New Dimensions Foundation
The New Dimensions Foundation is a social profit, public benefit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) educational organization supported by listeners.
The specific and primary purpose of New Dimensions Foundation is to develop and disseminate information and knowledge relating to the human mind, body, spirit and the natural world, through broadcast programming, public forums, seminars, books and other means to encourage public awareness of various approaches and methods for expanding the field of possibilities towards a world that works for everyone.
New Dimensions fosters the process of living a more healthy life of mind, body and spirit while deepening our connections to self, family, community, planet and the natural world.
Forum for Global Transformation
New Dimensions explores the emerging possibilities for global transformation. Informed by an expanding awareness of the interconnectedness of all life, and the possibilities available through creative insights, innovative thinking, cross-cultural traditions and the human spirit, it is an original and powerful forum for innovative and inspiring voices, and views on a wide range of timely as well as timeless topics.
New Dimensions Radio & Media
The primary activity of the New Dimensions Foundation is the independent production of broadcast dialogues and other quality programs that explore creative solutions to urgent challenges facing humankind.
The purpose of New Dimensions Radio is to deliver life-affirming, socially and spiritually relevant information, practical knowledge and perennial wisdom through the voices and visions of those who are asking new questions and are looking at the world in positive and inspiring ways. It is through the exchange of ideas and information that we can be empowered and enabled to meet the future with greater energy and clarity.
Nationally Acclaimed Public Radio Since 1973
The most visible project of the Foundation has been the radio program series initiated in September 1973. Nationally recognized and highly acclaimed for its original and innovative programming. New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network has been broadcasting continuously for more than three decades, addressing the cultural shifts and changing landscapes in our society, and helping to bring original ideas into the mainstream culture. New Dimensions programming is broadcast in the U.S. on more than 300 communities over public radio stations and trans-nationally via satellite (including 300 stations in Australia), Reading for Life Radio, and on the worldwide web at www.newdimensions.org. More than one billion listeners now have access to New Dimensions’ programming.
The Greatest Minds on the Planet
New Dimensions has interviewed hundreds of the greatest minds on the planet, including such luminaries as mythologist Joseph Campbell; visionary inventor Buckminster Fuller; physicist David Bohm; writer/activist Alice Walker; playwright Peter Brook; Dr. Andrew Weil proponent of complementary medicine, Nobel laureates Linus Pauling, H.H. the Dalai Lama, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Muhammad Yunus, Wangari Maathai, Betty Williams and Jose Ramos Horta; artist/writer Natalie Goldberg; Pulitzer Prize winners, biologist E.O Wilson and poet/ecologist Gary Snyder; architect/designer/ecologist William McDonough; religious scholar Huston Smith; teacher/philosopher Jean Houston; spiritual philosopher J. Krishnamurti; Nobel laureate, H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.E. Sogyal Rinpoche, poet/author Maya Angelou and many others.
From global issues to space colonies to solar energy; from new economic alternatives to new business paradigms; from childbirth to death and dying; from remote healing to integral medicine; an infinite array of practical and creative choices are presented through the broadcast programming and other New Dimensions’ endeavors. Over the years, a wealth of practical knowledge and perennial wisdom has accumulated in the audio archives of New Dimensions, a virtual treasure trove of timeless wisdom.
Meet the Founders
Co-Founder and Managing Producer, Host
Justine Willis Toms, Ph.D (hon), is Co-founder and Managing Producer of New Dimensions Radio & Media, a nonprofit, public benefit, tax-exempt educational organization. She has hosted many radio series including “In Her Company: Deep Dialogues with Women of Wisdom,” and produced many award-winning radio series including “Deep Ecology for the 21st Century,” and “Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature.” She also serves as host of “New Dimensions,” which is distributed worldwide. She serves as Editor-In-Chief of the New Dimensions E-Newsletter. Besides her radio work she leads workshops on “Living Life On Purpose.” She is co-author with Michael Toms of True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do and author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World. She is a founding convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative and has been actively involved in circle work since 1980, including being a founding member of a mixed circle of men and women who have been meeting regularly since 1980. This circle has been witness to all the life cycles, including birth and death and everything in-between. She also participates in other circles, including several women’s circles. She was bestowed an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, an accredited graduate school in Palo Alto, CA.
