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Conversation As If Our Lives Depended On It

The Conversation: An Introduction

 Figuring out how to go from greed to compassion as the bottom line of our worldview

To lovers of truth,
forward thinkers, self-aware spirits,
and fighters for justice

We need a new vision. The last big wave was about becoming self-aware and the one that’s coming is about thinking of ourselves together. For our best chance to handle threats from nature and from ourselves we need a shift of worldview to where we relate to one another cooperatively.

This is a call to people who have a passion for the greater good to engage in a dialogue about what to do to bring about this shift. That’s what this conversation is for — to look for what changes could be made that move us into caring for each other as much as we care about ourselves.

Is there some idea you have for helping that shift come about? Mine is to get everyone talking about the need for a new worldview. Until we get an understanding about this, we’ll be seeing the trees and ignoring the forest. Would you have another idea about where a focus should be?

See Outside the Box Ideas for what has turned up in the Conversation. Recently, it’s been Universal Basic Income to counter homelessness and the other ills of extreme poverty. Taking care of everyone would get us in a groove of mutuality. What else?

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Alice Rose
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Alice Rose
Suzanne, I love this idea, a worldwide conversation! I think we have lost our principles. Honesty is not practiced. Sensitivity is denigrated and the Magic has gone. There are greater and lesser lies, but I mean the subtle dishonesty of maintaining a veneer of polite superficiality with each other that in fact divides us. I mean Sensitivity to all beings that is extra-sensory, a capacity to identify with any other being as if we are them. Not in words, but by feeling. And by Magic, I mean making room for a way of perceiving our world and each other that,… Read more »
David Lorimer
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‘A state-centric world order has shown its inability to find sustainable solutions to nuclear weapons and climate change at the global end of the spectrum and address severe and prolonged situations of criminal injustice in Syria, Palestine etc.’ — from The Courage to Hope edited by Fred Dallmayr and Edward Demenchonok, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Nation states are incapable of responding to global challenges, and global solidarity is helpless against preventing genocidal violence and crimes against humanity. The old geopolitical realism is still based on hard military power where law, morality and people are fundamentally irrelevant. The current global political leadership… Read more »
David Lorimer
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I am writing this from Krakow after our excellent Scientific and Medical Network conference on Shaping Metaphors – one of the concerns we reflected on was the need for a revival of real democracy and I am pasting below my review of the new book by Cass Sunstein which I think is important reading: #republic Cass R. Sunstein Princeton 2017, 310 pp., £24.95, h/b. Harvard law professor and bestselling author of Nudge has produced another game changing book about divided democracy in the age of social media. Although his thesis of fragmentation and polarisation is best illustrated by his chapter… Read more »
Jon Youngblood aka Mr. Faith & Physics
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Sue and I have been talking on her Youtube page regarding The Conversation ( ). I hope you all will follow it. Considering what I know of the Military (Industrial Complex), I’d rather suspect that they know all if not close to all. Paul Hillyer, former Defense Minister of Canada, for example, knows probably a lot less than the US, but it’s still enough to rock our world. And it’s relevant because there are a few of us reckless souls who still think there is a slim chance that a Cosmic Brotherhood, of sorts, might assist us through this most… Read more »
Kathryn Edwards
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Zoom is a great tool for connecting with others worldwide. I have been passionately involved in various …. We Space groups for over a decade and from these experiences have come to understand one of the most popular Einstein quote’s of our time; “We can not solve our current problems with the same kind of thinking that created them.” The most effective We Space group’s I have been involved with worked on the basis of shared agreements, guidelines, understanding and intention. Without going into a long explanation, Quaker Worship Sharing is a forerunner to We Space practices. Anyway dear Susan… Read more »
Loren Lewis
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Loren Lewis
As I was reading I couldn’t help but visualizing the conversation and thinking how much I’d also enjoy seeing it taking place. And I’m sure you thought of this, to simultaneously have some conversations live or on video. Not just between you and one other, but one can click on conversations occurring worldwide, maybe between Prince Charles and Bono. And I can also picture convention centers having ‘Conversation’ events. You can have tables of 10 and after 20 minutes you’d switch to another table. And some of the best ideas of the night will be shared. Now here’s the hard… Read more »
Meredith Sands Keator
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Meredith Sands Keator
HI Suzanne, kudos for all you do! Another refreshing idea of forum from your creative mind – thank you. I have been feeling the need for communication to begin between Muslims and those of other faiths – particularly for those faiths who are in fear of Islam, and vice versa. There are many sides to the story of what we stand for in the religions that have ‘guided’ us to this point, and much fear of ‘us and them’ is being generated from a great lack of understanding. I would like to see ways in which we can mutually ask… Read more »
Jude Asphar
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Jude Asphar
Sue — Well done for doing this — needed more than ever if only enough of us would pay heed. I just sent a one-page to the excellent Kosmos magazine that invites readers to submit short pieces. In this one, I’m harping on about my usual — much about gender difference without it being Feminism per se because we need consciousness raising by men and women as you know well. Incidentally, do you know an interesting website http://www.goodmenproject.com which is sometimes humbling and touching? Love from here in Woodstock, where we had the woodstove on last night — when it… Read more »
Charles Eisenstein
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Hi Sue, as I’m sure you know, I am a big fan of Universal Basic Income, and I’m happy to see you advocating for it. One thing I like about it is that it is premised on a basic trust in human creativity and generosity. It says, “If people are not forced to work, they will still be productive members of society, because it is human nature to want to give, to want to contribute to the wellbeing of something bigger than yourself.” I don’t think automation means the end of work though, but rather an evolution in the nature… Read more »
Rosalind Robinson
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Rosalind Robinson

