How can we not despair of the seemingly unending rounds of hostility and warfare among all the various factions and interests in that big chunk of the world stretching from the west in North Africa toward the Indian subcontinent, from the steppes of central Asia south to the Indian Ocean?
How far back in history must we go in an effort to find the “roots” of these often ancient conflicts, now complicated by more recent stressors like oil wealth, nuclear programs, radical Islamism presently in the form of ISIS and changing relationships with outside forces, including The U.S., Western Europe, Russia and China?
Fortunately there is a degree of simplicity beyond all the complexity and Elza Maalouf has detailed that path in her recent critically acclaimed book Emerge!: The Rise of Functional Democracy and the Future of the Middle East. As a student of Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics, and a native of Lebanon, she brings the real root problems of the area into focus using the SD tools to strip away the rhetoric and “blinders” of all parties toward a clear and, though difficult, a “doable” route of Functional Democracy which fits governance to the unique needs and aspirations of people just “where they are” geographically and developmentally.
Elza brings light where there has only been heat.
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Elza Maalouf is an author, theorist and consultant. She is credited with introducing Spiral Dynamics Integral, and the entire Integral framework to the Middle East. A long term member of the Evolutionary Leaders, she serves alongside global thinkers like Deepak Chopra, Jean Houston and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Her writings appear in the Huffington Post, ILR, and Kosmos Journal. Her recent book, Emerge!, which serves as a map for the future of the Middle East has garnered great reviews from Politico, Forward Reviews magazine, and the sustainable development site IPCC. It’s a 2015 finalist for the book of the year award by INDIEFAB and the Eric Hoffer Organization, both recognize independent authors for excellence in publishing. Her work with cultures and organizations has garnered the admiration of business and political leaders alike. She’s currently working on the Arab Memome Project (AMP), which maps the memetics of the Middle East that will eventually lead to the peaceful emergence of the region.
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is an American Midwesterner, frequent visitor to and now resident in Italy. Degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education preceded a Masters degree in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin. Years of teaching at secondary and university levels were followed by ever more “human interest” years as a certified drug and alcohol counselor, then to more mellow years in retail, culminating in more years as a “full time” retired Floridian before coming out into life again in Italy with years of philosophical, psychological and spiritual study supporting his passion to bring all that “head” knowledge to a practical emotional, physical and behavioral level where true transformation lies - after all those decades of half-life so many of us experience.
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A native German and living in Italy for the past 30 years. I have an MA in communication science, was a professional singer, voice teacher, voice therapist before I was licensed in Gestalt Counseling and Transformative Coaching (Approach: ‘Feminine Power’ and related). I am also licensed as transformative leader. I am holding seminars and courses, live and online. My passion is 1:1 coaching for whatever difficulties people encounter in life, especially regarding relationships, but not only. If you are inspired to do so, please ask for a free discovery session by connecting with me on G+ or via our website: http://ThePowerOfRelationship.Com
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A Route to Peace in the Middle East with Elza Maalouf
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