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April 14th, 2017

Souls in Action

an interview with Chris Moore-Backman

In this week’s episode Chris Moore-Backman speaks with Joanna about: envisioning a movement of movements; the Gandhian iceberg, undivided love in action; satyagraha, soul-force; swaraj, reclaiming our full stature as human beings; the intimacy and authenticity of a nameless practice; the promise of a stronger, deeper activism; Standing Rock, witnessing a powerful expression of reparation; the Rosa Parks momnts; standing up with the dignity of the heart for a life-sustaining culture.

Chris Moore-Backman – scholar/educator, activist/organizer, theorist and journalist – has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources. He has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine, and is the producer of “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow”, a radio documentary series. “The Gandhian Iceberg” is Moore-Backman’s first book.

 

 

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May 20th, 2016

Psychedelics and Social Change

an interview with Charles Eisenstein

Charles-EisensteinIn this week’s episode a heart-to-heart conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Joanna: the mystery of gender; reclaiming a joyous cosmology; the complexity of psychedelics and systems change; holding each other in the bridging of psychedelics and everyday experience; a holistic culture is being born; Kennedy’s assassination, a moment of global reunion; psychedelics and the dissolution of the Western narrative; love as impetus for social change; the sixties planted the seeds of the future; a better education for a new reality.

 

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently “Sacred Economics” and “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

 

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April 15th, 2016

The Potential of Subtle Activism

an interview with David Nicol

David_NicolIn this week’s episode David Nicol speaks with Joanna about: the growing potential of subtle activism; supporting wisdom and joy in the USA field; precedents of subtle activism – Sri Aurobindo, the Big Ben Project, Dion Fortune’s Magical Battle of Britain; the strong role of Earth-centered spiritualities; global meditations and the dawn of a new awareness; the joy and nourishment of subtle activism; working with the qualities of our deeper nature; the healing potential of collective loving attention; the human species awakening to higher capacities; ways to engage with the Gaiafield Project.

 

David Nicol, PhD is co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project. His book “Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformations” is the first comprehensive academic treatment of the topic. He is also co-founder of BeThePeace, one of the world’s largest global meditation events that occurs annually on the International Day of Peace (September 21). He teaches on subtle activism in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and for the Shift Network. A former environmental lawyer from Australia, he now lives in Berkeley with his wife Kate and dogs Jackson and Peaches.

 

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January 16th, 2015

Jamming for Change

an interview with Shilpa Jain

Shilpa Jain In this week’s episode Shilpa Jain speaks with Joanna about  her work in YES! as a connector of change.

Shilpa Jain currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India, where she served as coordinator of the Swapathgami (Walkouts-Walkons) Network. Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning. Her publications include “A Poet’s Challenge to Schooling”, “Reclaiming the Gift Culture”, “Other Worlds of Power”, “Paths of Unlearning”, “Unfolding Learning Societies”. She is also co-author of “Connect. Inspire. Collaborate”, a highly sought-after facilitation manual.

 

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November 21st, 2014

The Currency of Gratitude

an interview with Kristi Nelson

Kristi NelsonIn this week’s episode, Kristi Nelson speaks to us about her personal experiences and insights about money and social change; the powerful currency of gratefulness;  a deep sense of receiving and true community, gratefulness as a key to happiness and justice. Where is  is our real wealth as people; what really nourishes our lives and feeds the earth our true home: gratefulness as the reverence generator; the ongoing Indiegogo campaign “Grow, Grow, Gratefulness” as a call for grateful action.

Kristi has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, support and develop organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In 2001, Kristi started a values-based consulting and leadership coaching practice, and in this capacity, she worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding Executive Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

Before 2001, Kristi spent five years as the Executive Director of a regional women’s foundation where she led a successful $5 million endowment campaign, developed empowerment programs for women and girls, and oversaw a community-based grantmaking program. She now also feels tremendous good fortune to be working with her incredible colleagues from around the world at A Network for Grateful Living.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grow-grow-gratefulness

http://www.gratefulness.org/

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August 29th, 2014

The Conscious Activist

an interview with James O'Dea

james-odeaJames O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group. He is on the Advisory Board of several organizations including The Peace Alliance. His latest book “Cultivating Peace: Becoming A 21st Century Peace Ambassador” (May 2012) has been heralded as a brilliant new roadmap for peacebuilding by thought leaders, academics and activists.

