Conversations

Conversations

Consciousness, Communication, and Civilization: Conversations on a New Story for Humanity

"3Chairs" Conversation Series on Evolution, Ecology, and Global Health

This project is about conversations between myself (John Kinyon) and leaders in the fields of consciousness, communication, and civilization as they relate to the new story of humanity and our relationship with life on our planet that we are moving towards. It's about human evolution, shifting to a more ecologically-centered and holistic worldview, and how we can live in healthier, more sustainable and consciously interconnected and interdependent ways globally. What is consciousness and how does it relate to empathic communication? How do consciousness and communication relate to the unconscious, spirituality, and unified physics/science? Where are we in terms of the cycle of rise and fall of civilizations and what is happening socially, politically, and environmentally (e.g. climate change, species loss, ecosystems collapse)? What is the role of "nonviolence" in social change and how this relates to empathic communication and community? What is the role of trauma work and reconciliation and healing?

These conversations explore the relationship of the above with more specific topic areas such as politics, government, democracy, social justice/equity, ecosystem health, and economics (economy, financial systems, capitalism, consumerism). How can we humans communicate about these and collaborate, even with our different beliefs? How much to focus on public culture change movements? To what degree is it the role of government to ensure that all people have sufficient access to meeting fundamental human needs, such as healthy water, food, and environmental conditions, quality healthcare and higher education, labor rights and protections, human rights, and restorative justice? How essential is it to have a globally united democratic government of nations?

I call these "3Chairs Conversations" because they are ultimately about our unfolding journey through the "duality" of opposing and often conflicting perspectives (two chairs) held by our capacity to experience a "nondual" awareness (third chair) of unified wholeness, leading to new emergent possibilities. In simple essence, it is conversation based in mindfulness and language of how we Observe, Feel, Need, and Request. My hope is that these conversations will inspire you to have such conversations, and that you will inspire others.

The Conversations

 

Index of conversations (below) between John and guest, in order of more recent from top down:

  1. with Robert Gonzales
  2. with Charles Jones
  3. with Lee Glickstein
  4. with Ike Lasater, parts I and II

 

Conversation recorded on October 1, 2020.

In this conversation, John speaks with Robert Gonzales. Robert has been a trainer of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 1986 and has developed over the years a body of work called Living Compassion that he offers in the U.S. and around the world. Living Compassion provides a deep integration of NVC, consciousness, and spirituality. Robert is one of the most highly respected and leading NVC trainers in the world. For more information about Robert and his work, see http://www.living-compassion.org.

 

Conversation recorded on September 29, 2020.

In this conversation, John speaks with Charles Jones. Charles is co-author of the recent book Emotional Intelligence for Stress-Free Leadership: Turn Emotional Pain into Performance Gain with the TENOR Method. Charles has developed the TENOR Method over the past more than 30 years. He has been a trainer, coach, and consultant in business/corporate settings for over 20 years. For more information about Charles and his work, see https://www.tenormethod.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesmj.

 

Conversation recorded on September 14, 2020.

In this conversation, John speaks with Lee Glickstein. Lee is the creator of Speaking Circles International, which he started over 30 years ago to support people with public speaking anxiety. Over the years he has developed a unique and powerful awareness-based approach he calls "relational presence" — tapping into a creative, generative listening field between speaker and audience. Speaking Circles and the many facilitators Lee has trained offer this work around the U.S. and around the world. For more information about Lee and his work, see https://speakingcirclesinternational.com.

 

Conversation with Ike Lasater, Part 1

Conversation recorded on August 14, 2020.

In this conversation John talks with long time colleague and collaborator Ike Lasater about the role of awareness and consciousness in empathic communication/Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Towards the end of the conversation they get into the topic of responding to what is happening on the on larger social-political level.

Over a 15 year period starting in 2002, John and Ike created a body of work together that came to be called Mediate Your Life (https://www.mediateyourlife.com/training), which grew into an international year long training program that they and others who they trained have offered throughout the United States and in Australia and countries in Europe and East Asia. For more information on Ike's current work, see https://ikelasater.com.

 

Conversation with Ike Lasater, Part 2

Conversation recorded on August 25, 2020.

In this conversation John continues the conversation with long time colleague and collaborator Ike Lasater about the relationship of empathic communication/Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to what is happening on the on larger social-political level.

Over a 15 year period starting in 2002, John and Ike created a body of work together that came to be called Mediate Your Life (https://www.mediateyourlife.com/training), which grew into an international year long training program that they and others who they trained have offered throughout the United States and in Australia and countries in Europe and East Asia. For more information on Ike's current work, see https://ikelasater.com.

 

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