An Indigenous Perspective on the State of Our Planet
On Friday, July 25th, author and leader John Perkins and indigenous leader Arkan Lushwala reflected on the collective transition we are experiencing. Moderated by Pachamama Alliance ally Konda Mason they discussed our human capacity to have a direct relationship with the creatures and the spirits of the earth. To foster a deeper conversation, attendees were asked to watch John’s interview on his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and read his latest book, Shapeshifting: Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation, and Arkan’s book The Time of the Black Jaguar before the call.
About John Perkins
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies, spent many months on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, and are published in over 30 languages. John’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list) is a startling exposé of international corruption. His The Secret History of the American Empire, also a New York Times bestseller, details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first truly global empire. His Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. The solutions are not "return to normal" ones. Instead, John challenges us to soar to new heights, away from predatory capitalism and into an era more transformative than the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. His writings detail specific steps each of us can take to create a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.
John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit, has lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation, including Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications, as well as in numerous documentaries including The End of Poverty?, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Apology of an Economic Hit Man. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2012, and Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business As Usual Award, 2006.
About Arkan Lushwala
Born and raised in Peru, Arkan Lushwala is a teacher, ceremonial leader, and healer, and is initiated in the Lakota Tradition of North America. Arkan currently leads ceremonies in New Mexico where he focuses on teaching others practices that can restore balance to the planet. Author of The Time of the Black Jaguar, Arkan engages his readers through ancient wisdom, calling them to participate in work that will help heal our planet and humanity.