These blog posts form a collection. They are a treasure trove of food for thought to spark conversation. So, grab a cup of consciousness, tour around, chew on some tasty transformation, and let’s talk!
On Saturday night I shot this little video for Instagram when spoken-word poet, IN-Q, filled the 1,600-seat Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles with his brilliant performance that had the audience cheering. On Monday, I was watching the The Today Show when lo and behold there was a commercial for A&E by IN-Q! I can say “I knew him when” he performed at my Ex TEDx West Hollywood, Brother Can You Spare a Paradigm? event.
In the Beginning there was Light is a wonderful documentary! I had a screening of it at my house and fell in love with the filmmaker, Peter Straubinger, who is a well-known film critic in Austria and shares my sensibility about the state of the world. This film is about people who live on air – believe it or not, no food, no water. His movie is a big hit in Europe but hasn’t gotten much play in the States. There’s a crowdfunding campaign to dub the film in English, and I love the little video he’s made that talks about why this film can change our consciousness. With only 12 days to go with his campaign, you can make $25 donation for which you get a $25 DVD and more!
I am jazzed by an opportunity fate has presented to open people’s minds, and this is a call to enroll you in helping. With the enormous outreach TED has, I’d like to hitch my wagon to them re-opening the case they had against me. What I’d like to use for that is the still ongoing viral spread of a talk that caused them to cancel my license for a TEDx production that was two weeks away from delivery. I went on to produce TEDx West Hollywood under my own auspice, and since then have been looking for any chance to get TED to publicly reconsider what they had done. If they posted the talks they objected to, the public could have a conversation about what belongs in the realm of appropriate subject matter versus the woo woo they had branded me with.
The gift I’ve been given is the talk that Russell Targ gave, which all of a sudden and without any promotion has hit 1,296,966 views and has 3,755 comments! This is evidence that it’s a topic worth spreading, that’s enlightening and moving people rather than belonging in the garbage dump that TED relegated it to. I’ve asked TED, with no response from them, to post that talk and one other, by Larry Dossey, that they also objected to, and to ask their audience what they think about the appropriateness of putting these talks on a TED stage. This would have far-reaching implications because right now Wikipedia is distortedly labeling things that don’t conform to the scientific materialism, that is taken for gospel today, as pseudoscience. This exclusive credence to what is external and objective helps keep our worldview anchored in greed instead of in the compassion we would feel if we recognized the interconnection of everything that these talks tune us into.
PLEASE listen to 4 minutes of Graham Hancock in a radio interview that should get your dander up enough to email chris@TED.com with your opinion.
Bopping along through history, with different players but a through line, we go from the emergence of primitive human who took hundreds of thousands of years to even start to use tools, to the more modern eras where we have moved though thinking we could own human beings to recognizing that ALL people, whatever their religion, sexual orientation, or skin color, have an equal place at the humanity table.
Back in the early 80s I did a public access TV show called The Cosmic Fuel Pump. I was approached to do it by Max Eden and his idea was that I’d be practicing to go on the circuit as a speaker, so it became a Garden of Eden production for some 36 episodes. Although I never did the speaker circuit but have produced events and projects to do my speaking for me, I look back at those shows and find them sounding a call that’s remarkably similar to what I’m sounding today.
Even ifRenee SotileandMJ Godgesweren’t fellow filmmaker friends I’d have LOVED LOVED LOVED this music video from the L.A. Pride Parade. I couldn’t wait for each new shot to see their artistry! Do share this ray of sunshine in these dark times!
Zuckerberg is making a provocative point that wasn’t in A World Without Work, the program we did a while back before there was any conversation here in the States about this basic income idea. My radar is out for what can shift mass consciousness and I tuned into this concept when it was being toyed with in a few foreign countries. Since then, it has become a topic of more and more conversation here that has some feel of being on the march to happening. If we had a system that’s about taking care of everyone, it would be a huge step toward the caring world we want to be in.
Mark Zuckerberg floated a number of political reforms during his Harvard commencement speech Thursday.
Online voting. Personalized learning. Student loan relief. Higher taxes on the wealthy.
But of all the ideas he suggested, perhaps none were as radical or surprising as a thing called “universal basic income.”
Zuckerberg said he never would’ve founded Facebook if not for his relative financial security, something other potential entrepreneurs may not enjoy.
“We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful,” he said. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things.”
So what does that mean?
Universal basic income is actually a pretty straightforward concept. And while there are varying degrees and iterations, at its core it’s a proposal that the government provides every citizen a certain baseline amount of money, no strings attached.