Jim Evers

Jim Evers, M.A.T., Oberlin, writer, entrepreneur, and retired educator, has taught all grades, K– 12, graduate school, and corporate training programs. He is the Co-Facilitator of Grassroots Community Service Projects. Jim is the founder of the Center for Exploring Creativity and New Possibilities.

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Informed Hope

Are you in despair about the future because of so many urgent, unresolved problems such as climate, water, pollution, inequities, health, and more? They are all urgent and the media reminds us of them 24/7. But there is something the media seldom mentions: the incredible number of hopeful projects that are now happening. In this talk, you will learn about some of these hopeful projects and how to discover other hopeful ones. You can turn your despair into “in-formed” hope.

1.3.3 Skills for Navigating the Rapids of Accelerating Change

We now live in a world of accelerating changes – in technology, the environment, economics, and social values. Instead of having change-aversion, we can navigate change using some new skills and honing some latent skills. Through interactive discussions, we will explore some of both – the new and the latent. Depending on class needs, these might include beginner’s mind, “possibilianism”, exponential thinking, convergence-anticipation, awakened curiosity, creative problem solving, informed-hope, reframing issues, asking key questions, using fast and slow decision making, and building applicable story and humor. NEW!

Trim Tab People: Little-Known Individuals Who Have Impacted the World

A trim tab is a small rudder that turns a larger one. Many of the world’s improvements have come from individuals we probably have not heard of, but their stories make for interesting learning. Find out who changed the course of World War II. Who was the wealthiest female CEO in 2013? What MD never practiced, but became a world leading entrepreneur in medicine and other fields. Who invented a first aid product used around the world daily? You’ll hear these and other fascinating stories.

Why I Do Not Fear Artificial Intelligence, but Have Concerns about It and Want to be Ready

Media often report warnings about AI. They come from scientists, world and corporate leaders, employees, historians, and others. Having followed popular media and the professional media about AI, Jim respects these warnings, but he also respects the excitement and promises AI offers. How to get ready? You will learn suggestions for what we all need to do as AI takes over more and more of out human tasks, including decisions

Enhance Your Brain Using Unusual Thinking Skills

Discover how to think like a Rocket Scientist, Futurist, Freakonomist, Inventer/Designer, Exponentialist, Possibilarian, Neurologist, Einsteinianist, Poker Player, and Flexible-3D Open Thinker. You will also learn how to detect a con artist and a liar. Great fun, significant insights, and lots of resources. NEW!

New Views on Key Elder Issues

This course presents fresh views on key Elder issues by national and local guests, who will give talks and hold Q&A sessions. Topics to be covered, among others, are Longevity, Wellness, Economics, and Housing/Living. Speakers will include Karl Pillemer, Cornell University author and gerontologist, and Taylor Patskanick, specialist and researcher at MIT AgeLab. We are also contacting a specialist in NY State elder housing. NEW!

Wisdom Through Humor

As a bit of “philosophy light,” we will share some life lessons found in the “wise fool,” court jester, and some appropriate jokes and other humor. We will avoid bawdy, racist, ethnic, insult and other hurtful humor. “Laughter is an overlooked medication.” – Norman Cousins.

Reframing New Mindsets about Aging, Ageism, and Longevity

From a collection of insights and experiences, you will learn new ways of thinking (mindsets) about the challenges of the increasing number of older people, the rise of ageism, and the issues of well-care and health-care coming from living longer. You will also gain a deeper sense of hope and a more informed way to respond to these concerns.

Human Kind vs. Human Unkind: A New Perspective

In this class, you will look at a range of descriptions of human kind by such thinkers as Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Darwin, and several compelling contemporary writers such as Bregman, Hiadt, Konnicova, and Eagleman. You will gain a full-spectrum perspective on whether are we basically good or evil, selfish or altruistic, con artists or trust-worthies, or some of both. You will also learn tools to help navigate through our confusingly complex times.