Living Institute Leadership Program Lecture and Award

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Date: Friday, June 4 2010
7:00 pm Creative Leadership for the 21st Century
9:00 pm Living Institute Cultural Innovator Award 2010
Location: Hart House Debates Room, University of Toronto
Cost: $25

This event will highlight the need for creative leadership in addressing the global ecological crisis and the evolutionary challenge this brings to Western culture in understanding who we are in an interdependent planetary ecosystem, recognize two leading figures in the field, Dr Dennis O'Hara and Alice Klein, with the Living Institute Cultural Innovator Award.

Creative Leadership for the 21st Century, Friday, June 4, 7 - 9 pm

Albert Einstein once observed that “the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” The modern era's understanding of the human significantly contributed to the ecological crisis that now threatens the viability of humanity and Earth's ecosystems, and will not provide the insights needed to lead us out of this crisis. However, as our grasp of the epic of evolution and its implications increasingly replaces our prior understanding of the universe and our place in it, we are beginning to craft a response to the events that have jeopardized Earth's sustainability. We are developing a new understanding of who we are within an interdependent planetary ecosystem, and the profound interrelationships between human and environmental health. Emerging perspectives in humanistic and transpersonal psychology and ecospirituality that explore personal, cultural, and cosmological evolution are helping us to articulate a new vision for humanity that allows us to live and thrive in ways that are mutually enhancing for us and the rest of the planet.

Dennis O'Hara, DC, ND, MDiv, PhD: Chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, eco-theologian, ethicist; Director, Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, University of St. Michael's College; associate member graduate faculty, Centre for Environment, University of Toronto.

Living Institute Cultural Innovator Award 2010 Friday, June 4, 9pm

Dennis O'Hara, PhD is a leader in the fields of ethics, spirituality, ecology and health, locally and internationally. Since 2002, he has been an assistant professor of ethics in the graduate Faculty of Theology and Director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology at the University of St. Michael's College, as well as being a core faculty member of that university's Corporate Social Responsibility certificate programme. He has also been an associate faculty member for the Centre for the Environment at the University of Toronto. He has been actively involved in exploring and resolving integrative healthcare issues, having worked with the Natural Health Products Directorate in Health Canada, the Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Education Group, and the World Health Organization. He was a co-investigator in the CIHR funded Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Research.

Alice Klein shaped and developed NOW Magazine's heavy-hitting and iconoclastic news section to focus on issues that are relevant locally and internationally. Klein's commitment to community, culture and the environment have been a decisive force in shaping NOW Magazine's evolution as a publication that is both leading edge and enormously well-read. As an accomplished writer and passionate observer of social movements, anti-war activist and feminist pioneer, Klein is an original thinker who writes on the connections between politics, economics and the archetypal. She is the co-founder /co-owner (with Michael Hollett), editor and CEO of NOW Magazine, Toronto's longest-running free alternative newsweekly, one of the largest independent media organizations in Canada. In 2000, she was named as one of the 100 Graduates Who Shaped the Century by the U of T Alumnae Association. She is on the Board of the Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and Centre for Social Innovation, is a founding member of Green Enterprise Toronto (GET) and one of the co-creators of VoteforEnvironment.ca. In 2007 Klein wrote, directed and produced her first documentary feature film "The Call of the Hummingbird" about a group of more than 1000 people who gathered in central Brazil to work towards a do-it-yourself action plan to make the world a better place. The film screened at SXSW andHOTDOCS, as well as numerous other international film festivals.

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