The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness

With series host Michael Dowd + 55 Experts

A worldwide movement is emerging at the nexus of science, inspiration, and sustainability. Beliefs are secondary. What unites us is a pool of shared values and commitments—and the vision of a just and healthy future for humanity and the larger body of life. This historic series of 30-60 minute Skype interviews showcases the work of many of today’s leaders and luminaries regarding what to expect in the decades ahead, what’s being done—what still needs to be done—and how to be in action despite enormous challenges. These 55 experts represent a veritable Who’s Who of prophetic inspiration.

A 3-minute video introduction / overview of the series

The videos are now free below


Inspiring ‘Green for All’ Justice
with Nikki Silvestri

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Slow Food Movement, Bioneers, and Green for All
  • Environmental and social equity in public health, social services, and economic development
  • Creating a win-win-win economy, locally and nationally

Nikki Silvestri is the Executive Director of Green for All in Oakland, CA. Over the last ten years, Nikki has worked as an advocate for environmental and social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, and economic development.

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The 350.org Message and Movement
with Bill McKibben

Big ideas from this session:

  • The 350.org story and the birth of a global climate activist movement
  • Global warming’s terrifying new math: 3 numbers that change everything
  • How young people are taking leadership in the growing divestment campaign

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the anti-carbon campaign group 350.org. He has authored a dozen books about the environment, including his first (The End of Nature) in 1989 about climate change.

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The Largest Social Movement in the World
with Paul Hawken

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Blessed Unrest
  • Staying inspired and in action in the face of enormous challenges
  • The game changing promise and potential of Project Drawdown

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

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Integral Wisdom for Challenging Times
with Ken Wilber

Big ideas from this session:

  • The vital role of integral thinking in fostering a thriving future
  • How to creatively respond to chaos and difficulties
  • The transformational promise of developmental consciousness

Ken Wilber is an American writer and public speaker. He has written and lectured about mysticism, philosophy, ecology, and developmental psychology. His work formulates what he calls Integral Theory and in 1998 he founded the Integral Institute.

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Bringing Climate Science to Evangelicals
with Katharine Hayhoe

Big ideas from this session:

  • How did a Texas atmospheric scientist become the rock star of the most watched climate show in TV history?
  • Effectively countering climate skeptics and converting evangelicals and other conservatives
  • AAAS ‘What We Know' Campaign / The making of “The Years of Living Dangerously”

Katharine Anne Scott Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and wrote the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions together with her husband, Andrew Farley, a pastor. Professor John Abraham has called her "perhaps the best communicator on climate change" and TIME magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in 2014.

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Speaking Prophetically in the U.S. Senate
with U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Big ideas from this session:

  • How a Senator from Rhode Island became the clearest voice for climate action in the U. S. Senate
  • The single most important systemic action that needs to be taken in the immediate future
  • How and where each of us can leverage our political impact most forcefully and effectively

Sheldon Whitehouse is a United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party and previously served as a United States Attorney from 1993 to 1998 and as the Attorney General of Rhode Island from 1999 to 2003.

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Winning the Story Wars by Calling People to Greatness
with Jonah Sachs

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Story of Stuff, The Meatrix, and other socially responsible, eco-friendly viral videos
  • Modern-day myth makers: deficiency marketing vs. empowerment marketing
  • How social media tools are driving a return to the oral tradition

Jonah Sachs is an internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur. As the co-founder and CEO of Free Range, Jonah has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies.

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Saving the Grandchildren of All Species
with James Hansen

Big ideas from this session:

  • Why a rising fee on carbon (with full dividend) is so urgent and important
  • Why a million people have watched his TED talk “Why I must speak out about climate change”
  • How an Iowa farm-boy became a leading NASA scientist and then an unlikely modern-day prophet

James Hansen is an American adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in 1988 that helped raise broad awareness of global warming, and his advocacy of action to avoid dangerous climate change.

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The Great Disruption and Realistic Hope
with Paul Gilding

Big ideas from this session:

  • How the climate crisis will bring on the end of shopping and the birth of a new world
  • Positive, hopeful signs that most people have never heard about
  • How chaos will catalyze creativity when "the dam of denial” breaks in the next few years

An activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years, Paul Gilding's personal mission and purpose is to lead, inspire and motivate action globally on the transition of society and the economy to sustainability.