James speaks with Joanna about: becoming aware of the cultural distortions; the different layers of our participation in the world; witnessing the breakdown and putting our energy in the breakthrough; wisdom of the energy masters; “the conscious activist”; the evolutionary journey into knowledge; the ripening of our oneness; transformational listening; looking into the shadow of the old stories; the compassion game.

 

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June 6th, 2014

The Art of Sacred Activism

an interview with Filiz Telek

Filiz TelekFiliz Telek is a social artist, process designer, poet/writer, community organizer and a transition host whose purpose is to serve the transition of the humanity and the planet to the new paradigm by awakening a sense of possibility and sacred in human heart and spirit. Her photography – especially of the people in their most vulnerable and authentic expressions – is a reflection of her love for the world. She sees and shows beauty. Because amidst the ongoing chaos of our times, committing acts of beauty is necessary to keep sane.

Filiz speaks with joanna about: falling in love with the earth; sacred activism; seeding holistic communities in Turkey; activating the collective heart intelligence; a strong energetic shift at Gezi Park; loyal to one’s calling; an experiment in gift economy; “the brave new world emerging”.

 

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May 30th, 2014

The Courage to Care

an interview with Alan Clements

Alan ClementsAlan Clements was one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Buddhist monk in Burma where he lived in a monastery during the 1970s and 1980s. Years later, he integrated into his classical Buddhist training a political awareness that included global human rights, environmental sanity, democracy and the preciousness of everyday freedom. His efforts working on behalf of oppressed peoples led a former director of Amnesty International to call Alan “one of the most important and compelling voices of our times.”

His newest project is Dana.io, a free crowdfunding platform for artists, authors and activists built on the love of a vision and fortified by the courage to care.

Alan speaks with Joanna about: “dana”, unconditional giving; a crowdfunding platform for the betterment of the world based on generosity; the essence of “the revolution of the spirit”; healing the wound of money; the courage to care for each other and the earth; a radical social experiment in our culture; the operating energy of interbeing; the beauty of love made manifest by action; “my life is my interactive art with you”; “world dharma”: celebrating the dance of our human utter uniqueness.

 

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January 4th, 2014

A New Food System

an interview with Tanya Fields

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

With a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Baruch College, and a talent for public speaking, blogging and singing, Tanya Fields is a reputed and rising public speaker and educator.
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/tanya-fields-lettuce-liberate-economic-inclusion-new-food-economy

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January 4th, 2014

Creating Change Through Vulnerability

an interview with Samara Gaev

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

Samara Gaev is a New York based activist, educator, theatre director, and performer. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, a social justice based hip-hop theatre company for high school and college aged youth in NYC. Samara is honored to be the Resident Artist/Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College: Graduate School of Education. She serves as an educational specialist, teaching artist, and artist in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is also the National Education Director for Question Bridge: Black Males, a Board Member of Project Rhythm, Curriculum Writer for Hurricane Season, and Co-Director of In Transition Hip-Hop Theatre Co.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/director-samara-gaev-performs-injury

 

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December 27th, 2013

The Next Right Thing

an interview with Swanee Hunt

Speakers at Connecting for Change (2013)

As President of Hunt Alternatives Fund, Swanee Hunt is committed to advancing innovative and inclusive approaches to systemic change at local, national, and global levels. She chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, which consults with countries worldwide and conducts advocacy, training, and research to integrate women leaders into peace and security processes.

http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/swanee-hunt-half-life-zealot

Swanee speaks with Joanna about saying yes to possibility; invoking resilience; a new, inclusive paradigm; the anchor phase; the native ability to planetary connection.

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December 20th, 2013

Kindness and Dignity are Lovers

an interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith

Joanna speaks with Cecile Lipworth  about her book “Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary”: the historic and politic context; a sinchronistic encounter; the medicines of Gaia; my outlaw philosopher; looking down at the abyss; the solution is dissolution; the soul fancy dress party; recapitulation and healing; responsible expansion of consciousness; facing the personal and cultural shadow; becoming an authentic, empowered woman; the greatest taste on earth.

This show was broadcast live on the “Collected Words” show on 12/18/2013.

