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  • Blog
    Peak Prosperity

    VIDEO: The Peak Prosperity Tribe Speaks!

    A short montage of advice from your peers
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, January 18, 2019, 3:30 PM

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    By now you're probably well-aware that this year's Peak Prosperity annual seminar is being held in beautiful northern California's wine country from April 26-28, 2019.

    And yes, of course, Chris and I think the experience delivered at these seminars is life-changing and highly valuable — and we strongly recommend you join us this year. But as the producers of the event, we're obviously biased as heck.

    So rather than hearing more from us, why not hear from actual Peak Prosperity members who have attended? What do they think?

    Is it a worthwhile investment? What can you expect?

    Well, we asked several PPers who went last year to share their thoughs with you. Each submitted a short video clip, which we've stiched together into this brief montage for you.

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 5/19 – Disadvantages Of The Roth IRA, Inside the Massive U.S. ‘Border Zone’

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3:00 PM

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    • As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’
    • Aided By Palantir, The LAPD Uses Predictive Policing To Monitor Specific People And Neighborhoods
    • Assange BETRAYED: Ecuador Negotiates With UK to Hand Him Over
    • Information Clearinghouse: I am Julian Assange
    • U.S. Births Hit Lowest Number Since 1987
    • Men in their 30s hit by impotence epidemic as half suffer from erectile dysfunction
    • Sprott Money News Ask the Expert May 2018 – James Grant
    • Disadvantages Of The Roth IRA: Not All Is What It Seems
    • 'Come and take it,' Kent State grad says while posing with AR-10 rifle
    • Inside the Massive U.S. 'Border Zone'
    • The Shale Oil Ponzi Scheme Explained: How Lousy Shale Economics Will Pull Down The U.S. Economy
    • How To Mitigate The Risk Of Peak Oil Demand
    • LATEST: Air quality in parts of Puna poor amid ongoing eruptions, vegetation on fire
    • Death of the Birds and the Bees Across America

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  • Podcast

    Michael Basta: The Science Of Conflict Resolution

    Persevering through difficulty in your key relationships
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 2, 2017, 7:47 PM

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    Michael Basta has worked in mental health for 30 years and is a certified Master Gottman Therapist. (Those who read Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink may remember the chapter on John Gottman, whose decades of research studying couples enables him to determine with 94% accuracy after just a few minutes of observation whether a couple will stick together or not.)

    In this week's podcast, Mike pinpoints the most common threats that can derail a relationship when it confronts conflict, and he shares the top success strategies that the Gottman Institute's research has identified for rescuing, repairing and strengthening relationships through adversity.

    These insights apply to nearly any relationship — your spouse/life partner, family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor. Anyone looking to live in better harmony with the people in their life should find the insights in this discussion of real value.

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  • Blog
    mydearvalentine.com

    What Really Matters

    A reality-check on what's truly important in life
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 8:06 PM

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    Here at PeakProsperity.com, we devote a lot of focus to building wealth and other forms of "capital". This website has hosted thousands of discussions on how to preserve and increase wealth.

    But what's it all for?

    Every so often, it's useful to pull waay back to look at the big picture. To re-examine the Why? underlying our plans and aspirations.

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  • Insider
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    Rescuing Our Future

    A playbook for restoring true wealth to our lives
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:13 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The Destructive Practices To Stop Doing
    • The Regenerative Behaviors To Do More Of
    • Getting The Foundational Pieces In Place
    • The Payoff, For Both You & Society

    If you have not yet read Part 1: We Need a Social Revolution available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we compared non-hierarchical, bottoms-up secular social revolutions with hierarchical, top-down political and technological revolutions managed by the state and corporate sector.  Next, we surveyed the erosion of social connectedness and social capital, and asked who benefited from this fraying of the social order.  While certain players derive some benefit from political divisiveness and from the sale of technologies that undermine authentic connectedness, it seems that much of the social-order decay is collateral damage—destruction that wasn’t intentional.

    How can we strengthen or repair our own connections and social fabric in such a disintegrative era?

    There are two basic approaches: stop participating in destructive dynamics, and assemble the foundational pieces of a connected social life.

