About Robert Levey, PhD

Robert Levey has 15+ years of experience in marketing and development in leadership roles, complementing his varied academic background, which includes a BA (Philosophy), BS (Organizational Behavior), MA (English), MBA, and a PhD in Transformative Studies. His doctoral research focused on personal and societal transformation. Click here to read his published doctoral dissertation

Robert is a senior online adjunct faculty member at UNH College of Professional Studies where he teaches nonprofit marketing, fundraising & development, leadership, and other related subjects.

He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, serving most recently as president of The Chase Home, one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire. He has led culture change projects at both the board and operational levels.

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Robert’s Personal Philosophy

Robert’s personal approach to business stems from his belief that Western society’s reliance on the hero’s journey as a useful conceptual metaphor for personal and societal transformation is outdated (and harmful). His doctoral research focuses on (re)discovering ways to conceptualize personal and societal transformation that invite diverse perspectives.

Does the world really need any more heroes? Is technology the only way for us to advance as a civilization? Is ‘advancement’ necessarily sustainable in a postmodern world in which truth and reality are understood as individually shaped by personal history, social class, gender, culture, and religion?

In applying an ecological sensibility to his work, Robert does not offer answers to any problem. Rather, he invites others to question themselves and the way(s) in which they have come to define the ‘problems.’

Curious about his philosophy? Click the button and explore The Philosopher Files, an exploratory project of Exponential Squared.

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Robert’s Beliefs & Values

Check out the latest “Files” in The Philosopher Files, an exploratory project of Exponential Squared where we provide the philosophical rationale behind all our services (and approach to life). In the below Files, I focus exclusively on sharing my beliefs and values, many of which underscore my research.

Wading at the Edges

All my life, I have essentially waded at the edges of the proverbial pools of life–a condition that does not lend itself to transformation, an idea I recently gleaned from Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Stepping Outside The Shadows Of Myself

Those two boys to my left are my sons when they were much younger and I subscribed to a much different paradigm of life, so different in fact that what I am about to write would have been unthinkable when this photo was taken.

Running To Love

Yesterday, I was on a run near a river and actively pondering the experience of love when I had a profound realization about myself that I think is relevant for others. All my life, love has been an experience for me that has felt so utterly massive, so real, that I have run from it. I went out on my run yesterday with the intent to explore why this is the case, and I unexpectedly ran into an answer.

What is Love?

Sure, I know love. It is a feeling, right? Is it an action, too? Or is it a sequence of actions? Is it formulaic? When I read the last post on love by my associate, I am forcibly reminded that perhaps I do not know what love is it all.

The Truth

The truth. It is a fascinating concept and one that supports how many of us go through our everyday lives. There is some sort of ‘truth’ that supports our cultural values, approach to life, or how we build our business(es).

Selfies

There is something unnerving about our reliance on presenting ourselves to “the world” through the use of ‘selfies.’ It is as if our ability to capture an image of ourselves with the use of a phone’s camera indicates something about our inherent power.

The Loneliness

It has been reported that the feeling of loneliness may be correlated with the use of social media, and, even at face value, there seems to be merit in these reports.

The Money

Ever notice that many entrepreneurs in this age bracket often resort to citing their own financial wealth as proof that others should follow their inherent “power” and step into their own proverbial “greatness?”

The Speed

Remember being a kid and thinking about adulthood? It seemed like a theory that would never be proven. Childhood lasted forever — every moment, experience, bowl of Quaker oatmeal seemed to require an eternity to complete.

The Validation

There is something deeply disturbing about the validation required by many today. Did we eat the right food, say the right thing, buy the right product, look good doing it?

Wading at the Edges

All my life, I have essentially waded at the edges of the proverbial pools of life–a condition that does not lend itself to transformation, an idea I recently gleaned from Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Stepping Outside The Shadows Of Myself

Those two boys to my left are my sons when they were much younger and I subscribed to a much different paradigm of life, so different in fact that what I am about to write would have been unthinkable when this photo was taken.

Running To Love

Yesterday, I was on a run near a river and actively pondering the experience of love when I had a profound realization about myself that I think is relevant for others. All my life, love has been an experience for me that has felt so utterly massive, so real, that I have run from it. I went out on my run yesterday with the intent to explore why this is the case, and I unexpectedly ran into an answer.

What is Love?

Sure, I know love. It is a feeling, right? Is it an action, too? Or is it a sequence of actions? Is it formulaic? When I read the last post on love by my associate, I am forcibly reminded that perhaps I do not know what love is it all.

The Truth

The truth. It is a fascinating concept and one that supports how many of us go through our everyday lives. There is some sort of ‘truth’ that supports our cultural values, approach to life, or how we build our business(es).

Selfies

There is something unnerving about our reliance on presenting ourselves to “the world” through the use of ‘selfies.’ It is as if our ability to capture an image of ourselves with the use of a phone’s camera indicates something about our inherent power.

The Loneliness

It has been reported that the feeling of loneliness may be correlated with the use of social media, and, even at face value, there seems to be merit in these reports.

The Money

Ever notice that many entrepreneurs in this age bracket often resort to citing their own financial wealth as proof that others should follow their inherent “power” and step into their own proverbial “greatness?”

The Speed

Remember being a kid and thinking about adulthood? It seemed like a theory that would never be proven. Childhood lasted forever — every moment, experience, bowl of Quaker oatmeal seemed to require an eternity to complete.

The Validation

There is something deeply disturbing about the validation required by many today. Did we eat the right food, say the right thing, buy the right product, look good doing it?

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