This might be most important article since…
“The Global Business Network was founded in 1988 as a think tank to shape the future of the world. It’s succeeding.”
“Reality started turning to smoke, however, as I listened to the people on board bartering the globe. Those identifying themselves as Middle Easterners and Africans — controlling the world’s gold, oil, diamonds, and rare earths — quickly made deals that they said raised US$300 billion.”
That was an interesting quote.
Here is another:
This ability to morph is embedded in GBN itself, which, from its offices in an industrial neighborhood of Emeryville, California, can and does — with only 30 employees — present itself in so many bewildering guises that describing it as a tiny consulting company with 55 major corporate clients is as silly as describing Yale’s “Skull and Bones” as just a fraternity.
I heard this final quote at University for Peace Costa Rica.
GBN is a “network,” which by definition connects to other power structures. There are also different ways in which a person can be inside or outside the organization. That makes GBN like the elephant being felt up by the blind men. Its elements can add up in mysterious and perplexing ways.