Our Indiegogo campaign is running for another 11 days, please support our work by giving what you can. The Marion Institute no longer gives us financial support and it takes money and time to produce the show. Help us bring these precious voices to you. Great gratitude to those listeners who have come through with their sweet Honey of loving support..

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July 12th, 2013

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2012 conversation with Pancho.

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

music: “Babel” (from “Ofrenda”) by Pedro Guerra

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June 21st, 2013

Love Is All There is

an interview with John Dear

  This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. A Jesuit priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace.” In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
A longtime practitioner and teacher of nonviolence, John has written hundreds of articles and given thousands of talks on nonviolence. His many books include, among others: “Lazarus, Come Forth!”; “Living Peace”; “The Sacrament of Civil Disobedience”; “Seeds of Nonviolence”; “Our God Is Nonviolent”; and “Oscar Romero and the Nonviolent Struggle for Justice.”

John Dear speaks with Joanna about healing the shadow of Christianity; contemplative non violence and infinite love; active non violence; the feminine face of the Divine, enlightenment/enlivenment; among other topics.

 

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June 14th, 2013

An Ecovillage for Homeless People

an interview with Darrell Blair

Darrell Blair is a Buddhist practitioner and a homeless activist. His aim is to cultivate the homeless potential within the homeless population.
He can be contacted at bdarrell299 @ gmail.com.
Darrell speaks with Joanna about part of his lifetime journey, and his project of an ecovillage by and for homeless people.

 

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January 28th, 2013

One Billion Rising: A Message from Cecile Lipworth and Eve Ensler

Cecile Lipworth is the Managing Director/Campaigns Director of V-Day.

Founded by Eve Ensler, V-Day is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

http://onebillionrising.org/

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December 21st, 2012

The Spiritual Gift of Madness

an interview with Seth Farber

Dr. Seth Farber is a writer, social critic, dissident psychologist (he received his doctorate in 1984),visionary, activist (in the human rights, Green and anti-war movements — and a supporter of animal rights) and co-founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry (1988). His newest and most important book is “The Spiritual Gift of Madness:The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement”.

http://www.sethhfarber.com/

Seth speaks with Joanna about the “mad pride” movement; the relevance of psychiatrist R. D Laing; exploring the inner time/space of consciousness; the creatively maladjusted to a insane society; “madness” as a glimpse of a new society; breakdown/breakthrough; “prophets of a new world coming into existence”;  the Great Awakening; “Earth was created for joy, not for sorrow”; suppressed mystics-in-training; Aurobindo’s integral evolutionary mysticism…

 

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December 5th, 2012

American Ubuntu

an interview with Lenore Norrgard

Lenore Norrgard is a social activist, screenwriter, filmmaker, photojournalist, contributing writer, shamanic healer, teacher and consultant.
Pioneered applying shamanic practices to social activism. Among other articles,”Ritual & Activism: The Alchemy of Social Transformation” and “Our Ancestors, Ourselves: Healing America”. She wrote, directed, shot and edited 60-minute narrative film, GETTING TO SEX, integrating 16mm film with analog and digital video. Wrote and now producing AMERICAN UBUNTU, a narrative feature film.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1990565332/american-ubuntu
http://www.lenorenorrgard.com/

Lenore Norrgard speaks with Joanna about her film project “American Ubuntu”: art, healing, & social activism; the ritual roots of film; a story about collective transformation; changing the American Dream; “because we are, I am”; an invitation to be a backer for this exceptional film project…

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October 12th, 2012

Between Shadow and Light

an interview with Richard Power

Richard Power is an internationally recognized author and journalist, and a trusted adviser to the executive leadership of government, industry, academia and the humanitarian community. Power has delivered executive briefings, and led professional training, in over forty countries.  He champions a bold approach to the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century, based on the principle that security, sustainability and spirituality are interdependent issues. He has also published eight books. His latest book is “Humanifesto: A Guide to Primal Reality In An Era of Global Peril”.

http://primalwordsofpower.blogspot.com/

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Richard speaks with Joanna about the paradox of spiritual initiation; the Heart space; the psychological roots of the world crisis; the intimacy of the sacred; spiritual activism; restoring the balance of polarities; the rising the Divine Feminine; being the change…

 

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September 14th, 2012

“Disobey with Great Love”

an interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.

