SOS #65    J. Morris Hicks    (8-2-20)  
Jolted into Thinking Differently. A Necessity.
The title of this SOS Memo is the same as the name of the final chapter of Outcry: Jolted into Thinking Differently.

So what's it going to take to make that "jolting" happen soon enough for us to avoid the extinction our species? As I type this sentence, I am reminded of a famous quote by Steve Jobs -- one that I use in all of my public talks.

As for the fact that some folks think I have become a bit "crazy" these days, I take it as a compliment. And, to be sure, I don't ever intend to stop. That's because once we discover the most important topic in the history of humanity -- we must never stop doing all that we can to figure out a solution to humankind's most serious problem. 

As for the possible demise of our species, I doubt that very many of the world's adult population -- roughly five billion people -- EVER think about it very much. But if we're going to have a chance of maximizing the chances for our longterm survival as a species, the days of ignoring the elephant in the room are over. 

That is exactly why we wrote Outcry and that is what I talk about in all of my public presentations, whether I am addressing a handful of people or thousands. Since the Covid-19 era began, I have been doing a lot of "virtual" presentations -- and my largest one to date is coming up soon, on August 15.

Here is my first slide for that presentation:

As you can see, my presentation will be part of a three-day virtual Plant-Stock conference from August 14-16. Plant-Stock began as an outdoor event at the Esselstyn family farm in the Hudson Valley of New York in 2011. 

It takes its name from the famed Woodstock of 1969 that took place just 21 miles from the farm. Plant-Stock has always been an outdoor gathering under a big tent -- until this year -- and because of Covid, it has morphed into a virtual event. 

The silver lining in all of this is that many more people will be able to experience this conference at a mere fraction of the cost of traveling to upstate New York for three days.

There are 19 Speakers. In addition to the Esselstyn family including Rip, Caldwell, Ann and Jane, here are the images of fifteen more, including yours truly:

As you can see in the image below, the theme for this year's conference is:

Science. Inspiration. Activation!

Here is the link to all the Plant-Stock info that you will need to plan your weekend of August 14-16. If you don't have time to watch all of the speakers "live," no worries. Your ticket entitles you to a full year of online access to the all of the Planet-Stock events.

The total 3-day conference price is $97 -- no matter how many people you can crowd around your desk-top computer screen or your screen-mirroring giant TV. I encourage you to sign up soon and then watch all of the sessions in the luxury of your own home -- at the time that is most convenient for you. 

Weekend Schedule for August 14-16

Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday from 9 am to 7:30 pm 
(I am on at 2:30 pm on Saturday) 
Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

For all conference details and sign-up information, click this link:

For a preview of all of my presentation slides for August 15:

The Bottom Line. As stated in the title of this SOS Memo, if we are to survive longterm as a species, it really is all about learning to think differently -- a process as suggested below, that may require us to eventually be...

With that in mind, I want to share with you a few paragraphs that appear in the Epilog of Outcry.

In September of 2018, I posted one of my "bite - size" blogs (BSBs) entitled, "Creative Idea for Saving Our Civilization." Since then, I have posted almost one hundred more, changing the  name from  bite-size blogs  to SOS Memos in April of 2019. Throughout the past eighteen months, I have always strived to make it abundantly clear that these blogs are aimed at  sparking the global conversation  regarding the urgent need to totally reinvent our entire civilization - to the extent necessary to satisfy Mother Nature.

In the pages ahead, we have only included the Memos that are relevant to the evolving vision of how we can possibly reinvent the way we live - soon enough, and to the extent necessary, to prevent the near-term extinction of our species. Some of the scientists covered in Chapter  Four don't believe that we have a chance of saving ourselves, while others are a bit more  optimistic about our chances. Consider us as members of that second group.

That's because we have always felt that if a way of life could be en visioned, that it is possible for it to become a reality. And if that vision is based on technology that is available today in 2020, then we think our chances are even better.

Want to share this SOS Memo with others using email or social media? Just copy this link and send it along to them. 

In closing, while it may sound a bit self-serving, we sincerely believe that the more people who read  Outcry  -- the more people will be talking about our sustainability dilemma that we all face together. And as soon as that  conversation  becomes widespread enough and loud enough -- we will be well on our way to learning how to live in harmony with nature indefinitely.

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks


PS: To help jumpstart the essential global conversation that I keep mentioning, I am now offering to conduct  Zoom conferences free of charge to groups of almost any size.  I look  forward  to Zooming with you and your group in the near future. Shoot me an email and let's get started.

In preparation for those sessions, I have developed a one-hour format consisting of an opening statement followed by a slide show, discussion and Q&A with the attendees. The sessions that you organize will be far more interesting and productive if attendees have read Outcry in advance.

Our book, for a host of environmental reasons, is  only available as an e-book on Amazon . As such, it contains hyperlinks to hundreds of references and videos, is less expensive, does not kill any trees and does not have to be manufactured and delivered. 

You can join my mailing list and/or find all of my previous postings by visiting the SOS Memos page on my website Here are a few of them where you can see how my vision has evolved since that first "creative idea" on 9-21-18:

As always, I am just trying to spark a global conversation about what is needed. By sharing a vision of what I believe is possible, I hope to influence others to think bigger, better and bolder. 

As for speaking, I continue to search for mainstream audiences who may have an interest in learning more about a realistically hopeful vision for our future - and their role in making that vision come true.

In the months ahead, I will continue to focus on the urgent need for a totally reinvented greening of our civilization - beginning with a model in the USA that could be applied globally over the next fifty years. 

Upcoming talks : There are lots of open dates on my calendar as my next scheduled public talk is  at Camp Plant-Stock in Black Mountain, NC, on August 15, a "live" week-end affair that has been converted into an online, virtual event instead.

As for the specifics of my topic, I invite you to  contact me directly  about how I might tailor my presentation to best suit an audience you may have in mind: 

Universities,  churches,  think-tanks, legislative bodies, environmental  organizations, alumni associations, leadership clubs, PTA's, family, neighbors  and/or civic groups who may appreciate a message of reality and hope for our future. 

Please let me hear from you directly regarding any ideas or questions you may have.

What else can you do to help? Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of "big picture" solutions that are crucially necessary for saving our civilization.

2. Share this BSB and my  "Mama Ain't Happy" BSB with prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect. They need to learn a lot more about the many reasons why  Mama ain't happy.

3. Here are a few more GRATOLA-related blogs that you can share with your most powerful friends, leaders, journalists and movie producers.

Click here for links  to all blogs and SOS Memos since 2016

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

This SOS Memo series was created by:

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

In the past two years, I have spoken at a  VegFest in
Fort Myers, at  in Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, the   College of the Holy Cross  in Worcester, MA, a  Plant Powered Manhattan  event in New York, at a lakeside health conference in  South Haven, Michigan, in Buffalo, NY, at the University of Scranton, at Dr.  Fuhrman's  Golden Gate Health Getaway  in California and at the Healthy World Sedona Health and Sustainability Conference in AZ.

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