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WI & ebbf 'Addressing the Present, Building the Future'

Part 1

Collaboration through Consultation: a Powerful Tool for Building Community

April 24, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one thing, what comes next another. What do we need to be able to rebuild? Humanity is facing an incredible challenge of collaboration and coordination at all levels and among diverse populations. Consultation is an essential tool for this effort. By aiming to understand the truth of an issue, consultation enables participants to transcend their own points of view and, together, chart a wise course of action. Come join us and learn the basics of this vital approach to problem-solving.

Part 2

In Pursuit of Hope in a Time of Crisis

April 25, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, fear and panic are natural responses. The world was already in a mess, and now mass suffering is impacting everyone. For young people, their future already overshadowed by the climate catastrophe, hope may seem impossible. Yet this cloud does have a silver lining giving hope, which we can explore together. My recent book “In Pursuit of Hope”, suggests ways to arm ourselves for the environmental, social and economic challenges we are now facing and those still to come. At the individual level, all the great spiritual traditions speak of trial and suffering as paths to spiritual growth and refinement of character as we fight our inner battles. From the perspective of systems science, in a globalized world in which human organization has to adapt to a new scale of functioning, a process of rapid and often chaotic change is necessary to sweep away old institutions no longer adapted to the new reality, allowing a new and better system to emerge bringing justice and sustainability. Join us to see if you leave this discussion with more hope in the future.

Part 3

Climate Change, Coronavirus, and One World; The Choice is Clear

May 2, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Climate change, the coronavirus, and other global challenges will not be mitigated without a global effort. While the connection between climate change, environmental sustainability, global governance is clear in the Bahá’í Teachings, the idea of global governance is rarely considered in the wider community and is often dismissed outright. The reaction by governments and societies around the world in the face of existential threats is incomplete as global governance is not receiving the attention that is needed to resolve world problems. To the rescue come youth activists around the world who are challenging the status quo. The possibility of engaging in discourse about global governance opens up when people are concerned with solving existential issues like climate change and strategies to deal with pandemics. In this webinar, we will explore how to hold family, neighborhood, and community together in a way that establishes unity and supports youth activists. There is also more reception of meaningful discourses about global coordination in different professions that have unique expertise to support coordinated global actions based on unity. We will explore how to create a unified vision based on guidance from the Bahá’í World Center to adopt a posture of learning and engage in genuine social discourse.

Part 4

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Moral Excellence

May 9, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Many corporations have adopted corporate social responsibility (CSR) to reconcile the profit motive with “doing good”. They saw CSR as an application of enlightened self-interest. However, many CSR applications tend to be stand-alone programs tangential to core business activities that themselves may not be socially responsible. Some have lamented the failure of CSR incrementalism. We will explore an alternative based on elevating organizations to higher moral ground such that all their core activities are motivated by spiritual values. We will contrast assumptions underlying the current business model with those drawn from the Bahá’í Revelation and invite discussion of what each of us can do to support this emerging new paradigm in business.

Part 5

Rethinking Materialism from a Feminine Leadership Perspective

May 26, 2020 AT 05:00 PM Pacific, 08:00 PM Eastern

As the world goes through an unprecedented new phase of economic upheaval, a deeper analysis of materialism as the root cause of the extremes of wealth and poverty has taken on new urgency. Such an analysis involves two fundamental questions. First, what is the difference between “materialism,” which is hazardous, and “material prosperity,” which is a worthy individual and social goal? And, second, what is the most effective mode of leadership for moving society beyond materialism and facilitating the achievement of true material prosperity? It may be argued that the best mode of leadership in pursuit of shared material prosperity would be one that reflects compassion, caring, nurturing, communal behavior, and effective communication, all of which have traditionally been associated with the feminine aspects of the human society. The participants are invited to reimagine new leadership models in the context of the emerging consciousness of the need to balance the feminine and the masculine in all areas of human endeavor, including the creation of a more equitable economic system.

Part 6

The Role of Companies During Crisis

May 30, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Can business become the solution instead of being the problem?

