Global Harmony Association (GHA)
September 16, 2008
17. World Harmony/Peace Festival 2010:
Revolution of advertising and exhibition activity
Dr. Leo Semashko
and 72 GHA participants from 22 countries
From Russia: 36; from other countries: 37
In Russian: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=369
In English: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=342
1. Global social requirement for Festivals of Harmony
The development of an information society conducts to the revolutionary harmonious culture changes in all spheres and branches of human activity. These changes are united in the Global Harmonious Revolution (GHR) of modernity, which submitted is here: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=336. The logical development of this tendency is a revolutionary and harmonious change within advertising and exhibition activity also. If, in an industrial society, this activity were limited, as a rule, by the narrow qualities of technical perfection and comfort, the information society would require and would create the necessary preconditions for expansion of this activity upward to an integral quality of harmony. on the other hand, if, in an industrial society, the advertising and exhibition activity were subordinated to criterion beneath that of profit and were to become neutral in relation to peace and human development, then, in an information society, this activity would be subordinated to a priority of global harmonious peace and harmonious development. The periodic, biennial, World Festivals of Harmony can become activities for harmonious revolution of advertising and exhibition activities.
2. Global Harmony Association: initiator and organizer of the first World Harmony Festival
Proceeding from the GHR modern requirements and development of an information society, the Global Harmony Association (GHA) offers the conceptual project of the first World Harmony/Peace Festival in 2010 or, possibly, in 2011. This Festival would serve as a beginning of the World Harmony Movement similar to the Olympic Movement but would be devoted to revealing and demonstrating the world’s best and most harmonious achievements in all spheres other than sports. The beginning of this movement will be the harmonious revolution of global advertising and exhibition humankind’s activity. In 2008, two harmonious events served as a catalyst for the given project: 1. Unprecedented Beijing Olympiad of a world level and 2. Local scientific "Festival of Harmony" in Lviv (Ukraine, October 6-10, 2008), the idea for which belongs to Prof. Oleg Bodnar. GHA unites the concepts of Olympiads and Festivals in a new idea of the World Festivals of Harmony similar to Olympiads but with an extremely wide spectrum and global significance for the universal priority of Harmony/Peace.
GHA and its World Harmony/Peace Academy, which will prepare the experts of harmonization of advertising and exhibition activity for the Harmony Festivals, have all the necessary initial resources: personnel, international, information and organizational for the first World Harmony/Peace Festival in 2010 (or in 2011). Missing, however, financial support is.
3. World Harmony Movement as a branch and development of Olympic Movement
Global Harmony Association (GHA) can strengthen the tendency of global harmonization and make it, by universal accessible property within framework of the World Harmony Movement, similar to the Olympic Movement with its purposes of sports, peace and harmony. Therefore, the World Harmony Movement is related in spirit to the Olympic Movement and is its branch and development.
The World Harmony Movement is possible to name, by analogy with Olympic, by Harmonic: World Harmonic Movement that does not contradict to linguistic norms of modern languages. As an emblem and motto of Harmonic Movement the GHA offers its own emblem and motto: "Peace Comes from Harmony. Harmony Gives Happiness."
Just as the Olympic Movement hosts the World Olympic Games in even years, so will the World Harmonic Movement host the Harmonic Festivals (or Harmoniads by analogy to Olympiads) in odd years (except for the first year). The Harmoniads would be devoted to the certain global themes. The best harmonic achievements in four spheres of life would be exhibited, compared, competed and advertised on this Harmoniads. The Harmonic Festivals will be by distribution and development of the Olympic Principles outside sports. The Olympic Charter "encourages and supports initiatives blending sport with culture and education" (1.2.15). This corresponds to the Harmonic Movement. Therefore this Movement can be maintained by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in full measure as a branch and development of Olympic Movement. This will allow GHA to leave in the IOC with the offer to finance the Harmonic Movement for the first five to seven years, whereupon this Movement will find financial independence. In two or three months, GHA will prepare the Harmonic Charter project: principles of Harmonic Movement, in which its organic connection with Olympic Movement will be expressed.