http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/poetry-is-the-science-of-the-soul/#60

Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…

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June 29th, 2012

To Educate A Woman…

an interview with Kristin (Kiki) St. Clair

Kristin (Kiki) St. Clair is the executive director of Humankind Foundation working in East Africa to promote equality and education to Maasai families. A Quaker since childhood, her focus has always been social activism and she has been tireless in the pursuit of justice and equality since the 1960’s. She began Humankind Foundation with another RN, a Maasai from northern Tanzania, and together they trained other Maasai to teach in the villages about HIV/AIDS. Since that time Humankind Foundation has had significant impact on the villages where their teachings began so long ago. Currently her efforts have been in Northern Tanzania and in the surrounding villages where the training of the women continue. Humankind Foundation and their FGM project, Kamilika, is currently centered at Noonkodin highschool/safehouse where Maasai girls receive high school education and sanctuary from FGM and early marriage which would end any education they may dream of.

humankindfoundation.blogspot.com

Kristin speaks with Joanna about how she came to work with women in Africa; “to educate a woman is to educate a nation;” the economic reasons behind female genital mutilation (FGM); toxic beliefs; creating a highschool/safehouse for Maasai girls; the extraordinary journey of a Maasai woman…

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May 12th, 2012

Elemental Freedom

an interview with Khepe-Ra Maat-Het Heru

Khepe-Ra Maat-Het Heru is one of the original members of The The E.S.H.U. Collective, a grassroots transformational leadership system based in Spiritual Warriorship established in 1997. Through her work with ESHU she has consulted with various programs such as The Marion Institute, The Massachusetts Commission for National and Community Service, YouthBuild USA, NeighborWorks America, Youth Recreation Counsel of Bermuda, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate youth program of The Lake Traverse Reservation, Global Passageways first international rites of passage Hilo, Hawaii and many more. In 2010 ESHU and Green Jobs of The Marion Institute created POWER as an eco-warrior training model. Khepe-Ra is a skilled and passionate educator, artist, visionary and spiritual warrior. She has been a keynote speaker for The Bioneers Conference, a presenter/performer at YouthBuild USA’s 20th and 30th national anniversary days of action in D.C., and facilitated National Youth Symposiums and Community Leadership Institutes and others over the last fifteen years. She is an active member and supporter of the Decolonize/Occupy movements.

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Khepe-Ra speaks with Joanna about developing an intimate relationship with the Elements and Spirit, spirituality and leadership development, the “spiritual warrior” project, “holographic kinetics,” the voice of the feminine, connecting to the Earth, freedom and spiritual activism, coming into sacred space with each other…

Music: ‘Breathing,” (from EarthLight) by A Tree Within

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March 16th, 2012

Complexity: The Science of Surprise

an interview with Merle Lefkoff

Merle Lefkoff, Ph.D., is an educator and political scientist focusing on the transformation of diplomacy and international conflicts. Merle recently held an appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, investigating the application of Complexity science to peaceful coexistence among diverse identity groups.After finishing her graduate work she was detailed to The White House Office of Public Liaison under President Carter. She has led Track Two diplomatic negotiations in Central America, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East, and more recently on nuclear disarmorment and nuclear non-proliferation She is a former Advisor to the Kellogg National Leadership Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and presents training workshops in complexity thinking for social change. She has been a member of two committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a Lindisfane Fellow and member of the Board of the Upaya Zen Center, where she teaches in the Buddhist Chaplaincy certification program.

Merle speaks with Joanna about what is complexity (“a science of surprise”), systemic humility; adaptability in complexity theory: “robustness;” new methods of peacemaking; Israel-Iran conflict; Nobel’s women initiative; contemplative imagination: storying the future; “Gross National Happiness;” Occupy Wall Street as an emergent process; the “shared leadership model”…

Music: “Blossom” from Nuzha (Promenade), by Adel Samameh, Naziha Assoz, Eyal Sela, Asaf Sirkis

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February 24th, 2012

Back by Popular Demand : Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and Spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan speaks with Joanna about aging and death, engaged Buddhism and systemic activism, personal and social transformation, the historic significance of LSD as a Dharma door, embodied compassion with dying people, speaking truth to power…

Music: “Song without words to Bohdana Pivnenko, I.-Elegy”  (from Fleeting Melodies) by Valentin Silvestrov {Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) }

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December 23rd, 2011

What If I Told You…

an interview with Christopher Johnson

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Christopher Johnson is a highly acclaimed, nationally known Spoken Word artist and Poet. Christopher has been on many National Poetry Slam Teams including New Jersey, Providence and Boston. In 2007, Christopher won the $10,000 dollar grand prize for spoken word in the Fame Cast contest. He now resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he gives workshops throughout the Rhode Island school system.

