We Humans Have MORE THAN ENOUGH to Transition to an Ecological Civilization!

May 15, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 5:00 PM EST

We Humans Have MORE THAN ENOUGH to Transition to an Ecological Civilization!

A Conversation with Timothy Nobles, Author of MORE THAN ENOUGH

“I consider myself an optimistic realist — to me, the glass isn’t 95% empty, it’s 5% full.” — Swami Beyondananda

As a follow-up to our conversation with David Korten last week in regards to what the Chinese call “an ecological civilization”, this week’s guest Timothy Nobles challenges conventional and even unconventional wisdom by asserting:

We have much more than enough capability and resources for all of us humans to live in graceful abundance, with no one who is now prosperous needing to revert to a less soul-satisfying lifestyle. Simultaneously, we have more than enough of everything we require to rapidly convert to a skillful symbiotic relationship with the Earth and with all other life forms on Earth that we can sustain for hundreds of millions of years.

Whoa, wait a minute.

Just about everyone else who is paying attention is lamenting how UNSUSTAINABLE our current system is, and how even the most optimistic projections conclude human society will have to live with more scarce resource. According to Global Footprint Network, we currently use the equivalent of 1.7 earths worth of resources. So where will this “graceful abundance” come from?

An engineer by training, Timothy says it will come from radically reapportioning and re-purposing what we use now, on the basis of a new (or maybe old) rule for humanity: The Golden Rule.

While that might sound idealistic, Timothy’s life experience is very much in the “real-dealistic” realm. He lived for ten years on The Farm, one of the largest and most effective experimental communities that emerged from the spiritual revolution of the 1960s. After leaving The Farm, he worked for many years in the R&D laboratories of the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, and Texas Instruments. His web site is: http://www.morethanenoughnow.org

In his playfully illustrated and well-reasoned soon-to-be-released book MORE THAN ENOUGH: How We Enroll Billions of People to Implement Global Prosperity and Restore the Earth, Timothy cheerfully and relentlessly offers plenty of evidence of our capabilities — not just as technologists, but as caring and compassionate humans. For the first time in recorded human history, he asserts, we have the means to self-organize in a “non-dominational” way … and to experience true equality and individual and societal fulfillment.

Is he a hopeless hopium addict or is he on to something?

Tune in and decide for yourself, this Tuesday, May 15th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET.

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Navigating the Human Transition to an Ecological Civilization

May 8, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Navigating the Human Transition to an Ecological Civilization

A Conversation with Economist and Author David Korten

“Here is the REAL bottom line: If we destroy the planet, there goes the GDP.” — Swami Beyondananda

David Korten’s life and work can probably be summed up in this quote: “We will prosper in the pursuit of life, or we will perish in the pursuit of money. The choice is ours.”

As the unfolding of environmental disasters continues, the window of opportunity for this choice seems to be narrowing. But again, another quote, this one from Samuel Johnson: “When a man knows he is to be hanged… it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

As guest on this week’s Wiki Politiki show, David Korten offers his latest — and surprising — views on our pathway toward “ecological civilization” a pathway he says, that goes right to and through China. Will China lead when a Trump-misled USA won’t? Tune in and hear what David has to say.

Dr. David C. Korten is the founder and president of the Living Economies Forum; co-founder, board member, and board chair emeritus of YES! Magazine; an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies; and a full member of the Club of Rome.

Korten worked for more than thirty-five years in the field of international business development before he turned away from the establishment to become a leading critic of what he calls “global suicide economy”. He now devotes his life to advancing the global transition now underway to a living Earth economy organized around deeply democratic self-governing living communities in which people work in co-productive partnership with the rest of nature to meet the needs of all.

In 1998, he and his wife Fran moved to from New York City to Bainbridge Island, Washington where Fran became executive director and publisher of YES! Magazine and David wrote in succession The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism (1999); The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006); Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2009, 2010), and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (2015).

