The Circle carries on its work through seminars, research, and collaboration with national and international groups. We explore ideas through individual efforts and organized discourses. We add our voice to many others who, throughout the world, strive for more humane progress, while preserving the noble and diversified heritage of humanity, and the integrity of our natural environment.
Meetings of the Circle
The Circle regularly hosts gatherings on values that underlie current economic and social transformations. These gatherings provide opportunities to refine ideas and offer a wellspring of inspiration and intellectual support for building compassionate and responsible societies.
Since its first informal meeting in January 1996, the Triglav Circle has debated a variety of subjects, including: moral criteria for assessing the quality of political, economic, and social changes and their impact on the natural environment; the concepts of needs, wants, and satisfaction in market economies and societies; the role of the “human spirit” in secular society; education and socialization; and the vital role of philosophy, religion, arts, and aesthetics in fostering a plural, rich, and vibrant modern culture.
Publications and Research
The discussions of the Circle are summarized in reports circulated to members, participants, and to a wider public audience. These reports are entitled Triglav Notes. Periodically these notes are summarized in thematic papers.
In addition, several members have collaborated in a book entitled Candles in the Dark: A New Spirit for a Plural World, [Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2003]. It was edited by Barbara Sundberg Baudot and illustrated by Philippe Dumas. A research grant for the publication of the book was given by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
Collaboration with Other Organizations
The Circle seeks to establish relationships with interested individuals and organizations. Through several of its founders and members, the Circle has a close relationship with the United Nations and other international organizations. Of direct interest is the follow-up of major world conferences, including the World Conferences on Environment and Development (Rio Conference / Johannesburg) and the World Summit on Social Development.
As a non-governmental organization with special consultative status with ECOSOC, members of the Circle are regular participants in relevant meetings organized by various United Nations bodies responsible for economic and social progress, in particular the Commission for Social Development and the Commission for Sustainable Development (see Triglav Circle contributions to the work of these bodies).
Through its members, the Circle follows the work of a number of other organizations including the Centre International pour Étude Comparée de Philosophie et d’Esthètique [Tokyo], Globus at Tilberg University [The Netherlands]; the New Hampshire Institute of Politics [Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH]; the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Forum on Religion and Ecology [Harvard University, Cambridge, MA]; Associates for International Research and Development (AIRD) [Cambridge, MA]; Kyoto Energy-Environmental Research Association [Japan]; ATD Fourth World [Paris, France], World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality; Friedrich Ebert Foundation [Washington, D.C]; and the Center for Concern [Paris, France].
Many members of the Triglav Circle were engaged in the work of the Copenhagen Seminars for Social Progress, organized by the Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark, to promote the implementation of the objectives of the UN Social Summit. The Seminar culminated its work in 2000 with the publication of the book entitled Building a World Community: Globalization and the Common Good, edited by Jacques Baudot, [Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2001]. The work of the Copenhagen Seminars has been continued under the aegis of the United Nations International Forum for Social Development, directed by Jacques Baudot.
Circle members also contributed significantly to the “Dialogue Among Civilizations,” the concepts of which are retold in the book entitled Crossing the Divide: Dialogue Among Civilizations, [ New York : Seton Hall University Press, 2001]. The book was written by the Group of Eminent Persons, chaired by Giandomenico Picco, Personal Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.