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Future Thinkers is a media platform, community, and education portal dedicated to the evolution of society, technology, and consciousness. Helping you become better adapted to our uncertain future.

As seen in BBC, Forbes, World Economic Forum, and iTunes Top 40.

Created by Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova.
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Find out more about the Smart Village project: futurethinkers.org/village Participate in our very first NFT drop: futurethinkers.org/nft We're very excited to announce that on June 1 2021 we're dropping our first Smart Village NFT! If you are not familiar, NFTs stands for Non Fungible Tokens - it's a type of crypto token that is verifiably unique or rare, instead of being interchangeable in the way that dollars or Bitcoins are. They are a type of crypto token that has become popular with creators for releasing limited edition art or collectibles. But there is much more to NFTs than art (we actually think they will be revolutionary for creators of all kinds!). NFTs can represent any other type of unique item - a ticket, an access key, membership, a recognition badge, an IOU for a service, and much more. We will be releasing several different kinds of NFTs for the Smart Village in the near future. By purchasing our NFTs, you are directly contributing to bringing the village into reality. The first NFT we are dropping will be: a limited edition, collectible, evolving art piece and a badge to show to show off your controbution to the first smart village an access key to our private online learning portal, where you will be the first to get access to our village experimenmts and learnings and be able to collaborate on them before we open-source them and release them into the worl for every NFT sold, we will plant 1 tree or another type of plant to regenerate the land at the village and the forest around it We've been working with the folks from Commons Stack and Longtail Financial to do token engineering and validate our token ecosystem that the NFTs will be part of. This is just the beginning! In This Episode of Future Thinkers: Why we're releasing an NFT What are NFTs and what can they do? How artists, smart villages, and social good projects can use NFTs to raise funding Our first NFT to plant trees and do regenerative and permaculture work at the village How the NFTs will evolve in the future Ove of our first events: a psychedelic geocache adventure Pre-selling accommodations through NFTs Event and workshop tickets at the village as NFTs Crowdfunding future buildings at the village with NFTs Why we're using Polygon blockchain Setting up your wallet through Metamask
Smart Village Update