Join us for a sober yet hopeful conversation on our most helpful and healthful way forward, this Tuesday, May 8th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET.

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How the “Liberator Trickster Redeemer” - Can Save Us From the Con Man

May 1, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 5:00 PM EST

How the “Liberator Trickster Redeemer” – Can Save Us From the Con Man

A Conversation with Visionary Activist Caroline Casey

“If you don’t like the current programming, turn off your TV and tell-a-vision instead .” — Swami Beyondananda

Wiki Politiki listeners, you’re in for a real treat this week as we converse with “visionary activist”, astrologer, mythologist and wise woman Caroline Casey. The host of the Visionary Activist Radio Show on Pacifica (KPFA in Berkeley and KPFK in LA) for over 22 years, Caroline is also the “Chief Trickster at Coyote Network News, a mythological news service for the Liberating Trickster within us all.”

Caroline’s rich “uncommontary” weaves politics, mythology, astrology, and her wonderful way with language into a sharp and yet encouraging view of our current “shituation.”

In these times of manipulative political narratives, Caroline will help us recognize how the “trickster redeemer” can liberate us from the con artists who nowadays seem to be the only artists who aren’t starving. Most importantly, she helps liberate us from ways we con ourselves, particularly when we become so righteously convinced of our own “rightness” that we miss seeing our own shadow.

A native of Washington DC, Caroline is the last of five children born to an Irish-Democrat-New-Deal Congressman, and a politically active Yankee Swede. She rode on her Dad’s shoulders to Kennedy’s snowy Inauguration, and held his hand in speaker of the House McCormick’s office at Kennedy’s funeral. As she quips, “I grew up around politics, so I was disabused as a child.”

She began studying astrology as a teenager, and considers it one of the great “meta-languages” to help humanity find its place in the cosmos. She has also immersed herself in magic, mythology, literature and social activism, and weaves them all together to — in her words — “compost tyranny into a nutrient for a Renaissance of Reverent Ingenuity, and compost the hubris of humanism into the truth of animism.”

Caroline still lives in the Washington, D.C. area (she calls it a “spiritual hardship post”) and now applies everything she has learned and is learning to bring wisdom, compassion and playfulness to what she calls “the dire beauty of now.”

In addition to her weekly radio show and conference presentations, Caroline does private astrological readings, to guide all to their own autonomy. She is also launching a new 7-week course, Way of the Trickster https://shiftnetwork.infusionsoft.com/go/tm/swamib launching on May 8th. Details for everything can be found at: www.CoyoteNetworkNews.com

Join us for a rollicking adventure into activism and mysticism at a time when we need both! This Tuesday, May 1st at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET.

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Paul Levy - Heartening News on Our Current Political Shituation

April 24, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Paul Levy – Heartening News on Our Current Political Shituation – Material Reality MAY NOT Actually Exist!

A Conversation with Jungian Author Paul Levy

“What is reality? It’s simple. Reality is reality TV without the TV.” — Swami Beyondananda

A number of years ago, I picked up a book with a fascination title — The Madness of George Bush. The author Paul Levy, a Jungian theorist who had a life-changing personal experience that helped him recognize the dream-like nature of life and reality, suggested that the scenario playing in the world was a reflection of the inner workings of the human psyche. The not-so-mellow drama being out-pictured was a way for our species to come to grips with the inner pictures that have subconsciously ruled us for so long.

Paul Levy’s next book on Wetiko (the Native American word for “evil” and vampiric energies) went further and deeper in turning reality “inside out.” Paul Levy’s latest book, The Quantum Revelation which he describes as “A radical synthesis of the realms of quantum physics, alchemy, shamanism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, and the works of C.G. Jung and Philip K. Dick,” takes “reality as dream” to the next level — suggesting that quantum mechanics proves that material reality doesn’t actually exist.

So, hey we have nothing to worry about!

Seriously, Paul Levy is one of the deepest and most original thinkers on the planet, and his website proclaims his mission — Awaken in the Dream.

