Decide to Network
by Dr Robert Muller

 
 

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic & Social Services for the United Nations

Use every letter you write
Every conversation you have
Every meeting you attend
To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams
Affirm to others the vision of the world you want
Network through thought
Network through action
Network through love
Network through the spirit
You are the centre of a network
You are the centre of the world
You are a free, immensely powerful source
of life and goodness
Affirm it
Spread it
Radiate it
Think day and night about it
And you will see a miracle happen:
the greatness of your own life.
In a world of big powers, media and monopolies
But of four and a half billion individuals
Networking is the new freedom
the new democracy
A new form of happiness.

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Dr Robert Muller
Born in Belgium in 1923, and raised in France, Robert Muller experienced constant political and cultural turmoil during his youth. He knew the horrors of World War II, of being a refugee, of Nazi occupation and imprisonment. During the war he was a member of the French Resistance. Afterward, he returned home and earned a Doctorate of Law from the University of Strasbourg. In 1948 he entered and won an essay contest on how to govern the world, the prize of which was an internship at the newly created United Nations.

Dr. Muller devoted the next 38 years of his life at the United Nations, until his retirement in 1986. He rose through the ranks at the UN to the position of Assistant Secretary-General. He worked directly with three secretaries-general, U Thant, Kurt Waldheim and Javier Perez de Cuellar, as director of the secretary general's office, as secretary of the Economic and Social Council and as deputy under-secretary-general for coordination and interagency affairs in the secretary-general's office. In this capacity he helped coordinate the work of the thirty-two U.N. specialized agencies and world programs. He was also in charge of launching several world conferences and international years. Appointed Assistant Secretary-General by Perez de Cuellar, his last assignment at the U.N. was to organize the fortieth anniversary of the U.N. in 1985.

Robert Muller is considered the "father of global education," and his World Core Curriculum is used in an increasing number of schools around the world and serves as the educational structure of the 34 Robert Muller Schools.

Dr. Muller is the author of fourteen books which have been published in several languages. In recognition of his work, he received the UNESCO Peace Education Prize in 1989, the Albert Schweitzer International Prize for the Humanities in 1993 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Man of Vision Award in1994. He has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now in "active retirement," Dr. Muller is Chancellor Emeritus of the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. He is in great demand as an international speaker and concentrates his efforts on promoting greater human understanding and global awareness.

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