34 episodes

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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    • Government
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

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.

    Repost: Conversation with Rob Gurwitt of Daybreak about journalism, media, community, and trust

    Repost: Conversation with Rob Gurwitt of Daybreak about journalism, media, community, and trust

    From the Hanover Happenings podcast: In Hanover, we care a lot about making sure people have information about what’s happening in their community. It’s part of the reason we started this podcast and why the Selectboard does business the way it does. But government is only one piece to the puzzle of informing, engaging, and […]

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Repost: Conversation with Professor Adam Kleinbaum on the neuroscience of leadership and consensus

    Repost: Conversation with Professor Adam Kleinbaum on the neuroscience of leadership and consensus

    From the Hanover Happenings podcast: In this episode I sit down with Associate Professor of Business Administration Adam Kleinbaum at Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School. Adam and colleagues have recently completed a study where they used FMRI technology to measure brain activity of people as they have conversations and build consensus (or don’t), which appeared in […]

    • 41 min
    Repost: Conversation with NH and VT Secretaries of State on civics, elections, and trust

    Repost: Conversation with NH and VT Secretaries of State on civics, elections, and trust

    From the Hanover Happenings Podcast: In this special spotlight episode, I host newly elected Secretaries of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas (Vermont) and Dave Scanlan (New Hampshire) in Hanover to talk about civic participation, elections and voter confidence, public trust, building consensus in polarized climates, and practical ways that people can engage in government. Both Secretaries […]

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Using AIM to reflect on always-on tech and social norms

    Using AIM to reflect on always-on tech and social norms

    Do you remember Netscape, AOL Instant Messenger, and loud dial-up? Well in this episode of Rethinking, we drink some cool refreshing millennial nostalgia and talk about the values and assumptions built into different social communication technologies, and how much those have changed over the last 25 years. We trace some important differences between things like […]

    • 30 min
    How do leaders vet ideas? When should you listen to negative feedback?

    How do leaders vet ideas? When should you listen to negative feedback?

    Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey as we explore some of the dynamics behind how leaders vet (or don’t vet) their ideas. And what do they do when faced with negative feedback? In this episode, we’ll talk about some of the traps that people in leadership or influence fall into, such […]

    • 56 min
    A reflection on Youth and Civics

    A reflection on Youth and Civics

    This episode: Returning from my trip across the country in the fall of 2020, and before I moved up to New Hampshire to serve as Town Manager in the Town of Hanover, I have had the incredible fortune to get to participate in some really interesting experiences. This includes teaching outdoor education with adults and […]

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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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