The most challenging thing about this interview is to confine it all to just one hour.

If you’re ready to expand your current concept of “reality” and see how this higher and deeper view can transform our current political conversation, join us this Tuesday, April 24th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET.

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Can the “Food Revolution” Unite Us?

April 17, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Can the “Food Revolution” Unite Us?

A Conversation with Food Activist Ocean Robbins

“We need to shift the focus from ‘identity’ issues that keep us divided to the ‘identical’ issues that unite us — clean food, clean air, clean water and clean government.” — Swami Beyondananda

Until now the two-party duopoly has kept us divided by “identity” issues so that we have been unable to unite around “identical” issues, those all of us share in common like clean air, clean water, clean food and clean government.

As more people from both the conservative and progressive “tribes” begin to awaken around the need for unadulterated, nutritious food — and also begin to explore medicine beyond drugs and surgery — there is a new potential for a unifying force that can “overgrow” the misrepresentations by big Pharma and agribusiness.

Our guest this week, Ocean Robbins, is a leading voice in food education and helping the public discern real information from industry “impropaganda”. In doing so, he has found himself working across ideological lines and creating some surprising alliances. Ocean grew up in a “food family.” His grandfather was co-founder of Baskin Robbins ice cream. His dad, John Robbins, was a pioneering food educator and activist who rejected dairy products in favor of a vegan diet, and wrote a best-selling book, Diet For A New America.

Ocean has been an activist, organizer and entrepreneur since he was a child. As founder of Food Revolution Network, has helped people choose cleaner and more nutritious foods, regardless of whether they are vegans or omnivores.

In this week’s conversation, Ocean will discuss this burgeoning clean food movement and its potential for connecting us beyond the divide. He will explore both the possibilities for and the barriers to transpartisan engagement around healthy foods and natural medicine, and share some success stories. He will also share some details on the upcoming Food Revolution Summit.

If you’re curious about how clean and healthy food can help build a strong body politic 12-ways, join us this Tuesday, April 17th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET.

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Guns and the Right to Bear Arms - Beyond Victims and Villains

April 10, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Guns and the Right to Bear Arms – Beyond Victims and Villains

A Conversation with Progressive Gun-Owner Veronica Monet

“Every child should learn the appropriate use of arms — for hugging.” — Swami Beyondananda

The problem with “hot button” issues like gun control / 2nd Amendment rights is that they are “hot” — lots of heat, not nearly enough light. From the meta-view, they keep the culture wars alive, and this war prevents “we the people” from uniting around the larger issues of governance, what my friend and associate Joseph McCormick calls “who’s in charge of who’s in charge”.

So it may be that the Parkland students’ movement, while seeking to address the problem at a higher level, could easily be diverted into positionality that avoids the real problem. This week’s guest, self-described progressive and gun-owner Veronica Monet takes us deeper into the conversation: Why IS the school-shooting problem so indigenous to the USA? How do we protect the rights of individual citizens, and minimize harm to everyone else? Which weapons should be legal and which should not? How do we prevent these tragedies, and how much of that has to do with gun control legislation?

You may remember Veronica from our previous interview a few months ago on the #METOO movement, citing her own experience as a rape survivor, sex therapist and counselor. In this interview, she contrasts her revulsion at her father’s obsession with guns with her own experience — having them as handy protectors as she lived in the woods alone for eight years.

If you’re ready for common sense and uncommon wisdom on a complex and divisive issue, tune in this Tuesday, April 10th at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET.

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When We the People Become King… the Queendom of Heaven Will Be at Hand

April 3, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 5:00 PM EST

When We the People Become King… the Queendom of Heaven Will Be at Hand

Healing Martin Luther King’s Murder, and Embodying His Legacy

“The truth shall upset you free.” — Swami Beyondananda

This week on Wiki Politiki, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. And in the true spirit of “apocalypse”, we lift the veils both on the awful truth and the awesome opportunity.

