Wiki Politiki host Steve Bhaerman is a writer, author, and humorist, who has spent the past 35 years writing and performing in the guise of cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda. Swami’s comedy has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.” Noted author Marianne Williamson has called Steve / Swami “the Mark Twain of our times.”
Prior to launching his career as the Swami, Steve was an educator, author and publisher. He started an alternative high school in Washington, D.C. in the late 60s, and wrote a book about his experiences, No Particular Place to Go: Making of a Free High School. He later taught labor history and ethnic studies at Wayne State University, and creative writing at University of Michigan. He was the author (with psychologist Don McMillan) of Friends and Lovers: How To Meet the People You Want to Meet (Writers Digest Books) and used what he learned to meet his wife Trudy. They celebrated their 33 1/3 wedding anniversary last year, officially making them a “long-playing couple.”
Steve also co-founded Pathways Magazine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of the first holistic publications in the country, and the place where the Swami made his debut. A political science major (and no, he never did get to dissect a politician in poly sci lab), Steve has always been a “political solutionary” looking to apply what he learned about holistic health to “the body politic.” In 2009, he co-authored a book with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House), where the chapter “Re-Discovering America” looks at the spiritual and Native American influences in the founding of the United States, and the chapter “Healing the Body Politic” highlights promising solutions for the present and future. In 2011, he published an e-book Reuniting America co-authored with conservative transpartisan activist Joseph McCormick.
Wiki Politiki is his latest project to inspire and empower a new political order that he calls “Deep Center.” It’s not the centrist bipartisanism that seeks to preserve the status quo (impossible in the current evolutionary environment), but rather a transpartisan awareness that comes from honoring the sacred (whether that be represented by a Deity, a One Spirit, or the Web of Life) and building a world of thrival for each and all. When people remark, “Oh, that sounds utopian,” he likes to remind them that one of the great visionary philosophers of the 20th Century, R. Buckminster Fuller, wrote a prescient book entitled Utopia or Oblivion. That, says Steve, is our stark choice and our greatest opportunity.
Steve recently became the co-f0under of a new independent media platform focused on “People … Purpose … Planet”, Moblized.news https://mobilized.news/
Steve Bhaerman, Creative Consultant
“Comedy Disguised as Wisdom, Wisdom Disguised as Comedy”
[email protected] or call 707-888-7260
If you’re looking to bring the magic of comedy and the depth of wisdom to your life and work, Steve has successfully worked with numerous authors, presenters and entrepreneurs to help them bring out their inner comic and communicate more effectively about what they do.
Comedy is often associated with creativity, and that’s no accident. The same mental processes we use to process humor are the ones we use to solve problems. Why? Because humor is about associating familiar things in unfamiliar ways. When we see these relationships that “trick” the mind, we laugh in surprise and delight. We also get a dopamine rush, just as we do when we solve a problem.
As a working comedian and writer for over 35 years, Steve knows what “funny” is, and also knows when funny works, and when it doesn’t. When it does work, it’s like adding the perfect spice. When it doesn’t work – hey, you ever try mixing cinnamon and garlic?
Do you have this “funny feeling” Steve might be able to add value to your work and life? Please see below some testimonials:
This is from Jim Lauria, worldwide water expert, and author of the upcoming book, To Know Water is to Love Water:
I am writing this as a testimonial for the value I have received from Steve Bhaerman’s coaching since we first met over twenty years ago.
The training around his “comedy disguised as wisdom, wisdom disguised as comedy” philosophy has provided the following:
- He has taught me how to hear, see and think funny in a strategic way by tapping into my own natural sense of humor.
- Helping to humorize my message has allowed me to better differentiate myself in my writing, presentations and on social media.
- The editing he has done on my articles and books have improved their acceptance with my intended audiences.
- He has guided me to use humor as a creativity tool – “going from ha-ha to aha” as he calls it.
- His vast knowledge of current events, world history and popular culture allow him to relate to my broad range of personal and business goals.
Besides the valuable benefits listed above, working with Steve is great fun. I always look forward to my sessions with him…they are one of my favorite blocks of time on my calendar!
What Others Are Saying About Steve Bhaerman’s Creative Consulting and Strategic Coaching
“I have had the privilege of working with Steve Bhaerman on several undertakings over the past several years. I have found him to be an excellent listener and fruitful collaborator, who combines a keen intelligence with an ability to think ‘out of the box’ when appropriate. I would highly recommend him to any team or initiative that requires a mature “meta-strategist” who also brings fun and insight to any group.” Richard Lang, CEO Democrasoft, Author of Virtual Country: Strategy for 21st Century Democracy
“Steve Bhaerman has often been the only person I could talk to who I was sure would understand what I was trying to say and could gently steer me toward saying it better, or alternately, could offer a deft suggestion that opened a new path for further development. Also, I’m eternally grateful for his coaching in coming up with my book title, MORE THAN ENOUGH. He kept telling me that the ideas were getting better, but they weren’t quite it, so I kept fishing for titles until I landed the obviously perfect title, and we both knew instantly that this was the one! I can only say that I don’t see how I could have made it to the finish line with this ambitious book without Steve’s encouragement, his belief in my project, and his strategic insights.” Timothy Nobles, author of MORE THAN ENOUGH: How We Enroll Billions of People to Implement Global Prosperity and Restore the Earth NOW
“If you’re writing a book, trying to change the world, or both and want to retain your sanity, Steve is the guy for you. I started working with Steve as a strategic advisor and writing consultant when an early draft of my book, Out of the Giant Hairball: How Regular People Can Create a Whole New World, needed experienced eyes and I needed wise, loving, and strategic support. As a first-time author with a big vision, it was refreshing to work with someone who could hold it with me, rather than ask me to narrow my topic and write a different book. Steve connected deeply to the book’s purpose and offered feedback that was as practical as it was affirming. He talked me down from more than one ledge and offered kind words of support, which I think every author or entrepreneur longs for but rarely admits. The belly laughs? No extra charge and equally important. Regardless of the project, working with Steve means you’ve got a fully present, wise co-heart in your corner. And that, as the credit card commercial says, is priceless.” Nancy Polend, Founder/Director, Creating the New World, Inc.