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8th Mar

2018

Inspired by Riane Eisler ~ Women’s History Month

What better way to meet Dr. Riane Eisler than through the voices of the women, young and old, whose own work and lives have been transformed over the past five decades by her work? The first in a series, written on International Women’s Day 2018, we begin with an introduction to Riane’s contributions to the international community, followed by a moving tribute to Riane by Jensine Larsen, Founder of “World Pulse.”

Riane Eisler, J.D., Ph.D, is a social and systems scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. Her groundbreaking research has impacted many fields, including history, economics, psychology, sociology, education, and healthcare. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children.

Daniel Ellsberg (subject of the film The Post, author of “The Doomsday Machine”) lavished well-deserved praise upon Eisler’s groundbreaking classic when it appeared in 1988.

Dr. Eisler is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee selected for inclusion in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

“Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us and … initiate fundamental changes in the world. With the most passionate eloquence, Riane Eisler proves that the dream of peace is not an impossible utopia.” ~ Isabel Allende

Riane is President of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education on social and economic transformation; co-founder of CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign and, with Nobel Peace laureate Betty Williams, of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV); and Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal housed at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by Eisler’s work.

Dr. Eisler is best known for her international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future.  A new edition commemorates the 30th anniversary of the book’s original release and includes an Epilogue in which the author links her original vision to current movements and events. Available in 26 foreign editions, including most European languages, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Urdu, and Arabic, it is now in its 57th printing.

Her book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” by Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action.

Riane Eisler is — like Dr. Gabor Maté, the late Marshall Rosenberg, and Dr. Viktor Frankl — a survivor of the Holocaust. Like them, the unimaginable trauma of her early years served as catalyst for a lifetime quest to explore the roots of human violence and to imagine new ways of living in peace. Born in Vienna, she fled from the Nazis with her parents to Cuba, and later emigrated to the United States. She obtained degrees in sociology and law from the University of California, taught pioneering classes on women and the law at UCLA, and co-founded one of the first women’s legal centers in California. She is a member of the Club of Rome and the Social Venture Network, a Councilor of the World Future Council, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and World Business Academy, and a commissioner of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality, along with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders.

Five years ago, Dr. Riane Eisler, delivered a remarkable speech at the U.S. Department of State.

Chosen as 2013 Women’s History Month Distinguished Speaker by the Office of Civil Rights and by the group The Executive Women @ State, Dr. Eisler’s speech bore the prescient title, “What’s Good for Women is Good for the World.” Indefatigable in her desire to promote her vision of a more caring and equitable world, Dr. Eisler has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, in Germany at the invitation of Prof. Rita Suessmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen International); Colombia, invited by the Mayor of Bogota; and the Czech Republic, invited by Vaclav Havel (President of the Czech Republic).

The Feminist Press, honoring Riane Eisler as 2017 Honoree and Recipient of a Feminist Power Award, had this to say; “It takes a feminist like Dr. Eisler to make real and lasting change in this world. The Feminist Press is elated to award Riane Eisler a Feminist Power Award for her contributions to the women’s movement, brilliant writing, and commitment to human rights.”

Other books drawing from her multidisciplinary research include her award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow’s Children, as well as Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s general quality of life. Her earlier books, drawing from her legal experience, include Dissolution and The Equal Rights Handbook, widely used in the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Were it not for Riane Eisler, the global network WORLD PULSE never have come into being, according to Founder, Jensine Larsen.

Award-winning digital entrepreneur, international journalist, and speaker, Jensine (Yen-See-Nah) Larsen is the founder of World Pulse, a global digital network connecting tens of thousands of women from 190 countries and bringing them a global voice. Today through World Pulse women leaders are building global movements, launching businesses and changing harmful cultural practices ultimately impacting over 2.9 million lives. Over the last decade Jensine has pioneered World Pulse magazine, digital empowerment training for frontline women change makers, and WorldPulse.com – a state-of-the-art mobile, multi-lingual social network platform that enables women on the ground to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems.

“Riane is one of the most formative visionaries in my life. I was heavily influenced by her books when I set the founding vision for World Pulse, lying in a field in my childhood home, mapping a way forward to unlock women’s voices to transform our global economy and policies.  That summer Riane was one of the first people I bravely reached out to as a young unknown woman to share my vision for World Pulse as a global communication network led by women’s voices and she responded immediately, endorsing it enthusiastically. Today, World Pulse digitally connects women leaders from more than 190 countries who, in turn, are impacting more than 7 million lives through their expanded initiatives. I thank Riane for her guiding voice, grounded and practical – yet revolutionary – theories, and importantly, for her immediate encouragement to a young woman entrepreneur just starting her dream. Thank you, Riane – you have changed my life, and as a result, many million more, and uncountable numbers in future generations. We will boldly carry on and grow the vision that you have seeded.”

Jensine Larsen

Founder, CEO, WorldPulse.com

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