Posts Tagged ‘soft power’

Soft power, Feminine Power and Mayan Prophecies

Friday, February 28th, 2014

I have been asked to chair a round table discussion at the World Forum of Cultures to be held in Shanghai June 18th and 19th this year.  The topic is soft power, a topic which ties together much of my recent thinking and exemplifies the relationship between my novels, the Mayan calendar, feminine power, the possibility that the human species may survive to experience the twenty second century, and what changes in human behavior that survival might require. More details after the conference in June, but I thought I would share my proposed introduction to the discussion with you to give you a sense of what I feel the discussion should entail.

 

Soft power, Feminine Power and Mayan Prophecies

 

This roundtable discussion is intended to provide information and perspective for those interested in creating a positive world that is sustainable and joyful for as many human beings as possible without resorting to military, economic, political, or coercive means to change human behavior. (more…)

THE PATTERNS COME TOGETHER

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Often life is about patterns coming together. We go about our business thinking we are completely independent free thinkers creating our destinies, oblivious to the larger patterns which may be governing our thoughts and actions.

A case in point is how my focus on wellness, authentic feminine power, Mayan prophecies, the behavior of Olympic athletes, and the upcoming World Forum of Cultures on soft power may be reflective of a larger pattern of thought that is emerging through me and not because of me. In thinking about soft power I realized that in essence soft power is feminine power, the ability to seduce and entertain an opponent or adversary into cooperation or even submission rather than through the traditional use of masculine force. The theme of feminine power is at the heart of my novel, The Power of Twelve, and may also be at the heart of this upcoming conference on soft power. (more…)

SOFTPOWER

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I was not aware of the concept of soft power until this weekend when I was having lunch with my good friend and colleague Dr. Ervin Laszlo who quite nonchalantly told me, “Well, I just heard from the World Cultural Forum of China and this year’s conference will be on soft power. The conference will be held in Shanghai on June 12. Hope you can speak on this topic and get at least another eight to ten prominent speakers to join us.”

With this task before me was clear I needed to do some research on the concept of soft power. Soft power is the ability to make powerful impact on society not by aggressive or coercive means but by cultural or “soft” influence. At a time when military might is increasingly less effective in coercing others to act in ways that are compatible with American goals and concerns, I find this concept quit appealing. We may as a nation spend billions of dollars daily protecting ourselves from terrorist activities, but does this hard power of drones and military initiatives really achieve the goal of a safe world that allows the development of a free and equitable world society? Unfortunately, the answer is clearly no. We can kill Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists, but ultimately killing alone will not wipe out terrorists or the conditions under which terrorism thrives. (more…)