Values in Knowledge Foundation Renewing values in knowledge, information, and media
The Values in Knowledge Foundation addresses problems related to media and the transmission of knowledge and information, and supports projects that seek to realize positive human values in global affairs. Revolutionary advances in communications technology allow knowledge and information to flow at unprecedented levels of volume, speed, and access, while exerting implicit influences over society and individuals. War and peace, economic stability or disparity, gender relations, and environmental abuse or preservation, in short our future together, turn on which values are transmitted in information we consume. Information often is organized and disseminated carelessly or maliciously, and consumed unthinkingly, or by innocents lacking sufficiently developed capacity for discernment. VKF supports numerous projects including New World Encyclopedia, and projects that advance positive human values of individual development, social harmony, environmental sensitivity, and economic responsibility.
About VKF believes that the aggregation, organization, and dissemination of knowledge and information should serve our common good. The failed and destructive notion that facts can be separated from values greatly harms our world today. Knowledge, information, and media always carry values, and influences consumers. VKF holds that these should be transparent, plain, and known to the consumer. VKF supports efforts by people to improve and realize themselves through more complete and useful knowledge, to build harmonious and prosperous communities and societies, and to live in a healthy relationship with the natural environment. …………………………………………………………….. The Values in Knowledge Foundation is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in the State of New York, supported by the New York State Board of Education. …………………………………………………………….. The Values in Knowledge Foundation is managed by a 5 member board of directors comprising:
Frank Kaufmann Gordon Anderson Frederick Swarts Jennifer Tanabe Svemir Brkic
FRANK KAUFMANN Dr. Frank Kaufmann earned his doctorate in religious history and New Testament from Vanderbilt Universityâ€™s Graduate Department of Religion. Frank Kaufmann is founder and president of Filial Projects, director of the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace (IRFWP), and editor-in-chief of The New World Encyclopedia. He has worked in more than 65 countries, including in conflict-ridden and violent environments, and engaged 500 international scholars for New World Encyclopedia. Frank was nominated for the Guru Nanak Interfaith Award, along with other nominees including the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Presently Frank Kaufmann serves on the boards of several international, peace and reconciliation foundations. GORDON ANDERSON Gordon L. Anderson is President of Paragon House Publishers, Secretary General of Professors World Peace Academy, Editor in Chief of International Journal on World Peace. He earned an M.Div. in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at the Unification Theological Seminary, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and lectured in over 40 countries around the world. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He has published widely on religion and society, including editing The World Wide State of the Family, co-editing Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies, and authoring Philosophy of the United States: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Version 4.0. He is a Director and Treasurer of the Values in Knowledge Foundation.
FREDERICK SWARTS Dr. Swarts is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, with a B.S. in Biology, and a graduate degree in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University, specializing in aquatic ecology. His research endeavors include an extensive field study of brook trout in streams affected by acid-mine drainage in Pennsylvania and study of an exceptional tolerance of some tropical blackwater fish to low pH. He completed his doctoral studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College and the Graduate School of the Union Institute, graduating with a Ph.D. in Biology and Education from the latter institution. His dissertation research dealt with the presentation of evolution in secondary school textbooks of the United States, China, and the U.S.S.R. His interdisciplinary doctoral committee consisted of professors from Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, Union Institute, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Dr. Swarts is the editor of The Pantanal: Understanding and Preserving the World’s Largest Wetland] (Paragon House Publishers 2000), the most comprehensive, English-language text on the Pantanal region. He is also author of The Spiritual Code: The 12 Invisible Laws That Govern Our Universe (Hudson MacArthur Publishers 2000), and co-editor of Culture of Responsibility and the Role of NGOs (Paragon House Publishers 2003). He has published scholarly articles in the fields of aquatic ecology, environment, evolution, and education, including Ecology, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
JENNIFER TANABE Jennifer Tanabe is New World Encyclopedia’s Social sciences editor. Dr. Tanabe obtained both her Bachelors (1974) and Doctoral (1978) degrees from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her doctoral work was in Developmental Psychology. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development in 1978-1979. She has
taught graduate level courses in Cognitive, Moral, Religious and Social Development, Unification Philosophy, and in Television Ministry. Dr. Tanabe currently works as a freelance editor and writer. Her recent work includes serving as book review editor for the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peaceâ€™s Dialogue & Alliance; serving the International Educational Foundation as a researcher, writer, and editor; and as an educational consultant.
