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What causes social change?

Is it the “right politicians getting elected? Investment in non-profits? Or entrepreneurs creating experiences that change beliefs?

Isaac was recently interviewed on The Social Change Podcast about his theory of social change. He covers his intellectual evolution about how social change happens, from politics, to non-profit, to founding Praxis.

Learn why politics is not the way to create a better world and how Praxis contributes to Isaac’s mission of making people free.

Topics Covered:

Why politicians aren’t ideological
Public choice theory
The beliefs of the masses are changed through experiences
Uber as an example of social change
Actions are more important than opinions
How Praxis helps create a freer world

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Meet the hosts

I'm an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. I'm the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.

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  • I’m curious to hear ideas, best practices, and habits or paradigms that other entrepreneurs and business owners find effective when it gets tough and lonely.  Trying to build out your vision, win customers, best competitors, outperform naysayers, motivate partners and employees, and keep a positive energy going all take a toll on you personally.  Sometimes, there’s no one around to help pump you up after you exert a lot of energy pumping up others! How do you keep confident and optimistic?  How do you keep the “eye of the Tiger”?  I’ve got some things that often help me, but I’d love to hear from others what works well for you…

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  • I’ve started to notice more and more private education companies being founded that offer alternatives to the established education system. So far I know of the following: The UnCollege Gap Year: “A 12-month skills-building regimen designed to equip young adults to succeed in the 21st century.” Praxis: “An intensive 10-month program for entrepreneurial young people who want real-world career experience and the best of online education all in one.” Exosphere‘s Entrepreneurship Boot Camps: “An 8-week program at Exosphere’s headquarters in Chile for people who are committed to setting their lives on a new course, combining technical skill acquisition, real business practice, and deep philosophical and intellectual reflection.” I myself work at Exosphere and we’re noticing how more and more people become interested in these alternative programs. What other options are out there that I’m missing?

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  • Is a rate of change for life on Earth rising relative to linear time seen as days, years, etc.?  Maybe eons ago, the planet’s geology was morphing gradually, new life forms were born, and many vanished as biology adapted and grew more complex.  As in markets, there’s creative destruction in natural order.  Evidence may suggest far more total change of this type over any 100M years than 1M, the way of life for single creatures remaining static over lifespans.  A T-Rex’s experience was very similar to its great-great-great-grandparents’. We enter. In a tiny cosmic epoch, caves, camels, and copper become castles, cars, and crypto-currency.  How? Evolve intellectually, gather data, technologically manipulate resources, and advance new ideas.  Ownership is an idea, emanating not from aspects inherent to the physical realm, but mental notions generated through socialization.  If I have undisputed claim of a tomato I grew, none seeking to take it from me, and then I willfully hand it to you, making clear with language, spoken, written, or elsewise, that I give you all rights to it, and you accept, the food doesn’t glow and bind to your soul.  It’s a thing in a spot.  To decipher property, let’s seek an origin. As nomads, land isn’t scarce.  With spare space and few of us, tribes who meet are safest following certain rules of engagement.  Trade and division of labor being productive, our best route is always alliance.  Hostile others are hazards to avoid or exploit.  If they’re strong, fighting is a dangerous last resort for defense only.  If they’re weak and won’t join forces, we can leave or loot.  Threatened by powerful foes, resource maximization is crucial for tribe-family survival.  We weigh estimated costs of war against expected spoils, and take risks. Cultivating voluntary relationships helps markets flourish, and we’ve no use for those who would do us harm or isolate us economically.  An attack against person or property of a member of ours diminishes our ability to thrive, as we’re all competitors for finite stuff.  This style of liberation from the state of nature, incorporates property rights emanating from what the group considers its own, within which individual property rights are established and maintained by common-law for the betterment of all. Are there parallel processes at work?  The whole claims what any single part wants, and parts make use of whatever the whole cedes.  Is this a form of democratic self-governance?

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