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Climate Change & Materialism: Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization
Speaker: Gary Reusche
Host: Daniel Truran
Co-Host: Vahid Masrour

Even before the devastating effects of the coronavirus on human daily life, the emergence of a global civilization has been characterized by the twin processes of integration and disintegration. Interwoven global threats such as ecological degradation, uneconomic growth that overshoots the Earth’s biocapacity, income and wealth inequality, consumerism, and the rapid erosion of agri-food resources contribute to the breakdown of the world’s social and ecological order. This session will explore how to reduce anxieties about the future through discourse by individuals and communities. Technical solutions that mitigate such problems exist but must be administered within a new world order animated by the spirit of unity that reflects the vision of Bahá'u'lláh. This session aims at understanding the current issues and their cultural roots so that individuals and humanity as a whole may gain greater capacity to contribute in effective ways to social discourse and social action leading to transformation on an unprecedented scale.

Jun 13, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gary Reusche
Gary Reusche is an agribusiness specialist and business manager based in rural Ukraine. Recently retired as a senior operations officer with the World Bank group, he has more than 40 years’ experience as a program leader and technical specialist in more than 70 countries around the world. Responding to calls for international pioneering in 1970 as a Bahá’í youth, he obtained PhD and MBA degrees, and oriented his life on social and economic development, both in and outside the Bahá’í Faith. Alternating between business management and technical consultancies, he led teams in Russian and Ukraine since the break-up of the Soviet Union employing Bahá’í consultation practices and a values-based approach to the work. He is currently faculty for two Wilmette Institute courses, soon to start a 3rd: “Bringing Consultation to the Workplace.”
Daniel Truran
Daniel Truran has dedicated the last 20 years to explore and harness the connection between Baha'i values, the purpose and the actions or people and companies, inspiring and creating communities and movements that are building the future, a better, more prosperous, sustainable and just future. He is currently director general at ebbf - ethical business building the future, B Corp ambassador at B Lab Europe, teaches at various masters in business schools, and offers talks and sessions to spark the transition that people and the world want and need. He was the co-founder of the Impact Hub Madrid. LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/dtruran
Vahid Masrour
Having resided in 6 countries (so far!), and being a polyglot, I consider myself a world citizen. Originally trained as a psychologist, I’ve dedicated much of my time to creating and facilitating training activities both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. I am now keenly interested in participating in the inquiry about what educational systems could and should look like in the 21st century. As a Bahá’í, I am particularly interested in topics related to Bahá’u’lláh’s New World Order, and the transition of humanity towards it. In the core activities, serving as a tutor has been my favorite activity.