Many companies are addressing current crises, trying to mitigate risks to the business and to its reputation. What could be another way and attitude that allows companies to go from being the problem to becoming the solution that we expect from them? We will share the extraordinary success that the best companies in the world are achieving during these weeks of economic crises. We will see how they manage to motivate, engage their staff and connect with their communities in a sincere spirit of service, by marshaling innovation and moral values required to lead the necessary change without limiting themselves to just “managing risks”.

Part 7

Building Economically Cohesive Communities in the Time of the Corona Pandemic

June 6, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

At this time of uncertainty, humanity is experiencing both horror and opportunity. At the center of it all, are pre-existing economic disparities which are being amplified by current deficits in leadership and planning, and newly created economic inequalities that are expanding due to current questionable institutional responses. This session will highlight the ways communities are building cohesion through their response to the crisis with ingenuity, creativity, mutualism and solidarity. We will briefly discuss the economic factors that threaten community cohesion then explore significant current trends that are enabling communities to innovate and transform economic vulnerability into economic cohesion. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Part 8

Climate Change and Materialism—Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization

June 13, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Even before the devastating effects of the coronavirus on human daily life, the emergence of a global civilization has been characterized by the twin processes of integration and disintegration. Interwoven global threats such as ecological degradation, uneconomic growth that overshoots the Earth’s biocapacity, income and wealth inequality, consumerism, and the rapid erosion of agri-food resources contribute to the breakdown of the world’s social and ecological order. This session will explore how to reduce anxieties about the future through discourse by individuals and communities. Technical solutions that mitigate such problems exist but must be administered within a new world order animated by the spirit of unity that reflects the vision of Bahá’u’lláh. This session aims at understanding the current issues and their cultural roots so that individuals and humanity as a whole may gain greater capacity to contribute in effective ways to social discourse and social action leading to transformation on an unprecedented scale.

Part 9

Rethinking Society and Our Role During and After Pandemics

June 20, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

We cannot forget the times we are living in. This is a special moment in the history of humankind whose consequences were impossible to predict. No one could have imagined how coronavirus could change the daily lives of people, force a rethink of business activities nor for how long we will have to cohabit with this pandemic. But this and other unforeseen events surrounding us now, also offer us an important moment for us to redefine our way of living both at the individual and at the collective level.

Part 10

Impact Experience: Creating Justice & Building Bridges in Marginalized Communities

June 27, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

With inequality plaguing communities around the globe, there’s fierce urgency to invest in change from the ground up. How can we build bridges and deep relationships between impact investors, foundations, entrepreneurs, artists and local leaders to co-create solutions with marginalized communities? How can you tap into the expertise of each individual in minority areas to generate innovative solutions that accelerate a community’s transformation and create concrete action plans that get partnership commitments? Impact Investments is a fresh new way to create a more just, racially balanced flow of finance towards projects and companies that are good for the environment and for the people. But how can these elements be embedded in a much wider sense in the financial systems of today and tomorrow? What are the key elements of successful impact investing? What can wealth create and what can it destroy?

Part 11

Successfully Bridging the Intergenerational Gap

July 11, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

What are the views of a 16 year old and of her mother on how we can achieve it together?

How can we progress from a dualistic and often conflicting vision of whose responsibility it is to create a better future, Avah will share her insights into a new way to integrate experience, passion, joy and effectiveness to create new models of exploration, learning and action. Moving from divided and divisive assignment of blames and responsibility to a new model of integrated action and reflection.

Part 12

Managing Global Organizations In a World of Justice

July 18, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Douglas Henck shares and compares his decades of experience in the corporate world with the ideas and principles of his position as CFO at the Bahá’í World Center. When bringing together the Principles of the Faith and Corporate reality, what would he suggest shape the successful global organizations of the future – a future where corporations fulfill their inherent responsibility to contribute to a more just society? What is the kind of leadership that allows such a values-drive organization to prosper? What did he discover to be the obstacles with doing business ethically in different countries around the world? What is the best approach to create a global unified culture of values in a multinational organization?

Part 13

Transforming Companies Into Communities

July 25, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

How can we foster unity in diversity, collective action, social justice and liberating structures? What are the Teachings that can guide our present and future? What is the evolution of companies and human-centered leadership? Sharing the fundamental concepts of Learning organizations, organizations where people continually expand their capacities, new thinking is nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together.

