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Thursday, March 26, 2009

State of the World Forum

This arrived in my INBOX today:

STATE OF THE WORLD FORUM
Nov. 12th - 14th, 2009
Washington, DC Hilton
The Real Crisis of Climate Change:
Truth is not enough
JOIN the free SOWF online group and offer your perspective on climate change

Dear friends,

You are invited to join us for State of the World Forum 2009!

In the spirit of John F. Kennedy’s call for a ten year mission to put a man on the moon, the Forum and key partners around the globe are calling for world leaders and concerned citizens everywhere to engage in a ten year "Global Transition Initiative" to green the global economy and develop an integral lifestyle. This is an ambitious yet critical undertaking, one in which all of us need to be engaged.

This Initiative calls for a new form of moral leadership that transcends the narrow self-interests that have so badly damaged our economies and prevented serious efforts to mitigate the escalating effects of climate change. The Forum will be about action, creating the conditions for cross-sector collaboration to enable each one of us to take the personal as well as collective actions required to change our lives and build a positive future.

What makes this effort distinctive is that it recognizes that truth is not enough to unwind the seemingly intractable knot of climate and economy, values and behavior. Louder and more forceful declarations of facts are ignored by most when we don't account for how people interpret what they hear through the value systems they live by. Informed by the Integral framework, this effort will ensure that we engage all dimensions of humanity needed to succeed - including our personal beliefs, the cultural values we share, what we can do through individual action, and what we must do through our governments, organizations and networks.

Please join us for this groundbreaking event November 12 - 14, 2009 in Washington, D.C., which will launch a process that convenes a State of the World Forum in a different major city throughout the world every year for the next 10 years. Climate change affects all people everywhere and only a global and integral effort will meet the challenge of understanding and addressing the complexity of the crisis. This event is not to be missed.

We welcome your energy, intellect and contribution.

Warm regards,

Jim Garrison Robb Smith

Featured Speakers

Rajenda Pachauri, Nobel Laureate, IPCC

Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute

Jerome Ringo, Apollo Alliance

Bill Becker, Pres. Climate Action Project

James Hansen, NASA, Columbia University

Karen O'Brien, University of Oslo

Paul Ray, Sociologist, Author

Ken Wilber, Philosopher, Author

Jean Houston, Mythologist

Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Herman Sheer, Eurosolar

Caroline Myss, Author

Mary Otto-Chang, United Nations

Ray Anderson, Interface, Inc.

Herman Wijffels

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