Average distance between the Earth and the Moon - 384,400 km or 238,555 miles.
"Beauty does not linger, it only visits.
Yet beauty's visitation affects us and invites us
into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think,
and act beautifully in the world: to create and live
a life that awakens the Beautiful."John O'Donohue
Welcome Please be aware that this initiative is very much a work in progress – like so many more wonderful social, cultural, and economic renewal efforts around the world.
In 2006, I established GlobalArtsCollective.org (GAC) as an auspice for the Anam Cara for Tara arts action in support of the campaign to preserve the Hill of Tara, in Ireland.
While we didn't succeed in protecting the Hill of Tara from fraudulent politicians and speculators, I found GAC's shared campaign format enlivening – sharing the highs and lows of collaboration, a little creative peer pressure can be inspiring.
GAC was re-launched in 2011 as an educational resource platform for information on some of the key issues arts practitioners might wish to share with their communities, networks, students and audiences, without spreading themselves thin on burdensome administration.
Calling all artists: Your fellow humans need you!
As concern over issues of peace, health, economic justice, and sustainability increasingly enter public debate, arts practitioners are finding their roles as collaborators, educators, change agents, and cultural conservationists are growing in importance.
Arts practitioners have always presented the big ideas that take us beyond the surface of our troubles to the source of our joy and ingenuity, and resilience – our ability to heal and empower others.
The arts have the power to touch the heart, and to promote and celebrate awareness of the wealth to be found in all aspects of our culture and heritage.
"We have a tradition that comes from the first millennium BC, somewhere else. And we are handling that. It has not turned over and assimilated the qualities of our culture and the new things that are possible and the new vision of the universe. It must be kept alive. The only people who can keep it alive are artists." – Joseph Campbell
Click to listen: The Power of Myth
Vision Freedom from the burden of involuntary poverty and deprivation: Restoration of Global Commons – personal sovereignty and the creative impulse.
Creating real solutions in
the spirit of friendship The Global Arts Collective encourages arts practitioners, business representatives, community and government leaders to work together – to 'protect and serve' in the spirit of friendship – toward creating solutions for the restoration of healthy ecosystems, economic security, cultural conservation, and stronger communities through a participatory and collaborative culture.
Together, we can work to restore our environment, our health, and our equal share in the fruits of the commons: A sustainable future based on ecological integrity, social justice, economic equity, and true participatory democracy.
Think about it! We nowknow that ’learning' is processed into memory at the same sleep brain-wave stage as healing and growth – but deeper: In other words, 'remembering' induces deeper sleep, ergo, 'learning' promotes healing and growth.
We also now know that there are five categories of brain wave frequencies: Gamma Brain Waves, aka the Insight Waves, are a recent discovery, and they are the fastest. Early analysis indicates Gamma brain waves are associated with breakthrough intuition, perception, and insight and high-level information processing.Learn
"... a more idealistic approach to things must actually be on the political agenda at the moment. The character of the environmental crisis is such, I believe, that we don’t really have the luxury of pausing to say:
'Hmm, is this just a little bit too utopian?’ because what’s at stake here might be the survival of the planet and the human race itself. So there are places where we actually need an injection of idealism and aspiration that we could call utopian at the present, I think.' – Professor Andrew McGowan, University of Melbourne, Interview excerpt: ABC-Radio National,
Encounter, 29 June 2013
Full Transcript: Heaven and Earth
"Christianity and Islam are perched on the horns of a dilemma: should we strive for a radical transformation of society? Or should we lower our earthly expectations, keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, and wait for God to sort things out? History provides us with sobering illustrations of how both can go wrong."
Visionary vs Analytical thought
The Alphabet vs The Goddess(1998) – free download, here. By Dr. Leonard Shlain (1937-2009),San Francisco surgeon and Professor of Medicine (specialising in blood-flow to the brain), and best-selling author.
See comprehensive study notes HERE.
Professor Shlain proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture in that our evolving interdisciplinary capacity for visionary analytical thinking will be directed to finding 'holistic' solutions to our evolutionary needs.
