Berkeley Springs Transition Talk: Steve McDonald, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 to 3 pm
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Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 to 3 pm
Ice House Theatre – Mercer & Independence Streets
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
(Suggested donation: $35)
Evolutionary Tension: Why one step backwards is the fastest way forward
There is no doubt we are living in a time of significant change. It seems that politics and many other social domains have taken a backward step in recent times. A rise in nationalism is fueling public fear, prompting comparisons to the German Nazi Party pre World War II. Brexit and other factors are pressuring the European Union, while the Middle East seems engulfed in continuous warfare. President Trump’s intentionally disruptive leadership style and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon’s faith in the Fourth Turning generational theory are anything but reassuring.
Tension is the fuel of change. As tension builds within any society, so does the likelihood of change. But let’s face it, we all enjoy stability and we tend to hang on to it as long as we can. When it comes to the crunch though, nature has equipped us for rapid adaptation. Humans are arguably the most adaptive species on and off the planet.
Steve McDonald returns to Berkeley Springs Transition Talks in May to shed some light on this ‘backward’ global situation and where it’s taking us. The process of transformational change is both paradoxical and highly complex, yet if you know where to look and more importantly how to look, there are patterns to be found.
While some elements of society are clearly becoming more dysfunctional, simultaneously a new world is rising. Fast.
Join us for this exploration of current events and future probabilities!
is an extraordinary Australian thinker and researcher who arguably knows as much about the structure of the global planetary transition that we are experiencing as anyone on the planet. He draws coherent pictures from the deep insights of Clair W. Graves and paints clear, explanatory images of not only how humanity has evolved to this point, but what is inevitably on our horizon . . . and how this epic transition will continue to play out.
He is currently writing a book about the global paradigm shift that’s taking us beyond the scientific-industrial era. Steve served with the Australian Army for 15 years, including war service as an infantry company commander in Somalia, 1993. He is also a qualified military helicopter pilot and on leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter in the tropical Mackay-Whitsunday region of Queensland. Building upon his extensive experience in unpredictable environments, after retiring from flying Steve specialized as a change management consultant. He consequently studied the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves and became one of the first Australians qualified to teach Dr Graves’ theory under the banner of Spiral Dynamics Integral. A long-term struggle with posttraumatic stress has driven Steve’s deep interest in human nature and consciousness. He is a founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine, an Australian non-profit association. He is also a founder of AADII, a non-profit company created to support worldwide transformational change.
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