Sunday, May 16, 2010

The OLists

I can't tell you how valuable Diana Hsieh's OLists have been to me. Through these lists, I've met (online and in real life) so many great people who share my values.

Through OBloggers, I've learned great tips on how to improve my blog. The OActivists have inspired me to write LTEs and speak out on issues to others in person and helped me get up the courage to record my Tea Party speech. With OProducers, OGardeners, and OEvolve, I learn new things on an almost daily basis that improve my life in little ways, and in big ways, too.

And of course I'm very pleased to manage OGrownups, the list for those interested in parenting and education. In the last couple of months, the discussions on OGrownups have provoked much thought and sparked conversations with my husband and friends, and I'm looking forward to many, many more such fruitful discussions.

If you haven't heard of the OLists just yet, or if you're interested in learning more, please read the following message from Diana. The descriptions and links for each group follow. I encourage everyone (including non-Objectivists who can lurk where permitted) to investigate the OLists further, particularly if you are interested in learning more about Objectivism and how it's applied to real-life living by real-life people. You may meet some great people like I did, and the discussions will definitely get your brain juices a-flowing!

Here's Diana's message:

Hi, I'm Diana Hsieh. I'm an Objectivist and a recent Ph.D in philosophy.

I oversee an independent network of e-mail lists for friendly discussion and information-sharing among advocates of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. They are the "OLists" : http://www.OList.com

The common goal of the OLists is to serve the real-life values and interests common to subscribers -- such as activism, blogging, parenting, health, productivity, firearms, gardening, and academia. These lists have been active, informative, and useful to their hundreds of subscribers; they've helped connect Objectivists with values in common. In case you've not heard of them, I invite you to see whether they might foster your values too.

Please note that these lists are not free-for-all discussion lists. Each list has a clear purpose, as well as definite membership criteria. Also, some lists are limited to Objectivists, while others welcome non-Objectivist lurkers. Please check the list's purpose and membership criteria before you request a subscription.

Without further ado, the OList e-mail lists are...


OActivists is an e-mail list for Objectivists committed to fostering positive cultural and political change. Its purpose is to encourage and assist effective advocacy of Objectivist ideas in non-Objectivist forums by facilitating communication between Objectivist activists. Membership is limited to Objectivist activists. It is managed by Tammy Perkins.



OBloggers is an e-mail list for Objectivist bloggers. Its purpose is to facilitate communication about matters of mutual interest, such as upcoming events, blogworthy links, posts of interest, blog promotion, and best blogging practices. Membership is limited to Objectivist bloggers. It is managed by Kate Gerber of CareerMama.


OGrownups is an informal e-mail list for for Objectivists and others interested in raising and educating children well. Its basic purpose is to facilitate discussion amongst Objectivists about child development, discipline techniques, education methods, parenting resources, and more. Non-Objectivist lurkers are welcome. It is managed by Jenn Casey of Rational Jenn.


OEvolve is an informal e-mail list for Objectivists and others interested in the proper application of evolutionary principles to diet, fitness, and health. Its basic purpose is to facilitate discussion and information-sharing amongst Objectivists about the practical sciences of cooking, nutrition, fitness, health, and more. Non-Objectivist lurkers are welcome. It is managed by Monica Hughes of Ancestral Generation.


OProducers is an e-mail list for Objectivists and others committed to improving their habits of productivity in their careers, projects, and other pursuits. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion and information-sharing amongst Objectivists about practical methods for better management of time, projects, money, people, and other resources. Non-Objectivist lurkers are welcome. It is managed by Tod of Optimal Living.


OShooters is an e-mail list for Objectivists and others enthused about firearms and committed to gun rights. Its basic purpose is to facilitate discussion and information-sharing amongst Objectivists about firearm models, shooting techniques, gun ranges, gun laws, and the like. Non-Objectivist lurkers are welcome. It is managed by Santiago Valenzuela.


OGardeners is an informal e-mail list for Objectivists and others interested in gardening and landscaping. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion and information-sharing amongst Objectivists about the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. Non-Objectivist lurkers are welcome. It is managed by Kelly Elmore of Reepicheep's Coracle.


OAcademics is an e-mail list for Objectivist academics to discuss teaching, research, coursework, dissertations, job prospects, publication, and all other aspects of life in (or after) academia. Membership is limited to Objectivist academics. It is managed by Diana Hsieh of NoodleFood.

2 comments:

Diana Hsieh said...

Thanks so much for that, Jenn! People like are exactly why I love the OLists!

Kate said...

I agree! Thanks for posting that.