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    Ep #18 – Five Minute Book Review – Walden by Henry David Thoreau

    Alex Torpey November 14, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep #18 - Five Minute Book Review - Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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    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 […]

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    Rethinking #17: Five Minute Book Review – A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    Alex Torpey October 28, 2021

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    Rethinking #17: Five Minute Book Review - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
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    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 […]

    Ep 16: Andrew Cuomo and the epidemic of politicians who are experts at saying the right things

    Alex Torpey October 7, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 16: Andrew Cuomo and the epidemic of politicians who are experts at saying the right things
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    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 […]

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    Ep 15: The Uncertainty of our legacies and duality of innovation

    Alex Torpey August 22, 2021

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    Ep 15: The Uncertainty of our legacies and duality of innovation
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    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 […]

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    Ep 14: Travels with Torpey – Southwest heat waves and building out of balance with nature

    Alex Torpey July 13, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 14: Travels with Torpey - Southwest heat waves and building out of balance with nature
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    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.

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    Episode 13: Bonus Discussion with Former Maine State Senator Justin Chenette

    Alex Torpey June 25, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Episode 13: Bonus Discussion with Former Maine State Senator Justin Chenette
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    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 […]

    Ep 12: Travels with Torpey – Fargo, North Dakota

    Alex Torpey June 1, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 12: Travels with Torpey - Fargo, North Dakota
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    Join Alex for his special series: Travels with Torpey, as he travels across the country meeting different people, exploring communities, and learning about what’s happening all over the United States. —This episode is from my stop in Fargo, North Dakota. I reflect on a few discussions and meetings about various topics […]

    Ep 11: Bonus Discussion with Steve Schnall on Good Governance in South Orange

    Alex Torpey May 12, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 11: Bonus Discussion with Steve Schnall on Good Governance in South Orange
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    This conversation part of the Special Series: On Running for Public Office is with Steve Schnall. Steve ran for a seat on South Orange’s governing body (a council seat) in 2013, and just finished serving eight years in that position. Much of his work in the position focused on developing […]

    Ep 10: Travels with Torpey – Death Valley and Joshua Tree 2017

    Alex Torpey May 4, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 10: Travels with Torpey - Death Valley and Joshua Tree 2017
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    Join Alex for a few special episodes reflecting on and sharing photographs of some past travels as a lead up to an exciting announcement coming in May. — In January of 2017 I took an “offgrid” motorcycle trip for six days through Death Valley, the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree. […]

    Episode 9: Travels with Torpey – Ireland Countryside 2014

    Alex Torpey April 20, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Episode 9: Travels with Torpey - Ireland Countryside 2014
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    Join Alex for another episode of Travels with Torpey – reflecting on a trip through the Irish countryside in 2014. — In 2014, after taking a bus from Belfast down to Dublin, I rented a car and drove across the country. I reflect on some of my experiences, including sharing […]

    Bonus Discussion: former Cleveland, OH City Councilmember Merle Gordon

    Alex Torpey April 15, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Bonus Discussion: former Cleveland, OH City Councilmember Merle Gordon
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    Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey for this bonus discussion with Merle Gordon as part of the Special Series: On Running for Public Office. Merle is not just a fellow alum of Hampshire College, but she first joined the City Council in Cleveland Ohio in 1997 […]

    Ep 8: Get to know Alex – learn a bit about your host’s background and context

    Alex Torpey April 13, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 8: Get to know Alex - learn a bit about your host's background and context
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    Join Alex as he provides an overview his “political” and professional background so you can get a better sense of the context he brings to this series and the ideas presented. From serving as mayor (non party affiliated) of his hometown of South Orange at age 23, a municipal business […]

    Ep 7: Travels with Torpey – Northern Ireland

    Alex Torpey April 13, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Ep 7: Travels with Torpey - Northern Ireland
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    Exactly seven years ago, In 2014, I was invited with some other mayors and others to speak at the Belfast Technology Conference. In this episode (First in a new Special Series), I reflect a little on my time in Belfast, learning about efforts in the City to bridge historic cultural […]

    Episode 6: BUSTED! Top 12 Myths About Running for Public Office

    Alex Torpey March 31, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Episode 6: BUSTED! Top 12 Myths About Running for Public Office
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    Join former mayor, municipal manager, professor, and consultant Alex Torpey as he briefly introduces the Special Series: On Running for Public Office, and investigates 12 common myths about running for office, such as myths related to balancing private/public life, public service being a thankless job, careerism in politics, and not […]

    Bonus Interview: Former Boston City Council candidate Lee Nave

    Alex Torpey March 17, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Bonus Interview: Former Boston City Council candidate Lee Nave
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    Join Alex for this bonus interview as part of the Special Series: On Running for Public office. This interview is with Lee Nave. Alex and Lee met while Lee was a student in Professor Torpey’s MPA course at Seton Hall University. Lee moved to Boston five years ago and began […]

    Episode 5: Primates, Patriarchy, Politics, and Power

    Alex Torpey February 17, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Episode 5: Primates, Patriarchy, Politics, and Power
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    In this episode, we will identify some of the ways that behaviors inherited from our primate ancestors got (largely) unintentionally built into our political (and other) systems over centuries, and what the consequences of that are today. We’ll look at a few examples of leadership and decision making structures among […]

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    Throwback Bonus Discussion: Disrupting the Status Quo, Civic engagement, and budget transparency in South Orange

    Alex Torpey February 6, 2021

    In 2016 I was invited to speak at the Barnes Foundation, hosted by The Philadelphia Citizen, along with two other interesting mayors, John Fetterman and Lovely Warren about disrupting the status quo. Before the event, I also spoke with Nick Taliaferro of WURD about budget transparency and civic engagement in […]

    Bonus Interview: Montana state legislator Mallerie Stromswold

    admin January 26, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Bonus Interview: Montana state legislator Mallerie Stromswold
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    Join Alex for this special interview as part of the nonpartisan series on running for public office. This interview is with Mallerie Stromswold, who was just elected to the Montana state legislature in 2020… At 19 years old! Mallerie (R) represents Montana’s 50th legislative district. She talks to us about […]

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    Episode 4: Our Misunderstanding of Free Will – We Have Much Less, and More, Control Than We Think

    Alex Torpey January 14, 2021

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Episode 4: Our Misunderstanding of Free Will - We Have Much Less, and More, Control Than We Think
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    We will explore the concepts of self, free will, and consciousness to help better understand the common denominator of nearly every issue we face today – a fundamental misunderstanding of how our minds work.

This is part one of two. First we will identify false assumptions about how we form ideas, […]

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    Rethinking Episode 3 – Fixing Bad Discourse and My Promise to You

    Alex Torpey December 21, 2020

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Rethinking Episode 3 - Fixing Bad Discourse and My Promise to You
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    Conversations are incredibly divisive. Can we use a few strategies to have better conversations with those we disagree with?

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    Rethinking Episode 2.0 – An overview of the special nonpartisan series on running for public office

    Alex Torpey December 8, 2020

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Rethinking Episode 2.0 - An overview of the special nonpartisan series on running for public office
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    In Episode 2.0 I give a brief overview of the special series “Nonpartisan Overview on Running for Public Office” (viewable below in full on YouTube), and talk about one of the most common myths about elected office – that politics must be a career and longevity is the only way […]

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    Rethinking with Alex Torpey Episode 1.1 – Why do we need to “Rethink?”

    Alex Torpey November 27, 2020

    Rethinking with Alex Torpey
    Rethinking with Alex Torpey Episode 1.1 - Why do we need to "Rethink?"
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    Our nation’s public institutions 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 […]