Only if China and India (as well as America) soon start to make the postmodern turn does our planet have hope. —David Ray Griffin

Past Events

2021

  • Special Meeting on the Second Enlightenment and Biodiversity, Feb. 8, 2021.
  • Whitehead’s Philosophy of Nature: An international symposium to commemorate the centenary of the publication of Whitehead’s Concepts of Nature was held in Zhuhai, China, on Jan. 9, 2021.

2020

  • How to Start Ecological Education with Children?---The 14th International Symposium on Whitehead Children Wisdom Education and the 3rd International Forum on Natural Education was held on Dec. 27, 2020, in Beijing Whitehead Kindergarten.
  • Lecture on Ecological Civilization: From Process Philosophy to Ecological Civilization, Dr. Cobb and Meijun Fan, Dec.4, 2020
  • Forum on Ecological Civilization Health and Art, Fuzhou, Fujian, Nov. 21-22, 2020
  • China Organic Congress, Wuyi Moutain City, Fujian, Nov. 11-14, 2020
  • International Summit on Life Education, Beijing, Oct. 1-7, 2020
  • Indigenous Seeds Conservation Forum, Taigu, Shanxi, Sep. 24-25
  • First World Rural Revitalization Conference, Taiyuan, Shanxi, Sep. 21-22, 2020
  • Taihe Civilization Forum Themed “Science Culture · Future Ethics · Common Values”, Sep. 6-10, 2020
  • Second Wulong International Forum on Green Development Practice, Wulong, Chongqing, Aug. 26-28, 2020.
  • International Symposium on “Covid-19 and Process Philosophy”, online, Aug. 23, 2020
  • Sino-US Ecological Civilization Construction Symposium, Zhejiang University, Jun. 7, 2020.
  • Ecological Community Development Summit Forum,” Beijing, May 22, 2020
  • 2020 First International Life Education Summit Forum, 7:30 pm, May 2nd, Beijing time.
  • The 3rd Global Chinese Voice Spring Festival Gala, Feb.5, 2020. (Cobb, Clayton, Anelski, Han, Fan, Zhihe, Attila, Sheri Liao, Haicao Wang)

2019

Process philosophy has championed the idea that the universe is in the making. There is no ultimate controlling body or ruling set of laws that can make justice to what is concrete. As Whitehead put it in Modes of Thought, concrete reality is not to be reduced to a barren tautological absolute where life and motion are nothing but dreams. As a consequence, creativity is placed by Whitehead as the ultimate behind all forms, inexplicable by forms, and conditioned by all its creatures.
As a positive vision of human flourishing, ecological civilization is about more than what we can do, it involves who we can become. It’s not merely about having more or doing more, but about being more. Being an “eco-person” speaks to the deeper motivations behind the kinds of actions we need to take in response to our complex social and environmental crisis. The development of eco-persons is connected with the qualitative measure of meaningful relationships, and not simply with quantitative measures of carbon, money, or degrees in temperature. Who we are is more than what we do. It’s this something more that lies at the intersection of the ecological civilization movement and holistic human development and serves as the theme for the 13th International Forum on Ecological Civilization.
The 2nd International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization, in conjunction with the 13th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, will be held on the topic of “Ecological Civilization and Holistic Human Development.”
Includes access to the conference banquet for 1 person, but NOT access to the conference sessions, lunches, or break time refreshments.

