May 7, 2019

I created a very simple survey on the happiness or utility we experience in the Virtual Work Environment. It's on Survey Monkey and if you've got LITERALLY less than 2 minutes, I'd appreciate you taking the time to fill it out. 

Thanks,

Riley

April 22, 2019

This is a Two-Parter, folks! But these two parts are inextricably linked. A lot of content creators advise to keep it small on the internet but I don’t really care. I’m not sure how in this case.

Here’s the TLDR version: I spoke at and attended a conference for dads that gave me more than I gave it. I also helped put on a daddy-daughter dance at a prison that gave me more than I gave it. I’m a better person for having done both. I hope you’re a better person for reading the long version.

Fair warning: There are some adult words in here… strategically used, of course, but… adult. Why? I guess I had some more passionate feelings come out as I was writing and reflecting.

Back in Late February, I was asked to speak at a Dad Blogger Convention called Dad 2.0 Summit. It’s a lot like the very popu...

September 13, 2018

I honestly don't fully know how I feel about John McCain. But... I'm not sure how I fully feel about most people. Especially those I don't personally know. As a former "Rating Veterans Service Representative" in the Department of Veterans Affairs, I appreciate his sacrifice. I've seen the documentaries about his POW experience and I've even had the honor of looking through the case files of some of the other Vietnam POWs - a privilege I don't take lightly. Knowing, at least intellectually, what someone went through only leads to feeling more compassion and empathy for their extra-human experience. 

As a politician, he's been firmly conservative. And that's fine. You can certainly be partisan and be moderate. In fact, one of the current leading intellectuals in the field of Moderation...

August 7, 2018

In discussions and presentations of my Moderate Model, I mention the need for diversity. The underlying idea is that diversity is the ultimate moderating force in nature. A multiplicity of inputs going into a naturally occurring process generally produces an optimized output. By that, I mean that the less diversity of inputs you tend to observe, the outcome isn't as optimized as a process that has more diversity.

Always?

I don't know.

Probably not always; but more often than not.

To follow that up, humans (as nature) should try to mimic that natural model in our human processes so that we may optimize our structures. There's plenty of evidence to support that the more diverse a company is the better performing it is. More diverse cities have greater economic growth. More diverse diets tend to have bet...

July 27, 2018

A few weeks ago, I wrote my first "This Week in Moderation" post. The idea was that I was going to write a weekly post about how we can all watch, read, or listen to some of the ideas that influence my thinking on Moderation... or my re-defining / re-calibrating / re-thinking of moderation in the world. Folks... that didn't last long. But whatever... you do what you can, right?

Since that last post, I've consumed so much content that it's really difficult to summarize what I've been taking in. Here in the US, we've dealt with a ton in the political arena... almost too much to write about in a prescient blog post. In lieu of that, I'd rather bring your attention to a video put out by Patagonia. In the aforementioned post, I referenced an interview with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard because I...

July 6, 2018

On May 24th of this year, I had an incredible opportunity to speak at IgniteOKC XI. The event was amazing in so many ways and, as someone that values words, I'm frustrated knowing that whatever follows will insufficiently describe how profoundly I was affected by IgniteOKC. Through this process I felt validated as a speaker, as a thinker, as an Oklahoman, and as a member of a community. Before we progress, I encourage EVERYONE to get involved in an Ignite talk for a number of reasons (that I'll write about later). Additionally, this event would not have happened without the IgniteOKC board. They put on a truly world class evening. 

First of all, you need to understand what an Ignite talk is. It's 5 minutes; 20 slides; and, those slides rotate automatically every 15 seconds. So, to get your message...

June 24, 2018

On May 24th, I had the opportunity to speak at IgniteOKC XI.  IgniteOKC is an absolutely amazing event and I promise that I’ll write about it soon. I encourage all Oklahomans to check out IgniteOKC and encourage all my American and International readers to see if there is an Ignite group near you. To no one’s surprise I spoke on the topic of Moderation and the response has been tremendous. Since the event, I’ve received a lot of questions and emails about not only the intellectual underpinnings of Moderation but also some questions around the idea of “what does moderation look like in the day-to-day.” You see, I don’t just believe that Moderation needs a thorough re-examination in our political systems but in all aspects of life. While on a recent vacation, I thought that one helpful tool could be...

February 17, 2018

So... in anticipation of the public presentation this Monday (7:45 pm at the Pioneer Library on SW 134th and Penn in OKC), I've put together a reading list of writers and selected works of Moderation. There is also a bonus "listening list" of the podcasts that are major influences as well. Everything on this list contributed to the subject matter in extremely significant ways. 

Click here for the .pdfOtherwise, you can just read it here:

A Reading List for Moderation

Books:

  • “On Moderation: Defending an Ancient Virtue in a Modern World" by Harry Clor

  • "Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • "Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes" by Aurelian Craiutu

  • "Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican...

February 13, 2018

In a week, I'll be giving a public lecture on the topic of Moderation. This is significant because the topic of moderation is something I've been marinating on (on and off) for 12 years. It's not a sexy topic… it's not exciting. When I tell people I speak and write on moderation, they act as you would if you were given a really crappy gift for Christmas. I thought I would write a little intro… a little primer… a little intellectual amuse-bouche for the lecture and topic in general.

Well what is Moderation first of all? The Moderation I'm talking about isn't JUST politics. It's the political, personal, religious, and otherwise avoidance of extremes. Seneca, Aristotle, Montaigne, The Apostle Paul, the Buddha, and many other ancients have presented this idea in various ways for our consumption through...

October 21, 2017

Reuniting with old friends in the Y'all OK Podcast gives me validation and inspiration

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Riley Evan Ross
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