UTOKing with Gregg Podcast

This podcast is devoted to exploring visions of knowledge and wisdom in the 21st Century. The podcast is framed by the concept of "dialogos," which refers to a form of reflective dialogue that cultivates deep interpersonal relating and existential insight and understanding. UTOKing is, of course, a play on words and references the Unified Theory of Knowledge.

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Introduction to UTOKing with Gregg: Podcast History and Overview

In this introduction and overview, Gregg recounts the history that led him to launch this podcast. It narrates both the development of the Unified Theory of Knowledge (UTOK) and it provides the context for how he came to be connected with new emerging communities (e.g., Game B, metamodern, Rebel Wisdom, Intellectual Deep/Dark Web).

Here is the link to the audio podcast.


Episode 1: UTOKing with John Vervaeke April 15, 2021

Title: The Value of Dialogos

In this first episode of UTOKing, Gregg is joined by John Vervaeke to discuss the synergy that is emerging between John's integrative approach to cognitive science and the UTOK metapsychology. They introduce the concept of dialogos, recount aspects of their respective journeys, articulate what it means to seek a coherent naturalistic ontology that can revitalize the soul and spirit in the 21st Century.

For a 3 minute clip, see here: https://youtu.be/m8gnJiBTpNo

John's YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqDUjTsof-kTNpnyWper_Q

John's Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/VervaekeJohn

Episode 2: UTOKing with Layman Pascal April 19, 2021

Title: "The Greatest Conversation in the History of Discourse"

In Episode 2, Gregg welcomes Layman Pascal. The title is taken from the opening exchange, where the two set the bar of expectation for what follows. Layman recounts his journey into philosophy and mysticism and his desire to connect many perspectives together. The linkages between metamodernism, integral theory, and the UTOK metapsychology are explored, and they highlight possible visions for a religion that is not a religion in the 21st Century.

Three minute clip of the conversation on the future of religion

The Integral Stage YouTube Channel; Layman's Facebook Page

Episode 3: UTOKing with Bruce Alderman April 22, 2021

Title: Toward a Sacred Naturalism

In Episode 3, Gregg welcomes Bruce Alderman. Bruce is a philosopher and spiritual seeker who has deep knowledge of many Eastern traditions and Integral Theory, and he cohosts the Integral Stage with Layman. Bruce shares his journey and how he became interested in metaphysics and developed his approach to Integral Grammatology. Gregg and Bruce then engage in a dialogos that explores the intersection of their worldviews and the implications of achieving a healthy sacred naturalism in the 21st Century.

Three minute clip on learning from other traditions.

Bruce's Facebook page; Bruce on his Integral Grammatology.

Episode 4: UTOKing with Rob Scott April 26, 2021

Title: Understanding the Fundamental Shift

In Episode 4, Gregg welcomes Rob Scott. Rob is a coach and philosopher who has developed a powerful philosophy on living that he calls "The Fundamental Shift." It involves stepping outside of the lenses of our thoughts and how they shape what we see and achieve a greater awareness on how we shape what we see and how we can use that knowledge to adopt more functional lenses that allow us to get a more optimal grip on our relationship with the world.

A brief clip describing the process of becoming aware of the lenses we bring to the world.

Check out Rob's work here.

Episode 5: UTOKing with Lene Rachel Andersen April 29, 2021

Title: Building Bildung in the 21st Century

In Episode 5, Gregg welcomes Lene Rachel Andersen. Lene is a futurist, philosopher, and award winning author of several books, including The Nordic Secret: A European Story of Beauty and Freedom, and Metamodernity: Meaning and Hope in a Complex World. Lene is a leader of the European Bildung Network, which promotes the concept of "bildung," which refers to the interplay between education and knowledge that are necessary for a thriving society. In this interview, she shares her vision for a metamodern society shaped by the educational philosophy of bildung.

Here is brief clip on her vision for government and reflective politics.

The European Bildung Network; Lene Rachel Andersen's homepage.

Episode 6: UTOKing with David Fuller May 2, 2021

Title: Surveying the Sense-Making Communities

In Episode 6, Gregg welcomes David Fuller. David is a professional journalist, reporter, documentary filmmaker and writer who is a leader in the alternative sense-making communities. He is founder of Rebel Wisdom and has spearheaded the conversation about the kinds of changes we may be seeing or need to see in the world in the 21st Century. In this conversation, he and Gregg talk about their respective journeys, their opinions and experiences regarding the Jordan Peterson phenomena and the future trajectory of this metamodern, Game B, integral-unified space.

Here is a clip where David speaks about the trajectory of the media. Here is one where Gregg speaks about Jordan Peterson.

Here is David Fuller's homepage.

Episode 7: UTOKing with Tomas Björkman May 6, 2021

Title: Toward a Metamodern Worldview

In Episode 7, Gregg welcomes Tomas Björkman. Tomas is an applied philosopher and social entrepreneur. He is author/coauthor of several books, including The Nordic Secret: A European Story of Beauty and Freedom, and The World We Create: From God to Market. He is a leader in the metamodern space and has contributed to many crucial ventures, such as Rebel Wisdom, the WhatIsEmerging Platform, and Perspectiva. In this conversation, he and Gregg discuss the crucial point the world is at and how a new worldview might be emerging that can helpfully frame this transition.

