Note: This episode is a re-publish of the 2012 conversation with Pancho.
Pancho Ramos-Stierle has a passion for astrobiology that brought him to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics. But when the government of the part of the Planet we call the U.S. and the laboratories of the university announced they were developing “safer nuclear weapons,” he decided to stop cooperating with the institution. Now as a responsible scientist, he says he is doing his “PhDO in Citizenship of the World.”
Pancho believes that “when the inner (r)evolution merges with the outer (r)evolution, the Total (R)evolution of the Human Spirit is imminent.” Furthermore, when science and art are balanced, the beauty of life blossoms with what he calls the “New Renaissance of Humanity.” His mission statement is “to live in radical joyous shared servanthood to unify humanity.” His activism and life’s focus is on issues of human rights, environmental sustainability, nonviolence, peace-building, immigration, urban agriculture and the development of a vibrant “gift economy.” Ramos-Stierle has been an integral part of movements to democratize the University of California system, protect old growth trees, implement “free farms” and move beyond youth violence, among other efforts.
He blogs at Earthling Opinion and ServiceSpace and can be followed on Twitter @oneworldcitizen.
Pancho speaks with Joanna about (r)evolution and the sense of wonder; critical thinking/feeling; connecting to the soil/soul; crafting a new language of the heart; the multiple faces of kindness; healing the fractures: embodying the change; the soul-force of “disobey with great love”; the magic of heart activism: “there’s no enemy”; unification of spirituality and activism…
music: “Babel” (from “Ofrenda”) by Pedro Guerra
Note: We apologize for some ocasional glitches in the sound.