This article accompanied a talk by Andrew Grant White, delivered April 12, 2021 as part of Richmond Area Mensa's "Meeting of the Minds" series.
An exert of the full article is published below, followed by a link to the full text.
Change Behavior – Recharge Productivity – Unleash Opportunity
This is not a conservative political article, per se. Facts. Are we data-driven or not?
To Create Your Renaissance, First Understand Your Dark Age
Life is what you make it. We can choose to be optimistic or pessimistic - personally and professionally. How is it then that at a time of unparalleled prosperity (“short-term” COVID-19 aside), ~30% of US citizens view socialism and communism favorably? Is our flirtation with well-proven historical devastation explained by stagnant wages, educational malfeasance, global warming nihilism…
…or loss of our American Dream? It is the latter, though not for reasons many may believe. If the American Dream is about making the next generation’s life better than the prior one’s, economics is primary. The metric of economics to study then is individual Productivity, defined as GDP growth– inflation – federal deficit spending – per capita impact. Productivity growth has lessened for 70 years:
If you identify the factors behind the degradation of productivity, you could change behaviors to experience a new growth Renaissance. As long-term productivity growth mirrors the wealth of a nation (or person), reversing productivity’s slowdown can increase opportunity in which Happiness can flourish.
Let the next 250 years of America commence!
The full talk can be found on Andrew Grant White's website.
Join us at 8pm on Monday, April 12th, 2021 for the latest in our series of short talks.
Members can check their email or the RAM Facebook group for the Google Meet link to join.
Life is what you make it. For 70+ years, we have increasingly lost the American Dream. However, we can still change our choices to reclaim it. Just 3 things (plus an honorary 4th) predict almost all productivity growth variation. Productivity flows from behavior. From productivity flows wealth and opportunity. From wealth and opportunity flows a real chance at Happiness – personally and nationally. We’re doing our Dark Age to ourselves. Choose time-tested behaviors to recharge your productivity to unleash much greater opportunity in your life. Create Your Renaissance.
About the speaker
Andrew Grant White has been an institutional and hedge fund investor for 25 years. During the late 1990s/early 2000s, he materially assisted in the turnaround of net new money flows at UBS in London as a global analyst (and at Citigroup prior). Following his return to the United States, he drove 25,000 miles through 48 contiguous states over 2 years to reconnect with America and write a book. Andrew has since operated hedge fund accounts at Timeous, Southridge, and Awaken Capital. Andrew is an Eagle Scout and holds a Bachelor in Finance, Master of Economics and the CFA designation. He also writes/speaks on economics, markets, and politics.
Ordinarily, we run in-person testing sessions so that interested candidates in the local area can see whether they qualify for membership. The pandemic has made that challenging, of course. But there is another way to test.
Since October 2020, there is a new way to qualify for Mensa membership.
In addition to Local Group testing and Prior Evidence submission, candidates can
schedule a private test session at one of the more than 600 nationwide testing facilities
available through a new partner, Prometric.
Adding private testing is especially beneficial for groups like ours who have trouble
holding regular test sessions during the pandemic.
How will candidates schedule private testing with Prometric?
Two Locations in Richmond area:
You can find out more about our standard testing process on the join us page, and as ever, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.
For those unfamiliar with the Hunt A Killer series, it is a roughly PG-13 rated fictional mystery that players are supposed to try to solve by analyzing clues, cracking codes, and deductive reasoning based on evidence presented through a series of six monthly “episode” boxes. Each box includes a set of goals meant to be achieved with the clues in each box (eliminating a suspect, determining murder weapons, motives, etc.). So, if you miss an episode, it is still possible for you to take part in others or serve as a single-episode detective. Details to participate shared with members via Facebook. This will be running monthly for six months.
Monday Meeting of the Minds continues on the second Monday of each month to give us another way to connect in the safety of our homes. Members can watch from home as other members give short (10 minute) presentations on various topics with a question/answer period following the presentation. We share details to access the event via email to members.
Greetings everyone! I hope you're all staying SAFE and SANE during these turbulent and tumultuous times. I know it's been really tough for some, but I hope that you have also experienced some positive change this year.
And speaking of positive change, it's time to elect a new Executive Committee (ExComm) for Richmond Area Mensa (RAM). And the positive part of this change applies to the President and Vice President positions, where you'll be getting an upgrade, as I am in the middle of moving state and Allan S did not wish to continue as Vice President.
Allan also volunteered as Social Media Coordinator and Proof Reader, so I'd like to thank him, along with all the other volunteers who are still staying on, for their service over the past years. I hope you, too, appreciate all they've done and continue to do for RAM.
We are a little behind schedule, but the ExComm has appointed a Nominating Committee (NomComm). This year, the ExComm appointed Catherine S, Aravind T and Brendan D as the members of the NomComm, with Aravind serving as the Chair.
A list of individuals willing to serve in each position has been determined by the NomComm, but additional nominations may be made by any member, in writing, by a petition signed by three RAM members and delivered to the Chair of the Nominating Committee. These petitions must be received by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2020 and may be mailed, or scanned and emailed. Members may nominate themselves, or may nominate other members (as long as they confirm that the other members are willing and able to serve in the office for which they are being nominated).
The following have been nominated by the NomComm (see the newsletter for the full names):
Any petitions for additional nominations should be sent to the chair. RAM members can check the newsletter (see your email) for Aravind's mailing and email addresses.
Thank you for your time and consideration, Santi
There's a great article in the latest edition of Richmond Magazine, on how members of the Richmond Area Mensa chapter forge connections through games and fellowship. It looks at how our social gatherings have changed, under the current pandemic, and other ways that Mensa looks to bring people together.
Our thanks to journalist and writer Eileen Abbott.
Why not join our monthly games meet-ups? They continue in a virtual form, until it's safe to return to in-person meetings. Watch your emails for how to join us, or get in touch if you have any questions.
Members can watch from home on Google Meet on August 10 as other members give short (10 minute) presentations on various topics with a question/answer period following the presentation. This is a new series volunteers devised so that we can connect online in the safety of our homes. You can see our presenters local expert Deb Gribben and her student Tejas Muthusamy in the Netflix movie "Spelling the Dream." It is a fascinating, motivating movie. See earlier post for more information about "Spelling the Dream."
DO YOU LIKE BOARD GAMES? Do you really like board games? Mensans are among the most avid game players in the country, but if you're a next-level player, Mind Games is for you.
This four-day board-game-judging marathon, scheduled April 22-25 in Portland, Maine, lets you evaluate the year's best new-to-market tabletop games. Registration is open, but hurry — it sells out each year.
The new documentary Spelling the Dream – A Netflix Original follows four students as they vie for the top prize at the National Spelling Bee. One of them, Tejas Muthusamy, is a student of local Mensan Deb Gribben, and she had the honor of accompanying him all four years that he qualified for the annual National Spelling Bee event, held in Washington, D.C.
Both she and Tejas are featured in this family friendly movie, which was filmed three years ago when Tejas was an eighth grader and in his final year of eligibility. Director Sam Rega wonderfully captured the hard work and dedication that these students and their families put into the “sport of spelling,” as well as the tension and stress of participating on stage!
You can watch Spelling the Dream - a Netflix Original on Netflix.
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