by Hillary Johnson - Ventura County Star, April 5th 2004
250 business innovators experienced a Global Mind Change in Santa Barbara this weekend.
"Future shock is not one big idea," Jim Channon whispered from the podium, "it's a thousand little ones."
How many business conferences open with a masked and robed master of ceremonies calling in the "muse" of the future of business? At the Global Mind Change Forum put on last weekend in Santa Barbara by the World Business Academy, that's exactly what Channon did - and the muse appeared, singing, dressed in a blue feathered robe, and slowly crossed the stage while Channon fell to his knees.
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Channon is billed as America's first "corporate shaman," and is the originator of the popular concept of "corporate visioning," but he's also got the chops - and the credentials - to be taken very, very seriously, having worked as a consultant for ten of the world's hundred largest companies, and as lead futurist and educational technologist for the U.S. Army. His theatrical presentation marking the opening of the three day seminar was well received by the energized, if mildly astonished, audience of 250 business people from around the world, most of whom looked more like Men's Wearhouse customers than seekers of aboriginal wisdom.
As Channon closed his speech to great applause, one businessman who had come all the way from Great Britain turned to another and said in a tone of scandalized glee, "Can you imagine that guy speaking in London?!"
October 8, 1990
Jim Channon says hes a shaman at heart, To AT&T, Du Pont, Whirlpool and others, hes a consultant.
Three things are missing from almost every organization Ive been through, he says A sincere desire to love each other in a a brotherly way, an ability to incorporate spiritual values in their work, and an ability to do something physical together. On all three counts he thinks modern corporations could learn from tribal cultures: Just because those guys cant make toasters doesnt mean that singing together, dancing together, and telling stories around a fire isnt a damn good thing to do.