The Cove: An Oscar Nomination...A Legion of New Leaders
March 1, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Louie Psihoyos, director of the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary feature film The Cove and widely regarded one of the top photographers in the world, including 18 years illuminating the pages of National Geographic, joins ZOOM’D for an unflinching view of a dark subject for all of humanity: the merciless slaughter of 23,000 dolphins annually in a small coastal cove in Japan. Louie brings to life the soul-shifting horror taking place annually in Taiji and the eco-thriller actions taken by a dedicated filmmaking team that expose realities of the cove and the intertwined dolphin and human tragedy at play. The story is one of commitment and boldness and, just as importantly, a showcase reflection on leadership—legions of new activist leaders have been inspired by the film. In this time of great transition across the globe, this ZOOM’D episode makes us realize that it is up to us—we must wake up to what is really going on and take a stand for what is ultimately most important.
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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.