, picking, pressing, or sampling cider you’ll find him cooking for his family. About Peter Allen Peter Allen spent a decade in Madison where Peter was researching and teaching ecology, economics, and complexity science, and his wife Maureen was studied biology, taught team building seminars at the University, and helped develop a non-profit urban farm for kids. They moved to the Driftless in 2012 to build a homestead and start a regenerative farm nestled in the hills of the Kickapoo River Valley in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless region. They are inspired by the oak savanna ecosystems that once blanketed our hills and valleys. Groves of fruit and nuts trees combined with prairie grasslands to create the most diverse, productive, and functional ecosystems in the history of our continent. It's no wonder why these savanna gardens were cultivated by Indigenous Americans for millennia and manicured by mastodons for tens of millions of years. Now they’re the keystone species - planting fruit and nut trees by the thousands, thinning out overgrown woodlands, and practicing multi-species rotational grazing with cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, and poultry to manage vegetation, build soil, boost biodiversity, and produce meats and medicines at peak power and potency. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:14:47
August 19, 2022
DO 66 - Kev Aliti English Homestead
DO 66 - Kev Aliti English Homestead
Kevin Alviti has been a carpenter for over 20 years, he has worked on everything from oak framed barns to high rise flats, from 18th century style carvings to cleaving the parts for a gate from a log.  Kev sits down with Ashley and a few DO fans to talk homesteading, parenting, localism and then a little bit about his upcoming woodworking class in Ashley's home economics course:   https://rizomaschool.gumroad.com/l/homeeconomics101  Introduction to Woodworking. When a tree falls, we automatically think of firewood, but really that should be the last use we come to, each part should be used to its fullest extent. Wood is the greatest material there is, renewable, durable and infinitely workable. In this lecture, I’ll talk about the basic tools and equipment you need, and how to start on some simple projects. Woodworking for projects and repairs you need for your home.
01:18:35
August 17, 2022
Episode 65 - Mash Tun Timmy and the Brewers w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 65 - Mash Tun Timmy and the Brewers w/ Ashley Colby
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) interviews "Mash Tun" Timmy (@MashTunTimmy) and his band of merry brewers about making beer, friendships, and how making things can bring people together. About "Mash Tun" Timmy He owns a software company. Interested in complexity, mysticism, the power of male friendship, re-enchanting the world, and brewing beer with his "Watch the Pot" brewery/club, which he helps run from a barn in Michigan. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:02:16
August 16, 2022
Episode 64 - Existential Risk roundtable
Episode 64 - Existential Risk roundtable
The 64th episode is all about disaster management, community resilience, and existential risk. Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) hosts for a panel of brilliant people: Scott James (https://scottjames.me/), SJ Beard (@CSERSJ), and Charlotte Cecil (@thrivespring). About Scott James BusinessWeek named Scott James as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs and Forbes Magazine profiled him as a Game Changer. Scott was awarded a Governor’s Award of Excellence in Service by the state of Washington for his nonprofit community preparedness work, Bainbridge Prepares. He was asked by FEMA to present his book – Prepared Neighborhoods: Creating Resilience One Street at a Time – at their national training symposium. The products from his companies have been featured in publications as diverse as Oprah’s O Magazine, National Geographic, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and US News & World Report. His film projects range from the opening shorts at the United Nations Climate Change Summits to the breakthrough nature-based series on Netflix (title series: “Moving Art”). His organizations tend to either focus on “people helping people” such as Fair Trade companies, or “people helping planet” (which of course also help people) such as organizations focused on the climate crisis. More details at: scottjames.me. About SJ Beard SJ is a Senior Research Associate and Academic Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, an Associated Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. I work on the Evaluation of Extreme Technological Risks, and other ethical problems with ensuring a long term future for humanity. I also have a wide range of skills and experiences producing high quality research, training and analysis across education and public affairs. About Charlotte Cecil Charlotte studied emergency management at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She has been a volunteer responder with various response and recovery groups, and worked for many years as a security consultant in the UK. Following a life-threatening incident in her early 20s, she became interested in emergency preparedness and security, which evolved into a passion for community resilience. She strongly believes that communities which engage in inclusive resilience-building help create safer, healthier and more cohesive societies. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:20:20
August 09, 2022
Episode 63 - Matt Berk w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 63 - Matt Berk w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
This episode has Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor) chatting up Matt Berk (@mattdberk), a swiss army knife a man with a broad range of interests. From energy crunch, peak oil, and climate change to high performance building and passive housing, this conversation packs a punch. About Matt Berk High performance building, passive house, energy and natural resources. Principal at Eco Windows and Facades. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:12:40
August 04, 2022
Episode 62 - Uncivilized Tom w/ Tres Crow
Episode 62 - Uncivilized Tom w/ Tres Crow
Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) solo hosts this interesting conversation with musician and burgeoning Doomer Optimist, Uncivilized Tom (@uncivilizedtom). This is one of the first episodes that really stray from the normal political discussions and veer into cultural territory...in this case discussing music. Get ready to nerd out about jazz among other things! About Uncivilized Tom un-musician, father, husband, leader of the band Uncivilized, and writer at aquarium drunkard. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:25:34
August 02, 2022
Episode 61 - Richard Flyer w/ Jason Snyder
Episode 61 - Richard Flyer w/ Jason Snyder
This episode of Doomer Optimism has Jason Snyder (@cognazor) having a conversation with Richard Flynn (@Richard_Flyer) about building a sustainable global commonwealth of bioregional economies. About Richard Flynn Richard has been building local community and bioregional ecosystems for the last 40 years. He has integrated his lifelong experiences of spiritual formation with his love of nature; trained as a marine and evolutionary biologist, studying pilot whale and dolphin communication; and then applied what he learned to community development. Experiences of what he calls “Nature’s Web” led him to travel to Mexico in the 1980’s to apprentice with an Aztec Indian/Christian medicine woman, a curandara, where he experienced indigenous wisdom and followed with training in Tibetan Buddhist meditation. He was a leader of non-profit organizations, having formed a neighborhood network in a low income, multi-ethnic area of San Diego, California. This was followed by leading the San Diego Food Bank, and to Reno to lead a statewide microfinance organization. It was then that he shifted focus to become an entrepreneur in the medical field of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, where he continues supporting therapy centers in the western US. Richard Flyer is back in the US after 6 months in Sri Lanka, where he was working with Sarvodaya, the world’s largest national bioregional network of communities. It was Mahatma Gandhi and his vision of a commonwealth of village republics, passed to the Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka that inspired him to translate universal principles into an urban western community context. Currently, he is working on various regenerative community projects, what he calls “Symbiotic Networks” --- a syntropic food forest project in North Kohala, Big Island, Hawaii and a local food system network in Oahu, Hawaii. He divides his time between Southern Germany, and Hawaii. Richard is launching the Symbiotic Culture Lab in Fall 2022 to promote Symbiotic Culture and Community to support bioregions around the world that want to learn to activate their own Symbiotic Networks. His book on the birth of the Symbiotic Age will be coming out Fall 2022. Best to find him on Twitter or LinkedIn, as his website, Symbiotic Culture Lab is being launched soon. About Jason Synder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:26:07
July 29, 2022
Episode 60 - Hermitix x Doomer Optimism panel discussion on collapse and the good life
Episode 60 - Hermitix x Doomer Optimism panel discussion on collapse and the good life
This episode of Doomer Optimism is a panel discussion that mashes up the Hermitix (@Hermitixpodcast) podcast sphere with the Doomer Optimism sphere. With six guests, the topics covered are as broad and diverse as the guests themselves, but the general through-line is collapse and what constitutes the "good" life. Panelists include: Jason Snyder (@cognazor) Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) James Ellis (@meta_nomad) Anarcho-Contrarian (@AnarContrarian) Senseful Ronin (@sensefulronin) Josh Kearns (@HillbillyNarnia)
01:12:02
July 28, 2022
Episode 59 - Ilan Kelman w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
Episode 59 - Ilan Kelman w/ Donald Antenen and Ashley Colby
Episode 59 of Doomer Optimism is all about climate change. What's real, what's not, and how to sift through the noise. Ashley (@RizomaSchool) is joined by first-time host Donald Antenen (@riversofeurope) as they host a conversation with Ilan Kelman (@IlanKelman), Professor of Disasters and Health. About Ilan Kelman Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, University College London, and Professor II, University of Agder Ilan Kelman is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. About Donald Antenen Donald Antenen lives with his wife and daughters in the Pacific Northwest. He is translating Genesis: Beginning: a Verse Translation of Genesis.   About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:35:04