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Nature Means Business: A Positive Vision
with Amy Larkin

Big ideas from this session:

  • Causes and solutions of our global environmental and financial crises
  • Environmental Debt, Greenpeace Solutions, and a clear 3-step way forward
  • Building on inspiring examples: corporations doing the right thing

Amy Larkin, an award-winning entrepreneur & environmental activist is one of the first to make the direct connections between our global environmental and financial crises—both causes and solutions.

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Peak Everything as a Blessing
with Richard Heinberg

Big ideas from this session:

  • The End of Growth, Snake Oil, and Peak Everything
  • The mission and message of Post Carbon Institute
  • Resilience.org as a one-stop shop re responding to the future calling us to greatness

Richard Heinberg is an author, educator, speaker, a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators.

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The Future of God and Human Flourishing
with Deepak Chopra

Big ideas from this session:

  • How does one write “80 books, translated in over 43 languages, including 22 NY Times bestsellers”?!
  • His latest book, The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times
  • The birth and evolution of “Evolutionary Leaders in Service to Conscious Evolution”

Deepak Chopra is the author of more than seventy-five books translated into over thirty-five languages, including twenty-three New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Faculty, at Walt Disney Imagineering, Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. GlobeIn acknowledges Chopra as "one of top ten most influential spiritual leaders around the world." TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." 

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Igniting a Generation of Young People
with Barbara Jefferson

Big ideas from this session:

  • Learn about the amazing work of Generation Waking Up
  • What young people often see (and know) that their elders typically don’t
  • How the generations can work together most effectively in service to the future

Barbara Jefferson is an experienced designer, organizer, facilitator and trainer. As a trainer and field coordinator, she is accountable for Generation Waking Up's WakeUp program.

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Transition Culture, Transition Network
with Rob Hopkins

Big ideas from this session:

  • Transition Towns as “the biggest urban brainwave of the century”
  • The necessity (and gift!) of moving from oil dependence to local resilience
  • “Engaged optimism" as a key to staying sane and empowered in difficult times

Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network, lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth.

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The Promise of Collective Intelligence
with Tom Atlee

Big ideas from this session:

  • The art and science of eliciting and acting on collective intelligence
  • Tools and techniques for evolving democracies
  • How current systems promote collective stupidity (and what to do about it)

Tom Atlee is co-director and research director of the Co-Intelligence Institute, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1996. His books include The Tao of Democracy and Empowering Public Wisdom.

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Gracefully Navigating the Long Emergency
with James Howard Kunstler

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere: social insanity and path of recovery
  • The Long Emergency and how to live a meaningful life of service to the future
  • Surviving the end of oil, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the 21st century

James Howard Kunstler is an author, social critic, speaker and a leading supporter of the movement known as "New Urbanism". He's best known for his books/writings on environmental and economic issues.

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Giving Prophetic Voice to Climate Science
with Joe Romm

Big ideas from this session:

  • How Climate Progress became “the indispensable blog”
  • Lessons on persuasion from Jesus, Lincoln, MLK, and Lady Gaga
  • How to counter climate denial and avoid “hell and high water”

Joe Romm is a Fellow at American Progress and is the Founding Editor of Climate Progress. He holds a PhD in physics from MIT and is the author of Language Intelligence and Hell and High Water.

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The Promise of Conscious Evolution
with Barbara Marx Hubbard

Big ideas from this session:

  • The story of a prophetic pioneer and grandmother of a global movement
  • Why conscious evolution matters: our global crisis as a birth moment
  • The marriage of science and spirituality for personal and planetary transformation

Barbara Marx Hubbard is a visionary, author, educator and social innovator. She is an evolutionary thinker who believes that global change happens when we work collectively and selflessly for the greater good.

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The Prophetic Political Role of Spiritual Progressives
with Rabbi Michael Lerner

Big ideas from this session:

  • The costly prophetic stance of the interfaith Tikkun Magazine
  • The ministry and message of NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives)
  • Why people vote against their own interests (it’s not what you think!)

Rabbi Michael Lerner is a political activist, editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, CA, the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun and author of a national bestseller, The Left Hand of God.

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Living Purposefully with Death in Mind
with Carolyn Baker

Big ideas from this session:

  • How to speak truth to power and navigate the coming chaos
  • Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times
  • Embracing mortality and the possibility of extinction as a spiritual practice

Carolyn Baker was an adjunct professor of history and psychology for 11 years and a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years. She is also an author, life coach and speaker.

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The Archdruid Report on the Big Picture
with John Michael Greer

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Long Descent and The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World
  • If Reality is the new God and ecology is the new theology, what’s next for humanity?
  • How to find meaning, purpose, and passion in a de-industrializing world

John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and the author of 30+ books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society.

