John Räätz is a pioneer in the growing genre of transformational media and entertainment and the founder of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Over the past 21 years, he has been involved with the marketing, public relations, distribution and other business aspects of many groundbreaking films including Mindwalk, Baraka, Hearts of Darkness, What The […]
Mind and Life Institute Conference, October 2009 With comments by Nancy Roof and Stephanie Shorter How can our educational system evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century? How will we educate people to be compassionate, competent, ethical, and engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and interconnected world? The urgent challenges of a globalized […]
“Why do the people in France hate us?” a second year student, one of almost three hundred seated in the large lecture hall, asked me. “They tried to attack the Olympic torch when it was passing through Paris. Is that because they don’t like our country?” For a split second, I was speechless. I knew the answer to the Chinese student’s question.
Five Levels of Global Citizens When basic freedoms take root, citizenship begins to evolve. To understand this process of evolution, let us use the analogy of computer software, which is continually being upgraded. Today, in almost every society around the world, five levels of ‘civic software’ are in operation. As global citizens, it is our […]
We, the people of the world, own most of this planet in common. Our future depends on learning to use and develop this commons for the good of the total, and not just for the few. Here in the Far North we built a new state based on that concept. It’s the only place like it. The Alaskan people, through our state government, won ownership of much of our land and our natural resources. Using neither classic capitalism nor socialism, we have developed a new way to prosperity, based on common ownership and rooted in constitutional democracy.
My wife and I were on a walking pilgrimage in a sparsely populated region of Western India when we were approached by a radiant villager. “I would like to offer you a meal,” he said, “Will you accept my offering?” When we gladly agreed he added, “We don’t have any running water or electricity in our small hut. Our family is poor but we like to give from whatever we have.”
Humankind is suffering from an unprecedented campaign of privatization and commodification of the most basic elements of life: nature, culture, human work and knowledge itself. In countless arenas, businesses are claiming our shared inheritance—
sciences, creative works, water, the atmosphere, health, education, genetic diversity, even living creatures—as private property. A compulsive quest for short-term financial gain is sacrificing the prosperity of all and the stability of the Earth itself.
The first draft of my letter to you was almost written when the stunning news hit my desk. We, at Kosmos, are committed to introducing the ideas and principles of the commons, the first to publish the groundbreaking ideas of James B. Quilligan and to expand the field to the global scale. Now the Nobel Prize for new economics has made the ‘commons’ a household word overnight.
Räätz: I no longer have a definition of transformational media and entertainment. When I hear it or see it, I feel it. I instantly know it! But how can I talk about transformational entertainment or media with others if I don’t want to adhere to a strict definition of what it is? What distinguishes a transformational film from an ordinary Hollywood film, for example?
The opening decades of this century are a pivotal time in which many of our current beliefs and practices will be reexamined. During the last century, the economic and political catastrophes that befell the world inspired an earlier generation to create a multilateral system defined by an unprecedented vision of cooperation and security for the international community.