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

March 13, 2018

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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Conspiracy and Cons’ Piracy - Cultivating Deep Wisdom About Deep Politics

March 6, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Conspiracy and Cons’ Piracy – Cultivating Deep Wisdom About Deep Politics

A Conversation With Author and “Conspiracy Literacy” Expert Mark Robinowitz

“In these times of fake news, it’s hard to know who to NOT believe.” — Swami Beyondananda

Did you know… that the term “conspiracy theory” was put into circulation by the CIA in the late 1960s to marginalize those who were questioning the official Warren Commission Report on the JFK assassination?

Our guest this week Mark Robinowitz knows that, and he also knows that many of the current viral “conspiracy theories” circulating are intentionally meant to discredit and “pollute” the real ones. Mark is a writer and researcher who focuses on the intersection of deep politics and deep ecology. He runs several websites, including OilEmpire.US – A Political Map, PeakChoice.org – Cooperation or Collapse, and JFKMoon.org about President Kennedy’s call to end the Cold War and convert the Moon race to a joint US – Soviet mission. Mark is based in Eugene, Oregon where he practices permaculture and encourages re-localization as a community response to Peak Everything.

I have long appreciated Mark’s ability to cut through BS, speak truth about the “unspeakable”, and help others be more discerning. Beginning with the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, Mark brings deep insight and common sense understandings to these cover-ups, and the continues to unwrap and unravel the likeliest story around the 911 attacks. He also calls out and explains some of the more outrageous “conspiracy stories” and the purpose they serve to obfuscate the truth about “real” conspiracies.

As a researcher in the issues of peak oil, and peak everything else, Mark points toward the real issues we face as individuals, as a nation, and as a species. And… he addresses the all-too-real threat of the deep state from the “deeper state” of love, wisdom and spiritual awareness.

If you’re wondering how to discern “real” conspiracy narratives from false ones, and if you appreciate that we cannot build the world of the future by ignoring the lies of the past and present, tune in to this enlightening and ultimately encouraging conversation with one of the most highly-attuned — and largely unsung — thinkers of our time.

If This Candidate Wins, We ALL Do

February 27, 2018

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

If This Candidate Wins, We ALL Do

A Conversation With Sander Hicks, Congressional Candidate, NY’s 12th District

“The Republicans have sold their soul to the devil. The Democrats? They’ve just been renting theirs.” — Swami Beyondananda

Ah, New York, New York.

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

There’s a forward-thinking, visionary, courageous and creative candidate running for Congress in New York’s 12th Congressional District, and if Sander Hicks makes it there, he wins for all of us.

Sander Hicks — writer, publisher, entrepreneur, musician, carpenter, and truth-seeker — is our guest on this week’s Wiki Politiki, and he is campaigning to win the primary and unseat a Democrat who has been in the pocket of the banking industry and the military industrial complex throughout the 26 years she has been in office.

Over the past generation, the Democratic (sic) party has devolved into the “other” corporate party, which is why disillusioned young voters stayed home in 2016, and working folks strayed into the Trump camp. Sander Hicks is tired of the Democratic Party being the “Wolfawitz in sheepowitz’s clothing,” the neoliberal companion to the neocons.

In addition to supporting progressive causes like Medicaid for all, ending the warring in the Middle East, and auditing the Defense Department budget, Sander advocates a “public interest venture capitalist bank.” He is also is an unabashed supporter of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, a new organization, currently filing a Petition for a Grand Jury in Federal Court in NY, asking for a Grand Jury investigation into 9/11. As many of us have come to realize, one way the “right got right and the left got left” is because of progressives’ unwillingness and timidity in recognizing the evils perpetrated by the “deep state.” This caused many of those already familiar with these crimes to abandon Hillary in 2016 and cast their fate with Trump, falling for the narrative that HE would confront the deep state.

Whew. Talk about the perils of hopium.

Please join us for this enlightening conversation that will help us achieve a “deeper state” of understanding. You might even be moved to support Sander Hicks’ campaign because truly, if he wins we all do.

To Know Water Is to Love Water

February 20, 2018

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

To Know Water Is to Love Water

A Conversation With “Hydro-luminary” Jim Lauria

“We humans, without water, we’re sunk.” — Swami Beyondananda

Water is life.

