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

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More


Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic

Frank Family Vineyards, Calistoga, California, USA

January 29, 2014



"Lots of people have talked about taking that step into the unknown. Taking that step into the unknown is actually a lot less courageous than taking a step from  the unknown."
 ... 
This essay, Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic, is the seventh in an open group World Transformed:
  1. The Friends Of The Landmark Forum In South Africa
  2. The Transformation Of The World
  3. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i
  4. Werner Erhard Slide Experience
  5. Werner's Work Is Coming Back To Hawai'i Again
  6. Werner's Work Is Coming To Fiji
  7. Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic
  8. The Breakthrough That Unlocks Futures
  9. Werner's Work Is Back In Hawai'i
in that order.

It was written at the same time as I am indebted to Ofelia Fonts and to Jacqueline Gomez and to Mary Symmonds and to Sam Lemay who inspired this conversation, and to Ofelia Fonts and to Sam Lemay and to Carol Ann England who contributed material.



Sailing On An Ocean Of Possibility



Werner's work is coming to the Dominican Republic.

I've been to the Dominican Republic. It was soon after I graduated from the est  Training in the last weekend of August 1978. I was on a freighter on the Mississippi River sailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA across the Caribbean Sea then the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa, stopping at ports along the way.

Photography by Lykes Lines
The Margaret Lykes on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, 1978
The freighter, the Margaret Lykes, carried cargo, some of which was destined for Hispaniola, the island home of the twin countries Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She also needed to load outbound freight there. We moored in the Port‑au‑Prince  docks on the west side of Hispaniola in Haiti at what was a primitive yet adequate dock, unloaded some containers and loaded some new ones.

The ship's captain, "Logbook" Wilson, had received word of ongoing civil unrest (for which Haiti is infamous) in the Port‑au‑Prince downtown area, and so we went about our business quietly, not venturing too far from the docks until it was time to leave.

Sailing around to the east side of Hispaniola to Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, we put into what could hardly even be called a dock and which made the primitive facilities in Port-au-Prince seem state of the art  and modern in comparison.

The huge Margaret Lykes, sailed up a river until the crew spotted some stout trees on the bank. They literally tied the ship to a tree and set up a means to offload cargo using block and tackle  to make a slide between the ship's deck and another tree on the river bank.

It's the stuff of legends that when sailors reach port and they party, they party hard. The night we spent in Santo Domingo was, in character, partied hard. I had befriended two of the crew who worked in the engine room. Being experienced sailors, they knew where the action was in these parts. We took a taxi to a beachside nightclub comprising a half dozen or so grass huts, one of which was a saloon dispensing grog, the sailors' mainstay. There was live music by a local band and tiki  lights, and there were women everywhere. They were beautiful  - in a nubian, muscular, horsey  kind of way.

It was a night to remember. As dawn was breaking, we bade our swift and fond farewells, then took a taxi ride back to the Margaret Lykes which we boarded under the watchful, knowing eye of Captain "Logbook" Wilson, released our moorings from the tree, and set out once again for the open sea, charting a course for Cape Town where I would deliver the first ten guest events in South Africa, enrolling the first one thousand people around the country in the possibility of Werner's work coming to South Africa (today the Landmark Forum and Advanced Course and other Landmark programs are offered there on a regular basis).

At that time, the possibility of Werner's work coming to the Dominican Republic wasn't yet on the radar.

Or it was ... like a possibility.



The Invitation



On Wednesday January 29, 2014 I made the following worldwide announcement to two thousand people plus by e-mail, inviting them to enroll in co‑generating with me the possibility of Werner's work coming to the Dominican Republic. Please notice at the time, the announcement was expressed as a work in progress.



Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More



Werner's Work Is Coming To The Dominican Republic

Frank Family Vineyards, Calistoga, California, USA

January 29, 2014


Work in progress.
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I'm thrilled, delighted, and very, very happy to announce the first introduction ever to Werner's work in the Dominican Republic!

A team of dedicated graduates from the Dominican Republic and elsewhere have long considered the possibility of The Landmark Forum being offered in the Dominican Republic. The presentation of this introduction (in Spanish, translated into English if necessary) in the city of Santo Domingo, creates the possibility of The Landmark Forum in the Dominican Republic becoming real at last.

Our intention for this introduction in the Dominican Republic is to enroll people to participate in The Landmark Forum in other countries until we build up the base of graduates and leaders in the Dominican Republic to offer a sustainable Landmark Forum and Advanced Course there on a regular basis.

Here are the details of this introduction:


Time And Date:

3:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday March 29, 2014

Location:

Club Deportivo Naco Inc
Calle Salvador Sturla Esq Gracita
Alvarez, Ensache Naco
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic


If you'd like to set your clocks and your listening to international time to support this historic event, Dominican Republic local time is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time, and four hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.


Opportunities To Play:

The introduction will be led by Ofelia Fonts who will travel to the Dominican Republic for this purpose. We are building a team to support Ofelia and to produce this event. The following eleven positions are open, and you are invited to play on the team:

Room captain (should be a Landmark Introduction Leader)

Ten members of the registration team (should be Landmark graduates)

For information about playing on the production teams, please contact
General Information:

For more information about this introduction, about inviting guests to participate in this historic event, to attend, or to share, please contact any of the following:
This introduction to The Landmark Forum is coming to the Dominican Republic because of Ofelia and Jacqueline and Mary and Sam among others, four of the many tireless sources standing for it.

Thank You for Your Listening

Thank You for Your Relationship with Werner.

With my Love,



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  Coming soon.   



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Werner Erhard's work is revolutionary. The way people respond to it is best articulated by Sir Arthur C (Charles) Clarke, British inventor, futurist, and author (2001: A Space Odyssey)  in his Law of Revolutionary Ideas  which states that every revolutionary idea (in science, politics, art, or whatever) seems to evoke three stages of reaction:

 1)  "It's completely impossible. Don't waste my time."
 2)  "It's possible but it's not worth doing."
 3)  "I said it was a good idea all along."

Arthur's Law of Revolutionary Ideas may have been derived from a statement attributed to an earlier Arthur, Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher and author (The World as Will and Representation), which is:

"All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident.".

The idea of Werner's work thriving in the Dominican Republic in 2014, just like the idea of Werner's work thriving in South Africa in 1979, may be met at first with skepticism and derision. And when the Landmark Forum and Advanced Course and other Landmark programs are offered there on a regular basis, people will say "I said it was a good idea all along.".



Going To Is Easy, Coming From Is Courageous



It's one thing going to the Dominican Republic. That's easy - even by freighter ie especially  by freighter. It's another thing entirely coming from  transformation, possibility, and enrollment in the Dominican Republic when there's no listening for it - which is to say when there's no listening for it yet. That's courageous. That's the team bringing Werner's work to the Dominican Republic.



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