Archive for August, 2009


Source: ZOOM’D update email by Cynthia McEwen, Avastone Consulting

ZOOM’D Leadership explores the importance of changing the way we pursue the future. ZOOM’D is on the air live each Monday, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. to noon Pacific.

August 31 Guest

Nancy Roof, Ph.D., on Kosmos Journal: Viewpoints on Global Shifts

 

ZOOM’D welcomes Dr. Nancy Roof, founder and editor-in-chief of Kosmos Journal, for a review of meta-perspectives revealed in the writings of contributors to this leading-edge global journal. Nancy describes the unique voice of the journal, key themes and perspectives expressed about global shifts in motion, central contributions to be aware of, and the importance of taking integral whole-views of reality while engaging world change.

Kosmos Journal brings leading-edge ideas to the international community of global citizens, ambassadors to the United Nations and UN Secretariat, and NGOs around the world. Kosmos is also a founding partner of the worldwide initiative Creating the New Civilization, launched by the Goi Peace Foundation in 2005 with the Gorbachev Foundation, Club of Budapest, Club of Rome, Commission on Global Spirituality and Consciousness, and the World Wisdom Council.

Nancy brings a full and rich perspective to the show, including a blend of the macro view from years of consultation at the UN and the up-close-and-personal perspective gleaned through establishing transpersonal psychology programs in the United States in the 1980s.

September 7 Guest

Robb Smith on Integral Life: Supporting a Meta-Perspective

ZOOM’D welcomes Robb Smith, co-founder and CEO of Integral Life and CEO of Integral Institute, for a meta-view of realities today and the important supports that Integral Life and Integral Institute provide to the wide and deep change in motion across the world.

Robb explains the underpinning focus and orientation of Integral Life–the leader of the deep lifestyle movement, helping people live more free and whole lives using the integral philosophy, the first genuine and world philosophy of the 21st century. Integral Life manages and supports the Integral Institute, a nonprofit sister organization that aims to help solve the world’s most complex problems. Robb describes work-in-process across the globe, integral viewpoints and traction being gained, potential to be realized both personally and as a society, and the specific supports available through the Integral community.

Robb brings a rich outlook to the conversation table, blending a business perspective gained as a successful venture capitalist and entrepreneur with insights obtained from philosophy and social entrepreneurship.

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Summer Blues

I spend most of each winter wishing it was warm. Be careful what you wish for, I guess, because I have spent much of the last few months wishing this summer back to the cornfield. Irony is perverse.

What a Georgia summer it’s been: when it’s not raining, it’s 95 degrees with 105 percent humidity. Unless you’re one of the fortunate few with a pool, pleasant days to spend time outdoors have been rare. I haven’t even uncovered my patio furniture. (Come to think of it, of the last few summers here, the majority have pretty much sucked raw eggs.)

I guess that makes it easier to be inside, chained to the computer, which is where I’m usually to be found. But it makes me sad…and I’m pale, for crying out loud! I hate being pale.

*pout*

Few summer distractions have mitigated the pall. July 4th was a notable exception, when I spent time with friends at a BBQ and fireworks extravaganza. Last month, a day at a friend’s pool, topped off by the best steak I’ve had in years, was a slice of paradise. And then there was last weekend, which was a fabulous trip to see high school friends and former coworkers in Milwaukee—what a wonderful excursion filled with reminiscing, catching up, and exploring a delightfully vital city that people seldom visit just to see (pity…Milwaukee has a great deal to offer).

“I’m going to write about this weekend.”

“What were you going to write about before?”

“Last weekend.”

(The Big Chill)

Other than that, blah.

“But summer,” you say, “is the season of movie blockbusters! What a great time to be you, Movie Freak!” Well, this summer’s movies have been quite a letdown. Let’s review.

Terminator Salvation is a complete bust. Let’s not even talk about it.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine has claws but no teeth. It didn’t blow my socks off, even though I’m a big fan of both X-Men and Hugh Jackman.

Transformers 2 …oops, didn’t see it. Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to watch that Fox woman for two hours. Guess I’ll catch it on video. [Later addition: Saw it; fun but a bit dizzying; yup, could have done without that Fox chick.]

I enjoyed Public Enemies, which is a well-made film and features Johnny Depp (nearly always a sure thing), but let’s face it…this cleverly understated film doesn’t really rank among the blockbuster hopefuls.

All the crazy action films and big productions get thrown at us in the dog days of summer, when it’s easier to sit in an ice box with other overheated movie-watchers (wishing we’d brought a sweatshirt) than to spend the dough to cool the house a bit more. And I think the studios count on that and chuck a bunch of explosions and CGI into a bag, shake it up, and present their cocktail as the next coming. It’s sad. Where are the intriguing characters? Where is the tongue-in-cheek roller-coaster ride? Where are today’s Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws?star-trek-2009-bir

Star Trek came closest this summer to capturing that magic I miss. It’s a pretty well-crafted homage to the original series, souped up with modern effects, a passable plot, and creditable performances. It’s not perfect, and there’s some schlock, but the action and effects are riveting and the humor flows from obvious affection for and understanding of Rodenberry‘s original characters.

So, it seems, this summer has become one big nostalgia spree.  I must be getting old.

*gasp*

I’m looking forward to seeing District 9, a late summer entry, which looks smart and is receiving good press. Perhaps it can redeem this summer of lost blockbuster-less souls. (Or, is that soulless blockbusters?)  [Later addition: This is an AWESOME film!  I appreciate it on so many levels.  As I mentioned in a thread elsewhere, it’s like a mix of Independence Day, The Fly, and Blood Diamond.  If you haven’t already, SEE IT.]

For once, I am also looking forward to September (complete with Lucifer and the apocalypse…on Supernatural; OK, so maybe I’m not just getting old as much as entering my second childhood as I join the ranks of the fangirls…).

Me, looking forward to fall…it’s just so wrong.

*sigh*

Hey, you kids—git off my lawn!

Radio Show ZOOM’D Continues

Source: ZOOM’D update email by Cynthia McEwen, Avastone Consulting

ZOOM’D Leadership, the show that explores the importance of changing the way we pursue the future, continues with more thought-provoking shows and distinguished guests. ZOOM’D is on the air live each Monday, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. to noon Pacific.

August 3 Guest: John V. Davis, Ph.D. on Wisdom Foundations of Leadership

John V. Davis, distinguished transpersonal psychologist and ecopsychologist and long-standing teacher of the Diamond Approach path to wisdom, joins ZOOM’D to enrich our understanding about the foundational “state of being” that infuses the human condition and global leadership, further illuminating the inner realm of being that previous guest Richard David Hames broadly pointed to.

John situates his viewpoints on the environment and ecological challenges, as well as other key world issues, from the perspective of timeless wisdom and presence, and describes the relative and essential aspects of the human condition involved. John is one of the finest teachers and purveyors of wisdom in the world today, and this program makes tangible the intersection between the true potential of leaders and essential action needed in the world to evolve the course of humanity.

August 10 Show: Host John D. Schmidt on “So What?”

Join ZOOM’D host John D. Schmidt and Avastone colleagues in a synthesis of key themes and central messages from the first 13 show guests. John’s “So What?” review will weave a compelling story in the context of today’s realities, desired futures, and a world of constant renewal. Don’t miss it!

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All shows are recorded and archived by date and guest, and are generally available within 24 hours after the live show. The entire ZOOM’D series is available for download through iTunes. Please go to ZOOM’D Leadership, VoiceAmerica to find the archives.

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