Reaching Into the Universe

Recomedia + saving the world: John Marshall Roberts

John Marshall RobertsPerhaps the most exciting thing about integral is its potential to transform the world... so when I received the following from my valued friend Paul Smith, I wanted to pass it on.

Your mission: to save the world. By watching a video on Youtube called The Global Urgency of Everyday Empathy. And by sharing it with others via the best channels you've got, getting it to 10,000 views by the 20th of December. We need as many hands and eyes on this goal as possible, right away.

Pardon?! Oh, yes...

You might be familiar with John Marshall Roberts, the man behind the book Igniting Inspiration and a firebrand of a presenter, frequently seen at the Sustainable Brands conference and most recently at TEDx New Zealand, leaving blown minds in his wake. He’s a brilliant, provocative, funny man who takes what could be inaccessible and esoteric and turns it into a simple thing:

By strengthening your empathy muscles, you can better cause large scale shifts to happen, ones that may prove crucial to saving and restoring the world we live in. In other words, by understanding where people come from, and communicating in such a way that it makes sense to them and their world view, you’re more likely to get the results, and durable ones at that, that you seek. As he aptly puts it, “Empathy is the antidote to cynicism.”

Simple, but not always simply done.

It’s no happy talk, he’s done research into this and has worked with organizations around the world helping craft precision communication that generates positive results. And he wants more people knowing how to do it too.

Here’s where you come in: He recently did a presentation at the New Zealand edition of TEDx, and it’s now up on Youtube: He’d like to get 10,000 views by December 20th. Why? If he reaches that, it will substantially increase the likelihood that it will get posted on the main website, translated into other languages, his thought seeds carried far and wide.

Our collective micro efforts can have a macro impact here.

>>> How can you help?

It starts with watching the video, and if you have a Youtube account, “liking” it (thumbing it up) Go on, jot a quick comment too while you’re there! 🙂

And even bigger impact can happen these ways:

• Pass this note you’re reading on to your friends and colleagues, and to make it even better received, write a brief intro to what I wrote.
• Share it on Facebook
• Tweet it
• Thumb it up/review it on StumbleUpon (I made sure it’s already been “discovered” so you won’t have to be the first to thumb it.)
• Embed it and write a quick post on your Tumblr or other blog
• Whichever other channels you see as an effective way to get it seen

Thanks very much for your help on this. Stay tuned, keep an eye out on how the video count is doing, and hopefully we’ll be seeing John on soon!

So there you have it. Please spread the video far and wide! Pass the above info on to your friends. Click the little Facebook icon and spread this around.


Recomedia: Ascent of Humanity

Ascent of HumanityCharles Eisenstein's Ascent of Humanity came up in conversation today. Again. It seems to come up frequently, perhaps because this is one of those books that the world sorely needs. How many books can you say that about?

This is a book about the world of separation we have created, both within and without, from the infamous mind-body split to the increasingly unsustainable results of our science and technology. Eisenstein traces the history of this sense of separation, its negative consequences so far, and predicts some of the disastrous results it could wreak in the future.

This is not some backward looking Luddism, though. Eisenstein also looks forward to ask (and offer some possible answers to) the question, what would science and technology look like in a world healed of our illusion of separation?

Along the way he debunks our oft-cherished beliefs about separation and, perhaps most importantly in a world full of people convinced that the right technological fix to all our problems is just around the corner, uses science to show not just why science won't save us, but why it can't.

The entire text is online for free, or you can purchase a paper copy if you prefer.