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April 23rd 2021: Our Moment of Choice: Atlas Shrugged or Atlas Hugged? Part 2

These VoiceAmerica Specials, 1 & 2, feature major global Thought Leaders discussing "OUR MOMENT OF CHOICE: ATLAS SHRUGGED OR ATLAS HUGGED?", the historic choice between Ayn Rand's message of radical individualism, selfishness, tribalism and competition in ATLAS SHRUGGED and that of synergy and cooperation visioned in ATLAS HUGGED, a novel by celebrated evolutionary biologist Dr. David Sloan Wilson. PART 2 features David Sloan Wilson, Duane Elgin (CHOOSING EARTH), Jude Currivan (WHOLE WORLD-VIEW), Terry Patten (NEW REPUBLIC OF THE HEART), Anne-Marie Voorhoeve (THE HAGUE CENTER), and story-expe

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David Sloan Wilson

Dr. David Sloan Wilson, author of the trending novel ATLAS HUGGED, has made foundational contributions to evolutionary science and its applications to human affairs. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, president of the Evolution Institute and founder of Prosocial.World and AtlasHugged.world. A contributor to OUR MOMENT OF CHOICE, a book from The Evolutionary Leaders Circle, he is also author of two pivotal books in cultural evolution: DOES ALTRUISM EXIST?—Culture, Genes and the Welfare of Others and THIS VIEW OF LIFE: Completing the Darwinian Revolution. David, also an associate of Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom, conducted important discussi
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Jude Currivan

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author, most recently of The Cosmic Hologram and previously a senior business woman. Experiencing multidimensional realities and learning from many traditional wisdom keepers her life’s work integrates leading-edge science, unity consciousness and universal wisdom teachings. Growing up in a coal mining family in the north of England she gaining a Masters at Oxford University specializing in cosmology and quantum physics. Realizing academia wasn’t for her, she became an accountant; in turn finance director of two large global companies. Moving on, she gained a PhD in archaeology researching ancient cosmologies and an ongoing inner
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Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized author, speaker, organizer and media activist. He has an MBA in business and an MA in economic history His books include: CHOOSING EARTH (with the film CHOOSING EARTH), THE LIVING UNIVERSE, PROMISE AHEAD, VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY, and AWAKENING EARTH. He received the Peace Prize of Japan—the Goi Award—in Tokyo in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His websites, www.DuaneElgin.com, www.ChoosingEarth.Org center on these visions: THE LIVING UNIVERSE-- Seeing the universe as
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Terry Patten

Terry Patten is a philosopher, spiritual activist, and community organizer. He hosts the State of Emergence podcast, is the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries, as well as Integral Life Practice, which he co-wrote with Ken Wilber and colleagues at the Integral Institute. He founded and leads an international virtual social experiment in intentional heart-intelligent cultural evolution that recently published the results of its first year’s findings, Being the Change: Action Research Findings from a Global Social Experiment. He has taught Integral Life Practice to over ten thousand people, founded the consciousness technology company To
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Anne-Marie Voorhoeve

Dr. Anne-Marie Voorhoeve is an evolutionary leader, founder of The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence (THC), and core team member of WholeWorld-View and Unity Community. Focusing on the emergence of heart-centered planetary governance, she Coalesces Authority, Power and Influence (CAPI-Adizes) and is part of core teams of conscious networks like Co-Creating Europe, Integral City Meshworks, the Club of Budapest. Initiator-vision holder of Caravan of Unity Europe and Beyond, ambassador of Loving Classroom-Loving World, active member and facilitator of SINE, which provides community leaders with networked resources to maximize impact. She is an experienced integral fac
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Lynnaea Lumbard

Lynnaea Lumbard, Ph.D., is a transformational psychologist, Interfaith Minister, and Evolutionary Leader. She is Co-Creator and currently Board Chair of NewStories, a Washington State non-profit dedicated to offering transformational resources for a regenerative culture, helping individuals, groups and communities to Change the Story, Change What’s possible. She is producer and curator of Great Transition Stories, a virtual hub for illuminating the deeper archetypal stories that can guide us in Co-creating a Life Affirming Future. For over thirty-five years, she has guided groups in the fields of spiritual psychology and conscious evolution. Her passion is identifying the stories that are no
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Téana David

Téana David is a writer/producer with a passion for creating at the intersection of ecology, spirituality, and social justice. She served as the director of Deepak HomeBase in New York City where she designed, curated, and produced a year-round transformational event series. Currently the co-director of Circle of Wisdom, she creates videos with wisdom-keepers from different cultures to make their wisdom available to the next generations. She co-wrote her first TV pilot at age 19 for Canadian Television and has written numerous plays, including The Wonders (Spielberg Righteous Person’s Award), and Scars (Tonya Pinkin's Truth & Reconciliation Project), as well as PSA's and environmental messag
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Robert Atkinson

Dr. Robert Atkinson, co-editor of OUR MOMENT OF CHOICE: Evolutionary Visions and Hope for the Future, is an author, speaker, and developmental psychologist. He is a 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner for THE STORY OF OUR TIME: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. He is also the founder of One Planet Peace Forum, and Story Commons, an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, a pioneer in the techniques of personal myth making and soul making. His books on life storytelling, THE GIFT OF STORIES: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking, and THE LIFE STORY INTERVIEW, have been translated into Japanese, Italian,
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Kurt Johnson

Dr. Kurt Johnson, your CONVERGENCE host, will also moderate Part 2 of this Special in April, welcoming Duane Elgin, Jude Currivan, Terry Patten, Anne-Marie Voorhoeve, Lynnaea Lumbard and Teana David. Also a co-editor of OUR MOMENT OF CHOICE, Kurt is a noted evolutionary biologist and comparative religionist, co-author of the award winning books THE COMING INTERSPIRITUAL AGE, NABOKOV'S BLUES, and FINE LINES (Brian Boyd Prize winner 2019). A former monk, Kurt is well known as a co-founder of the international Interspiritual Movement. With PhD in evolution and ecology, Kurt was associated with the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years. With a fifteen year association with New York Ci
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