Pursuing the Excellent Life

Live Well & Flourish

Live Well & Flourish

If you’re ready to think beyond material and external success, if you’re ready to take control of who you are and the kind of life you live, if you’re ready to flourish, this podcast is for you. The topics I cover help you understand what it means to live a flourishing life, a life of meaning, satisfaction, and enduring happiness.

(Formerly known as the Rational Ignorance Podcast.)

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Recent Episodes

Happy Holidays?

Nov. 23, 2022

Holidays are widely seen as a time for joy and happiness, but the reality is that many people find the holiday season to be a time of depression and loneliness. In this episode, Craig discusses the holiday blues and what can…

Managing Conflict

Nov. 9, 2022

Conflict is a part of human relationships, and relationships are critical to flourishing. So, knowing how to effectively manage these inevitable conflicts is an important aspect of living a good life. In this episode, Craig …

Causes and Consequences of Conflict

Oct. 26, 2022

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. (Well, maybe not if you're a hermit, but otherwise ...) So, effectively dealing with conflict is important to your flourishing. In this episode, Craig talks about the how diversity cau…

Incivility and Collective Flourishing

Oct. 12, 2022

The current climate of incivility not only hurts your individual flourishing, it is also detrimental to our collective flourishing. In this episode, Craig discusses why this is so, and provides one simple way that you can ma…

Incivility and Your Flourishing

Sept. 28, 2022

Incivility is harmful to your flourishing, whether you're the one acting with incivility or just exposed to excess incivility. In this episode, Craig discusses why this is so, and offers some insights on how to reduce incivi…

The Futility of Incivility

Sept. 14, 2022

Incivility abounds in today's social media, sound bite driven world. Recently, Craig attended a major conference during which a controversy erupted, which led to an unfortunate, but predictable Twitter storm of incivility. I…

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Incivility and Collective Flourishing

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About the Hosts

Craig Van Slyke

Craig Van Slyke is the Mike McCallister Eminent Scholar Chair in Information Systems at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining Tech, he was professor and dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. He has also held faculty positions at Saint Louis University, University of Central Florida, and Ohio University. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of South Florida. Dr. Van Slyke has published over 30 articles in respected academic journals including Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems and Journal of the Association for Information Systems. His fourth co-authored textbook, Information Systems in Business: An Experiential Approach, is in its third edition. Craig’s first trade book, On Leadership and Life: Essays on Leading and Living Well was published in June 2017. The book combines psychology and philosophy with his experiences to provide insights in to leadership and living well.

Andrea Christelle

Co-Host, The Rational Ignorance Podcast

Andrea is an award-winning program designer, speaker, and facilitator whose innovations in philosophy create opportunities for personal development, and interpersonal understanding. For almost 10 years, Andrea has been pushing the boundaries of how and where philosophy is done. By returning philosophy to a practice of dialogue, Andrea fosters collaborative inquiry and dynamic outcomes. Andrea has customized philosophical programs for museums, movie theaters, private homes, high schools, historic hotels, artists’ studios, and small businesses. But her favorite place to do philosophy is out in the natural world, on trails and rivers. Whether it is one-on-one or in a small group, Andrea is passionate about advancing philosophy's practical value for everyday life, and helping people understand themselves, each other, and the world.

Andrea earned her PhD in philosophy from Tulane University, and serves on the boards of Benefactors of Red Rock State Park, the Public Philosophy Journal, Sedona XYZ, and the Society of Philosophers of America (SOHPIA). Her past board service includes the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, Sedona International Film Festival, the Verde Valley Forum, and the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization.