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Meet Jim Channon, Corporate Shaman and First Earth Battalion Founder

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Jim Channon is billed as America's first "corporate shaman," and is the originator of the popular concept of "corporate visioning," but he's has the credentials to be taken very, very seriously, having worked as a consultant for ten of the world's hundred largest companies, and as lead futurist and educational technologist for the U.S. Army. Jim has illustrated and, skilled with oratory, the visions of ten of the world’s largest companies. He does that on large strategic graphic maps, with storytelling to music. He focuses on the world we all want as a planet and the world you want as a company. He leads the EARTHRISE project and First Earth Battalion at the World Business Academy, where he is instrumental in ideating a positive 100-year vision for the planet. Jim spent time in the seventies with many of the people credited with starting the New Age movement and subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion. Rather than using bullets and munitions, Channon envisaged that this new force would attempt to conquer the hearts and minds of the enemy using positive vibrations, carrying lambs symbolic of peace and employing unconventional but non-lethal weapons to subdue others. Members would practise meditation, use yogic cat stretches and primal screams to attain battle-readiness, and use shiatsu as battlefield first aid. Jim is featured in 'The Men Who Stared At Goats' in the character represented by Jeff Bridges. 'Earthkind has grown from pack to village… and then from village to tribe, then from tribe to territory… and from territory to nation.It is time to go from nation to planet. The First Earth Battalion hereby declares its primary allegiance to the planet.'