The Way Forward Regenerative Conversations

Three Elders explore how to renew the world we helped mess up The Way Forward Podcast is dedicated to Regenerative Conversations about the future of humanity and planet. We think we need to re-think the current paradigm. Each episode explores how we can find a positive future forward for society and for ourselves. We explore the question: What is the Way Forward? We don’t have the answers, but we hope to stimulate all of us to imagine what is possible. We bring a wide variety of guests – including people at the leading edge of their field and willing to think out of the box – and engage into stimulating conversations with them, in a place of open curiosity. Topics will include a wide range of issues including environmental change, technology, governance, organizational design, sustainability, international peace, agriculture, and personal renewal. Alain Gauthier and Dr. John Izzo (the co-hosts) and Jim Burke (the producer) offer together more than a hundred years of organizational experience in the forms of consulting, change facilitation, keynote speaking and research/teaching for a wide variety of businesses, non-profits, government, and universities both in the US and abroad. We would like to thank our sponsors Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time“ and Blueprint “Enhancing the well-being of men and communities.” You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

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Episodes

Monday Sep 04, 2023

Many of us feel stuck in a paradigm that no longer serves us or life. Others believe “The Great Turning”, as Joanna Macy calls its, has begun?   There is also an emerging request that we Boomers humbly and courageously step beside the next generation of young leaders to support and learn from them?  Some call for   shared leadership as a model to be embraced.  Our guest Akaya Windwood, who serves as lead advisor on the Advisory Council of Third Act, explores these topics with our hosts.
Akaya Windwood has embraced transformational change since as a young black child she was of one of eight children to attend a school in San Bernardino California at the time of the integration process.  She has focused her energy on leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sector.  She is a faculty member at the Just Economy, founder of New Universal and past president of Rockwood Leadership Institute.  Akaya received the 2020 Vision Award from Middlebury College and the Ella Award from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com
The views, opinions and ideas expressed by our guests during this in any episode are solely their own and do not reflect or represent the positions, beliefs, or policies of any of our podcast sponsors.   Additionally, the content shared by our guests does not necessarily align with or reflect the position or beliefs of the podcast host or the production team behind “The Way Forward: Regenerative Conversations”.

Monday Aug 21, 2023

In 2005 we deployed less than 1 GW of solar.  By 2023 there was 350 gigawatts of solar produced with a cost reduction of 85 to 90%.   Hydrogen as a renewable energy source has long been promoted for its potential to revolutionize the energy landscape due to its abundance and clean burning nature.  Despite decades of anticipation its widespread adoption and integration into the global energy mix have been slow.  Challenges related to production, storage ,and distribution have hampered its progress.  The narrative of hydrogen 's potential often feels like the play “Waiting for Godot, where the awaited event or person never arrives.
Randy McEwen has always had a longstanding interest in energy conservation and renewable Energy. Early in his career he worked as a lawyer with a focus on mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance. Recognizing the intertwined challenges of energy security, air quality, and climate change, Randy decided to make a significant career shift.  His interest in renewable energy led him to hold executive roles in clean energy companies for the last 20 years, including in hydrogen, fuel cells and solar.   Randy MacEwen has served as CEO and a member of the board of directors of Ballard Power since 2014 which has allowed him to align his career with his passion for energy and environmental conservation
The views, opinions and ideas expressed by our guests during this in any episode are solely their own and do not reflect or represent the positions, beliefs, or policies of any of our podcast sponsors.   Additionally, the content shared by our guests does not necessarily align with or reflect the position or beliefs of the podcast host or the production team behind “The Way Forward: Regenerative Conversations”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Friday Aug 04, 2023

Albert Einstein was once asked what question would he most want to know the answer to if he returned to Earth in 500 years, he replied “Is the universe friendly?” We live in a pivotal period where numerous aspects of our modern societies face unprecedented challenges.  Some fear we may already be on the path of societal and environmental collapse.  It is in this context that redefining and reimagining our future becomes not just essential, but urgent.  How do we use foresight and can elders play a special role in creating a regenerative, equitable, and just future for all?
Our guest for this conversation is Joe Tankersley, a renowned futurist, writer, and Walt Disney Imagineer.  With a rich career spanning filmmaking, writing, and imagining futures at Walt Disney, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to our conversation.  He has spent most of his professional life using strategic foresight and storytelling to create compelling visions of better tomorrows.  Joe is an ardent believer in “Practopia”, a future that is measurably better than today and one that requires us to stretch beyond our perceived limits.   Having served on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists, Joe brings expertise and passion to the pressing questions of our time.  He is actively involved in creating better tomorrows, not just in his professional work but also through his commitment to local communities and not-for-profits. Joe is the author of “Reimagining Our Tomorrows: Making Sure Your Future Doesn’t Suck”.
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Sunday Jul 16, 2023