July 27, 2022
Episode 58 - Kairos w/ Jason Snyder
Episode 58 - Kairos w/ Jason Snyder
This episode finds two metamodernists, metamoderning together. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) interviews Justin Manchester (@kairos0101) a range of topics, using metamodernism as a launching point for discussing psychedelics, Manchester's work, and our relationship to ideas themselves.   About Justin Manchester Construction/Engineering. Metamodern mediator in a mad house. 'Tenth Man' who realized his error. Protopian disciple of the Tao; one finger pointing to the sun. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:31:36
July 22, 2022
Episode 57 - Joe Brewer w/ Steven Morris and Jason Snyder
Episode 57 - Joe Brewer w/ Steven Morris and Jason Snyder
I know we say this all the time around Doomer Optimism, but this time we really have a special episode. Brought live from Colombia, host Steven Morris (@lifesmyth) interviews Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy) about the Earth Regenerators community and the work they're doing in Colombia. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) also joins them. Gear up for an optimism-heavy episode. About Joe Brewer Joe Brewer has separate bachelors degrees in physics, mathematics, and interdisciplinary studies and a masters in atmospheric sciences. He is a complexity researcher, innovation strategist, experience designer, and serial social entrepreneur who brings a wealth of expertise to the adoption of sustainable solutions at the cultural scale. His experiences as a social entrepreneur and cross-disciplinary scholar weave together a combination of skills dedicated to open collaboration, interactive design, and empowered civic action for catalyzing change toward greater resilience in our turbulent world.  More recently, he has moved to Colombia and is engaged in regenerating an area of dry desert with the aim of returning it to flourishing biodiversity. He has written The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth and established Earth Regenerators, a community, a study group and a place to share ideas that will bring us closer to a prosocial world, focussed on bioregions where the human and More-Than-Human worlds integrate, where we organise with direct local democracy, create a steady state economy, based on shared values and not on growth, and where we predicate our actions on trusting the good intentions of others.  About Steven Morris Steven Morris started his journey into then unnamed realm of Doomer Optimism in 2011 when, during the time of a divorce, he stumbled upon 3 of the many early doomer optimist voices: Chris Martenson's Crash Course, John Michael Greer's blog The Archdruid Report, and KMO's C-Realm podcast. These 3 identified the many issues of decline in the world that he could sense but didn't have words for. At the same time they all provided positive possibilities for the future. Steven considers himself an amateur Renaissance Man and Polymath of sorts with a wide variety of interests including: appropriate use of technology, regenerative systems, explorations in consciousness, alternative (sometimes called complementary) currency systems, computer technology, and complex systems. He has worked on multiple award winning independent films, managed warehouse logistics for a small business, run a college radio station and lead ecstatic dance workshops. He is a trained Host for Nora Bateson's People Need People gatherings. He currently generates income from running the audio visual technology behind corporate events and is working with the Commons Engine as the video editor for their upcoming Currency Design for Change Agents master class to be launched this spring. Steven is committed to supporting people find their way through the rapidly changing chaos, especially those who don’t see themselves as homesteaders. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:31:48
July 20, 2022
Episode 56 - Vivid Void and Big Buhddi w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 56 - Vivid Void and Big Buhddi w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
This episode of Doomer Optimism has Ashley (@RizomaSchool) and Jason (@cognazor) team up again to interrogate spirituality, religion, and esoterica with Big Buddhi (@embryosophy) and Vivid Void (@VividVoid_). About Big Buddhi +𖦹△▼࿅ entheogen flexagon ࿄▽▲𖦹+ About Vivid Void He believes in everything; nothing is sacred. He believes in nothing; everything is sacred. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:28:58
July 19, 2022
Episode 55 - Magdalena Urioste w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 55 - Magdalena Urioste w/ Ashley Colby
This episode of Doomer Optimism has Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) speak with Uruguayan regenerative farmer, Magdalena Urioste. Topics range from Magdalena's past as a world traveler in the United States,  France, and southeast Asia to her work running Pampeanas Regenerativas Orientales, a regenerative women's ranching group in Uruguay. About Magdalena Urioste Magdalena is an uncompromising and passionate custodian of Nature. She studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and studied and lived in the US and France, working as a language teacher, interpreter, and translator. Over 30 years she dedicated her life to education and was deeply involved in early childhood and elementary education in Thailand and Vietnam, where she founded two international schools. She lives and works at “Valle Sol”, a regenerative ranch and farm in the beautiful Sierras of Maldonado, Uruguay, where she raises cattle, sheep, horses, and chickens, and grows organic vegetables for her family and the community. The farm serves as the demonstration and learning site of Pampa Oriental, the Savory Hub in Uruguay, dedicated to training and supporting the implementation of Holistic Management in the country. In 2019, she co-founded Pampeanas Regenerativas Orientales, a women network dedicated to promoting the regeneration of the Pampas grasslands and all its inhabitants. She is a peaceful activist and works tirelessly to inform and support other ranchers and policymakers, particularly women, sharing her practical knowledge on all aspects of land, animal and human health. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:01:32
July 16, 2022
Episode 54 - Ladi Jadi w/ Brooke Bowman and Ashley Colby
Episode 54 - Ladi Jadi w/ Brooke Bowman and Ashley Colby
This episode of Doomer Optimism is all about community building. Ashley (@RizomaSchool) brings back Brooke Bowman (@gptbrooke) of This Part of Twitter (TPOT) and vibecamp to chat with Ladi Jadi (@LadiJ16), intentional community veteran and otherwise brilliant individual. About Ladi Jadi Wife, Mama...off grid living...lover of this world Observations from my perch in the Rocky Mountains. About Brooke Bowman Brooke emerged from hardship a few years ago with ideas about how to thrive as humans that she's since been putting into practice by helping coordinate community building projects small and large. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
56:13
July 13, 2022
Episode 53 - Roland Gunn w/ Jason Snyder and Tres Crow
Episode 53 - Roland Gunn w/ Jason Snyder and Tres Crow
This is another Appalachian-centric episode of Doomer Optimism. This time, we have Jason Snyder (@cognazor) co-hosting with Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) as they have a discussion with Roland Gunn (@RolandGunnTN) about cultural geography, the south, and what makes Appalachia such a special place. About Roland Gunn He's an anon, so don't ask. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:24:43
July 11, 2022
Episode 52 - John Dios w/ Ashley Colby and Willow Liana
Episode 52 - John Dios w/ Ashley Colby and Willow Liana
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Ashley (@RizomaSchool) chats with John Dios (@FibromyalgiaDad) about rural gentrification, homesteading, catholicism, and his project Holy Agony/Cathedral in the Pines. With a special pop-in from Willow Liana (@willlowthewhisp)! About John Dios Order, tenderness, piety. Cathedral in the Pines & Isolation Chamber. About Willow Liana Willow is a professional social butterfly and mother of a wee babe whom she is raising in the Canadian countryside. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:16:29
July 06, 2022
Episode 51 - SaraDay Evans w/ Dr. Josh Kearns and Jason Snyder
Episode 51 - SaraDay Evans w/ Dr. Josh Kearns and Jason Snyder
This episode of Doomer Optimism sees Jason Snyder (@cognazor) hanging out with two native children of Appalachian, returning guest/host Dr. Josh Kearns (@HillbillyNarnia) and SaraDay Evans (@esaraday). What naturally starts as an interesting dissection of the tragi-magic quality to Appalachian living turns inevitably to SaraDay's amazing work with Accelerating Appalachia, a nature-based business accelerator that connects innovative businesses, investors and mentors who aligned with people, place and prosperity. Oh, and SaraDay is Wendell Berry's niece-in-law! About SaraDay Evans Sara Day Evans is the Founding Director for Accelerating Appalachia and Co-Founder of Prosperity Collective. She's a sixth generation Kentuckian, and has worked with communities and small businesses across the southeast for over 20 years. She’s served over 300 communities and small businesses in economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental protection and leveraged over $250M in funding in service to the southeast and Appalachian region. She was awarded a presidential commendation from Bill Clinton for her work in the health and livelihood of women living in Appalachian Kentucky through her clean water efforts. With degrees in Geology/Hydrogeology and a background in water law, she was instrumental in developing Kentucky’s groundwater protection programs and later developed Kentucky’s first ongoing solid waste management fund, resulting in an 85% reduction in illegal dumping and a 25% increase in recycling. She served western North Carolina’s hardest hit counties by developing sustainable economy plans that fit with the people and place of the region and created North Carolina’s Green Economy Resources Directory. She’s particularly proud of the program she developed and implemented to install clean energy systems on farms in western NC’s high-unemployment counties while also training high school and community college students in clean energy installation. In 2011, Sara Day co-founded the social enterprise Prosperity Collective and inspired by the textile, farming, forest products skills of Appalachians, the expanding world of social entrepreneurs and investing for good, she launched Accelerating Appalachia in 2012 to serve nature-based businesses in Appalachia and beyond. About Dr. Josh Kearns Josh is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:26:42
