Where Culture, History, and Eudaimonia Meets Technology: 
                          innovate ~ Educate ~ Collaborate
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All Keynotes, Book Clubs, and Discussion Groups will address your particular needs and situations. With over forty years in the business of technology, philosophy, and education, Richard's life experience brings insights and know-how to the table: Where integral philosophy, technology, autonomous evolution, and life intersectAll keynotes reflect the perspective of a life lived as a technology zealot, industry strategist, and public philosopher.

 

Richard's trademark storytelling, insights & experiences, combined with humor, will surely deliver the engaging presentation you seek. At the same time, his depth ensures the impact of meaningful and life-changing insights to bring about the greater good in life and business.  

 

Storytelling is one of the most potent forms of communication, and Richard is a killer storyteller. He tells stories of life and inspiration grounded in a work-a-day world.

 

Richard frames his keynotes within the context of a "fireside chat." The conversation revolves around understanding the greater good, which philosophers call "Eudaimonia." We know how the Autonomous Revolution/Technologies become the most significant enabler for our time and what it means for the greater good of society and our life if we as humans come to understand the yin and the yang of the "Seamless Garment."

In all sessions, we employ the 'See-Judge-Act,' a simple method developed by Joseph Cardijn that helps us stop, take a breath, stand back from a situation, and reflect on it before jumping into action. The process allows us to develop critical judgment(think discernment) about problems and an objective understanding of events and structures with a sense of how we came to be where we are now living the experiences of the situation. Often the three stages overlap and intermingle and discern what is critical.
 

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"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." ~ Aristotle

 

  

 

Writing, blogging, podcasting, and teaching are a Labor of Love for Richard.

 

Richard is available for single-session talks, all-day or weekend workshops, business & organizational retreats, coaching, and keynote presentations. Richard will craft a presentation to meet your specific needs.

Keynotes, Workshops & Continuing education: Live & Zoom

        

The See-Judge-Act Option: Understanding the wisdom of Thomas Merton, Detrich Bonhoeffer, and Joseph Cardijn in understanding their "Sitz im Leben" and what it means for us today. The implications for religion, peace, and justice.

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The format will be the seminar model. We will use a short slide presentation with critical factors in discussing the understanding of how that vision and wisdom during periods of our history are applied to our lives and the world we live in every day. Understanding the meaning of "the greater good" in Merton, Bonhoeffer, and Cardijn and how their thinking related to  Aristotelian ethics, and what we call Eudaimonia, meaning the condition of human flourishing or of living well. The difference in being human and the difference it makes.

Eudaimonia cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Eudaimonia is the human experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. See-Judge-Act is the tool we use to experience the bringing about of Eudaimonia in our world.

 

I will provide other references to the thinking of Merton, Bonhoeffer, and Cardijn thinking from their writings, organizations, and movements to add insights to the discussions.  We will look at what cause/effect the solutions can have in our lives.

“When humans are merely submerged in a mass of impersonal human beings pushed around by automatic forces, they lose their true humanity, integrity, ability to love, and capacity for self-determination. When society is made up of humans who know no interior solitude, it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently, it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when humans are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society they live in becomes putrid; it festers with servility, resentment, and hate.” ~ Thomas Merton

“It does us no good to make fantastic progress if we do not know how to live with it, if we cannot make good use of it, and if, in fact, our technology becomes nothing more than an expensive and complicated way of cultural disintegration." ~ Detrich Bonhoeffer

"Without an adult apostolate, all the efforts of young people will lead to a dead end." ~ Joseph Cardijn

We, as humans, can change the world. We do it usually through a societal phase change, sometimes through revolution.  This keynote, presentation, or workshop will bring wisdom and know-how to accomplish the change through a societal phase change apporach.

No Human Required? The Changing World Order:  A look at the Autonomous Revolution, Machines, the World of Work, and Life Lived.  

 

The format will be the seminar model. With a world of autonomous technology will come a world of autonomous economies. Our current economy is biased/geared toward inflation. Autonomous economies are geared for deflation. We are in the early stages of the autonomous revolution. Think non-monetizable productivity. The difference innovation, education, and collaboration will make in living a life well through understanding technology and why change is good.

For the 3rd time in the history of humanity, civilization is undergoing a phase change. The 1st was the Agricultural Revolution. The 2nd is the Industrial Revolution. We are now in the midst of an Autonomous RevolutionDo we understand the brutally Darwinian nature of technological evolution? The key is understanding change, which involves innovation, education, collaboration, and the art of the See-Judge-Act methodology.

 

Lived Philosophy in a world of evolving technology begs the question: How do We Define Ourselves and Our Lives through understanding the 'greater good' first? How do we come to know the greater good?

