February 14, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
ZOOM’D host John Schmidt explores the nature of “Being Free,” drawing upon the Egyptian crisis as a relevant example to understand how individual, interior stages of freedom (or lack of it) are reflected in big-picture realities of systems, governance, and collective institutions. John begins by reviewing the foundations for inner experiences of freedom, including description of three possible journeys of freedom available to us all, and then points out how nation-states and governments, in both democracies and repressive autocratic regimes, are very much manifestations of these interior states of freedom. In part two, John offers perspectives on the path to democratic freedom in Egypt: what might be going on both in front and behind the scenes, and where it all might be heading across the region at large. Join John as he continues to look at foundations for leadership and hopeful futures, all amid our era of extraordinary change.
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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.