July 01, 2022
Episode 50 - Panel w/ Kate Raworth, Nora Bateson, Joe Brewer, Daniel Christian Wahl, and Jason Snyder
Episode 50 - Panel w/ Kate Raworth, Nora Bateson, Joe Brewer, Daniel Christian Wahl, and Jason Snyder
On this, our 50th episode of Doomer Optimism, Jason Snyder (@cognazor) hosts a panel discussion with some of the brightest minds in regeneration. Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy), Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth), Nora Bateson (@NoraBateson), and Daniel Christian Wahl (@DrDCWahl) come around the virtual table to try to define regeneration, discuss their work, and find a path forward for the regeneration movement. About Joe Brewer Joe is a change strategist working on behalf of humanity, and also a complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design. About Kate Raworth Author of Doughnut Economics. Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab. Teaching at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute. About Nora Bateson Filmmaker, lecturer, author. Founder of #WarmData #PeopleNeedPeople #symmathesy #aphanipoiesis. Ecology & society reframing & shifting perception, complexity, and tenderness. About Daniel Christian Wahl Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:57:42
June 28, 2022
Episode 49 - Stephanie Lepp w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 49 - Stephanie Lepp w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
On episode 49 of Doomer Optimism, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor) sit down with Stephanie Lepp (@stephlepp), Executive Producer at the Center for Humane Technology. They discuss a range of topics, from Stephanie's roots in Memetic Mediation to the potential for truly humane social networks. It includes a deeper discussion of Stephanie's Synthetic Strategy, a potential framework for enabling collaboration between adjacent tribes. About Stephanie Lepp Stephanie Lepp is a producer whose work strives to hold up a mirror — inviting us to grow from what we see. As the Executive Producer at the Center for Humane Technology, Stephanie leads Your Undivided Attention — the podcast hosted by Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, which has garnered over 10 million downloads. She's also working to bring the organization into new media. Infinite Lunchbox is Stephanie's studio for independent work. Recent projects include: Deep Reckonings (deepreckonings.com), a Webby award-winning series of explicitly-marked deepfake videos that imagine morally courageous versions of our public figures, and Reckonings (reckonings.show), a podcast that tells the stories of people who've made all kinds of transformative change, which was named in The Constant Listener's Best Podcasts of 2018. Stephanie is a member of the Guild of Future Architects. Her work has been covered by outlets such as NPR, Forbes, and the MIT Technology Review, and supported by institutions including the Mozilla Foundation, Sundance Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. To get a feel for Stephanie's work, listen to her interviews on The Jim Rutt Show (jimruttshow.com/stephanie-lepp/) and KALW's Inflection Point (bit.ly/3jGcAEg). The best way to be in dialogue with Stephanie is to follow her on Twitter: @stephlepp About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:23:55
June 25, 2022
Episode 48 - Bosco and Ourania w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 48 - Bosco and Ourania w/ Ashley Colby
On this episode, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) continues her informal "Based Mommy" series with two incredible anon women, Bosco (@selentelechia) and Ourania (@ouranometrian). Topics obviously include motherhood, but also spreads into the natalism debate, the ideal number of kiddos, and what exactly "based" mothering is. About Bosco Bosco, or Selene is an aspiring celestial body and cyberpunk tradwife. About Ourania Ourania is a Maenad Queen, computer wrangler, aspiring to go from primiparous to quintiparous. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:04:21
June 21, 2022
Episode 47 - Simon Mostafa w/ Dr. Josh Kearns and Jason Snyder
Episode 47 - Simon Mostafa w/ Dr. Josh Kearns and Jason Snyder
The guest on this episode of Doomer Optimism is world traveler and do-gooder Simon Mostafa, who joined hosts Josh Kearns (@HillbillyNarnia) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor) from Spain, where he is currently working on various homesteading projects .Topics include: water and sanitation projects in the developing world, Mostafa's work in Chiapas and Spain, and facing down the existential crises of our time. About Simon Mostafa After graduating from Colorado University with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Mostafa moved to Chiapas to work as the Director of Research for Cántaro Azul, focusing on water sanitation research. He now lives in Spain doing community homesteading work. About Dr. Josh Kearns Josh is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:15:58
June 16, 2022
Episode 46 - James Ellis w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 46 - James Ellis w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, first-time hosts Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor) have a beautiful conversation with the Meta Nomad himself, James Ellis (@meta_nomad). From accelerationism to the very meaning of Doomer Optimism itself, this conversation perfectly encapsulates the Nick Land to Wendell Berry pipeline. About James Ellis James Ellis studied fine art at Norwich University of the Arts, after finishing his degree he completed an M.A. in continental philosophy at Staffordshire University. He blogs at Meta-Nomad and is the host of Hermitix Podcast. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:23:25
June 14, 2022
Episode 45 - Scott Johnson w/ Ashley Colby and Dr. Josh Kearns
Episode 45 - Scott Johnson w/ Ashley Colby and Dr. Josh Kearns
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, first time host Josh Kearns (@HillbillyNarnia) teams up with Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) to discuss potential low tech futures with Scott Johnson (@Low_Techno), the founder of the Low Tech Institute in Wisconsin. About Scott Johnson Scott has been carrying out research into low tech since tried to build a catapult in 6th grade. He is a jack of all trades, but a master of none, including carpentry, gardening, electric, plumbing, beekeeping, brewing, butchery, baking, and more. His interest in past technologies led to a Ph.D. in anthropology (Tulane University, 2012), focusing on archaeology. He’s taught at universities across the US and Canada and led international field projects funded by the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society. He is also the author of several books (Translating Maya Hieroglyphs, Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail?). Today, he works at the Low Technology Institute and lives in the historic village of Cooksville, Wisconsin (just south of Madison), with his wife, kid, and dog. He enjoys a good cup of tea, aikido, running, and books. He is founder of the Low Tech Institute based in Wisconsin. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Dr. Josh Kearns Josh is a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. He studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). He's spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make himself useful while doing so. He's the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. He taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to his roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. He lives with his wife Rachael and all their critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia.
01:26:22
June 10, 2022
Episode 44 - Magnus Popp w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 44 - Magnus Popp w/ Ashley Colby
On this episode of Doomer Optimism we're going down south with Magnus Popp and Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool), two Doomer Optimists that are cutting a new path forward in Uruguay. In this wide-ranging conversation, Ashley and Magnus chat about Magnus' past as a researcher in evolutionary biology, and his new life as a free man, homesteader, and self-described "beer brewing control freakish evolutionary biologist." About Magnus Popp Magnus Popp is a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, a Swedish homesteader in Uruguay living with his Argentinean wife Virginia and two kids. He is a self described beer brewing control freakish evolutionary biologist. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:07:30
June 07, 2022
Episode 43 - Rich Bartlett w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 43 - Rich Bartlett w/ Ashley Colby
Our 43rd episode of Doomer Optimism sees Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) having a one on one chat with Rich Bartlett (@RichDecibels), writer, intellectual, and founder of Loomio and The Hum. Conversation ranges from what constitutes a "cult," how to organize effective organizations, and the intersection of community and governance. About Rich Bartlett Richard D. Bartlett is one of those people with a lot of websites. He's the co-founder of Loomio, a platform for small-scale digital democracy inspired by the 2011 Occupy Movement. He's also co-leader of The Hum, a training & consulting company that supports decentralised organisations to work without domination hierarchies. He's also the co-director of the Enspiral Foundation, which is a professional network of friends supporting each other to do more meaningful work in the world. And he's the author of a community-building methodology called Microsolidarity. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:41:27
June 02, 2022
Episode 42 - James Pogue w/ Donald Antenen
Episode 42 - James Pogue w/ Donald Antenen
On this episode, first time-host Donald Antenen (@riversofeurope) has an intimate conversation with writer and essayist James Pogue (@jhensonpogue), who is fresh off the release of his powerhouse article in Vanity Fair about the New Right. It's a can't miss conversation! About James Pogue James Pogue is an American essayist and journalist. He is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine. His pieces have appeared on the covers of Harper's and The American Conservative. He is the author of Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West, a first-person account of conflict over public lands in the American west. About Donald Antenen Donald Antenen lives with his wife and daughters in the Pacific Northwest. He is translating Genesis: https://bibletranslation.substack.com/
01:46:38
June 01, 2022
Doomer Optimism x Future Fossils Cross-Over Event!