Here is brief clip on their discussion about emerging worldviews.

Tomas Björkman's home page.

Episode 8: UTOKing with Zak Stein May 13, 2021

Title: The Consilience Project and Moving Toward a Coherent Metapsychology in the 21st Century

In Episode 8, Gregg welcomes Zak Stein. Zak is a writer, futurist and educational philosopher and a leading sense-maker in the emerging metamodern space. He is author of Education in a Time Between Worlds: Essays on the Future of Schools, Technology, and Society and Social Justice and Educational Measurement: John Rawls, the History of Testing, and the Future of Education. In this conversation, he shares with Gregg his journey, his vision of a metapsychology that embraces skill development, ensoulment and transcendence, and his work on the Consilience Project and its vision for a cultural renaissance and new approach to media.

Here is a brief clip about justification systems in a fragmented media landscape.

Here is Zak's homepage.

Episode 9: UTOKing with Alexander Bard May 17, 2021

Title: Dark Renaissance versus Enlightenment 2.0

In Episode 9, Gregg welcomes Alexander Bard. He is a philosopher, music producer, and highly sought-after international lecturer. He is the author of the highly successful The Futurica Trilogy - co-written with media theorist Jan Söderqvist, and more recently Syntheism: Creating God in the Internet Age and Digital Libido. He founded the Intellectual Deep Web list serve, which is an active discussion group that brings leading thinkers and futurists together. In this UTOKing dialogos, the two explore their visions for the future, framed by Bard's Dark Renaissance and Gregg's Enlightenment 2.0, and the relationship between psychology, science and philosophy.

Here is a clip exploring their respective visions for the future.

Here are links to Alexander Bard on Twitter and Wiki.

Episode 10: UTOKing with Tim Adalin May 20, 2021

Title: A Deep Dive into the Current and Future State of Humanity

In Episode 10, Gregg welcomes Tim Adalin. Tim is a philosopher and a significant "live player" in the emerging sense-making space. He is the curator of the Voicecraft podcast explores the art of philosophy with visionaries and resonant souls. In this dialogos, he and Gregg explore the "kairos" of the moment and how the world is in the midst of a major transformation.

Here is a clip where Gregg and Tim riff on the future of humanity.

Here is Tim on Twitter and here is the link to Voicecraft Channel on YouTube.


Episode 11: UTOKing with Greg Thomas May 24, 2021

Title: Cultivating the Blues Idiom Wisdom Tradition

In Episode 11, Gregg welcomes Greg Thomas. He is a philosopher, writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He is CEO of the Jazz Leadership Project, and a senior fellow for the Institute for Cultural Evolution. Since the pandemic and social uprising, he has been featured on a range of online platforms discussing race, culture, and leadership, including Rebel Wisdom, The Daily Evolver, Aligned Center, Coaches Rising, and Integral Life. His blog is Tune In To Leadership. In March, Greg and Gregg hosted the Body and Soul series at the Stoa.

Here is a clip where he elaborates on the Blues Idiom Wisdom Tradition.

Here is Greg on Twitter; here is his profile at the Jazz Leadership Project.

Episode 12: UTOKing with Steve Quackenbush May 31, 2021

Title: The Problem of Value in Psychology

In Episode 12, Gregg welcomes Steve Quackenbush. Steve is a professor of psychology and Associate Provost and Dean of Arts & Science at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has long-standing scholarly interests in human development, narrative approaches, existential philosophy and reflecting on the problem of human values in psychological science. He is an award winning teacher, and a long time executive member of the Theory Of Knowledge Society. Much of this UTOKing episode explores how the complex theories might be transformed for a more general audience so they can apply the insights in a practical way.

Here is a clip where Steve talks about how generativity is the antidote of depression.

Here is Steve's homepage at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Episode 13: UTOKing with Manuel Manga June 7, 2021

Title: Leading Toward Conscious Evolution

In Episode 13, Gregg welcomes Manuel Manga. He is an organizational consultant, facilitator, and leadership coach with international experience. He is a founder of the Center for Evolutionary Leadership. In this episode, Manuel explores with Gregg his journey learning from pioneers like Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, Humberto Maturana, and Fernando Flores. The conversation then evolves to the current state of the world and visions for a sustainable global village.

Here is a clip where Manuel discusses the nature of the human condition and leading into the next global age.

Here is Manuel's Facebook page and here is the link to the Center for Evolutionary Leadership.

Episode 14: UTOKing with Nick Jankel June 14, 2021

Title: Repairing the Mind/Body Schism

In Episode 14, Gregg welcomes Nick Jankel. Nick is a philosopher, keynote speaker and co-founder of Switch On. He is also the author of several books including Spiritual Atheist and Switch On: Unleash Your Creativity and Thrive with the New Science & Spirit of Breakthrough. In this moving conversation, Nick shares his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual journey to develop wisdom and connection. He and Gregg discuss how similar their worldviews are and why a scientific worldview is very commensurate with a transcendent spiritual orientation toward wise living.

Here is a clip where Nick and Gregg discuss the need for a revamped view of mind, body and spirit.

Here is the link to Switch On; and here is his twitter feed.