Special Encore Presentation: What Were We Thinking

July 18, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Episode Description

ZOOM’D host John Schmidt flies solo this week with introductory exploration of the great Debt Super-Cycle the world finds itself in—and the coming period of pain and austerity to be experienced with it. Framed by research of Harvard ‘s Rogoff and Reinhart and synthesis of numerous other practitioners and academics including author John Mauldin and economist Nouriel Roubini, John sets sights on: What is the Debt Super-Cycle? How can its unpredictable dynamics best be understood? What types of pain might be expected? And what is the adaptive work of leadership to be considered? This show also serves as a setup for next week’s exploration with Richard Heinberg about his new book “The End of Growth”—where John and Richard further delineate why the Debt Super-Cycle can’t be simply exited through return to levels of growth seen in the past. Join John as he continues to unfold perspectives for the future—and the underlying consciousness that will shape it all.

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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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