As record breaking temperatures are recorded in the United States and across the world during the summer of 2023, Climate Change” and “Global Warming” can no longer be relegated to the future.  For more and more of us it has become a lived experience.  What can we do as individuals, groups and as a society to take action in the face of this ever-emerging crisis. 
Brian Stewart is the founder of “Electrify Now” an all-volunteer organization that believes that electrification through cleaning up your electric supply, electrifying your home, electrifying your ride, and enabling everyone to electrify is the quickest and easiest path to a decarbonized world.
In this far-reaching conversation with Brian, former VP of Sustainability for Nike, he shares with us his journey from the corporate world into retirement and becoming an elder.  In this journey he discovers his passion and current life’s work as a volunteer in the organization that he and his wife founded “Electrify Now”.
With over 30 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, innovation and sustainability, Brian has held senior leadership roles at NIKE Inc.  He is a Principal of Cyan LLC where he works with corporations, universities, and other non-profit organizations. 
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Saturday Jul 01, 2023

The Sixties were a time of cultural revolution in the United States that faded into individualism, consumerism, and a move to right-wing politics.  As the Boomer generation become elders, they are faced with unprecedented crisis: climate change has become a lived experience, inequity continues to grow, democracies teeter on the brink and authoritarians are on the rise.
Bill McKibben believes the next 5 years may be the most important in the history of the human experiment. He strongly believes that young people need the support and help of elders with their activism, political clout and unprecedented wealth to transform our world’s future. 
Bill was one of the first voices to write about climate change with his book The End of Nature published in 1989. He is a noted environmentalist and an activist who has authored twenty books including his most recent “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.”  He founded 350.org, Third Act. and led strong opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. 
In this conversation we explore the seismic shift  in American politics and cultural that happen when Ronald Reagan was elected president, what needs to happen for us to win the fight not just the argument on climate change, how younger generations and elders can work side by side to bring about social change, and lessons from Bill’s  lifetime of activism.
Note to listeners: This was recorded in a natural setting therefore the soundtrack contains wind noise and bird songs.
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Monday Jun 19, 2023

Corporations and businesses have driven consumerism in the United States and the World since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  Having more and larger has become the sign of success.  Shareholder value, short-term profit and a market-driven economy were assumed to be good for all. 
As the climate warms, sea levels rise, biodiversity declines and income inequality widen we are becoming more aware that we live on a planet with limited resources and environmental tipping points. Many people are beginning to ask the question: What is the role of companies in contributing to this problem and how can they help in finding solutions.
 Andrew Winston and Paul Polman in their book “Net Positive” answer the question How do courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take.  In this conversation Andrew takes us on his journey of writing this book with Paul Polman the former CEO of Unilever where they share the importance of companies taking ownership of all impacts and consequences, operating for the long-term benefit of all, creating positive returns for all stakeholders, driving shareholder value as a result, and partnering with others to drive systemic changes.
 Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on megatrends and building companies that thrive by serving the world.  He was named to Thinkers50 list of the top management thinkers in the world. He is the author of the bestsellers Green to Gold, The Big Pivot, and most recently co-authored “Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More than They Take”. Net Positive was one of the Financial Times’ Best Business Books of the Year. Andrew received degrees in economics, business, and environmental management from Princeton, Columbia, and Yale. 
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Monday Jun 05, 2023

For the last decade democracies around the world have been in a rut not just a simple recession.  In this post globalization world autocrats are waging a sophisticated campaign using new dynamics around information, polarization, and technology.    The tools, and tactics of repression are being exported to many countries creating a pernicious environment, a cauldron that has seen a setback in democracy.  In this podcast Damon describes the state of democracy around the world and the challenges it faces.    He shares with us his belief that Madeline Albright was right, and the future of democracy is bright.  He discusses the importance of non-violent democratic movements and the intergenerational partnerships between youth and elders in the continuing regeneration of democracy.
Damon Wilson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Endowment for Democracy is dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. NED is an independent nonprofit, bipartisan and transparent foundation that is on the leading edge of democratic struggles in some of the most difficulty circumstances in the world. 
Damon grew up in rural South Carolina in a community with little diversity.  His world change in third grade when his best friend became a boy whose family had fled communist Romania. In high school one of his best friends had fled Iran after the revolution. This led to a long and distinguished career in government and non-governmental organizations. Damon received his master’s degree as the Princeton University’ Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to entering government service Damon worked in Croatia and Rwanda after the genocide.  Damon has held positions in NATO, the National Security Council, the State Department and the Atlantic Council.
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Sunday May 14, 2023