It’s puzzling how thousands can rise to a catastrophe with so much selfless energy (Houston), but then we go back to our daily paradigm based on greed and competition. We suspend the paradigm for a moment in which everyone feels richly rewarded for their selflessness and their usefulness to their fellow humans. Then we return to a system that drains us and reduces meaning.

How to fully expose this dynamic for what it is? Via a movie? A TV series? Viral social media postings?

Victoria Moran
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Sue, you never cease to amaze me. In the 20 years that I’ve known you, you have continually reinvented yourself and your means of outreach to continually nudge people out of complacency and into change. You never give up, and that tells all of us that these values and these intentions are worth staying around to stand up for. You rock!

Daphne Rose Kingma
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The amazing Suzanne Taylor is at it again! As in so many years before she is inviting and insisting that we talk about what really matters. And what really matters, matters more than ever before. It’s always a privilege to be an instigator and / or a participant in these dialogues—the only kind that have any hope whatsoever of bringing humanity to its senses and actually changing the world. A deep bow of thanks to you once again, Suzanne.

Anne Baring
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There is a posting on my website called Awakening to the New Story which offers a kind of summary of what is emerging now and what could emerge in the future. There is certainly an urgent need for new ideas. There is plenty in that article that could contribute to the new thinking and actions you are calling for. We really need to change our way of thinking before we will be able to change many of the things that we can see need to change. I admire you, Suzanne, for never giving up but continually reinventing yourself with exciting… Read more »
Russell Targ
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Thanks very much for inviting me to participate in your 2014 TEDx event. From my talk being online I have been able to tell more than a million people about my research showing that our consciousness is nonlocal and that it transcends our ordinary understanding of the space and time in which we live. I have spent fifty years as a Buddhist student and ESP researcher. They both strongly urge us to understand and experience that who we really are is timeless awareness, not the meat and potatoes we see in the mirror in the morning. Any meditator or remote… Read more »
Andy Cohen
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Sue! I’ve just been fishing around the site and I love the conversation you’re starting here and the great work you do. Hope to see you soon and keep posting! XOXO ANDY

Larry Dossey, MD
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Perhaps there was a time when we could afford to be nonchalant and leisurely engaged in our citizenship in the world. If so, those times have passed. Urgency is in the air, and time is not on our side. We are the first generation who can, yes, see an end. Citizen action, marinated in love, can see us through.

As novelist Alice Walker says, “Anything we love can be saved.” And as poet W.H. Auden said in the 1930s, “We must love one another or die.”

Pretty much sums it up. Count me in.

~ Larry Dossey, MD

Francine
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Francine
Beautiful, Suzanne! Ever since I’ve known you, you have always engaged people in relevant and purposeful conversations. I feel honored to have participated in your living room salons, so many many moons ago — and I’m so excited that you have invited us into this conversation now. Thank you for your timeless commitment and leadership. And I’m curious too. Since there are quite a few ideas on how to engage in meaningful conversations – some with lots of rules and some a bit too open – I’m excited to see how this unfolds. Personally, I’m most fond of David Bohm’s… Read more »
Brian Swimme
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Hi Suzanne, I love your idea of generating conversation. I am deeply convinced that openhearted conversations are powerful pathways forward in this time. The word “conversation” can be understood in various ways, some trivial, some significant. I tend to think of the word in two related ways which I’ll throw down here just to see what you think of them. In generating a conversation we are hoping to engage the magical power of synergy to probe the most important ideas of the 21st century. I call that the local version. Second, in generating conversations we’re trying to provide a pathway… Read more »
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