Doomer Optimism x Future Fossils Cross-Over Event!
On this very special Doomer Optimism interlude, we drop in on our intrepid hosts, Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder, as they mix it up with Michael Garfield and the folks at Future Fossils. It was such a tremendous conversation that we figured we should crosslist on both podcasts. So, enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to Future Fossils!  Here are the show notes from Future Fossils: Be forewarned: This latest episode is some extremely heady stuff. But thankfully, it's also full of heart and soul... Back in February, Jonathan Rowson posted two clips from his latest in-progress writing to Twitter, where it succeeded in baiting a bunch of the folks with whom I regularly interact as members of the so-called "Liminal Web" into reflecting on the value of partitioning a global boil of loosely-associated "sensemakers," "meta-theorists," and "systems poets" into well-meaning but ultimately dubious cultural taxonomies. I had plenty to say about this from my awkwardly consistent stance of being both enthusiastic and skeptical about apparently everything. But so did numerous other brilliant and inspiring people, including Bonnitta Roy, Stephanie Lepp, Ashley Colby, and Jason Snyder – all of whom I've wanted on the show for a while (with the exception of Stephanie, with whom I had a great chat back on episode 154). So I took it upon myself to press for an on-the-record group discussion about the virtue and folly of putting labels on sociocultural processes and networks that are defined by their liminality: Is this ultimately a good thing, or does it just kill the magic in a foolish servility to economic pressures and the desire to be recognized as A Movement? When we finally met at the end of March for our call, the conversation turned to issues with more urgency and gravitas — namely: Is it even helpful to spend all of our time talking about crises and metacrises when there is so much work to be done? What transpired was easily one of the more profound and inspired conversations I've ever had the good fortune to host on this show, although it was also more beset with insane and infuriating technical problems that getting it ready for release took over thirty hours of excruciating editing. I am so immensely glad I am finally done and can get on with my damn life! But also that I get to share this with you and hear what the rest of our scene(s) have to contribute to this discourse. (Some of the people I'd especially love to hear from include folks we mentioned in this episode and/or were part of the original Twitter discussion, including John Vervaeke, Jeremy Johnson, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Kyle Kowalski, Jim Rutt, John Ash, and Joe Lightfoot, as well as people implied or indicted by Jonathan's prompts, including Nora Bateson and everyone involved with DAOs, GameB, cosmo-localism, meta-modernism, and The Dark Renaissance. So, like, half the people I talk and listen to...)
01:36:28
May 26, 2022
Episode 40 - Tiger Lily and Willow w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 40 - Tiger Lily and Willow w/ Ashley Colby
On this episode, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) has a conversation about Based Momming with Willow (@willlowthewhisp) and Tiger Lily (@Butterrespecter). Health, home birthing, and growing based families. About Tiger Lily Tiger Lily is a wife, mommy, herbalist, birth worker and shitposter. About Willow Willow is a professional social butterfly and mother of a wee babe whom she is raising in the Canadian countryside. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:14:41
May 24, 2022
Episode 39 - Empty America w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 39 - Empty America w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
We're back with a brand new Doomer Optimism! This time, hosts hosts Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder(@cognazor) settle in around the proverbial campfire for a fascinating conversation with the one and only Empty America (@Empty_America). With interests that range from permaculture to political history, this conversation is as multi-faceted as the three individuals participating. About Empty America Semi-anonymous, Empty America can be found on Twitter and Etsy, where he sells classic outdoorsman's knives and dryland seeds. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:39:25
May 20, 2022
Episode 38 - Peter Allen w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 38 - Peter Allen w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, hosts Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder(@cognazor) have a chat with Peter Allen (@pclarkallen) of Mastodon Valley Farm about ecological and regenerative farming, homesteading, rebuilding oak savanna, factory farming, and a ton more! About Peter Allen Peter Allen spent a decade in Madison where Peter was researching and teaching ecology, economics, and complexity science, and his wife Maureen was studied biology, taught team building seminars at the University, and helped develop a non-profit urban farm for kids. They moved to the Driftless in 2012 to build a homestead and start a regenerative farm nestled in the hills of the Kickapoo River Valley in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless region They are inspired by the oak savanna ecosystems that once blanketed our hills and valleys. Groves of fruit and nuts trees combined with prairie grasslands to create the most diverse, productive, and functional ecosystems in the history of our continent. It's no wonder why these savanna gardens were cultivated by Indigenous Americans for millennia and manicured by mastodons for tens of millions of years. Now they’re the keystone species - planting fruit and nut trees by the thousands, thinning out overgrown woodlands, and practicing multi-species rotational grazing with cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, and poultry to manage vegetation, build soil, boost biodiversity, and produce meats and medicines at peak power and potency. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:22:54
May 17, 2022
Episode 37 - Chris Ellis and Brad Garrett w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 37 - Chris Ellis and Brad Garrett w/ Ashley Colby
On this episode, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) discusses doom, prepping and bunkers, and building resilient communities with Dr. Chris Ellis (@Prep4Disasters) and Brad Garrett (@Goblinmerchant). This is a fascinating look at the prepper movement, and surviving the myriad coming crises. About Dr. Chris Ellis Dr. Chris Ellis is a subject matter expert on individual household disaster preparedness in the United States and other developed countries. He focuses on large-scale catastrophic threats, including natural, manmade, and spiritual events. Quantitative work and interests include deep analysis on FEMA’s annual National Household Survey. Qualitative work amalgamates – under the theory of ontological security – a model that matches fears, motivations, and government action (or inaction), with household response levels to assorted threats and potential futures. Chris earned his PhD at Cornell University, has four master’s degrees, and is an active duty Army Colonel with nearly 23 years of service. About Bradley Garrett Bradley Garrett is an American social and cultural geographer at University College Dublin in Ireland and a writer for The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. He describes his research interests as being at the intersections of cultural geography, archaeology and visual methods and writes that his research is about "finding the hidden in the world". He is the author of five books including Bunker: Building for the End Times, a contemporary account of doomsday preppers around the world, and Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, an ethnographic account of the activities of the London Consolidation Crew (LCC), a group of urban explorers Garrett calls "place hackers". About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:14:26
May 13, 2022
Episode 36 - Euvie Ivanova w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 36 - Euvie Ivanova w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
This episode of Doomer Optimism is co-hosted by Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder, who interview Future Thinkers co-founder, Euvie Ivanova. The episode tackles motherhood, transhumanism, and the nitty-gritty of building community from scratch. About Euvie Ivanova Cohost of Future Thinkers podcast, OG in the 'liminal web', currently building a resilient 'smart village' in BC. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:33:18
May 10, 2022
Episode 35 - Brooke Bowman and Grin from This Part of Twitter (TPOT) w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 35 - Brooke Bowman and Grin from This Part of Twitter (TPOT) w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
This episode of Doomer Optimism sees Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor) have a wide-ranging conversation with Brooke Bowman (@gptbrooke) and Grin (@grin_io) from This Part of Twitter (TPOT) and vibecamp about online communities, embodiment, and where all this is going. About Grin Grin is part of the core team at Vibecamp (vibecamp.xyz). His ingroups include his family, his startups (lbry.com, odysee.com), ultimate frisbee, (parts of) crypto, and friendly ambitious nerds. Find him at https://grin.io. About Brooke Bowman Brooke emerged from hardship a few years ago with ideas about how to thrive as humans that she's since been putting into practice by helping coordinate community building projects small and large. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:18:56
May 06, 2022
Episode 34 - Chuck Marohn w/ Anarcho- Contrarian and Kara Marshall
Episode 34 - Chuck Marohn w/ Anarcho- Contrarian and Kara Marshall
This episode of Doomer Optimism sees frequent contributor Anarcho-Contrarian (@AnarContrarian)and DO newbie Kara Marshall (@karakara98) sit down with the founder and president of Strong Towns, Charles Marohn (@clmarohn). Naturally, the conversation drifts toward community resilience and building...well...strong towns, as well as the future of community building.  About Charles Marohn Charles Marohn—known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues—is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer and a land use planner with decades of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. Marohn is the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (Wiley, 2019) and Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town (Wiley 2021). He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. About Kara Marshall Kara Marshall works to promote energy efficiency and, with her husband, takes care of and old house and five acres in Connecticut. About Anarcho-Contrarian Anarcho-contrarian is a nostalgia-poasting Twitter Anon who is passionate about the resiliency of rural places.