SVEMIR BRKIC Svemir Brkic is the Information Technology Director for New World Encyclopedia. He has a computer software programming degree from Strayer University, and more than ten years of professional experience in web development and system administration. Mr. Brkic is involved with and contributes to several open-source software projects, and acts as technical adviser for several non-profit organizations.
About The IRFWP is an international, interreligious organization with a 35 year history overseen by an executive administration and a multi-religious board of advisers.
Purpose The mission of IRFWP is to establish inter-religious councils that serve municipalities, nations, and the United Nations. IRFWP councils comprise enlightened, peace-seeking religious leaders and scholars from all world religions, who consult and collaborate to offer wisdom and guidance to social, political, and economic leaders to advance peace, prosperity, and wholesome life at all levels.
IRFWP Standards and Guidelines IRFWP is strict in its purposes and guidelines. Religions are held to be a sacred
trust, with sufficient resources collectively to address and resolve conflict and inequality. Religions in harmony can contribute effectively to a better world. Religions in conflict are an offense to the divine, and obstruct the path to positive human pursuits. IRFWP activities reflect an inviolable code of mutual respect and genuine collaboration among religions and believers. All programs advance in carefully maintained conditions of trust and shared investment.
Administration and Organization IRFWP operates under the executive leadership of Dr. Frank Kaufmann, with Filial Projects
oversight from the religious leaders and scholars on the IRFWP board of advisers, and the Values in Knowledge board of directors.
IRFWP Board of Advisers Shrivatsa Goswami comes from an eminent family of scholars and spiritual leaders at Sri Radharamana Temple, Vrindavan. He is the director of Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana, an institute of Vaisnava culture and philosophy at Vrindavan. His written works on Vaisnavism, Sri Krishna, Radha, and the Hare Krishna movement have been published worldwide. He is the editor of the volume on Chaitanya for the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophy, published by the American Institute of Indian Studies. He was invited by Pope Benedict XVI as Hindu representative at the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer at Assisi in October 2011. He is involved in distinguished international movements including Religions for Peace and World Council of Churches.
Dr. Cheryl Lau received her Doctorate from the University of Oregon, and later earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco. She served as Deputy Attorney General in Nevada state until she was elected Secretary of State there in 1990. Later, she ran for governor of Nevada. In 1995, Dr. Lau served as General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was a visiting Filial Projects
professor at Harvard University, and a Judge Pro Tempore for the Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts. She was the vice chair of the Republican National Platform Committee, secretary of the Republican National Convention, and chair of the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy. Dr. Lau was earlier appointed by the Nevada Governor as a Commissioner on the State of Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education and is now serving as a Commissioner on the State of Nevada Commission on Ethics. She is also currently a National Peace Council member for the Universal Peace Federation.
Professor Sulayman S. Nyang is a former deputy ambassador and head of chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was the chairman of Howard University’s African Studies Department in Washington, D.C., and co-principal investigator for the ‘Muslims in the American Public Square’ project. He served as a member and later became the first Muslim President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan District of Columbia (IFC). He was the first Henry Luce Professor at the Hartford Seminary and the University of Connecticut. Professor Nyang was Vice President of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, and founding editor of the American Journal of Islamic Studies. He has also served on the boards of the African Studies Association, America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Acclaimed works include Islam, Christianity, and African Identity, Religious Plurality in Africa, Line in the Sand, Saudi Arabia in the Gulf War, and Islam in the USA. He has contributed to many scholarly journals and popular magazines published in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Together with his colleague, Dr. Mustansir Mir, he is currently the co-editor of Studies in Contemporary Islam, based at Youngstown University in Ohio. Professor Nyang was the Lead Developer for the Africa Hall Project of the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
Thomas Schellen is a writer and researcher in the fields of economy and religion. His professional journey has taken him from being a cub reporter in the 1970s on the international desk of the weekly Der Report, Frankfurt, to working today as business editor of Executive Magazine, an English-language magazine covering the Middle East based in Beirut. Thomas is known in his market as a leading writer on business and economy. Thomas has been active from youth in interfaith and interdenominational dialogue in Europe, the United States, and in the Middle East. As chief content officer for the Forum fuer Geistige Fuehrung, a German think tank dedicated to answering the ideological challenges of European identity in the 1990s, Thomas developed lectures and moderated conferences with high-profile participants. Presently Thomas chairs the Universal Peace Federation â€“ Lebanon, a Beirutbased NGO. Thomas has lived in Lebanon for the past 17 years, where his wife and he are active in interfaith and community projects and in peace leadership education.