Smart Village Update

2021-04-2841:28

Future Thinkers Smart Village is becoming a reality! We have found a new, large 400 acre property with the right zoning, infrastructure and everything else we could need to make the village happen. The property has a RV camp with 80 accommodation spots, a private lake, two creeks, large forest, even a golf course, and the closest airport is just a two hour drive from there. In this episode we want to share with you where we are right now with this project, as well as our plans and visions for how the smart village would look like on this new location. In This Episode of Future Thinkers: - Why we are creating the Smart Village and what problems we are solving with it - How converging technologies can make rural living enjoyable and practical - The benefits of a regenerative village for health, family and community life - The opportunity for sustainable, affordable and innovative housing - Whole systems design and its connection with biomimicry, permaculture and indigenous thinking - The eight pillars of whole systems design - The opportunity for experimenting with social organization, business structures, economy and investing - What kind of mentality it takes to live in a smart village - The three things that make intentional communities fail - Why we need a network of regenerative villages all over the world Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: - How to invest in Future Thinkers Smart Village https://www.futurethinkers.org/invest  - Check out the Future Thinkers Smart Village new location https://www.futurethinkers.org/photos  - Join Re:Build - Online festival of regenerative village builders, April 30th-May 2nd 2021 https://www.futurethinkers.org/rebuild  - Complete show notes https://www.futurethinkers.org/137 
Our guest in this Q+A session on self-organizing governance is Richard D. Bartlett. This session was originally live-streamed on December 4th 2020.  Richard is a co-founder of a digital tool called Loomio, and of a decentralized consulting company The Hum. He is also the Director at the Enspiral Foundation, a collective of people working on meaningful projects around the world. As an open source enthusiast, he writes about how we work together at any scale, from our relationships to organizations to social change. He is a contributing author of the book Better Work Together, and he is writing his first book called Patterns for Decentralized Organizing. Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/136  To join future Q&As with thinkers & visionaries, become a Future Thinkers member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members ​ Members get access to courses, workshops, and private group calls for a deep dive into practicing sovereignty, resilience, and shadow work. To help us with the property search for the Future Thinkers Smart Village go to http://www.futurethinkers.org/landsearch  SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup 
What rites of passage do we need in today's world? Are we  going through collective rites of passage at the moment? What is the role of mentors in today's society?  In this Q&A Michael Meade answers questions from the Future Thinkers Members.  Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He is also the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples. His podcast Living Myth looks at our changing world from a mythic perspective. Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/135  To join future Q&As with thinkers & visionaries, become a Future Thinkers member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members  Members get access to courses, workshops, and private group calls for a deep dive into practicing sovereignty, resilience, and shadow work. To help us with the property search for the Future Thinkers Smart Village go to http://www.futurethinkers.org/landsearch  SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup 
Our guest in this episode is Miriam Martineau, who is a counselor, teacher, and Founder of Next Step Integral. For the last 15 years she has studied and researched parenting as a spiritual practice. Miriam and her husband Stefan also lived in an intentional community called Morning Star for 10 years from 1992 to 2002, which they founded in rural BC, Canada. We discuss the practical aspects of running an intentional community, attracting the right people in the early stages, dealing with bad actors, as well as raising children to adopt the values of community. Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/134  To access to the full interview with Miriam Martineau, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members To help us with the property search for the Future Thinkers Smart Village go to http://www.futurethinkers.org/landsearch SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
Our guest in this episode is Jim Rutt, a systems thinker, host of the Jim Rutt Show podcast, and former key player in several technology companies. He was also the Chairman of Santa Fe Institute, where he was working in the scientific study of consciousness and evolutionary artificial intelligence. We had Jim as a guest on the show a year ago, where he did an introduction to the concept of GameB and talked about the history of the movement. Today we want to catch up with Jim about some of the ways that the concepts of GameB are being applied in practice. Earlier this year, he published a Medium article called A Journey to GameB, which lists lots of practical steps for transitioning into this new social operating system. Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/133  To access to the full interview with Jim Rutt, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/friend Learn more and contribute to Future Thinkers Smart Village at http://www.futurethinkers.org/village SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
Our guests in this episode are Tyson Yunkaporta and his wife Megan Kelleher. Tyson is the author of 'Sand Talk,' and indigenous thinker from the Apalech clan from the West Cape of Queensland, Australia. Megan is a scholar at RMIT in Melbourne, who is currently researching the connection between blockchain and indigenous knowledge systems. She is of Barada and Gabalbara heritage of Northeast Queensland, Australia. We talk about integrating indigenous wisdom with contemporary life, whether technology is adaptive or destructive for humanity, growth and scaling in human systems, and transitional cultures on the way to a healthier way of being in this world. Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/132  To access to the full interview with Tyson Yunkaporta and Megan Kelleher, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/friend Learn more and contribute to Future Thinkers Smart Village at http://www.futurethinkers.org/village SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
Daniel Christian Wahl on regenerative cultures, the role of humans on planet Earth, and the importance of being in right relationship with technology, nature, and the process of life as a whole. To access to the full 2-hour interview with Daniel Christian Wahl, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members Join the Q&A with Daniel Christian Wahl on October 29th at 11am PST: http://www.futurethinkers.org/wahl Show notes for this episode: http://www.futurethinkers.org/131 Join the Future Thinkers Smart Village Summit on October 28th at 4pm PST. Featuring James Ehrlich from ReGen Villages and surprise guests! RSVP at http://www.futurethinkers.org/summit Learn more and contribute to Future Thinkers Smart Village at http://www.futurethinkers.org/village SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
Discussion and Q&A about Earth Regeneration and Smart Villages with Nora Bateson, author and founder of the International Bateson Institute, Joe Brewer, founder of the Earth Regenerators Study Group, and Future Thinkers Community members. Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/130  Learn more about Future Thinkers Smart Village at http://www.futurethinkers.org/village SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup 
