No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #18 – Philip Horvath – Innovator of Your Future

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Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to hear Philip speak at a conference I attended on Innovation in Health Care. I was immediately captivated by his presentation, as he told the story of his journey, from an extremely intelligent and energetic child to a constantly soul-searching and highly self-aware teacher of others. His take on innovations was as refreshing as it was profound, because it told the important story of how innovation is directly linked to empathy for our fellow humans. His holistic approach really resonated with my beliefs. Plus, he added a dash of futurism. I had never heard the use of the word “Futurist” before I heard Philip use it. I was very interested in learning more after this topic after his presentation. Philip and I had a great conversation towards the end of the conference and I asked him to do an interview for my blog.

The day I got my first mouse (already my second computer, first started working with them when I was ten),
The day I got my first mouse (already my second computer, first started working with them when I was ten),

I was surprised to learn, Philip didn’t really have one place which he currently calls home. He said, “(I) Have been chasing the future and supporting global visionary leaders as a planetary traveler or “glomad” for the last couple of years, in the process exploring innovation hotspots around the world, mostly Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Bangalore. (I Am a) Professional instigator, change and culture catalyst, futurist, innovation consultant, planetary strategist – I support people who are creating innovations for a better tomorrow with systems thinking, operating metaphors and training in ways of being and collaborating for the 21st century.”

Philip with a Baul mystic - been studying different mindfulness, esoteric and occult systems, and perennial wisdom traditions since my dad told me when I was around 12
Philip with a Baul mystic – been studying different mindfulness, esoteric and occult systems, and perennial wisdom traditions since my dad told me when I was around 12 that I n

He’s been moving around the universe most of his life. Philip Said, ”I was born in the south of Germany near the French and Swiss borders. After school and military, I left for the US to study and ended up staying after that, first in Chicago, then in LA. In pursuit of my passion for planetary innovation I now travel most of the time between the US, Europe, and Asia, and am planning on more continents in the near future.”

I asked Philip what he was most passionate about and he responded by saying, “We are in the middle of humanity’s biggest adventure so far as we are transitioning to a planetary civilization, one where every individual is honored and respected, and where everyone has the means and resources to unfold themselves to their highest personal potential in service to themselves, their communities and all of life on this planet. Eventually (assuming humanity’s survival), such a civilization is inevitable. The only questions are how long it will take us to get there (considering we already have all the technology and knowledge to create it today), and how painful the transition will be as we converge cultures on a global scale.”

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Currently he has multiple things going on including the following:

• Multiple Future Ready Now events and trainings coming up later this year
• Speaking at http://www.intrapreneurshipconference.com/munich-16/ this coming week
• Ongoing work with Innovation and Visionary Leaders via http://luman.io

Philip said he is most proud of, “Having made a difference in people’s lives. Over the years I have had the privilege of supporting a wide array of different innovators, people willing and dedicated to creating the future: from creative-types to entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, to activists and educators. I believe in life. A life that expresses itself in ever more complex forms. I believe I am life. I believe my job is to optimize my inputs, processes and outputs. That I am here to leave this place better than I found it, and in doing so follow my highest potential and find ever new ways of inspiring that in relationship to others. Life strives toward symbiotic relationships.”
Please check out all of Philip’s amazing work on his website here: http://philiphorvath.com

Following him on all his Social Media channels:

o Twitter: https://twitter.com/philiphorvath
o Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philiphorvath
o Medium: https://medium.com/@philiphorvath/
o Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philiphorvath/
o Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philiphorvath

Before you read his questions, take a minute and watch this brief video a friend made for Philip. It does a pretty good job of summing up his beliefs in a couple of minutes.

What advice would you give the teenage you?

Don’t hold back. Own your individuality fully. The faster you get to individuation, the faster you can then meaningfully and consciously connect to the world around you and create impact.

What is one meal or food you could eat each day and not get tired of?

I love sushi that much, and also ended up with mercury poisoning as a result of an intense love affair with it. Be careful with how much tuna you eat.

What is your favorite novel and what does it say about your mind?

