Cultivating Transformative Habits of Mind – Dr. Todd Smith

‘Cultivating Transformative Habits of Mind’ is a presentation given by Dr. Todd Smith at the 2020 Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (held online).

Dr. Todd Smith is a sociologist and philosopher from Canada specializing in social theory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto focusing on the development of a consultative epistemology particularly as it applies to health and illness. Among his current academic interests are how to advance discourses related to the harmony of science and religion as well as the interplay between historical consciousness, transformative habits of mind, freedom, and the oneness of humanity. He has recently published articles on these subjects in the Journal of Baha’i Studies. Since obtaining his doctorate, Todd has worked with a variety of Baha’i-inspired educational endeavors and has served full-time on both the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada and the Regional Baha’i Council of Ontario. In 2011, he moved to Haifa, Israel to serve as the Coordinator of the Office of Correspondence at the Baha’i World Centre. In the summer of 2013, he became the Coordinator of the Research Department at the Baha’i World Centre and worked in that capacity until October 2020. Most recently he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Association for Baha’i Studies and has, over a number of years, served as a facilitator at graduate seminars organized by the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

This talk was given at the 2020 Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (held online), on Sunday 27 December 2020.

Check out the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference website here: grandcanyonbahai.org

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Listen to the audio version of this presentation here: Cultivating Transformative Habits of Mind – Dr. Todd Smith [AUDIO]

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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