Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998
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From: Helmut Burkhardt <•••@••.•••>
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Dear members of the Evolution of World Order Discussion List,

The state of the world, economically, socially, politically, and
ecologically and the direction of changes are worrisome to many.  Climate
change threatens our environment and food supply.  Violence erupts in many
places, the stock market is unstable, and national economies collapse.
Rather than being a helpless spectator, you may decide to view the whole
situation critically and explore the options for meaningful actions.

The second Interdisciplinary Conference on the Evolution of World Order is
a good opportunity do just that. The theme for next year's event is:
Global and Local Responsibilities for a Just and Sustainable Civilization.

We invite you to participate and contribute to the conference on June 3 to
6, 1999 in Toronto, and to the internet discussion before and after the
event.  More details are given in the attached conference call.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Helmut Burkhardt
Co-chair of the Conference Committee.
Adjunct Professor of Physics
Ryerson Polytechnic University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 2K3

Tel: 416-979-5000 x 7246
Fax: 416-979-5064
Internet: •••@••.•••

Call For Papers And Participation



June 3 - 6, 1999,  At Ryerson Polytechnic University,
Toronto, Canada

The World seems to be changing at a dizzying pace, and many of
the novelties offer a serious threat to the environment and to the
human well-being.  This conference aims at assessing the
shortcomings in todayís existing world order and at proposing new
social structures and processes which are more meaningful for the
present and desirable for the future.  The challenge of participants
lies in establishing a holistic view of the environment and of
humankind entangled in global, national and local conflicts, and
using this vision, to offer concrete alternative  paths forward.

Are the non-renewable, toxic fuels necessary to sustain our
technology based civilization? Does happiness really depend on
consumerism and on growth of population and of the economy?
Can big and multinational corporations be redirected to serve all people
and the environment?  Can satisfying global living standards only be
achieved by homogenizing the worldís cultures?  How many people
can live a good life on a healthy planet?  Is humankind able to self-
organize in a way such that international law and customs will
render wars and mass destruction obsolete and unthinkable?

All organizations and individuals are invited to present a
comprehensive vision of world affairs including global, national and
local implications.  Governments, civil organizations, corporations,
unions, professions and individuals are invited to share their
perceptions on what ëisí, and on what ëought to beí, and to work
together to produce useful proposals for actions required to
improve justice and sustainability of our civilization.  The
conference offers an opportunity for communication between
various kinds of social organizations, and for communication
among organizations of the same level and among individuals.

We call for contributions to panels, lectures, posters, and exhibits to
be presented at the Toronto conference, and we invite contributions
to a global electronic conference on the same issues and actions.
These will be presented on our internet list, and on our web page
before, during, and after the meeting.

The conference will have ten 1.5 h plenary sessions, and several working
with parallel presentations, and poster sessions.  We hope tho use them to
cover the most urgent problems facing humankind today:

1. Environmental Imperatives for a Sustainable World

2. The Role of Science and Technology

3. The Search for Universal Values as a Foundation of World Order

4. The Role of Religion: Spirituality and Ethics

5. Global Governance or Chaos and World Disorder

6. The UN Today and What It Might Be in Future

7. International Organizations: IMF and World Bank; Transnational
   Corporations; Trade Unions; NGOs; Professional Societies; Secret Societies

8. Domains of Sovereignty for Nations, Provinces, and Municipalities

9. International Political Economy: NAFTA-WTO-MAI-etc. and Alternatives

10. The Earth Charter: Challenge for Individuals, Educators and the Media

Anatol Rapoport (honorary conference chair), - Helmut Burkhardt
(conference co-chair), - Walter Dorn, - Cheshmak Farhoumand, -
Shirley Farlinger, - Eric Fawcett, - Terry Gardner, - Michael
Greenspoon (conference co-chair), - Lynn Holden, - Helen Izumi,
Mickey Masuda, - Julia Morton-Marr, - Ross Wilcock, - David Woolfson.

- Science for Peace (SfP), - The International Society for the
Systems Sciences (ISSS), Canadian Division, - Physicians for
Global Survival (PGS) - The International Network of Engineers
and Scientists for Social Responsibility (INES) - McLuhan Program
in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto, - Soka Gakkai
International (SGI) Canada, Caledon Centre for Culture and
Education, - Voice of Women for Peace , - Ryerson Polytechnic
University, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

- United Nations Association in Canada,- Pugwash Canada, - Jesuit
Centre for Social Justice, - World Federalists of  Canada, - Peace

Conference registration is limited to 120.  Registration fees are
CDN$ 190.  Internet registration is open to all at no fee, but
donations to the World Order Conference are welcome.

Please submit a one page abstract of a proposed presentation,
poster, exhibit or internet presentation.   Mail or facsimile copies
should be accompanied by a computer disk in MS Word,
WordPerfect or ASCII text file.  Email copies in the same format
are acceptable.  Send to H. Burkhardt, Co-chair, World Order
Conference.  All accepted abstracts will be published on the  WOC
discussion list, and the WOC home page.  Those submitted before
March 31, 1999 will be printed in the Conference Book of
Abstracts and available in print at the conference.

H. Burkhardt, Co-chair, World Order Conference, Department of
Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science, Ryerson Polytechnic
University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 2K3
Tel: 416-979-5000, ext. 7246
Fax: 416-979-5064
Email: •••@••.•••
Internet discussion list: •••@••.•••
Web page: http://www.pgs.ca/woc/


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