Aldous Huxley’s “Island” – it is one of the most functional societies I have seen described. It inspires me to support the advancement of humanity in my daily work. I think it says that I am an optimist and believe that we can advance as a society.

Who is your favorite artist and what does their work say about the way you think?

Not sure if I have a favorite anymore. I painting I much appreciate Rene Magritte for the surreal but realistic art, daring the impossible and at the same time being meticulous about the execution. As a genre-shifting artist I enjoy Richard Wagner, especially his early work in art as conscious revolution and transformational service. As a marketer of art and consciously crafting pop culture, Warhol stands out. Then, there is David Bowie’s lifetime. Few others have invented themselves as often and massively as he has, and fully embodied the art they were creating, in the process creating who new archetypes like that of the pop star.

Do you think World Peace is possible? What one thing do you think might be the first step in the direction of it?

I think eventually it is inevitable. While there will always be conflicts, I trust we will also continue to develop ever better means of resolving them. Over the years, we have advanced warfare from brute slaughter to sanitized technology doing the killing (while no less horrendous). Eventually, we will catch up on social and personal technologies and find ways to create synthesis and forwarding solutions from any conflict that arises.

Name a place you would like to visit?

I would like to die beyond orbit…

Do you have a plaguing secret that you would like to air out to the world?

Since I am a horrible liar, I prefer not to keep secrets. They make things complicated. In a world of ever-growing transparency and visibility, secrets are kind of an anachronism.

If you could be any profession at all, what would it be?

I am doing what is true to my essence, and I am finding ever new ways of living that purpose.

How important is music in your life?

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Philiip "monking" it in India (was assisting in recording a record with forty musicians from around the world teaching each other their songs and playing music together)
Philiip “monking” it in India (was assisting in recording a record with forty musicians from around the world teaching each other their songs and playing music together)

Is there a non-profit you would like everyone to know about?

Apart from Future Ready Now, which is my own non-profit project, I was also blessed to work with a group of change leaders last year at The Covenant House, Los Angeles, which provides shelter and support for homeless youth – a growing issue. Beautiful people and a worthy cause to support.

How do you think we can fix the racial divide in the United States?

No problem can be fixed in the domain in which it occurs. In order to solve problems, you have to make them bigger or smaller. In order to solve the racial divide in the US we get to aim for planetary integration as humanity on the macro level, and forwarding, loving and respectful individual personal relationships on the micro level beyond any pseudo-arbitrary racial designations or even designations like man/woman.

What is your favorite Inspirational quote?

“To affect the quality of the day is the highest of the arts” – Thoreau
Is there anyone out there you would like to apologize to, which you haven’t been able to?
All clear as far as I know. I have always been keen to not let things hang in the past. That drains energy. Forgiveness is an effective tool.

Do you think humans should be concerned about the planet?

One artificial distinction we have made in our path of self-realization is between man and nature. We are all part and parcel of this planetary system. It makes sense for us to concern ourselves with our planet. It’s our home. It’s only separated with a small tiny atmosphere from a vastness of space (and we are destroying that atmosphere as we speak). Imagine we lived in an economy with the primary purpose of creating planetary well-being…

What is a question you would ask the next interviewee?

Do you have a sense of purpose in your life, and if so, what is it?

What do you think is the meaning of life?

I don’t think there is “a” meaning per se. Meaning comes from German “meinen”, which means to make mine. “The unexamined life is not worth living” – as Socrates put it. Life is only meaningful if we examine our values and belief and ensure we made them ours rather than just adopting them from Mother/Father/Preacher/Teacher, peer groups or “society at large”. So I guess, our first step is to check in with our highest potential at all times and live up to that. Secondly, it probably has something to do with making a connection with the world around us, add value, leave the place better than we found it. Not just randomly connect, but connect with a purpose in service of our highest potential. Or, as uncle Al put it “Do what you will shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law. Love under will.”

Have you ever seen anyone perform a miracle?

You can treat life like nothing is a miracle, or like everything is a miracle 😉

What is one thing you tell people right now to change the world for the better?

Start with yourself. Every human is invited to be a prototype of what a human can be like.

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