Episode 2011-8

In this episode of Light Transitions Radio, we explore the intersection of consciousness and media.

In the 21st Century, how does one (or more than one) radically alter global consciousness? For our guest Rick Ingrasci, the answer is electronic communications media, which is uniquely equipped to tell the story of the evolution and interconnectedness of the universe, our solar system, and humanity.

Rick Ingrasci, M.D. M.P.H., co-founded Interface (Boston’s largest holistic education center), the American Holistic Medical Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Hollyhock Retreat Center, where he has been convening an annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering since 1986. He co-authored the bestselling “Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life.

This is the 25th Anniversary of the Hollyhock Summer Gathering, which began in 1986 as a social experiment in collaborative conference design. The Gathering is part exploration of ideas and strategies and part summer holiday.  It brings together a vibrant, diverse group of movers and shakers, social entrepreneurs, educators, healers, artists, and thinkers to explore social transformation and human consciousness.

Rick is also founder of the Whidbey Geodome Project. A Geodome is a portable immersive multimedia environment (think of it as a small inflatable planetarium) that can provide breath-taking visualizations of, among many other things, a guided tour of the universe, the evolution of life on earth, the unfolding story of humanity, and ecosystemic insights into one’s own bioregion.

The Geodome is a revolutionary educational tool that can help us to communicate interconnected global change phenomena as well as to deepen our understanding of who and where we are in the universe. It is, in essence, a powerful new form of storytelling.  This innovative approach to transformative learning helps serve as a catalyst for shifting humanity’s worldview – from ego-centric to eco-centric – resulting in a more just and sustainable world.

Rick graduated from Cornell University majoring in philosophy of mind, Cornell Medical College, and the Harvard School of Public Health.