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August 25th 2021: Global Unitive Healing: Toward a World that Works for All

In this first of three VoiceAmerica Specials on how our world "goes global" in an earth- and people-friendly way, renowned thought leaders Ken Wilber, Jean Houston, David Korten, Riane Eisler, David Sloan Wilson, Anneloes Smitsman, Paul Atkins, Glen Martin and Richard Clugston join VoiceAmerica host Kurt Johnson and GLOBAL UNITIVE HEALING author Elena Mustakova for informative and inspiring visioning and discussion. Social, cultural and environmental contexts are all considered along with the role of international organizations like the United Nations and its challenging Sustainable Developme

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Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today. Often referred to as “the Einstein of consciousness”, he is the originator of the first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named Integral Theory, Incorporating cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality. It has been applied in fields as diverse as sustainability, psychotherapy, spirituality, education, business, medicine, politics, sports, and art. Currently, he’s the most widely translated academic writer in America with some 25 books translated into more than 30 languages. Most recently he is known for his books Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, A Br
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Jean Houston

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D., is a world renowned scholar, futurist, and researcher in human capacities, social change, and systemic transformation, and is one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. She is also a founder of the field of Social Artistry, “Human development in the light of social change,” and worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, and NASA, as well as helping global state leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their capacities. She is the co-author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller “The Quest of Rose,” the
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Anneloes Smitsman

Dr. Anneloes Smitsman, Ph.D., LLM, is a visionary scientist, futurist, system architect, and leadership catalyst for the transition to a Thrivable Civilization. She is the Founder and CEO of EARTHwise Centre. She is the co-author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller “The Quest of Rose,” the first book of the “Future Humans Trilogy” with Dr. Jean Houston, and is the author of the Amazon Bestseller “Love Letters from Mother Earth – The Promise of a New Beginning”, as well as many scientific articles and chapters in international peer-reviewed journals and books. She is the lead author of the r3.0 Educational Transformation Blueprint, as well as the lead architect of the SEEDS Constitution, and an archi
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David Korten

Dr. David Korten is well known for his acclaimed and influential books WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD; THE GREAT TURNING: From Empire to Earth Community; AGENDA FOR A NEW ECONOMY: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth; and CHANGE THE STORY, CHANGE THE FUTURE: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. He is a co-founder and board chair emeritus of YES! Magazine, President of the Living Economies Forum, and a member of the Club of Rome. He writes a regular “A Living Earth Economy” column for YES! With MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School he has served as a Harvard Business School professor, and has thirty years of experience as an international development professional in Asia, Af
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Riane Eisler

Dr. Riane Eisler is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, and education. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children. Dr. Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 23 foreign editions. Her newest book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics – hailed by
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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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Paul Atkins

Dr. Paul Atkins is co-author with Dr. David Sloan Wilson of the important book PROSOCIAL and a co-founder with Wilson of Prosocial.world. He is a Visiting Associate Professor with the Crawford School of Public Policy (Australian National University) and has published over 50 articles internationally. He is lead author of the recently published book “Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups” as well as developer of the Prosocial suite of training offerings. Paul is a registered psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Cambridge University and is past President of the ANZ Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and a Fellow of the
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Glen Martin

Dr. Glen T. Martin is author of the important new book THE EARTH CONSTITUTION SOLUTION: DESIGN FOR A LIVING PLANET. He is Professor of Philosophy at Radford University in Virginia, USA and the founder and Chair Emeritus of the Program in Peace Studies at Radford University. He is Executive Director of the Earth Constitution Institute (ECI) and President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), cooperating worldwide organizations that sponsor the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. He is author or editor of eleven books, including his well-known book, Millennium Dawn: The Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation (2005)and Global Democracy and Human Self-Tr
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Richard Clugston

Dr. Rick Clugston coordinates the Sustainability and Global Affairs program at the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. He is also the Co-Director of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and directs the Sustainable Development Programs of Forum 21. From 2009 to 2012, Rick directed the Earth Charter Project at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. From 1989 to 2009, Rick served as Executive Director of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment in Washington, DC, where he assisted religious and academic institutions in transforming their teaching and practices to support sustainability and di
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Elena Mustakova

Dr. Elena Mustakova has dedicated three and a half decades of work as an educator, psychotherapist and social scientist to the evolution of human consciousness in cross-cultural contexts. Her experience growing up under totalitarianism, and lecturing and serving the cause of social healing on three continents, inform her grasp of the profound historical transformation shaking our planet. As former professor in adult developmental and transpersonal psychology, her scholarship on the development of moral consciousness was described by Norwich University Professor of psychology Melvin Miller as “a courageous tour de force on the order of Maslow’s Toward a Psychology of Being.” Her historical an
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Kurt Johnson

Dr. Kurt Johnson, your CONVERGENCE host, will also moderate parts 2 and 3 of these VoiceAmerica Special with such additional guests as Ervin Laszlo, Jude Currivan and Gregg Braden. Co-editor of the Nautilus and COVR Award-winning book OUR MOMENT OF CHOICE: EVOLUTIONARY VISIONS AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, 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 f
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