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We are not planning any in-person events in 2020. All upcoming events and meetings will be held online with Zoom. All Praxis members will be informed of these events and they will be announced on our werbsite. Please consider becoming a member and having access to these virtual events and supporting our work.  For Membership, Click Here.           

All sessions in the Planetary Pause series will include a 25-30 minute presentation and an hour for questions and discussion.
Note: During shelter in place, no one will be denied access due to lack of funds. If you cannot afford to pay or need a discount, e-mail us at info@praxispeace.org
IMPORTANT: The Planetary Pause Series III of six events begins with Susan Neiman's event on July 31.
              $85 for Praxis Members  *  $115 for all others. (Individual tickets: $15 for Praxis members and $20 for non-members.)
                Please Note: Registrations must arrive one half hour prior to event in order to guarantee entrance.

Friday, July 17 at 4:00 pm, PDT

Tickets: $20 General. * $15 for Praxis Members - Zoom link sent upon Registration. Click Here to Register.
If you cannot afford a ticket or need a reduced fee, please Contact us: info@praxispeace.org


Nurturing Our Humanity

World renown author of the best-selling book, The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler changed the way people think about gender, domination, and culture. But, she has also penned several other books since that seminal one in 1987. The Real Wealth of Nations broke ground again in putting the true value on what has been called "women's work." In Sacred Pleasure, she shows us how history has consistently promoted the link between sex and violence -- and how we can sever this link and move to a politics of partnership rather than domination in all of our relations. Riane Eisler has caused thousands of people to rethink their biases and cultural directives. Her latest book, Nurturing Our Humanity, looks at where societies fall on the partnership-domination scale. It explores how behaviors, values, and socio-economic institutions develop differently in different environments, and documents how this impacts nothing less than how our brains develop. She examines cultures from this perspective (including societies that for millennia oriented toward partnership), and proposes actions supporting the contemporary movement in this more life-sustaining and enhancing direction.

Riane Eisler is a cultural historian of the finest order. She is a systems scientist, educator, attorney, and author whose works on cultural transformation have inspired scholars and social activists alike. She was born in Vienna, Austria, and fled with her parents from the Nazis when she was a small child. She has degrees in sociology and law from UCLA. She is the editor-in-chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesots and the President of the Center for Partnership Studies. She is an honorary members of the World Future Council and the Club of Rome. Riane is also on the Advisory Board of Praxis Peace Institute and has spoken at previous Praxis conferences.


Friday, July 24 at 4:00 pm.

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                 SWAMI BEYONDANANDA (aka Steve Bhaerman)

We all need some humor and levity to navigate the times we live in, and we can count on the Swami to enlighten our current situation and lift our spirits with laughter and cheer. For the Praxis Planetary Pause series II finale, we are injecting humor into our prolonged staycations. In this special Praxis program, both Swami Beyondananda and his alter ego Steve Bhaerman will move from hilarious takes on events of the day to a more serious look at the role of comedy and irony in coping with our current situation and staying healthy.

For more than 30 years, the Swami has been a fount of comedy disguised as wisdom -- or, perhaps it's wisdom disguised as comedy. He has authored several books, including Driving Your Own Karma, When You See a Sacred Cow Milk it for All Its Worth, Duck Soup for the Soul, and Swami for Precedent: A 7 Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction.

As Steve Bhaerman, he co-authored a serious book with cellular biologist Bruce Lipton, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here. It has been translated in 26 languages and has been called "world changing" by both Deepak Chopra and Thom Hartmann.

 Friday, July 31 at 11:00 am, Pacific Time

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                                              SUSAN NEIMAN

                                                                    Learning From the Germans

Susan Neiman is the Director of the Einstein Forum in Germany and the author of Learning from the Germans, an extraordinary probe into the nuanced forms of evil and racism so that we can recognize and avoid them in the future. Interviewing people in East and West Germany and the U.S. Southern states, Neiman weaves a compelling series of stories into a tapestry for healing. Born in Atlanta, GA, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Free University of Berlin. She has been a professor of philosophy at Yale University and at Tel Aviv University before becoming Director at the Einstein Forum. Her books include Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists and Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age. She lives in Berlin, Germany, so please note our earlier event time.

Her book was selected by the Praxis Book Club for July 2020.

Friday, August 7 at 4:00 pm

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                                        RICHARD TARNAS

                                                       Is Humankind going through an Initiatory Crisis?

We seem to be living at the end of an era. The past and the future are converging in our time with extraordinary force. So much is at stake. We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes places on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? And in such an era of transition, what is the role of "heroic" communities like Praxis (Tarnas' words) which carry principles and perspectives that run counter to the mainstream modern world view?

