will begin with the thoughts of Susan
Reid, a person who has served humanity well throughout her long and
dedicated life. Her thoughts will then be followed by those of Robert Muller, a recognized pillar of thought among UN innovators. Next, I’ve
included a collage of comments from other individuals who represent
institutions of baseline importance in the World. All contribute to a
greater understanding of the substance and subsequent importance of
the Eden project. Other than UN agency, there is no specific order to
these statements. Together, it is my hope that they will persuade you to
consider joining us in this much needed effort.
Donald Sagar - Architect of
the Eden Project
President of the Eden Institute
"I was so deeply moved by the Eden project that I couldn't resist reading
and rereading the material. Your fine analysis of the world's problems
carries me back in vivid detail to the deliberations of the Commission to
Study the Organization of Peace - when 100 individuals, noted for
scholarship, ideals and commitment to the betterment of mankind, came
together in deliberations that led up to the San Francisco Conference. It
was a great source of hope for me from 1942 on, that 100 leaders (with whom
I agreed) could surely provide a charter which everyone in the world would
be ready to celebrate.
The CSOP addressed every single one of the topics you do and so I have had a
long time to consider them. I have watched as these ideas took form in the
specialized agencies of the UN, since my life has been devoted to education
about the UN. When I chaired the Committee that conducted the Inservice
Courses for Teachers at the UN, I was very optimistic. Somehow, the way was
lost and now we find ourselves in need of a new beginning. Hopefully this
time we can do it right, for there is no more time for mistakes. I feel that
the Eden project is a meaningful step in the direction that mankind must go,
and I am honored to be among your correspondents."
Reed - NGO Representative
World Education Fellowship
"The Eden project is one that has been on my mind and in my preoccupation
for nearly 20 years now. I am referring to the need to establish a
body of objective, globally acceptable information to serve as a foundation
for global education. I am speaking of quality information capable of
encouraging the proper respect, consistent with global survival, for the
complex interdependency of everything on earth. Of course the decision of
what material to include in this attempt has always been problematic. We
speak freely of the term "objective" but fail in our ability to
satisfactorily define it. It is in this regard that I believe that the Eden
project has something very real to offer. Its formula for identifying
universally acceptable objective data, is truly unique. It achieves this
distinction by establishing a global standard for inquiry - one capable of
identifying and prioritizing relevant information collection. By so doing,
this approach successfully employs 'objectivity' as the sum total of
subjectively held position. This in turn allows for the incorporation of all
difference of opinion, worldwide, into a single homogenous process.
Global education that accurately explains the current threat to human
survival and creates the proper respect and motivation for resolving life
threatening circumstances, is the only hope for mankind. Band-Aids
definitely have their place and serve a very real purpose in the short term
- but in the long run, it will be individuals that will make the difference.
If we forsake our responsibility to prepare our children for the challenges
they will most certainty face, then we shall have done them and life itself
perhaps the greatest of all injustices. The challenges which will face
humanity on this earth in the decades to come are unprecedented and call
therefore urgently for the implementation of a project such as the one you
propose. I pray therefore that your endeavor will succeed and meet with
enthusiastic response. I wish you God's speed and assure you of my full
support and cooperation."
Robert Muller - Assistant Secretary General emeritus (UN)
Dr. Muller served as Assistant to 3 consecutive Secretary
Generals and is Chancellor Emeritus of the United Nations
University for Peace in Costa Rica.
"The Eden project has been studied with all the attention this important
issue deserves and I should like to commend you on the new approach and the
deep thinking. An undertaking like the Eden project would help to work in
conjunction with UNESCO objectives."
K.B. Mathur for Labastida M. Del Campo
Director-General of UNESCO
"I wish to express my support for your peace initiative and will see that
the UNU (United Nations University) participates in this objective, by
having the relevant units of its network involved in the project. I will
liaise with the UN Peace Studies Unit as to concrete means to cooperate."
Mushakoji - Vice Rector
United Nations University (Japan)
"I appreciate our conversations about your important project to develop a
"global model" that could reflect the concerns of societies around the world
about peace, security and a sustainable future. Global education has been
searching for a methodology and model to deal with information overload in a
way that transcends cultural, ideological and national bias. Your project
could provide an answer to this problem. I am looking forward to working
with this project as it develops and encourage you to preserver in this
Mische - President
Global Education Associates
"Your letter is most inspiring and the
Eden project falls right into our purposes. I look forward to discussing
concrete cooperation with you in the very near future."
Nielsen - President
Association for World Education
"Perusal of the materials you kindly enclosed suggests that your
organization is doing useful and potentially important work. I will ask that
a brief piece be included in our quarterly publication (Negotiation Journal)
describing the work of your organization"
Rubin - Executive Director
Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
"Your project sounds great. Had it been developed properly many years ago,
present world problems would undoubtedly be of much less significance. I
have no special advice to give you except that you should go ahead and just
do your best to put it in operation. You are assured of the full cooperation
of the International Association of Educators for World Peace in this
Mercieca - Exec. Vice President
International Association of Educators for World
"Thank you for the information that you sent about the project being
undertaken by the Eden Institute. This sounds like a very worthy and
challenging venture and we wish you well."
