You Can Change the World

by Ervin Laszlo (Author)Mikhail Gorbachev (Introduction), Paulo Coelho (Afterword), Masami Saionji (Contributor)

You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen’s Handbook for Living on Planet Earth should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Written by renowned scientist, futurist and Club of Budapest founder Ervin Laszlo, You Can Change the World answers two pertinent questions-first, what is at the root of all the conflict and crisis in today’s world? And second, what can actually be done to move toward a world where we can live in peace, without marginalizing and killing each other and destroying the environment?

A handbook that urges readers to become global citizens who aspire to live responsibly on this precious but highly exploited and crisis-prone planet, You Can Change the World provides a simple and basic message: in today’s world it is neither wealth nor power, nor the control of territory and technology that make the crucial difference. How we think and act shapes our present and decides our future.

Table of Contents

  • by Mikhail Gorbachev
  • The World in Our Hands
  • Breakdown or Breakthrough: A Choice of Futures
  • Think Responsibly
  • Act Responsibly
  • A Star to Follow
  • You Can Change Yourself
    by Masami Saionji
  • The Tale of the Ancient Alchemists
    by Paulo Coelho
  • The Manifesto of Planetary ConsciousnessThe Club of Budapest
  • Statements on Violence and WarThe Club of Budapest
  • Declaration for All Life on EarthThe Goi Peace Foundation
  • A Short Introduction to the Scientific Worldview of the 21st CenturyErvin Laszlo
  • Compiled by David Woolfson

About the Authors and Contributors

Ervin Laszlo is a philosopher and systems scientist. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has published more than 75 books and over 400 articles and research papers. The subject of the one-hour PBS special Life of a Modern-Day Genius, Laszlo is the founder and president of the international think tank the Club of Budapest and of the prestigious Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research. The winner of the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, he lives in Tuscany. In 2019, Ervin Laszlo was cited as one of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the World” according to Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine.

Mikhail Gorbachev is a former Soviet statesman. He was the final leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, and as the country’s head of state from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991.Gorbachev’s policies of openness and restructuring as well as summit conferences with President Ronald Reagan contributed to the end of the Cold War. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 67 languages. The author has sold 150 million copies worldwide.

Masami Saionji, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a descendant of the Royal Rykyu Family of Okinawa. She was educated at the prestigious Gakushuin School in Tokyo and went abroad to the United States to study English language at Michigan State and Stanford Universities. In her teens, Masami Saionji met Masahisa Goi, founder of the international movement of world peace through prayer. She became a devout student of Founder Goi’s philosophies and was soon adopted by him as his daughter and successor.


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