2018 and Earlier

CLAREMONT, the United States, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The 12th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, an initiative to create and promote new modes of development in China and the West, kicked off in Claremont, Southern California, Friday. Themed "Ecological Civilization and Symbiotic Development", the two-day conference is hosted by the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, a non-profit organization.
Some top Chinese media such as The People’s Daily and Xinhua News Agency have shown strong interest in our project. They sent reporters to our events, especially our Claremont June Whitehead Congress. 16 newspapers including the No. 1 Chinese Newspaper The People`s Daily and some provincial newspapers such as Tibet Daily, Inner Mongolia Daily, etc, reported our June Whitehead Congress, “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization.”
Dr. Philip Clayton, the president of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, has meet Mr. Haisheng Wei and Dr. Jinhai Yang, the leadars of Central Compilation & Translation Bureau, Beijing, July 13, 2015.
On July 24, an interesting and important event occurred in Beijing. Haotao Huang, General Secretary of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, whose position is equivalent to a minister, met with John Churchill, Dave Wetzel, assistant mayor of London, England, and me for a conversation on humanities and constructive postmodernism in China. Prof. Xiaoxi Wang, Vice-director of Sociology Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Prof. Yuehou Qu attended this meeting. Minister Huang treated us lunch after the meeting.
On July 18, Jay McDaniel, having just arrived in China for the summer academy (see below) gave a talk at East China University in Shanghai on process thought as a constructively postmodern option for China and the world.
On August 1 in the evening, Jay McDaniel met with Prof. Xiaoting Liu at Beijing Normal University to discuss future cooperation between a center Jay runs, called the New Horizons: Center for Science and World Religions, and a center Professor Liu runs, called Beijing Center for Science and Faith.
On July 11, Mark C. Modak-Truran and Herman Greene delivered lectures at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which were very well received.
July 13, Henry Goodspeed and David Schwerin were invited to give speeches to a class of business people who were part time MBA students of Beijing Normal University. Zhan Han, vice president of Beijing Normal University, also the director of Beijing Process Center, met with Mr. Goodspeed before his lecture.
About Philip David Clayton Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean Ingraham Professor of Theology Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Claremont Graduate University
About Mr. Clifford Cobb Mr. Clifford Cobb is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a master\'s degree in public policy. He is author of Responsive Schools, Renewed Communities, A Communitarian Proposal for Systemic Education Reform; co-author of The Green National Product, An alternative measure of the national economy, co-editor of The Path to Justice, Essays on the Philosophy and economics of Henry George, contributor to For the Common Good, and author of several articles on social indicators and environmental taxes.
About Mr. Clifford Cobb Mr. Clifford Cobb is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a master\'s degree in public policy. He is author of Responsive Schools, Renewed Communities, A Communitarian Proposal for Systemic Education Reform; co-author of The Green National Product, An alternative measure of the national economy, co-editor of The Path to Justice, Essays on the Philosophy and economics of Henry George, contributor to For the Common Good, and author of several articles on social indicators and environmental taxes.
About David Schwerin: David A. Schwerin, Ph.D. is the author of Conscious Capitalism: Principles for Prosperity (Butterworth-Heinemann 1998) and Conscious Globalism: What’s wrong with the world and how to fix it (Digital Junction Press 2005). Conscious Capitalism has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese and is in its second printing in China. Conscious Globalism was published in China in October 2005. In addition, he contributed to the anthology The New Bottom Line: Bringing Heart and Soul to Business.
David A. Schwerin, Ph.D., is the author of Conscious Globalism: What's wrong with the world and how to fix it (Digital Junction Press, 2005) and Conscious Capitalism: Principles for Prosperity (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998). Conscious Capitalism has been translated into Portuguese and Chinese (2001) and is in its second printing in China. Conscious Globalism was also published in China (Social Sciences Publishing House, 2005).
Dr. David Schwerin lectures in China, 2005 and generates considerable interest: The Development Center of the Chinese State Department cites Schwerin\'s work on socially responsible business. Articles published in the journals, Seeking Truth, Marx and Reality and New China Digest. A chapter on Schwerin\'s Conscious Capitalism is included in Jinan University professor\'s new book. Lecture at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is published in Social Science Abroad. Guangming Daily, the second largest newspaper in China, announces the Chinese publication of Conscious Globalism. Book reviews appear in People.com, China Reading Daily, Science Times and New Beijing Daily.
On March 21, 2004, Karen Torjesen met and hosted six officials of Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) including Qi Xiaofei, vice-minister, Guo Wei, Director of Foreign Affairs at SARA, Pei Yong, director of Religion Policy at SARA.
On October 11, 2005, Dr.John Buchanan and Dr. Marjorie Kiewit cut ribbon for Shandong Center for Process psychology, then delivered a public lecture. Zhang Zhigang, Vice-president, Dean of Education School of Shandong Normal University, and more than 100 students and faculty joined this event.
On April 7, 2005, Ron Phipps cut ribbon for Yancheng Center for Process Education. President Chen Jingan, Cheng Changchun and 400 students and teachers from Yancheng Teacher University participated this opening ceremony.
