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Conscious Globalism

The financial and technological innovations that bring us together in a ‘global community’ must be accompanied by a change in consciousness—an embrace of our human obligations. Indeed, pushing for positive change is a duty we all share.

Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, Former President of Costa Rica

Conscious Globalism explores today’s tension-laden conflicts—economic, political and social—and offers pragmatic solutions. Using the globalization drama to look behind the headlines, Schwerin expands on the time-tested principles in his first book, Conscious Capitalism (Butterworth-Heinemann 1998).
Many books have been written about the challenges faced when cultures collide and the pace of life quickens, but most suggest only superficial solutions—dealing with effects rather than causes. Schwerin probes deeply and finds that an erroneous view of reality—with its corresponding misconceptions and distortions—is the source of most problems.
Conscious Globalism links values-driven idealism with results-driven pragmatism.
Conscious Globalism draws on the author’s 30 years of business experience, a life-long study of ageless wisdom and extensive world travel to provide practical tools and models for resolving global conflicts and enriching lives.

Praise for Conscious Globalism:

What’s wrong with the world and how to fix it

Conscious Globalism is thought provoking, topical and compelling. Dr. Schwerin addresses, with eloquent prose and wry wit, the challenges and rewards of global enterprise. Recognizing the wide spectrum of interests involved, he uses a cogent selection of real-world examples to make a case that it is possible to combine “values-driven idealism with results-driven pragmatism” to the lasting benefit of all the inhabitants of our global village.

Geoffrey C. Thomas, retired Director, General Motors Acceptance Corporation; Chairman, GMAC Mortgage Corporation

David Schwerin is doing great work in reminding the business community of its enormous responsibilities. Economic globalization has given corporations great freedom; hence, much depends on how they use it. Those who read Conscious Globalism will have their tendencies to conscientiousness and inclusive concern strongly reinforced. Thanks for doing this.

John B. Cobb Jr., Co-author, For the Common Good

[Conscious Globalism] is comprehensible, articulate, deceptive in its simplicity . . . Because the work draws heavily on the author's experience as a financial analyst and international business consultant, no political science work compares. . . From the earliest pages, this reviewer wanted to put this book aside, but he could not.

Kenneth L. Wise, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Creighton University | book review in Perspectives on Political Science March 22, 2006

Conscious Globalism is an engaging and informative read that invites readers to think deeply and seriously about the topics Schwerin zeros in on. Although the topic itself may be enormous, the author has done an amazing job of putting many issues into perspective.

There is a great deal of meat in this insightful and thought provoking book and, as the author points out, we do not live in a vacuum; everyone's fate is inextricably tied to the well-being of all humanity.

Norm Goldman,

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Like a medical doctor, Schwerin tries to heal various diseases occuring in this globalistic age. He is an entrepreneur with a philosopher's insight.

Lizhi Wang, Professor, Beijing (China) Foreign Studies University

Here is a book that tackles topics that might be deemed incompatible: human behavior, economics, environmental concerns and globalization. Schwerin brilliantly combines these disparate elements into an engrossing, deeply researched volume that convincingly portrays the need for an approach that provides individual fulfillment while protecting the environment, the human spirit, and international relations.

A Better World,

I appreciate Schwerin's constructive solution to global crisis.

Ruijie Shi, Dean, College of Law and Politics, Tianjin (China)University of Commerce

Self- Assessment Questionnaire ©

Please respond to each statement by using the following scale:

1 - Strongly disagree
2 - Mildly disagree
3 - Neutral; no opinion
4 - Mildly agree
5 - Strongly agree

I get upset if circumstances and events aren’t exactly the way I think they should be.
I am concerned about making a mistake in front of others.
I never worry about the future or regret the past.
Sometimes it is okay to cut corners or exaggerate the truth if it helps me get what I want.
I often feel like I am the victim of an unfair world.
I trust that whatever happens in my life will be for the best.
I am envious when others have something that I want but don’t have.
I often judge how others behave.
I am not interested in trying to control people or events.
I prefer the status quo to new conditions or circumstances.
I am concerned about what others think of me.
I trust my intuition completely when making important decisions.
My friends sometimes think I am selfish but I am only doing what any rational person would do—act in his/her own self- interest.
I am secretive and fear that others will see my unattractive traits.
I spend more time considering long-term consequences than short-term results.
Until the social needs of my community and country are fully met, making charitable contributions to causes in other countries is a very low priority.
When trying to get others to do something I will often tell them what they want to hear.
I seriously consider how everyone may be affected before making decisions.
In the long run we are all dead so live it up and don’t worry about tomorrow.
My well-being is often dependent on the action of others.
Once my basic needs are satisfied, all I really want is the pleasure that comes from loving relationships and fulfilling experiences.

Tabulating the questionnaire:

Add up the score (1-5) for each set of letters and place on the line to the right

A, D, G, J, M, P, and S
B, E, H, K, N, Q, and T
C, F, I, L, O, R, and U

A. ______
B. ______
C. ______

All of us have a part of ourselves that is {A} primarily interested in our narrow self-interest, {B} concerned about how we are perceived by others and/or blame others for unfavorable circumstances, and {C} connected to the whole and focused on the common good.

Are you surprised at the relative strength of these three parts as indicated by the score attributed to A, B and C?
Yes______________ No______________
As a result of taking this questionnaire, do you think you may be more aware of the influence the three parts play in your everyday decision-making?
Much more aware _____
Moderately more aware_____
No more aware______


Conscious Globalism:
What’s wrong with the world and how to fix it.

Table of Contents


Part One — The Scene

1 The What, Why, Who and Where of Globalization

2 MotiveAction

Part Two — The Challenges

3 EntrepreneurCelebs

4 EcoIdealists

5 PoliticalShortimers

6 Two Countries — Two Cultures

7 NationDividers

Part Three — The Flaws and Consequences

8 TerrorIsms

9 Self-interestStretching

Part Four — The Possibilities

10 ValuesOrdering

11 CompanyBuilding

12 CommunityCreating


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