Co-Founder, CEO and President, Executive Producer, Host
June 7, 1940 – January 24, 2013
Since 1973 until his passing in 2013, Michael Toms was engaged in dialogue with the world’s leading-edge thinkers, social architects, creative artists, scientists and spiritual teachers. Called “the Socrates of Radio,” he is acknowledged by guests and listeners alike as one of the premier interviewers in media today. His legendary dialogues with such luminaries as mythologist Joseph Campbell, visionary inventor Buckminster Fuller, world reknowned physicist David Bohm, writer/activist Alice Walker, playwright Peter Brook, Nobel laureates Linus Pauling, H. H. the Dalai Lama, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Betty Williams and Jose Ramos Horta, Pulitzer Prize winners Gary Snyder and E.O.Wilson, physician/author Andrew Weil, artist/writer Natalie Goldberg, poet/author Robert Bly, architect/designer William McDonough, cultural historian Theodore Roszak, religious scholar Huston Smith, philosopher Jean Houston, spiritual philosopher J. Krishnamurti, poet/author Maya Angelou and many others, have brought wide acclaim to the “New Dimensions” radio series and have helped to bring innovative ideas into the mainstream culture.
Michael’s sensitive and engaging interviewing style combined with his own intellect, breadth of knowledge and interests helped create the compelling and highly listenable dialogues, for which “New Dimensions” has become famous far and wide.
During his twenties he rose to become one of the top advertising copywriters in the nation and started the first direct marketing ad agency on the west coast as well as founding six other corporations. Following his advertising career, he conceived and presented the widely acclaimed nationwide seminar series, “Successful Communications and Marketing Techniques for the Nonprofit Organization,” which was attended by more than 10,000 individuals representing over 6,000 socially relevant organizations. Revenues generated from this seminar series provided financial support during the startup phase of New Dimensions Foundation and New Dimensions Radio.
He is the founding president of New Dimensions Foundation, co-founder of New Dimensions Radio & Media, currently serving as CEO and co-president. He serves as the executive producer and principal host of the award-winning “New Dimensions” internationally syndicated radio series. He served as executive producer / host of the award winning Deep Ecology for the 21st Century series and the Bioneers / Revolution from the Heart of Nature I,II, and III series, which received the prestigious NY International Radio Festival Silver and Bronze Medals.
He is a former director of KQED, Inc., was a founding director of KZYX / KZYZ FM, and a co-founder and executive director of Audio Independents, Inc., a national organization supporting the interests of independent radio producers and audio artists. He is an accredited member of The Society of Professional Journalists and The Society of Environmental Journalists.
His nationally acclaimed book, An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms, has sold more than two hundred thousand copies. Seventeen additional books based on his interviews have been published, including The Well of Creativity, The Soul of Business, The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Buddhism in the West, At the Leading Edge, and A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy. More than one million of his diverse dialogues have been sold to individual listeners throughout the world.
He received numerous awards for his broadcast endeavors, including three honorary doctorates for his vanguard work in media and a doctorate in theology from St. Basil the Great Seminary in Sydney, Australia for his “contribution to the spiritual benefit of humanity on the planet.” He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the Institute for Transpersonal Pyschology in Palo Alto, CA. He is an adjunct professor at Union Graduate School and Marylhurst Graduate School of Business and is board chairman emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies. A writer, seminar leader, communications, marketing, fundraising consultant and master dialogue coach, he has worked with literally hundreds of organizations in both the social profit and private sectors. He also served for seven years as senior acquisitions editor for Harper San Franciscowhere he midwifed more than 50 titles, including several bestsellers, and worked with such authors as Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, M.D., Joseph Chilton Pearce, Peter Russell, Jean Houston, Arnold Mindell, Deena Metzger and others. From 1998 to 2000 he was an editor of The Inner Edge, the much acclaimed and award winning newsletter for enlightened business practice. He is co-author with his partner, Justine Willis Toms, of True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do (Bell Tower/Crown) and is the author of the bestselling A Time for Choices: Deep Dialogues for Deep Democracy (New Society Publishers).