4. First World Harmonic Festival: time, theme, structure and place
Now, as a beginning of this movement, the GHA offers to plan the First World Harmonic Festival (the First Harmoniad) for June 21-27, 2010. June 21 is the Global Harmony Day in the Harmonious Era Calendar; if we shall not be able to do this in time, we shall transfer it the same dates in 2011. The theme will be "Harmonization through Education instead of Militarization: Strategy for Survival, Global Peace and Sustainable Development of Information Civilization".
The Festival’s general task will be the comprehension and recognition of the principle "Harmonization through Education instead of Militarization" as an asymmetric and constructive principle for world policy and international relations in accordance with harmonious peace and harmonious conflict resolution. The first Festival will give this principle the wide democratic form for recognition through advertising and exposition of the most harmonious kinds and products of human activity in all spheres of humankind, primarily in education.
The Festival structure will be seven days with ten work hours each day. Five hours will be devoted to discussions in the theoretical Sections and five hours will be for cultural Presentations or Performances: concerts, exhibitions, national shows and carnivals, book fairs, branch festivals, cinema, poetry, music, songs, theatre, video, painting, photos and so on. Sections and Performances will be structured based on four societal spheres of life: humanitarian, information, organizational and technical, with inside each of these spheres on branches.
The humanitarian (social) sphere includes the contests of harmonious people: women, men, children and elderly, and also harmonious families and different collectives/groups of all spheres, primarily from education. Here, we could find a place for the most aesthetic and entertaining types of sporting events: artistic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, figured skating, sports dancing and so on.
The information sphere includes the exhibitions of different kinds of arts, art products, information technologies, books, design and so on.
The organizational sphere includes the exhibitions of the best samples of democratic policy, legislation, management, bank service, safety and so on.
The technical sphere includes the exhibitions of cars, clothes, furniture, household appliances and various home technics and so on.
The corporations – producers of these goods would come together with the IOC through the Festival sponsors. Two equal structural parts (scientific and art) of the Festival will express a unity and harmony of ‘two cultures’, the sciences and the humanities (Charles Percy Snow, 1959).
The Festival Sections and their organizers, according to spheres, will likely include:
1.1. General harmonious education and the World Harmony/Peace Academy: Leo Semashko, Jiang Yimin, Ghassan Abdallah, Genrih Skvortsov, Jean de Dieu Basabose and others.
1.2. Priority of children and harmonization through education: Leo Semashko, Svetlana Vetrova, Nina Meyerhof, Helene F. Klingberg and others.
1.3. Golden Rule of harmony in the world religions: Rudolf Siebert and others.
2.1. Harmonious Peace Culture: Ada Aharoni, Leo Semashko, Vladimir Kavtorin and others.
2.2. Tetrasociology: science about social and individual harmony: Leo Semashko, Tatiana Tselutina, Andrei Smirnov, Martha Ross DeWitt, Reimon Bachika, Bernard Scott and others.
2.3. Global Harmonious Revolution of Modernity: Leo Semashko, Ada Aharoni, Alexey Stakhov, Eduard Soroko, Oleg Bodnar and others.
2.4. Mathematics of harmony: Alexey Stakhov, Peter Sergienko, Vadim Trifanov and others.
2.5. Hymn of harmony: Tholana Chakravarthy, Dimitris P. Kraniotis, Claude Veziau and other poets and musicians.
2.6. Encyclopedia of harmony: Alexander Olshansky, Alexei Shepel and others.
2.7. GHA Projects of harmonization: Calendar, Magna Carta, WHPA, Textbook: Leo Semashko, Martha Ross DeWitt, Ernesto Kahan and others.
2.8. Literature, art and poetry in harmonious education: Ada Aharoni, Ernesto Kahan, Maria Cristina Azcona, Guy Crequie, Ammar Banni, Nina Goncharova, Dimitris P. Kraniotis and all other GHA writers and poets.
2.9. Information harmonizing technologies: Leo Semashko, Ivan Ivanov, Andrei Arsenchuk and others.
2.10. Esperanto as a language of harmonization: Renato Corsetti and others (Esperanto can be submitted and in the Festival Performance also).
