Episode 57: Interview with Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. He is the founder of the non-profit Liology Institute, which is dedicated to a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably; Jeremy works to integrate history and philosophy to shape a more meaningful and sustainable life for all. More recently, his book, The Patterning Instinct, outlines how different cultures shape values and how those values have helped shape world history.

Jeremy Lent is a graduate from Cambridge University and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the founder NextCard, the first financial services company to enable consumers to apply for credit cards over the internet and be approved in real time.

In this thought provoking interview, Jeremy discusses the evolution of cultures, values, and how world views change. Jeremy identifies key myths from the past and highlights the role that the media and transnational corporations play in developing our current culture. He makes several structural suggestions so corporations can shift from maximize immediate shareholder wealth to a triple-bottom line approach for the long-term, leading to a more sustainable future. In this wide-ranging interview, Jeremey presents a compelling vision of an ecological civilization – as an alternative to the present capitalist model – in which greater value is placed on life and growth.

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