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
Writer and Speaker

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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