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Friends of New Dimensions (FOND)
Becoming a member of “Friends of New Dimensions” is unlike any other membership you’ll experience. When you join FOND, you become part of a network of positive change. You literally help finance the education of the global brain.
This is where Dr. Seuss will meet Einstein, and Rumi – and many others too – just like you, mystically musing, and whimsically wondering about life’s perennial puzzlements. Here you’ll find ageless adages for every new age, with whimsical rhymes for our times; plus paradoxical answers to life’s unanswerable questions, with speculations and ruminations pondering perennial puzzlements. An altogether inspiring and en-lightening experience.
The World Prayers archive attempts to be representative of all life affirming faiths and spiritual practices without preference to any one. It is our goal to make these great words available to everyone for study and appreciation. The prayers have been intuitively divided into four categories for the purpose of organization and navigation: Adorations, Celebrations, Invocations, Meditations.
Broadcast [brod-kast] adj.: “casting seeds in a wide arc”
- New Dimensions reaches more than 300 communities via public radio stations in the United States; more than 700 throughout the world.
- New Dimensions has 1.7 million listeners in the United States; 3 million listeners throughout the world.
- New Dimensions airs on Reading for Life Radio reaching 10 million homebound listeners.
- New Dimensions is the most successful, independently produced series (non-NPR produced) in the United States. New Dimensions has broadcast consistently nationwide, week-in, week-out since March of 1980.
- New Dimensions is available via MP3 on its website
- New Dimensions Café podcast is available on its website and through iTunes Music Store Listeners.
- New Dimensions receives nearly two million hits per month on its website (80,000 unique visits monthly). Approximately one-third of the visits are for listening to streaming audio of the worldwide web. Podcast listening is the most popular activity.
- New Dimensions’ “Deep Ecology for the 21st Century” (a 13-part one hour series), has aired on more than 600 stations worldwide, separate from the New Dimensions’ flagship series.
- New Dimensions’ “The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature Series I, II and III” (a 13-part half hour series), has aired on more than 600 radio stations worldwide, separate from the New Dimensions’ flagship series.
- New Dimensions’ audience is growing exponentially and will increase.
- New Dimensions’ created and produces and internet radio station, NDIR which broadcasts twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week 6 hours of unique programming.
- Listenership: Millions of listeners in the United States
- Age: 82% between 36 and 65
- Gender: 68% female; 32% male
- Education: 96% completed college or an advanced degree
- Income: 80% over $30,000, 42% over $50,000, 26% over $75,000, and 10% over $100,000
- Home Ownership: 77% homeowners
- Seminar Attendance: 64% attended a speaker event or seminar in the last 2 years
- Readers: 74% listed “Read Books” as one thing they do for fun. 82% of those read nonfiction.
- Book Purchasing: 64% bought more than 10 books a year
- Audio Purchasing: 51% bought more than 10 tapes or CDs a year
- Activities: Other activities include gardening, outdoor recreation, and the arts
Partner With Us
Humanity is in the midst of the most important shift in history — and New Dimensions is on the cutting edge of what it means to be human and to live harmoniously with others and with all of life, including the natural world. You are our partner in this endeavor. As a member, donor or tape buyer, you join with tens of thousands of people around the globe who share your commitment and compassion for the Earth and her inhabitants.
