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Is universal peace possible?

A Jaina RESPONSE to its DEEPER Aspects

– Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi


The Backdrop and Analysis of the Current Tension

On October 2, the world celebrated the International Day of Nonviolence in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of ahimsa who used nonviolence as a powerful weapon to defeat the forces of violence represented by imperialism. Appalled by the rising tide of a culture of violence and hatred, on June 15, 2007 the member states of the United Nations unanimously voted to establish October 2 as the International Day of Nonviolence and commemorate it every year for the dissemination of the message of nonviolence worldwide. Only a few days back we also commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 21 and International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26. The main objective of the celebration of these three days in a year declared by UN as extremely significant is to create a universal awareness of peace, make the world realize that nuclear weapons are a great threat to our existence, and the only means to achieve global peace is nonviolence. But I wonder if the children and youths of the schools and colleges across the world even know about these days, not to speak of their significance for the world. The media does highlight them prominently only when these days appear in a year. However, the lackluster way in which these days are observed and the ritual of celebration is performed shows how serious the Government agencies and people are about the cause of peace.

Integration of Bowen's Family System Theory
I come from a culture where family is considered the core of everyone’s existence. In the religious terms, it is the domestic church. In the social terms, it is the origin of society. In the political sense, it is considered the root of all politics, and in the global aspect, it is referred to as the reflection of the world we live in. My mother (God bless her soul) used to insist that if we want to make a difference in the community, we had to start from home, and indeed, she kept reminding us that charity begins from home.

Gerhard Berchtold, PhD

Universidad Azteca, Chalco-Mexico

February 10, 2012

Dr. Gerhard Berchtold identifies and compares various accreditation agencies. This article discusses the importance of international accreditation, along with quality auditing and certification.

Follow this link to read the article [pdf]

Importing Products or Exporting Jobs
Importing Products or Exporting Jobs

By Mike Curtis, M.A.

Henry George School (NYC, USA)
November 29, 2011

What do you think? Is the U.S. exporting jobs to China? In 2010, Americans bought $292 billion worth of products from China, and the Chinese only bought $55 billion worth of products from the U.S.  That is $237 billion worth of difference from China alone.
Does free trade, restricted trade, or no trade most help the American Worker?

Societal Accountability for Tourism Management

Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidayalaya: A Trend Setter


Dr. Mamta Bhatnagar, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Faculty, Dept. of Indian Culture and Tourism Management, Dev Sanksriti Vishwavidayalaya (DSVV), Haridwar, India

October 25, 2011



The World today is in the middle of an accelerating globalization process, to which tourism industry is closely related. In everyday language, tourism can be described as leisure time used for traveling and seeking desired experiences. Travel is clearly governed by the motive to escape, to pause and get some rest from an increasingly stressful life, and to see something new.

Today, travel and tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, responsible for more than 10 % of the global GDP. This industry is one of the biggest global employers with more than 250 million jobs depending directly or indirectly on tourism. 65% of those jobs are in developing countries.

Do You Feel The Planetary Consciousness Rising



Joao Raposo, Portugal,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10, 2011


1. Summary



In the present period of human history many of us feel deep questions arising about the world around us, about the perception of reality and about the understanding of humanity as we also see transformations taking place outside and inside. These feelings vary in our diversity, but in a general way we are questioning how the human species is transforming reality. Human capacities have been explored to a point where we become worried about its use: On the one hand it is clear that if modern civilization continues with the destruction of life supporting ecosystems the human species may perish; but on the other hand our power and intelligence give us great hope and enthusiasm for the future. We find ourselves in a dilemma: How to use our power and intelligence in a sustainable manner? It feels as if the human species, in its survival instinct, is searching for ways to prevent becoming obsolete and we wonder how to evolve further. The rising of ecological and sustainable awareness seems to come from that organic need of humans to create solutions for its evolution and survival. We need to continuously improve such awareness in ways to achieve positive transformations for our evolution as species.
Universal Humanist Economics

Acharya Antarang Sai (Anand Yogi)

Yog the Love of Life

D-6,1-1, Varuna CHS,Sector-6,

Nerul, Navi Mumbai-400706, India.