The awful truth is that MLK wasn’t killed by the alleged assassin James Earl Ray, but was brought down by the FBI, the Memphis police, and other government agencies. How do we know? Because William Pepper, attorney for the King family, presented the case at a US Court in Memphis in 1999. The depositions, testimony and other evidence provided caused the jury to decide — after deliberating less than an hour — that indeed this was the case, and James Earl Ray was an innocent “patsy”.

Why doesn’t everybody know this?

Because we’re not supposed to know this, just as we’re not supposed to know that the phrase “conspiracy theory” was put into circulation by the CIA in the late 1960s to besmirch those who didn’t buy the Lee Harvey Oswald as “lone nut” narrative about the JFK assassination.

On this week’s Wiki Politiki, we shine a light on the dark perpetration that snuffed the life of America’s political and spiritual conscience … and we shine a light ahead of us as to how we can embody Martin Luther King’s legacy so that it is unstoppable.

First, we replay an interview with William Pepper I did a year ago where he tells the amazing story of how and why the lawsuit was brought, what he showed that convinced the jury, and how the story has been squelched for nearly twenty years. Then we talk with Pepper’s agent and representative Byron Belitsos about the latest developments in revealing the truth, and the story behind this week’s Washington Post story that gives at least partial credence to Pepper’s research.

Finally, we talk about the healing where we can now collectively — in YUGE numbers — embody, animate, and finally establish the dreams and visions of Dr. Martin Luther King, a nation based on love with liberty and justice for all. With the vast majority of us embodying these “King-ly” virtues, we can inaugurate the “Queendom of Heaven” where the feminine values of nurturance, care for Creation and kindness to others predominate over the dominator, and love prevails.

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Living Room Conversations: Can A New “Parlor” Game Heal the Divide?

March 27, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Living Room Conversations: Can A New “Parlor” Game Heal the Divide?

A Conversation With Living Room Conversations Co-Founder Joan Blades

“When we connect personally, we don’t take things poisonally.” — Swami Beyondananda

Did you know (From the Living Room Conversations website) … “Living rooms used to be the place where people would gather to socialize and relate with each other. Inviting someone into your home was to treat them as valued and worthy of respect. But before they were called living rooms these rooms were referred to as “parlors” – a term that comes from the French and means place for speaking.”

At a time when there’s been precious little civil discourse — let alone civic discourse — can transpartisan “living room conversations” heal the divide?

Joan Blades, co-founder of the very partisan MoveOn.org thinks so.

In 2010, she and conservative colleagues founded Living Room Conversations to “re-humanize” the other side (whichever side the other side is to you) by sharing stories and personal connections, and then discussing otherwise divisive issues together. Joan herself had a profound awakening in 2007 when she connected with Christian Coalition’s communication director Michele Combs at a retreat. The two became friends, and together the two organizations — MoveOn.org and the Christian Coalition — became unlikely partners in a successful campaign to preserve net neutrality.

On this week’s Wiki Politiki, Joan talks about the promise and the challenges of Living Room Conversations, and shares her own journey that took her from law school to a successful Silicon Valley start-up, to founding MoveOn, a pioneer organization in using the internet and social media for political campaigns.

If you’re curious — or skeptical — about civil discourse being able to breach what seem to be not only different viewpoints, but different realities, you’ll want to hear what Joan has to say. These conversations may not change people’s minds but it might change hearts — and that’s where real change must take place as we evolve into political (and spiritual) maturity.

Find Living Room Conversations here: https://livingroomconversations.org/

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The New Republic of the Heart - From Emergency to Emergent Seeing

March 20, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 5:00 PM EST

The New Republic of the Heart – From Emergency to Emergent Seeing

A Conversation With Integral Thinker and Author Terry Patten

“Can we undo the doo-doo that has been done, or will the done doo-doo be our undoing?” — Swami Beyondananda

There’s the classic story about the hiker who slips off a mountain trail, and the only way he can break his fall is by grabbing on to a thin branch. As he holds the branch, he sees that it’s only a matter of time before the branch breaks under his weight. So he begins to pray for God’s help. To his surprise the clouds part in the sky and he hears an unmistakable voice that says, “Let go.”

