"At this pivotal time in human evolution, it is vitally important that the mass media and their messages serve our collective psychological and spiritual health,” says futurist Elgin.
Community & Society
It’s chronic. It’s pervasive. It’s almost normal. But is violence a necessary part of the human condition? One school of thought sees violence as a natural factor in evolution, pushing the dynamic of diversity between and within groups. In this lead feature, Shift’s editor McNeill presents a variety of perspectives, and asks us to consider the possibility of a world beyond violent conflict.
Matters of Consequence is a cross-disciplinary map of reality that addresses human concerns at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Among these are personal concerns such as living a creative and significant life, and societal ones such as sustainability and economic justice. The book’s underlying assumption is this: If we come to understand the interior and exterior aspects of the human situation — deeply, comprehensively, clearly — then what needs to be done, both in our personal lives and the world around us, becomes clear.
From the Enron debacle to the Martha Stewart scandal, trust in business practices and in corporate leaders has been seriously jeopardized, hitting an all-time low. According to Matthew Gilbert in his latest book, The Workplace Revolution, the problem stems from a relentless work ethic, the tireless pursuit of profit, and the conflict between business values and human values.
A distinguished anthropologist–who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion and medicine. Here is a fascinating expedition into this ancient tradition, from its prehistoric beginnings to the work of women shamans across the globe today.
The future is in our hands, says psychiatrist, artist, and futurist Charles Johnston. And creativity will determine what it looks like.
Indigenous traditions of justice that favor communal health over individual retribution restore peace, harmony, and balance to the whole.
The late humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers speaks to the profound importance of knowing "the other."
A moving passage from Barasch’s new book, Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness.
I’m an African-American woman, which is significant in one respect, and it’s totally insignificant in another." Find out why in this wide-ranging dialogue with the passionate Belvie Rooks.