54:20
May 04, 2022
Episode 33 - Jordan Hall w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
Episode 33 - Jordan Hall w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder
If Jordan Hall were a gin and tonic, then this, Jordan's second Doomer Optimism episode, would be a G&T with special elderberry simple syrup. By which I mean, the addition of this episode's hosts, Ashley Colby and Jason Snyder, unearths a few special nuggets about cosmo-localism and a variety of adjacent topics. So, get your lime juice, we're diving in! About Jordan Hall Jordan is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Neurohacker Collective. He is now in his 19th year of building disruptive technology companies. Jordan’s interests in comics, science fiction, computers, and way too much TV led to a deep dive into contemporary philosophy (particularly the works of Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda), artificial intelligence and complex systems science, and then, as the Internet was exploding into the world, a few years at Harvard Law School where he spent time with Larry Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain and Cornel West examining the coevolution of human civilization and technology. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:24:49
April 28, 2022
Episode 32 - Dr. Morris Berman w/ Ashley Colby and Patrick Fitzgerald
Episode 32 - Dr. Morris Berman w/ Ashley Colby and Patrick Fitzgerald
On this episode of Doomer Optimism Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and her husband Patrick Fitzgerald (@RizomaAt) discuss the future of American democracy and the prospects for a new dark ages with author and soothsayer Morris Berman. About Morris Berman Morris Berman is an American historian and social critic. He earned a BA in mathematics at Cornell University in 1966 and a PhD in the history of science at Johns Hopkins University in 1971. Berman is an academic humanist cultural critic who specializes in Western cultural and intellectual history. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Patrick Fitzgerald Patrick is one half of the power duo Rizoma Field School. He's been a Spanish teacher for over a decade at both the high school and college levels in the United States. He has a BA in Spanish Teaching from the University of Illinois and my MA in Foreign Languages and Cultures from Washington State University. Along with different kinds of language instruction (formal grammar and/or immersion training), he's also taught Spanish language literature and art, and currently teaches AP Spanish Literature through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He almost got a hole in one once, and he used to be able to dunk.
01:02:23
April 26, 2022
Episode 31 - Chelsey Norman and Willow Liana w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 31 - Chelsey Norman and Willow Liana w/ Ashley Colby
On a very special Doomer Optimism we have three Twitter powerhouses on one episode! Chelsey Norman (@quachelsey), Willow Liana (@willlowthewhisp), and Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) mix it up about the modern housewife, RETVRNING, child-rearing, and the future of the home. About Chelsey Norman Chelsey, aka Kitchen Marm, is a mother of two and practitioner of the domestic arts in rural New England. About Willow Liana Willow is a professional social butterfly and mother of a wee babe whom she is raising in the Canadian countryside. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:14:20
April 21, 2022
Episode 30 - Nina Power w/ Ashley Colby
Episode 30 - Nina Power w/ Ashley Colby
This episode of Doomer Optimism sees host Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) chats with writer and philosopher Nina Power. The two discuss gender politics, the meaning of Doomer Optimism, and the definition of the "female" Chad. About Nina Power Nina Power is an English writer and philosopher. Power received her PhD in philosophy from Middlesex University on the topic of humanism and anti-humanism in postwar French philosophy, and also has an MA and BA in philosophy from the University of Warwick. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
41:36
April 19, 2022
Episode 29 - David Cayley w/ Tara Theike and Donald Antenen
Episode 29 - David Cayley w/ Tara Theike and Donald Antenen
On this, the 29th episode of Doomer Optimism, first time hosts Tara Thieke (@TaraAnnThieke) and Donald Antenen (@riversofeurope) dive into the work and themes of Ivan Illich, the preeminent Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, and social critic. They're joined for the discussion by writer and broadcaster, David Cayley. About David Cayley David Cayley is a Toronto-based Canadian writer and broadcaster, who is known for documenting philosophy of prominent thinkers of the 20th century - Ivan Illich, Northrop Frye, George Grant, and Rene Girard.   About Tara Thieke Tara Thieke is a homemaker and writer. Her writing can be found at Mere Orthodoxy, Front Porch Republic, The American Mind and many more. About Donald Antenen Donald Antenen lives with his wife and daughters in the Pacific Northwest. He is translating Genesis: https://bibletranslation.substack.com/
01:23:05
April 15, 2022
Episode 28 - Neal Spackman w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Synder
Episode 28 - Neal Spackman w/ Ashley Colby and Jason Synder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, hosts Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder(@cognazor) sit down with none other than the regenerative guru himself, Neal Spackman (@NealSpackman). For the regenerative landscape and farming folks out there, this is a high-powered episode filled with inspiring stories from Neal's work, as well as plenty of practical tips for participating in the regeneration movement. About Neal Spackman Neal Spackman is an internationally recognized pioneer of hyperarid agroforestries. He is now the Cofounder/CEO of Regenerative Resources https://regenerativeresources.co/ He was cofounder and Director of the Al Baydha Project in Saudi Arabia, where he lived and worked with tribes of bedouin to convert deserts into savannahs. He founded the webinar series Sustainable Design Masterclass, and has taught and consulted in the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:36:19
April 12, 2022
Episode 27 - William Wheelwright w/ Tres Crow
Episode 27 - William Wheelwright w/ Tres Crow
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) chats up frequent DO contributor William Wheelwright (@ploughmansfolly) about his now infamous Twitter thread, how America can be saved with ice cream, and a path forward for right and left DOers. About William Wheelwright They're anonymous, soooo.... About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends at Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:37:24
March 31, 2022
Episode 26 - Jeff McFadden w/ Jason Snyder and Dave, Aspring Peasant
Episode 26 - Jeff McFadden w/ Jason Snyder and Dave, Aspring Peasant
In a very special episode of Doomer Optimism, Jason Snyder (@Cognazor) and first-time host Dave (@aspiringpeasant) have a striking convo with Mr. Donkey himself, Jeff McFadden (@homemadeguitars). Naturally, the conversation touches on donkey power, but that's just the starting point for an important conversation about regenerative agriculture, ecological collapse, and slowing down. About Jeff McFadden Walking beside a donkey, working for a living Earth. About Aspiring Peasant None of your business. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:30:22
March 29, 2022
Episode 25 - John Michael Greer w/ Ashley Colby, Jason Snyder, and Steven Morris
Episode 25 - John Michael Greer w/ Ashley Colby, Jason Snyder, and Steven Morris
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool), Jason Snyder(@cognazor), and Steven Morris (@lifesmyth) sat down with the incredible John Michael Greer, previous founder of the Archdruid Report and current founder of Ecosophia. Topics discussed range from regenerative futures to the collapse of industrial civilization. Doomer Optimists everywhere won't be disappointed with this one! About John Michael Greer John Michael Greer is a widely read author, blogger, and astrologer whose work focuses on the overlaps between ecology, spirituality, and the future of industrial society. He served twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, and remains active in that order as well as several other branches of Druid nature spirituality.  He currently lives in East Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife Sara. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Steven Morris Steven Morris started his journey into Doomer Optimism in 2011 when during the time of a divorce he stumbled upon 3 of the many early doomer optimist voices: Chris Martenson's Crash Course, John Michael Greer's  blog The Archdruid Report, and KMO's C-Realm podcast. These 3 identified the many issues of decline in the world that he could sense but didn't have words for. At the same time they all provided positive possibilities for the future. Steven considers himself an amateur Renaissance Man and Polymath of sorts with a wide variety of interests including, appropriate use of technology, regenerative systems, explorations in consciousness, alternative (sometimes called complementary) currency systems, computer technology, and complex systems. He has worked on multiple award winning independent films, managed warehouse logistics for a small business, run a college radio station and lead ecstatic dance workshops. He is a trained Host for Nora Bateson's People Need People gatherings. He currently generates income from running the audio visual technology behind corporate events and is working with the Commons Engine as the video editor for their upcoming Currency Design for Change Agents master class to be launched this spring.
01:25:32
March 26, 2022
Episode 24 - Gregory Landua w/ Ashly Colby, Jason Snyder, and Josh Heling
Episode 24 - Gregory Landua w/ Ashly Colby, Jason Snyder, and Josh Heling
On this episode a trio of hosts, Ashley Colby, Jason Snyder, and Josh Heling, have a chat with Gregory Landua, the Co-founder of the regenerative finance company Regen Network. Topics range from DeFi, ReFi, crypto and much, much more. About Gregory Landua Co-founder of Regen Network. He dwells humbly at the intersection of ecology, economics and technology. About Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Josh Heling Josh Heling and his family run Hidden Savanna Farm, a permaculture-inspired small farm in the countryside outside of Madison, WI whose mission is to contribute to its local food economy while connecting people to each other and the natural environment. He's spent the last eight years starting the process of converting 10 acres of overgrown woodland to a perennial food system supporting the farm's pastured poultry and sheep operations. Hidden Savanna also acts as a hands-on learning lab for a variety of educational enrichment programs for elementary and middle-school aged kids.