Professor Charles Selengut, professor of sociology at County College of Morris since 1970, earned his Ph.D. degree with highest honors from Drew University. He is known internationally for his expertise in the sociological, psychological and political dimensions of religious fundamentalism. His works include books, articles and monographs on Muslim, Jewish and Christian fundamentalism and their significance in international relations. He is the author of Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence, Jewish-Muslim Encounters: History, Philosophy and Culture, and other significant work in the area. He was a member of the University of Chicago “Project on Fundamentalism,” a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Harvard University, and a 1997 finalist for the Carnegie Professor of the year award.
Reverend Junsei Terasawa became a Buddhist monk at a young age, and thereafter spent six years in India intensively studying and practicing Buddhism, and involving himself in the social reform movement to remove communal and caste division conflicts. Later he contributed to the anti-nuclear peace marches and demonstrations throughout Europe and established two Peace Padogas in England. In India, he initiated the Rajgir Symposium on the Victory of Law over the nuclear menace, producing the visionary “New Delhi Declaration to build a Nuclear-free Non-violent World.” He initiated both the Peace Camp on the IraqSaudi border in a bid to avert the Gulf War, and more recently, the 3-month Pakistan-India Prayer March for Peace. Reverend Terasawa represented the International Peace Bureau in annual sessions of the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva, and initiated the Inter-Faith Peace Mission to Chechnya with support of Prince El Hassan of Jordan and Mikhail Gorbachev. He invested greatly in an effort to resolve the Iraqi crisis through his initiation of the International Inter-Religious Filial Projects
Peace Mission to Iraq. He led the Buddhist Delegation to Baghdad with their Appeal to President Sadam Hussein, President G.W. Bush, and other world leaders.
Administration Dr. Frank Kaufmann has worked in the area of religion and peace for 37 years. His peace missions include work in Israel and Palestine, Croatian Refugee Camps, the EritreaEthiopia border, Hindu-Muslim conflict zones in India and Kashmir, revolutionary centers of southern Philippines, the Gulf, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. Some pictures of these efforts are gathered here. Dr. Kaufmann completed his studies in religion at Vanderbilt University. He is widely published and a known speaker on the religious dimensions of current affairs. He is the author of The Foundations of Modern Church History, and editor of numerous works on religion and peace including Christianity in the Americas, Religion and the Future of Southern Africa, and Religion and Peace in the Middle East. Under his editorial leadership the interfaith journal Dialogue and Alliance was named as one of the top ten religion journals (out of 650) by an independent panel commissioned by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). Dr. Kaufmann was nominated for the for the prestigious, international Guru Nanak Interfaith Award. Nominees that year include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, US Senators Charles Schumer and Norm Coleman, academics Rabbi David Rosen, Dr Martin Marty, and others. On June 5, 2010, Dr. Frank Kaufmann was awarded the 2010 Visionary of Peace Award by the Interfaith Roundtable of Ireland, the Inter Cultural Peace Center. Filial Projects
Dr. Kaufmann serves on boards for several international peace organizations.