Richard Tarnas is a cultural historian and professor of Philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA. His first book, The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View became both a bestseller and required reading for many university classes across the country. He has integrated Jungian psychology, participatory theory, and Transpersonal Psychology into his work. He is the founding director of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate program at CIIS. He has been president of the Transpersonal Association and is currently on the board of the C.G. Jung Institute. His later book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year award from the Scientific and Medical Network in the U.K. Tarnas has a  cum laude B.A. in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD from Saybrook Institute where his dissertation was on LSD, Psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and spiritual transformation.

Thursday, September 3 at 4:00 pm

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                                 NORMAN SOLOMON

                                           Report on the Democratic National Convention

Norman Solomon will return to Praxis with an in-depth account of the Democratic Convention, which will take place in late August. As a California delegate for Bernie Sanders, Norman will be a key player at the convention. Since Bernie won 53 out of 58 counties in the California primary, the CA delegation will be chaired by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party: U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (Silicon Valley) and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (Alameda County). This will be a unique convention, one where progressives will really have a voice. Norman will give us the inside scoop of what happened at the convention and what we need to do next to support the establishment of a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and other progressive measures that will support people and planet.

Norman Solomon is a former associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting and is a long-time associate of the media watch group, FAIR, as well as RootsAction. He is the author of a dozen books, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, The Wizard of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News, and others. He has been interviewed on all major news programs and channels.

 Praxis Member Groups:

Praxis Members' Meeting -  Friday, July 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm, Pacific Time (7:00 pm Eastern)

Praxis Book Club - Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 pm


Praxis Peace Institute will host its 8th conference in 2020!

Economics, Justice, and the Climate Crisis           

November 29 - December 3, 2020 in Sonoma, CA - We are currently exploring an online conference during these dates.


Praxis Book!

Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism

A Praxis Peace Institute book
Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism

  Taking on the tenets of libertarianism and ideas associated with libertarianism, the authors challenge the American myths that promote rugged individualism, the lone hero, endless economic growth, and American exceptionalism. They explore the role that ideologies play in helping us make sense of the world and revisit the experiment --- still unproved --- of American democracy.

  The six authors place the myths in historical and ideological contexts and explore the makings of civil society, social justice, and economic fairness. One author, who was a libertarian in his youth, deconstructs their philosophy using only their definitions and arguments in a brilliant deconstruction.

Citing successful alternatives to laissez-faire and corporate capitalism, the authors promote existing models that celebrate the dignity of humankind by promoting empathy, cooperation, and respect. This book not only deconstructs, it constructs a possible world using concrete examples that have a proven success rate and high levels of human happiness.
This book is a must-read for anyone invested in modern politics and the future of the United States.

Fill out form on Events page to purchase this book. Click Here.


Friday, June 26 - GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN, Former Mayor of Richmond, CA
How a Progressive Alliance Can Change Culture

Friday, June 19 - Economic Cooperation: Worker Ownership in NY, CA, and SPAIN
With Omar Freilla, Ana Aguirre, and Tim Huet

Friday, June 12
Sometimes "Nothing" is a Real Cool Hand, A Philosopher's Perspective

Friday, May 29, 2020
Cooperation Humboldt: A solidarity Economy

May 15, 2020
Progressive Politics and Obstacles in the Democratic Party

Friday, May 7, 2020
Time for a New Good Neighbor Policy, Hands off Latin America

Friday, May 1, 2020
From Emergency to Emergence: Defining the Opportunities

Friday, April 24 - Special Earth Day program on Zoom
Earth Day 50 Under Lockdown: Ecology During and After the Pandemic

Friday, April 17, 2020 - On Praxis Zoom series
on the Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain

Friday, April 10 - On Praxis Zoom series
Beyond Money

Friday, March 27 - On Praxis Zoom series
Cultural Historian

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, November 10, 2019
GEORGE LAKOFF, Cognitive Scientist, author

June 16 - 22, 2019 - Mondragón, SPAIN
Mondragón Seminar & Tour

Saturday, April 13, 2019
PETER GABEL, author and founder of New College of CA

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
MICHAEL BRUNE, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

Sunday, January 27, 2019
GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN, Former Mayor of Richmond, CA and founder of the California Progressive Alliance

Sunday, December 2, 2018
H. BRUCE FRANKLIN, Cultural Historian and Author

Monday, October 22, 2018
GAR ALPEROVITZ, Historian and Political Economist

October 22, 2018
ELLEN BROWN, Attorney, Co-Founder of the Public Banking Institute, Author

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