September 21, 2014 Crossing over the Bridge Seventy-Two Panel Kingsley L. Dennis PhD and Swedish Dialogue Police Officer Carsten Alven

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September 21, 2014 Crossing over the Bridge Seventy-Two Panel Kingsley L. Dennis PhD and Carsten Alvén Swedish Dialogue Police

 

 

 

Kingsley L. Dennis PhD Author, Researcher and Futurist

mainmar12Kingsley Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer. He co-authored ‘After the Car’ (Polity, 2009), which examines post-peak oil societies and mobility. He is also the author of ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011); as well as ‘The Struggle for Your Mind: Conscious Evolution & The Battle to Control How We Think’ (2012). He is also the co-editor of ‘The New Science & Spirituality Reader'(2012). Kingsley worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and is now a visiting fellow at the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster Uni. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on complexity theory, social technologies, new media communications, and conscious evolution. As well as academic training Kingsley has also lived and worked for many years overseas, including five years in Turkey. He currently lives in Andalusia in Spain and is working on new book material. He continues to research, write, travel, grow his own vegetables, and seeks answers to many questions.

 

New Consciousness for a New World

kd2A call for a paradigm shift in human thinking in recognition of the interconnectedness of all things—a new mind for a new world. For centuries, indigenous wisdom traditions have talked of an epochal shift on the horizon, of a spiritual renaissance for the earth and her living family. Now the timelines are converging and the potential for an energetic “upgrade” for humanity is here, but first we must survive and evolve through the current period of transition. Explaining that evolution is not a gradual process but more like a “shock to the system”–radical waves of transformation after a period of dormancy–author Kingsley Dennis reveals that we are currently undergoing an evolutionary leap and shows not only how to survive but also thrive in this period of global upheaval and change. Examining the nature of evolutionary cycles, he explains that the instability we are now experiencing–climate change, economic meltdowns, and increasing political polarization–is the convergence of complex systems that have reached a critical state. What we need in order to push through to the coming spiritual renaissance is a paradigm shift in human thinking and perception, a conscious evolution in recognition of the interconnectedness of all things–a new mind for a new world. Examining new findings in quantum physics and quantum biology on the inter-connectivity of all life as well as opportunities for us to reawaken our slumbering souls, this book offers a glimpse of the new global society to come, a renewed humanity for the 21st century, and how each of us can best participate during the process of planetary transformation.

The Struggle for your Mind

kd3Within society there exists a silent war. The battlefield is our everyday lives: our education, our work, our leisure, our emotional and spiritual well-being, and our thinking and perceptions. Our very sense of “reality” is deliberately engineered to work against conscious evolution and preserve social norms. In short, we are all part of a war of consciousness. And the opportunity is at hand for us to win. Assessing the ways modern societies limit consciousness and keep humanity obedient and distracted from their inner lives, Kingsley Dennis presents an eye-opening investigation of the way our minds have been programmed to preserve incumbent power structures and their rules. He exposes the tactics employed for thousands of years by the elite to control our minds, including misinformation and propaganda, debt systems, consumerism, religious doctrine, scientific authority, economic “uncertainties,” fear of terrorist attacks and armageddon, electromagnetic pollution from cell phones and other devices, distraction through entertainment and technology, as well as the false belief that we are separate from Nature and the Divine. Despite these obstacles, humanity is awakening to culture’s imposed limits on perception through an accelerating rise in collective empathy and awareness. Exploring the biology of consciousness, Dennis reveals the emerging mechanisms for neuro-genetic evolution within the brains of gifted individuals, psychics, and visionaries and the coming increases in solar and magnetic energies that will activate them within all of us. Explaining how we can free up mental and emotional energy to break through the barriers inhibiting conscious evolution, he shows that, by taking back our minds and changing the way we think, we can restore our connection with Nature and the Divine and lead humanity into a new age of harmony and awareness.

After the Car

kd5‘One of the toughest things to do is to anticipate discontinuity, to envisage a world – a life – beyond the car. The authors practice this art of the impossible in a fascinating way, opening up the social and sociological imagination for alternative paths of modernization.’
Ulrich Beck, University of Munich

‘A persuasive and readable summary of why motoring as we know it is doomed. The authors systematically chart the new technologies, oil shortages, environmental and other pressures changing the way we travel and the world we live in. If you want to know what the future might look like, this book is for you. Jeremy Clarkson is an endangered species!’
Steven Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

‘After the Car is a useful contribution to the debate about the role of the car which poses some interesting questions about its future.’
Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth

It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book. They argue that the days of the current car system are numbered. Powerful forces around the world are undermining it and will usher in a new system sometime in the next few decades. Specifically, the book examines how several major processes are reshaping travel, including:

• Global warming and its many global consequences
• Peaking of oil supply
• Increased digitization of most aspects of economic and social life
• Massive global population increases

The authors examine changes in technology, policy, economy and society, and make a convincing argument for a future where, by necessity, the present car system will have been replaced. The book also suggests that there are some bleak dilemmas facing the twenty-first century. The authors lay out what they consider to be possible ‘post-car’ future scenarios. These they describe as ‘local sustainability’, ‘regional warlordism’ and ‘digital networks of control’. Some describe the twentieth-century as the century of the car. Now that century has come to a close – and things are dramatically about to change.

Carsten Alvén

ca1-1Since 2006 Alvén has worked as a police officer in downtown Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2007 he has had a part time position as a dialogue police officer (focusing on activism). For a year and a half he has also participated in a project aimed at creating a similar dialogue with football fans – the supporter dialogue & liaison unit. Alvén has spoken frequently on police dialogue both within and outside the police force, not least at the National police academy. He has also been engaged as a teacher at the National police academy several times, and headed the National course on dialogue policing earlier this year. Before joining the police force he worked as a military analyst and liaison officer for ten years. During this time he served in the Balkans for two years and made one tour to Afghanistan. Beside working as a police officer, Alvén is currently finishing a major in political science.

Swedish Dialogue Police

During the last nine years the Swedish Police have developed methods and approaches to police situations which are or may become dangerous in everyday police work and at major events through implementing police national police tactics which build on dialogue, de-escalation and non-confrontation. The organization consists of nationally trained commanders, uniformed police officers in mobile units, dialogue police officers and plainclothes arrest officers and transport units.

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