Welcome to Objective Standard Institute

Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing

If you want to live your life to the fullest, OSI is for you. It’s about the basic means to that end: rational, fact-based philosophy.

Our courses, podcasts, and conferences will sharpen your mind and transform your life.

Level up with OSI. It’s time to thrive.

“This conference was a rejuvenating and intellectually stimulating experience unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. If you told me the next conference would be held on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, I’d find a way to get there. I would swim through orca-infested, icy seas if I had to. That’s how much I loved this conference and how excited I am to attend the next one.” —Leisa

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OSI’s courses help you think more clearly, live more fully, and defend freedom more effectively

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OSI’s podcasts provide a constant stream of ideas, strategies, and tactics for success and happiness

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OSI’s conferences sharpen your mind, fuel your soul, and connect you with others who live to thrive


Defending Free Speech in Dangerous Times

with Eric Daniels

6 hours total | 4 sessions

Learn the crucial importance of freedom of speech and how to defend it on principle against assaults on this vital right.

Your Supersystem for Flourishing

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total | 4 sessions

Integrate Objectivism with powerful self-development systems, and create your own personalized supersystem for success and happiness.

How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty

How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty

with Jon Hersey

6 hours total | 4 sessions

Learn a step-by-step method for writing clear, compelling articles in defense of freedom (and for getting published in outlets such as The Objective Standard).

Philosophy: Who Needs It Reading Group

with Craig Biddle

13.5 hours total | 9 sessions

Deepen your understanding of principles for thinking clearly and living fully by critically examining Ayn Rand’s Philosophy: Who Needs It.


Philosophy for Flourishing

Philosophy for Flourishing, with Jon Hersey and occasional guests, explores principles and practices for living the happiest, most fulfilling life possible.

The Hero Show

The Hero Show, with Andrew Bernstein, Robert Begley, and occasional guests, explores the lives and achievements of heroes who have shaped our world.

Innovation Celebration

Innovation Celebration, with Thomas and Angelica Walker-Werth, explores recent advancements in science and technology and how they contribute to human flourishing.


LevelUp 2023

Excel in life. Fight for liberty.

If these are your goals, this conference is for you.


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A Forum for Ideas about Flourishing

On Solid Ground is OSI’s community blog for sharing life-serving values with life-loving people.

We invite you to submit your own posts, engage in the discussions, and enjoy a constant stream of great ideas for living a wonderful life.

Level up with OSI. It’s time to thrive.