Dr. Robert Gilman, Ph.D.
Trained as an astrophysicist, Dr. Robert Gilman decided in the mid-70s that “the stars could wait, but the planet couldn’t.” He turned his attention to global sustainability, futures research, and strategies for positive cultural change.
His on-the-ground sustainability efforts have included developing the Context Institute, co-founding the Global Ecovillage Network, Citizen Diplomacy with the former USSR, serving as City Councilman in Langley, Washington, and working nationally with the American Institute of Architects on issues regarding sustainability and the built environment.
He is currently leading the worldwide Bright Future Network and its Bright Future Now “adventure tour to the future.”
His approach synthesizes a deep understanding of cultural evolution, human capabilities, and systems awareness.
Presentation “We haven’t been able to have this much fun for 5,000 years!” (42 minutes) – from 2018.
Presentation “Embracing the 3 Harmonies” (46 minutes) – from May 2020
Podcasts (the podcasts are a good supplement but don't have the wholeness or depth that the presentations do):
Keys To Leadership In The Planetary Era Podcast (50 minutes) – from March 2021
Interview with Poppy Jamie of the Not Perfect Podcast (29 minutes) – from Oct 2020.
For a deeper dive, there are the presentation sets from the Bright Future Now course:
What Time Is It? – provides a systems look at where we are in history
Human Operating-System Literacy – provides concepts like your Optimal Zone
Systems Literacy – important for going beyond the limits of our current culture
HIGHLIGHTED TEACHING ENGAGEMENTS WITH THE IEL