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Anticipation, Agency and Complexity - Trento, Italy - Apr 6-8, 2017

Following up on the pioneering, highly successful First International Conference on Anticipation co-organized by University of Trento, UNESCO, the World Academy of Art and Science and World University Consortium at Trento in November 2015, WAAS and WUC are pleased to collaborate with the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento, and the UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems to organize this important workshop.

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Towards a Human-Centered Sustainable Economic and Social System for the 21st Century – May 10-12, 2017 - Cape Town, S. Africa

The XIV International Colloquium to take place in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017 has the theme "Towards a Human-Centered Sustainable Economic and Social System for the 21st Century". It aims to promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity, through scientific analysis, recognizing the interconnectedness of today's global socioeconomic challenges.

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International Conference on GLOBALISM vs NATIONALISM - Podgorica, Montenegro - Nov 2-3, 2017

Globalization, nationalism, and the relations between them have been the subjects of de- bate among scholars for many years. e world today has become very di erent from what it was previously, be- cause of globalization. It is the struggle of nationalism against globalism, and it will be fought out, not only among nations, but within nations.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Mind, Thinking & Creativity - IUC, Dubrovnik - Nov 6-9, 2017

Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge. It is an instrument with remarkable capabilities and characteristic limitations. It is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge and the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it. The objective of this course was to arrive at an understanding of the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius.

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Recent Events

Human-Centered Economics – Feb 1-Feb 3, 2017 at IUC, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The multidimensional challenges confronting humanity today are human-made and can be changed by a change in thought and action. Contemporary economic thought is built on a mind-frame that originated prior to the Industrial Revolution when scarcity of goods in a world of abundant resources was the primary concern, economic growth was considered synonymous with human welfare, and impact of humanity on the environment was completely ignored. Without challenging obvious flaws in existing theory, it will be not be possible to significantly alter current policies and practices.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Social Power, Empowerment & Social Evolution - IUC, Dubrovnik - Oct 31-Nov 2, 2016

Humanity lives in a time of unprecedented capacity for accomplishment in every field of social life. Never before have we possessed power of this magnitude for good or for evil. Never before has power been so widely distributed within society. Democracy, law, human rights, science, technology, education and many other forms of social organization have generated immense power.

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New Paradigm and Planetary Engagement – Sep 22-23, 2016 - Seoul, Korea

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International Conference: Technology + Society =? Future - Podgorica, Montenegro - May 19-20, 2016

Shaping the future in order to realize the economic and social goals that enable the establishment of a socially inclusive and environmentally healthy community is the fundamental challenge of human society. Technology has been shown to be the key player in meeting this challenge. Still, there remain many uncertainties related to the transformation of scientific results into technology regarding its positive economic potential, and social, and human outcomes. The rapid pace of technological change at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as well as the inability to understand technology and perceive its effects on society is one of the greatest, very subtle, problems of the XXI century. 

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, in cooperation with World Academy of Art & Science, European Academy of Sciences & Arts, Global Round Table and All European Academies, is organizing this conference in Podgorica, Montenegro.

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XIII INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM - Lisbon, Portugal - May 11-13, 2016

The XIII International Colloquium will take place at the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, on 11-13, May, 2016. The selected theme is “Post-2008 Global Dynamics & Structural Changes: Economic, Political and Eco-Societal Transitions”. This meeting is organized by the University of Lisbon, the University of Brasilia, the World Academy of Art and Science, World University Consortium.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Mind, Thinking & Creativity - IUC, Dubrovnik - Apr 12-15, 2016

Mind is humanity’s highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge; therefore, it is ironic that we invest so little time in education and scientific endeavor trying to understand the nature of mental knowledge, the character of the mental processes by which we arrive at it, the inherent limits to rationality and mental ways of knowing, as well as the extraordinary creative and intuitive processes by which mind transcends those limitations and tends toward genius.

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Webinar on Mind, Thinking & Creativity - March 9, 2016 at 4 pm GMT(11 am EST, 5 pm CET, 9:30 pm IST)

WAAS and WUC conducted a webinar in early March 2016 in preparation for the upcoming program on Mind, Thinking and Creativity at IUC Dubrovnik on April 12-15. The webinar explored issues of direct relevance to our work on New Paradigm, New Economic Theory, scientific discovery, future education and leadership.

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Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation & Social Responsibility - CERN - November 11, 2015

This symposium was organized by CERN and the World Academy of Art & Science under the auspices of United Nations Office at Geneva. It surveyed the potential impact of scientific and technological innovation in different fields on the progress of humanity in the 21st century and the alternative mechanisms available to ensure socially responsible management of these activities by the research community, business and governments.

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Paradigm Shift - Agenda for Future Programming - CERN - November 10, 2015

On November 10th WAAS and WUC convened a meeting in Geneva to summarize core findings of fifteen conferences and workshops conducted over the past four years and to identify the agenda for future work. A consensus has emerged from these efforts that a new conceptual framework is urgently needed to reflect the complex realities of global society. This calls for a paradigm shift in thinking in the social sciences as significant as the earlier shifts in the natural sciences from a geocentric to a heliocentric universe and from a mechanistic Newtonian world to the complexity revealed by Quantum Mechanics. This paradigm shift will represent a quantum shift away from mechanistic, naturalistic, materialistic conceptions and models of human society, making human welfare the focal point and central objective, affirming the central importance and validity of universal values in the human sciences, restoring scientific legitimacy to subjective experience, and recognizing the catalytic role of creative individuals in the evolution of the collective.

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First International Conference on ANTICIPATION - Trento, Italy - Nov 5-7 2015

The Anticipation conference was organized by The UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with the World Academy of Art and Science, International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento.