It has been said many times and many ways … and it is true.

Not only do we humans require water, but every human endeavor does as well — agriculture, energy, industry, business, recreation. Even the “cloud” requires water, because the more information being stored and used, the more water is needed to cool the servers. The good news is, if we humans work together to manage our most precious “we-source”, we also create the pathway to manage all of our other collective problems.

Our guest this week Jim Lauria, has had a lifelong love affair with water. From his childhood in Queens at a time when New York City was famed for having the best water in the world, to his travels as an engineer to countries across the globe, to his current mission, a book called “To Know Water Is To Love Water,” Jim is a true “hydro-luminary”, a term created to describe those who hold a piece of the puzzle that will provide clean and abundant water to all.

While there are many clean water advocates out there, Jim’s experience is special in that he has spent his career actually CLEANING water. As an engineer and now VP, Sales and Marketing for Mazzei, a company that makes water treatment and management products, Jim sees the big picture and also understands the practical details of turning the ideal into the real deal.

Jim is also an expert at “mind-mapping” and on Leonardo da Vinci, particularly that great genius’ understanding of the science of water.

As we seek to find the “common sacred” amidst the divisiveness and political polarization, water is perhaps the one “identical issue” that all humans face beyond all the identity issues. Join us for this entertaining, enlightening, serious and humorous look at the looming water crisis, and the huge opportunity humanity has to work together to conserve, preserve and purify our greatest “liquid asset”.

Tune in this Tuesday, February 20th and learn more about the “da Vinci code” that can save all life on the planet, not to mention human civilization.

Engaging the Other - Finding TRUE Common Ground in the Age of Polarization

February 13, 2018

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

Engaging the Other - Finding TRUE Common Ground in the Age of Polarization

A Conversation With Steve Olweean, Director Common Bond Institute

“Before we have peace in the Middle East, we first need to create peace in the Middle West.” — Swami Beyondananda

My colleague Bruce Lipton, cellular biologist, tells us that the next phase of human evolution is an evolution in consciousness, where we recognize that we are each and all cells in the larger body of humanity. If that is true, it’s easy to see how so much of our resource and intention is tied up in obsolete and “obsolethal” forms of interactivity that can best be seen as autoimmune disease. After all, when healthy humans on two sides of an issue spend their time and energy in combat, two things happen. First, warfare endangers not just the lives of those engaged in the conflict, but life on the planet. Secondly, precious energy and resources that could be used to work together is being dissipated and wasted.

That’s why last weekend’s Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans was so encouraging … 1,500 “proactivists” (i.e., proactively moving forward as an alternative to reactively resisting) who get what Bruce and I concluded in Spontaneous Evolution — that the Darwinian notion of “survival of the fittest” has now proven to be “thrival of the fittingest.” Those who cooperate, survive and thrive.

Indeed, this evolutionary upwising is well on its way, even if we don’t see it on the news.

Our guest this week, Steve Olweean from the Common Bond Institute is a therapist who has spent the past 35 years in community mental health, serving underserved populations, specializing in trauma and abuse recovery, victim/perpetrator dynamics, crisis intervention, dissociative disorders, and healing negative belief systems. Since 2001, he has focused on creating cross-cultural dialogue both here and abroad to create mutual trust and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim populations.

This April, the Common Bond Institute under Steve’s direction will be holding its 8th annual Engaging the Other conference in Madison, Wisconsin. It is described as an interactive, working conference to:

* Address rising polarization and animosity in our society
* Advance a wider public dialogue about toxic images of “Us and Them,”
* and Promote positive joint action for compassionate remedies and healing in our relationship with a perceived “Other.”

Our conversation this week will focus on both the opportunities and challenges in “engaging the other”, and will focus his experiences both in the Middle East … and the Middle West. He writes: “The Other often conjures up images of strange faces, practices, and beliefs, usually in faraway places. At the same time that it challenges our understanding, our sense of normalcy, and sometimes our sense of security, it is a label we all share.”

In other words, we are each an “other” to each other.

Tune in this Tuesday, February 13th and find out how such “living laboratories” can unleash “the speed of trust” and turn conflict into collaboration.