Ms. Hana Angelino is an International Relations major at Fordham University. Ms. Angelino is involved in several international and interreligious youth leadership training programs, and currently serves as administrative assistant on the staff of the IRFWP.IRFWP
Publications The Interreligious Federation for World Peace (IRFWP), and its precursor organizations produced significant publications in the arena of religion and peace for 26 years, including publication of the scholarly journal Dialogue & Alliance, which was named as one of the top ten religion journals (out of 650) by an independent panel commissioned by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) during the period the journal was administered by IRFWP.
Sample home page Featured Article: Book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah confronts King Jehoiakim
The Book of Jeremiah, is part of the Hebrew Bible, and is also included in Christianity's Old Testament. It was originally written in a complex and poetic Hebrew, recording the words and events surrounding the life of the prophet Jeremiah, who lived in the late seventh and early sixth century B.C.E. in Jerusalem, during the fall of the Kingdom of Judah at the hands of Babylonia. Together with the books of Isaiah and Ezekiel, the Book of Jeremiah represents the highest point of the prophetic literature of ancient Israel. It is best known for its theme of the "New Covenant," in which a personal relationship with God will replace external observances such as temple sacrifice. It also emphasizes such themes as God's personal love for his people as both parent and a husband, the need for national and person repentance, and the importance of sincere religious faith rather than formal adherence to external ceremony. Popular Article: Emilio Aguinaldo Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy (March 22, 1869 â€“ February 6, 1964) was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role in Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the Filial Projects
Philippine-American War to resist American occupation. In 1895, Aguinaldo joined the Katipunan rebellion, a secret organization then led by AndrĂŠs Bonifacio, dedicated to the expulsion of the Spanish and independence of the Philippines through armed force. He quickly rose to the rank of General, and established a power base among rebel forces. Defeated by the Spanish forces, he accepted exile in December 1897. After the start of the Spanish American War, he returned to the Philippines, where he established a provisional dictatorial government and, on June 12, 1898, proclaimed Philippine independence. Soon after the defeat of the Spanish, open fighting broke out between American troops and pro-independence Filipinos. Superior American firepower drove Filipino troops away from the city, and the Malolos government had to move from one place to another. Aguinaldo eventually pledged his allegiance to the U.S. government in March of 1901, and retired from public life. In the Philippines, Aguinaldo is considered to be the country's first and the youngest Philippine President, though his government failed to obtain any foreign recognition.
Purpose The New World Encyclopedia organizes human knowledge in a way that allow a reader to learn information, not just for its own sake, but for its value to the world as a whole. The underlying goal of the encyclopedia is to promote knowledge that leads to happiness, well-being, and world peace. The New World Encyclopedia is an ever-expanding body of knowledge that currently contains thousands of carefully selected articles. The New World Encyclopedia is intended for use by teachers and students who are drawn to the ease of use of Wikipedia, but are concerned about quality, consistency, and core values. New World Encyclopedia combines the great benefits of open source internet media with those of traditional and careful editorial supervision by scholars. Here we have the benefit of hyperlinks and greater detail found in on-line encyclopedias, combined with the traditional review of facts, grammar, and values. Filial Projects
This encyclopedia transcends the metaphysical assumptions of both the Enlightenment and Modern Encyclopedias. The originator of this project is Sun Myung Moon. Thus, scholarly content carries and projects values tied to human purpose, the design of creation found in the world's great religions and spiritual traditions, as well as that which is clearly revealed through science and in the lives and work of people of conscience.
A Free Online Encyclopedia This encyclopedia designed for the general reader, is available online and is free to all people with internet access. It is greatly indebted to Wikipedia pioneers. This path-breaking foundation combines with the devotion of NWE editors and writers who use Wikipedia articles as the basis for their articles and work to improve them based on training and expertise in their respective subject areas, and compliance with strict writer guidelines for this project. As what is called a Wikipedia fork, in keeping with the terms of the CC-by-sa license, the article version of each document imported from Wikipedia is documented, rigorously cited, and hyperlinked to the Wikipedia article so that a complete history of its construction remains available. Articles not initially obtained from Wikipedia have copyrights or licenses based on their particular situation.
