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In 1989 John Petersen founded The Arlington Institute (TAI), a non-profit, future-oriented research institute, the purpose of which was to work with the leadership of the national security community to change the idea of “national security” from death and destruction to a broader understanding of security that included, environmental degradation, climate change, social value shifts, science and technology breakthroughs, and other global issues that clearly contributed to our security.  The “think tank” now serves as a global agent for change focusing on facilitating the transition to a new world.  It does that by developing new concepts, processes and tools for anticipating potential futures and translating that knowledge into better present-day decisions.

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                                                                                                                        Past TransitionTalk Video Segments

                                                                                                                        Many people have asked us to video our TransitionTalks presentations and make them available online. That turns out to be harder than we thought, so we have begun interviewing our guest presenters in a program that we call Postscript. We try to do two segments for each guest, extracting their essential message throughout the conversation. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                        Berkeley Springs Transition Talks grew out of The Arlington Institute’s TAI Presents speaker series that began in the 1990’s in Arlington, Virginia and was moved to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia when TAI moved there in 2006.

                                                                                                                        BSTT is about global transition and the many different aspects that are coming together to redefine our world. Our underlying presumption is that humanity is experiencing an unprecedented shift in the evolution of the species that is exposing new personal and social capabilities and possibilities. It is our hope that this speaker series helps to illuminate the path going forward and opens minds to the new world that is emerging.

                                                                                                                        The Transition Talks program draws broadly from the eastern seaboard region, with attendees commonly driving from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and West Virginia for the weekend presentations.

                                                                                                                        Although the talks are free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to be a part of sustaining the program by making small contributions.

                                                                                                                        The Arlington Institute’s president, John L. Petersen, and volunteers Bobbie Rohn and Abby Porter work together to bring provocative and sometimes unusual speakers to the forum. They come from a broad spectrum of disciplines that, in the past, have included a landscape architect, physicist, remote viewer, alternative health physician, channelers, a paranormal researcher, financial analyst, futurist, dream researcher and a number of others. Almost all presenters are published authors. A complete list of previous presenters can be found here.

                                                                                                                        Recommended Amenities in Berkeley Springs

                                                                                                                        Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is a historic, spa and art-filled town nestled in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia’s mountains only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area. Berkeley Springs is within easy driving distance of 11 million people. You can stay current on what is going on in our town at berkeleysprings.com.

                                                                                                                        Inns & Suites

                                                                                                                        The Country Inn | 304-258-1200 | thecountryinnwv.com | Group Discount: mention Transition Talks

                                                                                                                        The Highlawn Inn | 304-258-5700 | www.highlawninn.com

                                                                                                                        Restaurants

                                                                                                                        Lot 12 Public House | 117 Warren Street | 304-258-6264 | www.Lot12.com

                                                                                                                        Tari’s Restaurant | 33 N. Washington Street | 304-258-1196 | www.TarisCafe.com |

                                                                                                                        For more lodging and restaurants see BerkeleySprings.com.Maps of our venues and parking areas can be found here.Our town boasts warm mineral springs, world class dining, blocks of distinctive shops, full-service spas and more than 100 lodging choices from elegant B&Bs and historic inns to cabins and resorts.  Golf, hiking, biking and swimming share the schedule with year-round festivals, live music and theater.Friendly people, welcoming mountains and a sense of place mark Berkeley Springs as a getaway for all seasons and tastes.

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