2.11. Sociocybernetics of harmony: Bernard Scott and others.
3.1. World Harmonic Movement Charter Project: discussion and approval: GHA Board.
3.2. Constitution of Global Harmony: James T. Ranney and others.
3.3. Children Suffrage Law in harmonization of democracy: Leo Semashko and others.
3.4. Harmonization of disarmament and international security: Charles Mercieca and others.
Technical (economic) sphere:
4.1. Harmonization of economy: Matjaž Mulej, Yuri Dorofeev and others.
Certainly, this is only some of the Sections. Their number will extend. Their fuller list is submitted in the WHPA structure. The GHA members can join these Sections or leave them or offer your new Sections.
Criterion for the best harmonic achievements selected for the Sections and Performances will be based on harmony and its degree. It is possible to recognize three universal nominations for harmony accepted in the Chinese culture as the most ancient culture of harmony: 1. Supreme Harmony, 2. Central Harmony, 3. Preserving Harmony. According to these criterions, nominations for the Harmonic Champions will differ and will be awarded the appropriate Harmonic medals in both parts of the Festival: scientific and humanitarian. In general, the number of harmonic medals of awarded to each country will define the leaders in world harmony.
Place of the Festival realization can be one of the following cities, in which the tendency of harmonization finds the brightest expression: St.-Petersburg, Russia; Beijing, China; Astana, Kazakhstan; Kyoto, Japan; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; New Orleans, USA; and others.
The idea of this Festival, at first sight, seems fantastic and utopian. But all new occurrences, as is known, begin with fantasy and "sociological imagination" (Charles Mills, 1959). We know now how to create the WHPA and use it for resolution of armed conflicts. At present, should we not also understand how the GHA can organize the First World Harmonic Festival 2010? This task is more simple and clear, than WHPA, because the concept is analogous with the Olympiads. In addition, Festival is more attractive and effective than WHPA from the point of view of the finance in the first years. Through the Harmonic Festival, GHA will receive an additional source of financing for WHPA.
5. Organization of the First World Harmonic Festival 2010 as the GHA updated strategic purpose
Organization of the First World Harmonic Festival in 2010 is the GHA updated strategic purpose, which will inspire GHA members and will give us a new force of optimism, energy and enthusiasm. The GHA Committee’s activity, first of all, is that the Board commits itself to this purpose. The Board’s main task and that of each of its members will move us in two directions: 1. Preparation for participation in the Festival, and 2. the search of NGOs, Nobel Peace Laureates and other outstanding scientists, writers, political figures and others for support of this Festival and participation in it. We would like to bring to the Festival as many people and organizations as possible, primarily those engaged in peacemaking, cultural and humanitarian activities. Certainly, this new strategy does not cancel our strategy to search for financing for the creation of the WHPA. on the contrary, the new strategy includes, expands and strengthens that important and primary attraction.
The WHPA General Directorate expands the functions and becomes simultaneously by General Directorate of the first World Festival of Harmony of 2010.
The General Directorate final staff from 15 members as representatives from 15 countries of the world was approved:
- Dr. Leo Semashko, Russia, General Directorate Chair;
- Dr. Martha Ross DeWitt, USA, General Directorate Vice-Chair;
- Prof. Ernesto Kahan, Israel, General Directorate Vice-Chair;
General Directorate members:
- Prof. Ammar Banni, Algeria;
- Prof. Maria Cristina Azcona, Argentina;
- Prof. John W. Forje, Cameroon;
- Prof. Alexei Stakhov, Canada;
- Writer Takis Ioannides, Greece;
- Dr. Bernard Scott, England;
- Dr. Guy Crequie, France;
- Dr. Tholana Chakravarthy, India;
- Dr. Renato Corsetti, Italy;
- Prof. Reimon Bachika, Japan;
- Poet Helene F. Klingberg, Norway;
- Mr Jean de Dieu Basabose, Rwanda;
The first task of General Directorate is preparation of the Harmonic Charter project and an appeal to the International Olympic Committee to recognize this Charter and to finance the first World Festival of Harmony of 2010.
Was approved by the Board and the Honorary Advisory Committee as the Global Harmony Association Project on September 16, 2008Edited by Robert M. Weir, writer, USA