Featuring Jeffrey Genung and Paul Atkins. Hosted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson with moderator Kurt Johnson.
Thursday, October 24th, 9:30 to 10:30 am Pacific
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The “Completing the Darwinian Revolution with a Prosocial World” panel will explore…
- How the Prosocial world is a very practical framework for working with smaller groups and also at larger scales
- What’s been happening over the last few decades that is practically revolutionary and much more favorable to the New Age view
- Current developments—including the idea of society as an organism, where groups can be so cooperative that they become super organisms in their own right
- Tools for becoming more flexible, more evolvable, more adaptable
- A whole array of scientific disciplines to combine flexibility and the core design principles to make just about any group function better
Jeff Genung is co-founder and President of Contemplative Life, a non-profit organization that has created a digital hub that connects people and communities with transformative practices. He is also a core team member of Transformation365.org a experiential practice network designed to help cultivate inner awakening through deep and sustained practice.
Jeff has spent his professional career as a technology executive and entrepreneur. He has also been a lifelong student and teacher of contemplative practices. He is currently focused on developing technology solutions that help people integrate transformative practices into their life. Jeff has a B.S. in Business from Cornell University, and a M.Div. in theology from Sophia Divinity and lives with his family in Austin, TX.
Paul Atkins, Ph.D. is researcher, coach, facilitator and trainer and co-developer of the Prosocial process for enhancing trust, purpose, wellbeing and cooperation in groups. He is lead facilitator trainer of Prosocial and lead author of the book “Prosocial” co-authored with Steve Hayes and David Sloan Wilson on the Prosocial process to be released in October 2019 (Click for more information).
He lives in Australia where he works with organisations and groups of all sorts to help improve communication, conflict management and performance. He has a particular interest in working with schools and other values driven organisations. He is currently working with a large Catholic K-12 school to implement Prosocial for the teachers and eventually, the students. He is also engaged in a large project exploring how School Principal wellbeing might be improved through methods such as Prosocial.
Paul also conducts research on teams, relationships, identity and wellbeing in the workplace. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (ACU) and Visiting Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is past President of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and has recently been made a Fellow of the international ACBS.
Dr. David Sloan Wilson has made foundational contributions to evolutionary science and its applications to human affairs. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, president of the Evolution Institute, the first think tank to formulate public policy from a modern evolutionary perspective.
He is the author of two pivotal books in cultural evolution: Does Altruism Exist—Culture, Genes and the Welfare of Others and This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution.
World change has been a focus of the Evolution Institute and the Prosocial Movement of which David is also a co-founder, including collaboration with Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom resulting in a practical method for working with groups of all sorts.
In science and religion David is also the author of Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society.
Dr. Kurt Johnson is a noted evolutionary biologist and comparative religionist. He is co-author of the influential bookThe Coming Interspiritual Age and co-founded, with Br. Wayne Teasdale, what is today The Interspiritual Network. A former monk and with PhD in evolution and ecology, Kurt was associated with the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years. In science he is co-author of two award-winning popular science books, Nabokov’s Blues and Fine Lines. With a fifteen year association with New York City’s One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, Kurt is also host the UNITY EARTH Convergence series on VoiceAmerica and an editor of its magazines The Convergence and Light on Light. He also serves widely on international forums and committees, especially at the United Nations.