Integral Life: Supporting a Meta-Perspective

September 7, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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ZOOM’D welcomes Robb Smith, co-founder and CEO of Integral Life and CEO of Integral Institute, for a meta-view of realities today and the important supports that Integral Life and Institute provide to the wide and deep change in motion across the world. Robb explains the underpinning focus and orientation of Integral Life—the leader of the deep lifestyle movement, helping people live more free and whole lives using the integral philosophy—as the first genuine and world philosophy of the 21st century. Integral Institute, the nonprofit sister organization,aims to help solve the world’s most complex problems. Robb describes work-in-process across the globe, traction being gained, potential to be realized both personally and as a society, and the specific supports available through the Integral community. Robb brings a rich outlook, blending a business perspective gained as a successful venture capitalist and entrepreneur with insights obtained from philosophy and social entrepreneurship.

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John D. Schmidt

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.

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