Articles by The Proversation

Police brutality, protests, and vigilantes–to what end?

Posted: August 29, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Another instance of police violence against an unarmed black man in Kenosha leads to the paralyzation of Jacob Blake. Protests turn to riots and downtown Kenosha burns, bringing guns and militia the next night. Unrest turns ugly as a 17-year-old vigilante kills 2 and injures a third. Where do we draw the line between protesting and rioting? How do we repair the relationship between police and the black community? Does any of the violence bring us any closer to justice or change?

Remotely Proversational

Posted: August 4, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Like many workplaces, The Proversation finally moves forward using ZOOM. In this episode, Rick and Brian freestyle across a swath of topics including coping with unemployed life, the upcoming school year, and a Wisconsin lake party that attracted many hundreds of people while the state is under a mask mandate.

A Reason for Hope

Posted: May 30, 2020 by Brian Johnston

America's soul is aching in the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd. Far from an isolated incident, injustices of this magnitude find ourselves questioning the very nature of humanity. Today I spent the day in the middle of a community reeling in pain, but I came out on the other side with a warmer heart and a renewed sense of hope. I'd like to try to bring you along for the ride because the destination is peaceful.

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ISOLATION

Posted: March 31, 2020 by Brian Johnston

With social distancing in full effect until the end of April and orders to stay at home nationwide, America enters new, uncharted territory: telecommuting, home-schooling, and self-isolation. What can we do to cope with constant contact with our families and how can we view this as an opportunity rather than a challenge?

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FEAR

Posted: March 6, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Arguably our most primal of human emotions, fear serves us by protecting us from harm. But are our fears rational or irrational? Can we overcome them? What makes us choose fight or flight? Peer into the darkest corners of what makes us human in today's Proversation.

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What is SUCCESS?

Posted: February 28, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

While the yardstick by which we measure success is personal and relative, is it something that requires recalibration periodically? Most of us get so busy supporting a family that we never even ask the question: What does success look like to me? We've got our eyes on the prize in today's Proversation.

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What is PAIN?

Posted: February 20, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Pain--we all know when we feel it, but what exactly IS it? Universal, inevitable, and highly subjective, we all experience pain on a daily basis, probably both physically and emotionally--but to what end? In today's Proversation, we deep-dive into pain and its purpose in life.

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Low Yield and High Hopes: Reasons for Optimism

Posted: February 15, 2020 by Brian Johnston

A cursory glance at today's headlines tells a different story than what is typically drip-fed to us by the mainstream media. A Republican initiative to plant a trillion trees, the political awakening of American youth, and a big-picture look at the impact of next-generation nuclear weapons on arms control negotiations are just a few of the topics on hand for today's Proversation.

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