02:21:51
March 17, 2022
Episode 23 - Sean Dixon-Sullivan with Tres Crow and Dr. Ashley Colby
Episode 23 - Sean Dixon-Sullivan with Tres Crow and Dr. Ashley Colby
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) and Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) managed an international three-way call with Sean Dixon-Sullivan (@NextSuccession), the luminary behind Contour Lines. This discussion focused mostly on the importance and purpose behind permaculture, agroforestry, and the work Sean is doing in Guatemala. About Sean Dixon-Sullivan Sean is the founder of Contour Lines, a non-profit dedicated to transitioning rural communities to regenerative land uses. Through working grants to farmers, they help set up communities with reliable, sustainable sources of nutritious food, and the knowledge to steward the land. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
58:28
March 11, 2022
Episode 22 - Visakan Veerasamy with Tres Crow and Dr. Jason Snyder
Episode 22 - Visakan Veerasamy with Tres Crow and Dr. Jason Snyder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) and Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) managed to snag Visakan Veerasamy (@visakanv), the Friendly, Ambitious Nerd himself, for a convo about the end of the world, sense-making, and where we are on that infamous domino meme. About Visakan Veerasamy Simple + radical: focus on what you want to see more of. 🌍💪🏾❤️🔥⚡️ buy his ebooks FRIENDLY AMBITIOUS NERD (http://gum.co/FANbook) and INTROSPECT (http://gum.co/introspect). About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice. 
01:37:10
March 09, 2022
Episode 21 - Ali Katz w/ Dr. Ashley Colby and Steven Morris
Episode 21 - Ali Katz w/ Dr. Ashley Colby and Steven Morris
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Steven Morris (@lifesmyth) sit down with family, financial and legal expert Ali Katz (@thealikatz)for a conversation about leaning into the things that scare you most. An apt topic for these terrifying times. About Ali Katz Ali Katz is a family, financial and legal expert who works as a private advisor for families, small business owners, and inheritors of family wealth, in addition to running 3 of her own, purpose-aligned companies. As a trusted advisor, Ali supports her clients to make eyes wide open legal, insurance, financial and tax decisions, often providing interim CEO/CFO services to founders ready for their next level of expansion and evolution. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Steven Morris Steven Morris started his journey into Doomer Optimism in 2011 when during the time of a divorce he stumbled upon 3 of the many early doomer optimist voices: Chris Martenson's Crash Course, John Michael Greer's  blog The Archdruid Report, and KMO's C-Realm podcast. These 3 identified the many issues of decline in the world that he could sense but didn't have words for. At the same time they all provided positive possibilities for the future. Steven considers himself an amateur Renaissance Man and Polymath of sorts with a wide variety of interests including, appropriate use of technology, regenerative systems, explorations in consciousness, alternative (sometimes called complementary) currency systems, computer technology, and complex systems. He has worked on multiple award winning independent films, managed warehouse logistics for a small business, run a college radio station and lead ecstatic dance workshops. He is a trained Host for Nora Bateson's People Need People gatherings. He currently generates income from running the audio visual technology behind corporate events and is working with the Commons Engine as the video editor for their upcoming Currency Design for Change Agents master class to be launched this spring.
01:21:31
March 01, 2022
Episode 20 - Vince Horn w/ Dr. Jason Snyder
Episode 20 - Vince Horn w/ Dr. Jason Snyder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor)has a discussion with Vince Horn (@VinceFHorn)about Buddhism, homesteading, and what it means to find peace (and even joy) in our current moment of perpetual crisis. About Vince Horn Vince Fakhoury Horn is part of a new generation of teachers & translators exploring dharma in the age of the network. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, he spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously doing a full year, in total, of silent retreat practice. Vince began teaching in 2010 having been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the Insight Meditation tradition.  Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.”  He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily Horn and their son Zander. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:21:51
February 23, 2022
Episode 19 - Josh Kearns w/ Dr. Jason Snyder and Dr. Ashley Colby
Episode 19 - Josh Kearns w/ Dr. Jason Snyder and Dr. Ashley Colby
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) sit down with Dr. Josh Kearns, an environmental chemist and engineer with a specialty in appropriate technologies for low-resource settings. About Dr. Josh Kearns My mission in life is to use environmental chemistry and engineering to understand and repair ecological harms and empower marginalized peoples. I’m a born-n-bred Appalachian and a native of West-By-God-Virginia and damn proud of it. I studied chemistry and environmental engineering at Clemson (BS), biogeochemistry at Berkeley (MS), and environmental engineering at CU-Boulder (PhD). I’ve spent years bumming around rural and remote communities in Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, India, Nepal, Ladakh, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, and generally tried to make myself useful while doing so. I’m the Director of Science for Aqueous Solutions, and the Chief Technical Advisor for Caminos de Agua, grassroots water and health development organizations in Thailand and Mexico, respectively. I taught environmental engineering courses at NC State University for a couple of years before returning to my roots as a freelance renegade scientist and exponent of ecological transition engineering. I live with my amazing wife Rachael and all our critters on a small mountaintop homestead in southern Appalachia. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:25:40
February 17, 2022
Episode 18 - Tara Theike w/ Dr. Ashley Colby and William Wheelwright
Episode 18 - Tara Theike w/ Dr. Ashley Colby and William Wheelwright
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and returning guest William Wheelwright (@ploughmansfolly) chat with Tara Ann Thieke (@TaraAnnThieke), a homemaker, writer, and intellectual DO powerhouse on the state of modernity, spirituality, and what comes next. About Tara Ann Thieke Tara Thieke is a homemaker and writer. Her writing can be found at Mere Orthodoxy, Front Porch Republic, The American Mind and many more. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About William Wheelwright They're anonymous, soooo....
01:20:32
February 15, 2022
Episode 17 - Jordan Hall w/ Joe Norman and Josh Heling
Episode 17 - Jordan Hall w/ Joe Norman and Josh Heling
On this episode, returning hosts Joe Norman (@normonics) and Josh Heling (@jrheling) have an in-depth discussion with the philosopher and Game B theorist, Jordan Hall (@jgreenhall). About Jordan Hall Jordan is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Neurohacker Collective. He is now in his 19th year of building disruptive technology companies. Jordan’s interests in comics, science fiction, computers, and way too much TV led to a deep dive into contemporary philosophy (particularly the works of Gilles Deleuze and Manuel DeLanda), artificial intelligence and complex systems science, and then, as the Internet was exploding into the world, a few years at Harvard Law School where he spent time with Larry Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain and Cornel West examining the coevolution of human civilization and technology. About Joe Norman Joe is a complex systems scientist researching risk in large-scale systems, pattern formation in biological systems, physiological patterns for improving human health, and military strategy for international and global security. About Josh Heling Josh Heling and his family run Hidden Savanna Farm, a permaculture-inspired small farm in the countryside outside of Madison, WI whose mission is to contribute to its local food economy while connecting people to each other and the natural environment. He's spent the last eight years starting the process of converting 10 acres of overgrown woodland to a perennial food system supporting the farm's pastured poultry and sheep operations. Hidden Savanna also acts as a hands-on learning lab for a variety of educational enrichment programs for elementary and middle-school aged kids.
