Speaker Ervin LASZLO


Ervin Laszlo, founder of The Club of Budapest and Chancellor-Designate of GlobalShift University (www.globalshiftu.org), author of more than 400 papers and articles and over eighty books of which the most recent are “Science and the Akashic Field” (2007) and “Quantum Shift in the Global Brain“ (2008), and co-founder and president of the board of trustees of the WorldShift Foundation.

His word for change:

"Gandhi said, "be the change you want to see in the world." In today's world this means change your consciousness so others would change theirs. How can you do that? First of all, get rid of the old consciousness, and the values and beliefs that support it.

Ask yourself: do you believe that —

-Everyone is separate and rightfully pursues just his or her own interest.

-Life is a struggle for existence; only the fittest (meaning the wealthiest or most powerful) survives.

-In the ruthless competition for fitness the ends justify the means.

-The more money you have, the better you are (and very likely also the happier).

-People owe allegiance only to one nation and one company—the rest are strangers and competitors.

-If we want peace, we must prepare for war.

-Technology and efficiency are the answer, no matter what the question.

-For all intents and purposes the Earth is an inexhaustible source of resources and an infinite sink of wastes.

-The environment can be engineered like a settlement or a highway to fit our needs and demands.

If you hold such beliefs, you are part of the problem. But how can you become part of the solution? Here you must take a further step: adopt new thinking. As Einstein said, you can't solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that produced the problem.

New thinking is not utopian or unprecedented; it is already emerging at the creative edge of society. In a number of “alternative cultures” people think and act in a more positive way. They share two fundamental beliefs. One is that the ancient saying “we are all one” is not just fiction but has roots in reality. William James was right: we are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

The second belief regards the sphere of human responsibility. If we are one with each other and with nature, our responsibilities do not end with ourselves, our family, our country and our company; they encompass the human community and the biosphere. Living up to them is not charity. If we are part of humanity, and humanity is part of life on the planet, what we do to others and to nature we do also to ourselves.

When we shed obsolete beliefs and adopt new thinking, we change our consciousness and change ourselves. In these critical and unstable times that change can be the “butterfly” that triggers a storm. It could spread far and wide, and in the end it could change the world."

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Recent works (a selection):

-The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time (Hampton Press, 1996)

-The Whispering Pond: A Personal Guide to the Emerging Vision of Science (Element Books, Ltd., 1996)

-Evolution: The General Theory (Hampton Press, 1996)

-The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness (State University of New York Press, 2003)

-You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen's Handbook for Living on Planet Earth: A Report of the Club of Budapest (Select Books, 2003)

-Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything (Inner Traditions International, 2004)

-Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos : The Rise of the Integral Vision of Reality (Inner Traditions, 2006)

-The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads (Hampton Roads, 2006)

-Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and our World [Rochester VT: Inner Traditions, 2008]

-WorldShift 2012: Making Green Business New Politics & Higher Consciousness Work Together (McArthur & Company, 2009)

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