Part 14

How Humanitarian Organizations Navigate New Global Realities in 2020

August 1, 2020 AT 09:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern

Specialized agencies of the United Nations together with international NGOs recognize the need to change what some have labelled paternalistic and outdated approaches to aid and humanitarian assistance. New approaches reflect an evolution in thinking about locally led response, the need for external experts, people as protagonists in the recovery of their communities and recognition of the capacities and resilience inherent in every person to respond in crisis. Working in various emergency response situations, Rhonda brings knowledge of how this aspect of the UN is driving new ways of working.

Contributors

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Gary Reusche, PhD

As a trained Climate Reality Leader in the Climate Reality Project of former Vice-President Al Gore, Gary will present climate change information to participants with the hope of inspiring future local action. The presentation will focus on the local impacts and solutions of the climate crisis, especially as they relate to the youth movement. Gary is a social and economic development worker living in Ukraine. Combining a Ph.D. in agricultural science with an MBA in management, he managed projects in Central America, Africa, South Asia and the ex-Soviet Union. His passion is to work for a sustainable future in a united world. As a social activist, he lives on a small farm and runs a residential vacation school for groups of children, youth, and adults striving to build a culture based on universal moral principles. The following video was included in the Association for Bahá’í Studies 2020 Poster Presentation: Global Governance, Climate Crisis, and Youth. https://vimeo.com/429353350

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Rhonda Gossen

Rhonda Gossen is a consultant for the UNDP Crisis Bureau and a former manager in the Department of Global Affairs Canada. She has worked on humanitarian and crisis response in South Sudan, Nepal, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Southern Africa and on the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. A former Canadian diplomat working in Asia and Africa, Rhonda was posted in the Philippines, Ghana, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Douglas Henck

Douglas Henck is non-executive board member of several organizations and was previously the CEO of AEGON Asia. Before that, he served as Chief Financial Officer at the Baha'i World Centre from 2006 to 2009. Prior to moving to Israel, Doug was President, Sun Life Financial Asia and a member of the corporation’s senior executive team. Earlier in his career he was Senior Vice President of the AIG Life Division of the American International Group after spending 23 years with the U.S.-based Aetna, Inc., the last ten years as the senior executive in Asia working out of the regional headquarters in Hong Kong that he started in 1987. Mr. Henck joined Aetna in 1974 after graduating with a B.S. (Mathematics) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Mr. Henck qualified as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1978.

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Oscar Mendez Rosa

Oscar Mendez Rosa is founder of soul.com. His work has always been guided by two fundamental concepts: the spiritual reality of men and the inherent nobility of human beings. Oscar has been dedicating his energies to building communities and contributing to collective well-being and prosperity. He has worked in over 40 countries in four continents and has interacted with people from different cultures. He has been trained in The Netherlands in communication and design and has more than 20 years of experience in business and large corporations. His passion is to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of transforming companies into communities and how this comes about. At soul.com he is, therefore, carrying out research in different fields of knowledge, including religion, philosophy, business, social studies, and economics. Oscar loves to help people elevate their view on reality so that their inner volition is unlocked to contribute to a more prosperous and just society.

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Mary Darling

Mary Darling loves to collaborate creatively in all things. She is the co-founder of WestWind Pictures, and has written, directed, produced or executive-produced a string of documentaries on topics ranging from art and religion to children and divorce. She also produced hundreds of hours of lifestyle programming including such hits as This Small Space and Designer Guys. Her television comedy, Little Mosque on the Prairie, is a good example of the kind of content she is interested in exploring “content that can stir hearts towards understanding while laughing”. That series has aired in over 100 countries. She has eight beautiful children doing their part to contribute to the advancement of civilization.

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Avah Darling

I am a 16 year old Canadian interested in the state of the world and how society could be thriving in diversity, actively exploring ways to unite towards common goals. I dedicate what I do towards improving ourselves and changing our mindsets so that we can have the tools to create better communities starting from the grassroots. Recently I have been travelling around the world, interviewing people on the topic of a reform of the UN, new forms of global governance and finding out how the world works. I enjoy the arts, specially music, acting, writing, trying to use all these things to interest others in co-creating purposeful projects. I strongly believe that youth has a role to play in dreaming and applying new forms of success and that right now the world has not found a way to connect with the youth, to make them part of the solution. I aim to explore and present at the conference ways to build those bridges and create common paths of understanding and action that include youth.