Sponsored by The Institute for Postmodern Development of China and China Project, Center for Process Studies, Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology, a mini-International conference themed Constructive Postmodernism and China\'s Modernization to be held from Dec. 17-18, 2006, in Claremont, CA. It is no secret that China is facing many disturbing problems as she marches toward modernization. Finding an alternative to current form of modernization has become an urgent issue. How can China continue to develop economically without repeating the mistakes the West made? How can China avoid the ecological crisis, the expanding gap between the rich and the poor, the destruction of local community, and the alienation and dehumanization that have occurred in the West? The purpose of the conference is to contribute to fresh reflections on this question from a constructive postmodern perspective. A small ground of Chinese leading scholars concerning modernization in China, will join this meeting, including Prof. Ping Ren, vice-chancellor of Soochow University, Huibin Li, the Director of Center for Marxism and China’s Issues Studies, Chief editor of Marxism and Reality, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, Dr. Jianying Zhao, the chief editor of China Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Science. Dr.Cobb and Prof. Charlene Spretnak will deliver plenary speeches.
Dr. Tiejun Wen’s Visit to the Institute for Postmodern Development of China and Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College
Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization
10th International Whitehead Conference; 9th International Conference on Ecological Civilization
Thursday-Sunday, June 4-7, 2015
Claremont, CA, USA
From October 27-Nov. 4, Dr. Cobb took a trip to China. Dr. Carol Johnston, Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Christina Lee Brown, Yi Luo, and I joined in this trip. Carol has worked with us in China before. She teaches at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Evaggelos worked for the EPA for 25 years. He is the is the author of several books, including Poison Spring, published in April 2014 by Bloomsbury Press.
I want to express gratitude to Maryknoll for the missionary training I received; to dear friends Lynne Juarez and Charlene Tschirhart and my dear life partner, Terry Donnelly, for their loving support; and to Professors Wang Zhihe and Fan Meijun for opening the gate for me to village life in China.
It is a pleasure to greet friends around the world who are drawn to process thinking, as I am. My colleague Jay McDaniel, editor of JJB, has asked me to share a bit of my own journey in process or \\\"Whiteheadian\\\" thinking. You know from this website that process thinking is growing in many different parts of the world, providing a promising, relational alternative to more mechanistic and modernist approaches to life. China is a place where this growth is occurring most deeply, and I begin with a word about my own relation to this ancient land, rich with potential for helping guide the world's future
The Institute for Postmodern Development of China (IPDC). Is presented to. Ms. Sheri Liao (Xiaoyi). In honor of her tireless efforts to promote the ecological movement.
The 2nd Cobb Award for the Common Good to Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker in recognition of her profound understanding of Chinese culture and her tireless efforts to promote the ecological movement worldwide.
Dr. Tucker is a specialist in Confucianism, who is co-founder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. With John Grim, she organized ten conferences at Harvard (resulting in ten books) on “World Religions and Ecology.” From 1997-2000 she was a member of the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee. She teaches at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and in the Yale Divinity School.
The 3rd Cobb Common Good Award Honors Dr. C. Dean Freudenberger, May 3rd, 2010, Claremont IPDC Third Annual Banquet Time: MONDAY, THE THIRD OF MAY, 2010
Jeanyne Slettom Presiding
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:20 Welcome and Instructions --- Slettom
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Introduction of special guests, Mayor Sam Pedroza and of David Griffin (Vice President of IPDC) by Slettom, with greetings from Pedroza
7:35 Griffin, Vice President of IPDC, “From Process Philosophy to Constructive
Postmodernism”
7:55 Music by The Winsor Brass introduced by Slettom
The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God by Franz Joseph Haydn and four Chinese folk s songs.
8:10 Presentation of John Cobb Common Good Award to Mark Anielski by Tom Tseng, secretary of IPDC, and response by Anielski, the author of The Economics of Happiness
8:25 Introduction of Philip Clayton, Treasurer of IPDC, and Zhihe Wang, Executive Director --- Slettom
8:30 Clayton, “The Role of Chinese in the Claremont University Project”
8:40 Wang, “Becoming Part of History in the Making”
8:55 Request for support – Cobb, President of IPDC
9:00 Closing
Karen Torjesen (the board member of IPDC) and Chen Kun (professor at Cal Poly Pomona) Presiding
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:20 Welcome and Instructions
6:30 Dinner
7:20 Move to Decker Hall
7:25 Greeting from Peter Yao (the former mayor of Claremont)
7:30 David R. Griffin, Vice President of IPDC, “Whiteheadian Constructive Postmodernism and Ecological Thinking”
7:55 Music by James Manley & Pilgrim Pickers In our time, a new earth rages; Hunker down; Tuval; Mo Li Hua.
8:10 Presentation of John Cobb Common Good Award to Liu
Zongchao by Joe Hough , advisor of IPDC, to recognite of his tireless efforts and remarkable achievements over many years in promoting ecological civilization, and in emphasizing the crucial importance of ecological agriculture. and response by Liu, President of the Chinese Academy of Beijing Ecological Civilization
8:25 Philip Clayton, Treasurer of IPDC, “Harmony of Chinese Scholars, IPDC and Claremont Lincoln University”
8:45 Zhihe Wang, Executive Director, “The Fate of the Planet Lies in the Hands of I and Thou”
8:55 Request for support – Cobb, President of IPDC
9:00 Closing

