Hatred and the Power to Be
March 28, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
ZOOM’D host John Schmidt explores a large yet relatively undiagnosed pandemic at play across the world today—hatred—on display daily in both large-scale global events and local, up-close-and-personal incidents. While this pandemic can be examined from many viewpoints, John devotes this show to exploring the inner dimension of hatred and its sources and roots that one discovers on the inner journey of leadership. John points to what hatred really is, suggests how it evolves and develops, and describes how it might be extinguished through rather unconventional means. While leadership naturally attends to visible expressions and overt forms of hatred and violence, John highlights the importance of recognizing one’s own inner world and the subconscious nature of self-hatred that influences awareness and the capacity to see “what is really going on.” Join John as he continues to focus on the highest ambitions of leadership and the evolution of potential accessed through “the power to be.”
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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.