I watched the youtube videos associated with the book that Phil
noted, "The Antichrist and A Cup of Tea." I googled Pince Charles
and found an article that summed up/confirmed some of the points
in the youtube presentation. The article lists some of the groups
that belong to Prince Charles business association PWBLF--WOW--
it's really telling about some of the political things that have happened
in the US! Note that the Ross Perot Group, George Soros, and Chuck
Schumer are listed. The whole article is quite thought provoking.
When Charles attended Trinity College in the late 1960s, he studied archaeology, anthropology, and history, all of which are key with regard to the environment and architecture. In 1981, he and a “somewhat maverick group of businessmen” (23) formed Business in Community, which today is The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum - PWBLF. Business in the Community came out of a 1980 Anglo-American Conference on Community Involvement in which British tycoons learned of America’s success in cleaning up its cities through public-private partnerships, in which the local community joined with businesses in order to afford the changes necessary to revitalize major cities. Public-private partnerships were first used in the 1940s and 1950s, when the city of Pittsburgh joined forces with Richard King Mellon and other businessmen to revitalize Pittsburgh. (24) Years later in March, 1988, Charles attended the “Remaking the Cities” Conference in Pittsburgh where he delivered the key-note address. Whether the residents of Pittsburgh or the conference participants knew it or not, they were discussing the same UN environmental concepts and agenda that were later unveiled at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
The purpose of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum is “to promote the practice of good corporate citizenship and sustainable development internationally, as a natural part of successful business operations.” (25) In 1990, PWBLF members unveiled their world agenda in Charleston, South Carolina where they hosted their first conference called “Stakeholders: The Challenge in a Global Market.” Over 100 CEOs from major multinational organizations attended this two-day conference. American firms included Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, USA Today, Sara Lee Corporation, BellSouth, J.C. Penney, Schering-Plough Corporation, The Equitable Life, Johnson Publishing, KKR, Monsanto, Pillsbury, the New York Stock Exchange, Exxon, Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble and DuPont. (26).
At this conference, the CEOs felt that “practical experience of business involvement in the community is becoming increasingly important for the career development of business leaders of tomorrow. Education and training and care for the environment were considered the international priorities. (27) Some of their conclusions were: (1) CEOs have a critical lead role to play in setting company values and ensuring that local managers are briefed, encouraged, and prepared to listen to local community leaders. (2) Companies must strive to adopt total processes and products based on principles of “sustainable development” — ensuring that use of resources today does not harm the resource needs of future generations. (3) Business executives should assist community leaders in inner cities and isolated rural areas to regenerate their neighbourhoods by developing business skills. (28)
In other words, the new agenda for business is no longer just business, but governance in the community through public-private partnerships. This then calls for a complete change in how managers are trained and educated, corporate philosophy, and how monies are directed. The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum is an educational charity with close to 50 multinational corporations on its executive directorate. They include companies from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and several other countries. The U.S. corporations who work very closely with the Prince include: 3M, American Express, TRW, Coca-Cola, SmithKline Beecham, ARCO, CIGNA, DHL Worldwide Express, Levi Strauss & Company, The Perot Group, and US WEST International. Additional partners are the American Chamber of Commerce, American Hotel and Motel Association, The Atlanta Project, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The City of Charleston, The Ford Foundation, the Kellog Foundation, the New York City Housing Partnership, the Office of Ronald Reagan (who along with George Bush, was knighted by the Queen), the Soros Foundation, Texaco, Tufts University, Turner Broadcasting, USAID, and Warnaco. Guests and experts to Charleston included: United Way of America, King Constantine, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (USC), Elizabeth Plater-Zyerk (architect of the “holistic” planned community, The Kentlands, in Gathersburg, MD), William Reilly then Administrator with the EPA. Rep. Charles Schumer from the 10th District in New York, Lester Thurow, Dean of the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dr. Jessica Tuchman Matthews from the World Resources Institute and member of the Council for Foreign Relations. (29)