LUA Radio – Direct Action Series #9: NVC & The Trivium w/ Darrell Becker

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On this broadcast of Liberty Under Attack Radio, we hosted the ninth edition of the direct action series. We discussed non-violent communication and the Trivium with Darrell Becker from Voluntary Visions. This was a more in-depth discussion on the two subjects and a different perspective than we received from Katie Testa and Nick Hazelton. This was certainly one of the better interviews we’ve done.

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Anarcho-Yakitalism Ep.71 – Metacognition and Metatalk with Darrell Becker

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Darrell Becker returns to build off the methods of Non-Violent Communication and the Trivium, now we’re looking at the way we think and the way we talk in a little more depth. Here are the methods and notes Darrell and I talked about:


Metacognition is “cognition about cognition”, “thinking about thinking”, or “knowing about knowing”. It comes from the root word “meta”, meaning beyond. It can take many forms; it includes knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving.
“Meta-writing” is writing about writing. “Meta-singing” is singing about singing. “Metatalk” is talking about communicating – i.e. cooperative discussion between partners about their shared communication process.

When I listen to others, and when I’m writing or working to recap what I’ve said or written, I look at mostly 5 components:
1. Claims being made (by whom?)
2. Supportive evidence connected or referenced to each claim.
3. Concerns being written or spoken (by whom?), explicitly or implicitly.
4. Supportive evidence connected to those conerns.
5. Actions being advocated or suggested (by whom, actions completed by which individual(s) or groups?).

I look to see attitudes:
1. Is there an attitude of curiosity and wonder, looking to discover more than what was initially known? (The Discovery Perspective)
2. Is there an attitude of extreme confidence in certain pieces of knowledge, wherein questioning the sources or supportive evidence isn’t acceptable to someone?
3. What are the ephemeral levels of respect going on, within and between each communicating individual?

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Freedom Lovin’ #94: Non Violent Communication With Darrell Becker

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In this episode of Freedom Lovin’ Podcast I talked to my friend Darrell Becker.

We talked and delve into Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and a bit on the Trivium method of critical thinking.

In this episode you will learn practical tips on how to use NVC in your day by day, understand some communication errors that lead to alienated communication of life or disconnected communication and finally – learn some of the fundamentals of Trivium method.

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Introduction – Darrell’s background [2:30]
How Darrell ended up in Hawaii. [4:30]
Reason that he chose acupuncture as a career [8:40]
What opened Becker’s eyes to NVC [10:50]
How NVC brought more freedom to his life [13:00]
Some of the ways that Becker applies NVC in day-to-day [17:30]
The four D’s and what is disconnected communication [22:00]
How Trivium method of critical thinking can improve NVC [31:00]
How NVC helps Darrell with his clients [35:00]
Difference between needs in NVC and needs in common sense [40:00]


Trivium method of critical thinking
Needs Inventory
Complete Liberty
School Sucks Podcast
Anarcho-preneur Podcast

Books Mentioned:

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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School Sucks Podcast #409: The Mastermind Alliance

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SSP Productivity Month!
We conclude this monthly theme with a roundtable discussion on perhaps one of the most powerful tools of highly successful people for over a century: the mastermind group

Participants include Nathan Fraser (Anarcho-Preneur Podcast), Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions ), Drew Sample (The Sample Hour) and Brett Veinotte (School Sucks). Visit Nathan’s Free Market Squad and Get a cheat sheet for today’s discussion

1) Inspired by Napoleon Hill and his books.
What did Napoleon Hill have to say about Mastermind Groups?

In his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” he talked about something called a “mastermind alliance.” He goes on to describe a mastermind group as, “A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”
In his book, “Master Key to Riches,” Napoleon Hill says, “Every mind needs friendly contact with other minds, for food of expansion and growth.” To Hill mastermind groups are established to help create an environment that nurtures and supports growth.
Notice how he uses the word “friendly” throughout his discussion of mastermind groups? Hill believed that a harmonious groups of two or more people who come together for a specific purpose, or around a specific topic, bring forth the power of creativity and support that you can’t find when you go it alone. Napoleon Hill feels so strongly about this that he says in Your Magic Power to be Rich, “Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your master mind group. If you fail to carry out this instruction to the letter, you may expect to meet with failure. The master mind principle cannot obtain where perfect harmony does not prevail.” That’s a strong message about what makes a mastermind group succeed or fail.
In Hill’s book, “The Law of Success,” he adds another element to the idea of a mastermind group: the group helps to organize useful knowledge, creating a virtual encyclopedia from which each member can draw information.
When starting a mastermind group, or joining an existing one, look for these three hallmarks: friendly, growth-oriented, and willing to share information.

2) We are not a “secret society”. But privacy is important.
-a reliable and comfortable space for members to exchange ideas and information
-it’s important to build a level of trust, which can take some time.

3) Collective intelligence to overcome problems.

Benefits include:
Accountability – Stating goals and objectives out loud to a group can create a kind of gravity that keeps you focused on meeting your goals
Growth – Many mastermind group members form relationships that lead to growth opportunities
Specific knowledge – People from different backgrounds and industries can help you fill gaps in your own knowledge and provide very specific help
Resources – Your group members may very well end up loaning and providing the kinds of resources and introductions that can help you get to the next level in your business, or the tools or hacks that can help
New perspectives – Sometimes having someone from outside your industry question your long held beliefs or suggest innovations from a new point of view can prove very helpful
Support – As a group forms a very close common bond this can be a great place to go for support when you have a troubling business issue
Energy/Motivation – Simply having a team that understands your objectives and helps you celebrate your wins can be very energizing

4) The Elements of Mastermind Session
(Darrell’s Abridged Notes)

There are (basically) four positions in a 6 person mastermind group:
1. Facilitator
2. Secretary
3. Hot Seat
4. Contributors

The facilitator of a mastermind sets the mood, and they check and strengthen the integrity of the focused power of the group.

The secretary is involved in the entire mastermind process. In order to make their job easier, the secretary will sometimes write up their own weekly wins ahead of time, so they can have more time to focus on summarizing and paraphrasing the words of the other group members.

The hot seat position in the mastermind group is the place where someone can gain the benefits and power of all 6 members over the course of an hour.

Contributors do the following:
– Clearly formulating questions that can help clarify the pain point, the parameters of relevant situations, and gaining needed clarification to help everyone formulate useful advice.
– Clearly and concisely delivering useful suggestions relevant to the pain points.
– Building on and supporting suggestions made by other members when it seems useful.

Mastermind groups can make commitments to keeping the format the same or to periodically innovate how the groups are run. Relevant to this little essay, some groups may decide to keep the roles of facilitator and secretary to be done by the same person every time. Some groups might wish to rotate these roles, so that different members can gain the skills for each position in the group.

We gain value regardless of our role.

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Thanks Jessica for your contribution to SSP!

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Look Closer:

Why You Should Start a Mastermind Group.

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