The Turning: Macro Trends at Play
May 4, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
The show’s first guest is John Petersen, President and Founder of the Arlington Institute, one of the world’s leading futurists, and author of the 2008 book A Vision for 2012: Planning for Extraordinary Changes. This segment explores the large societal turning and macro-level trends in motion across the world and the current as well as potential breakdowns, breakthroughs, surprises, and shocks. The conversation includes three future scenarios: Hard Times (built on borrowed time—continuing the same paradigms); Collapse (a fragmented world of isolationism and immense difficulty, failure to meaningfully create change needed; and Epochal Shifts (a world of constant renewal, where fundamental up-shifts are successfully orchestrated). These scenarios are similar to those reflected in the 2008 National Intelligence Council Report. The show serves as the starting view toward “what is really going on,” and what leaders at all levels need to be considering.
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ZOOM’D takes you out to big picture issues of the day, in to up-close-and-personal capacities of leadership, and toward a desirable future of constant renewal.
Whether focused on the economic crisis, energy, climate change, or sustainability at large, ZOOM’D looks at what is really going on. We’ll examine patterns at play, drivers behind them, perspectives of leadership, and the importance of changing the way we pursue the future.
ZOOM’D uniquely interweaves emphasis on the objective and subjective—on tangible shifts needed in systems, institutions, governance, and behaviors; and on intangible values, cultures, and leader mindsets needed to see, shape, and orchestrate the shifts.
ZOOM’D bridges the conceptual to the practical for all in business, government, and civil society to benefit from and to activate leadership around.
John D. Schmidt
John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.
John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.
John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.
John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.