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Jenna Nicholas

Jenna Nicholas is the co-founder and CEO of Impact Experience which is focused on addressing  structural racism and dismantling prejudice by confronting and engaging with the historical and ongoing realities of inequality and racial bias. Impact Experience applies insights from the disciplines of systems transformation and organizational development, design thinking, somatic psychology, and experiential learning to build bridges between organizations and among people that catalyze collaboration and investment. Impact Experience tackles society's most pressing issues including post-hurricane rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, Houston and Puerto Rico, workforce training programs in former coal economy-driven communities in West Virginia, building capital in people of color and women-run businesses, equitable and inclusive investment processes in Opportunity Zones, and supporting sustainable agriculture practices in rural Georgia. Jenna is also the Head of One Planet VC where she invests in early stage businesses in transformative industries, such as education technology, marketplaces, media and the future of mobility. There is a focus on investing into socially conscious companies, at least 60% of which are run by women and people of color. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA graduate, a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans, recipient of the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellow, Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship and a Summit fellow. Jenna also serves on the Impact Advisory Committee for Apollo Global Management. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing. Jenna also co-chairs the Emerging Leaders Council of LISC, a community development finance institution that has invested over $1.5 billion into community development projects. Jenna is the Vice President of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs, a community of over 1500 entrepreneurs and investors. She is an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.

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Beppe Robiati

Mr. Robiati has spent his lifetime combining his business activities with a parallel educational and spiritual role which aims to bring the concepts of a new world order into business. A combination of publications and lectures delivered in a number of countries around the world has allowed him to deliver his growing experience and expertise to an ever wider circle of business people, civil society, professors & academics, students, and Baha'i meetings. He became Baha'i at the age of 16 years from a Catholic background. He has served the National Spiritual Assembly of Italy since 1973.

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Daniel Truran

Daniel Truran has dedicated the last 20 years to explore and harness the connection between Bahá’í values, the purpose and the actions or people and companies, inspiring and creating communities and movements that are building the future, a better, more prosperous, sustainable and just future. He is currently director general at ebbf - ethical business building the future, B Corp ambassador at B Lab Europe, teaches at various masters in business schools, and offers talks and sessions to spark the transition that people and the world want and need. He was the co-founder of the Impact Hub Madrid. LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/dtruran

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Roya Akhavan

Dr. Roya Akhavan currently serves as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University. Her research in the field of mass communication extends into a range of related areas, including international affairs and peace studies. She has held leadership positions as V.P. for International Marketing at CVSC in China, and as Chair of her academic department in Minnesota. Dr. Akhavan is a frequent speaker on global issues at national and international forums and radio and television programs. Her most recent work is a book entitled "Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach."

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Vahid Masrour, BA

WI Adjunct Lecturer

Having resided in 6 countries (so far!), and being a polyglot, I consider myself a world citizen. Originally trained as a psychologist, I’ve dedicated much of my time to creating and facilitating training activities both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. I am now keenly interested in participating in the inquiry about what educational systems could and should look like in the 21st century. I first got acquainted with Anello & Hernandez’s Transformative Leadership in the 90s, and immediately started implementing it in the workshops and training I facilitated. Having worked closely with Eloy Anello and Joan Hernandez in different projects, I had the opportunity to develop materials that adapted Transformative Leadership to youth groups. I currently am collaborating with Transformative Leadership Education, sharing its approaches to international audiences. As a Bahá’í, I am particularly interested in topics related to Bahá’u’lláh’s New World Order, and the transition of humanity towards it. In the core activities, serving as a tutor has been my favorite activity.See Faculty Bio