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November 18th, 2011

Nurturing The New Possibilities

an interview with Jodie Evans

Speakers at Bioneers By The Bay Connecting For Change (2011)

Jodie Evans is a co-founder of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years.  She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict.  She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign.  She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known . Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute.  She is the mother of three.

Jodie speaks with Joanna about the 99% movement, the shift of paradigm in activism, the power of sharing stories, participation and community, democracy as open-ended participation…

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October 21st, 2011

I Was Born To Empower Others

an interview with Beatrice Achieng

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Beatrice Achieng Nas is a Ugandan Womens’ rights grassroots leader, and a citizen journalist with World Pulse – a global media and communication network devoted to giving women a global voice. Beatrice is touring the USA in October 2011.

“I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the opportunity, education and motivation everyone can become someone admirable.”

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October 14th, 2011

Be The Change

an interview with Nora Barrows-Friedman

Speaker at Bioneers 2011 (San Rafael, CA)

Nora Barrows-Friedman, an award-winning independent journalist, radio producer and writer, was the senior producer and co-host of Flashpoints on KPFA for seven years, and currently is on the editorial staff at The Electronic Intifada. Nora also contributes to al-Jazeera English, Truthout, Inter Press Service, and a number of periodicals. She is the author of a chapter on Western media and Palestine in the Project Censored 2011 anthology, and regularly travels to Palestine.

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July 31st, 2011

Do not squander your life

an interview with Roshi Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and Spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Roshi Joan speaks with Joanna about aging and death, engaged Buddhism and systemic activism, personal and social transformation, the historic significance of LSD as a Dharma door, embodied compassion with dying people, speaking truth to power…

Music: “Song without words to Bohdana Pivnenko, I.-Elegy”  (from Fleeting Melodies) by Valentin Silvestrov {Bohdana Pivnenko (violin) and Valeriy Matiukhin (piano) }

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July 29th, 2011

The Song of Change

an interview with Rha Goddess

Rha Goddess is an internationally renowned performance artist, activist and social entrepreneur. As CEO of Divine Dime Entertainment, Ltd. she was the first woman in Hip Hop to independently market and commercially distribute her music worldwide. Her activist work includes founding and running the young women’s performance movement, We Got Issues!, and producing The Hip Hop Mental Health Project and the play The Meditations Trilogy. Rha is a 2008 recipient of the National Museum for Voting Rights Freedom Flame Award for her outstanding work in the field of arts and civic engagement.

This was a conversation during the 2008 Bioneers By the Bay conference.

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July 22nd, 2011

From Despair to Ecological Empowerment

an interview with John Seed

John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia.

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Since 1979 he has been involved in the direct actions which have resulted in the protection of the Australian rainforests. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and has been conducting Councils of All Beings and other re-Earth ing workshops  around the world for 25 years. In the US, his workshops have been hosted by Esalen, Omega, Naropa and the California Institute of Integral Studies. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote “Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings” (New Society Publishers) which has now been translated into 10 languages. He is an accomplished bard, songwriter and film-maker and has produced 5 albums of environmental songs and numerous films www.rainforestinfo.org.au/video.htm

From 1984 to the present he has traveled around the world each year with roadshows raising awareness about the plight of the rainforests and raising funding for their protection. In 2007 he launched the Rainforest Information Centre’s climate change campaign and has offered “Climate Change, Despair & Empowerment” presentations and workshops in Australia, Canada and the US. www.rainforestinfo.org.au/climate/roadshow.htm

John speaks with Joanna about “climate change, despair and empowerment”, the evolutionary importance of human feeling, working ecologically with Nature, his experience in the reforestation project at Arunachala, experiential tip ecology practices,  Earth Changes, his present work, his love of the earth…

