work is thriving in South Africa today. That fact represents the
fulfillment of a promise I made to Werner at 2:00am one morning in 1979
in the kitchen of his San Francisco home, the
following which I went to
and over the course of a year led the first series of ten guest
seminars around the country in the major cities, causing the first one
thousand enrollments in
back in those days. This was long before WE & A
(Werner Erhard and Associates), long before
Landmark Education, long before Landmark Worldwide, long before The
Erhard‑Jensen Ontological / Phenomenological Initiative. In a
perhaps unorthodox strategy (compared to today's carefully crafted,
certified, and proven methods), my colleagues and I contacted the major
evening newspaper, the Cape Argus, to make my intention known. Steve
Shapiro, a reporter,
us. The result was a full page article in the widely read Saturday
weekend edition magazine, titled "somewhere between east and west".
The title's font was all lower case with the letters "e", "s", and "t"
in both the words "east" and "west" cleverly highlighted in red. It was
the astonishingly generous coverage that Steve and others in the media
afforded us which virtually guaranteed the acceptance of
in South Africa and its subsequent transformation.
As a reminder, those were the apartheid years. Given the
repressiveness of the regime, people listened the conversation for
transformation intently and acutely, arguably more acutely than
anywhere else on the planet at the time. What transpired next is
history. And that's not what I want to focus on. What I want to focus
on is how Steve listened
as a discipline, and where he located it ie somewhere between
east and west.
as a discipline, is an altogether and totally valid
view of it. Ultimately, the notion of
as a discipline, isn't required. What
provided was access to the context for all disciplines.