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Stephen H. Dinan
Stephen H. Dinan is the CEO of The Shift Network, which empowers a large global audience with transformational courses, summits, trainings, and programs. He previously launched the Shift in Action membership program of the Institute of Noetic Sciences as well as the Esalen Institute's Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers.

Stephen is the author of Radical Spirit: Spiritual Writings from the Voices of Tomorrow and the forthcoming Sacred America, Sacred World (July, 2016, Hampton Roads). He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and holds a master's in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

He is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders and Transformational Leadership Council.

Entries by Stephen H. Dinan

Bernie: Taking Your Revolution To The Next Level

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 10:37 AM

Dear Bernie,

I want to start by deeply honoring you for a lifetime of integrity, service, and passion for change. And especially for creating an historic campaign that truly moved the needle on our national dialogue and expanded our vision for what is possible.

I was one of the very...

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Why You Should Boycott Marc Gafni's Movie, "RiseUp"

(10) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 8:20 PM

I'm writing to bring attention and sound a serious warning about what are, in my opinion, deceptions taking place around the movie RiseUp, which has been enrolling many trusted leaders and has begun a major fundraising campaign at Generosity.

I strongly urge you to educate yourself...

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Embracing Hillary AND Bernie

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 9:39 AM

This is the stage of the Democratic primary where things get very testy and even nasty between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

I've begun to see more withering critiques and negative media about Hillary crop up in my Facebook feed as Bernie's supporters taste the possibility of victory...

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Why Admitting One Million Refugees Can Help Defeat ISIS

(58) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 1:10 PM

I believe the United States is in the midst of making a major and very damaging mistake in relationship to ISIS.

That's because we are doing exactly what they want us to do to play into their apocalyptic endgame.

Governors, legislators, and citizens across our country are...

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The Deeper Signficance of Caitlyn Jenner

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:03 PM

While much has been written about the public transition of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner, it's worth reflecting on the meaning of this moment within the larger context of our world's evolution.

The way I see it, we are just now beginning to cross a critical threshold in the evolution...

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Yoga Is Medicine for Our Times

(48) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:10 PM

It's no secret that yoga has taken the West by storm, outpacing the growth and expansion in its native India by many times.

As it expands, the forms are rapidly changing and cross-pollinating with other mind-body-spirit disciplines. Whole new schools of yogic practice are springing up every year. Traditional...

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What I Learned From Richard Branson

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 10:06 AM

In April of 2015, I joined a group of 25 entrepreneurs from Maverick1000 for a week on Necker Island, Richard Branson's legendary private island and an idyllic place to cook up bold ideas while meeting in the same room as leaders like Nelson Mandela once have.

Richard makes himself available...

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Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices.

That's partially because something felt intimidating about it. The powerful debates of Congress that do so much to shape our future both domestically...

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The Path to Healing in the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:13 PM

If you've ever been in a fight with a loved one, you know that in the heat of the moment we can say and sometimes do quite damaging things, even to those we love most.

Our bodies and brains are geared to respond to a fight with aggressive self-protection and...

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President Obama: Do No Harm

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 3:14 PM

In medicine, the first principle is to do no harm. That's because in the course of treating disease, there are many things that can go wrong. Over-treating disease can lead to more harm than good, even killing the patient.

The "do no harm" principle is enshrined in the practice of...

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From Newtown to a New World: Turning Death into Rebirth Through Planetary Unification

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 3:03 AM

Over millennia, ancient cultures honed the recipe for helping humans transform from one stage of life into another. They enacted potent, even dangerous, rites of passage for their youths to become full adults through the facing of death, a descent into the trials of darkness, and the rebirth into a...

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A Prayer for Poland

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Dear God,

The souls of Poland's leaders have now returned to you. We offer our deepest prayers for their safekeeping and our heartfelt gratitude to them for the noble ways in which they served their country and humanity.

We all know that life includes death and that tragedies may be...

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Declare A Summer of Health, Mr. President

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 4:52 PM

Dear Mr. President,

With health care reform stalled, I encourage you to look more deeply at the issue of American health and see that you have the capacity to create profound progress in that area, regardless of the politics of new legislation right now. Reliable sources say that 75% of...

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Speak to the Soul of America, Mr. President

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 9:50 AM

Dear Mr. President,

Since taking office, I've noticed a decided turn in your use of language, shifting from the more aspirational, unifying, and visionary language of the campaign to the more nuts-and-bolts language of policies and interests.

I think that shift has been a mistake, for it undermines what I...

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Get Out of Bed With the Bankers, Mr. President

(18) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 2:58 PM

Mr. President,

The signal from Massachusetts' special election is clear: a major course correction is required to move forward your agenda over the next three years.

The first order of business is to pour your heart and soul into being a clear, public champion of Main Street against the...

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It's Time for Audacity, Mr. President

(42) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 4:32 PM

Mr. President,

Let me begin by saying how much I appreciate you. Your clarity, integrity, honesty, and commitment to service are all deeply admirable. You are an extraordinarily thoughtful and noble man and we are fortunate that you have chosen to offer your considerable gifts in service to America. I...

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Dissolving the Palin Prejudice

(57) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 12:10 PM

Over Thanksgiving, I was hiking with my brother-in-law when he commented that he only knew two kinds of people: those who loved Sarah Palin and those who hated her. Nobody was in the gray zone. While I didn't consider myself a "hater," I also knew that she had triggered intense...

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Why Gay Marriage Is Important for All Americans

(12) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 3:42 PM

The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8 in banning gay marriage is a setback not only for gay rights, but for the psychological and spiritual growth of our country. Gay marriage concerns far more than the 5-10% of our population that identifies as gay. America's deepest tradition is...

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Spreading Peace on Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2009 | 5:46 PM

Twitter's name makes it sound like it circulates only inconsequential gossip. However, its ability to propagate ideas more rapidly than any medium in history means that it can also be used for profoundly evolutionary purposes.

On Tuesday, May 19th, Deepak Chopra (@Deepak_chopra) offered a simple 88 character tweet on...

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The Next Evolution of Green

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 5:24 PM

Last Saturday night, an innovative new green iPhone application launched at an event in Hollywood entitled "The Evolution of Green: From Hype to Habit." The 3rdWhale iPhone app is a product of a partnership between two green Internet companies - 3rdWhale (which builds green apps) and Creative Citizen...

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