(Catalyst #9) China and the Shift - special focus issue
China and the Shift
By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network

Welcome to a special issue of the Catalyst, focused on China! 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.

My Powerpoint – China and the Shift

"How China Can Help Create the Shift to a Peaceful, Sustainable, Healthy and Prosperous World"

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Deepak Chopra: The Wonder of You

A blast from the past: one of the first One Minute Shift videos I ever created while working for the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Qigong: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Need
By Mingtong Gu
Like India's yoga and Tibetan Buddhism that migrated to the West, China's cultural treasure, qigong, is taking hold in the United States and helping people attain their autonomy to gain and retain their health, balance, and happiness . . . [read more]

Three Elements of Social Cooperation to Build an Ecological Civilization
By Barbara Marx Hubbard
In this powerful paper, presented at the World Cultural Forum in China last month, Barbara Marx Hubbard explores the possibilities for new evolutions of social templates for synergy.

The World Cultural Forum Experience
By Alexander Maxwell
An inspiring collection of around 500 minds from China and internationally gathered in Hangzhou, in south-eastern China, May 17-19, 2013 for a World Cultural Forum with the theme of "Strengthening International Cooperation for Ecological Civilisation . . . [read more]

Something America and China Could Do Together
By Robert Fuller
It may be an exaggeration to say that as Chinese-American relations go, so goes the world, but it's probably not far from the mark  . . . [read more]

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Embracing the Earth
By Jeremy Ball

A remarkable and heartwarming tale of Cynthia Jurs, who was guided by Tibetan spiritual leaders to plant 30 sacred Earth Treasure Vases in locations around the world as part of ushering in an era of peace. More info here >>

Bridge Festival

Stephen and Devaa will both be appearing in Stephen's hometown of Duluth, MN, the weekend of July 6th along with Masaru Emoto. More info here >>

GPS for the Soul

This fantastic app grew out of a partnership between Huffington Post and Heartmath. Here's more about it: GPS for the Soul is a killer app for better living. The app is based on two truths: that we all have within us a centered place of harmony and balance, and that we all veer away from that place again and again. More info here >>

Congratulations to our beloved Barbara Marx Hubbard! Last week she was awarded a 2013 Spiritual Leadership Award from our friends at Humanity's Team. Here's a video.

Summer of Peace Profiles
By Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace

The Summer of Peace officially begins on Sunday, June 23rd with the first Spirituality and Peace session.

As we begin the countdown to the Summer of Peace we have a few special events planned to begin building the energy and buzz and to help you get engaged (and get others engaged!)

Read on to hear about:

  • Lift Off - The 100 Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace
  • Peace Rally: Activation Call!
  • Global Solstice Meditation Telesummit
  • Bay Area Peace Builders event

More info here >>

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