Jan 2013 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy 2014. The new year is upon us. For some, they breathe a collective sigh of relief. For others, a cry of outrage. Still, no apocalypse. No flash enlightenment. No total collapse.
For some it was the year that pierced them. This was certainty the case for me.
I navigated through the most difficult transition of my life: the ending of a marriage. Among the beauty and the grief, profound lessons were learned. Someday, I will write about it - thereby transmuting the pain into an offering of beauty, for those who choose to listen and perhaps for those who come after us.
I'm often asked what keeps me going. A friend recently posted a quote from author Paul Hawken, who says it better than I could:
“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.”
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Please enjoy the latest edition of my newsletter Dispatches from the Future.
INTERVIEW: SPIRAL EVOLUTION AND THE EMERGING STORY OF INTERBEING
In December, Randall from The O World Project reached out for an interview. They've interviewed many interesting folks, including David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, and Betty Krawczyk.
We sat down one morning in Vancouver and discussed the state of the world, understanding the role of consciousness, how to provoke change, why the film Cloud Atlas is the first example of quantum storytelling, and a number of other important topics.
» Watch the Interview (48 mins)
I appreciated this interview for the space and time to go into a depth seldom offered in other shorter clips (plus, they served me great mate).
The O World Project is a multi-media initiative encompassing the artistic, scientific, spiritual and social perspectives of human endeavour. The intention of O World is to celebrate the diversity of human culture and creativity, to provoke the conscious evolution of our species, and to add another voice of inspiration for a new paradigm of global unity and community.
INTERVIEW: HEART OF IT ALL with SHERI HERNDON
This hour-long interview marks the third time I've been on Heart of It All. It's always a pleasure to spend time with the host Sheri Herndon.
From the episode description:
There are people in the world whose gift helps others tap into their gifts and who inspire us with their stories of possibility and clear seeing of the New World. If we are in between stories, we need those new storytellers who have a clear sense of the emerging future. With this, we clearly remember that we are pioneers at the frontier of humanity and we taste the potential that lies before us.
Filmmaker Ian MacKenzie is one of these storytellers and he returns to Heart Of It All for our third conversation. We’ll be exploring what it means to live authentically in today’s world while facing the sixth great extinction. How can we trigger an acausal process of change and work more collaboratively at larger levels of scale.
We’ll also learn about swarm intelligence (how to work collectively with the elegance of nature), how love is a powerful meme ready to go viral, and how finding our gifts is an essential part of the human journey.
This month, I also had the pleasure of two further speaking opportunities. The first at the Church of Truth in Victoria, where I spoke briefly about the meaning of "occupying love." The second is a short radio interview on Wild Salmon Warrior Radio about Fukushima and how to separate fear from fact. Enjoy!
» Listen: Occupying Love at the Church of Truth (23 mins)
» Listen: Lessons from Fukushima on Wild Salmon Warrior Radio (12 mins)
My talk from TedX Victoria has now passed 15,000+ views on Youtube! More exciting is the contributions from generous souls who have now translated the talk into French and Portuguese.
» Watch in French/Portuguese (or add your own language)
» Read the full English transcript
This talk represents my own personal synthesis from artists, activists, Occupiers, rabble rousers, revolutionaries and evolutionaries that I’ve had the privilege to meet during my short time on this planet. A sincere bow as well to my friends, supporters, and teachers – which I am forever indebted.
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COMING NEXT MONTH:
I'll be sharing 2 more hours of crowdfunding resources, in partnership with Indiegogo, along with announcing new Reactor tour dates and crowdfunding workshops.
BOOK IAN FOR YOUR EVENT
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p.s. Watch one of my favourite short films this week, The Scared is Scared: an adorable dramatization of a six year old's storytelling, done in the style of Wes Andersen.