Arthur Waley: Ways of Thought in Ancient China

Arthur Waley (1889-1966)  was an important cultural bridge-builder between China and the West.  He was a translator of Chinese and Japanese poetry and philosophical texts, especially the Taoist classic Tao Te Ching attributed to Lao Tsu.  At a time when there are increased political,
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Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder and World Citizen

Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia. His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French
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Lord Boyd Orr: A World Citizen’s Focus on Food

There can be no peace in the world;  so long as a large proportion of the population lack;  the necessities of life and believe that a change of the politicl and economic system will make them available. World peace must be based
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Langston Hughes (1 Feb 1902 – 22 May 1967) A People’s Poet

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was an African-American poet;  through Negro was the term at the time;  and many of Hughes’ poems have Negro in the title
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Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) Urbanization and an Organic View of the City

There is a sense of great opportunity and hope that a new world can be built in which social and economic progress; environmental protection and better standards of living can be realized through global solidarity and cooperation.  Nowhere can these goals be
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Dag Hammarskjold. Crisis Manager and Longer-Range World Community Builder .

Dag Hammarskjold (29 July 1905 -18 September 1961). You wake from dreams of doom and −for a moment− you know: beyond  all the noise and the gestures, the only real thing, love’s calm unwavering flame in the half-light of an early dawn.
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Jan Christian Smuts: What Rises Converges

Jan Christian Smuts (1870 – 1950 ) It has been my lot to have passed many of the years of my life amid the conflicts of men; in their wars and in their Council Chambers.  Everywhere I have seen men search and
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Thomas Berry: A World Citizen’s Ecological Vision

“ As we enter the 21st century, we observe a wide-spread awakening to the wonder of the Earth.  This we can observe in the writing of naturalists and environmental organizations dedicated to preserving the integrity of the planet. The human venture depends
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Pitirim Sorokin: The Renewal of Humanity

Pitirim Sorokin (1889-1968) was concerned; especially in the period after the Second World War; with the relation between the values and attitudes of the individual and their impact on the wider society.  His key study Society; Culture and Personality: Their Structure and
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