01:50:47
February 02, 2022
Episode 16 - The end of Season 0 with Ashley, Jason, and Tres
Episode 16 - The end of Season 0 with Ashley, Jason, and Tres
Season 0 ends with Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool), Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor), and 1/2 Dr. Tres Crow (@DogEatCrow) chatting about what went wrong, what went right, and what's ahead for the Doomer Optimism podcast and movement (?). About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:12:30
January 24, 2022
Episode 15 - Ben Hunt
Episode 15 - Ben Hunt
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, repeat host Anarcho-Contrarian (@AnarContrarian) is joined by Julie Fredrickson (@AlmostMedia) and Ben Hunt (@EpsilonTheory). The cover a wide range of economic and political topics, deflation versus inflation, and how the heck someone can navigate the coming insanity. About Ben Hunt Ben Hunt is the creator of Epsilon Theory and inspiration behind Second Foundation Partners, which he co-founded with Rusty Guinn in June 2018. Epsilon Theory, Second Foundation’s principal publishing brand, is a newsletter and website that examines markets through the lenses of game theory and history. Over 100,000 professional investors and allocators across 180 countries read Epsilon Theory for its fresh perspective and novel insights into market dynamics. As Chief Investment Officer, Ben bears primary responsibility for determining the Company’s investment views and positioning of model portfolios. He is also the primary author of materials distributed through Epsilon Theory. Ben taught political science for 10 years: at New York University from 1991 until 1997 and (with tenure) at Southern Methodist University from 1997 until 2000. He also wrote two academic books: Getting to War (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1997) and Policy and Party Competition (Routledge, 1992), which he co-authored with Michael Laver. Ben is the founder of two technology companies and the co-founder of SmartEquip, Inc., a software company for the construction equipment industry that provides intelligent schematics and parts diagrams to facilitate e-commerce in spare parts. He began his investment career in 2003, first in venture capital and subsequently on two long/short equity hedge funds. He worked at Iridian Asset Management from 2006 until 2011 and TIG Advisors from 2012 until 2013. He joined Rusty at Salient in 2013, where he combined his background as a portfolio manager, risk manager, and entrepreneur with academic experience in game theory and econometrics to work with Salient’s own portfolio managers and its financial advisor clients to improve client outcomes. Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (1986) and earned his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 1991. He lives in the wilds of Redding, CT on Little River Farm, where he personifies the dilettante farmer that has been a stock comedic character since Cicero's day. Luckily his wife, Jennifer, and four daughters, Harper, Hannah, Haven and Halle, are always there to save the day. Ben's hobbies include comic books, Alabama football, beekeeping, and humoring Rusty in trivia "competitions". About Anarcho-Contrarian They're anonymous so honestly not that much to share here. But here's their Twitter bio: Scale-Reductionism, Localism, Agrarianism, New Village-ism, Distributism... i.e. Redundant, Nostalgic & Politically Homeless. About Julie Fredrickson Julie is a serial entrepreneur and investor.
01:11:51
January 16, 2022
Episode 14 - William Wheelwright
Episode 14 - William Wheelwright
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) has an audio-only chat with a couple of anonymous friends of the podcast, Anarcho-Contrarian (@AnarContrarian) and William Wheelwright (@ploughmansfolly). Topics include: spirituality, culture rot, and fiding God in the land. About William Wheelwright They're anonymous, soooo.... About Anarcho-Contrarian Also anonymous. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:07:54
January 01, 2022
Episode 13 - Parenting at the end of the future with Tom Ruby and Jeremy Spingath
Episode 13 - Parenting at the end of the future with Tom Ruby and Jeremy Spingath
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) have a sprawling convo about what it's like to parent at the end of the world with Tom Ruby (@bgcts) and Jeremy Spingath. Some topics covered: anti-natalism versus babytown, multi-generational households, and building something with your family. About Tom Ruby Strategic Planning; Executive Coaching; Advanced Analysis; PhD, U of Kentucky; Ret AF Colonel Mentor  Traveler Reader Writer Peasant villager  Husband/Dad/Deda. Find him at Bluegrass Critical Thinking Solutions. About Jeremy Spingath Jeremy is a husband and father of 3 (12, 9, and 1). He lives in Colorado, homeschools, and works from home doing web and app design for work. He and his family are definitely new to the localism idea, but they're wanting to explore how to encourage building up of our communities, especially local food, becoming self-reliant even in the suburbs, and moving to a more local mindset.  About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with his friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:20:53
December 31, 2021
Episode 12 - Maggie Samborski and Steven Morris
Episode 12 - Maggie Samborski and Steven Morris
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) has a beautiful chat with Maggie and Mark Samborski, and Steven Morris (@lifesmyth) about the emerging trends in locally-oriented farming and trade. About Maggie Samborski Creating a World-wide Agricultural Revolution. Urban Agriculture Activist & Community Farm Steward, Green Goddesss Sanctuary, Village of Oakview, MO About Steven Morris Steven Morris started his journey into Doomer Optimism in 2011 when during the time of a divorce he stumbled upon 3 of the many early doomer optimist voices: Chris Martenson's Crash Course, John Michael Greer's  blog The Archdruid Report, and KMO's C-Realm podcast. These 3 identified the many issues of decline in the world that he could sense but didn't have words for. At the same time they all provided positive possibilities for the future. Steven considers himself an amateur Renaissance Man and Polymath of sorts with a wide variety of interests including, appropriate use of technology, regenerative systems, explorations in consciousness, alternative (sometimes called complementary) currency systems, computer technology, and complex systems.  He has worked on multiple award winning independent films, managed warehouse logistics for a small business, run a college radio station and lead ecstatic dance workshops. He is a trained Host for Nora Bateson's People Need People gatherings. He currently generates income from running the audio visual technology behind corporate events and is working with the Commons Engine as the video editor for their upcoming Currency Design for Change Agents master class to be launched this spring. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:01:21
December 30, 2021
Episode 11 - Eli Whipple and James Risberg
Episode 11 - Eli Whipple and James Risberg
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, Dr. Ashley Colby (@rizomaschool) and Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) have a wide-ranging convo with Eli Whipple (@whippleeli) and James Risberg (@jimmyris) that touches on DAO's, decentralized industry, and industrial eco-villages. About Eli Whipple Eli is an innovator and systems thinker designing business and production solutions at the intersection of automation, regenerative environmental stewardship, and meaningful opportunities for community contribution. As the founder of both New Power Industry and Ethanol Revolution, he leverages his background in business, toolmaking, and renewable energy to develop innovative technologies designed to bridge gaps in distributed manufacturing, incentivize local production, and drive beneficial outcomes for both the local economy and environment alike. About James Risberg James is a breather. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:48:03
December 16, 2021
Episode 10 - Tao Orion
Episode 10 - Tao Orion
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, hosts Dr. Ashley Colby (@rizomaschool) and Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) interview the inestimable Tao Orion (@tao_orion) and get deeeeep into the weeds on the ecology of a homestead. This one is up there with episode 6 with Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design as one of the more practical episodes we've run this season. If you're interested in the ins and outs of maintaining your own ecological system, this is the episode for you. About Tao Orion Tao graduated from UC Santa Cruz after majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. She participated in the 2001 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and received a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. She received her PDC from Max Lindegger at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Australia in 2002. Tao holds a MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security at the National University of Ireland. Tao is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015), and also “People as Purposeful and Conscientious Resource Stewards: Human Agency in A World Gone Wild” (Routledge Press, 2020). She is passionate about linking restoration with thoughtful design of human and non-human habitat. Tao currently serves on the Lane County Climate Action Planning Committee, as well as on the Planning Commission for the City of Cottage Grove, OR. About Dr. Jason Synder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:08:32
December 13, 2021
Episode 9 - Speaker John Ash
Episode 9 - Speaker John Ash
On this episode of Doomer Optimism Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) has a virtual sit-down with his long-time friend Speaker John Ash (@speakerjohnash). A few of the topics covered are: performance art, the Cognicist Manifesto, systems change, and living in our ridiculously uncertain times. About Speaker John Ash From Twitter Bio: All acts of memetic criminality should be considered poetry. Performance arting my way into systems change. Qualia Engineer. Identifies as uncertain. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University.
