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William Ury is co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, and one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is co-author of Getting to Yes, the world’s bestselling book on negotiation, and more recently author of Getting to Yes with Yourself.
Maikwe Ludwig is a longtime advocate of Cooperative Culture and locally, self-determined solutions to climate disruption. She serves on the board of directors at the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and is the Executive Director of Commonomics USA. She writes, teaches, and organizes from her home base in Laramie, Wyoming.
Joe Brewer is a change strategist working on behalf of humanity, and also a complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design. Joe is working to bridge the vast body of scientific knowledge about cultural change with the efforts of practitioners around the world to help guide humanity toward resilience and well-being.
Author and activist Judy Wicks is co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE, and an international leader and speaker in the local living economy movement. She is former owner of the White Dog Café, acclaimed for its socially progressive and environmentally responsible business practices.
Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee writes and teaches about spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of Oneness. He has also written about the feminine and the world soul, the anima mundi, and on the groundbreaking subject of spiritual ecology.
“This will be a multi-generational story, it won’t be fixed in the next five, 10, even 20 years, maybe in the next 200 years, but we have to be pioneers of consciousness, and this is something the mystic has always been. We push the frontiers of consciousness, we see what is possible within the human being, we dare to live a new story.”
Mark Gerzon is a leadership expert who convenes and facilitates conversations in high conflict areas. He has advised the U.S. Congress, the World Economic Forum, UNDP, and many others.
“…Ultimately, you will have to involve hundreds of people in your community, but I believe the right place to start once you and your co-conveners have decided to launch something is with a microcosm of the system. Because the microcosm of the system can actually look each other in the eye. They can see the other person cry or laugh. They can sit around a lunch table in groups of six…”
Alnoor Ladha is founding member and Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world.
"This current system is essentially anti-life. And we cannot go on in this way, dependent on 3% global GDP growth, and the extraction of all our resources, and taking ancient fossils from the ground to prop up a Ponzi Scheme economy.
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Last year at this time, we were so thrilled when the Bailey J & Kellner Siegfried family contacted us with amazing news. They had learned that Kosmos awards Seed Grants of $2500 each year to people and organizations working at the glowing edge of transformation. They wanted to offer an entire Seed Grant on behalf of their family! Their generosity enabled us to give an extra Seed Grant last year and inspired us to create opportunities for others who are interested in supporting transformational change, to give.
By Mark Nepo
I have felt compelled to speak since the election of Donald Trump but every time I try, my heart sinks and I don’t know what to say. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, six years after World War II, after the defeat of Hitler and fascism, six years after the Holocaust, in which I had family perish. As a child, I saw unfathomable images of how the Atomic bomb obliterated Hiroshima. In grade school, we practiced hiding under our desks, as if that would keep us from being incinerated. I came of age in the sixties, part of a hopeful generation who questioned the war in Vietnam. I later saw the Berlin wall come down, and witnessed the first African-American president sworn in on the steps of a White House built by slaves. During my lifetime, there has been a slow, steady awakening of community that has upheld America as the land of the free. Through all this, I have grown to understand that, different as we are in what we believe, there is no they. We are they.
By Gloria Shepard, via her blog
Post-election, parents are wondering what the Election of Donald Trump will mean to our kids. Kids learn much more from how we are than what we say. Let's look at ourselves.
The newly-minted edition of Kosmos Journal brings stories like these to our Kosmos Community, stories of uplift that challenge us to bring our best gifts to the table of transformation.
By Rama Mani
In the FALL | WINTER 2016 edition of Kosmos Journal
"These new paradigms aren’t imposed on us; they emerge through us. At last, we humans aren’t sidelined to the margins of history as spectators at best and victims at worst. Now, we’re called to its epicenter to assume our roles as authors, artists, actors, and co-creators of the world taking shape around and through us. The stage is set; the curtains are quivering."
By Rhonda Fabian
Last year, Kosmos commissioned a communication research study to better understand an emerging global movement and how groups within the movement could connect effectively. Led by Kosmos Digital Editor Rhonda Fabian and Jen Horner, PhD, both alumni of the Anneneberg School for Communication, the study was shared widely with the Kosmos community and remains one of the most-read features on our website.
Here we summarize the key insights from the study.
The Kosmos Meditation Bracelet is this Sacred Season’s gift from the Earth and from Kosmos, to you when you join as a Radiant Member this Sacred Season. Each agate, a mineral of the Quartz family, is a blue world unto itself. Forming close to the Earth’s surface, usually in volcanic rock, agates have been used as amulets and ornamentation since Babylonian times. Also available to purchase separately.
Learn how forests regenerate after a fire. Now Kosmos plays a role too. For every Verdant Membership, Kosmos will plant five trees in the Colorado Rockies where rampant fires engulfed thousands of acres.
By Maya Khosla
My colleague Tonja Chi and I are entering a forest two years after fire. Our work is part of a series of surveys directed by Dr. Chad Hanson to search through forests that rapidly recover after wildfire. The trees towering all around us had been engulfed in the flames of the 2013 Rim Fire, which burned massive areas of Yosemite and Stanislaus National Forests.
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