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  • Jim Kenney
04/25/2017
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
What drives the toxic ideology of Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s principal strategic advisor? It may well be The Fourth Turning. Bannon is known to be an adherent of the “generational” theory advanced by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe. Their core concept is that American history moves from crisis, through stages of awakening, to crisis.
  • Jim Kenney
04/26/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
He knew them all, intimately. He engaged with each and critiqued every one. He was Huston Smith, the premier student and scholar of the world’s religions.
  • Jim Kenney
04/27/2017
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Crystal Lake
Understanding Russia and Russian internal politics has always been a challenge. But never more so than today, as Russia-watchers find themselves pondering Churchill's enduring  "riddle-mystery-enigma" one-liner while trying to decipher Vladimir Putin's latest improbabilities. Understanding Russia and Russian internal politics has always been a challenge. But never more so than today, as Russia-watchers find themselves pondering Churchill's enduring  "riddle-mystery-enigma" one-liner while trying to decipher Vladimir Putin's latest improbabilities.
  • Jim Kenney
04/28/2017
7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Satellite
Common Ground Grayslake
A brilliant biochemist, Joseph Needham was particularly drawn to Chinese science and the many areas in which its accomplishments anticipated much later Western developments. The first volume of his magnificent Science and Civilization in China was published in 1954 and eighteen volumes were released before his death in 1995. As the lecture unfolds, we’ll take up what’s known as “the Needham question” — why did the meteoric rise of modern science take place in the West, rather than in China? 
  • Jim Kenney
05/02/2017
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
What drives the toxic ideology of Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s principal strategic advisor? It may well be The Fourth Turning. Bannon is known to be an adherent of the “generational” theory advanced by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe. Their core concept is that American history moves from crisis, through stages of awakening, to crisis.
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Common Ground will be on hiatus from Sunday, April 9, through Monday, April 24.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 25.
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Sea Change Blog
As you may have noticed, I’m returning these days to the theme of cultural evolution, the subject of my 2010 book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. Cultural evolution is the slow, steady advance of humanity’s most essential cultural values (e.g, peace, justice, and ecological sustainability) toward a closer fit with reality. Thus, for example, “the arc of human history” bends toward peace, justice, and ecological sustainability and away from racism, sexism, hateful nationalism, and violent response to personal and societal identity crisis.
 
Hold it! (I can almost hear the chorus.) How can we hold out any hope for values-evolution, in the face of so much apparent evidence (these days) to the contrary? Well, the answer is to be found in the eddies of resistance to the cultural-evolutionary dynamic.

This is the first in an ongoing series of posts on the key elements of the animating idea of this blog — Cultural Evolution. Over the course of the next months, posts with the "Sea Change" heading will highlight key concepts from Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change, by Jim Kenney (available on Amazon.com and on Amazon Kindle).

These thematic posts will be interspersed with a variety of other pieces offering insights into the realities of modern cultural evolution. 
This post is the first in a series of offerings on the subject of "Sea Change," Jim Kenney's term for the dramatic acceleration of cultural evolution in our time. The topic is addressed in Jim's book, Thriving in the Crosscurrent—Clarity and Hope in a Time of Cultural Sea Change. (Click for the Amazon Kindle link. Click here to visit the book web site, Seachanges.net.

This essay appears in the Winter 2017 CG Bulletin (available for download below). It is the first in a new ongoing series that will appear here.
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Founded by Ron Miller and Jim Kenney in 1975, Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Our primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. While our endeavor began with the study of world religions and the commitment to inter-faith dialogue, our range of program offerings has been greatly expanded over the past several years.

Today, our primary focus is on the world's great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. Our course offerings include a tremendous variety of topics, including, but not limited to: history, literature, art, science, psychology, business, relationship, health, and personal growth. Our programs are shaped to meet the needs of all who are excited by ideas and serious about the quest.

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