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Telling the Climate Story to Inspire Action
with Susan Joy Hassol

Big ideas from this session:

  • Compelling ways to motivate people to action
  • Helpful analogies, metaphors, and memorable memes for communicating climate science
  • The indispensable work of Climate Communication: Science & Outreach

Susan Joy Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst and author known for her ability to translate science into English, making complex issues accessible to policymakers and the public.

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The Power of Social Change 2.0
with David Gershon

Big ideas from this session:

  • Organizing “The First Earth Run”, a torch relay for peace that united 20% of global human population
  • Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change
  • Catalyzing large-scale habit change and helping cities become more sustainable

David Gershon, author of 11 books and co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation.

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How Business Can Help Green the World
with Chris Henderson

Big ideas from this session:

  • The making of Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples
  • How he helped green the Olympics and major hotel chains around the world
  • Where clean energy, environmental action, and sustainable economic development intersect

Chris Henderson, author of Aboriginal Power, is Canada’s most respected commentator on Aboriginal clean energy opportunities and acts as a mentor for Aboriginal clean energy leaders country-wide.

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Global Wisdom and the Pro-Future Mission of en*theos
with Brian Johnson

Big ideas from this session:

  • The story of en*theos as an evolving tool for optimal living and maximal legacy
  • PhilosophersNotes and The Academy for Optimal Living
  • Networking that promotes personal growth, social transformation, and global integrity

Brian Johnson is the Philosopher + CEO of en*theos—a company that's all about inspiring and empowering people to optimize their lives so we can change the world together. In other news: Brian created PhilosophersNotes, has a video series called "Optimal Living 101," taught a class called Optimal Living 101, wrote a little book called A Philosopher's Notes, has a monthly "Big Ideas" column in Experience Life magazine and was featured in the documentary Finding Joe. In his past lives, he raised $8 million to finance the creation of eteamz + Zaadz after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where he studied Psychology + Business).

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The Sacred Side of Science
with Nancy Ellen Abrams & Joel Primack

Big ideas from this session:

  • The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos
  • Their Yale Terry lectures and the making of The New Universe and the Human Future
  • Big history, cosmic evolution, and how a shared cosmology could transform the world

Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack are authors of The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World.

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Sacred Economics and the Rebirth of a Beautiful World
with Charles Eisenstein

Big ideas from this session:

  • Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition
  • The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible
  • Why our sense of self matters: What’s dying? What’s emerging? What’s next?

Charles Eisenstein is an author and public speaker, and self-described "degrowth activist". He is the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013).

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The Art of Planetizing the Movement
with Drew Dellinger

Big ideas from this session:

  • Thomas Berry’s legacy: evolutionary inspiration and eco-justice, eco-peace
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic ecological and cosmological worldview
  • Love In Action: poetry, justice, and non-duality

Drew Dellinger is an internationally sought-after speaker, poet, writer and teacher who has inspired people around the world with his poetry and keynotes on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion.

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Climate: The Greatest Moral Issue in History
with Kathleen Dean Moore

Big ideas from this session:

  • Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
  • How to nurture a deeper intimacy with, and passion for, Life
  • Why and how fostering a just and healthy future is key to joy and fullfilment

Kathleen Dean Moore, an environmental philosopher and nature writer, is a Professor of Philosophy and co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

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Why Science Literacy is Essential
with J. Marshall Shepherd

Big ideas from this session:

  • Communicating the compelling science of climate in ways people can hear and take in
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) ‘What We Know’ campaign
  • The difference between weather and climate — how we know and why this matters

J. Marshall Shepherd is a Professor and Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program. His areas of expertise include atmospheric sciences, climatology water cycle processes and urban climate systems.

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Re-Localizing What Matters Most
with Michael Brownlee

Big ideas from this session:

  • The challenges and opportunities of re-localizing food and energy
  • Staying inspired in the face of impending economic contraction and global crises
  • Countering the myth of perpetual progress with reality-based vision

A catalyst for food localization and certified Transition Trainer, Michael Brownlee is co-founder of Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition Initiative in North America.

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Change the Story, Change the Future
with David Korten

Big ideas from this session:

  • How only a new economy can move us from phantom wealth to real wealth
  • The Great Turning: Moving from an Era of Empire to an Era of Earth Community
  • Thomas Berry’s legacy: Why telling “The Great Story” is our way into the future

David Korten is an American author, former professor of the Harvard Business School, political activist, prominent critic of corporate globalization. He is the author of When Corporations Rule the World.

