November 1, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, founder of Integral City and TDG Global Learning Connections, and author of Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive, joins ZOOM’D to explore how our cities can best be viewed and developed as “whole living systems.” Just as a beehive is for honey bees, the Integral City serves as the collective habitat for human beings, with qualities that create optimal conditions for innovation and resilience. Marilyn introduces the twelve evolutionary intelligences for leaders in the human hive and shows how these intelligences manifest in the three frames presented in her book: the Map, the Mesh, and the Human Hive. Overall, Marilyn addresses three core questions: “What is a healthy city?”, “What is the city of the future?” and “What is eco-resilience?” Join Marilyn and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt as they continue to explore the era of extraordinary change—and the role of the Integral City as part of it all.
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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.