This is a replay of the Future Thinkers interview and Q&A on The Stoa hosted by Peter N Limberg. Future Thinkers Smart Village is a place that combines technological innovation, creativity, personal development, education, regenerative agriculture, and community – located in a beautiful mountain valley the heart of the Kootenays, BC, Canada. Learn more about the Future Thinkers Smart Village at http://www.futurethinkers.org/village  Future Thinkers original interview on The Stoa: https://youtu.be/_xdbuG49yfg  Check out The Stoa: http://www.thestoa.ca  SIGN UP for our mailing list and get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup 
In this episode of our Regenerative Series, our guest is Richard Perkins - a farmer, educator and expert on regenerative agriculture. He is the co-owner of Ridgedale Permaculture, one of the few profitable Permaculture farms on the planet. Richard is dedicated to restoring ecosystems and educating people all around the world in profitable regenerative farming. We talk about what permaculture is and how to get started with it, what sort of mindset we need to have when we deal with complex natural ecosystems, restoring rites of passage for young people, and how to apply ecological principles in business. To get the full 2-hour interview with Richard, become a Future Thinkers member at https://members.futurethinkers.org/  Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/128  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
We invited Nora Bateson back on the show for another sensemaking conversation. Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, educator, and the President of the International Bateson Institute. We wanted to hear her views on the current disintegration of societal systems, and how to navigate the chaos of the world. We talk about how to raise and educate children for the uncertain future, and how to find the potential for healing and transformation in these difficult times. She also shares some thought provoking quotes from her father Gregory Bateson’s writings. To get the full episode, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members  Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/127  Sign up for upcoming Future Thinkers workshops: http://www.futurethinkers.org/events  July 14-28 2020: Generating Archetypal Mind States with Michael Taft Become more effective, compassionate, and awake with the power of archetypes. Learn more and register at http://www.futurethinkers.org/taft
We invited Joe Brewer on the show again as part of our regenerative series. We had him last year, and we talked about cultural evolution and designing regenerative cultures. Since then Joe moved to a rural community in Colombia, started the Earth Regenerators Study Group, and wrote a new book.  In this episode we talk about this new book called The Design Pathway for Regenerating Earth. We also talk about what it’s like to live in economic collapse, how to re-establish relationships with nature and community, and how something as important as Earth Regeneration can be done with a sense of child-like playfulness. To get the full interview, become a member at http://futurethinkers.org/members  Show notes: http://futurethinkers.org/126  Upcoming Future Thinkers Workshops: http://futurethinkers.org/events  July 14-28 - Generating Archetypal Mind States with Michael Taft Become more effective, compassionate, and awake with the power of archetypes. Learn more and register at http://www.futurethinkers.org/taft 
Bonnitta Roy is back on our show for the second time. She is so tuned into what's going on in the world, and we always have so much to talk about with her. She is an award-winning author, philosopher, insight guide and international trainer, who’s focusing on building greater capacities for human sensemaking. Today Bonnitta shares with us some details about her new written piece about human flourishing. We also talk about the current social shift from global to local, what type of institutions we need right now, and how to engage in conversation about culture, race and what it means to really listen. To get the full interview, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members  Check out and sign up for our upcoming workshops at http://www.futurethinkers.org/events  In This Episode of Future Thinkers: What epistemic traps are preventing human flourishing and what are the alternatives The examples of these traps with the COVID-19 and collective intelligence How complexity is escalating with the notion of progress Why localism and bio-regional communities feel necessary right now What are core self, communal, cosmopolitan and cosmic self Questioning the relevancy of institutions and workplaces The real problems with understanding and conversing with different cultures What is the root of growing divisions in the Western society How transactional relationships affect human culture Links and Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Consumer Ed, article by Bonnitta Roy Recommended Books: Binding Chaos: Mass Collaboaration on a Global Scale by Heather Marsh More From Future Thinkers: FTP124: James Ehrlich - Designing Regenerative Villages FTP121: Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic FTP119: Bonnitta Roy - Ego & Group Practices
With this episode we are starting a podcast series about regenerative smart village design, where we are featuring notable people in the areas of regenerative cultures, self-sustaining communities, smart villages, etc. Our first guest in this series is James Ehrlich, the founder of Regen Villages. Regen Villages is a Stanford University spin-off company, creating the so-called “Tesla of Ecovillages" - the technology integrated VillageOS™ software, for the future of living in resilient neighbourhoods. In this episode we talk about designing regenerative villages, why that is what the communities of the future are going to look like, and what are the barriers and risks to getting there. To watch the full version of the interview, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://www.futurethinkers.org/members  What Is Covered:  The need in the world that Regen Villages are responding to What is the main problem with contemporary city environments How to redesign communities on a more local level The most unexpected benefits for people living in regenerative villages What are the main barriers for smart villages to become a reality Why authorities fear decentralization The optimistic elements of post-Covid19 'green' transition The pros and cons of retrofitting the cities What can potentially bring smart villages down How can communities of different sizes cooperate effectively Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode: RegenVillages We Are Blacksheep Suzanne Simmard: How Trees Talk To Each Other, TED Talk Future Thinkers Retreat Center Project Future Thinkers Upcoming Workshops Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/124 
Our guest in this episode is Donald Hoffman, a cognitive psychologist who studies consciousness, visual perception and evolutionary psychology using mathematical models and psychophysical experiments. Donald is the author of several books, the latest one being The Case Against Reality. In this interview we talk about Donald’s scientific theory of consciousness, which he refers to as 'conscious realism.' We discuss why we don’t see reality as it is, what experiments demonstrate this and the role of spiritual practices in how we perceive reality.  Complete show notes: http://www.futurethinker.org/123  To get the full interview, become a Future Thinkers Member at http://members.futurethinkers.org  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup
Jamie Wheal Q&A