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Integral Practice as a Blessing to Future Generations
with Terry Patten

Big ideas from this session:

  • How evolutionary leadership and spirituality can inspire us individually and collectively
  • Using fear and anger—even despair—to fuel compassionate action
  • Staying positive (most of the time) in chaotic, challenging times

Terry Patten is a leading voice in the emerging fields of integral evolutionary leadership and spirituality. In his cutting-edge writings, talks, and teachings, he not only inspires transcendental awakening, love, and freedom, but also calls us to accept and incarnate our full humanity. This expresses itself in a profound sense of purpose, spiritual inspiration, and evolutionary activism.

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Generation Waking Up
with Joshua Gorman

Big ideas from this session:

  • Igniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world
  • The promise and possibility of global youth in catalyzing social change
  • Providing young people with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to thrive in the 21st century

Joshua Gorman designed the major “Global Youth and Social Change” at George Mason University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Youth Action Network and supports youth-led projects around the world. Currently completing a book titled Generation Waking Up: How A New Generation Of Young People Is Coming Of Age And Changing Our World.

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The Only Thing Future Generations Care About
with Derrick Jensen

Big ideas from this session:

  • A Language Older than Words, The Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, and Earth at Risk
  • The emergence and growth of Deep Green Resistance
  • Finding deep inspiration and joy in prioritizing the wellbeing of future generations

Derrick Jensen is an author and environmentalist who has published several books, including The Culture of Make Believe and Endgame.

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Resisting Violence to Women, the Planet, the Future
with Lierre Keith

Big ideas from this session:

  • How passion for life and for the future can inspire Deep Green Resistance
  • The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability
  • How to let your deepest loves call you to action

Lierre Keith is a writer, radical feminist, food activist and environmentalist. Her book The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.”

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Evidential Mysticism: The Art of Creation Spirituality
with Matthew Fox

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Four-Fold Path of Evolutionary, Ecological Spirituality
  • The Mass Appeal of the Techno-Cosmic Mass
  • Education and religion as if survival mattered

Matthew Fox is an acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order. He holds a doctorate in the History and Theology of Spirituality.

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The Sacred Wild Within and Without
with Bill Pfeiffer

Big ideas from this session:

  • The Sacred Earth Network
  • How to nurture a deeper communion with Nature and Time
  • Co-creating ecstatic culture in chaotic, challenging times

Bill Pfeiffer aka Sky Otter is an Author, Deep Ecologist, Shamanic Guide and Spiritual Coach. He is the founder of Sacred Earth Network which implemented leading edge visions for almost 20 years.

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Evolutionary Lessons from a Living Planet
with Elisabet Sahtouris

Big ideas from this session:

  • Really big lessons we can learn from really small bacteria
  • Why honoring Big History and a consortium of sciences is vital for moving forward
  • Evidential mysticism, sacred science, Gaia, and the future of humanity

Elisabet Sahtouris is an American evolutionary biologist, futurist, business consultant, event organizer and UN consultant on indigenous peoples. She is a popular lecturer, television and radio personality, author of EarthDance, Biology Revisioned co-authored with Willis Harman and A Walk Through Time: From Stardust To Us.

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The Climate Meme Project
with Joe Brewer

Big ideas from this session:

  • Effective and ineffective ways to talk about climate change and global warming
  • Social innovations that promote the growth of livable, resilient communities
  • Why understanding memes is vital for co-creating a just and healthy future

Joe Brewer is the Founder and Director of Cognitive Policy Works. He is an innovation strategist who weaves together brilliant people and ideas to create integrated solutions at the intersections of the advocacy, policy, and technology worlds. Throughout the last decade Joe has sought to understand human values and behavior through the study of cognitive semantics and complex systems with the goal of helping build livable communities for the 21st Century. Much of his work has focused on values, identity, and modes of thought that shape cultural understandings of political and social issues.

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Breakthrough Communities, Breakthrough Possibilities
with Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel

Big ideas from this session:

  • Honoring the legacy of Thomas Berry by promoting eco-justice, eco-peace, and legacy consciousness
  • How to build creative collaborative coalitions in service to a just and healthy future
  • Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel are co-founders of the Breakthrough Communities Project, which promotes sustainability and justice in metropolitan areas.

