I met Theo at the Bay Area premiere of the movie he co-created and hosted, The Future of Energy. I was immediately taken by his care, articulation and smarts for the integral worldview. I can honestly say I don’t think I have met anyone so young who talks so well (and in a useful grounded way) about what the integral context can bring to bettering our world.
Theo describes himself as a philosopher-activist – a deep systemic thinker who is willing to get down and dirty in the hustle on the front lines. Most people can’t move easily between those two domains. Many activists are not pro-activists – they are standing against the system, but not really offering a coherent alternative. Theo is.
What does it mean to be human? What is our role in the larger evolution of the cosmos? I used to drop these kinds of questions into conversation and scare people 🙂 I love that I now get to dialogue on these questions with Theo et al. who have delved deeper into them than I have.
is the creation of a new cultural DNA for our species.’*
This podcast is centred on two things:
1. the energy and the environment with a focus on where what you as an individual can do
2. the integral evolutionary narrative – a new way of thinking about the human story and what we are doing together
What I love in particular is the mix of science/tech and story/poetry. It’s like Hawking meets Rumi!
ps – I mucked up some of the original recording so Theo kindly came back for a 2nd shoot – however, the first shoot had some gold we didn’t cover the 2nd time so I have released it as a 2nd podcast below.
* paraphrasing Brian Swimme
Listen here to Jack Butler in conversation with Theo Badashi (part 1):
Listen here to Jack Butler in conversation with Theo Badashi (part 2):
Zero Net Energy (including entire cities)
Community-choice aggregration (communities deciding what energy source they want)
‘Solar and wind are very compatible. Wind at night; solar in the day. Solar is getting ready to do a whole massive blowup (in prevalence).’
‘That myth that we can’t go toward renewables. It’s an absolute myth at this point. We have whole cities and communities being powered by renewables.’
‘With every new technology, it’s a bit dirty. It’s messy. But there is a deeper philosophical imperative behind it.’ [on electric car batteries]
‘So many fantastic people have difficulty communicating with people who are not like them.’ (on being inspired by Gandhi)
‘For us to reduce the human to this economic thing only here to consume at the expense of the planet and the community…there has to be more!’
‘The People’s Climate March had more coherence than any march I have EVER been involved in. Maybe than all combined…It’s a major turn away from problems towards solutions.’
‘A conscious optimist…someone who is completely open to seeing the shadow side our planet, embracing how bad our world is without spin or judgment, but let it not stop us falling in love with everything…I see humans moving towards greater beauty and greater goodness.’
‘I haven’t voted for Democrat presidents! My politics is way further left and way further right than most people realize…the homogenized center doesn’t represent me… (I want) the smallest government possible but that is so effective in serving the needs of people not corporations…a market that is free enough for as much innovation as possible but doesn’t allow monopolies or environmental damage. It’s pretty simple really. I am not radical.’
‘The future is absolutely malleable. There is a teleology yes, but we can never doubt our own evolutionary power.’