By Stephen Dinan, Founder of The Shift Network
Two weeks ago, I was blessed to speak at the 2nd Annual World Cultural Forum, which the Chinese created as a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
They rolled out the red carpet for political, business, academic and cultural leaders ranging from the prime minister of Greece (remarkably soulful) to a Princess of Netherlands (a real eco-pioneer) to some of our Western allies like Ervin Laszlo, Jean Houston and Barbara Marx Hubbard and many mayors from both China and the West. The Chinese leaders were impressive in their commitment to creating an ecological civilization (the conference theme), surprisingly candid about China's challenges, and eager to build bridges.
As I had thought about my speech in advance, I realized just how central a role China can (or perhaps even must) play in our shift to a peaceful, sustainable, healthy, and prosperous world. With 1.3 billion people and what will soon be the largest economy in the world, their choices will put us on the evolutionary path. Or not.
So I focused my talk on how China can lead the way in the Shift, drawing from their deep history, cultural strengths and unique opportunities. I share the Powerpoint and the longer text version below. I also invited several others who presented at the WCF to share their papers below, in addition to a great piece on Qi Gong from our ally Mingtong Gu.
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