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Sara DeHoff, MEd

Author, Freelance Writer

I am a freelance writer and author of the Amazon best-selling book Collaboration Through Consultation: A Powerful Tool for Building Community. For over 20 years, I’ve been writing for audiences in such diverse fields as healthcare, high tech, energy efficiency and the nonprofit sector. Growing up in the only Bahá’í family in a small rural town, I was determined to find out what this “oneness of humankind” was all about. So I went on to live/work/study in China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Czech Republic. I volunteered on Indian reservations, at a residence school in Canada and in the inner city of Chicago. I studied in the radical alternative environment of Evergreen State College and in the hallowed halls of Harvard University. I got involved in community theater in rural Oregon and in an African American neighborhood of Chicago. In all my travels, the thing that has always drawn me forward is the power of human potential. We are capable of so much! What is it that draws forth from us the best in ourselves? How can we create conditions that allow us to shine? How do we learn together—as individuals, teams and communities—to create a better world? This quest led me to create a website dedicated to exploring these questions: OurProsperousWorld.com. I am currently working in various settings to develop tools to help us learn together better, both as individuals and communities.See Faculty Bio

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Nabil Elias, PhD

Dean of Education, ebbf, Ethical Business Building the Future

I am a business faculty emeritus at UNC Charlotte, a former professor at University of Manitoba, a former visiting professor at Laval, Thunderbird, INSEAD, HEC, ESCP, EGADE, a former director of MBA programs at UNC Charlotte and Manitoba, and a former president of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. My Bahá’í beliefs influenced my research work and interests that spanned a number of areas including human capital, intellectual capital, knowledge management, corporate social responsibility, integrative conflict management, sustainability, environmental management systems, business ethics and corporate governance. As a trainer and consultant, I worked with the World Bank, the Government of Canada, a number of medium and large corporations, and professional accounting organizations. I worked on four continents. My career was heavily influenced by my Bahá’í beliefs, but the divergence between the predominant assumptions and popular theories and my understanding of the Baha’i Teachings was unsettling. When I joined the Bahá’í inspired Ethical Business Building the Future (ebbf) about seven years ago I associated with so many like-minded people and the experience is unique, enriching, empowering, and fulfilling. I am a pro-bono dean of education of ebbf, and proud to serve and to learn through the unique association with this amazing organization. My current passion is to learn about and contribute to the evolving conceptual framework in business, management, and organizations, to encourage individuals to become change agents in their own work environment, and to accompany those who are taking large or small steps to apply high moral and spiritual values that transform their organizations to serve society.See Faculty Bio

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Jean Parker, PhD

Affiliate Faculty, College of Business and Economics, Regis University

I am a qualitative researcher utilizing participatory research to build cohesive communities throughout the world. My doctoral dissertation was on emergency preparedness learning through community radio in North Indian villages. I incorporated principles of the Bahá’í Faith into my academic work resulting in the development of a new theoretical approach to community-building called the Intecritical Research-To-Innovation Conceptual Framework combining Bahá’í consultation, Critical Theory and the Integral Worlds Approach. Through my work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Trans4m Center for Integral Development in Geneva, Switzerland, I have been able to integrate the universal Bahá’í principles into a variety of diverse thematic areas. My publications include a book entitled: Emergency Preparedness Through Community Cohesion: An Integral Approach To Resilience (Routledge, 2019), in which I apply principles of the Bahá’í Faith to community-building, decision-making and community-based economic enterprise as necessary components of resilience and sustainability. My research interests include community-based economic sustainability, integral research and development and the application of the Bahá’í process of consultation to participatory research. In addition to my work at Wilmette, I teach in the Global Nonprofit Leadership Program, in the Graduate School of Business and Economics at Regis University in Denver Colorado. See Jean’s interview on BahaiBlog.netListen to “Discovering How” – ebbf podcast on SoundCloudSee Faculty Bio