Anticipation is coming to the fore as an emerging field of study that is influencing a wide variety of disciplines. This international conference explored the interaction among anticipation, uncertainty and complexity. Some questions that were raised are these: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? What types of anticipation can be distinguished? What structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? How can anticipation be modeled? A better and more complete understanding of anticipation and its effects will improve theories and models of individual and collective human behavior and its consequences. The ability to anticipate in complex environments may improve the resilience of societies facing threats from a global proliferation of agents and forces by articulating uncertainties through anticipatory processes.

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Transformative Future Education at the World Resources Forum - Davos, Switzerland - October 14, 2015

WAAS and WUC conducted a masterclass on Future Education at the World Resources Forum in Davos on October 14, 2015. This workshop identified and addressed a spectrum of pressing needs in education that stem from the evident lack of a transdisciplinary perspective, personal resonance, envisioning,+ and a sense of greater purpose and service to humanity.

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Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy - Geneva - October 6-7, 2015

Green Cross International organized a meeting in Geneva on October 6-7, 2015 in preparation for the COP21 meeting on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015. Nine Fellows of WAAS made presentations at the conference on issues related to a global strategy for addressing climate change. A summary of findings was prepared by the organizers, presented at the WAAS meeting at CERN on November 10th, and released to the press before COP21. Following COP 21, WAAS and WUC joined with GCI, Club of Rome and other organizations to issue a joint statement regarding the outcome of COP21 and the future challenges facing humanity to address the climate challenge. WAAS representatives, Garry Jacobs, Adam Koniuszewski, Martin Lees, Alexander Likhotal, Mohan Munasinghe, Roberto Peccei, Franz Josef Radermacher, Ivo Šlaus and Ernst von Weizsäcker presented at the conference. Video presentations by WAAS fellows at the CGI meeting can be accessed on this page.

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Invitation to Participate in a SDEWES 2015 Special Session of Invited Papers - Dubrovnik - Sept 27-Oct 3, 2015

The organizing committee of the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems scheduled for September 2015 invited to participate in a special technical session of invited papers within the Special Session.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Future of Education - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Sep 21-26, 2015

Education is the most sophisticated technology evolved by human beings for conscious social evolution. Yet the slow incremental development of education in recent decades has not kept pace with the very rapid evolution of society. WUC and WAAS are projecting far-sighted concepts for a human-centered paradigm in education for the 21st century. The deficiencies of the present system have been well-documented and key characteristics of the new paradigm have been identified. This course will undertake an in-depth examination of essential changes in perspective, goals, values, content and pedagogy of higher education. It will present an opportunity for intense interaction among faculty and students to develop new ideas and strategies.

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4th International Scientific Forum, Education, Climate Change and Economic Development - Oxford, UK - Sep 2-4, 2015

The European Scientific Institute, ESI is a global academic platform, connecting thousands of researchers from around the globe. ESI cooperates with universities and academic centres on 5 continents, organizing interdisciplinary conferences, forums and workshops. These academic events gather researchers from different disciplines, giving them an opportunity to present their papers, transfer knowledge and share best practices.

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XII INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM Visions of Sustainable Development: Theory and Action - Gainesville, FL - May 20-22, 2015

It is with pleasure that we inform you that the XII International Colloquium will take place in Gainesville, Florida, USA at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, on May 20-22, 2015. The selected theme is: Visions of Sustainable Development: Theory and Action. This meeting is organized by the University of Florida (UF), the University of Brasilia (UnB), and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS).  We are looking forward to the participation of other fine institutions worldwide. The recent global financial and economic crisis has underscored the fact that despite significant increases in income and other “development” indicators in many parts of the world in the last fifty years, or so, the appropriate paths to development require serious rethinking. The rapid growth of the financial sector in the global economy has made economies fragile. Increases in inequality seem to be making societies more unjust and unstable. The problem of global warming continues to be major threat for the future.

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The Global Game Changers Lab - Orange County, CA - May 13-15, 2015

YKCenter's Strategic Design Labs are places that enable humans to: Re: View, Learn, Think, Create, Invent, Design, Ignite, Start, and ReBoot. The Lab consists of a 3 full days of reboot model. At The Game Changers Labs, Leaders, Change Makers and Game Changers see the "whole architecture" of a systemic challenge in order to achieve holistic results. 

  • Get a global view of the state of the world
  • Deepen the understanding of its global trends
  • Conduct a real Lab to build a "Trim Tab"
  • Generate new collective intelligence
  • Design the KPI's for the “New Economy”

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Framework for a New Paradigm of Human Development – Baku - April 29-30, 2015

The accelerated pace of change in the global economic, political, technological, scientific, social and environmental spheres, growing complexity of the interactions and increasing integration of inter-dependencies between these spheres present unparalleled challenges to human security, welfare and well-being. Persistent poverty combined with rising levels of unemployment, inequality, social unrest, armed conflict, resource depletion and climate instability are symptomatic. These challenges have defied solution by piecemeal, sectoral strategies based on existing concepts and national level policy initiatives.

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International Conference on “The State of the World, Need for the New World Paradigm and Role of Ukraine in it” - Kiev, Ukraine - April 25, 2015

The world is not in a healthy state. It needs some help in healing itself, in revitalizing its values of freedom, dignity of individual, supremacy of law, social justice (rather than focusing just on money). A shift from the “win-lose” to a “win-win” game is necessary through a shift to acting out of the sense of obligation in the spirit of cooperation.

Ukraine can be of help in the process because it has gone through a very painful process of rebirth of a nation, with values and behavior mentioned above, which could be useful for the world to be conscious of.

