Saturday, January 19, 2008

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

The Werner Erhard Foundation presented His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the acknowledged "Pontiff of Tibetan Buddhism," to the public in 1979 in Boston, where he discussed Buddhist philosophy with Werner Erhard.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Werner Erhard Foundation and the USSR

The support of the Foundation made possible groundbreaking conversations between leaders, scholars and officials from virtually all parts of the world in the field of human achievement and transformation. As a result of this support, exchange programs were launched that provided new ground for international cooperation.

One such program was the US/USSR Project, launched in 1979 and designed as an educational exchange to explore the principles of communication, management, and creative thinking with the people of what was then the Soviet Union. After several delegate exchanges, Werner Erhard was invited to conduct the first of many courses and lectures in Moscow, under the auspices of the Znaniye (All Union Knowledge) Society—the prime vehicle for education in the (former) Soviet Union.

In 1988, the Znaniye Society took steps to extend the availability of these programs in the U.S.S.R. A brochure describing the project work stated:

“Radically new, non-traditional solutions will need to play a big role in the perestroika of our economic, social and political systems. Only solutions of this class will allow us to reach our goals. But solutions at this level demand that we break through the habitual contours of our thinking so that we can see new possibilities and new methods of addressing theses issues…

“In this regard, the technology offered by (The Werner Erhard Foundation) is of immediate and practical interest to a broad audience of Soviet people and it would be valuable to study and master its methodology and practice.”

To this end, independent of the Foundation, avenues for continuing this exchange between the people and organizations of the U.S. and the new Commonwealth of Soviet Republics were expanded. These included a series of videotapes designed to make this work widely available to the Soviet public, over a sustained period of time.