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September 26, 2011


Nitya’nandam Paramsukhdam’

Kevalam Anandamurtim’

Vishwa’titam’ Gagana Sadrsham’

Tattvamasya’di Laks’anam’


Ekam’ Nityam’ Vimalmachalam’


Bha’va’tiitam’ Trigun’arahitam’

Sadgurum Tvam’ Nama’myaham


- Guru Gita


I convey my divine salutation to all beings present here in whose self-within is that infinite Universe, the Brahma or the Supreme Consciousness who is

Changing Education Paradigm Through Broadening Consciousness

- Dr. Galina Ermolina, Russia

Many people understand today that we as humanity actually have come to a crucial point in our development. Imagine for a moment, please: a spaceship with a crew from some highly developed planet arrives on Earth. They are aware of many secrets of Nature and use some kind of energy unknown to the inhabitants of Earth; the most amazing thing about them is however not their technology of the highest level, but the high moral standards according to which they live. In order to get information about the people of the planet Earth, firstly they decided to scan Earth’s mass-media; TV-programs, radio, etc. What kind of picture of the human race would they get?! A race of liars, criminals, people without spiritual values. That is exactly what mass-media show and impose on us today. They fill the atmosphere with hatred and violence, but I am sure we are not as bad as they depict us. All over the planet there are many sparks of light-bearers, and the participants of this respected conference belong to those who try to make a difference.

Revive an Old World

John M. Toothman, PhD
Professor of Psychology,  IOU Foundation

January 12, 2018



A sense of urgency is building about the malaise that hangs over society like a dark cloud of air pollution. A dismal struggle awaits any citizen of the world whose culture and social environment becomes increasingly dangerous, decaying, and hopeless. Cultural pollution is no less threatening than air pollution. Both deny healthy survival and ultimately threaten one’s very existence.
Natural Scholarship Shifts of Academics

By Cynthia Jackson, PhD,  IOU Foundation

Key Note Presentation, Florida Memorial University Faculty Senate Conference

May 1, 2011


I was asked to talk about the “tension” between and among teaching, research, and scholarship. I am passionate about today’s topic. I consider it one concern in higher education that needs to be visited on a regular basis, given the rapid changing environment of producing and disseminating knowledge. I am going to share my thoughts and experiences, and will disclose parts of my journey in coming to where I am on what I consider to be a perceived tension between and among teaching, research and scholarship. What some see as tension, I see as natural shifts in scholarship.
The Urban Dilemma

By Mike Curtis, M. A., Henry George School of Social Science

April 27, 2011

Welcome to the urban dilemma: why our cities can't sustain themselves--and how they could.

Why shifting the source of revenue from confiscatory taxes to a charge that is based on the value of benefits received becomes an incentive to create the maximum number of jobs and dwellings that are economically desirable within every community.


Why shifting taxes from income and wages, sales, and the value of buildings to the rental value of land creates the incentives to rebuild our cities and promote an orderly development of the suburbs and rural areas--one that will make the most efficient use of our roads, sewers, and everything else that governments provide.
A Third Culture: The Empirical Study of Literature, Culture, and the Arts

Frank Hakemulder, PhD State University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

April 11, 2011



Charles Percy Snow (1905-1980), an influential novelist and former scientist at Cambridge University highlighted the contrast between the Sciences and the Humanities in his The Two Cultures (1959), not in a normative way as the German philosopher Dilthey had done before him, but in a descriptive way. He showed how the working cultures of these two groups of disciplines gradually grew apart over the past hundred years. (“Culture” is here to be understood as the ways, habits, customs, etc. of people acting.) At first sight, his description seems to underpin the view propounded by Dilthey and his followers in the Humanities. Snow seems to agree with them that there are two fundamentally different ways of looking at the world. A Diltheyan view implies that the methods of “understanding” and “explaining” are incompatible with each other, and that one has to choose between the two and also that adherents of either view cannot meaningfully communicate with each other. Snow maintained that one does not have to choose: the two methods can be combined and communication between them is a real possibility. In a kind of postscript to the second edition of his book he added that there may be a way out of this double-tracked view, in that an alternative way may exist. This is what he calls a “Third Culture”:

By: John M. Toothman, PhD, Board of Governors, Professor of Psychology

June, 15, 2017


Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) is dedicated to the theory that social change can transpire by informed and courageous leaders who have been exposed to an intelligent and creative assessment of social programs. The all-volunteer Board of Governors, President, faculty, and staff believe that learners (future leaders) can be emboldened to become empathetic, courageous, and powerful change agents. The objective of the Foundation is to develop in these learners the proficiencies and expertise that will enable them to analyze structures, evaluate organizational pressures, and define political strategies in the world today.
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