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Podcast    H2'ed 8/25/13

Robert Fuller on Rankism and Dignitarianism

Broadcast 8/25/2013 at 2:35 AM EDT (37 Listens, 17 Downloads, 2051 Itunes)
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Robert Fuller, former president of Oberlin College and author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, coined the term "rankism" and is a leader in the worldwide quest for human dignity. (more about Robert Fuller)   

My Questions During the Show:

What is, in a nutshell, your message and goal?

What is dignity and what is the opposite of dignity?

And what is rankism and the dignitarian perspective?

Tie in bottom up to your work. 

Necessary and Unnecessary Hierarchies


Rank is often abused. Is there a difference between rank and power over?

Is there research that shows that abuse of rank and power is not good?

You have a chapter in your book dedicated to models. Why?

How does model building apply to your work with dignity and rank?

Top down power tries to hold on to what i t has. 

it seems that treating people with dignity means giving up some of your power and rank. 

So you are saying that the inflexibility of hierarchy in leadership by Germany contributed to the loss of WWII

Was Washington's stepping down after two terms just good sense, or was it character?

What are the values associated with treating with dignity?

HOw do you know (that predation is decreasing over the past 100 years)?

Stephen Pinker's book

"the power of the nobodies is growing"

Joseph Nye's Future of Power described how everyone  has power because of the internet. 

Power of disruption"   

Civilization took away the connection of tribal or bands when people went into cities. 

Predatory instincts-- and sociopaths and psychopaths

You have a series of articles on "The Self" What's that about?

Series: Why Everything You Know about Your "Self" Is Wrong

Develop of the self in relation to others--that seems related to the research on attachment and attachment disorder.

How does libertarianism and Ayn Rand's approach figure in your model?

Tell me about your novel. 

Dignity appears in four constitutions-- Germany, South Africa, Canada, Bangladesh

How does including dignity in a constitution change the way a country operates?

What would be different in the US if dignity was in the constitution?

You have a new novel , The ROwan Tree, What's it about?

Anything you want people to take away from this interview?

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)

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