Forests and trees play a critical role for our planet and the people who inhabit it.  In this conversation we explore Forests as a complex networked adaptive system where relationships are the defining factor in the continuing health of the ecosystem.  Suzanne Simard discusses the importance of these relationships and how our current forestry practices put healthy carbon sequestering forests at risk.  She also discusses her ongoing collaboration with indigenous First Nation people who are interested in the preservation and regeneration of healthy forest ecosystems.
Suzanne was raised in the old growth forests of British Columbia where the forest was both her teacher and her friend.  Her family were early settlers who made their home and their living in these forests.  She describes herself as “lucky to become one of the first in the new generation of women in the logging industry, but what I found was not what I had grown up to understand”.
In her search to understand the truth, Suzanne became a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and author of the the ground breaking book book “FINDING THE MOTHER TREE Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest”.  She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, inspired the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s Avatar and has had her Ted Talk “How trees talk to one another” viewed by 10 million people worldwide.
We would like to thank our sponsor Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time”.
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com

Tuesday May 02, 2023

In this special edition Dr. John Izzo’s keynote speech launches the Elders Action Networks environmental campaign Take the Pledge.  On Monday, May 1st 2023 the Elders Action Network launched it’s one month-long campaign called Take the Pledge. Our campaign invites elders, their families, friends, and neighbors to pledge to reduce their consumption in five major areas: clothing, food, transportation, e-waste, and one other area of their choice.
Our overarching purpose is to help people realize that the way we live is directly connected to climate disruption and biodiversity loss. We seek to bring consumer literacy to a wider public and encourage people to replace their current habits with a consumption-reduction mentality and regenerative behavior change.  We will examine.
The internal resources we need to effectively awaken our capacities for necessary existential change.
How people can build physical, emotional, and psychological resilience in the face of our uncertain future.
How the experience of our collective action can build community, be fun, improve our health, add meaning and even joy.
How to become a “Good Ancestors” who care deeply about the future of the planet and our youth for the next seven generations.
 
In this presentation John shares that many people contend that we are living in a unique moment of human history in which people and the planet are threatened by collapsing ecosystems and a growing lack of international cooperation to solve global issues. Yet, the future isn’t set; it is created by the actions that we take and those we fail to take. The present generations have the opportunity to set Earth on a path toward a brighter future. Now is the time to act! In this opening keynote we will discover how we can become Good Ancestors. Dr. Izzo will help us see the major challenges we face alongside hopeful suggestions of what is possible if we act collectively now.
John is a globally renowned bestselling author of nine books, a professional and dynamic speaker, inspired storyteller, and highly acknowledged business advisor. In his career he has spoken to over one million people, taught at three major universities, and advised over 700 top companies on activating social responsibility and purpose worldwide. John is currently an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where he is a co-founder of Blueprint, serves on the board of Sustainable Brands and co-hosts The Way Forward Regenerative Conversations podcast.
 
REGISTRATION: You will be able to join the Take the Pledge Campaign anytime during the Month of May and be able to access all the information, resources, and recordings TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE and receive a full calendar of events
 
NEXT PLEDGE EVENT: Electrify Everything – Your Home and Your Ride with Robert Whitehair – Friday, May 6th 1-2pm PT /  4-5pm ET
We would like to thank our sponsors Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time“ and Blueprint “Enhancing the well-being of men and communities.”
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com
 

Sunday Apr 30, 2023

In this conversation, we explore Indigenous World Views as a pathway toward regeneration.  We talk with Lloyd Hansen – a humble, curious, and wise person who has earned the privilege of being called a 21stcentury renaissance man.  He was raised by a minister whose focus was love and social justice.  As a young man he became intrigued by the work of Joseph Campbell ­– which led him to recognize that there were different perspectives possible in seeing and experiencing the world. At age 51, Lloyd was introduced to Peruvian shamanism and began his exploration of Native American wisdom. This profoundly shaped his consciousness and informed his life.  For the last 2 ½ years Lloyd has been exploring the work of theoretical physicist David Bohm. This work along with other studies has Lloyd saying: everything is about relationships, everything is related, becoming fully human is doing the inner work necessary to create and nurture these relationships and transformation emerges from wholeness.
We would like to thank our sponsors Elders Action Network “Building a movement of elders to address the environmental, governance and social issues of our time“ and Blueprint “Enhancing the well-being of men and communities.”
You can reach us at the email address thewayforwardrc@gmail.com
 

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