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Why I’m Protesting the American Psychiatric Association #protestAPA2018

By jimflannery | April 18, 2018

 **Join me in protesting the American Psychiatric Association on May 6, 2018 in New York City** https://www.facebook.com/groups/protestAPA2018/ Music by Bigg Stuggz at Trainwreck Audio: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=504831   Some people wonder, why would you protest the American Psychiatric Association.  These are doctors, they are developing the cures to people’s mental illnesses.  They are the one who…

What I Wish You Knew About Mental Health

By jimflannery | April 14, 2018

 **Join me in protesting the American Psychiatric Association on May 6, 2018 in New York City** https://www.facebook.com/groups/protestAPA2018/ Music by Bigg Stuggz at Trainwreck Audio: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=504831   Psychiatric “Treatment” is Horrible I wish you knew that psychiatric treatment is fucking torture.  In fact, the World Health Organization and United Nations have condemned it so. I…

School Sucks so Start Your Own: live workshop and interview

By jimflannery | April 1, 2018

As some may know, I recently started writing a book titled “School Sucks so Start Your Own.”  The book describes how young people can take their educational destiny into their own hands by starting their own self-directed learning communities in their areas. In the fall and spring, I ran workshops at libraries and other venues…

Decided to write something while I’m depressed

By jimflannery | December 30, 2017

This was originally written on December 30, 2016.  I set a fuse on it to publish exactly one year later to avoid the discomfort of publishing this kind of article in real-time. They say many of the great writers produced their best work while they were depressed.  I’d look up who those people are but…

To my younger self: Speaking Out

By jimflannery | December 26, 2017

Thought this might be useful to anyone interested in getting involved in activism… Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

The Government is Trying to Plant a Chip in My Brain: An Autopsy of a Startup

By jimflannery | December 9, 2017

The U.S. government just took its first step toward forcing microchips into people.  Naturally, they are doing it for your own protection. To be more specific, two weeks ago, the FDA approved a new drug for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia which includes a digital sensor that allows health care providers (and government) to track whether…

LIVE Net Neutrality Protest at Verizon in Manchester, Connecticut

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

At Verizon stores across the United States, protesters gathered to express their disgust about the FCC’s plan to repeal Net Neutrality. Why meet up at Verizon? Because the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the same person who is fighting to repeal net neutrality, is a former Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications, Inc. Since the local…

#SaveTheInternet Net Neutrality Livestream Marathon

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

My friend Neil Karkhanis (@Neil532Gaming) co-hosted a 12 hour livestream marathon to #SaveTheInternet.  The livestream was all about the battle for Net Neutrality. What is Net Neutrality?  In a tweet: Net Neutrality says that your internet service provider cannot adjust the speed of your internet connection based on the websites you are visiting. This is…

How to Protest in Style: Prepping for the December 7 Verizon Protest

By jimflannery | December 7, 2017

I’ve packaged all the graphics I used to make my awesome protest t-shirt into a .zip file. The .zip contains the originals, plus the Powerpoint file combining them, plus a Photoshop file of the finals. Even if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still combine the images real easily… you can do it! DOWNLOAD T-SHIRT…

Funny Physics: The Math that Drives Me Mad

By jimflannery | October 29, 2017

I originally submitted this essay for the FQXi Physics Essay Contest under the prompt: “How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?”  Sadly, I was rejected for “obscenity.”  While there is a piece of me that wishes to  bash them for restricting my freedom of expression, I really should still thank them…

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I Love Writing

It never would have occurred to me how much I like writing until I started this blog.  I first got the idea for blogging on the recommendation of an entrepreneur who had built a successful public speaking career.  I thought - I love public speaking, why shouldn't I get paid to do that? After talking with her, she pointed out that it is important to not just enjoy public speaking but to also have something valuable to say. She recommend I start blogging as a way of building content and finding my voice.

Much like with painting and standup comedy, what is most interested to me about writing is looking back to see what topics I chose to write about. I had an idea when I began that I'd probably write about entrepreneurship, peer learning, and mental health - but I had no idea exactly what aspects of these topics I'd find a message worth sharing.  I look at writing both as a personal exercise to organize my thoughts and also an opportunity to share them with the world.

It is kind of frightening to put my voice out there into the world. But at the same time, writing has the benefit that you have the ability to write your complete message from start to finish.  Unlike a conversation where you may be interrupted or struggle to find the right way to articulate an idea, writing let's you present your ideas completely.  It doesn't mean people will agree with me, but at least my messages will be understood.