Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth – Lecture hosted by IRAS


Webinar Speakers

Mr. Ruben Nelson (Executive Director @Foresight, Canada, Calgary)
Ruben is an internationally respected futures researcher and practitioner of strategic foresight. He was first to apply the concept of ‘paradigm change’ to whole cultures in 1975. He coined the term ‘civilization overshoot’ in 2018. He will discuss the new reading of human history that will enable us to see why it is the case that our Modern Techno-industrial cultures are almost wholly blind to: (1) destroying biophysical existence (2) emerging reality of the dominant form of civilization (the Modern Techno-industrial) has already entered a long and irrevocable decline (3) accepting that Modernity is our past, but not our future that we need to learn to let it go (4) realizing that our new work is to transcend our past at every scale from personal-to-civilizational becoming the Consciously Co-creative.

Dr. Ron Cole-Turner (Professor @Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)
Ron Cole-Turner teaches at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he holds the H. Parker Sharp Chair in Theology and Ethics, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and until recently served as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion Unit on “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism.” His most recent books include a study of human evolution and its theological significance, entitled The End of Adam and Eve: Theology and the Science of Human Origins (2016).