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THE NEW PARADIGM INSTITUTE
 
 
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What does "Paradigm" Mean?

A "paradigm" is a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community which shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.


THE NEW PARADIGM INSTITUTE:

A Brief History


The New Paradigm Institute (NPI) is a new alternative public policy think-tank which has just been established in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while our Public Education Center is located in Santa Cruz, California. The research and information compiled in Cambridge is being disseminated through an aggressive public education campaign which will include a book and ensuing book tour, speaking tours, a New Paradigm Academy and many other outreach and education programs. We are generating local Action Committees, and national and global alliances as we help generate a New Paradigm Movement inspiring vision and actions that will usher in a new era of peace, fairness and sustainability.


The Problem


The growing consciousness of the American people is not being reflected in the leadership of our major institutions and government bodies. Policy solutions that failed during the Guilded Age are being touted as solutions to very critical new problems faced by humanity at the dawn of the 21st Century. Politicians are masking their true policy intentions with rhetoric that manipulates the internal ethics of the voters. Citizens are feeling disempowered and disillusioned with the majority of those who hold public office.


Our Offering


The New Paradigm Institute offers a system of analysis that will help clarify our thinking as voters, and provides some vital tools and programs that will empower us as citizens. New thinking tools are necessary if we are to successfully solve new and seemingly intractable problems.


Founders: Brief History


The inspiration and founders of the New Paradigm Institute are Attorney Daniel Sheehan, trained at Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School, and Sara Nelson trained at Cornell University and Berkeley. Danny and Sara were the co-founders and the co-directors of the The Christic Institute in Washington, D.C. who were directly responsible for surfacing and prosecuting the unconstitutional conduct of George Bush, Senior and numerous members of his Administration in the Iran/Contra Scandal during the 1980s. They also co-directed The Karen Silkwood Case (which stopped the construction of all new private nuclear power stations in the United States from 1979); The Three-Mile Island Case (which stopped the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission from dumping the radioactive waste materials from the damaged Three-Mile Island Nuclear Facility into the Susquehanna River); and The American Sanctuary Movement Case (which declared unconstitutional the efforts of The Reagan/Bush Administration to deport legitimate political refugees from the United States back to El Salvador or Guatemala). Danny also served as Legal Counsel to The New York Times in The Pentagon Papers Case and represented Fathers Daniel Berrigan and Phil Berrigan during The Viet Nam War. Mr. Sheehan was the Director of The Strategic Initiative To Identify The New Paradigm of President Mikhail Gorbachev’s State of The World Forum in San Francisco. Sara served as the Labor Secretary for the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) in Washington, D.C. and was the National Executive Director of Mikhail Gorbachev's "State of The World Forum" in San Francisco in 1999.

The New Paradigm Institute holds that there exist eight separate, internally consistent worldviews, or paradigms. These paradigms are best understood when placed on a spectrum. The public policy positions that correspond with each paradigm, in each issue area, are key to understanding where we've been and where we need to go, as individuals, a nation and a global family. What we call the "New Paradigm" is but one of the eight worldviews.

The New Paradigm Institute will bring the most promising new knowledge from a wide variety of fields - including physics, ecology, religion, and philosophy - directly to bear on a wide spectrum of American public policy issues.

Some 24 such specific national public policy issue areas have been identified by The New Paradigm Institute, and each area will be addressed by experienced persons qualified to generate policy proposals in these respective fields.

Only through the study and comparison of all eight worldviews will we discover the relative strength of a New Paradigm Worldview at this point in history.

In the field of Alternative Energy, a "New Paradigm" assessment would generate a set of General Principles which would recommend that our national energy policy should seek a non-polluting and sustainable source of energy that can be obtained in a manner which does not exploit other nations or damage the natural environment. In the case of the "New Paradigm," these General Principles would militate on behalf of the adoption of a major federal program to develop increased sources of wind power, solar power, hydrogen power and other alternatives to petroleum. Various specific concrete programs which would effectuate this objective would then be examined. And the best would be translated into a concrete set of specific legislative and executive proposals.

The New Paradigm Institute will not limit itself to the study of a single New Paradigm Worldview. Each of the other seven paradigms would also prescribe alternate public policies consistent with the General Principles to which individuals who share their worldviews would subscribe.

The New Paradigm Institute seeks to educate the public about the existence of these eight worldviews. This information can be used as a tool for better understanding true policy implications of various worldviews or paradigms of thought, and for sharper discernment between a politician's rhetoric and his/her policy intentions.

For example, if one were seeking to understand the worldview of a given candidate for public office, to really cut through the rhetoric and be able to predict the public policy positions that this individual would be likely to initiate or support, one need only look at a number of this individual's issue positions and place him or her in the appropriate worldview or paradigm. In this way the understanding of paradigms is a predictive tool.

Alternately, public policy itself can be examined through the understanding and use of a paradigm model. The New Paradigm Institute is working with experts and scholars to elucidate the positions that correspond with each paradigm in each public policy issue area. For example, if one were interested in Healthcare Policy, one would be able to come to the New Paradigm Institute and receive information on the Healthcare model that each worldview would espouse.

The tools being developed by the New Paradigm Institute are both innovative and accessible. Through your support we hope to generate appreciation for the highest manifestations of all worldviews, each of which presents appropriate solutions to problems occuring in certain conditions and times.

We invite you to join with us to co-create the New Paradigm of thought and policy and the New Paradigm Academy and Movement which will most effectively guide us into an era of peace, fairness and sustainability.





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