Music: “Frogs & Cicadas – Genggong Duo – Gamelan Genggong” (from World Network-Bali) by Traditional Musicians

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July 9th, 2011

A Food Rebel

an interview with Mark Winne

For 25 years Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of a commercial hydroponic greenhouse, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, several farmers’ markets, a 20-acre community supported agriculture farm, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Winne now writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community assessment, and food policy. He also does policy communication work for the Community Food Security Coalition. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous newspapers, organizational and professional newsletters and journals across the country. He is the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008) and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Mark speaks with Joanna about the food system and emotional connectedness, freedom from the industrial food system, active citizen engagement, re-learning cooking skills as a life-changing shift, the nightmare of the industrial slaughterhouses, food and reinvigorating democracy…

Music: “Adagio” (from String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”) by Leos Janacek.

Note: A special thank you to Pam Roy and FarmToTable for making this interview possible.

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June 10th, 2011

Creating together a new medicine story

an interview with Nina Simons

Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur and Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers. Nina’s life and work are informed by her passion for the natural world, women’s leadership, systems thinking, and the arts’ capacity to shape culture and consciousness.

Nina speaks and teaches nationally about: the environment and the call to engaged action; leading from the ‘feminine’ and redefining leadership; women’s leadership; and businesses and organizations as living systems. She serves on the board of the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.

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Nina speaks with Joanna about her book Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, nature as spiritual source, “wholeness-making”,  stories as medicine, power as love, community …

Music: “Woman’s Theme” (from Ulysses’ Gaze) by Eleni Karaindrou

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May 28th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Kawan Sangaa Woody Morrison

Kawan Sangaa Woody Morrison began his training as a History Keeper for the Haida people at the age of three. Heir to the chief of the Whale House, he has sat in ceremony with tribal elders from around the world and has been an active planner and participant in international conferences on environmental, economic and health issues. He is president of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling and on the board of directors of Wisdom of the Elders, a non-profit organization that records and preserves indigeous oral traditions and cultural arts in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among native peoples.

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Woody Morrison speaks with Joanna about the indigenous perception of time, storytelling and humor, the communication with whales and the Earth, the soul and the breath of life, the  cultural discrimination against native culture, sustainable societies…

Music: “We are the Ones“, Live Music at the Conference

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May 27th, 2011

Live at the Ancient Wisdom Rising Conference with Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé is an author and teacher, one of the foremost voices in African spirituality to come to the West. Destined from birth to teach the ancient wisdom, ritual and practices of her ancestors to those in the West, Sobonfu – whose name means “keeper of the rituals” – travels the world on a healing mission sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso. She teaches and leads rituals throughout North America, Asia and Europe and has published three books: Spirit of Intimacy, Welcoming Spirit Home and Falling Out of Grace. She is involved in ongoing projects in the Dagara Villages of West Africa.

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Sobonfu Somé speaks with Joanna about grief & community, the relationship with the ancestors,  love…

Music: “Dagara Traditional Song“, by Sobonfu Somé

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April 15th, 2011

Death: A Natural Transformation

an interview with Camille Adair

Camille Adair brings with her more than twenty years of experience in the healing arts, workshop facilitation, hospice and health care. She is an active member of the hospice and palliative health care community, having served as a hospice nurse, educator and professional consultant. She is a pioneer in the field of sustainable health care, integrating medicine with the intimacy of the human experience.

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Camille speaks with Joanna about the film she directed – SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying -, what she has learned assisting people in the course of their end of life experience, our shared presence, the shadow dynamics of the care giver, death as a natural (transpersonal) process and shared tenderness…

Music: “Her Ute I Moerket” (from  Váli) by Forlatt

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April 1st, 2011

Psychedelic Healing

an interview with Neal Goldsmith

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist specializing in psychospiritual development and resistance to change.

Dr. Goldsmith applies innovative techniques drawn from many schools of thought and traditional practices, such as Psychosynthesis, Imago Relationship Therapy, regressive psychotherapies, Rogerian client-centered counseling, yoga psychology, and other humanistic, transpersonal and eastern traditions.  He facilitates deep life review, awakening to personal history, and life planning, with a special focus on existential and midlife crisis and with young adults suffering from lack of direction or substance abuse.  Dr. Goldsmith is particularly helpful with couples – many feeling “in-love” again after years of vicious cycles.

