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Premiere of the PBS Film Life of a Modern Day Genius, Ervin Laszlo

Presentations by Ervin Laszlo, Larry Dossey, Jude Currivan, Emanuel Kuntzelman, Allan Leslie Combs, Louis Kauffman, Chris Laszlo & Alexander Laszlo

Post-presentation reception with food and drinks

When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 ⠂12-5pm; Doors open at 11:30am

Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum ⠂2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL

Cost: $40 Online; $50 at the door

Sponsorship: See guide here

About the Speakers:

Ervin Laszlo

dsc_9136-editDr. Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. His work in recent years has centered on the formulation and development of the “Akasha Paradigm,” the new conception of cosmos, life and consciousness emerging at the forefront of the contemporary sciences. He serves as President of the Club of Budapest, Chairman of the Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno New-Paradigm University, and Editor of World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. He is recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Budapest. Additional prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates. His appointments have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University and the State University of New York. His career also included guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In addition, he worked as program director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics. For many years he has served as president of The Club of Budapest, which he founded. He is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General, ambassador of the International Delphic Council, member of both the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (2004, 2005), he received the Goi Peace prize (2001). He has authored more than 70 books, which have been translated into twenty languages, and has published in excess of four hundred articles and research papers, including six volumes of piano recordings.

Jude Currivan

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. Having grown up as the daughter of a coal miner in the north of England, she has since journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and for the last nearly twenty years has lived in the sacred landscape of Avebury. She has experienced multidimensional realities since early childhood and worked with the wisdom keepers both incarnate and discarnate of many traditions. Jude integrates leading edge science, research into consciousness and universal wisdom teachings into a wholistic wholeworld-view. This underpins her work aimed at enabling transformational and emergent resolutions to our collective planetary issues, raising awareness and empowering fundamental change and sustainable solutions to global problems. She holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies and a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford University specialising in cosmology and quantum physics. She is the author of five non-fiction books currently available in 15 languages and 25 countries including CosMos – a co-creator’s guide to the whole-world co-authored with Dr Ervin Laszlo. Her first fictionalised e-book Legacy is recently available at amazon. Her international corporate career culminated in her being the Group Finance Director of two major international businesses. She has extensive experience and knowledge of world events, international politics and global economic and financial systems and has spoken on transformational reforms in the UK, US, Europe, Japan and South Korea. For the last seventeen years she has also travelled around the world in service to planetary and collective healing, some of which is described in her books The 8th ChakraThe 13th Step and most recently HOPE – Healing Our People & Earth. In 2010 she was presented with a CIRCLE Award by WON  Buddhism International cited for her ‘outstanding contribution towards planetary healing and expanding new forms of consciousness’. In 2014 she was invited to become a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle that includes Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Jean Houston. Her current focus is writing a trilogy of books; The Cosmic Hologram: The In-formation at the Center of Creation (Inner Traditions Spring 2017), Gaia: Her-Story and Many Voices, One Heart.

Larry Dossey

larry-dossey-headshotThis distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982. An education steeped in traditional Western medicine did not prepare Dr. Dossey for patients who were blessed with “miracle cures,” remissions that clinical medicine could not explain. “Almost all physicians possess a lavish list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal science,” says Dr. Dossey. “A tally of these events would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on how the world works, especially when the mind is involved.” The author of nine books and numerous articles, Dr. Dossey is the former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most widely subscribed-to journal in its field. The primary quality of all of Dr. Dossey’s work is scientific legitimacy, with an insistent focus on “what the data show.” As a result, his colleagues in medical schools and hospitals all over the country trust him, honor his message, and continually invite him to share his insights with them. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States –Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic. The impact of Dr. Dossey’s work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey’s works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of “nonlocal mind” — mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, “nonlocal mind” has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey’s ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine. In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.

