Vision-In-Action Leadership Institute
Vision without action is empty.
Action without vision is blind.
Ideology and opinion divide.
Quest and commitment unite.
A world wherein every man and woman is a leader in his and her own right,
exploring the leading-edge of his and her own creative evolution,
manifesting his and her own singular vision for humanity in action, and
bringing to the world a new Light that is his and her spirit-in-action.
To develop authentic leaders of the world
who are self-generative and responsible visionaries-in-action,
who appreciate the power of spirituality inherent in humanity, and
who work with other leaders in Alignment Beyond Agreement
for the furtherance of creative human evolution and world development.
Vision-In-Action was established, in 2003, as heir to The Twilight Club. The Twilight Club was a venerable tradition of ethical activism originally founded in the late 1870’s as a “sapient circle” of visionary thinkers from diverse disciplines. Inspired by the British philosopher Herbert Spencer, the founding members included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Edwin Markham, and several others. Their stated purpose was that of ethical and cultural renewal of their world.
The Twilight Club continued to grow well into the 20th century through the work of the artist-philosopher Walter Russell, the IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the Nobel Laureate Alexis Carrel, and others, involving many thousands of people. The Twilight Club was, among other things, an inspiration for the formation of the Boy Scout of America and England, of the Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis Clubs, and of the Better Business Bureau.
In 1949, Lao Russell, the wife of Walter Russell, established the Walter Russell Foundation, later renamed The University of Science and Philosophy, as a continuation of the Twilight Club ideals, founding the Man-Woman Equality League—a precursor to the Women’s Liberation Movement, and the International Age-of-Character Clubs.
The Twilight Club had two distinguishing characteristics that are of vital relevance and importance if a transformational movement of any kind is to be truly successful:
- Vision was always united with action. The participants’ vision and action were indeed vision-in-action.
- The participants were aligned without necessarily completely agreeing with one another philosophically or ideologically. The Twilight Club was not ideology based but commitment based, not agreement based but alignment based.
In 1998, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, Zen Buddhist priest-scholar, integral transhumanist philosopher, and business consultant, identified these two distinguishing features of The Twilight Club and recognized their continuing relevance to today’s world, combined with the vital importance of The Twilight Club’s original mission for ethical and cultural renewal.
In 1999, with his partner Laara Lindo, President of The University of Science and Philosophy (The Walter Russell Foundation), Kimura revived The Twilight Club. Within four years, The Twilight Club attracted participation of many of today’s prominent visionary thinkers from around the world as well as hundreds of interested citizens. As The Twilight Club grew, Kimura, in order to facilitate the advent of the new era, found it necessary to establish an entirely new entity in the evolving trend and context of the 21st century. Vision-In-Action is that entity.Go to the top