Project Organization The first 12,000 articles of New World Encyclopedia were funded by the generous support of UPF/IIFWP, and managed under contract, by Paragon House Publishers. Credit is due to the following founding leadership: Project Chairman: Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, Project Director: Dr. Thomas G. Walsh, Editor in Chief: Dr. Frank Kaufmann, Chairman of the Editorial Review Board Dr. Andrew Wilson, Business Manager: Dr. Gordon Anderson, Managing Editor: Mr. Robert Brooks, IT Director: Mr. Svemir Brkic.
Project Vision The New World Encyclopedia (NWE) is designed to organize human knowledge so the reader will learn information not just for its own sake, but for its value to the reader and the world as a whole. It is designed to provide the context and values of our social and organizational relationships, and our relationship with nature and the environment.
The underlying goal of the encyclopedia is to promote knowledge that leads to human happiness, well-being, world peace. It is a useful tool for everyone, and an ideal resource for student research. Today, computer and internet encyclopedias largely have replaced print encyclopedias. Wikipedia has stunned the world, charting new horizons in the organization and presentation of knowledge, participating as it does as a leading force in the open source revolution. It has shaken assumptions regarding knowledge and scholarship to their roots. Its reliability has been challenged because of its policy to let anyone contribute to it, but it has stood up remarkably to tests and comparisons to conventional compendia such as the Encyclopedia Britannica. It should be noted that the Encyclopedia Britannica has adapted impressively with its own electronic version during these challenging times of transition. New World Encyclopedia is a wiki-based encyclopedia which contains carefully selected articles that are rewritten and supervised by a team of editors with academic and literary qualifications. New World Encyclopedia has the same ease of use as Wikipedia, but differs based on an editorial policy that includes a more rigorous article selection process, editorial review process, and its wholesome values orientation.
Our Approach and World View This project transcends the metaphysical assumptions of both the Enlightenment and Modern Encyclopedias. The originator of this project is Sun Myung Moon. NWE editors and contributors promote the ideal of joy and universal happiness through the realization of human responsibility toward self-creation, constructive human relations, sound business practices, and the protection and enhancement of nature and the environment in life and practice. These universal values and ideals are inherent in the great religions, philosophies, and teachings of conscience.
Contributing to a better world This encyclopedia project aims to organize and present human knowledge in ways consistent with our natural purposes. Information and knowledge is intended to support the realization of a peaceful, healthy, and fulfilled life for all people.
Philosophy and Religion History and Biography Politics and Social Sciences Nations and Places Physical Sciences Life Sciences Art, Music, Literature, Sports and Leisure
A Valgorithm Platform
PURPOSE vSearch The search engine platform that returns user-oriented, search inquiry results in constructive, best-use order Valgorithm products and platform (values algorithms) Have broad applied use implications for all aggregation, organization, and distribution of knowledge PROBLEM All current search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.) yield results forced by two algorithms: ◦ Mathematical-agnostic (most hits, highest rank) ◦ Commercial manipulation (contaminates impartial hierarchy) . Search platforms do not "respect" or "value" the knowledge seeker. Currently there exists NO SOLUTION. Knowledge seekers have NO OPTIONS OR ALTERNATIVES SOLUTION vSearch, and Valgorithm products will give users alternatives and options to acquire user-oriented search results AVAILABILITY Ubiquitous. USE CASES Example 1: Google search (actual) "Bomb vest": ◦ Result 1, Purely technical and descriptive. ▪ NO assessment of the phenomenon.
▪ No value of knowledge and use (are bomb vests good or bad? Should highest rank Google search results teach people how to build bomb vest, how to acquire materials, how to conceal bomb vests, how to use them?) ◦ Result 2. Images (glamorizes). ◦ Result 3. Irrelevant. A WaPo article, “GOP takes off the suicide bomb vest - Washington Post.” ◦ Result 6: Information guide, how to build bomb vests. #6!
Vsearch search (projected) "Bomb vest": ◦ Result 1. Article/Report, Information and data on the loss of life globally from bomb vest use and technology. ◦ Result 2. Article/Data on the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic etiology, structures of support, resulting destruction of families and societies (how families are coerced to provide militant groups with suicide bombers – wives and children). ◦ Result 3. Article/Report, Information on global response and successful approaches to respond to and solve the problem of suicide bombers, areas for involvement.
