Subtle Activism, the Great Turning, and the Work that Reconnects

Broadcast on September 10, 2015
With Joanna Macy & Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, co-founder of the Gaiafield Project

Sean Kelly, Ph.D., is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era and of Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness. Sean is also co-editor, with Donald Rothberg, of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers and co-translator, with Roger Lapointe, of Edgar Morin’s book, Homeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium. Sean's research is increasingly focused on engaging creatively with the complex character of the current planetary crisis. Set within a transdisciplinary approach to the evolution of consciousness, he has developed integral perspectives on the transition to a life-sustaining society, including the idea and practice of "subtle activism" and a more integral understanding of Gaia theory. At the center of of his work is the conviction that we are being called to participate actively in the awakening of Gaia, our planet-home, guided by the twin virtues of wisdom and compassion in service of the entire Earth community. Along with his academic work, Sean has trained intensively in the Chinese internal arts (taiji, bagua, and xingyi) and has been teaching taiji since 1990.

From the World Peace Library: Subtle Activism, the Great Turning, and the Work that Reconnects

Inspiring Positive Social Change 2017
Broadcast on September 05, 2017
With Joanna Macy & Sean Kelly

As part of the Subtle Activism Summit, Joanna Macy, much beloved Buddhist teacher, activist and deep ecologist, and Sean Kelly, the profound writer and teacher from the visionary Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, engaged in a riveting conversation. Joanna spoke passionately about the choice we face to either participate in the “Great Turning” toward a life-sustaining society, or to remain in a sleepwalk toward disaster. And Sean brilliantly described his conviction that we are being called to actively participate in the awakening of Gaia, our planet-home.

During this inspired session, you'll discover:

  • The three basic ways to participate in the Great Turning: 1) Holding actions, 2) Creating new structures, & 3) Shifting consciousness
  • Joanna's experience of a massive peace meditation in Sri Lanka in the late 1990s
  • How the awaking to Gaia is happening through human awareness

Sean Kelly

Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, co-founder of the Gaiafield Project

Sean Kelly, Ph.D., is professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era and of Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness. Sean is also co-editor, with Donald Rothberg, of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers and co-translator, with Roger Lapointe, of Edgar Morin’s book, Homeland Earth: A manifesto for the New Millennium. Sean's research is increasingly focused on engaging creatively with the complex character of the current planetary crisis. Set within a transdisciplinary approach to the evolution of consciousness, he has developed integral perspectives on the transition to a life-sustaining society, including the idea and practice of "subtle activism" and a more integral understanding of Gaia theory. At the center of of his work is the conviction that we are being called to participate actively in the awakening of Gaia, our planet-home, guided by the twin virtues of wisdom and compassion in service of the entire Earth community. Along with his academic work, Sean has trained intensively in the Chinese internal arts (taiji, bagua, and xingyi) and has been teaching taiji since 1990.