Becoming the Vanguard and Champions of a New Civilization – A Talk by Rod Clarken [Audio Version]

This talk titled “Becoming the Vanguard and Champions of a New Civilization” was given by Dr. Rod Clarken at the Justice Conference, 2019.

In this talk, Dr. Clarken asks, “How do we become a source of social good and lay hold of all those instrumentalities that promote the peace and well-being and happiness, the knowledge, culture and industry, the dignity, value and station, of the entire human race?”, as Abdu’l-Baha has hoped for us? The presentation addresses this question by developing a conceptual framework derived from the Baha’i Writings that provide insight into human nature, purpose and transformation, and that challenge the dominant narratives of progress, accomplishment, meaning, power and happiness that pervade contemporary societies; by instead exploring truth, love and justice as the foundational instruments for transforming the individual, community and institutions; and discuss how we can develop our spiritual virtues, powers and capacities to enable us to become the vanguard and champions of a new civilization.

Dr. Clarken was a professor and director of teacher education for over three decades and has given presentations throughout the world on topics related to developing potential. More information and his books, papers, webcasts, courses and other material are available on his website:

The Justice Conference is an annual Baha’i-inspired forum for the exploration of international law, global governance, justice and ethics. It takes place in the Netherlands and all are welcome to participate!

You can watch the video recording of this talk here: Becoming the Vanguard and Champions of a New Civilization – Rod Clarken

Find out more about the Justice Conference and register to attend here on their website:

And check out the Justice Conference Facebook page here.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for this presentation
    We love Bahai Blog because you give us great resources for our Radio Bahai Program which is 2 hour program from FleurieuFM89.4
    which is every Sunday Night From South Australia

    I am a co presenter with Chris Reid

    Love and Blessing Marlena Bloomfield

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