Willis Harman

Willis
Harman
1918
1997

American Engineer, Social Scientist, Academic, Futurist, Writer and Visionary, President of Institute of Noetic Sciences

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This Spirit in Business conference is one of a cluster of conference organizers unifying the disciples and doctrines of a constellation of neopagan and panreligious philosophers, metaphysical futurists, and self-proclaimed gurus who recognize the power of business in today's society...

'It is not enough to be intellectually aware that at this point in history, nationalism is a suicidal course... Educational experiences must be contemplated which are akin to psychotherapy... that result in a felt realization of the inevitability of one inseparable world, and a felt shift in the most basic values and premises on which one builds one's life.

To the empowering principle that the people can withhold legitimacy, and thus change the world, we now add another: By deliberately changing the internal image of reality, people can change the world. Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.

It's the Spirit in Business World Conference, where more than 500 businesspeople and assorted 'change agents' have come to help unleash each other's inner powers. They will spend three days spurring each other on to positive thoughts at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, a sanctuary from the grit and litter outside. Then they will go to the ends of the earth as part of a fledgling movement to transform the world.

We are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history- a change in the actual belief structure of Western society. No economic, political, or military power can compare with the power of a change of mind. By deliberately changing their images of reality, people are changing the world.

A re-spiritualization of society is taking place, but one more experiential and non-institutionalized, less fundamentalist and sacerdotal, than most of the historically familiar forms of religion. Such a change in the basic picture of reality must inevitably be accompanied by a long-term shift in value emphases and priorities. As a result all institutions can be expected to go through major changes, including particularly the industrial, economic and financial ones.'

Many companies have moved operations to places with cheap, relatively poorly educated labor. What may be crucial, they say, is the dependability of a labor force and how well it can be managed and trained -- not its general educational level, although a small cadre of highly educated creative people are essential to innovation and growth. Ending discrimination and changing values are probably more important than reading in moving low income families into the middle class.

We must realize that thoughts are not merely a reflection on reality, but are also a movement of that reality itself. The mapmaker, the self, the thinking and knowing subject, is actually a product and a performance of that which it seeks to know and represent.

All societies, ancient or modern, primitive or sophisticated, have guided themselves by values and goals rooted in the experience of ?deep intuition?.

Most of us are living at the periphery of consciousness while intuition invites us into the center.

What Can Aspiring Leaders Be Taught? The time is NOW. If family, society, K-16 and life haven't brought MBAs to a sufficient level of humanity, decency, maturity, understanding, and wisdom, then business schools need to take on this mission. Why us? Because Willis Harman and Peter Drucker tell us that this 21st century will see the global business community as the leading edge of massive change around the globe. Like it or not, products, sneakers, computers, services, advertising, and cars move around the earth with 'attachments.' These 'attachments' include values, ethics, cultural characteristics, definitions of the 'good life.' We need business leaders who understand that every decision made has the potential to engender or endanger the planet's survival/progress.

Throughout history, the really fundamental changes in societies have come about not from dictates of government and the results of battles but through vast numbers of people changing their minds--sometimes only a little bit.

Business has become, in this last half century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole.

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First Name
Willis
Last Name
Harman
Birth Date
1918
Death Date
1997
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American Engineer, Social Scientist, Academic, Futurist, Writer and Visionary, President of Institute of Noetic Sciences