The Voluntary Life: November 2011

28 November 2011

Uncollege: An Interview with Dale Stephens

An interview with Dale Stephens, founder of the Uncollege movement. Uncollege represents a revolutionary approach to education: applying the principles of unschooling to higher education. In the interview Dale talks about opportunities to hack your education and go for self-directed learning. He challenges the notion that going to college is the only path to success and identifies the declining value proposition of traditional college education, as well as the potential of an alternative, self-directed approach. Podcast Episode

21 November 2011

Living and Working Abroad

This episode is about how living and working abroad can bring more freedom into your life. Special guest on this episode is Jaime, a freelance writer living in Beijing. Jaime is the author of the blog It's Always Sunny in South Korea Beijing and is one of the co-authors of the Chinarchy podcast and blog network. Podcast Episode

14 November 2011

The Fear of Freedom by Eric Fromm

This episode explores the topic of psychological barriers to personal and political freedom. It is a discussion of the ideas in Eric Fromm's book "The Fear of Freedom" (also published under the title "Escape from Freedom"). Podcast Episode

7 November 2011

Successful Entrepreneurship: An Interview With Judd Weiss

An interview with Judd Weiss, entrepreneur and author of the blog. Judd has been an entrepreneur since he was 14. He became a millionaire by the age of 24 and has launched successful businesses in diverse industries including selling watches online, commercial real estate brokerage and parking. Judd talks about some of the principles behind successful entrepreneurship. Topics include:

  • How accepting that you start out both ignorant and incompetent can help you succeed
  • Why success normally comes just after the point when most people quit
  • Why you don't have to be interested in the product you are selling
  • What a young startup entrepreneur can use to differentiate themselves from much older and better connected competitors
  • The impact that pursuing entrepreneurial success can have on your personal relationships 

  Podcast Episode