Evolutionary Leadership for Evolutionary Change

August 2, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Episode Description

This session was broadcast live from the 2010 Integral Theory Conference in San Francisco, California, with several members of the Global Transforming Ensemble, a collaboration of practitioners focused on development of a new global “commons” for leadership. Guests include Alain Gauthier, Joan Kenley, and Terri O’Fallon—co-presenters at the conference along with ZOOM’D host John Schmidt. While the conference as a whole emphasizes wider and deeper attention to realities of the world, this show begins an introductory exploration into the realm of leadership called for in the new world emerging, broadly described as presence-centered evolutionary leadership (PCEL). The group reflects on the key dimensions of PCEL and points to first stages of the Ensemble’s research, which is, for the first time, making a direct connection between the depth of presence in leadership and the vibrancy realized in communities across the world.

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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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