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— Andrew Gilchrist
For a sample of the book's Introduction,
IN 60 SECONDS, WHAT IS THE DIVINE DAUGHTER REALLY ABOUT?
YOU SET UP THE TABLE OF CONTENTS LIKE A POP SONG - INTRO, VERSES, CONCLUSION. WHY DID YOU DO THAT?
THE TITLE, THE DIVINE DAUGHTER, MIGHT SUGGEST SOMETHING ABOUT GENDER AND ARCHETYPES. BUT YOU GO A DIFFERENT ROUTE. ISN'T THAT DANGEROUS?
THE NUMBER 4 IS REPEATED THROUGH THE BOOK AS A KIND OF THEME. WHAT IS SO SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE NUMBER 4?
YOUR BOOK IS NON-FICTION, AND YET YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT THE ROLE OF FICTION IN OUR LIVES. THE WRITING GOES BACK AND FORTH, FROM FICTION TO NON-FICTION. WHY DID YOU DO THAT? ARE YOU WORRIED YOUR READERS MIGHT GET LOST OR FRUSTRATED, OR GET THE WRONG MESSAGE?
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE FOUND A NEW WAY OF ORGANIZING DEEP IDEAS FROM RELIGION, PSYCHOLOGY, LITERATURE AND HISTORY. WHAT DOES THIS REALLY PROVIDE FOR THE READER? WHAT'S THE TAKEAWAY?
YOU MENTION IN THE BOOK A CANADIAN SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AS A NEW TEACHING PATH. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT, AND WHAT IS SO CANADIAN ABOUT IT?
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS? THE NEXT BOOK? THE NEXT PROJECT?
ANDREW GILCHRIST changes people's perspectives.
Through his writing, speaking, and teaching, he helps individuals and small groups identify the motivations that are winning our attention. What assumptions do we give authority, and why? Who are we, really? And where do we go from here?
Andrew grew up with books in every room of his family's house. Andrew is a fan of Tolkien, Lucas, Roddenberry and Rowling.
Andrew has been a landscaper, window washer, assembly-line factory worker, customer service associate, data entry worker, teacher, math and science department head, private tutor, musician, print project consultant, social media manager, video producer, non-profit-kids-festival board chair, marketing campaign coordinator, techie guy, and curriculum writer.
Andrew has a degree in philosophy and a degree in education. He is working with friends and professionals on a program that will bridge the divide between the empirical method of inquiry (which has transformed our world through science and technology) and spiritual practice (which has circumscribed many of our beliefs for much of our history).
Andrew and his wife Shannon live in Belleville, Ontario with their dog, Millie Grumpaloo. They dream of living by water in B.C. someday, and swimming with manatees in Belize.
BIO: MEET THE DIVINE DAUGHTER AUTHOR, ANDREW GILCHRIST
I COMMIT TO YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCE. LET'S SPARK PEOPLE'S ATTENTION!
I COMMIT TO YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCE. LET'S SPARK PEOPLE'S ATTENTION!
I am honoured by your interest in an interview. If the interview is like a story, I want to make sure you are the hero. And winning the heart of your audience is the quest.
I know if I do my job well your audience will feel closer to you and more interested in these topics:
What it can mean to see the archetypal
in the everyday.
The costs of not understanding ourselves
and the joys of self-literacy.
How to test ourselves, lightly, easily and consciously,
in order to pursue motivations that help us flourish.
The Canadian School of Communication,
and how its lessons are what we need right now.
I MADE THIS MEDIA ROOM TO MAKE YOUR DECISIONS
SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD.
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When I'm interviewed by media, I point my audience back to our interview. This includes reach with Divine Daughter social media groups, my personal blog readers, and my email connections.
Some of my previous work involved creating short video trailers, shooting videos, developing media kits, writing blog articles, facilitating event panel discussions, and leading webinars.
If you need any other supplemental material, please contact me and together we will find something appropriate and intriguing for your audience.
WHAT IS SELF LITERACY?
WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO LEARN HOW TO READ WORDS.
DO WE WANT THEM
TO KNOW HOW TO READ THE WORLD
THEY LIVE IN?
