The Social Exchange is creating Podcast and YouTube Channel
14

patrons

$94
per month

WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL EXCHANGE


WHO ARE WE?

Zach Rhoads  (producer and host)
Zach Rhoads is an author, addiction expert and a developmental consultant for children and families. He wrote the book Outgrowing Addiction with Dr. Stanton Peele (forthcoming).

Aaron Ferguson  (producer and sound engineer)
Aaron is a substance use counselor, musician, and audio engineer. He writes and speaks about addiction, religion/atheism, and his own youthful maze of escaping a cult as a child, life on the streets of California, elite special forces training, overcoming addiction, and seeking scientific solutions to social problems. 

Both Aaron and Zach work for Dr. Stanton Peele's online Life Process Program for people struggling with addictions. 

WHAT ARE WE UP TO?

We interview world-famous intellectuals about social topics such as

Patron or not— you will hear regular honest discussions about complex social topics with the world's leading experts.

We are fascinated most by the topics of addiction and human development. These are covered in detail, (see our bios to learn more about how we became interested in addiction) but we also take on a wide range of social topics, exploring the ways in which they are all connected (see the video below for an example).



OUR MISSION

To explore social problems and collaborative solutions through rigorous and honest dialectic.

OUR PHILOSOPHY


Creating a perfect society is not realistic, but creating an excellent one is certainly possible. Free speech and exchange of ideas is the mechanism by which we will make this happen. 

An excellent society obviously requires excellent communication. This means that we must:
      -  Understand that we are all fallible
      -  Engage with people whose views contradict our own
      -  Revise our beliefs amid sufficient evidence
      -  Embrace uncertainty, rather than run from it. 

Like it or not we need one another; when we work together in the right way, we can become greater than the sum of our individual parts.

Unfortunately, logical fallacies and cognitive biases can stymie our efforts. These bugs in our software are often so subtle that they go undetected. We'll need to be proactive and flexible in order to overcome them. We can do this by participating in a social exchange...

WHEN WILL YOU HEAR THE SHOW?

We will publish 3 episodes per month:
  1. Social Spotlight - An interview with an expert on one of a wide range of social issues
  2. Polling the Panel - Interviews specifically with addiction experts
  3. FSDP Presents - Interviews with addiction and drug policy experts from Families For Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP)


FSDP?

FSDP is is a global coalition of families, professionals, and organizations working to create-- well, sensible drug policies. They empower families through education and advocacy for family support based on science, compassion, public health and human rights.

We're pleased to be creating content on their behalf. 

WHY DONATE (what’s in it for YOU)?

     1.  Honest Dialogue
There is plenty of noise out there on the news and elsewhere, but it can be difficult to find in-depth investigation of social topics. You can trust us to generate exactly those types of discussions in an honest and fair manner!

      2.  You’d Like to Join Something Big
Being part of the podcast means that you will have a say in what, how, and when content is delivered to thousands of listeners. Doing this is a great way to help bring about saner, more just discussions in search of what is true. Regrettably, the dismissal of well-established truths has become ubiquitous; your participation is more important than ever!  

      3.  Support the Culture of Free
The "culture of free" isn't all bad. It has helped people to have a voice who would never have otherwise been heard, and it opens up the doors of information for all to freely pass. Freedom of information is great, but there are also questions to be answered regarding the quality, frequency and responsiveness of content you would like to receive. With your help we can continue to provide quality content to those who cannot afford to participate, and you can rest assured that you'll be credited for our continued ability to do so. We'll also rain podcast archives, access to the creators, influence on where the show goes, and much more (see tiers) on anyone who joins.   

      4.  WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU
When it comes down to it this podcast is about the listeners; without you this wouldn't be a thing. We need your feedback, participation, and support to keep the lights of balanced dialogue burning bright, and whatever support you can manage will make heaps of difference in this regard. 

Our Promise To You


1)  We will explicitly acknowledge any helpful feedback related to improving the podcast, and with permission name and thank the source of that feedback during our episodes.

2)  We will take into consideration all suggestions about who to have as guests, and when given permission we'll give a shout out to whoever recommended them.

