Kosmos Journal: Viewpoints on Global Shifts
August 31, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
ZOOM’D welcomes Dr. Nancy Roof, founder and editor-in-chief of Kosmos Journal, for a review of meta-perspectives revealed in the writings of contributors to this leading-edge global journal. Nancy describes the unique voice of the journal, key themes expressed about global shifts in motion, central contributions to be aware of, and the importance of taking integral whole-views of reality while engaging world change. Kosmos brings pioneering ideas to the international community of global citizens, ambassadors to the United Nations and UN Secretariat, and NGOs around the world. Kosmos is also a founding partner of the worldwide initiative Creating the New Civilization, launched by the Goi Peace Foundation in 2005 with 5 global partners. Nancy brings a rich perspective to the show, including a blend of the macro view from years of consultation at the UN and the up-close-and-personal experience gleaned through establishing transpersonal psychology programs in the United States in the 1980s.
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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.