01:37:25
December 07, 2021
Episode 8 - Ethan Charles Holmes
Episode 8 - Ethan Charles Holmes
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, hosts Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) and Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) chat with Dostoyevsky addict and burgeoning Doomer Optimist, Ethan Charles Holmes (otherwise known as Posts from the Underground @the_posts) about the doomer to bloomer pipeline and the OG Doomer Optimist, Fyodor Dostoevsky. About Ethan Charles Holmes Ethan Charles Holmes is a writer at Sputnik Newswire and a student of Russian literature. His writing on complexity, altruism, liberty, and localism can be found at his blog. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:16:14
November 30, 2021
Episode 7 - The Drunkcast with Patrick Fitzgerald and Jason Snyder
Episode 7 - The Drunkcast with Patrick Fitzgerald and Jason Snyder
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, repeat hosts Patrick Fitzgerald (@RizomaAT) and Dr. Jason Snyder (@cognazor) grab some beers and have a freewheeling discussion about the nature of Doomer Optimism, the future, and whether or not you'd kiss a llama. About Patrick Fitzgerald Patrick is one half of the power duo Rizoma Field School. He's been a Spanish teacher for over a decade at both the high school and college levels in the United States. He has a BA in Spanish Teaching from the University of Illinois and my MA in Foreign Languages and Cultures from Washington State University. Along with different kinds of language instruction (formal grammar and/or immersion training), he's also taught Spanish language literature and art, and currently teaches AP Spanish Literature through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He almost got a hole in one once, and he used to be able to dunk. About Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University
01:32:43
November 18, 2021
Episode 6 - Ben Falk
Episode 6 - Ben Falk
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, guest hosts Anarcho-Contrarian (@anarcontrarian) and Joe Norman (@normonics) chat with Ben Falk, the mastermind behind Whole Systems Design, and an expert on permaculture, homesteading, and ecology. About Ben Falk Ben developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted more than 300 site development consultations across the US and abroad, and has facilitated dozens of courses on property selection, permaculture design, and resilient systems. He has given keynote addresses and presented dozens of workshops at venues ranging from Bioneers to the Omega Institute. Ben is the author of the award-winning book The Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013) and serves as an Advisory Council for the international regeneration group Ecosystem Restoration Camps.  About Anarcho-Contrarian They're anonymous so honestly not that much to share here. But here's their Twitter bio: Scale-Reductionism, Localism, Agrarianism, New Village-ism, Distributism... i.e. Redundant, Nostalgic & Politically Homeless. About Joe Norman Joe is a complex systems scientist researching risk in large-scale systems, pattern formation in biological systems, physiological patterns for improving human health, and military strategy for international and global security.
01:30:35
November 08, 2021
Episode 5 - Anarcho-Contrarian
Episode 5 - Anarcho-Contrarian
On this episode of Doomer Optimism, host Tres Crow (@dogeatcrow) and guest host Patrick Fitzgerald (@rizomaat) tease out some gems from the Twitter anon Anarcho-Contrarian (@anarcontrarian). Topics range from the importance of cities for a just transition to what it means to be politically homeless. About Anarcho-Contrarian They're anonymous so honestly not that much to share here. But here's their Twitter bio: Scale-Reductionism, Localism, Agrarianism, New Village-ism, Distributism... i.e. Redundant, Nostalgic & Politically Homeless. About Patrick Fitzgerald Patrick is one half of the power duo Rizoma Field School. He's been a Spanish teacher for over a decade at both the high school and college levels in the United States. He has a BA in Spanish Teaching from the University of Illinois and my MA in Foreign Languages and Cultures from Washington State University. Along with different kinds of language instruction (formal grammar and/or immersion training), he's also taught Spanish language literature and art, and currently teaches AP Spanish Literature through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He almost got a hole in one once, and he used to be able to dunk. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice
01:13:33
November 02, 2021
Episode 4 - Tucker Max and Joe Norman
Episode 4 - Tucker Max and Joe Norman
On this episode, Dr. Ashley (@rizomaschool) is joined by guest host Dr. Joe Norman (@normonics) and the indomitable Tucker Max (@tuckermax) as they wind their way through a freewheeling conversation that runs the gamut from wokism to psychedelic therapy. About Tucker Max Tucker Max is the co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps you write, publish, and market your book. He's written four New York Times Best Sellers (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He's credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the fourth writer (along with Malcolm Gladwell, Brene Brown and Michael Lewis) to have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time. He was nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and three children. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Joe Norman Joe is a complex systems scientist researching risk in large-scale systems, pattern formation in biological systems, physiological patterns for improving human health, and military strategy for international and global security.
01:16:01
October 27, 2021
Episode 3 - Julie Fredrickson & Chris Dancy
Episode 3 - Julie Fredrickson & Chris Dancy
On this episode, we have a gaggle of hosts interviewing our esteemed guest, Julie Fredrickson, serial entrepreneur and astute political observer. In the discussion, we tackle a bunch of topics, ranging from decentralization, DAO, guerilla gardening, and much, much more. About Julie Fredrickson I'm a founder, and now investor, with extensive experience across the internet and software industry. As a serial entrepreneur, I have overseen multiple venture and private equity fundraises for companies as diverse as direct to consumer cosmetics and online advertising networks. I have managed multi-million dollar P&Ls and successfully exited two of my companies. I'm currently the founder and managing partner of Chaotic Capital, a seed stage investment vehicle that invests in ideas that adapt humanity to complexity. We capitalize on chaos. We like companies that adapt our lives and systems to the opportunity that chaos brings. We invest in 4 key areas Personal Flexibility Organizational Agility, Systemic Arbitrage and Climate. I began my entrepreneurial career as the Co-Founder of Coutorture Media, a luxury affiliate publishing and e-commerce network of fashion websites that was acquired by Sugar Inc. I also founded and ran playAPI, a developer tool kit and SaaS platform for digital brand marketers. Most recently I was the CEO and Co-Founder of Stowaway Cosmetics a direct to consumer makeup brand re-making how premium cosmetics are manufactured, marketed, merchandised and sold online (acquired by WIN Brands Group). I have extensive experience user acquisition, audience development, digital and social marketing, communications and brand marketing for Fortune 500 brands. I've created digital, e-commerce & brand marketing strategies for brands as diverse as Pepsi, Tropicana, Nike, Michael Kors, Club Monaco, and The Gap. I have spent time in-house at Equinox as well as at Ann Taylor overseeing ecommerce and digital brand growth. About Chris Dancy Featured on Showtime’s Dark Net, the cover of Businessweek, interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, Fox News and Wired. Purveyor of TED talks. Subject of TED talks. Chris Dancy is touted as “the Most Connected Man on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully. For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within the technology and healthcare industries, specializing in the intersection of the two. Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life--from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life. A noted keynote speaker and executive workshop retreat facilitator, Chris guides organizations and audiences on a journey--a disruptive, breathtaking journey--into the future of computing, when behavior becomes the ultimate interface. As a author his digital wellness journey will transform how we look at the technology of our lives. "Don't Unplug" is available now. About Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. About Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:11:60
October 13, 2021
Doomer Optimism Strikes Back with Josh Heling
Doomer Optimism Strikes Back with Josh Heling
In this episode, Dr. Ashley Colby chats up poultry farmer and all-around great guy Josh Heling in what is his very first podcast appearance. Tres hangs around in the background, but has nothing of interest to add to the conversation, per usual. A survey of topics covered: getting over imposter syndrome in the homesteading movement, the meaning of Doomer Optimism, why an oak savanna is freaking important, and whether cottagecore is based or cringe. About Josh Heling Josh Heling and his family run Hidden Savanna Farm, a permaculture-inspired small farm in the countryside outside of Madison, WI whose mission is to contribute to its local food economy while connecting people to each other and the natural environment. He's spent the last eight years starting the process of converting 10 acres of overgrown woodland to a perennial food system supporting the farm's pastured poultry and sheep operations. Hidden Savanna also acts as a hands-on learning lab for a variety of educational enrichment programs for elementary and middle-school aged kids. Indoors, Josh has almost three decades of experience driving software product development as an executive and founder in organizations ranging from bootstrapped prototypes to VC-funded startups to scaled-up global enterprises. He is motivated by a passion for finding ways for network connectivity to unleash new opportunities for human collaboration and innovation. About Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation.
01:20:02
September 20, 2021
Doomer Optimism Part The First
Doomer Optimism Part The First
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The first ever Doomer Optimism podcast, in which we meet our intrepid mental gymnasts: Dr. Jason Snyder, Dr. Ashley Colby, and 1/2 Dr. Tres Crow. Marvel as they try and fail to define their own podcast! Scream as they attempt death-defying leaps of futurism! Laugh at their Dad (and Mom) jokes! This podcast has everything you could ever need: endless filler words, nonsensical narrative structure, a smattering of legitimately decent ideas, and lots and lots of DOOM! And also OPTIMISM! That's why it's called DOOMER OPTIMISM! Remember, this is a fledgling podcast so reviews help us reach more ears and hopefully hearts. So, drop a review (glowing ones only, please!) when you have a sec. Or hit us up on Twitter! We love chatting with new people. About this week's hosts Dr. Jason Snyder Metamodern localist | homesteading, permaculture, bioregional regeneration | meditation, self inquiry, embodied cognition | PhD from Michigan State University, faculty Appalachian State University. Dr. Ashley Colby Ashley is an Environmental Sociologist who studied at Washington State University, the department that founded the subdiscipline. She's interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. I am a qualitative researcher so I tend to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She's the founder of Rizoma Field School and Rizoma Foundation. Tres Crow Tres is making the world a greener place one urban space at a time with my friends Roots Down. He's a storyteller and marketing dude. He loves natural urbanism and climate justice.
01:14:09
September 12, 2021