All One Crisis

January 3, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Episode Description

ZOOM’D host John Schmidt flies solo with an examination of perhaps America’s and the world’s biggest problem going forward: the sovereign debt crisis. John paints a picture of the financial realities we are living now and will face in the coming era of great change and examines how the various financial challenges around the world all reflect one crisis. The show bridges from earlier episodes, The Deficit Blues and The Quiet Coup, establishing the context of economic war games being staged by the Pentagon, the approach that the United States is using to address its major debt issues, and how China is being dealt with in a relationship that has aspects many consider to be a “game of chicken.” Join John as he draws on national security perspectives to illuminate the treacherous road ahead and the potential for great impact on the dollar.

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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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