Jamie Wheal Q&A

2020-04-1001:58:291

Jamie Wheal answers questions in a Q&A session with Future Thinkers Members, streamed on March 3rd 2020.  Jamie Wheal is a researcher and writer in the field of human potential, peak performance, and flow states. He is the co-author of the book “Stealing Fire” and director of Flow Genome Project. Replay of the livestream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/J_45WjlSAGw  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup  To participate in future Q&As with past podcast guests, become a Future Thinkers Member, and get access to our in-depth Courses in Personal Evolution, private group calls where we practice sovereignty and sensemaking, workshops, masterminds and priority on all events and deals. REGISTER today at http://futurethinkers.org/members 
This is the 2nd livestream we did on the second-order effects of coronavirus on society, politics, and economy. The recording is from March 13, so some of the things we talk about here have already happened, or are happening right now in the world. Links And Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic, livestream replay on YouTube, https://youtu.be/NP97FscPiZk  COVID-19: The Basics You Need To Know, www.futurethinkers.org/covidprep  Processing the Grief of COVID-19, www.futurethinkers.org/covidgrief  #emergencyUBI in the Wake of COVID-19, www.futurethinkers.org/emergencyubi  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup  To access full podcast episodes, become a FUTURE THINKERS MEMBER. As a Patron member, you get access to our full podcast episodes, unreleased material from past episodes, and occasional extra material from our courses like guided meditations and lessons, for just $5 per month.  As a Basic or Premium member, you get access to our in-depth Courses in Personal Evolution, private group calls, Q&A's with podcast guests, priority on events and deals, and more. REGISTER today at http://futurethinkers.org/members 
Joe Brewer Q&A

Joe Brewer Q&A

2020-03-2801:17:14

Joe Brewer's work is centred around regenerative cultures. He travels around the world, studying different practices that contribute to the regeneration of the environment and communities. This is the audio version of the Q&A streamed on February 11th. Q&A replay: https://youtu.be/t10mtKAjgo4  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup  To access full podcast episodes, become a FUTURE THINKERS MEMBER. As a Patron member, you get access to our full podcast episodes, unreleased material from past episodes, and occasional extra material from our courses like guided meditations and lessons, for just $5 per month.  As a Basic or Premium member, you get access to our in-depth Courses in Personal Evolution, private group calls, Q&A's with podcast guests, priority on events and deals, and more. REGISTER today at http://futurethinkers.org/members  =FUTURE THINKERS GIVEAWAY= Win 6 months of Future Thinkers Membership, and 1 month supply of Qualia Nootropic Energy from Neurohacker Collective. http://www.futurethinkers.org/giveaway 
Our guest in this episode is Bonnitta Roy, an author, philosopher, and teacher who’s focusing on building greater capacities for human sense-making. We talk about collective insight practices, ego deconstruction and shadow work in group setting,  the insights into the nature of the mind, and rediscovering our evolutionary spiritual capacities. Show notes: http://www.futurethinkers.org/119  SIGN UP for our mailing list to get a FREE 50+ Page Adapt to the Future Guide: http://www.futurethinkers.org/signup  To access the full episode, become a FUTURE THINKERS MEMBER. As a Patron member, for just $5 per month you get access to our full podcast episodes, unreleased material from past episodes, and occasional extra material from our courses like guided meditations and lessons. With Basic and Premium memberships, you can get access to our in-depth Courses in Personal Evolution, private group calls, Q&A's with podcast guests, priority on events and deals, and more. REGISTER today at http://futurethinkers.org/members  =FUTURE THINKERS GIVEAWAY= Win 6 months of Future Thinkers Membership, and 1 month supply of Qualia Nootropic Energy from Neurohacker Collective. http://www.futurethinkers.org/giveaway 
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Comments (8)

ncooty

Everyone on this podcast sounds as if they can't be bothered to learn enough to justify their opinions. E.g., @31:54 is a drastic misrepresentation of the concept of UBI. It's just an ignorant kid asking bad questions based on false premises. This is garbage.

Apr 5th
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ncooty

An amateurish interview. It sounded as if the hosts were trying to use a public Q&A podcast format to solicit drive-by consulting from a guest who drastically over-estimates his own qualifications. Everything about this seems naive, unstructured, ignorant, and unprofessional.

Apr 5th
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Jedediah Jenkins

y'all talked in a circle the whole time, come on.

Nov 10th
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Intrograted

iirc, David said it was Wilber who got in contact with *them*. Ken seems lovely, he's enjoyable to listen to, and he has interesting ideas. But his fragile/inflated ego makes it a little difficult to take him too seriously. Maybe I'm being unfair and he's still in the process of working towards practicing what he preaches. I sure hope so.

Jan 24th
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Tk F

On one hand they talk of how great it is that today's society has rid themselves of the dogma of religion and how great it is that everyone has a mobile phone yet 10 mins later they talk about how we really don't need materialism and all these gadgets?, by the way when saying its normal for the ego to want the latest iPhone your incorrect, there are millions of people out there who don't give 2 hoots about the type of phone or brand of jeans they have.

Dec 19th
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Emeka Kanu

25:00 name names

Dec 3rd
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Intrograted

Awesome! Thanks for talking to Dean. I wish his work was more widely acknowledged.

Nov 10th
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G Heeerteer

A tantalizing buffet of evolutionary consciousness. tech, biology, psychedelia, and the changing future to nest all of this. fun, provoking, and curious hosts to join in an ongoing exploration.

Oct 7th
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