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Cornerstones of Democracy

From Domination to Partnership

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When the present Domination System is replaced with the Partnership System, the very foundation of our democracy will be revealed, as The Preamble of the Constitution is a Partnership vision. During this free, public event, inspired by the visionary work of Dr. Riane Eisler, a series of speakers described what the four cornerstones of family, gender, economics and narratives can look like when grounded in the values of Partnership.

The event illustrated how the cornerstones support an Integrated Progressive Agenda, an agenda that promotes a more just, tolerant and inclusive society.

Filmed in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union

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DR. Riane Eisler

Dr. Riane Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and is internationally known as a systems scientist, an attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of groundbreaking books such as The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Dr. Eisler has received numerous awards and honors, including honorary PhDs and peace and human rights awards. She lectures worldwide, with venues including the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, Congressional briefings, universities, corporations, conference keynotes, and events hosted by heads of State.


laura flanders

Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in-depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, economics, business and the arts. Flanders is a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! magazine. She is also the author of six books including the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007).



Jamia Wilson is an American writer, commentator, and feminist activist based in New York City. She is the Executive Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press at CUNY. Wilson is the youngest director in the Press's 47-year history, as well as the first woman of color to head the organization. Prior to joining the Feminist Press, Wilson was the Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media and a staff writer at Rookie (magazine). Her work has appeared in several books including Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of PopThe V Word, and I Still Believe Anita Hill. Jamia has been recognized as one of the “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism” by Refinery29.


tony mcaleer

Tony McAleer is executive director of Life After Hate and shares his practice of compassion as a presenter of LAH's Kindness Not Weakness curriculum. Former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer operated voice messaging center), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. Tony's love for his children led him on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Financial hardship and the harsh realities of single parenthood brought him to a place of compassion and forgiveness. 

Moderated by: Friedrike Merck

Friedrike Merck has been a political activist, philanthropist and artist for over forty years. She has worked on thirteen campaigns, was an Obama Delegate in 2008 and is now Senior Advisor to visionary author and thought leader Dr. Riane Eisler. Her maternal ancestors helped write the country’s founding documents, established the Abolitionist Movement and formed the Anti-Slavery (Republican) Party. Friedrike has contributed millions of dollars to progressive organizations and individuals. She may paint again, someday.


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The mission of The Center for Partnership Studies is to advance humanity's return to Partnership by empowering individuals to adopt the values and principles of Partnership in personal, social, environmental relations and in all institutions. The Center for Partnership Studies was founded by Dr. Riane Eisler in 1987. Learn more by visiting


Event Co-sponsored by Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs.