Chaotic Nodes and Transition States
May 9, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
ZOOM’D host John Schmidt explores a series of “Did you know?” snapshots that reflect examples of Chaotic Nodes present and on the rise in the world. These Chaotic Nodes—ongoing clusters of events with increasing levels of disorder, disarray, and destruction, which include but are not limited to earthquakes, tornado weather patterns, ecological distresses, and economic, social, and political turmoil—are likely to bring us individually and collectively into new transition states of consciousness. These in-between transition places—where one is temporarily at a point between an old reality that has passed away and a new reality that has not yet formed—serve as incredible leverage points for leadership and the world going forward. Join John for this week’s show as he explores lesser-known aspects of Chaotic Nodes at play and introduces ways that we each might consider to best navigate unexpected transition states coming our way.
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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.