Founded in 2021, The Life Calling Initiative responds to the increasingly eroding boundaries between humanity and technology in the Digital Age. Its fundamental mission is to both raise awareness and to develop educational strategies to help preserve our humanity in light of the encroaching digital landscape. The Life Calling Initiative explores the nexus of smart-technology and human behavior.
The guiding principles of this endeavor include the support for human autonomy and sovereignty over our digital devices and the algorithms designed to divert our awareness. Life Calling’s values are rooted in humanism, health—especially mental health, the right for privacy, physical connectivity, civil discourse, democracy, freedom from coercion, and self-expression.
An interactive photography experience serving as a month-long hub for the gathering of some of the most influential voices at the forefront of the battle to defend human awareness in light of the encroaching digital landscape. Premiers in New York City, September 2022.
The Shifting Poetry of the Great American Landscape
Covering nearly fifty of the most iconic U.S. National Parks, Mack uses poetry, landscape photography, and an interactive augmented reality app to invite us into a deep conversation about the encroaching digital landscape, our attachments to it, and the uncertain fate of our nature.
A pocket-sized book of thoughts, contemplations, and aphorisms, Notes to Selfie addresses complex issues of human consciousness, asking us to question who we are the Digital Age. Philosophical, witty, concerning, and eye-opening, the truths in Notes to Selfie serve as simple cues to deepen our understanding of our humanity vis-à-vis the relentlessly encroaching digital landscape.
Awareness 101 is an academic course about the nature and modalities of human consciousness and how they are affected by the dominance of either our integration with the world of nature or with our surrendering to digital technology. The course delves into the varying levels of human consciousness as expressed both through the life of the individual and through the history of mankind as a whole.
Lectures & Workshops
The Life Calling Initiative works to raise awareness of who we are as a species and as individuals, and sets the importance of such awareness over the backdrop of the Digital Age. As a thought leader on the subject of the digital takeover of human consciousness, John Mack offers workshops and lectures for a variety of ages and venues.