National Town Square, Part 2 - The New “Common Sense” and a Coherent Voice for We the People

February 6, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 5:00 PM EST

National Town Square, Part 2 - The New “Common Sense” and a Coherent Voice for We the People

A Conversation With Richard Lang, Author, Virtual Country And Rev. Lupton Abshire, Democracy Calling And… YOU!

“We need a new PRECEDENT. Government of, by and for the people where the government does OUR bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.” — Swami Beyondananda

Two weeks ago, our guest Richard Lang laid out an outside the (ballot) box strategy where a key missing ingredient can be added to “government by the people” — the PEOPLE!

His new book, Virtual Country: Strategy for 21st Century Democracy, offers a simple and yet radical (meaning: to the root) way for we the people to have “an individual vote, a collective voice” that could very well call forth a “new common sense.” Writes Richard:

“By accessing and quantifying our common sense, one issue at a time, in an authenticated, secure, easy-to-use way that gives each citizen a voice and a vote, we can begin to define our collective values, desires and priorities as a nation, and in so doing, transcend the partisanship and polarization that has gripped our democracy.”

To discuss what a National Town Square might look like, how it could work, and why and how it can rebalance the balance of power in favor of we the people, we will also be talking with Rev. Lupton Abshire, Director — Strategic Outreach for the National Town Square. He’s an Episcopal priest with over 25 years of experience serving faith communities around the country and in East Africa. His academic background includes degrees in organizational behavior, theology and philosophy. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, he lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his four teenagers, three dogs, two birds … and one wife. Lupton will talk about how and why he got involved with this project, and offer a unique perspective that bridges spiritual, personal and political.

And for the first time, YOU the listener will be able to join us with your questions and comments! Remember the show is broadcast live Tuesday at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET. We will begin taking questions at half past the hour, and you can call in at 202-570-7057. As our friend Caroline Casey would say, “Co-operators are standing by!”

Join us this Tuesday, February 6th as we explore a way to “overgrow” our corrupt and dysfunctional two-party pay-to-play duopoly, and discover “who we are” together.

The Mondragón Experiment, Worker Ownership and Thrival for All

January 30, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

The Mondragón Experiment, Worker Ownership and Thrival for All

A Conversation With Georgia Kelly, Praxis Peace Institute


Thrival: The stage beyond survival where we all weave a web of mass-construction and reap a “world win”. — Swami Beyondananda

There’s a famous joke purportedly told by a Soviet delegate during a meeting to discuss trade between the two countries during the Cold War Era:

What’s the difference between capitalism and communism?

In capitalism, man exploits man. In communism, it’s the other way around.

The 20th century offered up plenty of evidence that — given human nature, and the nature of the “dominator virus” that has dominated human affairs for the past 5,000 years — despite the best intentions, neither system has created social justice or sustainable economic well being.

The problem with any ideology is, while it might be a helpful place to be “coming from”, it doesn’t allow the flexibility required when we’re ready to stop defending positions and begin actually solving problems.

That brings us to this week’s program featuring the Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain. Writes Georgia Kelly, our guest this week:

It seems that Mondragón has taken the very best ideas from both capitalism and socialism and created a hybrid that supports people, as well as their ideas, health, education, personal development, and society. Whatever one calls it, it works. And, it works better for more people than any other economic system today.

And ironically, this “hybrid” that can look suspiciously like “socialism” was hatched by a Catholic priest in the mid-1950s during the Francisco Franco right wing fascist regime. Based on a philosophy of human values, respect, and equality, the mission of the Mondragón Cooperatives is to “create wealth within a culture, to foster a people-centered society instead of a capital-centered society, to honor work with dignity, and to limit the number of work hours.” Mikel Lezamiz, the recently retired Director of Dissemination at the Mondragón Cooperatives Corporation, said “People are the core, not capital. This is the main point. If capital has the power, then labor is simply its tool.”

Producing everything from computer chips and bicycles to elevators and auto parts, the Mondragón Cooperatives is the tenth-largest Spanish company and the leading business group in the Basque country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.

If you’re curious as to why and how this business has become so successful, and ways that their lessons and ideas can be applied in other places, like the USA, tune in to our interview with Georgia Kelly, who has visited Mondragón numerous times, and leads annual tours there.