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Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Effective Leadership - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Mar 31-Apr 3, 2015

This course explores the characteristics common to leaders in business, politics, civil society, science, arts, professions and education and examines methods by which these characteristics can be consciously developed by individuals.

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New Paradigm of sustainable human development. G-Global – a new form of global dialogue - Almaty, Kazakhstan - Nov 5-7, 2014

The Almaty conference is being organized by the World Academy of Art & Science, World University Consortium and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in partnership with a consortium of leading international organizations, research institutes and universities to examine the theoretical foundations and policy framework for a new paradigm in human development capable of addressing the pressing challenges confronting humanity today. The conference will consist of four trans-disciplinary, inter-related  tracks focusing on issues related to governance, international security, human rights and law; economy, finance and employment; education and human development; and energy, resources and climate. This conference builds on the proceedings of about a dozen recent conferences exploring the limitations of current theory and public policy and viable alternative approaches.

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Oxford Summit of Leaders - Oxford, UK - October 13-14, 2014

WUC was invited to present its vision of the future of global higher education to an international assembly of university leaders at the Oxford Summit of Leaders in Oxford, UK on October 13-14, 2014. In his address, Garry Jacobs highlighted the need for a new paradigm in higher education to address the multidimensional global challenges and the unprecedented intellectual, economic, social, technological and organization capacities now available to humanity. New paradigms in knowledge are achieved by unifying phenomenon that were previously considered separate and independent, as Maxwell unified electricity and magnetism and Einstein unified matter and energy. There is urgent need for leadership in thought and action to bridge the gulf between the university and the society, to unifying teaching with active learning, and the unifying theory in the social sciences with the realities of social life. Jacobs called for revolutionary ideas commensurate with the revolutionary social forces now acting to shape the future of education. Leadership in education is needed to provide educational leadership to society.

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International Conference on Employment Growth – on a Road to Recovery - Bosnia and Herzegovina - July1, 2014

On July 1, 2014 the World Academy of Art & Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bosnia Herzegovina conducted a high level international conference in the main Parliament assembly hall at Sarajevo on "Conference on Employment Growth – On A Road to Recovery". The conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of BiH, (name). In addition to representatives of WAAS, speakers included representatives from the European Union, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, International Labor Organization, and USAID. The conference highlighted successful models from neighboring countries, success stories drawn from different sectors of BiH, and innovative strategies for rapidly expanding job creation. The overall conclusion of the conference was that with a comprehensive strategy backed by sufficient political will, full employment in BiH is an achievable goal.

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Prospects for Ecological Education for Sustainable Development - Moscow, Jun 26-27, 2014

WUC was invited to conduct a special session on the future of higher education at the 20th international conference organized in association with Green Cross International at the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow on June 26-27, 2014.

International cooperation in the field of education can be a powerful catalyst for achieving sustainability, especially in developing countries with expanding economies. The purpose of the conference was to develop practical recommendations in the field of Ecological Education for Sustainable Development with reference to the background of national and international experience.

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Creating The Future Of Higher Education - Yokohama, Japan - June 11-14, 2014

The XVII Triennial Conference organised by The International Association of University Presidents in collaboration with WAAS and WUC took place at Yokohama on Creating The Future Of Higher Education on June 11-14, 2014.

Universities today face multiple challenges and are under pressure to change radically in order to adjust to the needs of humanity in the 21st century. The challenge is to preserve the best of the existing system while rising to meet the social challenge of delivering much better and more relevant education the world needs. The challenges we face are too important and too great to be left to chance, incremental processes of institutional change. The world needs leadership that can bring in new ideas and perspectives yet is strongly grounded in the current realities and the problems facing higher education today.

The conference engaged in highly generative and dynamic discourse across such critical areas as access, quality assurance, the role of universities in the future, and bringing about a new paradigm in higher education. The work of the World University Consortium was featured during a special session.

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Future of Education - Florence, Italy - June 12-13, 2014

The World University Consortium was invited to participate in a major international conference on the "Future of Education" organized by Pixel in Florence, Italy, on June 12-13, 2014. The aim of the conference was to promote transnational cooperation and the sharing of best practice in the field of innovation for Education.

Alberto Zucconi, who presented a paper and delivered the final keynote address, stressed the need for concerted international collaboration as envisaged by the establishment of WUC. "A revolution in Higher Education is upon us and no force or agency on earth can ultimately prevent it. The question is not whether change is in the offing, but whether that change will be in the desired and most desirable direction. WUC has been established to attempt to steer the momentum toward the best possible future," he said.

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XI International Colloquium on Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues - Brasilia - May 6-8, 2014

XI International Colloquium took place in Brasília on “Global Crisis and Changes of Paradigms: Current Issues” and the event was on May 6-8, 2014.

As it is well known economics has been concerned with understanding how economies work in order to discover which policies could make them work better. Growth, distribution, inflation, trade and employment, have been some of the main concerns of macroeconomic theories. Yet few economists foresaw the scale of the financial and economic crisis from 2008, and few have been able to propose alternative economic paradigms to respond to it. The main objective of the Colloquium is to provide a platform for a productive exchange of ideas, theories and policies that might identify such paradigm shifts and better inform policies for both national and global governance.

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New Paradigm for Human Development – Baku - April 30, 2014

Today humanity confronts multiple challenges that seem to defy all current efforts to resolve them. At the same time the world possesses unprecedented resources and organizational capabilities more than sufficient to promote peace, prosperity, and full employment on a sustainable basis. One of the main limiting factors has been the piecemeal approach that fails to address common underlying issues. The Academy is now in the process of constituting an international consortium of organizations to formulate a New Paradigm for Human Development addressing all the major challenges confronting humanity today and encompassing insights related to human welfare and equitable development, economy and ecology, governance and international law, peace and security. Last year WAAS conducted conferences on the New Paradigm at the UN in GenevaLibrary of AlexandriaBerkeleyICTP Trieste,Washington DC & Ottawa. The next step was to convene a preparatory meeting in Baku on April 30 & May 1, immediately following conclusion of the conference on Shared Societies being jointly organized by Club of Madrid and the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre of Azerbaijan, two of the partner organizations participating in the New Paradigm project. 


