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 Passages: Willis Harman, leader and visionary, died on January 30, 1997

I knew Willis Harman first as a teacher during my graduate years at Stanford University and then as friend, mentor, and intellectual role model. When we first met, Willis was in the early stage of a major life transition. Having achieved a tenured professorship in Stanford's prestigious electrical engineering department, he was one of a number of Stanford scientists who had come to recognize that the beliefs and methods of normal science are self-limiting, and he embarked on a search for other ways of knowing.

Here was one of Stanford's most distinguished scientists who dared not only to cast aside disciplinary boundaries, but as well to challenge he most basic of scientific principles and methods in the pursuit of new pathways to understanding reality. It was an extraordinary experience for me as a young student to encounter such a well-honed, yet unencumbered intellect. It opened my own thinking to possibilities previously unimagined.

Willis left Stanford to become a senior social scientist at SRI International and then to serve as president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences for nearly 20 years.

His work centered on an idea both simple and profound. Through our beliefs we actively participate in the creation of reality. An epic shift in human consciousness now underway will bring sweeping changes in human societies. This idea shaped the work of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, inspired the creation of the World Business Academy, and is at the foundation of the work of the Positive Futures Network.

My last conversation with Willis was by phone last November while treatment for brain cancer was underway. He told me he was confident we would see a major manifestation of the consciousness shift within two years.

He died in his home on January 30, 1997 attended by his family and a hospice nurse. His ideas and work live on through the thousands of lives that were changed by his personal presence and his intellectual courage.

by David Korten

Remembering Joe

Joe Dominguez, coauthor of our Money or Your Life, also died in January this year. The following eulogy was read at his memorial by author and visionary Duane Elgin.

Life is filled with its unique individuals, but Joe was the real thing -- an authentic original.

Joe did not care if you made a bunch of money. He wanted to know if you had enough money to share your life freely with others.

Joe did not care "who you knew." He cared if you knew yourself and if you could be true to your soul's integrity.

Joe did not care how many college degrees you had. He cared whether you were willing to show up each day in the school of life and learn your soul's lessons.

Joe did not care about your guru or astrological sign. He wanted to know if you were in touch with your soul's fire and whether you were willing to take a stand for what you love and believe.

Joe did not care how old you were. He cared if you were old enough to be wise about life and to meet its challenges with humor, inventiveness, and truth.

Gandhi once said: "My life is my message." Joe's life was his message as well -- and it has touched the world.

s the saying goes, change is the only constant. One change here is a shift in my role at Yes!With the formal launch now completed, I will be leaving my position as publisher, while continuing as a member of the Positive Futures Network board. With this move, I can focus on developing innovative ways to bring in funding and increase circulation without being responsible for the day-to-day financial and marketing operations. I will also be pursuing an exciting opportunity to put sustainability on the local political agenda by running for the Seattle City Council. Wish me luck!

One of the reasons I feel comfortable doing this is the success of our winter fundraising drive. We exceeded our goal, with contributions from individuals, board members, corporations, and foundations together providing us with the resources to move forward with our plans.

Looking ahead, one of the most exciting areas we're developing is underwriting. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to underwrite a regular section of the journal or the theme of a particular issue. In our next issue, we'll announce our first underwriting agreement, which is now being finalized. If you or someone you know would be interested in discussing this opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of Yes!please contact Sarah Van Gelder, myself or any board member at the address above.

Meanwhile, we are working on matching a two-year, $60,000 challenge grant that will support a new editorial position on the staff. Please consider helping us meet that challenge by making a tax-deductible contribution.

In addition to a positive response to our fundraising efforts, the responses to our requests for volunteer assistance have also been wonderful. We now have a web team of three volunteers in Florida, Texas, and Seattle and 27 volunteer area representatives in cities from San Francisco to New York, and from Minneapolis to Amarillo, Texas. Each distributes copies of Yes!and fliers to friends and at conferences.

By Richard Conlin

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