According to a blog found on RE Factor Tactical, a company founded by veterans which sells tactical products and provides special operations with solutions for unconventional battlefield issues, violence can, and has historically been, the answer to major conflicts. In their blog, they state: “Those who say “violence is never the answer”, most likely never stared death in the face or encountered some of the greatest evil that plagues our society. In reality, violence often solves some of life’s greatest issues”. Thinking back to our World Wars, revolutions and the current conflict in Venezuela… they may actually be right. On today’s episode, we have a conversation about pacifism and violence, and their respective effectiveness in resolving escalated social conflict.
On this episode, the team at Ology Research Group and the ORGanon Podcast celebrates its 100th episode, which means we’ve committed to having 100 conversations about contemporary social issues. We reflect on our experience thus far, and plan ahead for episode 101 and beyond!
Racism is defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. We all have, to some degree, experienced some level of racism. On this episode, we wanted to have a heart to heart conversation about our personal experiences with racism.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that nearly 45,000 Americans commit suicide each year. The average rate of suicide in 2015 was 13.26 per 100,000 in the population. In the same year, the states of Montana, Wyoming and Alaska were the top 3 states for suicide attempts, way above the national average, and the state of New Jersey was the state with the least amount of suicides per 100,000 residents. On today's episode, in light of the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we wanted to have a conversation about trends, motivations and facts around this public health and social issue, as well as share some ideas on how to prevent or reduce suicide in the population.
Historically, the United States has been a beacon of hope, and the symbol of opportunity and the chance for a new life to immigrants. From Pilgrims seeking religious freedom in the 1600s, to those seeking opportunity during the early 19th century, and most recently, those seeking asylum from war and violence-stricken countries. Over the last several months, we have seen acts at our executive level of government, which have been interpreted as anti-immigrant. On this episode, we discuss some of the social implications of the current administration’s actions, including cancellation of Temporary Protective Status, construction of the wall on the southern border and banning visitors from certain countries and religions.
According to a USA Today article, many large protests in D.C. history included the 500-600k protesters who demonstrated against the Vietnam War in 1969. In 1963, the Jobs and Freedom protest drew about 250,000 people to D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Most recently, the March for our Lives, which took place on March 24th, 2018, drew a crowd of about 800,000 protesters. On this episode, we reflect on some of the social differences of previous protesters in comparison to today’s, in order to answer the question - what is unique about today’s social movements and its participants?
As many of you who have been following Ology know, Ology Research Group provides organizations with research & evaluation support, survey instrument design, survey implementation, analytics for reports, assessment and grant writing, to allow organizations to continue to serve as effective agents of change, for the betterment of our communities. We also have this pretty cool Podcast, which we have committed to for the past year. On this special episode, we recap some of the highlights, triumphs and challenges of 2017, along with what Ology has in store for 2018!
According to the website Save the Internet, net neutrality is defined as “the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech”. On December 17th, 2017, the FCC approved an order which dismantles the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules, relinquishing authority over internet service providers and clearing the way for potential blocking and discrimination by the US’s largest phone and cable companies. On today’s episode, we come together to answer the question, what does this all mean, and why is net neutrality so important to free speech in the modern world.
Moral values are defined as basic standards of good and evil, which govern people’s behaviors and choices. Individual’s morals may derive from many sources, including society, our families, government, religion, or self. On today’s episode, we came to answer the question - how do our moral values influence decision making?
According to a 2014 blog entry published on Psychology Today, Dr. Jefferson Fish defines tolerance as a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; while acceptance is defined as a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it, protest, or exit. In light of November 16th being UNESCO’s International Day of Tolerance, on today’s episode, we discuss our experiences with tolerance and acceptance, as we seek to answer: which do we have in our society today and which should we strive for?