Created by Soren Sorensen, Director of the Center for a Better World
The Center and Alliance for a Better World started growing its roots in the late 1980s. I was a teenager at the time and I was absolutely dumfounded by what seemed to me to be a world overrun by incredibly stupid and cruel people. And, unfortunately, I saw myself as one of its many victims. In response, I theorized the creation of an organization called "People Against People". The general idea was for members to wear boldly branded "People Against People" t-shirts everywhere they went while continuously looking for ways to improve the world and generally help people (especially those in need). In other words, to set an "in your face" self-righteous example. Yep, youth is like that sometimes. LOL.
While in my 20s, during the 1990s, my idea gradually became evermore sophisticated. Eventually, I changed the name to "The Society for Human Decency" (You see, much more sophisticated! LOL!) and I imagined increasingly larger campaigns of benevolent acts and awareness of them. I even designed the essence of the logo that is still in use today for The Center and Alliance for a Better World. But... it was still just a theoretical concept... and it was still based on an underlying perspective of self-righteousness and victimization. Alas, I was still a young man.
It was during the turn of the century, while living in a 50' tall pyramid that I personally built in a remote location in the Southern Colorado Rocky Mountains, that I finally felt the internal shift from victimization to empowerment (and from boy to man). It was largely the result of realizing that the only way I could ever actually feel hopeful about our world's future, was to actively help create it (rather than simply react to it); and that, as a conscious and able-bodied adult, it was my natural responsibly to do so.
I decided to walk away from my high-paying "information systems analysis and design" consulting business (and my awesome pyramid home on 80 acres in the wild) and began actively trying to help create an ever-better world in two ways: 1) By offering myself as a spiritual (wisdom) healer and teacher and 2) By finally creating what I was, by then, calling "The Center and Alliance for a Better World" (which was/is based on a perspective of responsibility and empowerment). Soon, I moved to Portland, Oregon (after a brief stop in Seattle, Washington) to do just that.
I am a natural recluse (as is evidenced by my life choices) and it was a big deal for me to come out of hiding, cut off my extremely long hair, put on some conservative clothes, and execute my plan to help create an ever-better world. That was almost 20 years ago (as of 2020). During that time, I have experienced many things that made me feel like I was actually making a difference (even if sometimes very small) and many things that made me feel like I was wasting my precious time and energy. In any event, the quality of our collective future is extremely important to me.
I actually believe that we are literally all one.
I also believe that the Center and Alliance can be infinitely more than it currently is. If you are inspired by any of what I am doing or trying to do, please seriously consider helping me evolve this organization and its projects. I need your help.
Note: This organization and web site has nothing to do with my work as a spiritual (wisdom) healer, teacher, and author, so it won't be explored here. If you are interested in that work, please visit: www.SpiritualAtheistWisdom.com.
Created Organizational Name and Logo
Created Organizational Mission Statement
Created Eight Empowering Intentions (that directly support our mission)
Created The Theory of Wholistic Ethics (a guiding initiative)
Created The Center and Alliance for a Better World (web site)
Created "Operation Liberation", which is an extremely complex and powerful initiative that includes:
Created a gathering place for Spiritual Atheists and Non-Literal Theists:
2002-2009: Yahoo Group
2009-2013: NING Social Networking Group (shut down in 2013)
2013-present: FaceBook Group
Note: "Operation Liberation" has been very successful. When I first started promoting these ideas, there was almost no* mention anywhere of terms like "Spiritual Atheism" and "Non-literal Theism"; now these terms are commonly used to reference one's personal orientation. In fact, there are now many books that use these terms in their titles. (I have published three such books.)
*Naturally, I don't claim to be the first person to use the term "Spiritual Atheism" (which has been in limited use for centuries); but I do claim to have done much to clearly define it, make use of it, and promote it via The Center for a Better World, The Center for Spiritual Atheism, and my personal work as a spiritual (wisdom) healer, teacher, and author and alternative music recording artist.
Created An effective, efficient, and naturally expanding Organizational Structure
Created The Alliance Social Networking System (deceased)
Note: This was a (customized) social networking system for individuals and organizations that were interested in helping to create a better world. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time required to keep up with the programming or the money required to keep the system running. For this reason, this system was shut down long before it reached maturity.
Created The Center for Individual and Organizational Empowerment (deceased)
Note: This was a localized and globalized directory and calendar of extremely well organized resources and events that support individual and organizational empowerment. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time required to keep up with the programming or the money required to hire someone else to do it. For this reason, this system was shut down long before it reached maturity.
During this time, I had many personal life challenges that resulted in virtually no available time or money. For this reason, I made almost no progress with The Center and Alliance; and I had to shut down The Alliance Social Networking System and The Center for Individual and Organizational Empowerment (as described above).
I still don't have much available time or money, but I now have some. So, naturally, I am trying to make some more progress by picking up where I left off. If you are inspired by any of what I have done, am doing, or am trying to do; please seriously consider helping me evolve this organization and its projects. I need your help.
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