    How do we as individuals and households foster and nurture the social bonds that are fast-eroding in civil society?

    The basic strategies are not difficult to understand, though they are extremely difficult to put in place in modern-day America:

    • Strip out busyness to free up enough time and energy for social life and connectedness.
    • Live in a place with short commutes to friends, family and public social spaces.
    • Recognize (and then…..
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  • Blog
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    We Need A Social Revolution

    Our future depends on our willingness to fight for it
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:12 PM

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    Governments and corporations cannot restore social connectedness and balance to our lives.

    Only a social revolution that is self-organizing from the bottom-up can do that.

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  • Podcast

    CropMobster: How To Put Your Local Food System To Its Highest Use

    A plug-and-play solution for any community
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:05 PM

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    In the developed world, we waste a LOT of food.

    In America alone, it’s estimated that up to 40 percent of the post-harvest food supply is discarded, according to The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That represents more than 1,200 calories per day for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. — just thrown into the trash. Yet at the same time we have food access issues and nutritional deficits that result in widescale health problems and hunger nationwide, despite having more than enough nutritional calories to go around. Our food system is a mess — and it doesn’t have to be that way.

    In this week's podcast, we talk with Nick Papadopoulos, founder of CropMobster; an innovative company focused on helping communities dramatically improve the potential of their local food sheds. Nick explains how CropMobster provides a platform that any community can build on to connect local producers with local consumers in ways that boost economic development, reduce wastage of food and other resources, and assist local hunger relievers:

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  • Podcast

    Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy

    What we'll need to persevere through collapse
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 8, 2017, 5:23 PM

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    Historian and economist David Fleming undertook the writing of Lean Logic a grand vision that projected out the likely path of collapse for our currently unsustainable way of life, as well as the key success factors society will need to cultivate to come out the other side.

    Following his death, his writing partner Shaun Chamberlin distilled the book's prime conclusions into the more accessible Surviving The Future: Culture, carnival, and capital in the aftermath of the market economy. Shaun, who has also been deeply involved with Rob Hopkins in the Transition Movement since its inception, stresses that localized communities that pursue developing as much independence from the central economy as possible will be the foundations for entering a sustainable, enjoyable future.

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  • Podcast

    Sebastian Junger: Our Evolutionary Need For Community

    Tribal solidarity is in our genetic programming
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:35 PM

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    Peabody award-winning author Sebastian Junger joins our podcast this week. Junger is well-known for his NYT-bestselling books The Perfect Storm and War, the latter of which was written after a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. 

    Based on his observations while in Afghanistan, Junger noted how much troops in combat valued the social solidarity of their units. In fact, he noted that the loss of this cohesive community, with its sense of purpose and shared responsibility, created prodigious psychological strife when these soldiers returned and tried to re-integrate into civilian life. This dynamic is not just limited to the military; any collection of humans working in tight-knit groups under stress, united in purpose, evidences similar behavior (Peace Corps volunteers, trauma care physicians, etc).

    In his latest book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Junger explores our evolutionary wiring for community, and paradoxically, how our modern aspirations for "success" and "wealth" attempt to distance ourselves from it — making us unhappier and emotionally unhealthier in the pursuit.

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  • Podcast

    Francis Koster: Rescuing Your Local Economy

    Success stories for sustainable communities
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 3:12 PM

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    "Locally there are lots of nice, tidy, quarter-of-a-million-dollar investments sitting there that the large companies will not do because their overhead is too high. So one of my themes is look in your own backyard — focus on fiscally-conservative, sound investments and focus on local employment. You will be surprised at the opportunity that just leaps out at you."

    So says Francis Koster, author of the new books Rescuing Your Local Economy and Rescuing School Kids who specializes in identifying community investment opportunities that offer attractive returns for the capital provider as well as long-term benefits for the local residents.

    In this podcast, Francis highlights a number of the case studies he's collected at his website, The Optimistic Futurist, where motivated individuals have improved their local schools, roads, food, water supply, etc. while earning double-digit returns. These models can be adopted in nearly any community, which is the purpose behind Francis' work.

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