Broadcasting Hope Across the Planet
Radio and the Internet are everywhere and are economical and effective media — much can be accomplished on a modest budget. The dollars you contribute to New Dimensions will make a significant difference in the world by helping us to bring the ideas, discoveries, and solutions of the world’s cutting-edge thinkers and social innovators to listeners across the globe. Remember, that by contributing to the work of New Dimensions, you are serving others and helping to change the world. The weekly radio interview series, is broadcast on more than 600 radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia; on Infusion Radio via World Space Satellite Systems® throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, Central and North America, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and India; via satellite on the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network; across the U.S. on the In-Touch Network to 10 million homebound listeners; on the internet via Wisdom Radio®; three times daily on Sirius Satellite Radio® (Wisdom Radio® channel 132).
These New Dimensions’ projects and others are supported by people like you who recognize the value of broadcasting hopeful, creative ideas to millions of people across the planet.
As we broadcast engaging dialogues across the globe, listeners everywhere are inspired to discover their personal and unique contribution toward making a world that works for everyone.
Earth Circle — Visualize Peace
On the first day of every month we sit at the same moment for five minutes with thousands of others to visualize peace.
Many of us have already experienced the deep nourishment that comes with sitting in circle. Imagine hundreds, thousands, even millions of people all over the world sitting regularly at the same instant, once each month in dynamic friendship. Even though we are not physically together, we know that a shared intention is a powerful force even at a physical distance. We are convinced some surprises beyond our imaginings are in store for all of us as we make this commitment.
Join with others to visualize dynamic harmony within the human species. We say “dynamic harmony” because we are an active species, so the harmony must be a dynamic one, as we actively move more deeply in rapport with our environment with each other, with other animals, with the plants, and with the planet. Together we commit to using this moment of prayer and meditation to focus on new levels of kindness, understanding, and compassion that are needed today as we collectively face the challenges of the the 21st century.
Please bring your own form of practice to this circle. We encourage participation to come from the widest possible religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in order to bring the strength of diversity to our circle.
The circle represents the cross-cultural symbol of unity. In fact, humanity, as it is dispersed around the planet, is always in circle. If we could be seen from space, we would appear from any angle, to be in circle all the time. Earth Circle is a conscious recognition of that truth.
The key is to keep it simple and short so that everyone is able to participate, since some people will be at their jobs and may not be able to take a longer break. For others it may be three or four o’clock in the morning. Most of us, though, can manage five minutes once a month, whatever our circumstances.
We, at New Dimensions Media, commit to sitting quietly at a specified time on the first day of each month. (If you are in certain parts of Australia and Asia, it would be the second day of each month because of the International Date Line.) We suggest that this Earth Circle happen at 4:00 p.m. Greenwich Time, which would be 11:00 a.m. in New York, 10:00 a.m. in Chicago, 9:00 a.m. in Denver, 8:00 a.m. in San Francisco, etc. (See adjacent list).
Five minutes may seem a short time; some may choose to sit for longer—and that is fine. The most important aspect is the intention and motivation that we bring to benefit all life on the planet. Sitting for five minutes with the intention of deep healing for the planet and all its people is powerful forum.
We suggest you calculate the starting time for your location by using the chart below. Put a little heart on your calendar and a note on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator. It is difficult to start a new habit so figure out ways to remind each other—Partner with someone and call one another just before the end of the month as a reminder.
Join Us in a Monthly Earth Circle!
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4 PM Greenwich Mean Time
We chose this time on the first day of each month to allow most major populated areas to avoid middle-of-the-night times. For those who change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time or British Summer Time, please disregard the time change and continue sitting at the old time throughout the summer, to remain consistent with Greenwich Mean Time, which never changes. The chart below gives times for sample locations around the world.
|London||4:00 p.m.||5:00 p.m.|
|New York||11:00 a.m.||Noon|
|Chicago||10:00 a.m.||11:00 a.m.|
|Denver||9:00 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|San Francisco||8:00 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|Anchorage||7:00 a.m.||8:00 a.m.|
|Christchurch, N.Z.||4:00 a.m.*|
|Johannesburg, S.A.||6:00 p.m.|
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1:00 p.m.|
|San Jose, Costa Rica||10:00 a.m.|
|New Delhi, India||10:00 a.m.|
|*second day of month|