Michael is the president and co-founder of Commonweal. His current initiatives at Commonweal are Omega, the Omega Resilience Awards, the Cancer Help Program, Healing Circles Global, CancerChoices, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and The New School at Commonweal. He is also president of the Jenifer Altman Foundation and a principal co-founder of the Health and Environmental Funders Network. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his doctoral work in psychology and politics at Yale before teaching at Yale in the early 1970s. He co-founded Commonweal in Bolinas, California in 1976. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1984 and is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Therapies (MIT Press) and numerous other publications.
Thomas Homer Dixon addresses the Upside of Down, his forthcoming book Commanding Hope, and the Cascade Institute.
In this Omega Conversation, Omega founder Michael Lerner is in conversation with Rufus Pollock, a global expert on the information society. They discuss a radical alternative to social change that considers wiser, more holistic ways for humans to live together.
Despite acknowledging that the global system is broken, Ian is positive about its potential.
Omega founder Michael Lerner and guest Philip Yun engaged a discussion about the nature of the struggle ahead for democratic governance in the new world we are facing.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest power plant in the Ukraine and in Europe—some of the major protections against meltdown have been severely damaged by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Europe is on edge and much of the world recognizes that we are facing the possibility of a nuclear meltdown as a result of the invasion: the Omega Collaborative brought these risks front and center in March with a webinar, Ukraine–Nuclear Safety & Nuclear Security by Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki.
Managing increasing demand for water, clean air, minerals, energy, and food is rapidly becoming one of our greatest challenges. What strategies are available to us? Are there alternatives to winners and losers?