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Werner Erhard’s Influence

Werner Erhard’s  influence contributed to the development of the Werner Erhard Foundation which helped to fund research, scholarly endeavors, and voluntary action in many diverse areas of human endeavor and experience.  Through their work, the recipients of these grants made profound contributions to human thinking, growth, and achievement over the more than forty years since the start of the Werner Erhard Foundation.

Werner Erhard and Buckminster Fuller - The Werner Erhard Foundation

The Werner Erhard Foundation

The Werner Erhard Foundation operated for nearly 20 years, granting over $4 million for projects relating to research, scholarly endeavors, and voluntary action.  The foundation supported more than 300  individuals and organizations from a variety of fields and disciplines. These recipients had a profound impact on human thinking, growth, and achievement, often resulting in organizations that continue to this day to improve people’s lives.

The foundation was established in 1973 to offer an opportunity for individuals to express their commitment to significantly altering what is possible for  human beings. Its mission was to foster and support catalytic projects that would provide far-reaching breakthroughs in fields related to both personal and social development. The foundation brought together individuals from around the world to contribute to and participate in ground-breaking work in the area of human achievement and transformation.

The Werner Erhard Foundation

In the nearly 20 years of its operation, the Werner Erhard Foundation granted approximately $4 million for research, scholarly endeavors, and voluntary action. It was the foundation’s privilege to support more than 300 outstanding individuals and organizations from a variety of disciplines. Working in many diverse fields and surroundings, these recipients made a profound contribution to human thinking, growth, and achievement. Werner Erhard established this foundation along with others in a time of transformation and transition. Old values, ideals, and beliefs were being challenged; new ideas and insights, new ways of seeing old problems, and new solutions were coming into view. The foundation fostered and supported this emerging paradigm by providing financial and organizational support to individuals and groups engaged in charitable and educational pursuits – research, communication, education, and scholarly endeavors in the fields of individual and social transformation and human well-being.

The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project is a grassroots organization that was first formed in 1977 to generate global awareness about chronic persistent hunger and build a consensus to bring about its end.  Lynne Twist  says, ” Werner Erhard is a great thinker and genius in ontology, in the ontology of being, and training people in the principles of transformation… Out of a series of conversations with Buckminster Fuller and Werner Erhard, something called the Hunger Project was born. They actually saw that the greatest breakdown in human integrity was hunger.  To let millions of people die of hunger in a world awash with food was an integrity issue, not a food issue and not a political issue, but an integrity issue. Out of that, this remarkable project called the Hunger Project was born with help from John Denver, the great singer/songwriter, and others. It was first launched through the EST graduate body, of which I was one. “

Werner Erhard Foundation

“What we create together is a relationship in which we work on making a difference in people’s lives. I welcome the unprecedented opportunity for us to work globally on that which concerns us all as human beings.”  Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard’s Influence: Individuals Making a Difference Worldwide

The est Training, created by Werner Erhard, inspired it’s participants to make a difference for people in all walks of life.  To fulfill the humanitarian motivations of these est graduates a number of non profit organizations were founded by Werner Erhard along with other original est staffers, notably Gonneke Spits. Through these non profit organizations,  literally hundreds of thousands of people illustrated  the power that “the little individual” could improve the conditions of people all around the world. ‘The Breakthrough Foundation‘ gave ‘Youths At Risk’ new opportunities in their lives, while also fostering and funding development in Africa. Millions of people committed themselves to working to end hunger throughout the world through ‘The Hunger Project‘ and its many offshoots.  The ‘Community Workshop’  gave ordinary people a new opportunity to contribute to their own communities.  These organizations, as well as the Werner Erhard Foundation, inspired est Training participants to go out and make a difference in their lives. They provided forums for individuals to make a difference worldwide. For more information about the Werner Erhard Foundation visit http://wernererhardfoundation.org.

The Werner Erhard Foundation

The Werner Erhard Foundation was established in 1973 by Werner Erhard to provide an opportunity for individuals to express their commitment to significantly altering what is possible for humanity. Its mission was to foster and support catalytic projects that would provide far-reaching breakthroughs in fields related to both personal and social development. The foundation brought together individuals from around the world to contribute to and participate in ground-breaking work in the area of human achievement and transformation.

In the nearly 20 years of its operation, the Werner Erhard Foundation provided funds for research, scholarly endeavors, and voluntary action. It was the foundation’s privilege to support more than 300 outstanding individuals and organizations from a variety of disciplines. Working in many diverse fields and surroundings, these recipients made a profound contribution to human thinking, growth, and achievement.

Visit http://www.wernererhardfoundation.org for more information about the history of the Werner Erhard Foundation.