The Edge - Summer 2012

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SUMMER 2012   

"Cultivating Peace" from James O'Dea

James OCultivating Peace'Dea shares insights gathered from decades of work in social healing, human rights advocacy, and consciousness studies  in this richly woven guidebook to "Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador" --a holistic approach to walking the talk of peace.

James teaches how to dissolve old wounds and recJames O'Deaoncile differences, striking deep chords of optimism even as he describes facing the heart of darkness in conflict situations. His soulful but practical voice speaks universally to peace activists, mediators, negotiators, psychologists, educators, businesspeople, and clergy--and to all emerging evolutionary leaders.

Fundraising from the Heart
"Philanthropy" Means Love of Humanity: A Video Interview with Lynne Twist

Lynne TwistEvolutionary philanthropist Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money and founder of the Pachamama Alliance, is offering her "Soul of Money" workshops this fall in San Francisco and New York.

Lynne's truly evolutionary approach will help you to lose your fear of asking for money and transform it into joyful sharing.

The San Francisco Fundraising From the Heart Workshop will be held on: September 7-8, 2012. The New York Fundraising From the Heart Workshop will be held on: October 26-27, 2012, in Manhattan, NY.

Lynne was interviewed recently by Jeff Golden on Immense Possibilities. Learn in this 30-minute video how happiness comes from "great fullness" and how everyone has the power to make the world a better place by giving soul to our money. Be inspired to know that you can and do make a difference.

This is the time to turn the world around: Four Years: Go!



Indigenous Declaration

Declaration of Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

"Humanity faces a time in our evolving story when we must harvest our deepest collective wisdom in order to survive and even thrive as a healthy, peaceful and sustainable planetary civilization. [...] We cannot evolve skillfully at this vital juncture in our collective story if we fail to integrate the teachings of our wisdom keepers."

Join this movement of
   * Apology * Responsibility * Reconciliation * Collaboration *

Add your name at in appreciation and support for our indigenous sisters and brothers.


Evolutionary Voters

EVOLUTIONARY VOTERS: An Initiative for All Americans

As spiritually and ethically motivated citizens, we are naturally moved to engage in the world with compassion, wisdom, and a vow to live our values. We invite you to join in a heartfelt, and highly practical initiative to build a powerful national community of Evolutionary Voters in the 2012 election.  

Evolutionary voters are concerned about the critical challenges facing our nation and the world. Which candidates will foster social justice, human rights, international cooperation, sustainability, and economic prosperity for all? We are committed to expressing our values through the political process...are YOU?
Every citizen must take critical steps to make sure we can vote. Start now by going to


Coming in the Next Edition of "The Edge"

Evolution's Purpose

Steve McIntosh presents "Evolution's Purpose," a fresh and compelling view of evolutionary science and philosophy that will inspire a deeper understanding of evolution itself and show how it can lead directly to a more evolved world.



Critical Mass Can Change the World and it Starts with YOU!

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Dip into The Chopra Well to explore the deeper questions:

Who Are You?   * The Riddle of Consciousness
The Real Universe  *  What Is The Deeper Meaning of Death?
      Do We Reincarnate?  *  Holy Facts  *  Reversing Aging
How Do We Make Other People Happy?

Get your Daily Dose of Wisdom with "Ask Deepak"
...and much, much more.


Singer Alanis Morissette at the "Edge of Evolution"
Alanis Morissette-Havoc and Bright Lights

Alanis Morissette's new album Havoc and Bright Lights includes a hot single,
Edge of Evolution.

Hear Alanis sing it here!

Introducing "Evolutionaries"
An Audio Interview with Author Carter Phipps

Carter Phipps
Is evolution just the latest buzz-word, or does it point to a deeper truth? Award-winning author Carter Phipps argues that it signifies the emergence of nothing less than a new worldview--one that that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality.

In his groundbreaking book, EVOLUTIONARIES: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea, Phipps introduces a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers who are forging this new understanding of evolution - that may one day equal the western enlightenment in its dramatic, culture-changing power. His book provides the first popular guide to these “Evolutionaries,” exciting minds who are illuminating the secrets of our past and expanding the vistas of our future.


The Genius and Inner-Sense of Youth - A Summer of Peace Interview with Oran Cohen and Nina Meyerhof
Oran Cohen
The Shift Network has offered the Summer of Peace 2012 as a 3-month call to action for inner and outer peace, complete with online and live events mobilizing grassroots participation of people worldwide to accelerate humanity’s shift to a culture of peace.

Nina MeyerhofOne focus has been on empowering youth, including this eye-opening one-hour interview by Ben Hart of the Shift Network with Evolutionary Leaders Oran Cohen and Nina Meyerhof during a week about education.

Nina and Oran discuss how, in their 15 years of collaboration they have learned to empower young people to reach deep into their own spiritual center to find a wellspring to nourish their actions to make the world a better place.


Featured Quote

From DEEP TRUTH: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate, by Gregg Braden
Deep Truth

"Knowing who we are and understanding our relationship with one another, as well as to the world beyond, gives us the evolutionary edge that our ancient ancestors may not have had when they faced similar challenges in the past. With that Gregg Bradenedge, we tip the scales of life and balance in our favor. And it all begins with our awareness of the deepest truths of our existence, and how we rely on those truths each day for every choice in our lives."

Link to inspiring quotes from Evolutionary Leaders HERE.


Celebrate the UN International Day of Peace on 21 September!

"Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future"

UN International Day of Peace


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The Cool City Challenge: Getting a Low-Carbon Lifestyle to Catch On

An article by Mark Fischetti of Scientific American on the pioneering work of Evolutionary Leader David Gershon
David Gershon
Most people are aware that reducing carbon emissions could help the planet. But convincing a particular individual to change his or her behavior in ways that emit less carbon—not to mention the behavior of an entire city—can be a monumental challenge.

David Gershon, founder of the Empowerment Institute in Woodstock, NY, is taking on that challenge, with help from three urban managers who hope their cities can become models for the future.

Gershon, whoCool City authored the 2006 book and program Low Carbon Diet, has spent 20 years researching how to change community behavior. He has found that the traditional approaches often don’t work: giving people information, passing laws, offering financial incentives or just plain pleading. Yet tests he and others have conducted show how a small group of people who commit themselves to a change in behavior can influence a wider and wider circle of people, potentially adding up to large scale change. 

Evidence that supports this thesis came from a series of EcoTeams that Gershon formed in the early 2000s. The teams of five to eight families in a neighborhood began to practice various conservation steps, which gradually spread to their neighbors and eventually to 20,000 people. On average they reduced their solid waste by 40 percent, water use by 32 percent, energy consumption by 14 percent and CO2 emissions by 15 percent. And each household saved an average of $225 a year. Today there are more than 300 of these Cool Communities in 36 states.

Now Gershon has enlisted three municipalities in California, each with 50,000 to 75,000 residents, to try to scale up the cool communities approach citywide. He hopes that the cities will in turn inspire others to follow suit. Gershon is relying on one key manager in each California location to lead the charge: Mitch Sears, the sustainability programs manager for Davis; Debra van Duynhoven, the sustainability coordinator for Palo Alto; and Richard Dale, executive director at the Sonoma Ecology Center in Sonoma.

The plan is to get 25 to 75 percent of each city’s citizens to reduce their carbon footprint by 25 percent within three years. Each municipality will also team up with a local university or research institute to figure out how to make the entire city carbon neutral by 2025.

Gershon plans to create buzz by announcing the plan as the Cool Cities Challenge at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June. At that time he will release the names of three Brazilian municipalities of similar size that will also begin the challenge. Results will be announced as part of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Data show that 70 percent of the carbon being emitted globally is linked to cities, according to Gershon. “How we got here was pretty unconscious,” he says. “But we control the future.”

Photo courtesy of jimmywayne on Flickr

About the Author: Mark Fischetti is a senior editor at Scientific American who covers energy, environment and sustainability issues. Follow on Twitter @markfischetti.

From Scientific American


Spirituality and Economic Peace: The One-Percent Solution

By Tom Zender

"If you desire peace, cultivate justice but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace." – Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Tom Zender
My time with General Electric, Honeywell, other corporations and smaller companies gave me a solid business perspective of business and the economy.

Then, six years as the CEO of a global spiritual movement provided me with a strong spiritual view of business and our economic environment.

This integral combination led me to understand how spirituality plays into business and our resulting economy. Not just the economy that professors and politicians address, but the economy that is discussed at evening dinner tables in the United States and elsewhere. Spirituality is a tent pole in the lives of most people, yet it is the most underutilized resource in our shaken yet still powerful economy. We are immersed in an infinite pool of positive spiritual energy without ever thinking about accessing it in business – even as the structure of the economy around us seems to be falling apart.

This integral combination led me to understand how spirituality plays into business and our resulting economy. Not just the economy that professors and politicians address, but the economy that is discussed at evening dinner tables in the United States and elsewhere. Spirituality is a tent pole in the lives of most people, yet it is the most underutilized resource in our shaken yet still powerful economy. We are immersed in an infinite pool of positive spiritual energy without ever thinking about accessing it in business – even as the structure of the economy around us seems to be falling apart.

The 500 largest U.S. corporations achieved record revenues of $11 trillion in 2011, and total profits soared 80% over 2010 – with 14 million workers stuck in a stagnant job market. $11 trillion is 73% of the entire U.S. Gross Domestic Product of $15 trillion. In other words, just 500 corporations essentially control the U.S. economy.

Likewise, the European Union of 27 countries generated $18 trillion GDP out of a world total of $70 trillion, or 26% of the total world economy. Just 28 countries, including the U.S., and their largest corporations dominate nearly 50% of the global economy.

Clearly, corporations have an enormous economic resource that can contribute directly to improving the daily lives of people and our world. This extraordinary resource can improve our global humanity at all levels – creating Economic Peace with education, water, food, clothing, housing, health care, education, community and communications and ecology. Remember that one-half of the world’s population lives on less than $3 U.S. dollars per day.

If all corporations and businesses throughout the world were to contribute 1% of their annual profits directly to global humanitarian causes, this would provide hundreds of billions of needed dollars per year – without having to pass funds through inefficient governmental handling. This is Economic Peace, which leads to greater human peace at local, national, and global levels.

A living example of this action is Target Corporation, which for many years has been giving 5% of its operating profits to humanitarian causes. Target gains respect both for this work and for their ongoing financial growth and stability.

True giving at this level is a spiritually motivated social action. While this idea might shake the minds of some boards of directors, shareholders, owners, and other stakeholders in businesses around the world, the good done for those who vitally need this resource is immense. As we know from universal spiritual principles, multiplied returns are the gift to those who give freely – always.

We encourage all corporations and businesses to operate at a higher level of collective consciousness and to give a small fraction of their monetary and other resources to support our bodies and souls for Economic Peace.
Economic peace is a lasting peace.

[Reprinted from The Restless Spirit, August 2012]


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