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Where Culture, History, and Life Meet Technology: Rethinking Education from Innovation to Collaboration to Understanding that Technology is Anthropology.

Richard shares the riches and challenges of the historical tradition in an interdisciplinary way through art, philosophy, theology, writings, music, poetry, history, novels, and so on to bring alive the meaning of the difference in being human and the difference it makes.


 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, and 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.



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



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









Keynotes, Lunch Presentations, Small Group Meetings: Live & Zoom.

Got Technology Philosopher? AI Ethicist?


(1) No Human Required? Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Machines, and Human Life. Are We Ready?
Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Machines, and Humana Life.
In 2035, Will we become a society that no longer determines one's self-worth to be based on your career, job, or what you do to earn a living? Will our focus shift to People, Planet, Education, and the Welfare of all Beings? Why your only job that matters is to be HUMAN


"Technology is Anthropology


Creating an approach through Cultural Change and emerging Technology will boldly take Humanity where it never dreamed of going. Are We Ready?

Understanding that Technology is Anthropology is an approach to
living life as a human being and knowing how to decide and thrive through Cultural Change and Emerging Technology. Are We Ready?
Technology is culture, a seamless, woven garment of activities, materials, and beliefs. Are We Ready to Explore? Are we ready to Innovate-educate-Collaborate? Are We Ready?
Cyberspace: The notional environment in which Humanities in the Public for the Public occurs in a world of communication over the internet networks. Emerging Technology, AI Ethics, Art, Ontology, Hermeneutics, History, Anthropology, Theology, and Philosophy in the Modern World collaborate for the greater good of all human beings. Together, we understand the meaning of living a human life well ~ Eudaimonia. Are We Ready?
Are We Ready to Explore?


As we move away from the industrial revolution and to a world where new technologies are boldly taking Humanity where it never dreamed of going, will humanity, organizations, and businesses adapt to the change? What possibilities will change society from the accelerating technological evolution of computers, artificial intelligence, robots, and other surprising technological developments? Do we know how it is happening? Do we understand how technology changes our lives, jobs, society, culture, and even how religion is practiced? We will examine these areas in addition to healthcare, shopping, customer service, and manufacturing. A look into the future and our lives we never thought technology would touch.

For the third time in human history, civilization is undergoing a phase change. The first was the Agricultural Revolution, the second the Industrial Revolution, and we are now in the midst of an Autonomous Revolution. A Revolution in Cyberspace Do we understand the brutally Darwinian nature of technological evolution?  Do we understand the learning environment of  Digital Humanities and the world of Cyberspace?

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

Workshops, Continuing education & Retreat EventsLive & Zoom







In all workshops, we will collaborate, innovate, and educate the teachings of three individuals who lived their lives for the greater good for the common good of humanity.


(1) "Technology is Anthropology"  is an approach to understanding and knowing what the greater good in society should be as humans experience societal phase change in a world of emerging technology.  A look at The future of work, jobs, and education and their evolution, and what does it mean for future generations? What will be the ethical concerns society will face as AI develops? What's it all about? Think ethics!


The format will be the seminar/workshop model. We will use a short slide presentation with critical factors in discussing and understanding the purpose, meaning, and drivers of being human.  How do we know our life’s purpose? Knowing and understanding our ability to See, Discern, and Act is critical to fulfilling our life purpose.  Philosophy and understanding historical and societal phase change can help us navigate uncertainty, become more resilient, and even live longer, more fulfilled lives. We will discuss and focus on the universal principles found in humans throughout history. We are understanding our life purpose and being able to map it to a combination of those universal values we all share as humans. To find meaning in your life and work, we start by identifying what difference differences make to inspire us to action.
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.  Think eudaimonia: The Art of Organizational Resilience, living the life well lived. 
As humans, we 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 approach. Think of 'Creating Capabilities.' 

(2) In an Age of Emerging Technology, What Can the Documents of Vatican II, Encyclicals from Popes during the Industrial Revolution, and Today help us to SEE, JUDGE, and ACT in ways that benefit people and our planet and assist us in becoming prosperous and purposeful?


Consider how we combine economics with philosophy, politics, climate science, and culture.  How do Christians and the historical Tradition teach us and help us Create a More Just Economy society and maintain the separation of Church and State?  Catholic Social Teachings are at the heart of being a “Christian” today. But how do we understand what that means and how to practice and experience the teachings? Using the Cardijn Methods of See-Judge-Act woven with the history of encyclicals and other teachings, we come to see how “Cathonomics” will allow us to address the issues we face regarding food, energy, education, healthcare, technology, justice, and the nature of work. "Cathonomics" is the essence of Christian Social Teachings made real in everyday life. A practical guide to readers of all faiths and backgrounds seeking to create a world economy that is more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable for all.
(3) Understanding and Comparing The Religions of the World: A Roadmap for  Understanding the Meaning of Justice and Peace.
Ultimately, the question of whether or not God is the Significant Other in the Universe is a matter of personal faith. Our discussion will focus on a full-scope overview of the competing worldviews—religious and secular— in the current marketplace of ideas and ideologies of the major world religions, including Marxism, liberation theology, and views on justice and peace. Explaining the deeply rooted histories and origins of how religion came to be reflective of peace and justice. How human beings came to understand what it means to be a human in their discovery of the Significant other we call God, as an understanding of peace and justice.
(4) Exploring Thomas Merton: Defining Social Justice, Racism, and War in the Era of Emerging Technology Changing Our Lives. 
Thomas Merton's writings on race, social justice, and war have gained renewed attention during this era of emerging technology. In "Letters to a White Liberal," Merton wrote that unless the nation came to grips with racism, "the survival of America itself is in question." In a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Merton wrote using early 1960s language that the civil rights leader "clearly spelled out the struggle for freedom not as a struggle for the Negro alone, but also for the white man." Merton believed that nonviolence was the alternative to nonexistence. He developed principles for a spirituality of non-violence based on the Beatitudes. Merton believed that war was demonic, evil, anti-human, anti-life, anti-God, and anti-Christ. He wrote, “The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.



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

Reading & Discussion Groups: The Foundation of Knowing and Understanding

Learning 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, leading 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 teaches us about patterns, social change, and the meaning of life in the age of autonomous technologies.


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



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

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