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Our Greatness is Expressed in Our
Collective Conduct as a Species
with Duane Elgin

Big ideas from this session:

  • Great Transition Stories: Inspiring descriptions of planetary transformation
  • Why thinking of ourselves as “Living in a Living Universe” changes everything
  • How to cultivate thriving life-ways and sustainable prosperity

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. In 2006, Duane received the International Goi Peace Award in Japan in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”

His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009); Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (2010, 1993 and 1981), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man (1982). In addition, Duane has contributed chapters to twenty-two books, and has published more than a hundred major articles and blog posts. - See more at: www.duaneelgin.com.

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Evolving Wisdom in Service to a Healthy Future
with Craig Hamilton

Big ideas from this session:

  • Integral Enlightenment and the Academy for Evolutionaries
  • Evolving Wisdom: Transformative Education for a Changing World
  • Awakening the Impulse to Evolve: the Birth of Evolutionary Spirituality

Craig Hamilton is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality, a leading voice in the movement for conscious evolution and is the guiding force behind Integral Enlightenment.

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Earth Honoring Faith
with Larry Rasmussen

Big ideas from this session:

  • One of the world’s foremost Christian environmental ethicists speaks about ‘green religion’ and 'eco-theology'
  • Why climate and our relationship to the future is the single greatest moral issue in human history
  • Mapping out the contours of where science, inspiration, and sustainability intersect

Larry Rasmussen, Th.D. is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and one of the world's foremost Christian environmental ethicists. He has mentored a generation of Christians in eco-theology and “green religion.” He has published more than a dozen books, including the landmark, award-winning Earth Community, Earth Ethics.

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Project Drawdown
with Amanda Joy Ravenhill

Big ideas from this session:

  • Why the Drawdown Project may be the single most important project on Earth
  • Her TEDx talk on the business of nature evolving and the evolving nature of business
  • The Hero Hatchery, 350.org, and sustainable business schools

Amanda Joy Ravenhill is a Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, where she teaches sustainability, systems thinking and environmental and social justice to MBA and MPA candidates. She is the Co-Founder of The Hero Hatchery, a nationally recognized fellowship for climate activists. Amanda is an established expert and speaker in the field of Biochar and founder of the national trade association. Previously, she was head of business partnerships at 350.org, Executive Director of Ananay, a fair trade organization in Bolivia and held an Americorp Fellowship.

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Bidder 70, Peaceful Uprising, and Climate Justice
with Tim DeChristopher

Big ideas from this session:

  • How one person can make an enormous difference for the future
  • Honoring Nature as source, sustenance, guide, and game changer
  • How and why non-violence is the most radical (and effective) approach to activism

Tim DeChristopher is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising. On December 19, 2008 he protested a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction of 116 parcels of public land in Utah's redrock country by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million with no intention to pay for them.

DeChristopher was removed from the auction by federal agents, taken into custody, and questioned. DeChristopher served 21 months in prison, from July 2011 through April 2013.
Saying they had been rushed into auction with insufficient environmental and scientific review, the United States Department of the Interior canceled many of the leases shortly after the auction and a subsequent court injunction.

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The Shift Network: Promoting Personal and Planetary Transformation
with Stephen Dinan

Big ideas from this session:

  • Building a global movement dedicated to evolving consciousness and culture
  • What would a more enlightened society look like, sound like, feel like?
  • One Minute Shift videos, Radical Spirit, and Sacred America

Stephen Dinan is the CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders groups. He is the author of Radical Spirit, and a forthcoming book Sacred America.

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Peak Prosperity, the Crash Course, and Helping Others Prepare
with Chris Martenson

Big ideas from this session:

  • Trends in the economy, energy, and environment — and how to be prepared and help others do the same
  • The vital ministry and message of PeakProsperity.com
  • Insights for prospering as our world changes

Chris Martenson, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell) is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, and co-founder of PeakProsperity.com (along with Adam Taggart).

As one of the early econobloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his seminal video seminar: The Crash Course which has also been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). It's a popular and extremely well-regarded distillation of the interconnected forces in the Economy, Energy and the Environment (the "Three Es" as Chris calls them) that are shaping the future, one that will be defined by increasing challenges to growth as we have known it.

In addition to the analysis and commentary he writes for his site PeakProsperity.com, Chris' insights are in high demand by the media as well as academic, civic and private organizations around the world, including institutions such as the UN, the UK House of Commons and US State Legislatures.

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How Chaos Catalyzes Emergence
with Peggy Holman

Big ideas from this session:

  • Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity
  • Helping organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges
  • Journalism that Matters: transforming our news and information ecosystems

Author & consultant, Peggy Holman is a recognized leader in deploying group processes that directly involve hundreds or thousands of people in organizations or communities in achieving breakthroughs.

