The Value Crisis

“A dynamic, engaging and
high-energy presentation.”


- Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia


“I just wanted to say how much
I enjoyed Mr. Welch's topic.
It sure makes one think of alternatives to math.
The high point was his ability
to give examples so we, at our
level could understand a point.”


- Bob A., Transition Bay St. Margarets



Speaking Engagements

Andrew Welch is a dynamic and engaging speaker, and can be booked to present ideas from The Value Crisis to any size audience.  Every speaking engagement that he undertakes is crafted specifically to meet client needs in terms of length, style, and even theme.  In past engagements he has presented to business leaders, conferences, service clubs, congregations, activist groups, extended learning organizations, and political groups.

Some sample topics are available from the following list:

 

Upcoming Engagements

bullet The Value Crisis - An Exploration of Today's Value Systems
Transition Bay St. Margaret's,
Tantallon Public Library
3646 Hammonds Plains Road, Tantallon, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Are you concerned about the decisions being made in your community, province, or country?  Perhaps you can't understand why some people are so opposed to the things you believe are important.   At last, a presentation that can open up a valuable discussion on your terms, not preaching someone else's!

The greatest challenges facing society today boil down to conflicts in values.  However, Andrew Welch believes that we all share the same values, and that what appears as conflict between human values is actually something quite different.  In this ground-breaking presentation, he shares a new perspective on the role of values in our lives and in our society.  You will experience a paradigm shift with wide-ranging implications, from a new understanding of frustration with the actions others, to realizations of how we might change our own lives for the better.

No matter what point you occupy on the political spectrum, this talk will resonate with your beliefs and open up a whole new way of thinking about what you do every day and the world around you.

See the Facebook event page for more information
 
 

Past Engagements

bullet Rethinking Tomorrow's Values - A new way to view yesterday's values in the context of today's world
Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia,
Captain William Spry Public Library/Community Centre
16 Sussex St, Spryfield, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Thursday, 9 February, 2017
Climate change, cultural diversity, work/life balance, social inequity, electoral reform - all these challenges have a common thread that might surprise you, according to Andrew Welch, author of The Value Crisis.  His unique perspective on numbers and how we measure value offers a subtle but powerful explanation for our accelerating self-destructive behaviours, and what the solutions for the next generation might entail.

Read the testimonial from this organization 

See the poster for more information
 
bullet Exploring the Value Crisis
Caledon Public Library Discussion Series,
Tuesdays, 12 January - 24 May, 2016
A very special book club was created at the request of readers to explore The Value Crisis one chapter per evening.  This free series takes place every second Tuesday (7pm-8:30) at the Alton Branch and is open to all.  Read the brochure or click here to learn more.
 
bullet When Spirituality Meets Numeric Values
Quest Learning Centre for Religious Literacy
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario,
Sunday, 24 April, 2016
Religions are often characterized by their value systems.  Of course, the world's major religions are thousands of years old.  As times change, our understanding of how to interpret and apply the core values of religious doctrine can change too, but the core values usually remain constant.  However, in the last 500 years we have seen a rapid change in societal values towards those that can be measured by number.  The foundations of our decision-making as individuals, as communities, and as nations have evolved to be near-exclusively quantitative.

What does this mean for society and for the relevance of the qualitative values of spirituality in our future?  Can they co-exist or is religion being pushed to the side as a diminished force?  Or, on the contrary, given our slow awakening to the consequences of number-based value dominance, will we see a resurgence in traditional values and possibly an increased de-secularization of society?

Andrew Welch has created a new framework for exploring value systems that gives us a fresh perspective on how these incongruous value systems interact.  Looking forward, he invites us to revisit how we manage our own lives and to rethink the role of both government and religion in the face of our current Value Crisis.
 
bullet Town Crying in the Modern Age
Flower City Mixed PROBUS Club
Century Gardens Rec. Centre, Brampton, Ontario
23 March, 2016
As the Official Town Crier for the Towns of Caledon and Erin, Ontario, Andrew Welch carries on a surprisingly significant and important role for those communities.
 
bullet The Value Crisis – Exploring four things that keep us from action
Extended Learning Opportunities
Erin Legion, Erin, Ontario
11 February, 2016

Climate change, energy crisis, economic meltdown – we all know what disasters seem to be unavoidably lurking in our future.  So why are we (as individuals, as communities, as society) not doing more to avert them?  What is holding back our governments?  Why are so many of us unable to take real effective action against these looming crises?  Andrew Welch proposes answers to these questions in a powerful new theory that is uniquely simple.  In this workshop, he offers four reasons why things aren’t happening that should be – and what we can do to change that.
 
bullet Challenging Assumptions - a Paradigm Shift for the 21st Century
Westminster Men's Club
Westminster United Church, Orangeville, Ontario
19 January, 2016
Plagues and other global pandemics, industrial revolutions, and two world wars - we have survived massive sweeping changes before.  Sometimes we got it right, sometimes we were wrong.  So why should this time be any different?  In this fascinating introduction to The Value Crisis, Andrew Welch identifies the one core assumption we make that underpins our new world and threatens our very survival as a species.  Hear his unique take on the triggers of climate change, economic collapse, and energy crises, and prepare to have some personal value assumptions challenged.
 
bullet Alternative Energy and Experiential Learning
Cloverleaf Foundation
Kitchener, Ontario
17 October, 2015
Every year, the Cloverleaf Foundation, a private family charity, selects project themes and then accepts grant applications from groups and individuals making a significant difference in the selected sectors.  Before allocating tens of thousands of dollars to grants in alternative energy and experiential learning, the foundation asked Andrew Welch to speak to its directors about the values that should take precedence in their decision-making.
 
bullet Humber College, Political Process course, Guest lecturer, 23 September, 2015

Andrew was invited by full-time faculty member Brenda Elias, PhD, to speak to her second year Social Services students about The Value Crisis.  The objective was to relate the concepts expressed in the book to both social work, Canada's political process, and various current issues.
 
bullet Four Steps to Changing Our Measure of Success
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Andrew Welch speaks to Orangeville Rotary Club, Orangeville, Ontario

Why do some of humanity’s greatest challenges seem to be approaching a tipping point?  Is society’s evolution going to affect us as well, or perhaps are we even driving it?  Local author Andrew Welch will share some key insights from his new book The Value Crisis, which explores our economic, environmental, and social challenges from a uniquely new perspective.  Be prepared for an engaging half-hour in which he will present a redefinition of success in four steps, both for ourselves and for our society.  The good news: service clubs like Rotary are already partway there!
 
bullet An Evening with Andrew Welch, Author of "The Value Crisis"
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Alton Library, 35 Station St., Alton, Ontario

The Value Crisis – Four things that keep us from action  Climate change, energy crisis, economic meltdown – we all know what disasters seem to be unavoidably lurking in our future.  Local resilience is a good start as a protective measure, but why don’t we do more?  What is holding back our governments?  Why are so many of us unable to take real effective action against these looming crises?  Andrew Welch presents a new theory, based on his recently published book, that offers answers to these questions: four reasons why things aren’t happening that should be – and what we can do to change that.  Hosted by the Liberal Women of Dufferin-Caledon
 
bullet Andrew Welch to speak at "This Changes Everything"
Saturday, April 11, 2015, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton, Ontario

The OTHER Connection Between Art and Climate Change  The ulitmate scope, intensity, and devastating effects of climate change are impossible for us to grasp.  We want to do something but we don't know what, or we feel powerless, or we are simply insufficiently motivated to act against what we can't imagine.  So we turn to artists to attempt to give us visual clues and to trigger visceral responses.  That's what this exhibit is about.  But there is another connection between art and climate change - a concept that just might explain why the effects of climate change are beyond our grasp, why we feel powerless, why we are unmotivated to react, and indeed why we are inducing climate change in the first place.  This brief presentation will give you a glimpse into what that concept might be - an understanding that just might change everything.  Get more details
 
bullet Andrew Welch to speak at Guelph Resilience Festival
Saturday, March 28, 2015 (2-4pm), St. Georges Church, Guelph, Ontario

The Value Crisis – Four things that keep us from action  Climate change, energy crisis, economic meltdown – we all know what disasters seem to be unavoidably lurking in our future.  Local resilience is a good start as a protective measure, but why don’t we do more?  What is holding back our governments?  Why are so many of us unable to take real effective action against these looming crises?  Andrew Welch presents a new theory, based on his recently published book, that offers answers to these questions: four reasons why things aren’t happening that should be – and what we can do to change that, thereby unleashing our awesome problem-solving powers.  Read the resulting front page news story
 
bullet Andrew Welch to speak to Caledon Green T Environmental Awareness
Wednesday, May 21, 2011, Palgrave United Church, Palgrave, Ontario

Climate change, environmental challenges, financial crisis - we seem to be lurching further and further down a path of species self-destruction at an ever-accelerating rate.  Green T regulars all recognize this while often throwing up their hands in frustration.

Why?  What are we doing wrong?  Or are the green minority the ones that don't get it?

Andrew Welch, Green T board member, local author, and polymath, has some excitingly fresh perspectives to share about how we have evolved to this point.  For the last few years he has researched and written about values and their impact on the human experience, and you might be surprised by the provocative answers he has discovered.  Rather than pointing the finger at bad humans or greedy corporations, Andrew questions the role of a most unexpected concept - one with power that we thought was on our side.  His talk is certain to appeal to the 'non-greens' as well, so tonight is the night to bring a first-time guest!  The evening promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking exploration into value systems, money, scientific thought, politics, and more.
 
bullet First it was Earth Hour, now Earth Day is upon us
Caledon Enterprise, April 15, 2010

Forty years ago this month, humanity celebrated the very first Earth Day.  It was, for most of us, the dawning on our consciousness of the connection between the two – Earth and the human species.  Read article
 
bullet Andrew Welch to speak to the Canadian Federation of University of Women
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Westside SS Library, Orangeville, Ontario

Climate change, environmental challenges, financial crisis - we seem to be lurching further and further down a path of species self-destruction at an ever-accelerating rate.  WHY?  Andrew Welch, local author and polymath, has some interesting new theories about how we have evolved to this point.  Rather than pointing the finger at 'bad humans' or greedy corporations, Andrew questions the role of a concept that we all now take for granted: numbers.  The evening promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking exploration into value systems, money, scientific thought, and more.  Andrew has written a book on the topic, The Value Crisis, which may prompt more questions than answers, but like Marcel Proust, he believes that the reader's own wisdom begins where that of the author ends.
 
bullet Atwood readings and entertainment at Claude church will mark Earth Day
Caledon Enterprise, April 17, 2009

Earth Day 2009 (imagine a drum roll here and a cymbal crash).  We could just let it go by like any other of the 364 days OR we could, with our families, make it memorable and meaningful.  And without much planning or effort on our part.  April 22, international Earth Day, will be marked in Caledon this year in a unique manner, thanks to the imagination and commitment of Caledon author and performer, Andrew Welch.  Read article
 
 

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