Steve McDonald served 15 years with the Australian Army as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot and infantry officer. He gained significant international experience in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Thailand and saw active service in Somalia as a member of the Unified Task Force, comprising 37,000 troops from 28 different countries working alongside the United Nations.
On leaving the army he flew a rescue helicopter for five years before transitioning to management consulting. As a consultant he applied a Complex Adaptive Systems approach to organisational development, founded upon the developmental psychology research of Dr Clare W Graves. His clients spanned the government, corporate and non-profit sectors.
A life changing encounter with ayahuasca (a traditional psychoactive plant medicine indigenous to the Amazon Basin) in 2006 sparked a deep interest in altered state technologies. Realising the potential of psychoactive compounds as both medicines and self-developmental tools, he co-founded Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine in 2011, an Australian non-profit association.
Steve is presently focused on two significant shifts in human consciousness. The first involves the decline of the corporate-scientific-industrial era and the rise of a highly networked, humanistic way of being. The second shift involves the emergence of quantum or multi-dimensional consciousness, the most significant leap forward in the history of humanity. Both of these shifts were evident in Dr Graves’ research data.
Current projects include the planned launch of a network-of-networks using decentralised technology, to support the emergence of a planetary society and associated global systems. Steve is also the founder of Aadii, a non-profit organisation devoted to supporting the evolution of human consciousness through the development of crypto technologies. His other interests include mysticism, music, photography and Kung fu.