3)  We will provide exclusive content to Patreon subscribers, and prioritize access to the content as well as any feedback on how to improve it.

4)  We will use donations wisely to boost show quality and quantity.  

    We're also setting milestones (See "goals" section or details). 

We are beyond grateful. Thank you and welcome to The Social Exchange
Tiers
STRIKE A MATCH
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
Thank you! 

This is all it will take to help us build! Here's what you get from us:


  • Early, Patreon-only access to regular episodes.
  • Your name included in the "description" section of each episode.
YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
  • You get early patron-only access to all episodes (including multi-volume podcast series)


  • We will thank you, by name, in the outro of all regular episodes.


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



VIDEO OF YOUR CHOICE
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
We will create a 5 minute video about a social topic of your choice!

Just let us know which social issue you'd like discussed, and what you'd like to know about it. We will research and produce a 5 minute YouTube video about the topic of your choice, and dedicate it to you, personally. 



  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



BE OUR GUEST
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Be a guest on the show

Join the host of The Social Exchange for a 30 minute 1-1 interview, or refer a friend. (Video will be published to YouTube.) 


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



OFFICIAL SPONSOR
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
As part of the scaffolding of The Social Exchange, you-- or your company or organization-- will be mentioned in all episodes, during a mid-show sponsor-break.


  • Name will be mentioned in the introduction


  • Be a guest on the show (20 minute 1-1 interview, to be published on YouTube) or suggest a guest 


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



ROUND TABLE
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You'll be involved in monthly round-table discussions with producers of the show and other round-table members. You help make decisions about show topics, guests, and live events.

Plus...

  •  You (or your program/brand) will be mentioned-- in all episodes-- in a mid-show sponsor-break.
  • Name will be mentioned in the introduction
  • Be a guest on the show (20 minute 1-1 interview, to be published on YouTube) or suggest a guest


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes
  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes
  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.
Goals
$94 of $500 per month
When we reach $500 per month, we will create a monthly 3-part series. (Round-table patrons will help generate series topics and guests) 
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WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL EXCHANGE


WHO ARE WE?

Zach Rhoads  (producer and host)
Zach Rhoads is an author, addiction expert and a developmental consultant for children and families. He wrote the book Outgrowing Addiction with Dr. Stanton Peele (forthcoming).

Aaron Ferguson  (producer and sound engineer)
Aaron is a substance use counselor, musician, and audio engineer. He writes and speaks about addiction, religion/atheism, and his own youthful maze of escaping a cult as a child, life on the streets of California, elite special forces training, overcoming addiction, and seeking scientific solutions to social problems. 

Both Aaron and Zach work for Dr. Stanton Peele's online Life Process Program for people struggling with addictions. 

WHAT ARE WE UP TO?

We interview world-famous intellectuals about social topics such as

Patron or not— you will hear regular honest discussions about complex social topics with the world's leading experts.

We are fascinated most by the topics of addiction and human development. These are covered in detail, (see our bios to learn more about how we became interested in addiction) but we also take on a wide range of social topics, exploring the ways in which they are all connected (see the video below for an example).



OUR MISSION

To explore social problems and collaborative solutions through rigorous and honest dialectic.

OUR PHILOSOPHY


Creating a perfect society is not realistic, but creating an excellent one is certainly possible. Free speech and exchange of ideas is the mechanism by which we will make this happen. 

An excellent society obviously requires excellent communication. This means that we must:
      -  Understand that we are all fallible
      -  Engage with people whose views contradict our own
      -  Revise our beliefs amid sufficient evidence
      -  Embrace uncertainty, rather than run from it. 

Like it or not we need one another; when we work together in the right way, we can become greater than the sum of our individual parts.

Unfortunately, logical fallacies and cognitive biases can stymie our efforts. These bugs in our software are often so subtle that they go undetected. We'll need to be proactive and flexible in order to overcome them. We can do this by participating in a social exchange...

WHEN WILL YOU HEAR THE SHOW?