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International Conference - Transition to a New Society, Podgorica, Montenegro - March 20-21, 2014

Human society is currently undergoing changes of a nature unprecedented in both magnitude and intensity. The outcome of this development will be a different type of civilization based mainly on knowledge, information, communication and the most importantly – mobility. One of the main difficulties in this transition is the emerging gap between the accelerating pace of technological change and the slower pace of cultural evolution. The changes in technology, in turn, are closely connected to broader issues, including political and economic change, energy concerns, natural resources, food supply, health, individual quality of life, and many more.

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences & Arts organized an international conference on this theme on March 20-21, 2014, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The conference was co-organized by the World Academy of Art and Science, ALLEA and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.   

This conference focused on three major topics: A. Political and Economic Change; B. Environment, Energy and Sustainability, and C. Humans and Machines. The subheadings are only suggestions for issues to be discussed.

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World University Consortium Meeting of Charter Members, Alexandria, Feb 2014

World University Consortium Meeting of Charter Members at Library of Alexandria from Feb 12th to 14th 2014. Click here for more details

International Conference -- World Academy Forum on the Future of Global Higher Education, University of California at Berkeley - October 2-3, 2013

The World Academy Forum on Global Higher Education was held on October 2-3, 2013 in Berkeley, California, USA, bringing together leading-edge educators, universities, MOOCs, technology providers and other stakeholders to brainstorm new models and creative solutions for establishing a world-class system of higher education available to all humanity and to forge an international alliance of stakeholders to make it happen.

Recognizing the huge, rapidly expanding gap between educational needs and resources, the resulting deficiencies in development of precious and perishable human potentialities, and the consequent incalculable losses for individuals, families and communities, which can only be remedied by a massive global effort to meet the challenge, the World University Consortium will seek to develop innovative strategies for enhancing accessibility, affordability, quality, creativity and relevance in the field of higher education at the global level.

The UC Berkeley Forum is an integral component of the Academy’s broader program to evolve a New Paradigm for Human Development able to fulfill the aspirations of all human beings.

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Roundtable-- Ottawa, Canada - September 17-18, 2013

The World Academy recently launched an initiative to bring together like-minded organizations and individuals to examine the root causes of the multiple challenges confronting humanity today and formulate a comprehensive strategy for addressing them. Its central premise is that viable, effective solutions can be found to meet the entire spectrum of economic, ecological, political and social challenges by formulation of an integrated perspective, comprehensive strategy and detailed policy framework attuned to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities of the 21st century.

WAAS organized a roundtable in Ottawa on September 17-18, 2013 to address fundamental questions interlinking a wide range of WAAS programs such as Economy & Employment, Energy & Ecology, Human Capital, Money & Finance, Security and Global Governance.

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Roundtable – Washington DC, September 14-15, 2013

The multiple challenges confronting humanity transcend narrow disciplinary boundaries. They are interrelated and interdependent and defy solution by partial, sectoral approaches. They are all global in nature and cannot be fully addressed without coordinated actions by the international community. Approaches to resolving these challenges are subject to conflicting claims, priorities and interests. Viewed as a whole and in relation to one another, they present to humanity a nexus of interconnected problems of unparalleled complexity.

WAAS organized a roundtable in Washington on September 14-15, 2013 to address these challenges. The roundtable was intended to develop new concepts and strategies as part of WAAS’ program to evolve a new paradigm for global development.

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Web Seminar on the New Sciences II, June 18, 2013

"The Science of Complexity" - A transdisciplinary exploration of Theory and Applications, June 18, 2013

Topics Include
  • Armed Conflicts
  • Biology
  • Climate Change & Ecology
  • Financial Crisis & Economy
  • Governance
  • Social Organization
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Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century, Library of Alexandria, June 5 & 6, 2013

The objective of the workshop was to frame the outlines of a comprehensive approach for dealing with the major challenges facing humanity today.

The workshop addressed the following broad issues:

  •     Common root causes of the multiple global crises
  •     Ideas, principles and values on which comprehensive solutions need to be based
  •     Strategies, policies, proposals, legal and institutional mechanisms
  •     Actionable steps

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Opportunities & Challenges for the 21st Century: Search for a New Paradigm, United Nations Office at Geneva, June 3, 2013

A conference at the Palais des Nations, Geneva was conducted on June 3, 2013 with participation from major international organizations and NGOs.

The objective of the conference was to identify elements of a comprehensive approach for dealing with the major challenges facing humanity today.

The conference addressed the following fundamental questions in an interrelated manner:

  1. Economy & Employment: How can global food security, full employment and abolition of poverty be achieved within a decade?
  2. Energy & Ecology: How can global living standards be raised to middle class levels without depleting or destroying the environment or depriving future generations of the capacity to sustain these achievements?
  3. Human Capital – Education, Health & Welfare: How can global levels of education and public health be raised to OECD level?
  4. Money & Finance: How can the necessary financial resources be generated and mobilized to achieve the goals described in the first three questions?
  5. Security: How can we permanently eliminate war and WMD that threaten to destroy all other development achievements?
  6. Global Governance: How can we design and implement systems of global governance capable of implementing necessary measures to achieve the other five goals for the welfare and well-being of all?
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The Evolution of Sovereignty : E-Seminar on Global Rule of Law II, May 20, 2013

In Spring 2012 WAAS conducted the first in a series of e-seminars on Global Rule of Law to mark the launching of a new World Academy program. Several papers contributed to the seminar have been subsequently published in WAAS Journals. Those pertaining to the issue of nuclear threats and security were discussed at the Academy's conference in Dubrovnik held in collaboration with the European Leadership Network last September. Other aspects of this important subject will be explored at a conference organized by the Club of Rome in Ottawa this coming September.

