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...

August 18, 2017

Let's set the audience for this up front. The ideal audience for this post are regular folks that might have seen President Trump's remarks about "both sides" being "to blame" for the violence in Charlottesville. And that there are "good guys" on both sides as well. That's wrong and that's not a truly moderate response. Read on if you like.

I've been publically silent on most race matters and I've got some ideas why. One is that I feel discomfort that we have to have the conversation at all as a society. Two is that I feel woefully underprepared and from that unpreparedness I will do or say something wrong and once it's in the public, God knows you can't backtrack, right? (He said with sprinklings of truth, sarcasm and trepidation). But, if I waited until I was fully ready to do anything, I’d never...

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Riley Evan Ross
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I speak and write on the topic of moderation because I believe that a thorough re-examination of moderation can help our societies build change resilience and grow together.

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