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Dylan Ratigan
Dylan Ratigan, Managing Partner, Helical Holdings. Dylan is a New York Times Best-Selling author and the former host of MSNBC’s highest-rated, non-prime time show. Inspired by combat veterans he interviewed on that show, Dylan resigned on the eve of the Presidential election in 2012 in order to build standardized distributed grid resource systems that could employ veterans to teach children to resolve food deserts creating economic value.

Entries by Dylan Ratigan

Reducing Conflict and Remembering Those Who Died Fighting

(6) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 10:28 AM

This weekend, as we reflect on remembrance and those who won't return from conflict, it is helpful to reflect on conflict itself and why we even have it.

Resource scarcity is at the root of global conflict.

Resource scarcity is a lack of water, food, energy, communication and meaningful employment.

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How to Save California Now: Field Liners, Floppy Sprinklers and Big Data

(50) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:15 PM

When it comes to water in California, the dry lawns and short showers are a novelty, but as you may already know the bulk of the water in California is consumed in commercial agriculture.

A combination of field liners, floppy sprinklers and big data could reduce California agricultural water use...

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"Dream/Killer": When the Human Need for Certainty at All Costs Crushes Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 11:55 AM

At least 20,000 people are in jail right now for crimes they never committed. I know this because I am friends with one who spent 10 years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he never committed.

Ryan Fergusons' story was so compelling, so heart-wrenching and so insightful...

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What Can Your Country Deliver With the Push of a Button?

(20) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:59 AM

"America has poor people... with no house, job, education or healthcare?" was the question my cabbie asked me last week as we whisked along the causeway toward Sadiyaat Island. "Yes," I replied.

I was in the Middle East for the first time to attend a conference of investors, agencies, designers,...

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How a "Daily Show" Segment Improved a Few Veteran Farmers' Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 5:18 PM

In May 2012, when I was a host at MSNBC, veterans on my show said their mission is to pursue global security through sustainable systems in housing, food, fuel, and water. A month later I resigned and moved to Southern California to learn about this mission.

"The Daily...

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Tell Stories of Playing Offense With Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:47 PM

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy."

-Joseph Campbell

Plugged, wired, networked, and locked in. We find ourselves more interconnected than ever before, with...

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World Wide Wave of Action looks to New Iberia, Louisiana

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Dear Friends,

The World Wide Wave of Action is a push to evolve awareness; millions from all backgrounds coming together to express their vision for a better more connected world. Russell Brand describes it as the ultimate evolution in consciousness. I hope the essence of this cause becomes...

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Inspiration from Iberia, Louisiana

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 11:25 AM

The 21st Century Renaissance is dependent on individuals proactively making a difference. It has been an inspiration for me to meet seemingly ordinary people making remarkable impacts on their communities.

Last week, I was in Louisiana on a business trip when an email from Evelyn Ducote blew me away. Ms....

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High-Tech Troops and Low-Tech Transition

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:23 AM

I'm honored today to share this column written by Major General Melvin G. Spiese, USMC-Ret. The general possesses not only a deep concern for the successful transition of service men and women, but also a career spent planning and helping to mobilize large-scale operations.


Veteran unemployment has been...

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Mike Hanes' Ruthless Quest to Solve Old Problems New Ways

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:33 AM

This interview captures a chat between two Marine veterans and the impact repeated conversations with one have had on the other. J.R. Lewis and Mike Hanes are typical of the veterans I have met who are working to create a culture of what I call "unoffendability" and are on a...

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Sustainability Is Security: Perez Takes the Fight to Washington

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Conflict increases in the face of fuel, food and water scarcity.

This concept seems relatively simple, yet too often we seem fixated on blunt force solutions to problems (military intervention, financial aid, food distribution) that could be better solved with tech-enabled abundance, conservation, distributed energy and other proven methods of...

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Lessons of the Fallujah Pause: Channeling Energy Toward Outcomes

(88) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Almost one year ago, I attended my first ever Marine Corps Ball.

These events are extremely formal and center around the celebration of the birthday of the Marine Corps itself.

The ball I attended was held in San Clemente, California and marked the first "re-union" of Colin Archipley's...

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Communing With Communities

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 10:25 AM

When my good friend "Forager" Mike Hanes invited me to speak to a Zeitgeist gathering in San Diego this past spring, I figured I had better say yes. Mike is a former Recon Marine with multiple combat tours and I assume his methods for dealing with resistance aren't pain-free.


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Failing the Voight-Kampff

(38) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Tyrell: Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation of the so-called blush response? Fluctuation of the pupil. Involuntary dilation of the iris...

Deckard: We call it Voight-Kampff for short.

In the future as imagined in Blade Runner by author Phillip K. Dick and later film director Ridley Scott,...

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Pope Francis and the Power Myth

(12) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Have you read this interview with the newly ordained Pope Francis? I've noticed a great diversity in the reactions to this and other aspects of his Pope-ing style and substance.

I must make a confession: He has made me think a good deal more about spiritual matters than...

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The Unoffendable Brand

(12) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:08 PM

I recently ran across a year-old video of Russell Brand inviting two members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church to sit down on the set of his now defunct FX talk show, Brand X. It was a masterful stroke by a gifted madman.

Check out the whole scene

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Spock and the Art of Healthcare Overhaul

(363) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Generally speaking, there are only two ways to earn money.

1. Charge a fee for goods or services.

2. Charge a mutually agreed upon percentage based on a future outcome based on the newly created value. This percentage can be in the form of equity or commission.

As it stands,...

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Thousands of Stories of Hope: One Barrier and How We Can Overcome It

(47) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Do you feel that? The tension in the United States in palpable.

The feeling derives from the ever-increasing awareness that a tiny group of wealthy individuals have a hammerlock on our political system that prevents new ways of approaching education, agriculture, health, energy, banking, trade, taxes or climate change.


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Forming the Renaissance Preparation Committee

(29) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:12 AM

As we suffer in a paradigm where those who nominate dictate, our election finance system (juiced by less than one half of one percent of all Americans dispersing funds from a flawed banking system based on a monkey-wrenched housing and tax code) sprouts rotten fruit such as closed...

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Those Who Nominate Dictate

(140) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Power, whether in an electoral system or a corporate boardroom, originates with the people who control the nomination of candidates -- not with those who "vote" after this process is complete.

This is why the best-run companies consider a wide variety of potential nominees and include as many people as...

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