He continues holding the branch, and once again and louder the voice says, “LET GO!”

At that point, the hiker turns to the sky and asks, “Is there anyone else up there?”

That seems to be our human condition, and conditioning, when faced with the kinds of vexing issues we face today where our survival as a species is threatened, and yet we continue to do the very same things today that we did yesterday, things that only make the problem worse.

Our Wiki Politiki guest this week, author and integral thinker Terry Patten calls these kinds of problems “wicked problems” because like the “whack-a-mole” it’s hard to address these problems in one place because they keep popping up in another place. Even as we are aware of the dying parts of the oceans, the rising seas, the melting ice caps, and all the other burgeoning crises that seem to be gathering into one perfect storm, we seem collectively paralyzed even as we desperately seek a solution.

A student, practitioner and teacher of Integral Philosophy for more than 15 years, Terry co-authored Integral Life Practice: A 21st-century Blueprint for Physical Health, EmotionalBalance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening with Ken Wilber, Marco Morelli, and Adam Leonard. His new book is A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos For Revolutionaries, A Guide to Inner Work for Holistic Change, and the book faces unblinkingly the current “shituation” and offers a way through to the other side. He is quick to point out that our situation is dire, and there are no guarantees of success. And yet this “new republic of the heart” does have the potential to gather adherents and coherence … and may be the key to our species’ evolution.

Tune in for this rich conversation — sober yet ultimately hopeful — as Terry Patten offers examples of “evolutionary activism” and how we make the shift from “me to we”, heal the traumas of our collective human history, and find new ways to work together and use our inner transformation to transform the collective.

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Wise Democracy, the Great Upwising and A New “Common Sense”

March 13, 2018
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Aired Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Wise Democracy, the Great Upwising and A New “Common Sense”

A Conversation With Evolutionary Activist Tom Atlee

“A revolutionary uprising to overthrow the system? Nah, that’s strictly old paradigm. What we really need is an evolutionary upwising to OVERGROW the system.” — Swami Beyondananda

While doing research for Spontaneous Evolution ten years ago, I came across a book that forever changed how I viewed the collective wisdom of we the people. The book was called The Tao of Democracy and it offered example after example of how the collective voice and view of ordinary citizens could provide more helpful and functional solutions than the best-informed experts.

The author of that book, Tom Atlee, has been an “evolutionary activist” for more than 30 years, focusing on the power of collaboration and collective intelligence. In 1996, he founded the Co-Intelligence Institute to aid in the “conscious evolution” of our society, and our species.

His work on “wise democracy” features his coined category of existing forms of “citizen deliberative councils” which he promotes in his books The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All (2003) and Empowering Public Wisdom: A Practical Vision of Citizen-Led Politics (2012).

One of the objections those used to being in power have had against true democracy is their belief that ordinary people don’t have the capacity to consider the bigger picture, and cannot be trusted to govern themselves. The work that Tom Atlee has done over these past many years proves just the opposite — that given the tools for engagement, and the proper guidance for having a respectful conversation for co-creativity, the “wisdom of crowds” is wiser than the wisdom of elites.

If you recognize that it’s time to finally bring forth the missing element in government of, by and for the people — the PEOPLE — please join us for this enlightening and encouraging conversation. You’ll hear stories of how “citizen deliberation councils” have shown how common folks can bring forth uncommon wisdom, you’ll discover new rules of transpartisan engagement that cultivate respect, listening and breakthrough solutions, and discover “wise democracy pattern language” to help us speak and listen more effectively. Says Tom, ” All of this can be viewed as evolution becoming conscious of itself in the transformation of social dynamics that will cause humanity to either go extinct or become a radically better and regenerative form of itself.”

If you prefer evolution to extinction, this conversation will shine the light on the path ahead.

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