The seminar addressed legal issues from a transdisciplinary perspective encompassing insights from the social sciences, philosophy and the humanities.

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The Role of Crisis in Social Evolution : Lessons from History, Web Seminar on Global Challenges & Opportunities, May 13, 2013

The Academy conducted an e-seminar on May 13th, 2013 to address the global crises facing humanity. The econference yielded a definitive report exploring the interrelationships between peace, security, economics, employment, global governance, rule of law, ecology, social process, technology, organization, education, research and individuality as dimensions of a comprehensive and integrated perspective.

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Actions to Enhance Global Security, Zagreb, May 3, 2013

This conference was a continuation of several conferences organized in 2012 (e.g. Pugwash, Astana, Dubrovnik, London and Amman) and the plan of action was based on many ideas exposed at these conferences. Particular attention was devoted to the unique role of NATO to help in realizing some of these ideas.

The aim of the conference was to formulate actions to:

  1. Assure non-proliferation of WMD and their constant reduction
  2. Lead toward disarmament also through establishment of NWFZ and WMD Free Zones
  3. Reduce and finally to eliminate violent intra- and inter-state conflicts, to abolish war

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Impact of Science and Technology on Society and Economy, Trieste, Italy, March 3-4, 2013

Humanity is at a crossroads. Present social science theory and public policy are no longer adequate to meet the multi-dimensional challenges posed by rising social aspirations, unemployment and inequality, wasteful patterns of production and consumption, globalization of markets, technological advances, demographic changes, and ecological constraints. Incremental changes in public policy based on the present conceptual framework will only aggravate problems that are already acute. At the same time, the resources and capabilities of global society have never been greater than they are today. Scientific knowledge, technological developments, infrastructure and productive capabilities, educated and skilled human resources, entrepreneurial skills, commercial organization and a rapidly expanding global social network offer unprecedented opportunities for rapid social progress.

A solution can be found to every one of these problems, if only we are willing to think outside conventional boundaries. There is no dearth of opportunity. The limits we confront are limits to our thought. What is needed is to approach the challenges and the opportunities comprehensively and evolve an integrated package of solutions. The concept of efficient market theory to maximize return to investors has to be replaced by a theoretical framework that maximizes the efficiency of society as a whole by the full utilization of all available social resources to improve human welfare and well-being.

This Forum formulated a comprehensive package of solutions to mobilize the enormous untapped potentials of human and social capital based on far-sighted, ecologically sustainable economic policies; advanced delivery systems for higher education and vocational training; innovations in the application of science and technology; and new types of social networks and industrial clusters; together with strategies to release and direct social aspirations and energies into new fields of creativity.

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E-Workshop on The Science of Networks, November 8, 2012

WAAS conducted an eseminar on the "The Science of Networks" on November 8th 2012, which was first in a series of eseminars on the New Sciences. This new science addresses a large variety of domains such as metabolism in bacteria, social networks, Internet, etc. Its application extends to governance of large institutions as well as to societal phenomena. Our intention is to introduce a text document for each workshop and to indicate research topics, either initiated by WAAS or WAAS acting in partnership with research labs or institutions.

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WAAS-ELN International Conference on Nuclear Threats and Security in Dubrovnik, Croatia

International Conference organised by the World Academy, European Leadership Network and Inter-University Center at Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 14-17, 2012.
The conference examined important issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the legality of nuclear weapons and their use, illicit trade in nuclear materials, the dangers of nuclear terrorism, nuclear and cyber-security. Papers and video recordings of the major presentations and session summaries are given below.

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The Dream of a Global Knowledge Society : International Conference

On September 8, 2012, International Conference on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of IUC (Inter-University Centre) Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulića 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Humanities and Contemporary World : International Conference in Montenegro

The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts hosted an international conference, “Humanities and Contemporary World”, on June 7-9, 2012 at Podgorico, Montenegro. The conference aims to discuss how humanities can contribute to a better future by striving to understand the relationship between science, technology and other broader social fields. WAAS conducted special sessions of its programs on Emerging Individuality and Limits to Rationality as part of the conference.

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New Delhi General Assembly : November 9-11, 2011

New Delhi General Assembly : November 9-11, 2011

Crisis to Opportunity

 WAAS conducted a session at the 6th SDEWES2011 Conference on Sustainable Development in Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2011 to launch its Project From Crisis to Prosperity. 

Revolution of Rising Expectations

 On February 9, 2011 WAAS and the Center for Air Power Strategy, New Delhi conducted an international symposium on the linkage social unrest, terrorism, rising expectations, employment and economic opportunity for the poorest sections of the population, a phenomenon related to Naxal activity in India and Islamic fundamentalism in other countries.

Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

On February 7-8, 2011 the Center for Air Power Strategy, New Delhi and WAAS conducted a two day international symposium in New Delhi on strategies to abolish nuclear weapons. The meeting included delegates from USA, Europe and India.

e-Conference on Evolution of Individuality (CEI)

e-Conference on the Evolution of Individuality (CEI) was opened February 2010. Individuality is the crown of human evolution and the catalyst for social progress, yet there are very different conceptions of what constitutes true individuality, the relationship between the individual and society, and whether humanity is inevitably evolving toward higher levels of individuality. This project will explore the essential nature of individuality, the social and cultural factors that foster it, its role in social development, its myriad expressions in the original thinker, creative artist, political leader, entrepreneur, inventor and social innovator, and the means available to society to foster it.