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Emerging Faith for Emerging Challenges
with Brian McLaren

Big ideas from this session:

  • Practical theology in a postmodern world
  • Jesus as a model for how to save religion in time to save humanity from hell on Earth
  • Why God includes reality, scripture includes evidence, and theology includes ecology

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers and activists. He's often been named as one of the most influential Christian leaders in America.

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The ManKind Project and Gift Community
with Bill Kauth

Big ideas from this session:

  • New Warrior Training Adventure, Warrior Monk training
  • Co-creating local resilience and gift/barter economies
  • Fostering a healthy future as one’s primary legacy project

Bill Kauth is a co-founder of the ManKind Project. He helped develop the New Warrior Training Adventure, the Inner King training and the Warrior Monk training. He is the author of A Circle of Men: The Original Manual for Men’s Support Groups.

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Permaculture as Right Relationship to Reality
with Peter Bane

Big ideas from this session:

  • Why learning Nature’s language, laws, and customs is our only way forward
  • Permaculture as a regenerative (not merely sustainable) way thinking, feeling, and living
  • Applying fundamental ecological principles to every arena of life

Peter Bane is a native Illinoisan who grew up in the university city of Champaign-Urbana. A frequent speaker and conference presenter, he is the author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.

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This Sacred Earth: Faith, Science, and the Future
with Philip Clayton

Big ideas from this session:

  • How climate is radically changing the mission and message of religion
  • Organic Marxism as an alternative to extractive capitalism and ecological catastrophe
  • How science and religion can cooperate to create ecological civilization

Philip Clayton is the Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Clayton has taught or held research professorships at Williams College, California State University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Munich. His research focuses on biological emergence, religion and science, process studies, and contemporary issues in ecology, religion, and ethics. He is the recipient of multiple research grants and international lectureships, as well as the author of numerous books, including The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (2011); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society (2009); and In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World (2009). He also edited The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006).

In books and lectures, Clayton works to formulate constructive theological responses to developments in contemporary science and philosophy. He has also been a leading advocate for comparative theology and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. As P.I. of the “Science and the Spiritual Quest” program and as Provost of a multi-faith university, he worked to expand these fields to include Muslim and Jewish scholars, the Dharma traditions of India, and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia.

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It’s Time for an Integral Islam
with Amir Ahmad Nasr

Big ideas from this session:

  • The banning of “My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind and Doubt Freed My Soul”
  • The inside scoop on how the digital revolution is facilitating cultural evolution
  • Integral Islam and embracing evidence as modern-day scripture

Described by The Economist as “puckish” (playfully mischievous), and by WIRED as a “formidable speaker,” Amir Ahmad Nasr is a veteran digital activist turned critically acclaimed writer, storyteller, thinker, and trusted strategic advisor to leaders who stand for a powerful cause, on matters related to branding, culture, social business, and conversion-oriented digital communications. He has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow entrepreneurs, and had his advocacy work featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, France24, CBC, and many more. At 26, his searing debut memoir and banned book, My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin’s Press, NY), was recommended by Foreign Policy magazine in its list of top 25 books to read in 2013, and forced him into exile to Canada, where he now lives in beautiful BC. Amir is a Mindvalley Group partner as co-founder of Mindvalley Arabic, a Globalish founding advisor, and sits on the Human Rights Foundations’ International Council.

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Global Dark Green Integrity
with Bron Taylor

Big ideas from this session:

  • Avatar, Nature Spirituality, and Dark Green Religion
  • What the spirituality of surfing can teach all of us about honoring Reality
  • Our moral obligation to nurture a deeper communion with Life

Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion, Nature & Environmental Ethics at The University of FL. He's an academic entrepreneur and program builder and an interdisciplinary environmental studies scholar.

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Reality is Lord! - Science, God, and Evil on a
Rapidly Overheating Planet
with Michael Dowd, series host

Big ideas from this session:

  • The evolutionary significance of religion and the religious significance of science
  • How a factual view of God differs (radically!) from theological beliefs and philosophical musings
  • Thus Sayeth the Lord: How evidence redeems ‘God’s Word’ and REALizes prophetic speech

Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary theologian and evangelist for an honorable relationship to the future. His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His ministry has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. Michael and his science-writer wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than two thousand groups across North America since 2002. Their passion is showing how a deeply meaningful and fully evidence-based view of reality can inspire people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to live in joyful integrity and cooperate in service of a just and thriving future for all. (Michael’s two TEDx talks and other video, audio, and text publications can be accessed here / His wikipedia page, here.)

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