Steve McDonald is a futurist and the founder of Aadii, a non-profit organisation supporting the evolution of human consciousness.
Steve 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 from the Amazon Basin) in 2006 sparked a deep interest in altered state technologies. Realising the potential of psychoactive compounds as both medicines and self-development 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 multidimensional 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’s other interests include mysticism, music, photography and kung fu.