This e-conference utilizes a variety of methods for interaction, including papers, presentations, panel discussions, audio and video webcasts and open forums.

CEI Home 

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GEC Webcasts

As part of our continuing effort to increasing the reach, frequency, range and effectiveness of programming and interaction among our Fellows, the Academy has developed an e-conferencing and video-conferencing platform for live virtual meetings, presentations and panel discussions of up to 30 participants, which are recorded and hosted on our website for viewing and discussion by Fellows and the general public. The first three webcasts were conducted in November as part of the Global Employment Challenge e-conference. See all recent GEC Webcasts.

GEC e-Conference

The e-Conference on Global Employment Challenge was opened in October 2009. This interdisciplinary dialogue explores theoretical and practical aspects of the global employment challenge, including its demographic, economic, legal, political, psychological dimensions as well as linkages with the international financial crisis, social stability, and terrorism.


This e-conference utilizes a variety of methods to explore creative solutions to the problem of global employment, including presentations, panel discussions, audio and video webcasts and open forums.

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Climate System Management

Organizer: Bob Berg & Walter Anderson

Participants: Jeffrey H. Schwartz, José Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, John Cox, Daniel Coates, Geoffrey Hamer, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus, Guy Stevens, Alberto Zucconi, Raoul Weiler.

The Academy conducted a symposium on Climate System Management in Palo Alto, California on July 30, 2009.

The symposium included presentations by three eminent experts on geoengineering followed by discussion. Speakers included Ken Caldeira, Chair, US National Academy of Science inquiry into geoengineering; Prof. Granger Morgan, Carnegie Mellon University (and chair of a recent international conference on risk management and geoengineering; and Jason Blackstock, Senior Analyst, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna). Read more on the event.


Students for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

The World Academy has been instrumental in helping the World Federation of United Nations Associations run a contest in 2008 among students from around the world to write essays, create videos and create posters on the theme of working to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Large number of other organizations have helped publicize this effort. Students from 49 countries responded with original essays, posters and videos. The President of the World Federation, Hans Blix, and Academy Trustees Bob Berg and John Cox, participated in the award ceremonies and symposium in Geneva, July 14-18, 2008. Bob presented a paper on the World Academy's history of work on nuclear disarmament that also raised a number of policy issues for discussion by the youth leaders with senior UN officials. The 15 student leaders who were given awards set their course for further work on nuclear disarmament.
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Bob Berg's Address at the conference

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International Conference in New Delhi calls for Nuclear Disarmament

Organizer: Jasjit Singh

Host: Centre for Strategic & International Studies (India)

Participants:  Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, India's Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee; the Vice President of India, Mohamad Hamid Ansari; Minister Mani Shankar Iyer; Canadian Senator Douglas Roche; Australian Ambassador Richard Butler; senior Indian diplomats and military officers; as well as Fellows Jonathan Granoff , Garry Jacobs and Ivo Slaus.

The Academy's initiative on nuclear abolition has acquired greater strength and momentum with the convening of a two-day international conference on Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World in New Delhi on June 9-10, 2008 at the initiative of WAAS Fellow Jasjit Singh. In his inaugural address, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh fully endorsed the Academy’s call for total elimination of nuclear weapons, a position that was reaffirmed by the Vice-President of India and the Foreign as well as leading Indian and international security and military experts. For More on the event, click here

Beyond Global Warming

Organizer: Jeffrey Schwartz

Participants: José Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, John Cox, Walter Truett Anderson, Pushpa Mittra Bhargava, Daniel Coates, Geoffrey Hamer, Garry Jacobs, Alberto Zucconi, Tariq Banuri, Joseph Alter, Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis, Bruno Maresca, Ismail Serageldin, Colin MacCabe and Juliana Spahr.

On February 28, 2008, WAAS conducted an international conference on Global Warming in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. The conference was inaugurated by Mark A. Nordenberg, the University Chancellor and included sessions on Global Challenges of the Future and Can the Arts and Sciences Collaborate on Global Issues?

Installation of Prof. Jeffrey Schwartz as New President

Jeffrey Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and History and Philosophy of Science and Fellow in the University’s Center for Philosophy of Science, was inducted as the New WAAS President on February 28, 2008, at Pittsburgh, by outgoing president Dr.Walter Truett Anderson. For More on the event with pictures click here

Weaponization of Space

Organizer: Jonathan Granoff -- Global Security Institute (USA)

Jonathan Granoff, Walter Anderson, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus, Ashok Natarajan

On February 26, 2008, WAAS conducted a high level workshop on the threats arising from the weaponization of space, in collaboration with the Global Security Institute at the GSI's offices in New York City. Expert presentations were made by Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI, Ambassador Robert Gray, Director, Bipartisan Security Group and Canadian legal expert Lucy Stojak.

Program on Nuclear Disarmament (October - 2006)

Organizers: Jonathan Granoff & Garry Jacobs -- Global Security Institute (USA) & Mother's Service Society (India)

Speakers: Jonathan Granoff, Douglas Roche, Harlan Cleveland, Lincoln Bloomfield, Walter Anderson,  John Cox, Garry Jacobs, Bob Berg,  Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan


SCPD convened a two-day meeting in New York with the leadership of the Global Security Institute and its Middle Powers Initiative program, to explore the potential for cooperative effort.

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World Futures Society Conference (July - 2006)

Organizer: Walter Anderson

Jasjit Singh, Garry Jacobs, Walter Anderson

WAAS organized a special workshop on nuclear disarmament at the World Future’s Society Annual Conference in Toronto on July 30, 2006.

