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Our nation’s public institutions at nearly all levels are failing to be the proactive, thoughtful, strategic forces for good that they were founded to be. As a result, our society is currently incapable of effectively identifying and addressing our most pressing challenges, threats, and needs.

Rethinking aims to provide those who work in public institutions or whose work relates to community and public problems, access to a completely nonpartisan, thoughtful, and critical place to question everything and develop strategic and practical real-world solutions to some of our most pressing needs.

From serving as mayor (non party affiliated) of his hometown of South Orange at age 23, a municipal business administrator, founder of a digital consulting firm, an emergency management director and volunteer EMT, and as a graduate level adjunct professor, management consultant, mentor and speaker, Alex Torpey brings together his uniquely diverse experiences to help provide us a platform to rethink the future of our communities, our republic, and ourselves.

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Our nation’s public institutions at nearly all levels are failing to be the proactive, thoughtful, strategic forces for good that they were founded to be. As a result, our society is currently incapable of effectively identifying and addressing our most pressing challenges, threats, and needs.

Rethinking aims to provide those who work in public institutions or whose work relates to community and public problems, access to a completely nonpartisan, thoughtful, and critical place to question everything and develop strategic and practical real-world solutions to some of our most pressing needs.

From serving as mayor (non party affiliated) of his hometown of South Orange at age 23, a municipal business administrator, founder of a digital consulting firm, an emergency management director and volunteer EMT, and as a graduate level adjunct professor, management consultant, mentor and speaker, Alex Torpey brings together his uniquely diverse experiences to help provide us a platform to rethink the future of our communities, our republic, and ourselves.

    Five Minute Book Review - Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

    Five Minute Book Review - Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

    Join Alex for a new episode in the 5 Minute Book Review subseries of Rethinking! This is Walden (And Civil Disobedience) by Henry David Thoreau. It is filmed/recorded somewhere in Stokes State Forest, in Sussex County, New Jersey. You can find it online here, on YouTube, Instagram or wherever you [...]

    • 6 min
    5 minute Book Review - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    5 minute Book Review - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    Join Alex for the inaugural new subseries on Rethinking – 5 Minute Book Reviews! Our first book is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. You can find it online here, on YouTube, Instagram or wherever you listen to podcasts. Check it out and let me know what you [...]

    • 6 min
    Andrew Cuomo and politicians who are experts at saying the right things

    Andrew Cuomo and politicians who are experts at saying the right things

    Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey for the latest episode of Rethinking, filmed in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Montana.  — As another so called progressive democrat begins their fall from grace, I wanted to spend a moment reflecting on why we seem to have so many freaking [...]

    • 49 min
    The Uncertainty of our legacies and duality of innovation

    The Uncertainty of our legacies and duality of innovation

    Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey for another special Travels with Torpey episode. Recorded in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on the Utah/Wyoming border, Alex reflects on three related topics: 1) The uncertainties of the legacies we leave 2) The duality (positive and negatives) innovations like [...]

    • 48 min
    Travels with Torpey - Southwest heat waves and building out of balance with nature

    Travels with Torpey - Southwest heat waves and building out of balance with nature

    Alex reflects on the extreme heat waves in the Southwest and the environmental and community impact of redevelopment and building practices, and various other human behaviors, that are done out of balance with nature.

    • 39 min
    Bonus Discussion with Former Maine State Senator Justin Chenette

    Bonus Discussion with Former Maine State Senator Justin Chenette

    Join Alex for this Bonus Discussion with former  Maine state senator Justin Chenette as part of the special series: On Running for Public Office.  Justin is most recently a two-term state senator for Maine’s 31st legislative district. Previously he served two terms in the House in Maine, which he was elected [...]

    • 56 min

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Jayymf ,

A Voice of Reason in this Moment

If this moment in time (pandemic, climate crisis, social justice) has you thinking, then this is the podcast for you.

Alex Torpey matches thought provoking research, observations and experience curiosity rooted in science with the questions we need to ponder for the challenges we are all facing.

It feels like this turbulent climate was made for Alex to guide and nurture us into a better, healthier place.

I've learned quite a bit and look forward to more...

Woolybooly2726383729 ,

Thought provoking

I studied some Philosophy in college and have always been interested in politics and governance. I'm sure almost everyone can relate by now after what happened at the Capitol (and the years preceding it) - we are deeply divided. I might be an optimist but I don't think it has to be that way, just don't think it's sustainable for us as a country.
Loving this podcast so far. Just the wealth of ideas is impressive.
Everything starts with a great idea even if it takes time to implement, so this has been a nice find this year so far on my podcast queue.

Old man finkleman ,

Much needed!

Alex is a deep thinker with much to offer to the current conversation around politics.

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