“Awakening the Dreamer”
November 23, 2009
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Jon Love, Director of the Pachamama Alliance's Awakening the Dreamer initiative, joins ZOOM'D to explore how humanity's ability to meet the challenges of the next millennium depends on its ability to shift worldviews. This shift calls for successfully combining the best elements of two core views into a single global vision: the modern view, underpinned by intellectual, scientific, and technological prowess; and the deep and ancient wisdom of traditional cultures, which recognizes knowledge and spirit in nature, the interconnection of all things, and the fundamental importance of healthy ecosystems. Jon describes how the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium is actively contributing to this shift globally--and how the Pachamama Alliance is expanding its vision in concert with others to initiate an "urgency coalition" for action, not as means to avoid catastrophe but rather to re-shape the future of human civilization.
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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.