This work is the result of the Forum 2000 conferences initiated by Vaclav Havel and Elie Wiesel. The book is based mainly on the first five conferences which were held in Prague from 1997. The first essay written by Vaclav Havel deals with spiritual preconditions of the global survival of humankind, and the second one is the quintessence of Havel's views on the world which we have inherited as well as his views on our hopes for the future. The book closes with Havel's personal reflection on the deeper meaning and aim of the Forum 2000 meetings. Subsequent chapters analyze and interpret the ideas that were expressed by the speakers and interlocutors of the first five conferences in which they tried to identify and understand the primary issues facing mankind globally. Reflections deal with the main dimensions of globalization and with their synchronicities as well as asynchronicities based on the quintessences of the annual conference reports.
Ji i Musil is Professor of Sociology at Charles University, Prague. Toma' Vrba is editor, translator, journalist. Before 1989 publisher of independent underground literature (poetry, history, philosophy), currently head of Czech News Agency Council and professor at the New York University in Prague. Vaclav Havel is a writer and playwright, President of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic between 1989-2003.
How the Idea of Forum 2000 Emerged Part 1 Spiritual Preconditions of Our Common Global Survival Vaclav Havel; The World We Have Inherited, Our World Today, and Hopes for the Future Vaclav Havel; Part 2 Problems and Visions of Today World Importance of the Context Ji i Musil; Globalization, Society and Culture Ji i Musil; Two Examples of Socio-Cultural Disintegration Caused by Globalization Takeaki Hori; The Transformations of Religion in the Process of Globalization Toma' Halik; Political Globalization Ji i Pehe; An Economic View of the World Jana Markova Global Environmental Problems Vaclav Mez icky Both the Rationality of Precise Analysis and the Naivety of Ideals Are Needed Vladimir Karfik; Why Forum 2000? Vaclav Havel; Appendix Prague Declaration, Photos