26 November 1997
The State of the World Forum
Dear GENI Friend,
Having just returned from The State of the World Forum, I am filled with the enormity of the challenges faced by humanity and inspired by the multiplicity of people and organizations working to better the human condition. It's impossible to adequately report the experiences and discussions of 700 people over 5 days, but the following are my impressions.
The Gorbachev Foundation hosts The World Forum so that business people, thinkers and spiritual leaders will meet to explore strategies for a post cold-war world. For example, we had conversations about The GENI Initiative with: Jose Ramos-Horta (1996 Nobel Peace Prize), Stephen Covey (Mahbub ul Haq (Human Development Centre and ex-UNDP), Ervin Laszlo (Club of Budapest), Fritjof Capra (Physicist, Author), Stuart Kauffman (Santa Fe Institute), Kim Polese (Java software designer), Amory Lovins (energy efficiency expert), Jonathan Dean (arms negotiator), Yael Dayan (member of Parliament, Knesset) just to mention a few of the more well known delegates.
We met from morning 'til night on a very broad agenda of global issues. I'll list them so you can see the breadth of issues that were discussed:
We had over 70 panel sessions to chose from -- each delving into these issues in more detail. The discussions were insightful, disturbing as well as inspiring. The more one knows about a global crisis doesn't necessarily make the solution any easier to resolve. What's unmistakable is the tremendous period of transition the world is currently experiencing, which creates dislocations and opportunities everywhere you turn.
The GENI Initiative has been present at all three World Forums, and we are becoming known as one of the most thoughtful and diligent projects among many delegates. In fact, several people acknowledged our persistent contact between Forums, as we ask for their endorsement and financial support.
Our biggest potential for the Energy Grid came in
discussions by The Forum Business Network. First there
are many socially conscious investors who are forming
this network. They now see the enormous economic development
which occurs when everyone's energy needs are met.
They are exploring the idea of hosting a World
Game at next year's Forum! And as you already
know, the global energy grid is
Good timing also ensued with the enclosed article
You could help leverage the impact by sending
this article to the editor of your local newspaper
or industry trade journal and ask them to reprint
it. The piece is also currently running in the
November issue of
In order to obtain true sustainability, we must begin by asking the right questions. You can help by engaging your colleagues in these ideas to make the world better for everyone.
Have a happy and peaceful holidays!
p.s. With the holidays here, we invite you to consider a Dymaxion Map, Globe, T-shirt or key ring as a gift this season. Everyone loves these items, learns something new about the world, and it supports the vision of this work. Use the enclosed order form, and we'll get your requests mailed by December 15th.
And, please consider adding a tax-deductible contribution to GENI at year's end. I think you'll agree that we've had a productive year... yet there is still so much to do.
* A very special thanks [to] the people who made our World Forum participation possible: Mark and Jennifer Absalom, Raj Basi, Beth Brummitt, Wendy and Paul Buckingham, Bill and Lee-Anne Carson, John and Betty Cook, Bob Currie, Anthony Davis, Mike and Louise DiMuccio, Joe Falcon, Dolly Garlo, GENI Victoria and South Australia, Doug Gurkin and Nancy Reddeman, DC and John Harrison, Nanci Hartland, Jimmy Harvey, David Jackson, Elaine Martin, Fred Matser, Lafty and Gloria Meisen, Robert and Susan Meredith, Rick and Jane Merica, Tony Nash, Ian Robertson, Shiila Safer, Bill and Cindy Shopoff, Paul Sterling, David Steven, Lowell Strombeck, David Tan Hock Lye, Kirk Warren. Thank you all!
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