June 17, 2015

A Short Bio of the Guests in the Redesigning Society Series. {Featuring Waylon Lewis}

redesigning society

So many of us are not just at dis-ease with many of the states of societal affairs, but diseased by it.

The structure of our world facilitates and amplifies so much physical and psychological discontent for so many, yet it is sometimes defended by those who are distressed by it.

The reality is there are alternative ways of organising and collaborating as a global society, ways that could alleviate so much suffering and create an abundance of health and happiness across our planet. We have made great leaps and there is so much to be proud of, yet that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t refine or completely transcend the mental and physical paradigms that we currently subscribe to. We are evolving, not idling.

This project has been created to capture some expert opinion of the core state we are in, as well as the changes that we need to work through as a “uniting” global culture.

Therefore, what follows are some of the topics that need greater attention in our mainstream conversations to assist humanity’s inevitable awakening to the systemic change needed to reflect the new era we are adventuring into. This project is an evolving process too, so they’ll also be a few surprises along the way.

In addition, it’s important to note that each individual guest explicitly advocates for their opinion only and therefore do not necessarily agree with all of the views of the project’s author or any other guest.

  1. Communities: Local Economies & Happy People with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena starred in and was the producer and co-director of the award winning documentary “The Economics of Happiness.” She is the founder and director of “Local Futures” (formerly the International Society for Ecology and Culture projects).

  1. Economics: Debt Jubilee & Minimum Wage with Steve Keen

Steve is a ground-breaking economist at Kingston University in London. He has developed a revolutionary model on how to manage our economy, called Debt Deflation, which includes a government regulated central banking system and implementing a modern debt jubilee (yes that means injecting money into everybody’s bank account) to decrease the massive private debt bubble that he has illustrated as the cause for the 2008 Global Financial crisis.

  1. Science: Exposing the Dogma with Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert is an English scientist who specialises in the field of biochemistry. He is an active author, public speaker and researcher in the field of parapsychological studies and has been a leading voice in calling out the natural human flaws inherent to the mainstream scientific establishment. His latest book Science Set Free (US version) or The Science Delusion (UK version) is a robust critique of the dogmatic status and unscientific assumptions of 21st Century science.

  1. Food: Ethical Design Science via Permaculture with Geoff Lawton

Geoff is an expert in the growing field of Permaculture. Since the mid-90s he has specialised in all things permaculture, including the education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development of it across the world. Geoff is a true leader in building a sustainable and healthy future for humanity.

  1. The Mind: The Science of Parapsychology with Dean Radin

Dean is the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and leading researcher into parapsychology. For around three decades he has developed and implemented robust scientific models for experimenting with and capturing data of a range of psychic experiences. He has written some highly successful books, including The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds and Supernormal.

  1. Medicine: Sacred Plant Therapies with Dennis McKenna

Dennis is a botanist and leading ethnopharmacologist. He is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute. Dennis is also a respected author and lecturer in his fields. He is the brother of the late Terrence McKenna and together they co-authored The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching. Dennis’ latest book is The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss.

  1. Behavior: Disconnecting from the Mainstream with Zen Gardner

Zen is a writer, speaker and activist in helping people disconnect from mainstream programming. He is an expert in living outside of the system whilst still engaging with it to spread love and wonder. His website is full of truth serums on the world at large.

  1. Education: Revolutionizing How we Teach our Kids with Will Stanton

Will Stanton is an Australian writer, activist and teacher who has worked in a handful of primary schools, including a government school in Kathmandu, Nepal. His book, The Education Revolution, looks at everything that is wrong with the current system and proposes an entirely new model of education that frees children from indoctrination and nurtures their full potential as living, loving, creative human beings.

  1. Power: Geopolitics and Elite Structures with Paul Craig Roberts

Paul is a highly respected economist and was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. As an alternative media icon and leading social commentator on geopolitical and elitist activity, he is a shining example of a “true man of the people” because of his take-no-sh*t approach to uncovering and sharing the truth in global affairs.

  1. Freedom: The War on Consciousness with Graham Hancock

Graham is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven’s Mirror. His public lectures, radio and TV appearances have put his ideas before audiences of tens of millions, including the controversial TED talk that was initially removed by but eventually restored due to a public outcry. He has also become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s history as well as the evolution of human consciousness.

  1. Perception: Awakening the Self and Society with Phillip J. Watt

Phil has a degree in Social Science and Philosophy and has been trained extensively in health services. He works with adults, children and families in a therapeutic and developmental capacity, including providing online support as a self-help guide. He also writes for several leading mindfulness websites. He has written dozens of articles relating to ideology, societal growth and personal development, with a particular focus on the individual and collective paradigms being transcended in the 21st Century.

  1. Media: The Rise of Alternative Information Channels with Waylon Lewis

Waylon—founder of elephant magazine, elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show—is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Named #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green content in 2010, he’s been named Treehugger’s Changemaker & Eco Ambassador in Culture & Celebrity, Discovery Network’s Planet Green: Green Hero and a Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun. Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi & 365-day bicycle commuter who aspires to help change the world for the better, and have fun all along the way.

  1. Health: Fixing Disease with Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies with TBA

Health is not holistically healed with toxic prescriptions. This episode will pay heed to the both the preventative and prescriptive medicines of diet, nutrition and other natural remedies.

  1. Society: A New Era of Global Abundance with TBA

This will be a necessary discussion on the inherent scarcity of our current systems and how we could potentially move to economies of abundance for humanity.

Final Thoughts

This will be a confronting, informative and enjoyable journey. Please subscribe to “The Conscious Society” YouTube Channel and share these articles and videos through your social media platforms. If you can take the time to write a comment regarding what they’re about, it will also improve social media engagement with your peers.

The following video is a short five minute introduction to the context of this series.





Redesigning Society: Introduction to the Experts on Social Change.



Author: Phillip J. Watt

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photo: Youtube Screenshot

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