An Intimate Discourse with Visionaries of The Great Turning

Leading visionaries of The Great Turning respond to key questions relevant to the challenges of our times:

  1. What is The Great Turning and what is its significance at this time in our human history?

  2. What is the evolutionary leap of consciousness – the awakening – required of humanity to navigate and actualise The Great Turning?

  3. What are the skills and practices that we, as ordinary citizens, need to cultivate in the face of increasing adversity due to the catastrophic effects of climate change and the threat of mass species extinction, including our own? What can support us to honour our experience of loss and pain for our world in crisis?  

  4. What is your vision of humanity’s future? Are we going to make it as a species?

If, like me, and so many others around the world, you’ve been questioning or concerned about the plight of humanity and the planet, this intimate and candid dialogue will uplift and inspire you to turn from despair to hope; from separation to unity; from fear to love; and from powerlessness to empowerment. 

You may wish to gather with friends and colleagues to watch the video and hold your own engaged dialogue on this timely and relevant topic.

With deepest gratitude to our esteemed panellists for their sage wisdom at a time when we are living through the greatest challenges we have ever faced in our human history, 

Mattie Porte, Findhorn Host & Producer 

Meet Our Visionaries

Craig Schindler

Dr. Craig F. Schindler is a nationally known author and speaker; coach and counselor in transformative psychology; conflict resolution expert; executive coach; and former professor of environmental ethics. He is the author of The Great Turning with Dr. Gary Lapid. They were the first to coin the term “The Great Turning” now used around the world to describe the leap of consciousness needed for humanity to survive and thrive. Called a win/win masterpiece, The Great Turning envisions a new era of human dignity, environmental restoration and lasting peace.

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of World as Lover, World as Self, Coming Back to Life, Active Hope and ten other books, she is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change. Joanna is also a Findhorn Fellow. Photo credit: Adam Loften.

David Korten

David C. Korten holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Business School. He is a former member of the faculties of the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health. For 21 years, he lived and worked as an economic development professional in Ethiopia, Central America, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He is founder and president of the Living Economics Forum and co-founder and board chair emeritus of YES! Media. His books include Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, and the international best sellers When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.

Duane Elgin

Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. His books include: The Living Universe, Voluntary Simplicity, Promise Ahead, Awakening Earth, Humanity’s Journey Home: Learning to Live in a Living Universe, and most recently, Choosing Earth: Humanity’s Great Transition to a Mature Planetary Civilisation.

Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe – Weyakpa Najin Win (Woman Stands Shining) – is a Diné mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honour of being human.

Chris Johnstone

Chris Johnstone is a specialist trainer for resilience and wellbeing. He has worked in this field for over thirty years, and through his online courses, he now reaches people from more than 55 countries. After working for many years as a doctor and addictions specialist in the UK health service, he now focuses on coaching, mentoring, writing and training, particularly through online courses at The College of WellbeingHis books include Active Hope, co-authored with Joanna Macy, and Seven Ways to Build Resilience.

Join Our Inaugural Online Self-Study Programme: The Great Turning Experiment

If you are nourished by our panel discussion, you may also be inspired to join our Great Turning Experiment, online from Findhorn in Self-Study format. All of our panelists have joined as session speakers to delve more deeply into how to navigate and actualise The Great Turning.

For full programme details and to book your place, please visit our programme page….

Join Us Online for Our Next Live Programme!

If you prefer a live setting, join us for our upcoming Thriving in the Emerging New World programme starting 13 September and running to 20 December 2023.

2 thoughts on “An Intimate Discourse with Visionaries of The Great Turning

  1. Hey Mattie! What an apt offering at this time – the beginning of a new year and at a time when the scientists tell us that we have less than a decade left in which to ‘turn things around’ on our ailing planet. I see much dedicated thought and planning having gone into this course; so I’m inspired to share your information with past participants of WTR workshops and friends here in Australia. As we say here in Oz: “Good on ya!”.

    1. Dear Helene,

      Thank you for taking the time to write and offer your kind feedback and support of our Great Turning Initiatives. I’m pleased to hear that you have been nourished by our panel discussion and are sharing with others in your network. All of our panelists are also speakers in our upcoming online learning journey: The Great Turning Experiment, 16 March to 22 June 2022. You can find out more here:

      It would be great to have you join us.

      With love and blessings for a marvellous 2022,

      Mattie 🙏

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