Example 2: Google search (actual) “Teacher”: ◦ Result 1: Good constructive Wikipedia article ◦ Result 2: Teacher rapes student ◦ Result 3: Teacher rapes student ◦ Result 10: CNN article, Why teachers hate parents
vSearch (projected) “Teacher”: ◦ Result 1: Wikipedia article OK ◦ Result 2: Article, The 10 ideals and standards for great teachers ▪ History's greatest teachers ◦ Result 3: Article, How to learn the most from good teachers
WHY NOW In a world of instant information access, all sectors in society are in precipitous decline: Political corruption and oppression ◦ Loss of voter confidence and citizen engagement. Religious corruption and scandal Economic breakdown Filial Projects
Expansion of international conflict, insurgency and destabilization, Corruption in entertainment, corruption in sports, Corruption in the academy including scientific research More
More information should contribute to make the world better. WHAT IS WRONG? Why doesn't more information help us make a better world? Information is not serving constructive human needs. MARKET SIZE AND PROFILE 1. Parents, teachers, academic institutions, religions and religious denominations, all conscientious social leaders in all areas of human effort (politics, arts, sports, aid, religion, science and research etc.) 2. Unique corporate clients using Valgorithm custom-tailored-values search algorithms, e.g., Hospitals, Universities, Disaster relief agencies, Sports organizations etc.
Effective Religion Consultancy
The Consultancy and Index Service for Effective Religion (short: Effective Religion Consultancy, ERC) solves the disconnect between the peaceful purposes of religion, and the often divisive and conflict-ridden influence it exerts over society and culture. This is achieved through religion-friendly services and applied metrics that help religions realize their express ideals of peace and healthy community.
Vision To see religions contribute more to the wellbeing of society and see religions achieve their utmost as peacemakers and problem solvers through vigorous internal health and dynamic interfaith collaboration in peacemaking and problem solving on all levels of their societies up to the global level
Problem Religions exert great influence in global affairs, but often under-perform as forces for peace, and social harmony and stability. Religions exist to improve the lives and attitudes of their adherents, but often are held to fracture social order, and often exert influence as agents of division and conflict.
Solution ERC helps religions rise above these outcomes in systematic and orderly ways, providing useful indexes that support each religionâ€™s efforts to improve its effectiveness for peace, realize its optimal positive impact on its own leaders and believers, and strengthen its reputation among secular agents, and other religious groups. ERC supports the desire of contemporary religions to be better dialogue partners with other religions, to better meet the needs and hopes of their leaders and members, and be more peacefully integrated into the broader communities in which they function. ERC provides religions and religious communities with practical indexes, and measurable ranking of such indicators as member satisfaction, public reputation, and other important gages which help religions set clear and achievable goals for self improvement. Filial Projects
These indexes are created through screening, evaluative tools, and applied metrics which yield information needed by the religious group to track development and progress over time. ERC services provide the religious community with quantitative measurement of indicators vital to rank their internal health and effectiveness. The index sheds light on the state of the religious community among its leaders and members, as well as on the external status and reputation of the religion in its own social context, and in the world community. Are the leaders and members happy, active, and effective? Is our religion viewed positively by other religions, and by the public at large?
Services and reach ERC has two distinct but related purposes. The first is to serve and support the religions that use ERC services. The second is to provide leaders in all fields with reliable and useful information on religions and religious communities. 1. Serving religions by providing reliable information for self-improvement: Religions like all enterprises have goals, purposes, and ideals. And like everything in the world they have strengths and weaknesses, good points, and bad, healthy characteristics and (often unknown and unseen) debilitating and self-obstructing qualities. This is nothing to be ashamed of nor to shy away from. The same is true of IBM, Harvard, and the Boston Red Sox. Every person and every institution wants to improve. In all cases good clear analysis of our situation, and a careful index of our strengths and weak areas assist us in this pursuit. By now virtually all human institutions from nations to private businesses, schools, and all else employ indexing analysts to provide information for growth and improvement. Until now this has not happened in the religious world, despite the obvious need for it. 2. Serving the non-religious sector by providing reliable ranking for religious actors: Virtually all aspects of politics, diplomacy, society, culture, education, and trade and enterprise are impacted by religions, religious behavior, and religious believers. It is a constant and high strength impact. Despite the great need for social, political, and economic sectors to have clear knowledge of religions that impact their work and their outcomes, there exists no rigorous, sound ranking and indexing which can guide the relationship between say schools, or corporations and religions that will affect Filial Projects
their efforts. All non-religious actors need access to a reliable index for effective religion to help them chart their decisions in their respective areas.