Dr. Shlain explains the evolution of the human brain, as we slowly develop our visionary and analytical skills. With the introduction of the alphabet, Dr. Shlain believed our logical/linear thinking capacity grew exponentially, and that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one.
Dr. Shlain explained,
“This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.” (Shlain, 1998)
But the good news is that he also described how we have developed our analytical capacity to the point where we can reengage our visionary capacity, with profound consequences for culture in that our evolving interdisciplinary visionary analytical thinking will be directed to finding 'holistic' solutions to our evolutionary needs
Professor Shlain's 1998 Book launch lecture gives a comprehensive overview:
Note: Dr Shlain's ideas were explored by his daughter, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, e.g. in her filmConnected (2011).
Personal Delusional Systems
"Everyone has the capacity to dream up what ever they want." – Neurologist, Dr. John Kitchin aka Slomo:
The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid
Op-Docs | The New York Times
Published on April 1, 2014
Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego's Pacific Beach:
"I feel like I'm on the tip of a great iceberg of consciousness. ... Once we see the light, we are not satisfied until we experience a kind of divinity... Everyone has the capacity to dream up what ever they want. In psychiatry, this is known as Personal Delusional Systems."
– Dr. John Kitchin
This is the story of one person "who got away–simply doing what he wants to."
Excerpt from the filmmaker Josh Izenberg's report: "I’ve long been fascinated by people who make seismic changes late in life.
It goes against the mainstream narrative: Grow up, pick a career, stick it out, retire. I was also curious about Slomo’s concept of “the zone,” a realm of pure subjectivity and connectedness that he achieves through his skating. The only thing Slomo loves more than being in the zone is talking about the zone, so it wasn’t hard to persuade him to take part in a documentary film. Slomo’s combination of candor and eloquence made him a natural on camera, and his background as a neurologist legitimized his metaphysical theories about skating, lateral motion and the brain."
Read the full story here
Collaboration in the 21st Century
Sir Ken Robinson's Mission:
"To transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence.”
British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson believes we're all born with creative capacities but we lose them the more time we spend in the world. He says the school system often discourages creativity by favouring academic measurement.
Sir Ken is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity (2010) was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders in Northern Ireland:
“A fast growing, competitive, innovative knowledge-based economy where there are plentiful opportunities and a population equipped to grasp them.” Vision Strategy 2010 (pdf).
On October 29, 2001, shortly after the catastrophic events of 9/11, Professor Ervin Laszlo's “Macroshift: Navigating the Transformation to a Sustainable World” was released. The tome explained how macroshifts in human history have spanned centuries, allowing our cultural values and beliefs systems to take shape gradually. Profwessor Laszlo explained the impact of the unprecedented speed of introduction of technological advances on our entire cultural evolutionary process, and warned that humanity is facing two possible scenarios:
1. Catastrophic "Breakdown," no change in the current unsustainable direction toward anarchy, chaos, and destruction.
2. Resilient "Breakthrough," where thinking and behaviour are collectively transformed to find creative and sustainable solutions to our problems.
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"And all this time I thought the world was round. The world is not round. It has edges we can fall from and faces staring in entirely different directions. And I thought the world was huge but it is not. It's in our hands: We can hold it; change it; turn it; shake it. We can solve it, but not by sheer luck or chance. We must be taught." – Abby VanMuijen, U.C. Berkeley
"The arts, more than sport, embodied and required skills and attitudes increasingly used by businesses. These involved critical thinking, being able to challenge conventional wisdom and to look at familiar themes from new angles and perspectives, and borrowing and adapting techniques that work in other settings." – Leon Gettler, Chief Economist,
ANZ Bank, Australia, The Age, 19 April, 2007
Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011) from the 2013 film "Jobs" "The crazy ones, the troublemakers, misfits, rebels, the square pegs in round holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." – Steve Jobs
"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." – Lily Tomlin
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss
"Anyone can become angry—that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy." – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. – George Bernard Shaw
"The total number of minds in the universe is one."
– Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel Prize in Physics 1933
"...greater equality usually makes most difference to the least well off, but still produces some benefits for the well off. ... higher levels of income inequality damage the social fabric that contributes so much to healthy societies." – Epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett,
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (2009)