I looked for a book deep in the stacks of Kansas University's
Watson Library one day in 1976, I found instead an open space.
Turning around to see the complete twenty-five volume set (1930-1955)
of the Journal
of Calendar Reform changed my life. I began reading right
there on the floor and continued my study by repeatedly checking
out each one during the next few years.
was fun to share The World Calendar idea
with others - and a helpful part of deciding if it was
better enough to be worth the effort. People typically asked HOW
would we change to it – and WHEN – which challenged
me to come up with answers. I gradually recognized that the compelling
advantages of The World Calendar are also the persuasive sources
of inner dedication necessary to both start and complete such
an attempt. How could I continue to ignore such motivation while
finding myself not doing anything more important with my life?
answer was to stipulate that I would start and not stop trying
unless somehow convinced that The World Calendar is not the best
choice as alternative to the current disorder. Giving myself permission to act in favor of The World Calendar released a continuing surge of details. For example, the perplexing disconnect between our simple-clock and confused-calendar began gaining increased specificity: This one-clock world is technologically connected enough now to simultaneously focus on using a better calendar.
people recognize a need for a better calendar. Blinding doubt,
however, has amazing potential to quickly end conversations that
introduce a project this huge. When initial reactions of surprise
and ignorance subside long enough for listening and inquiry to
follow, the possibility is real. So is the excitement. My role
is settling in as one of sharing how I think we can do it -- and
going ahead and doing it. The pieces are fitting together.
explore this site and others linked to it and tell me how you
see yourself fitting in -- doing it. Let others hear
of your anticipations and preparations on the way to fostering
"The need for a better calendar has not gone away. Cosmetic changes
to application have moved some holidays to Monday, thus
calming one of the more noticeable objections. As people
increasingly access the Gregorian calendar with computers,
they extend the masked partner reign of wall and desk versions.
Together, they sustain unending inconvenience enough to
keep it bearable and ignored."