DO WE WANT THEM TO KNOW HOW READ THEMSELVES?
One of the most amazing goals we have set for ourselves is universal literacy. We want every child to know how to read because education literally opens worlds of opportunity for individuals.
Even more incredible, we have reached high rates of literacy in many communities. Just two hundred years ago, approximately 20% of the population might have known how to read and write. 80% of us would have been illiterate. It may not be perfect, but we've flipped those stats! And things are getting better!
But the last one hundred years have demonstrated two other great challenges, two hard set problems we haven't fully solved yet.
One problem is our relationship to information that isn't text-based. It's all around us. It's in our streets, our screens and our entertainment shows. In the 1950s and 1960s, people like Marshall McLuhan realized that media and advertising was working us over completely. He helped develop media literacy.
Media literacy prepares us for the constant stream of messages we must manage in our daily lives.
The other problem is our relationship to our motivations. This is psychic and spiritual. The last hundred years have shown us just what motivated, authoritarian individuals are willing to do. Our political and personal and economic choices work us over completely too, but we are still blind to all the unintended consequences those choices bring.
Even worse, we blame those things on externalities. We need to develop a system of self literacy. We have decades of grounded psychological research on what moves us toward well-being, what promotes the healthy flourishing of individuals. But we haven't found a way to practice self literacy in a responsible and systematic way that doesn't threaten our relationships with each other and with our environment.
Self literacy prepares us for the constant stream of motivations we must manage in our daily lives. It can also prepare us for the unintended consequences of our ambitions and raise our consciousness past the horizon of our immediate whims.
I have given presentations and facilitated workshops for :
Spiritual and Wellness Retreats
Workplace Relationship Conferences
Religious Group Meetings
Book Club Sessions
Community Discussions with Online Interviews
IF YOU HAVE AN UPCOMING EVENT
AND WANT A KEYNOTE SPEAKER,
A CANADIAN SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
In the 1930s, Eric Havelock and Harold Innis began to explore the effects of communication systems on society - networks, transmission platforms, and the interconnectivity of media and language.
In the following decades, Edmund Carpenter, Northrop Frye, and Marshall McLuhan all added to the development and growing interest in the school of thought. Some of that work came to be known as the Toronto School of Communication.
Communication. Literature. Media. Belief systems. Even before political constructions or ideologies, these things create psychological states and social dynamics that work us over completely.
A student of both Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan, B.W. Powe, put it this way:
"One of their boldest acts is to put communications (media, literary studies), rather than ideology, at the heart of their thought. They initiate and ignite; their conjunction features a decisive turning away from an enslavement to others' systems of thought in order to seek their own sources of perceptions and ideas, in a championing of poetics."
~ Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy
Two other prominent Canadian thinkers could be considered foundational pillars addressing some of the emerging developments in a Canadian School of Communication.
One places articulation, bringing truth to light through speech, as an ultimate concern for society today. He became obsessed with the problem of evil. Why would people so willingly sacrifice others for the pursuit of an ambition, a utopian vision, or a political idea? Why do we allow resentment to rule over us when there might be a better way? Why do we lie, or at least not tell the truth? In asking these questions, and in experimenting with new media, he made people much more conscious of the power of words and the lessons we can still find in the oldest mythological stories. His name is Jordan Peterson.
The other took the divide between science and religion as a serious challenge to bridge. At the heart of his work, he found a fundamental insight into human nature. We are inquirers - insatiable curious adventurers in search of what is true. Nothing else demonstrates that more than the scientific revolution of the enlightenment and the expansion of our dependence on technology. He worked towards formulating a generalized empirical method of inquiry. This method fosters the conscious grasp of our world, expands the range of deliberate choice for individuals, and pays respect to our historically religious impulses. His name was Bernard Lonergan.
In this book, I examine the contributions of Northrop Frye, Marshall McLuhan, Jordan Peterson and Bernard Lonergan. Collectively, they can be understood as a motley, perhaps surprising, team of midwives. They have helped with the birth of a divine daughter. It's now time to welcome her into the family!