ERC will have two units: index services and consulting services Primary Target Group Religious Organizations Tagline ERC assists religious organizations in realizing their own ideals and pursuits, and in establishing clear and accurate knowledge about each religion, in the world at large. Secondary Target Group Multilateral agencies, intergovernmental and public sector organizations, corporations with multi-religious workforces, academic and civil society organizations Tagline ERC provides comparison-enabled insights into the governance, membership expectations and interfaith behavior of religious organizations Market Conduct Tagline 1. Consistency in identity, purpose, and action 2. The Golden Rule
Context Religious Efficiency Consulting (ERC) helps religious organizations overcome the barriers to greater efficiency and better communication with the nonreligious, agnostic, or negatively conditioned public opinion as well as with stakeholders who are only marginally educated or capable of properly understanding and integrating religious organizations in their considerations, such as secular states, academics, media, and civil society organizations.
ALL PROJECTS OVERVIEW Values in Knawledge Foundation New York â—Š Luxembourg
Values in Knowledge Foundation Renewing values in knowledge, information, and media
Effective Religion Consultancy
Values in Knowledge Foundation Renewing values in knowledge, information, and media Values in Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that presents valuable knowledge and information in a transparent, plain and known manner to consumers. VKF supports efforts by people to improve and realize themselves through more complete and useful knowledge, to build harmonious and prosperous societies, and to live in a healthy relationship with the natural environment. Values in Knowledge Foundation is managed by a 5-member board of directors comprising: Please visit our website at: www.vikf.org
IRFWP is an international, interreligious organization seeking to establish interreligious councils that serve municipalities, regions, nations, and the United Nations. These councils of religious leaders and scholars collaborate and consult to offer wisdom and guidance to advance peace, prosperity, and wholesome life at all levels. Please visit our website at: www.irfwp.org
New World Encyclopedia is an ever-expanding online body of knowledge that contains thousands of carefully selected articles by certified experts, and that transcends the metaphysical assumptions of both the Enlightenment and Modern Encyclopedias. It combines the great benefits of open source internet media with those of traditional and careful editorial supervision by scholars, integrating facts with values. NWE organizes knowledge in a way that allows readers to learn information, not just for its own sake, but for its value to the world as a whole. The underlying goal of the encyclopedia is to promote knowledge that leads to happiness, wellbeing, and world peace. NWE can be found at: www.newworldencyclopedia.org
A Valgorithm Platform vSearch provides an alternative to current search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others, which produce results forced by commercial manipulation and value-agnostic math (most hits, highest rank). vSearch unlike current search platforms produce results in universal-values based algorithms. Resulsts are results ranked in user-oriented order, prioritizing information to provide healthy, useful information for people pursuing responsible personal, social, and environmental ideals and purposes
Effective Religion Consultancy The Consultancy and Index Service for Effective Religion (short: Effective Religion Consultancy, ERC) solves the disconnect between the peaceful purposes of religion, and the often divisive and conflict-ridden influence it exerts over society and culture. This is achieved through religion-friendly services and applied metrics that help religions realize their express ideals of peace and healthy community. ERC seeks to see religions contribute more to Filial Projects
the wellbeing of society and see religions achieve their utmost as peacemakers and problem solvers through vigorous internal health and dynamic interfaith collaboration in peacemaking and problem solving on all levels of their societies up to the global level.
Contact Frank Kaufmann Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: +1 646 220 8281