The Voluntary Life: April 2012

30 April 2012

Freedom From School: An Interview With Laurette Lynn

An interview with Laurette Lynn, author, speaker and host of the Unplugged Mom internet talk show. Laurette's work emphasizes the need for families to unplug from mainstream assumptions in learning and living, disconnect from the artificial process of life and discover the freedom and joy in learning and living more authentically.

In the interview she talks about freedom from school for kids and families. Laurette explains the choice that she made not to send her kids to school "because they don't need it". She shares her thoughts on how you can raise your kids free from school too.  Check out the previous episodes related to unschooling.

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23 April 2012

Entrepreneurship Part 7: Negotiation

This episode is about negotiation for entrepreneurs. Some basic practical tips are provided about negotiating, such as:
  • The benefits of writing everything down (even though it seems obvious)
  • Why it's better to be explicit about how you want do business, such as with a simple set of standard terms
  • Negotiating about all the terms and avoiding the pitfall of focussing narrowly on price
Some of the deeper principles underlying negotiation are also explained, such as:
  • The concept of your Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) and how it determines the dynamic of the negotiation
  • The value of appealing to objective standards and avoiding a "contest of wills"
  • Why win-win negotiations are the only way to get any lasting agreement that will work
  • Why it makes sense to adopt the premise that you'll never be able to rely on enforcing legal contracts
The excellent book on negotiation recommended in the podcast is "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In" by Fischer and Ury.

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10 April 2012

Self-Publishing: An Interview With Tarrin Lupo

An interview with Tarrin P. Lupo, about how he become a self-published author and how you could to. Tarrin is best known for being the author of the historical fiction series "Pirates of Savannah" and his children's book "Catch That Collie". He has successfully published thirteen eBooks and short stories. He is also a liberty activist who runs a news service called The Low Country Liberty Report and co-hosts the Wheels off Liberty podcast. He currently resides in Savannah Georgia and is a member of the Free State Project, spending time in New Hampshire promoting the ideas of Freedom and Liberty.

In the interview Tarrin explains the difference between self-publishing and traditional routes to publishing for authors. He talks about the business of self-publishing and provides guidance on how to successfully market your work. He shares his thoughts on the skill of writing and on what it takes to write commercially. He also provides his views about intellectual property and the publishing industry and his thoughts about where the industry is going.
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3 April 2012

Financial Preparedness: An Interview With Medium Tex

This episode is an interview with Mike, one of the moderators and main contributors to the Permanent Portfolio discussion forum. Mike, or "Medium Tex" as he is known on the board, is an independent investor and co-author of an upcoming book on the permanent portfolio approach to investment. In the interview Mike explains a simple way of understanding all the different economic conditions we might face and how to be financially prepared for any of them as a private investor.

You can get more information about the concept of the permanent portfolio in these two previous podcast episodes, in Harry Browne's book "Fail-Safe Investing", on the permanent portfolio forum and on the Crawling Road website.

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