We will publish 3 episodes per month:
  1. Social Spotlight - An interview with an expert on one of a wide range of social issues
  2. Polling the Panel - Interviews specifically with addiction experts
  3. FSDP Presents - Interviews with addiction and drug policy experts from Families For Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP)


FSDP?

FSDP is is a global coalition of families, professionals, and organizations working to create-- well, sensible drug policies. They empower families through education and advocacy for family support based on science, compassion, public health and human rights.

We're pleased to be creating content on their behalf. 

WHY DONATE (what’s in it for YOU)?

     1.  Honest Dialogue
There is plenty of noise out there on the news and elsewhere, but it can be difficult to find in-depth investigation of social topics. You can trust us to generate exactly those types of discussions in an honest and fair manner!

      2.  You’d Like to Join Something Big
Being part of the podcast means that you will have a say in what, how, and when content is delivered to thousands of listeners. Doing this is a great way to help bring about saner, more just discussions in search of what is true. Regrettably, the dismissal of well-established truths has become ubiquitous; your participation is more important than ever!  

      3.  Support the Culture of Free
The "culture of free" isn't all bad. It has helped people to have a voice who would never have otherwise been heard, and it opens up the doors of information for all to freely pass. Freedom of information is great, but there are also questions to be answered regarding the quality, frequency and responsiveness of content you would like to receive. With your help we can continue to provide quality content to those who cannot afford to participate, and you can rest assured that you'll be credited for our continued ability to do so. We'll also rain podcast archives, access to the creators, influence on where the show goes, and much more (see tiers) on anyone who joins.   

      4.  WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU
When it comes down to it this podcast is about the listeners; without you this wouldn't be a thing. We need your feedback, participation, and support to keep the lights of balanced dialogue burning bright, and whatever support you can manage will make heaps of difference in this regard. 

Our Promise To You


1)  We will explicitly acknowledge any helpful feedback related to improving the podcast, and with permission name and thank the source of that feedback during our episodes.

2)  We will take into consideration all suggestions about who to have as guests, and when given permission we'll give a shout out to whoever recommended them.

3)  We will provide exclusive content to Patreon subscribers, and prioritize access to the content as well as any feedback on how to improve it.

4)  We will use donations wisely to boost show quality and quantity.  

    We're also setting milestones (See "goals" section or details). 

We are beyond grateful. Thank you and welcome to The Social Exchange

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Tiers
STRIKE A MATCH
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
Thank you! 

This is all it will take to help us build! Here's what you get from us:


  • Early, Patreon-only access to regular episodes.
  • Your name included in the "description" section of each episode.
YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
  • You get early patron-only access to all episodes (including multi-volume podcast series)


  • We will thank you, by name, in the outro of all regular episodes.


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



VIDEO OF YOUR CHOICE
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
We will create a 5 minute video about a social topic of your choice!

Just let us know which social issue you'd like discussed, and what you'd like to know about it. We will research and produce a 5 minute YouTube video about the topic of your choice, and dedicate it to you, personally. 



  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



BE OUR GUEST
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Be a guest on the show

Join the host of The Social Exchange for a 30 minute 1-1 interview, or refer a friend. (Video will be published to YouTube.) 


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



OFFICIAL SPONSOR
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
As part of the scaffolding of The Social Exchange, you-- or your company or organization-- will be mentioned in all episodes, during a mid-show sponsor-break.


  • Name will be mentioned in the introduction


  • Be a guest on the show (20 minute 1-1 interview, to be published on YouTube) or suggest a guest 


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes


  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes


  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.



ROUND TABLE
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
You'll be involved in monthly round-table discussions with producers of the show and other round-table members. You help make decisions about show topics, guests, and live events.

Plus...

  •  You (or your program/brand) will be mentioned-- in all episodes-- in a mid-show sponsor-break.
  • Name will be mentioned in the introduction
  • Be a guest on the show (20 minute 1-1 interview, to be published on YouTube) or suggest a guest


  • Early, patron-only access to all episodes
  • Name will be mentioned in "outro" of all regular episodes
  • Name included in the "description" section of each episode.