If the name Georgia Kelly rings a bell, it’s because this is the same Georgia Kelly who was a world-renowned harpist, composer and recording artist in the 1980s and 1990s, whose albums have been listed in Billboard’s top ten in Classical Crossover and New Age charts. Currently she is director and founder of Praxis Peace Institute whose mission is to produce “cutting-edge educational programs that address the structural problems impacting social and political decision-making.” In addition to annual excursions to Mondragón, Georgia via Praxis has produced conferences in Dubrovnik, Croatia and most recently in Sonoma, California.

Join us this Tuesday, January 30th as we explore a workable model to “we-distribute” wealth and replace “trickle down” with “bubble up.”

National Town Square - A New National Institution to Represent “Us” and “We-Distribute” Political Power

January 23, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

National Town Square — A New National Institution to Represent “Us” and “We-Distribute” Political Power

A Conversation With Richard Lang, Author of Virtual Country

“We don’t need a revolution to overthrow the system. We need an evolution to help us overgrow it.” — Swami Beyondananda

If you’ve had the sense that the will of the ordinary citizen in America has little or no impact on what legislation actually gets passed — you’re right. A study conducted by Princeton University in 2014 concluded: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.

In other words, a huge majority of American citizens can support a policy like, for example, Net Neutrality — but if this policy flies in the face of what the most influential corporations want … well, we’ve seen what’s happened to Net Neutrality in recent months. And, if the overwhelming majority of Americans OPPOSE a policy — like the war on drugs — if more powerful interests want to continue it, those citizens may as well be talking to a wall.

Could this be why fewer Americans exercise their right to vote than any other “democratic” country in the world? Might be we need to rename our system “Futilism” because of the futility of voting for a candidate, who does the bidding of the highest bidder instead of doing your bidding?

Our guest this week, Richard Lang, has come up with a “meta-strategy” for bringing the collective (and amplified) voice of we the people to the forefront of politics. The idea starts with an observation: For the first time in known human history, it is now possible to convene an unlimited number of citizens, in one place, at one time, to cast collective, non-binding, advisory votes on any issue of collective concern or importance.

Think of it as Freedom of Assembly 3.0.

Richard, a software developer who launched a highly successful company, Burst.com in the 1990s, launched another company, Democrasoft to help “evolve democracy and empower individuals” in the 21st century. The result is his Virtual Country book, and the National Town Square platform.

Writes Richard, “National Town Square is a new national institution for civic engagement, focused on issues instead of political parties and blind ideology — a powerful new counter-balance to the corrupting influence of big money in politics.”

Imagine … a space — nongovernmental, non-corporate, nonpartisan, independent of the mainstream media — where each citizen can have a voice and a verifiable vote , and these votes can be tabulated to indicate not just how citizens feel about certain issues, but how strongly they feel.

What if ten million or twenty million or fifty million American voters declared, “We want this”? While that vote would have no legal standing, simply recognizing the overwhelming support for a certain policy would provide pressure on legislators to adhere to the people’s will. Or face opposition at the polls.

Another important feature / factor of National Town Square. Each citizen who participates has a verifiable and secure (as secure as a bank card) vote on any issue that can be changed, should new information emerge. No bots. Only real people.

If your curious as to how this institution can be put in place, and safeguarded inside a “walled garden” to insure its integrity, please tune in for this enlightening and inspiring conversation about what can only be called an American evolution.

Find out more about the National Town Square here: https://www.nationaltownsquare.us/

Find out more about the Virtual Country book here: http://www.virtualcountry.us/

How Bat-shit Crazy Became the New Normal: Donald Trump’s “Family” Values

January 16, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

How Bat-shit Crazy Became the New Normal: Donald Trump’s “Family” Values

A Conversation With Steve Villano, Author of TIGHTROPE: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother

“Our President is a champion of ‘family values’ — Gambino Family values.” — Swami Beyondananda

Over the past week or two, the media buzz has been about Michael Wolff’s book that has called into question Donald Trump’s emotional and mental capacity to govern.

