Dawn of an Era of Well-Being
A program that is dedicated to helping us find knowledge and comfort at a time when an atmosphere of confusion has become so pervasive.
Season 1, Episode 10 – 50 min
Conversations with Garry Jacobs
In this episode. Our world is entering what may be referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is an era marked by technological advances which manufacture machines that are capable of outperforming human beings in a variety of activities and with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI.), this will include “thinking”. More info
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EPISODE N. 10 | GARRY JACOBS – Today’s discussion: Our world is entering what may be referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is an era marked by technological advances which manufacture machines that are capable of outperforming human beings in a variety of activities and with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI.), this will include “thinking”.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution was ushered in by the Third Industrial Revolution from which we are only now emerging and was characterized by a widespread dissemination of information—steam and electricity were the attributes of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions, respectively.
As A.I. becomes more prevalent technology will continue to reshape and revolutionize human life, blurring the distinction between physical, digital, and biological systems and processes.
Could many of the problems that the world faces today—Social injustice, climate change, pandemics, and so forth—be the result of humankind using the tenets of an old paradigm in an arena where they no longer apply?
Helping us consider the pros and cons of this new world we are entering, we are joined today by the acclaimed social scientist and economist, Garry Jacobs. Over the course of this fascinating conversation we will also speak of eastern and western perspectives on the individual’s role in the world (Garry resides in India), and an exploration of the concept of “pure thinking”.
American social scientist, educator, and international management consultant who travelled to India in 1971 in search of spiritual enlightenment and has spent about 40 years there studying the Integral Philosophy and Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
His research, consulting work and publications focus on the need for integrated, transdisciplinary, human-centered and value-based theories and strategies to promote peace, employment, social equality, sustainable development and personal growth in the fields of business, economy, education, governance, international security and psychology.
As Director of Social Science Research at The Mother’s Service Society (India), he heads a research team applying Sri Aurobindo’s social evolutionary thought in Management, Economics, Education, Global Governance, Social Development, Psychology, Literary Criticism and other fields.
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His many awards and distinctions include the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award (Tokyo 2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (Assisi 2005), and nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (2004 and 2005).
Ervin Laszlo spent his childhood in Budapest, Hungary. He was a celebrated child prodigy on the piano, with public appearances from the age of nine. Receiving a Grand Prize at the inter- national music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to leave Hungary and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in America.
He is a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the Inter- national Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the International Medici Academy. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010.
Frederick Tsao is the fourth-generation leader of IMC Pan Asia Alliance Group, born in the East and educated in the West. He became chairman in 1995 and transformed the family business from a traditional shipping company to a multinational conglomerate. With more than 40 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, Fred has worked successfully with business partners and governments in multiple markets across diverse cultures. Not afraid to push boundaries, as Chairman of Intercargo, Fred repositioned the dry bulk industry from a shipper to one that plays a role within the global supply chain. Fred has published over 30 books in Chinese, concluding that we are amidst a major consciousness shift and at the dawn of a new era. He advocates that business should transform and reform our era. For this, he founded OCTAVE Institute, a comprehensive integrated life journey approach towards well-being. In 2019, Fred co-authored “Quantum Leadership, New Consciousness in Business” with Chris Laszlo, published by Stanford University Press. Fred also contributed a piece titled “Reconnecting to the Source in the Mirror of Chinese Culture” to the book by Ervin Laszlo titled “Reconnecting to the Source” published by St. Martin’s Press in 2020.
Alison Goldwyn is an Edutainment Producer & Climate Alchemist, engaging Media & the Creative Arts to help change the worldwide Emotional Climate – root of Climate Change and virtually all our global ills. Alison believes that the gaping hole in our global whole is due, in part, to a disconnect from Soul… and that Civilisation’s healthy maturation hinges on rekindling this timeless connection. In 2020 she co-produced the 4 day Source of Wonder online event featuring 80 Presenters & Artists from diverse global sectors. Alison is in her 34th year of party planning Synchronistory®; an interstellar, music- propelled, globally broadcast “B’earthday Party” for the Planet celebrating every living being! She is affiliated with Al Gore / The Climate Reality Project, Ervin Laszlo / The Club of Budapest, global governance platform Simpol (Simultaneous Policy) … and the Cosmos.
DAWN of AN ERA of WELL-BEING
Humankind is facing monumental challenges—the sustainability of our natural resources, climate change, wealth inequalities, breakdowns in social structures, the impact of artificial intelligence, and of course the threat of pandemics. What we need to understand is that with each of these challenges is an opportunity to create a better future for our Earth. But first we need to open our eyes and understand how the old “normal”—the conventions and assumptions about how our systems work—are no longer sustainable. Change is going to occur, and a “new normal” is not simply necessary; it is imminent.
The authors of Dawn of An Era of Well-Being offer a unique worldview called the “quantum paradigm” that is emerging in society. Their concepts and principles are drawn from theories of Western science and Eastern wisdom traditions of human spirituality. These compass points for navigating the uncharted waters we are entering will be of interest to all who want to find a path to a better world. In this critical work authors Ervin Laszlo and Frederick Tsao are joined by several contributors including Deepak Chopra, Jean Houston, Neale Donald Walsch, and other well-known thought leaders.