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The Thought Lounge Podcast is an audio podcast aimed at promoting the art of in-person dialogue, sparking thought and conversation on big questions, bringing forward less-heard perspectives, and pursuing innovative ideas.

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The Thought Lounge Podcast is an audio podcast aimed at promoting the art of in-person dialogue, sparking thought and conversation on big questions, bringing forward less-heard perspectives, and pursuing innovative ideas.

Learn more or sign up for a TL Session at thoughtlounge.org

    Polarization In America

    Polarization In America

    This week's episode (episode 6) features a question posed by Lorri Sulpizio, an activist for women in leadership, as well as a professor of leadership at USD and the CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute, about polarization in America, answered by six diverse guests (see below):

    The recent election has showed a more divided and polarized America than we’ve seen in awhile. The tendency to make those with different viewpoints than us “the other” seems to be contributing to a fractured and fearful country. Is it possible to create a more unified country? What conversations are needed and how can we begin to connect with each other across difference?

    The guests featured in this episode are Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    This episode is part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    • 30 min
    Is It Moral To Be An American?

    Is It Moral To Be An American?

    This week's episode (episode 5) features a question posed by Brian Kim, writer for the California Magazine, about American morality, answered by six diverse guests (see below):

    Is it environmentally moral to be an American? How about in regards to American foreign policy?

    The guests featured in this episode are Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    This episode is part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    • 11 min
    Sexual Violence

    Sexual Violence

    This week's episode (episode 4) features a question posed by Mauro Sifuentes, a Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit, about Sexual Violence, answered by six diverse guests (see below):

    Recent news is showing a big push to hold individuals accountable for acts of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Do you think that the degree of outrage toward these individuals is justified and will it help to prevent future harm? Or could this outrage also come from our cultural desire to punish individuals through legal and prison systems, never really getting to the roots of the problem - and what exactly are those roots?

    The guests featured in this episode are Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    This episode is part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    • 45 min
    Prison Systems

    Prison Systems

    This week's episode (episode 3) features a question posed by Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project, on prison systems, answered by six diverse guests (see below).

    What role, if any, should victims and their families play in the criminal justice system? Should they be allowed to testify at sentencings about the impact the crime has had on their individual lives? How do you think being a victim of a crime might change your beliefs?

    The guests featured in this episode are Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    This episode is part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    • 26 min
    Feeding the Masses

    Feeding the Masses

    This week's episode (Episode 2) features a question posed by Stephanie Caughlin, the CEO of Seabreeze Organic Farm, about feeding the masses, answered by six diverse guests (see below):

    The world’s human population is expected to increase from current 7.3 billion people to 8.5 billion in 14 years. By whom and how might food be produced to feed the masses?

    The guests featured in this episode are Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    This episode is part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

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    Six diverse perspectives on Feeding the Masses.

    Part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    Featuring Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Stephanie Caughlin (CEO of Seabreaze Organic Farm), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a Domestic Violence Nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    • 14 min
    Bias in Leadership

    Bias in Leadership

    We Need To Talk Series (Episode 1). The question on this week's episode was posed by Lorri Sulpizio, a professor of Leadership at USD and Founder of the Lotus Leadership Institute:

    Leadership continues to be viewed as the same thing as roles of authority (CEO, Boss, Senator), and “leadership” roles are still held predominantly by white, heterosexual, males. Why is the concept of leadership still associated so strongly with men? What will it take for us to embrace a non-masculinized view of leadership and begin to open leadership up to women? Why is the concept of leadership very white-centered? What will it take for us to fully embrace leaders of color?

    Part of the We Need To Talk series: conflicting perspectives, presented side-by-side, with utmost respect for one another.

    Featuring Lorri Sulpizio (CEO of the Lotus Leadership Institute), Justin Brooks (Director of the California Innocence Project), Stephanie Caughlin (CEO of Seabreaze Organic Farm), Mauro Sifuentes (Youth Program Manager at a domestic violence nonprofit), and Brian Kim (writer for California Magazine).

    • 26 min

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