MOA 144: Finding Life After Hate to Live Your Life of Abundance with Christian Picciolini

144- Finding Life After Hate to Live Your Life of Abundance with Christian Picciolini
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Finding Life After Hate to Live Your Life of Abundance

There is already so much hate in the world. So why would I dare bring it up on Men of Abundance? Because if we don't talk about it, it has no chance of being understood and thus it will never go away. It's hard for me to believe that extremist groups such as Skinheads and white supremacists still exist. But they do. And I'm glad to know people like Christian Picciolini are around to help people get out of the movement. This conversation gets very deep.

Meet our Feature Guest

Christian Picciolini is an Emmy® Award-winning television producer, a prolific public speaker, a published author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good.

After leaving the violent far-right hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. Christian earned a degree in International Relations from DePaul University, began his own global entertainment media firm, and was appointed a member of the Chicago Grammy Rock Music Committee and board member for the Chicago Intl. Movies and Music Festival.

In 2016, Christian won an Emmy® Award for directing and producing ExitUSA's "There is life after hate" PSA, and has been nominated for four regional Emmy® Awards. He is an appointed United Nations-affiliated ambassador for iChangeNations and was honored with a National Statesman award. Christian is an associate for the USC Price 'Homegrown Violent Extremism' program and has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level. He contributed to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's and Jared Cohen's New York Times bestseller, The New Digital Age.

Most notably, in 2009 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hate and violent extremism.

In 2015, he published his memoirs, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead.

Connect with our Feature Guest

Wally's Take Away:

Men, you should know by now, I really get energized by diversity. I love it when people from different cultures can come together for the common good. I would like to introduce you the man who introduced Christian and I. Kevin Henry is a Diversity expert. Well that's what I call him. He has been studying, teaching and speaking about diversity for many years.

Kevin has a great Facebook Group called The Diversity CommUNITY. I encourage you to check it out. Kevin also has a live call you can get on and will be launching a podcast pretty soon. He was a feature guest of Men of Abundance. Look for that episode to post 1 February 2018. Make sure you subscribe to Men of Abundance on your favorite podcast player.

Resources Mentioned:

Books

  • Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist - Laura Jane Grace

This is TJ, the Man Christian and I spoke of in our conversation.

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