We live in challenging times. Throughout the world the viewpoints of different groups and cultures often clash with one another. Now, more than ever, it is crucial we learn how to be more aware of the natural biases of our own perspective, as well as attempt to comprehend and respect the perspectives of others. In this new freeIONS ebook we use our research to help parents and children explore facets of multiple perspectives, giving practical tools to help create a world that functions in greater collaboration and harmony.
Community & Society
Thomas Kuhn described scientific revolutions as "tradition-shattering complements to the tradition-bound activity of normal science," and noted that they are typically invisible as they are happening and fully recognized only in retrospect. But what if we were aware that we were in the midst of one? This talk discusses five reasons to believe we may be, and suggests practices for consciously riding the waves of shifting paradigms.
This inspirational video was created for the IONS Conference in the summer of 2007. It describes the work of IONS and the science of consciousness and it invites people to think differently about themselves and the world we live in. It gives a sense of how and why IONS came to be, and why so many people are so passionate about the work of the Institute.
Director: Kelly Durkin
This video illustrates the "At Home Within" pilot program—a collaboration between the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Committee on the Shelterless—which offers mind/body practices to homeless participants.
Related Research Project:
At Home Within: A Personal Growth Program for Homeless Adults
Lee Lipsenthal, MD, talks with Marilyn Schlitz in this segment about social interactions and group support positively effecting health. Lee discusses research and statistics that indicate interpersonal connection at a level of vulnerability can have an effect on the healing process from heart disease, blood pressure and depression. The quality of interaction rather than the quantity of interactions is important. Social isolation from deep meaningful conversations at least once a day at work or at home can have a detrimental effect on your health.
In this entertaining one-minute animation, you'll learn from an enlightening Master how to regrow the garden of our planet from the grassroots up.
The crises facing our planet can be overwhelming. But it is not too late for change, says Van Jones, a respected social justice leader. In this inspiring video, he shares that change begins with a worldview that says we’re not going to leave anyone behind. Together, we can make the shift beyond a throw-away culture to a world in which everything is respected as sacred.
In this one-minute video, Dr. Schlitz explores the possibility that we are now going through the next scientific revolution, one every bit as profound as those created by Copernicus, Darwin, and Einstein.
This paper overviews The Worldview Literacy Project, an experiential pedagogy designed to increase students' awareness of their worldviews. The curriculum opens a conversational space of exploration where diverse worldviews are welcomed with curiosity and wonder, in service to creating the deeper collective understanding and more effective sense-making required to navigate life in the post-industrial age.
This compilation of articles represents a range of perspectives and topics in an area of exploration that IONS calls “worldview transformation”—beneficial changes in consciousness that affect how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. They were published over the last few years in the quarterly magazine Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness. This IONS members-only publication, discontinued in the summer of 2009, featured news, opinions, and research from the multidisciplinary field of consciousness studies.