My guest this week, author Steve Villano, offers a much, much deeper analysis of the “shituation” tracking Donald Trump and the Trump family history to the KKK and the Mob. Villano’s new book, TIGHTROPE: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother, chronicles his own “balancing act” when he was head of New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s New York City Press Office while his brother was connected with the John Gotti crime family.

As we will learn, the book is much more than a personal history.

It’s the story of Italians in America, including discrimination and even lynchings. It is also a chronicle of “Mob rule” (i.e., mobster rule) in New York and the long history and relationship between the Donald Trump family and the various crime families in New York. So why is this important?

Because Steve Villano argues that Robert Mueller’s case against Donald Trump is not just about collusion with Russia, but as being part of a worldwide criminal syndicate. For example, did you know that Donald’s dad Fred Trump’s business partner in the 1950s was a capo in the Genovese Crime Family, Willie Tomasello?

According to Villano, both Trump and Tomasello were hauled before a U.S. Senate Committee to be grilled about misuse of federal funds in housing they built in Brooklyn. This was the same housing where the elder Trump sought to exclude blacks, resulting in a successful lawsuit by the Federal government. “THAT,” says Villano, “was the case where Trump hired Roy Cohn to represent him, and Cohn introduced him to a new crop of mobsters. I think it’s important to establish that ALL of Trump’s money–from the very beginning–was Dirty Money.”

Speaking of discrimination, did you know that Trump’s father was arrested at a KKK rally in May 1927? The Klan was, in addition to anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, and ALSO anti-Italian. Three months later, in August 1927, two Italians, Sacco and Vanzetti, alleged “radical anarchists” were executed on “trumped up” (no pun intended) charges.

In addition to working closely with New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Steve Villano has been a journalist and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday and Today’s Education. He has also served as CEO of various nonprofit organizations, including the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

If you’re ready to hear a fascinating tale about Steve Villano’s own personal “tightrope”, learn about the history of discrimination against Italians in America, and go deeper into what the Robert Mueller investigation might really be about, join us for this conversation with Steve Villano.

Business As UNusual: How A Life Economy Can Overgrow the Death Economy

January 10, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Business As UNusual: How A Life Economy Can Overgrow the Death Economy

A Conversation With Conscious Business Initiative’s Steve Farrell

“Putting the pie-in-the-sky ideal into the down-to-earth real deal is where the karma meets the road.” — Swami Beyondananda

Steve-Farrell_Wiki-Politiki_OMTimes-RadioA little more than a year ago, I heard author John Perkins (Confessions of An Economic Hit Man) speak, and found one piece of his message particularly heartening. Perkins, as you may know, spent years working for the World Bank selling boondoggle projects to developing nations. His book was an exposé of economic exploitation disguised as “development.” He has since turned his focus to exposing the “death economy” that involves four “E’s” (extraction, exploitation, extortion and yes, extinction) and empowering the life economy based on 4 R’s — renewables, respect for the web of life and human life as well, and redefining “growth” as growth in happiness and wellbeing while using more resourcefulness and fewer resources.

The most heartening statement was this: In corporations worldwide, there is an awakening awareness to this new “bottom line” that reflects what Swami has said: “If we lose the earth, there goes our GDP.”

This awakened awareness is now being sparked and cultivated by this week’s guest, Steve Farrell, founder of Conscious Business Initiative and the Conscious Business Declaration.

Steve’s own background, epiphany and transformation make him the perfect convener for this new initiative. He co-founded and led two high growth technology companies based in Silicon Valley in the 1990’s that were featured in INC 500 Magazine. His companies included some of the brightest minds in the technology corridor. Steve walked away from the Valley because he felt a deeper calling, a calling to transform an emerging vision into reality. At its core, it was about a shifting paradigm where business attunes to the interconnection among all stakeholders, including stockholders, employees, and the community, as well as with the sacred inherent in all life.

Join us this week as we discuss the why, the what, the who and the how of the role business can play in helping us “live into” the simple prescription Joe Simonetta offered on last week’s show: Be healthy, be kind, respect the environment.

As Director of Humanity’s Team, sponsor of Global Oneness Day, Steve Farrell will offer plenty of examples of how this theme and meme of “oneness” is helping to reorganize the business world around this evolutionary idea.