Fall | Winter 2003

Spirit in Action: The Silent Revolution

Global Governance and Global Reality

Transnational Corporations: A Positive Global Force?

By Peter Senge

Peter Senge, named one of the top ten management gurus by Business
week, shares his experience about the influence of transnational
corporations in global affairs. Why can a small number of large
companies make a major difference? He tells us that we are
responsible as consumers for business successes and failures and urges
us to make choices that reflect our values.

The Future of the United Nations and the Challenge of Humane Global Governance

By Richard Falk

Forty years of international consultancy with governments and the
United Nations make Richard Falk a major voice in world
affairs. Listen to his perspective on the changing nature of world
politics and the essential role of international civil society.

The Growing Influence of Civil Society Organizations

By Bob K. Bogen

Bob is an experienced civil society activist playing a leading role in
nongovernmental organizations at the United Nations. He tells us
about the exponential increase in civil society organizations, what
they have accomplished, their struggle for recognition and the need
for both personal and social transformation. Learn from an insider
how international civil society makes a difference.

Architecture for a New Destiny

By Alfredo Sfeir-Younis

One of the most dedicated and spiritual world servers, Alfredo’s
experience at the World Bank helps him design the kind of architecture
needed for the well being of the future of humanity. An expert in
spiritual economics he lectures worldwide to increasingly eager
audiences about the kind of global renaissance that is required for
the 21st century.

Global Spirituality and Global Consciousness

Contemplation and Global Consciousness

By Mirabai Bush

Mirabai, the founder of Contemplative Mind in Society, shares her personal spiritual search with us while telling us the how contemplation in its many forms is now being brought to secular society in a variety of settings. She tells us both about the dangers and benefits of a contemplative practice. Wisdom and compassion are the key to her work.

Principles for Inner Preparation

By Gayatri Naraine

Gayatri offers us the key principles in preparing oneself for the kind of world service required today, from a lifelong call to the spiritual life. Her breadth and depth sings along through her article as we share her insights and vast experience as a world server at the United Nations.

Touched by Nature

By John Daido Loori

Photo © John Daido Loori

Integral Worldiews and Global Values

Is There a Spiritual Crisis in the Media?

By Danny Schechter

Danny Schechter shines way above the heads of media journalists today in his humanitarian efforts and determination to expose the truth about the media. Recognizing the key role the media plays in shaping public opinion, Danny shares his own story with us and some gems of experience in his long career. He invites us to become involved in changing the direction of the media for the well being of all society.

Education in an Age of Globalization

By Patricia Mische

One of our first global citizens, Pat co-founded Global Education Associates in the 1970s long before most of us came to the realization that we live in a global society. Through the years she has developed scores of courses of study for college level students on the most important aspects of educating for a new world. Read on to find out her conclusions culled out of years of experience in preparing us for the global future.

Science, Spirituality and Worldviews

By Peter Senge

Peter Senge speaks about the new unfolding story of the universe, one which is alive and carries a psychic-spiritual dimension as well as a physical-material one. What is this story and what difference would it make if we embraced it? What role will science play?.

An Integral Approach to Global Emergence

By Don Beck

Can humans find ways to weave together our vast differences into new organizing mosaics? How can we shift from nation-states into a new and more complex global arrangement? Can we learn how to facilitate the movement of six billion earthlings along an evolutionary trajectory? Perhaps then we might find “peace”.

Global Activism: Individual and Collective

Quantum Effects for Good

By Nancy Rivard

We honor a woman who has lived her values. Nancy founded Airline Ambassadors program that has brought humanitarian aid to children all over the world. Her vision for living from the heart has given hope and life to thousands. One person just like us can make a difference beyond what we can imagine.

War and the Triumph of Spirit

By Lely Hayslip

Most of us will never have to experience war directly or be forced into the enemy camp, to spy, threatened at gunpoint, tortured beyond human limits leading us to do whatever is necessary to survive. Especially at the age of 13. LeLy shares with us what war is really like froom her first hand experience and the after effects of both the aggressors and victims. Her light shines in the darkness as she continues to heal her country and bring peace missions to the world.

From Global Dialogue to Local Action

By Susan Zipp

Those who do not know about the Earth Charter and the global dialogue that preceded it are in for an amazing story. Susan has been in the middle of the preparatory phases and activism phases of bringing the Earth Charter as a global standard to both developed and developing nations. Read how collective efforts can change history and how we are the only ones who can do it.

The Unconquerable Will of the People

An Interview with Jonathan Schell

Long before the Iraq War Jonathan was distinguishing between military victory and political defeat. The Harold Willens Peace Fellowship at Nation Magazine, now teaching at Yale University mesmerizes us with his wisdom and experience on the nature of war and peace.


Introduction to an Integral Approach

Article

The reality of historic events forces a complex challenge on humanity: how to move towards a global future that integrates our various worldviews, without affecting or destroying all living species, including ourselves. We suggest that the following four areas of concern are the interdependent elements of an unfolding organic whole necessary for shaping such a future.

Integral Worldview and Global Values

Article

How do we view and approach our complex world if we are to fulfill our 21st century task of building a global civilization for the highest good of all?

Peter Senge on Science, Spirituality & Worldviews

Article

Those are basically three ways of saying who we are as human beings - head, heart, and hands. People have said it in many different ways. Chinese culture has three different traditions: Taoism, which is physically based; Confucianism, which is relational or the social philosophy of the heart; and Buddhism, which is more mentally centered.

Global Spirituality and Global Consciousness

Article

Spirituality can refer to living a life of service, living an ethical life, having a transcendent experience or an altered state of consciousness, faith in and growth of relationship with a higher source, or even a belief and trust in nature and science. It can refer to the basic moral intuition for the pursuit of goodness, truth and beauty.

Global Activism: Individual and Collective

Article

We live in a world climate of unprecedented opportunity for human initiative, with the declining power of states, the rise of participatory democracies, diverse educational opportunities, and free-market policies. Awareness and sensitivity to the inner and outer life increase along with regular practice of some form of contemplation.

Contemplation and Global Change

Article

In 1969, horrified by the war in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia, I left graduate school in search of a way of living on the planet that didn't require us to kill each other. I was deeply confused by what I perceived to be the utter disconnection between my own values and behavior and those of the people who were planning, funding and fighting that war.

Global Governance and Global Reality

Article

A broad range of significant institutions have an increasing power over and impact on the lives of each of us in this global era. The power to effect change continues to shift in important ways from the public to the private sphere. There is a slow shift away from the State as the dominant actor in world politics toward a more complex structure