Frankensystems: How We Have Created Institutions That Now Enslave Us

[This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of John Renesch’s Mini Keynote newsletter] Like Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who created a creature that he could not control, modern humans have created social systems that no longer serve as they were originally intended. Our governments, healthcare and legal/justice systems are but a few of the […]

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How Real is the Enlightenment Movement?

I recently published an article nicknamed “metrics for skeptics.” It was about improved performance for executives who learned mindfulness meditation. Corporations are reluctant to approve executive development programs that can’t be shown to improve the bottom line, can’t demonstrate their value to the organizations’ ability to generate additional revenue and profit. I cited some research […]

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We Are All Outlaws

  MIT senior lecturer Peter Senge reminds us that when you live outside the law you are an outlaw. And…we humans are living outside the laws of Nature, as we are pillaging virgin forests, overfishing and destroying coral and critical habitat that leads to extinction of many species, amongst other things. This makes us all […]

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Navigating the States of Consciousness

by John Renesch and Thomas Eddington Co-founders, FutureShapers LLC Throughout the world, nations, organizations, families and individuals are reacting to the seemingly ever-increasing pace of change. Shifts in demographics and a rapid increase in technological advances is resulting in the collapse of the social systems previously designed and implemented throughout our societies, organizations and lives. […]

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Sacred Circles of Commitment

In hosting a FutureShapers Roundtable – a group of about a dozen executive peers who meet regularly and share a common aspiration of becoming more conscious as leaders – each meeting begins by creating what we call “sacred space.” We do this in order to distinguish our Roundtables from the vast array of meetings that […]

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Like-Heartedness Trumps Like-Mindedness

In these days of widespread ideological polarization, like-mindedness seems to be quite uncommon, both nationally and internationally, creating bubbles of righteousness and radical thinking. Many of us pundits have written and spoken about ways to transcend this polarization but it continues to widen and foster the debate so conspicuous in our media leading to Election […]

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