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Gary Reusche, PhD

Co-Manager, Virtues Project in Ukraine; Rural Development Specialist

Gary is a social and economic development worker living in Ukraine. Combining a PhD in agricultural science with an MBA in management, he managed projects in Central America, Africa, South Asia and the ex-Soviet Union. During the past 20 years, Gary used consultation in his work and teams. While working on the ebbf research team, he authored the brochure “Consultative Decision Making” based on the Bahá’í Writings and his personal experiences both in business, and as a member of Bahá’í consultative bodies in 5 different countries where he lived as a pioneer. His passion is to correlate Bahá’í social principles with current realities in the world and to work for a sustainable future in a united world. As a social activist, he lives on a small farm and runs a residential vacation school for groups of children, youth, and adults striving to build a culture based on universal spiritual principles. ABS (Association for Bahá’í Studies) 2020 Poster Presentation: Global Governance, Climate Crisis, and Youth Selected publications: Consultative Decision Making.  Seeking participation and consensus in making decisions and unity in execution. 2005.  ebbf.org Trust and Trustworthiness, A values-based approach for business. 2011. ebbf.org Responsible Entrepreneurship, An Anthology. Edited by George Starcher and Gary Reusche. 2007. Ebbf Ethics and Entrepreneurship, An Oxymoron? 2005. Editor, Russian edition. ebbf Seed Enterprise Development and Management. FAO/DANIDA. With Chopra, K.R.  1991.  Food and Agricultural Organization/Danish International Development Agency; Trust Fund Publication Reinventing the Village. In: The Spirit of Agriculture, Paul Hanley, editor. 2005. George Ronald Baha'i Studies Series Book 4 Project Monitoring & Evaluation (House Style): A Guide for Project Managers. ARCADIS Euroconsult, 1997,  Arnhem, The Netherlands. The “Miracle” Scenario, Foreign Aid, Delayed Reforms, and Tough Love. 2015. https://voxukraine.org/en/the-miracle-scenario-foreign-aid-delayed-reforms-and-tough-love/ Financing Family Farms, and Creating a Level Playing Field with Large Financial Holdings, https://voxukraine.org/en/financing-family-farms-and-creating-a-level-playing-field-with-large-financial-holdings-en/ Addressing Corruption in Ukraine, with Jean-Pierre Méan, 2016, VoxUkraine.org Improved Seed Systems for Africa, 1985, Winrock International QSEED: Computer Assisted Management for the Seedsman. G. A. Reusche, R. D. Keys and R. L. Angle, Jr.; Journal of Seed Technology Vol. 9, No. 2 (1984), pp. 114-136 An Introduction to Agricultural Insurance and Risk Management, Senior Author and Team Leader, 2014 World Bank Group (other association publications include Actuarial Basics, Data and Information Management, Credit and Insurance, and Risk Transfer and Capital Adequacy). https://www.indexinsuranceforum.org/publication/introduction-agriculture-insurance-and-risk-management-–-manual-1 Restructuring of the Seed Program in Sri Lanka, 1987. Ministry of Agricultural Development and Research (USAID/DARP), Government of Sri Lanka. Seed Sectors in Transition: From Centrally Planned to Free Market. In: “Seed Policy, Legislation, and Law”, Louwaars, N.P. (Editor). Rice Seed Supply in Sri Lanka – A Case Study. Research Report no 34, Instituut Voor Ontwikkelings-Vraagstukken.See Faculty Bio

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Arthur Dahl, PhD

President, International Environment Forum

I have always been a Bahá’í, loved nature since I was taught about it in children’s classes, and set my goal to become a Bahá’í pioneer at the conference launching the Ten-year Crusade in 1953. I was finishing my Ph.D. in marine biology in 1969 when the Santa Barbara oil spill covered my research material and I was doing pollution studies by default. While doing coral reef research at the Smithsonian Institution, I lectured at the first Earth Day in Washington, DC in 1970, and represented the Bahá’í International Community at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972. I was finally able to pioneer to New Caledonia in 1974, becoming the Regional Ecological Adviser to all the Pacific Island Countries at the Pacific Community, where I organized the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. I then joined the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, as Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, before serving in the Secretariat of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to prepare Agenda 21, the global action plan for sustainable development, and then coordinating the UN System-Wide Earthwatch from Geneva, Switzerland, where I am still based. I have been President of the International Environment Forum, a Bahá’í-inspired organization for environment and sustainability, since 1997, and am also on the governing board of another Bahá’í-inspired organization, ebbf – Ethical Business Building the Future. I teach sustainability in several academic programmes, participate in international research projects on values-based indicators and education for sustainability, and have been Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton, UK, and the European Center for Peace and Development in Belgrade, Serbia. I have been a consultant to the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and other international organizations. Among my many many scientific papers and books are: “Unless and Until: A Bahá’í Focus on the Environment”, “The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis,” “In Pursuit of Hope: A Guide for the Seeker” and (with two co-authors) “Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century,” based on proposals that won the New Shape Prize of the Global Challenges Foundation in 2018. My personal web site includes a complete CV and bibliography.See Faculty Bio

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