Holding Multiple Perspectives

January 31, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Episode Description

Geoff Fitch, founder of Pacific Integral and creator of Generating Transformative Change, an acclaimed integral leadership graduate certificate program, joins ZOOM’D to explore the importance of seeing issues and change from multiple perspectives. Geoff and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt reflect on current events—including the recent shooting of Arizona congresswoman Giffords and possibly the Egyptian demonstrations currently in process—to identify the many vantage points that an integral leader takes in discerning realities of what is truly going on. The dialogue teases out the multidimensionality of the world, the simplicity to be found beyond complexity, and the ground from which distinguished leadership springs in this era of extraordinary change. Join Geoff and John as they bring to life the practical capacities and the power for transformation needed in leadership for the future.

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Whether focused on the economic crisis, energy, climate change, or sustainability at large, ZOOM’D looks at what is really going on. We’ll examine patterns at play, drivers behind them, perspectives of leadership, and the importance of changing the way we pursue the future.

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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.

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