- Commission of the Churches on Intl. Affairs
World Council of Churches
"I was very drawn to the Eden project proposal. It offers a very promising
direction of effort which I hope will soon be given an opportunity to
demonstrate its value and relevance. My enthusiasm is because it relies on
Falk - Center of Intl. Studies
"You are to be congratulated for having taken this initiative in promoting
world peace internationally. We will be pleased to cooperate with you in any
meaningful attempt to achieve the results we both hold in mind."
Zitko - President /Founder
World University Roundtable
"I like the basic idea and would like to hear more about your plans and
J. David Singer - Director /Founder
Correlates of War Project
University of Michigan
"I am very gratified to know of the critical work that you and your
Institute has been doing and am willing to cooperate with you in whatever
way it is feasible. I delight in the parallels of our thinking, and can see
that your attempt to develop a definitive 'global standard for inquiry,' to
become the basis for a dynamic global model to serve education (with
instructional authority) will compliment our own work immeasurably."
Simon - Program Development Officer
Friends World College
"The Eden project goals and objectives are interesting and timely and we at
this foundation agree that there is an urgency for a alternative approach to
international problem solving."
J Lansing /Vice President
National Peace Foundation
"I offer you my and this Institute's unqualified full support and
cooperation in you efforts to implement the Eden project."
Mathur - Director
Institute of Gandhian Thought and Peace Studies
"Thank you for the time you and your staff has spent with us at IBM -
discussing your project. Your presentation of the relevant pieces was both
interesting and educational. The System Integration Division agrees the
project is very workable as we see it so far and are very interested in
pursuing a resolve."
Beyer - Branch Manager
IBM Systems Integration Division
"I would like to hear more of your plans and opportunities for technologists
such as ourselves to get involved in the Eden project. Of relevance to your
needs, is work underway to apply model based reasoning and other Artificial
Intelligence (AI) techniques to the integration of many diverse sources of
data to assist in the decision making process. Also applicable to your needs
is ongoing AI work on Intelligent Front Ends (IFEs) which seek to
communicate with a decision maker or system user IN THEIR OWN TERMS -
translating their request for information, advice or options into suitable
material for further consideration."
Tate - Director
Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute
University of Edinburgh
"Thank you for the interesting information about the Eden project. Your work
definitely seems important and of course is very timely. I look forward to
hearing of your progress."
California Institute of Integral Studies
"I discussed your proposal with Professor Christopher Mitchell, Director of
Research in our Center, who has a solid background in both systems analysis
and in conflict analysis and resolution, and he felt that the data base you
proposed to establish would be an extremely useful resource. He also felt
that the Eden project was a vast undertaking, quite beyond the resources of
a small group of researchers. If the project could be restructured so that
it was manageable by a small group of researchers we would be interested."
Bostian - Administrative Director
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
George Mason University
"I am very responsive to your proposal to create a peace information bank."
Cuomo - Governor Emeritus
New York State
"The planet earth and its people have been experiencing an information
explosion. The uncontrolled expansion of information is dangerous, since it
tends to diffuse meaning and purpose. The Eden project is the first idea
that I have heard of, that stands any chance of prioritizing and organizing
the critical part of this vast body of information - in a meaningful way.
The fact that it will collect data about the actual experiences of nations
and their peoples (from around the world) and their sense of the value of
nonviolent methods for settling disputes, is exciting. This project is
therefore now and forever timely, since dispute resolution is destined to be
an important part of human activity as long as mankind endures. You can
therefore count on whatever assistance that I and my organization can give."
Smiley - President/founder
"A data base that would incorporate cultural response to questions central
to critical issues, would be very helpful in the training of personnel whose
service takes them into areas of conflict."
Jit Rikhye - President Emeritus
International Peace Academy
"I am very impressed with the substance and focus of the Eden project. It
would be a welcome tool (of defining significance) in international circles,
as well as providing a communicational link for academia that is long
overdo. I will convey your material to Lester Brown (Worldwatch Society)
when I meet with him this week."
Morse - Former Director
UN Development Program
"I much admire all you are doing and find a great deal of it awesome. I am
enclosing the name and address of a top official at UNESCO who is in charge
of a world directory of courses in the field of arms control and peace
studies. I am sure he will be interested in your ideas. Best of good fortune
to you in all your endeavors on behalf of the project and congratulations on
the many associations of people whom you have been able to get to endorse
your efforts in global education."
Miles - President Emeritus
Int'l Assoc. of University Presidents
Chairman - IAUP /UN Commission on Arms Control
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