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Security in Knowledge-based Society (Nov 2005)

NATO Advanced Research Workshop at Zagreb, Croatia, began immediately prior to the opening of the 2005 General Assembly, and then ran concurrently with it.

Co-directors: Harlan Cleveland, former US Ambassador to NATO; Lincoln Bloomfield, former Director of Global Issues, US National Security Council; Ivo Slaus, Director, South Eastern Europe Division, WAAS; Milan Stanicic, Institute for International Relations, Zagreb.

The Future of Knowledge - GA at Zagreb (2005)

The 2005 General Assembly, held in the Westin Zagreb Hotel in the hospitable country of Croatia, was one of the most successful in the history of the Academy. Click to Read More

Peace & Security -- Washington Sept 17, 2005

Organizers: Harlan Cleveland & Garry Jacobs -- International Center for Peace & Development (USA) & The Mother's Service Society (India)

Robert McNamara, Harlan Cleveland, Jasjit Singh, Walter Anderson, Bob Berg, Garry Jacobs, Jon Peterson, Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan

Uncommon Opportunities: Roadmap for Employment, Food & Global Security (2004)

Organizers: M. S. Swaminathan & Garry Jacobs -- UN World Food Program, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Mother's Service Society &  National Farmers Commission (India), International Centre for Peace & Development (USA).

WAAS Fellow Participants:
Harlan Cleveland, M. S. Swaminathan, Pushpa Bhargava, Jasjit Singh, Walter Anderson, Garry Jacobs, Ivo Slaus,  Robert van Harten, Ashok Natarajan

The Academy conducted an international symposium was conducted in New Delhi on November 19-22, 2004 in collaboration with UN World Food Program, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Mother's Service Society & National Farmers Commission (India), International Centre for Peace & Development (USA) to examine the relevance in today's world of recommendations contained in the report of the International Commission on Peace & Food, Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace & Equitable Development, which was submitted to the UN in 1994, and to explore the inextricable mutual interdependence between peace, social stability, democracy, employment and food security. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

Power and Property in the Information Society

Computer conference: April 2004 Organizer: Richard Farson, International Leadership Forum. Participants included Douglass Carmichael, Arthur Cordell, Andrew Peter Fenton, Frederick Turner, Donald Straus.

The Future of Higher Education in the Global Information Society

San Diego, California, March 2004 Organizer: Maureen O’Hara, Meridian International Institute. This was the first of the preparatory conferences leading up to the 2005 General Assembly on “The Future of Knowledge.” Participants included Katherine Clarke, Napier Collyns, June Delano, Bob Horn, Ruben Nelson, Elsa Porter, Paul Silverman, Ralph Wolff.

Microbial Biotechnology: For Better or for Worse?

Biopolicy Seminar: Stockholm, September 2003 Organized by Carl-Göran Hedén and the World Academy’s Biofocus Foundation under the auspices of the Biotechnology Division of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Featured speaker: Edgar daSilva. Participants included Harlan Cleveland, Lena Torell, Anders Wijkman.

Timing and Perseverance: Entrepreneurship for Eco-Efficiency

Biopolicy Seminar: Stockholm, October 2002 Organized by Carl-Göran Hedén and the World Academy’s Biofocus Foundation under the auspices of the Engineering Division of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Featured Speaker: Rita Colwell. Participants included Geoffrey Hamer, Gunter Pauli, Christer Salén, Anders Wijkman.

The Future of Knowledge in the World of the Internet

Pari, Italy, May 2002 Organized by David Peat, Pari Center for New Learning, sponsored and co-hosted by The Knowledge Forum, with the participation of Associazione Sette Colli, Pari. Participants: David Alsmeyer, Walt Anderson, Lina Bussian, Virginia Del Re, Andrew Fenton, Warwick Fox, Divina Frau-Meigs, Jean-Claude Guedon, Katherine Heath, Basil Hiley, Roy McWeeny, Christine Maxwell, Neil Maroni, Salvatore Santoli, Shalini Venturelli, Kim Williams.

The Future of the Academy

Pari, Italy, September 2000 Organized by David Peat, Pari Center for New Learning. Sponsored by the World Academy and the Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the University of Siena and the Associazione Sette Coli of Pari. Participants: Dennise Albrecht, William Bricken, João Caraça, John P. Coleman, Arthur Cordell, Ruth Dempsey, Chris Drane, Maurizio Franzini, Francesca Farabollini, Basil Hiley, Deborah Klimburg-Slater, Rita Lauria, Elena Liotta, Roger Malina, Roy McWeeny, Virginia McWeeny, Jayne Persch, Chris Philippidis, Paavo Pylkkanen, Elina Pylkkanen.

The Psychology of Globalization

San Francisco, California, February 2000 Organizer: Walt Anderson. Keynote speaker: John Gardner. Participants included Mary Catherine Bateson, Harlan Cleveland, Sandy Close, Leonard Duhl, Percy Hintzen, Mohamed Kassas, Roberto Lovato, Donald Michael, Maureen O’Hara, Nancy Palmer, Richard Palmer, Ana Maria Sandi, Stephen Toulmin, Ling-Chi Wang.

International Symposium on Development Theory

Chennai (Madras), India, September 1999 Hosted by the International Center for Peace and Development (USA), the Mother's Service Society and the M. S. Swaminathan Foundation. Co-chairs: M. S. Swaminathan, Harlan Cleveland. Participants included Robert Berg, Pushpa Bhargava, John P. Craven, Jose Ireneu dos Remedios Furtado, Robert van Harten, Garry Jacobs, Bernard Lietaer, B. S. Raghavan, Ana Maria Sandi, Ivo Slaus, C. Subramanian.