The Sixth “John Cobb Common Good Award” Ceremony & Annual Banquet Location: the Abernethy Dining Room, Pilgrim Place,Claremont IPDC has presented The Sixth of “John Cobb Common Good Award” to Tiejun Wen and his team in recognition of their passion for the well being of Chinese peasants and their remarkable achievements.
Prof. Tiejun Wen is the leading figure in the New Rural Reconstruction Movement and a leader in both thought and action in the whole movement toward sustainable rural community in China.

Menu

DINER SERVED BUFFET STYLE AND ACTION STATION FOR VEGETARIAN DISH)
Caprese Salad
(Italian Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Baby Basil)
Miso orange glazed wild salmon
Curried Lentils
Garlic Orzo (Pasta)
Tricolor Beets (Vegetarian)
Dessert: Fruit and Mousse
Drinks: Coffee, Hot Water, Lemonade, Sharon Snowiss (professor at Pitzer College) Presiding

6:00 p.m. Hors d\'oeuvre at the tables
6:20 Welcome and Instructions
6:30 Dinner
7:20 Move to Decker Hall
7:25 Greeting from Prof. Clayton
7:30 Jay McDaniel, Ecological Civilization-East and West: A Constructive Postmodern Approach
7:55 Music by Jim Manly; Pilgrim Pickers We Shall Overcome, What the Forest Teaches, Garden Song, Tuval, Mo Li Hua.
8:15 Presentation of John Cobb Common Good Award to Wen Tiejun and his team by Joe Hough, advisor of IPDC, and response by Prof. Wen, Dean of the School of Agronomics; Rural Development, and Director of the Institute of Rural Finance, at Renmin University of China.
8:35 Zhihe Wang, Executive Director, Keep our roots
8:55 Request for support – Cobb, President of IPDC
9:00 Closing

This trip was full of excitements and very fruitful, on which we went to Beijing, Harbin, Changchun, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Chongqing, Songyuan, Tianjin, and Yongji, and 9 conferences and one summer academy were held, a dozen lectures were delivered, a new process center named “Center for Process Philosophy and System Management Studies” was established in Guangzhou, plus an interview by Chinese Social Sciences Newsv

CSUSB Modern China Lecture Series Friday, April 18, 2014, 12-2pm, PL-4005, Dr. Zhihe Wang Lecture Title: "Constructive Postmodernism in China Today" "Constructive Postmodernism" based on Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy refers to a pluralistic but integrative thinking, worldview, and practice. Eighteen years ago, almost no Chinese had heard the term "Constructive Postmodernism," which was coined by David Ray Griffin. The only kind of postmodernism with which they were familiar was the deconstructive postmodernism of French philosophers such as Derrida and Foucault. But today "Constructive Postmodernism" has become an influential movement in China, which is gaining a following among intellectuals and politicians alike. Why has Constructive Postmodernism been so well received in China recently, and what is the deep convergence between Constructive Postmodernism and Chinese tradition? What is its impact on China today, and what kinds of challenge is it facing? This lecture will address these questions and explore China's current shift toward an ecological civilization.
Speaker Bio:
Zhihe Wang, born in Beijing, China, is director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, and the executive director of the China Project, Center for Process Studies, Claremont. He is also director of Center for Constructive Postmodern Studies and Professor of Philosophy at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Wang received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Peking University in Beijing, China, his PhD from the Claremont Graduate University. His areas of specialty include process philosophy, constructive postmodernism, ecological civilization, and second enlightenment. His most recent publications include: Green Development and Innovation From Global Perspective (with Jianjun Zhao, 2013); Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity (2012); Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan, 2011); and The Roar of Awakening: A Whiteheadian Dialogue Between Western Psychotherapies and Eastern Worldviews (co-edited with Goerge Deffer and Michel Weber, 2009). He was senior research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the vice-chief editor of the journal, Social Science Abroad. Since 2002 he and his team have established more than twenty research institutes for constructive postmodern studies in China at universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guilin, Harbin, and other cities. He has helped organize more than seventy international conferences on ecological civilization, sustainable urbanization, ecological agriculture, postmodern law, science and spirituality, education reform, social responsibility in business, land and social justice, and, management. He has arranged more than 300 lectures by non-Chinese scholars in China. All of these efforts are ultimately aimed at helping encourage the greening of China and the world as well.
Co-sponsors include the History Department, History Club, Pfau Library, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Intellectual Life Fund, the University Diversity Committee, and the College of Extended Learning. Coordinator, Jeremy A. Murray, Assistant Professor, CSUSB History Department. Special thanks to Joyce Hanson, Elizabeth Viramontes, James Trotter, and Iwona Contreras.

