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HowlBloom at aol.com
Sun Nov 13 02:31:37 UTC 2005
I respect your opinion, as you know. I also value our friendship.
I'm enclosing a copy of the draft of Reinventing Capitalism--which is NOT
about free market stuff.
See if you think there are new tools of understanding in it. And let me
know what you think.
Frank, I differ with your view of this. I teach a class for the
university MBA program, and in my humble (ha!) opinion, my MBA students
do need this. What I think Howard is going to offer is a key tool. A
public seminar is one way of sharing that tool with people who might not
otherwise learn about it.
Howard's unique view is capitalism as entertainment, and (down one
level) entertainment as being secular salvation, lifting people from
their ordinary lives. Thus, the successful capitalist increases the
total amount of happiness in the world.
When I saw the movie, New York Doll, I learned that Arthur "Killer" Kane
(bass player for New York Dolls) had a very similar concept about the
purpose of his music; last night ABC had a piece on happiness and a
successful businessman was telling his class that complaints are gold,
they are what you use to improve your customer's lives. It is a
significant reframe away from the P/L statements that dominate and
Premise Checker wrote:
> Stop trying to save the world! Lots and lots of people have been
> beating a drum for capitalism and free trade, and it's richly unclear
> what new ideas you are going to add to the stew. Can you just tell us
> what is different about your approach?
> Instead of trying to save a world that will largely ignore you, you
> should confine your efforts to giving us new tools to think with. We,
> or some of us, will use these tools to save the world.
> Go back to tool making, please, Howard! We need tool makers far, far
> more than we need world saviors!
> America and the Western world are in trouble. Militant Islam says
> that our civilization is obsolete and is about to crumble to dust. The
> Chinese are working to make our obsolescence complete.
> But American and Western Civilization are not reaching our end. We
> are standing at the beginning of a future of passion and artistry, a
> future lifted by technologies beyond our dreams. But we are only
> standing at the start of this path of wonders if we MAKE IT THAT WAY.
> During the last four years, I've stepped aside from science to write a
> book called Reinventing Capitalism: Putting Soul In the Machine: A
> Quick Revision of the Rise and Future of Western Civilization. The
> book is a total reperception of why you wake up every day, of why you
> go to work, of what you and I do to save, uplift, console, empower,
> and delight others, and of what you and I can do to express the you
> that has always wanted to be freed but has never felt the time was
> right. Reinventing Capitalism is a reperception of the civilization
> you and I have inherited, the civilization you and I now must remake.
> While I was giving a presentation on quantum physics at an
> International Conference on Quantum Informatics in Moscow (I kid you
> not), a strange thing happened to Reinventing Capitalism and to the 27
> key principles it espouses-principles that show you and me how to be
> artists in our daily work and why we need to unleash our passions from
> nine to five. The still-unfinished book was made a key component of
> an MBA program at The Graduate Institute in Milford, Connecticut.
> And the founder of the Global Entertainment and Media Summits saw
> Reinventing Capitalism as a tool with which to change the way we see
> our world.and with which we can radically reshape our future. Steve
> Zuckerman, the founder of the Summits, has put together a two-day
> meeting of some of the brightest business and entertainment minds in
> North America to present and discuss the quick-and-easy but
> tap-root-deep ideas about Reinventing Capitalism's Putting Soul In the
> Machine.in the machine of your company and mine, in the machine of
> your office, your industry, your culture, your personal life, and of
> your species---in the machine of the human race.
> No, this is not EST. It's history, science, and the knowledge of the
> invisible heart of business that you helped me acquire in 20 years
> working with Sony, NBC-TV, New Line Cinema, Amnesty International,
> Farm Aid, CBS, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, EMI, ABC, Gulf and
> Western, MCA/Universal, Manesmann, Polygram, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola,
> Disney, academic institutions, and extraordinarily bright individuals
> like you. It's the gut-sense you helped me evolve when we worked
> together to generate $28 billion dollars in revenue for our
> clients-more than the gross domestic product of Luxembourg and Qatar.
> And when we worked together to put Amnesty International and Farm Aid
> on the map.
> You know as well as I do that when we brought in our greatest revenue
> streams and made our greatest cultural contributions, we didn't do it
> out of greed or cold calculation. We did it out of bone-deep belief.
> That knowledge-in-your-bones is the essence of what we'll discuss for
> two days, December 2nd and December 3rd at 69 West Fourteenth Street.
> I very much want you there. The cost is trivial--$129. And I'm
> asking you to pay your own transportation and hotel costs. But I want
> to see you. It's been a long time. And I want your mind to
> contribute to one of the strangest revolutions you will ever be a part
> When someone from Steve Zuckerman's team or mine calls you to give you
> details, please say yes.
> With warmth and gusto-Howard Bloom
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Author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of
History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the
Recent Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New York University;
Core Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute
Founder: International Paleopsychology Project; founding board member: Epic
of Evolution Society; founding board member, The Darwin Project; founder: The
Big Bang Tango Media Lab; member: New York Academy of Sciences, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society,
Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International
Society for Human Ethology; advisory board member: Institute for
Accelerating Change ; executive editor -- New Paradigm book series.
For information on The International Paleopsychology Project, see:
for two chapters from
The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History,
For information on Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big
Bang to the 21st Century, see www.howardbloom.net
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