Emanuel Kuntzelman


Emanuel Kuntzelman is a lifelong spiritual seeker who has dedicated his life to raising environmental awareness, promoting cultural understanding and advocating for world peace through social action. A philosopher, writer, public speaker and social entrepreneur, Emanuel is the founder and president of the Chicago-based, non-profit organization Greenheart International . Founded in 1985, Greenheart International has built a foundation of cultural understanding across the globe while promoting environmental initiatives, personal and social transformation and fair trade practices through Greenheart’s numerous branches. As a result of Greenheart International’s efforts, each year over ten thousand students and young adults have opened their eyes to new countries and cultures while logging over 50,000 volunteer hours across the globe. From an early age, Emanuel was awakened to the sense of responsibility we all have to create positive change and help society on its evolutionary path. Believing that travel was an important component to cultural understanding and world peace, Emanuel set off on a spiritual path that led him to the islands of Formentera and Ibiza, Spain, and eventually to Madrid. While living most of his life in Europe, Emanuel has focused much of his recent efforts on social movements taking root in the United States, as well as Europe, founding the Ibiza Spirit Festival in Spain. Believing in the power of cooperation, Emanuel is currently contributing his efforts on building the growing collective of the Global Purpose Movement, a community of over 50 like-minded organizations collaborating to create a world that works for everyone. He also continues to promote personal development and social transformation through seminars, workshops and events. Enjoying the role of motivational speaker in evolutionary conversations, Emanuel has co-moderated the Institute of Noetic Science 16th International Conference in 2015, and regularly hosts panel discussions as part of ITP International’s Falkirk Series in San Rafael, California. Emanuel also enjoys applying the emerging understanding of new paradigm science to the business world. He is currently collaborating with a wide variety of business initiatives, including his work as founding member of the Conscious World project, in conjunction with systems scientist and philosopher Ervin Laszlo. Emanuel is also co-founder and president of the Foundation for the Future (Fundacion por el Futuro) based in Madrid, Spain, created to promote cultural understanding and environmental consciousness through the support and creation of educational programs and ecological projects based in Spain. In addition to his duties related to Greenheart International, the Global Purpose Movement and the Foundation for the Future, Emanuel is also a writer and regularly blogs about his Evolutionary Wave Theory, our singular moment in time and the importance of moving beyond empathy and into social action to create real change in the world. Emanuel’s debut book, Riding the Wave of Global Purpose, is forthcoming.

Allan Leslie Combs

Allan Combs, PhD, is a transpersonal psychologist, consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, systems theorist, and President of The Society for Consciousness Studies. He holds appointments at The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Saybrook Graduate School, and the Graduate Institute of Connecticut where he is the Director of the MA program in Conscious Evolution. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Professor Combs is author of over 200 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including Consciousness Explained Better: Towards an Integral Understanding of Multifaceted Nature of Consciousness; the award-winning Radiance of Being: Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Live with a foreword by Ken Wilber; The Victorian’s Guide to Consciousness; Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster, with Mark Holland; Mind in Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness, with Ben Goertzel and Mark Germine; Changing Visions: Human Cognitive Maps Past, Present, and Future, with Ervin Laszlo; and Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth, with Ervin Laszlo. Professor Combs is the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at CIIS and President of The Society for Conscious Studies. He is also co-founder of The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, a member of The General Evolution Research Group, and the one hundred member Club of Budapest. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, and Editor of CONSCIOUSNESS: Ideas and Research for the 21st Century.

Louis Kauffman

Louis Kauffman is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is well-known for his bracket state sum model for the Jones polynomial, for a two variable knot polynomial called the Kauffman polynomial, for the introduction and exploration of virtual knot theory and for explorations of topological quantum information theory including new points of view on the Fibonacci model and quantum algorithms for knot polynomials and new points of view on the Dirac equation and the braiding of Majorans Fermions. Kauffman is the author of four books on knot theory, a book on map coloring and the reformulation of mathematical problems, and is the editor of the World-Scientific ‘Book Series On Knots and Everything’. He is the Editor in Chief and founding editor of the Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications. He is the 1993 recipient of the Warren McCulloch Memorial Award of the American Society for Cybernetics for significant contributions to the field of Cybernetics, and The 2014 Norbert Wiener Medal of the ASC. He was Polya lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America from 2008 to 2010 and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Chris Laszlo

Chris Laszlo, PhD is the Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and serves as the Faculty Executive Director of the Fowler Center. He is the author of Flourishing Enterprise (2014), Embedded Sustainability (2011), and Sustainable Value (2008), all from Stanford University Press. His earlier book, The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), was published by Island Press. His work over the last decade has helped launch mainstream management approaches to sustainability for value and profit. In 2012, he was selected a “Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™. In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Management.

Alexander Laszlo

 Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D., is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina, and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico.  As Professor of Systems Science and Evolutionary Development, he currently teaches on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking at a variety of MBA and Doctoral programs internationally, and serves as President of the Honorary Board of Advisors of the World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA).  He has worked for UNESCO, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute, and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI).  He is on the Editorial Boards of six internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over seventy-five journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, and a 5th Degree Black Belt of traditional Korean Karate.

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