Dr. Wen Tiejun.
Wen Tiejun is a renowned scholar at Renmin University of China. He holds multiple positions at Renmin includ-ing the Executive Dean of the Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability, the Director of the Institute of Rural Economy & Finance, and the Director of the Center of Rural Reconstruction. He is also the Executive Dean of the Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University and the Executive Dean of the institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.From humble beginnings,Wen spent 11 years as a worker, a peasant, and a soldier since 1968 before working on rural policy research and reform. He is a distinguished expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies on macro-economic and geo-strategy of south-south cooperation, and inclusive growth of rural and urban areas. He has received multiple awards, including the State Council's Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, the Central TV Annual Award of Top 10 Eco-nomic Talent in 2003, and the Beijing Mu-nicipal Government Award of Outstand-ing Study Outcome in 2010. In addition, Wen is a member of the State Consultant Committee of Environmental Protection. Currently, he is leading China's grassroots movement to revive rural economies and communities.

Dr. Zhihe Wang.
Zhihe Wang, born in Beijing, China, is di-rector of the Institute for Postmodern De-velopment of China, the executive director of the China Project, Center for Process Studies, Claremont. He is also director of Center for Constructive Postmodern Studies and professor of philosophy at Harbin Institute of Technology. His areas of specialty include process philosophy, constructive postmodernism, ecological civilization, and second enlightenment. His recent publications include: "Green Development and Innovation From Glob-al Perspective" (with Jianjun Zhao,2013); "Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity" (2012); "Second Enlightenment" (with Meijun Fan, 2011). "The Roar of Awakening: A Whiteheadian Dialogue Between Western Psychotherapies and Eastern World-views" (co-edited with Goerge Deffer and Michel Weber,2009 ), "Ecological Civilization and Marxism" (with Huibin Li and Xiaoyuan Xue, 2008); "Whitehead and China" (co-edited with George Derfer and Wenyu Xie, 2008), and "A Study of Postmodern Philosophical Movement" (2006).Dr. Wang received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Peking University in Beijing, China, and his PhD from the Claremont Graduate University, USA. He was senior research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the vice-chief editor of Social Science Abroad, a journal at national level.Since 2002 he and his team have es-tablish more than 20 research institutes for constructive postmodern studies in China at universities in Beijing, Shang-hai, Nanjing, Guilin, Harbin, and other cities. He has helped organize more than 70 international conferences on ecologi-cal civilization, sustainable urbanization, ecological agriculture, postmodern law, science and spirituality, education reform, social responsibility in business, land and social justice, and, management. He has arranged more than 300 lectures by non-Chinese scholars in China. All of these efforts are ultimately aimed at helping encourage the greening of China and the world as well.

Lierre Keith.
Lierre Keith is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, and is coauthor, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.

Dr. Meijun Fan and Dr. Zhihe Wang, scholars from China currently in residence as Claremont School of Theology, lead a conversation on the growing influence of the thought of Alfred North Whitehead in China Today.  There are now over 30 centers of scholarship on process philosophy and theology at universities in China. Process thought is a bridge between East and West, between science and religion, and is a philosophical platform for the development of ecologically sustainable civilization.

From October 27-Nov. 4, Dr. Cobb took a trip to China. Dr. Carol Johnston, Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Christina Lee Brown, Yi Luo, and I joined in this trip. Carol has worked with us in China before. She teaches at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Evaggelos worked for the EPA for 25 years. He is the is the author of several books, including Poison Spring, published in April 2014 by Bloomsbury Press.

From October 27-Nov. 4, Dr. Cobb took a trip to China. Dr. Carol Johnston, Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Christina Lee Brown, Yi Luo, and I joined in this trip. Carol has worked with us in China before. She teaches at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Evaggelos worked for the EPA for 25 years. He is the is the author of several books, including Poison Spring, published in April 2014 by Bloomsbury Press.