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Jim Flannery

I started my blog as a means to develop my seemingly rapid and disconnected thoughts into a communicable, organized form. I also find writing is a useful exercise for building emotional resilience in sharing these thoughts with the public. I find it frightening to be so exposed, yet also exciting to see what kind of response I get from people. Plus, it’s revealing to look backward to reflect on what topics I’ve written about over time as my story unfolds.


Why I’m Protesting the American Psychiatric Association #protestAPA2018

April 18, 2018

**Join me in protesting the American Psychiatric Association on May 6, 2018 in New York City** via our Facebook Group Thanks to Bigg Stuggz at Trainwreck Audio for the music. This is a follow-up to my previous video titled: “What I Wish You Knew About Mental Health.”   Some people wonder, why would you protest the…

What I Wish You Knew About Mental Health

April 14, 2018

**Join me in protesting the American Psychiatric Association on May 6, 2018 in New York City via our ** Facebook Group Music by Bigg Stuggz at Trainwreck Audio   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…

School Sucks so Start Your Own: live workshop

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

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

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

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…

My appearence on “For the Love of Learning Show” discussing Creating Community for Unschoolers

October 26, 2017

This week I appeared on the webshow “For the Love of Learning” as part of a panel of guests discussing Creating Community for Unschoolers.  It was an honor to be invited to join such an accomplished group of people, admittedly I felt a bit under-accomplished.  I don’t know that I did a very good job…

To my younger self: Regarding Addiction

October 25, 2017

I thought maybe this would be useful to anyone struggling with addiction… Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

My Experience at Not Back to School Camp

August 25, 2017

This summer, I had the privilege of being invited to work at Not Back to School Camp, an annual summer camp for unschoolers.  To call it a “summer camp” almost feels like an injustice to the event, as it is an experience that far exceeds any expectation one might have of a summer camp.  Since I…

To my younger self: Quit School!

August 22, 2017

It appears that I’ve started a Vlog… If you check the YouTube videos themselves, all references are included.  I’ve omitted them from this page since it would take up so much space. PART 1: Part 2: The Rebuttal Part 3: Do it for Humanity Part 4: How it’s Done

State of the Startup: June 2016

July 15, 2017

There are lots of books written by successful people looking backward at their careers and I always thought it would be cooler to have one from the perspective of someone when he’s down and out and clawing his way to the top. Of course that book would only become an interesting read if the author…

Lessons learned via temazcal ceremony in the Mayan Riviera

February 25, 2017

I have been traveling living the “tech nomad” lifestyle since the fall of 2016, a little over a year.  Most of my travels have been all around the US but I finally took a solo international journey during January and February.  It’s interesting because when I was younger, I had no desire to travel.  Whereas…

The importance of admitting you are wrong (and a tirade against competition)

January 15, 2017

The last few months I’ve found myself reflecting on many of the perspectives I’ve taken and decisions I’ve made… and realized I’m usually wrong. As a bit of a stubborn, self-righteous and arrogant person, it can be painful to admit I’m wrong. I also find admitting I’m wrong to be an incredibly powerful tool.  …

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