The Global Century with Harlan Cleveland

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At the dawn of the 21st century, we're drowning in a sea of information. How do we make sense of it all? Wisdom elder Harlan Cleveland says, "Our problem is not one of access, but one of selection." His advice on choosing what's relevant brings you the tools for true wisdom, not mindless data accumulation. In this unhurried, intimate conversation with the president emeritus of the World Academy of Art and Science, you'll hear in-depth first-hand accounts of fascinating historical events and the mentors Cleveland found on the way, as well as why humankind has become the biggest factor in our own evolution. "We're stirring the pot, making the waves, and deciding on the course of events." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Cleveland has woven together multiple careers including serving under four presidents, and being president of a major university. He is the recipient of twenty-two honorary degrees, the U.S. Medal of Freedom, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, and the Peace Corps' Leader of Peace Award.

He is also the author of eleven books including:

  • The Knowledge Executive: Leadership in an Information Society, and Birth of a New World

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Your place in the overall scheme of things
  • Why everything you read or hear is relevant - sooner or later
  • The importance of mentors and the three who influenced Cleveland the most
  • The most important contribution Cleveland has made in his lifetime
  • Why Cleveland never plans to retire
  • Hilarious stories about intriguing people from the past
  • Creating wisdom from data, information and knowledge
  • What human beings are doing to change their own destiny
  • The best way to "make a plan"
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 2/29/2000       Program Number: 2809