 

Do we as human beings understand how autonomous technologies will bring us one step closer to a 'Re-Enchanting Society'? How does technology change our lives on the one hand but change our experience of who we are as humans? Can experiencing what Aristotle called "Eudaimonia" become a seamless garment in our lives? What does the "greater good" teach us about the world of technology we live in and the meaning of life? The Difference in being human and its Difference is seen and experienced in our lives, the decisions we make, and how we innovate, educate, and collaborate. 

 

The notional environment in which communication over the internet networks occurs. Technology, Art, Ontology, hermeneutics, history, theology, philosophy, and the modern world collaborate for the greater good of all human beings. The art of digital humanities, Cyberspace + Autonomous Technology = societal change; where do we start to understand better the autonomous revolution that is embarking on the world today? 

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"To gain a good reputation is to be what you desire to appear." ~ Socrates

Reading & Discussion The foundation of Paideia 

Philosophy in Public for the Public: Study Groups & Workshops: Live & Zoom

 

"All genuine learning is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just the memory. It is a discovery process, in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher." ~ Mortimer J Adler

 

We start with great books—which leads us to great discussions—this is the heart of learning. Our continuing education seminars and discussion groups foster intellectual curiosity in our education; from conversations around the "Zoom Table," we hope that you share what you learn with others in your community and organization. We start where all learning begins: With Curiosity and Puzzlement, maybe a slight Bewilderment. Together we address the "warm fuzzies and the cold pricklies," trying to answer the question: "Why Bother? Does it make a difference?" So, as adults, is it worth your time, effort, and commitment to "KNOW" why you bother? Over the past forty years, I've learned the importance of "reductio ad absurdum."  

When we practice and cultivate WISDOM, we work towards the highest standard of a life well-lived; in all contexts of our lives, family, social, and business, we call that Eudaimonia.

 

In our discussion groups, we hope to inspire everyone to see the inner workings of some of history's most brilliant philosophers, scientists, artists, writers, musicians, and more; we strive to think deeply, innovate, discuss intensely, educate, and live boldly through collaboration.

Eudaimonia transforms cultural and social institutions over time, profoundly impacting society. The Art of Social Phase Change is brought on by the technology of the period. Understanding History/Culture/Politics teach us about patterns, social change, and the meaning of life in the age of autonomous technologies.

 

Reading, Book Clubs & Discussion Study Group & Workshop topics:

The art of conversation is education and the essence of one's experience, and the purpose of continuing education is to widen our experiences beyond the circumscribed existence or our own daily lives

  • Technology and Culture:  What is Humane Technology? Why does it Matter? What does history teach us?

  • Cybersecurity and the future of the Autonomous Technologies

  • The Difference in Being Human and the Difference IT makes

  • Ecology, Laudato Si, and Social Justice through the eyes of See-Judge-Act

  • Mystics and Spirituality: A look at the path of "You are the Church."

  • A look at World Religions and meeting the Significant Other

  • Why do humans search for meaning in life?

  • Do we in the twenty-first century understand the Documents of Vatican II? What is the history behind the movement? See~Jude~Act and the methods developed by Joseph Cardijn.

 

"The greatest evil of our times is the lack of adult education in matters pertaining to religion." ~ Louis J Putz CSC

Authors, we have found to be stimulating and purposeful for lively Discussion:

A good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser." ~ Mortimer J Adler

  • The Great Books Series

  • Mortimer Adler

  • David Bentley Hart

  • Adrian Slywotzky

  • William Davidow

  • Joseph Badaracco 

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Walter Isaacson

  • Sean McDonagh

  • Diarmuid O'Murchu

  • Geoffrey Moore

  • Tom Morris

  • Richard Rohr

  • Karl Rahner

  • Teilhard De Chardin

  • Thomas Merton

  • Thomas Keating

  • Ilia Delio

  • Robin R. Meyers

  • Richard A Clarke

  • Viktor Frankl

  • C.S. Lewis

  • Tom Peters

  • Jim Wallis

  • William J O'Malley SJ

  • Martin Hägglund

  • Eli Goldratt

  • James Martin, SJ

  • Brian D. McLaren

  • Don Tapscott

  • John Shelby Spong

  • Brandon Bernard Scott

  • Marcus Borg

  • Cyprian Davis

  • Dominic Crossan

  • Greek and Eastern Philosophers

  • New and exciting authors are added throughout the year.

 

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."  

                                                                                                                               ~ Aristotle, Metaphysics

 

Testimonials
 

Most excellent workshop for our people.  Richard was our keynote and kick-off leader for a major new business initiative that involved all aspects of the company, globally.  It was the inspiration and leadership we needed to move forward.  We used him over and over again for coaching and consulting.”

                            - Nancy D. Reyda

       VP, Brand Development: Chevron

"Mr. Putz's lecture was very enlightening....see the trend of innovation to collaborative education."

 

                                                                                           - Hiroshi Nimura 

                                            Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

                                                                Mitsubishi International Corporation