Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

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Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Out To Lunch With The Financial Times

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

April 30, 2012

This essay, Out To Lunch With The Financial Times, is a review of an interview Werner granted to the Financial Times which was published under the title Lunch with the FT: Werner Erhard on April 28, 2012. This review first appeared in the Financial Times on April 30, 2012.

It is also the fifth in a group of seven Reviews:

Who wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall in Babbo in Mayfair when this epic conversation was taking place?

The first time I read this, I was surprised then distracted by Lucy Kellaway's puerile, snarky smearing of a subject with enormous ramifications for business - the genre of the Financial Times.

As soon as I realized how puerile and snarky I was being to see Lucy like that, I got off it about her, and only then was I able to re-read her interview and hear what Werner is speaking about, without my own gratuitous opinions of Lucy getting in my way.

I've listened Werner speaking countless times over the last thirty four years (no, I'm not a "convert" - just a friend), and this time what I heard was as new, as cutting edge, and as challenging as anything I've ever heard him speak. As I read this, I realized it could have been me sitting at the table with him, interviewing him, and always being openly challenged by his unusually unique insight.

There's one thing about the world today which no one who's in touch can fail to realize: our financial systems are due for a major overhaul. All of them are on the brink of collapse due to their almost complete lack of integrity. So when Werner and Michael speak of putting integrity into finance, there's not one human being on the planet who wouldn't be touched by it - directly or indirectly. I recommend you at least listen to what they're saying.

Laurence Platt
Napa Valley

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