From Spill to Resilience

June 28, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Asher Miller, Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute and board member of Transition United States and Listening for a Change, joins ZOOM’D to explore the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and what it teaches us about resilience—as individuals, communities, businesses, and governments. Beginning with spill scenarios and worst-case possibilities, Asher examines implications for clean-energy policy with a view toward the future and the interconnected issues that surround energy, the environment, and the economy. Asher brings to the forefront the important role that Post Carbon Institute is playing to provide crucial resources and understanding to the world about the crises that will define the twenty-first century. Post Carbon Institute has gathered 28 of the world’s leading experts to point the way toward systems-oriented, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approaches of transitioning to new ways of living. Join Asher and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt to journey “From Spill to Resilience.”

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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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