Innovation in Community

March 29, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment and one of the most influential civic leaders in the state and the nation, joins ZOOM’D for an inside look at social challenges in America—and how local communities serve as the centerpiece for new and critical innovation. With an on-the-ground view of some 8000 grants executed by the Endowment, Bob sheds light on important learning about how meaningful change is realized and how impact is sustained over time. While our institutions of government are stuck in a morass of debate, local communities and associated players are addressing real issues with real innovation, fueled by underpinning shifts in perspective: nonprofits are thinking “change, not charity” and communities are seeing themselves as “incubators for ideas, not supplicants for services.” This ZOOM’D conversation is further brought alive with focus on the healthcare debate in Congress—and the fundamental framing and paradigm shift that is missing.

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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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