Governance and Civilizations

Brussels, Belgium, May 1998 Organized by Marc Luyckx, Forward Studies Unit, European Commission, and Harlan Cleveland, World Academy. Participants included Lincoln Bloomfield, Robert Cooper, Arthur Cordell, Jim Dator, Susantha Goonatilake, Rabbi Albert Guigui, Sohail Inayatullah, Tae-Chang Kim, Ziauddin Sardar, Bishop William Swing, Patrick Viveret.

The Global Century - GA at Vancouver (1998)

The theme of the conference was the proposition that, whereas publisher Henry Luce had once pronounced the 20th century to be “The American Century,” the 21st would be the century of globalization. Click to Read More

From Biological Identity to Social Behavior (two-part symposium)

Curia, Portugal & Lisbon, Portugal, September 1997 Organizers: Horacio Menano, Joao Caraca, thbr Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Speakers included Alexandre Castro Caldas, Jean-Pierre Changeaux, Nicole LeDouarin, Tod Machover, John Maynard Smith, Matthew Wilson, Lewis Wolpert.

Between Cultural Chaos and Uniformity: Perspectives for Integration of Civil Societies

Jachranka, Poland May 1997 Organizer: Andrzej Sicinski, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Co-sponsored by the Stefan Batory Foundation (Warsaw) and the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam). Participants included Lincoln Bloomfield, Harlan Cleveland, Magda McHale, Alina Mungiu, Jirí Musil.

Religion and Governance

San Francisco, California, February 1997 Organizer: Harlan Cleveland. Participants included Knute Buttedahl, Paz Buttedahl, Andrew Lam, Durwood Foster, Robert Ross, Huston Smith.

The Future of Work

Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 1996 Organizer: Harlan Cleveland. Participants included A. T. Ariyaratne, Sujit Chowdhury, Arthur Cordell, Garry Jacobs, Bruce LaRue, Patrick Mendis, Rem Petrov, John Rollwagen, Keith Vargo.

Biological Globalization

Lisbon, Portugal, November 1995 Organizers: Walt Anderson, World Academy, and Horacio Menano, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Participants included Jeffrey McNeely, Harold Mooney, Alexandre Quintanilha, Paul Silverman, Phyllis Windle.

Who Is Designing the 21st Century?

Buffalo, New York, September 1995 Organizer: Magda McHale, Center for Integrative Studies, SUNY Buffalo. Participants included John Bis, Sam Cole, Kate Foster, Bruno Freschi, Hirotoshi Komoda, Himmi Jammal, Anthony Judge, Horacio Menano, Andrezej Sicinski, Ernest Sternberg.

Mapping the “Third Vision”

(Third Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, March 1995 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants: John H. Barton, Paz Buttedahl, Michael Clague, Mary Catherine Bateson, Harlan Cleveland, John Fobes, Robert Horn, Michael Lerner, Donald Michael, Steven Rosell, Steven T. Walther. (Supported by a grant from the Jenifer Altman Foundation.)

Cultural Identity and the Requirements of Civilization

Mangalia, Romania, June 1994 Organizer: Mircea Malitza, Black Sea University. Participants included Harlan Cleveland, Bob Horn, Jonko Jotov, Magda Cordell McHale, Yuri Poluneev, Andrzej Sicinski, Ivo Slaus, Julia Zahoruiko.

Global Governance in a Turbulent World

(Second Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, February 1994 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants: Janice Brodman, Paz Buttedahl, Joao Caraca, Michael Clough, Harlan Cleveland, Jim Dator, Yehezkel Dror, John Fobes, John Gardner, Bob Horn, Pierre-Marc Johnson, Michael Lerner, James MacNeill, Donald Michael, Henry Miller, Motumbo Mpanya, Maureen O’Hara, Steven Rosell, James Rosenau, Edgar H. Schein, Paul Silverman, Paul von Ward. (Supported by a grant from the Jenifer Altman Foundation. For full conference report see Meridian website.

The Governance of Diversity - GA at Minneapolis (1994)

The object of the 1994 General Assembly, as set forth in a preliminary planning document by Academy President Harlan Cleveland, was “to develop and disseminate a fresh vision of the kinds of human cooperation that will be possible in the 2020 world, and the steps governments and nongovernments will need to take, starting soon, to make such peaceful change possible.” Click to Read More

The Global Surprise: Reframing Governance and Citizenship

(First Meridian Conference on Global Governance) Bolinas, California, April – May 1993 Organizer: Walt Anderson, Meridian International Institute. Participants included Michael Clague, Harlan Cleveland, John Fobes, Bob Horn, Michael Lerner, Donald Michael, Mutombo Mpanya, Michael Real, Steven Rosell, James Rosenau, Franz Schurmann. Support provided by grants from the Jenifer Altman Foundation and the Max and Anna Levinson Foundation.

Art and Science

Vinci, Italy, December 1992 Organized by Eleonora Masini Barbieri under the auspices of the Italian Ministry for Culture, with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, ENEA, ALITALIA, UNESCO and the Commission of the European Communities, in cooperation with the Municipality of Vinci. Participants: Walt Anderson, Umberto Baldini, Omar Calabrese, Giorgio Careri, Harlan Cleveland, Gianluigi Colalucci, Umberto Colombo, Paola Coppola Pignatelli, Maurizio Diana, Gillo Dorfles, Michele Emmer, Gideon Engler, Richard Gregory, Vladimir Kouzminov, Ervin Laszlo, Irving Lavin, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Carlo Lizzani, Mochtar Lubis, Manfredo Macioti, Luigi Massoni, Magda McHale, Horacio Menano, Kinhide Mushakoji, Ilya Prigogine, John H. Proctor, Lilian Schwartz, Pierre Spitz, Tatyana Tchuvilyova, Giorgio Torraca.