The Rise of Self Hatred in the Western World

The Rise of Self Hatred in the Western World A talk given by Dr Ben-Zion Weiss at the Macquarie Room of the NSW Parliament House for the Round Table Forums on the 11/11/2014  As a social ecologist I’d like to begin with my own personal story before I relate it to the bigger picture of…

A Drama Ecology of Culture

Noel Butler a Budawang Elder teaching a group of Dancers of Universal Peace about Country A Drama Ecology of Culture by Ben-Zion Weiss BE, MA, Dip Ed, Grad Cert TESOL, PhD   The planetary ecological crisis allows us to see the nature of a planetary ecology for the first time. If we can begin to…

The Teacher as Healer

The Teacher as Healer  by Dr. Ben-Zion Weiss 28/7/2014 The idea of teacher as healer came from the work of bell hooks[1], a radical feminist African American educator who developed the idea of engaged pedagogy. The term immediately appealed to me as it reminded me of the engaged Buddhist practice I’d learnt from the Vietnamese…

Charlie’s Country, the film

Tonight I went to see Charlie’s Country, the new film with David Gulpilil, who won best actor at Cannes for his performance which is nothing less than extraordinary. Directed by Rolf de Heer and with a script co-written by de Heer and Gulpilil. It’s a very powerful and very confronting film. The truth of the intervention and the way…

Presenting Integral Consciousness

We are the picture of the reflection of our imagination; we are as large or as small as we think ourselves. — Sufi Inayat Khan (1996) Bowl of Saki, April 14[1] Here we are in an academic context presenting on integral consciousness. This is an interesting challenge given that the academy is dominated by the…

Creative Consciousness and Cultural Creatives

  ABSTRACT Cultural creatives are a phenomenon of the early 21st century. As we reach the later stages of what has been called the ‘information age’, we face a world in crisis. We are exposed to an overwhelming number of fragments of information about the crises. How are we to deal with all these global…

Cultural Ecology in Australia

Surfing Cultural Ecology in Australia by Ben-Zion Weiss 18/12/2013 In Australia the phenomenon of cultural creatives is not well recognised even though according to studies by researchers like Professor Ervin Laszlo of the World Shift 2012 organisation, they make up around %35 of the population overall. I would argue that there are places like Bondi,…