Author of dozens of popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Goldsmith is a frequent speaker on spiritual emergence, resistance to change, transpersonal psychology, drug policy reform and the post-modern future of society.  He is the author of  Psychedelic Healing – The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.

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Neal speaks with Joanna about his book Psychedelic Healing, life-changing experiences with the entheogens,  the soul as the “original self”, the psychedelic renaissance, keys of therapeutic change, the reunification between mind-body/ancestral-postmodern/spiritual-scientific…

Music: “Every Person Is One Life” (from How Much Is Yours)  by Arto Tunçboyaciyan & Armenian Navy Band

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March 11th, 2011

The Sacredness of the Earth

an interview with Leslie M. Browning

Leslie M. Browning is a poet,writer, and longtime student of Religion, Spirituality, Nature, Language and Philosophy as such these themes permeate her work. Raised a Catholic, she studied both the Traditional and Apocrypha doctrine before her spiritual search eventually crossed into the other religions of the world, compelling her to investigate: Judaism, Tibetan Buddhism, Druidry and Shamanism.

In 2004, following several years of life-changing events, Browning made one of the defining choices of her life: to move away from world religion as a whole; taking with her what few truths she felt to be absolute as she followed her heart in search of a more intimate spirituality.

Browning is the author of the three-title Contemplative Poetry Series published with Little Red Tree Publishing: Oak Wise: Poetry Exploring an Ecological Faith, Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred and The Barren Plain: Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland. In the Autumn of 2010 The Sacred (a selection from Ruminations at Twilight) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Leslie speaks with Joanna about her life-changing experiences,the connection with the ancestors, shamanism and poetry, healing, the sacredness of the Earth…and reads some of her poems…
Music: “Song to the Earth” (from Ofrenda A La Pachamama) by Tito La Rosa

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February 18th, 2011

The wisdom of not knowing (REDO)

an interview with Tim Freke

NOTE: Due to audio technical issues, this show is a re-published version of the episode published on Dec3, 2010. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

Timothy Freke is a philosopher or ‘lover of wisdom’ who is pioneering a simple new way to experience a profound spiritual awakening, which fully embraces our everyday humanity. He has spent his life exploring the awakened state he often simply calls ‘The Mystery Experience’, and helping others to experience the ‘Big Love’.

Tim has an honors degree in philosophy and is an internationally respected authority on world spirituality. He is the author of over thirty books that have established his reputation as a scholar and free-thinker.

He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism with his close friend Peter Gandy, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a ‘Book of the Year’ in the UK Daily Telegraph. In recent years he has articulated his own ‘lucid philosophy’ in The Laughing Jesus, Lucid Living, and How Long is Now?

He is a passionate and playful communicator, whose enthusiasm for life is contagious. Tim is the founder of The Alliance for Lucid Living, (The ALL), an organization dedicated to our collective awakening. He lives with his wife Debbie and their two children in Glastonbury, England.

http://www.timothyfreke.com/

Tim Speaks with Joanna about his first experience of being “deep awake”, “lucid living”, gnosis, the “Big Love”…

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Music: Tarahumara Matachin Music

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February 18th, 2011

Awakening to a New Myth

an interview with Theodore Richards

Theodore Richards, PhD, is a poet, writer, and religious philosopher. He is a long time student of the Taoist martial art of Bagua and hatha yoga and has traveled, worked and studied in 25 different countries, including the South Pacific, the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Theodore has received degrees from the University of Chicago, The California Institute of Integral Studies, Wisdom University, and the New Seminary where he was ordained. He has worked with inner city youth on the South Side of Chicago, Harlem, the South Bronx, and Oakland, where he was the director of YELLAWE, an innovative program for teens in Oakland created by Matthew Fox, teaching philosophy, cosmology, and martial arts with a particular emphasis on creativity and imagination. He is the author of Handprints on the Womb, a collection of poetry. Theodore Richards is the founder and executive director of The Chicago Wisdom Project.

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Theodore Speaks with Joanna about imagination and co-creation of reality, “cosmosophia”: the cosmos as womb, the shaman and the mystic…

Music: “Sansa Dream“, from Jadur Madur-(DreamTree Project), by Adham Shaikh & Uwe Neumann

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