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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 1 edition (June 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773280
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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“This book will help us to evaluate the current situation of our planet and to find the path we must take.” (Mikhail Gorbachev, from the foreword)

“Something is going to happen in 2012, but what that will be is up to us. That is why WorldShift 2012 is so significant as a handbook for this great change--it is the kind of positive cocreative script the world needs in order to conclude and regenerate the cycle on a successful evolutionary note.” (José Argüelles, author of The Mayan Factor)

WorldShift is about an outer world built on inner realization. The higher consciousness that has been evolving through human beings for centuries is seeding a garden of hope and promise. Ervin Laszlo maps this new world and its promise--no one I know is more acutely attuned to it.” (Deepak Chopra, from the foreword)

"Think-tank founder and prolific author, Laszlo simply uses the notion of the 2012 breakdown/breakthrough as a vehicle for the tranformation of the world. . . . will appeal . . . to earth-conscious readers . . ." (Library Journal, Oct 2009)

"[Laszlo] gives us a practical and achievable way to make our world greener and our planet safer by shifting our consciousness towards this view." (Evolve!: Evolutionary Products, People, and Ideas, Vol. 8, No. 4, Nov 2009)

". . . a challenge for readers to update their ethics and evolve their consciousness in order to achieve 'syntony'--being tuned in to the surrounding world." (Susan LosCalzo, New Age Retailer, Dec 2009)

"Forewords by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as quotes from other visionaires such as Ekhart Tolle, Paul Hawken, and Albert Einstein, augment WorldShift 2012's message that we can no longer continue with 'business as usual.'" (Susan LosCalzo, New Age Retailer, Feb 2010)

About the Author

Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest, the World Wisdom Council, and the General Evolution Research Group. He is the author of 85 books, translated into 22 languages, and he lives in Tuscany.

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HASH(0x9e0954ec) out of 5 stars Planetary Breakdown or Sustainable Breakthrough? Nov. 15 2009
By Julie Clayton - Published on
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Author Ervin Laszlo has certainly made great contributions to the fields of systems philosophy, conscious evolution, and socio-political evolution. With 69 books to his name, 400 articles, and a long list of appointments, honors, and luminary associates, his credibility seems beyond question. In 1993 he formed a who's-who think tank called Club of Budapest to "center attention on the evolution of human values and consciousness as the crucial factors in changing the direction of humanism, ethics, and global sustainability."

In Worldshift 2012 Laszlo makes the case once again that it is only by changing our consciousness will we turn planetary breakdown into sustainable breakthrough, and the author this time points our focus for this shift toward business and politics. I'm completely on board with his evolutionary vision, but disappointed in this slim volume (less than 100 pages) subtitled, "Making Green Business, New Politics and Higher Consciousness Work Together." Part One summarizes of the state of the world, ecologically, politically and socially, Part two addresses objectives, and Part Three is a telling of the "new consciousness myth." In other words, Laszlo uses a familiar change model format: where are we now, what do we want, how do we reframe our experience (get there from here), and how it will be when we have the change we desire (imagining what we want as if it has already occurred).

In this sense then, this is subconsciously a useful book. But the content doesn't deliver anything particularly new or captivating. Certainly, Worldshift reminds us of the mounting statistics about ecological and social breakdown, which is always a wake-up call, and the thought experiment "reporting" by two young people from the year 2032 commenting on the new planetary ethics and consciousness is somewhat intriguing--and a story that needs to be told. Still, most of the "solutions" or actions offered in Worldshift are little more than well-worn gestures painted with broad brushstrokes, and sprinkled with quotes from notables.

To be honest, the forewords by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev are more compelling for this reviewer than what follows. Perhaps being in the business of reading multitudes of new consciousness books I have become saturated with new consciousness ideas; perhaps the concepts presented here have been written about so much more comprehensively and compellingly (by Laszlo himself, among many others) that I have high expectations: perhaps this isn't one of Laszlo's better efforts.
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HASH(0x9e09d4f8) out of 5 stars A list of to-do. May 14 2010
By W. Paul Blakey - Published on
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Thought the ideas are lofty, the packaging is poor. The book reads like a shopping list.
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HASH(0x9e608e88) out of 5 stars The Future as it Must Be May 1 2010
By Therese A. Tappouni - Published on
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Nothing is more important right now than seeing the projected view of our planet's future and what we can possibly do to influence that trajectory. If you can get through the facts, which are depressing and seemingly not reversable, you will be lifted on the possibilities of change through action. "The darkness around us is deep" is the message, but we all know the light can dispel darkness. In this case, the light is education--an education we all must attend to if we are to save this planet for our children's children.
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HASH(0x9e4ddb1c) out of 5 stars Non bias point of views Oct. 30 2010
By JohnyA - Published on
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For anyone who cares about the world we are all live in, this book is a wake up call. Our thinking, doing and living have been limited to the surrounding we're in. The more of us could be mindful, could think for and care for others, the better environment we could live in. Together we could shift the world's mindset to a better direction for our next generations.....