Has LM changed it's recruiting efforts lately?
I know a few Landmarkians who seem completely sucked into it and have made efforts to recruit me. None of them have succeeded, and they finally have not brought it up. ( so I thought...)
Recently I was invited to hear one of them speak at a non LM function by another Landmarkian. The person mentioned that the speaker did not agree with the aggressive recruiting efforts and felt that people should come to LM on their own free will. The topic is not about LM, but these people bring it up at many opportunities. What LM has done is infiltrate other public events in the area and then bring it up. So you don't get invited to a LM event, but another one, and they are there as a sideline.
Well, this only looked to me like a wolf in sheep clothing. I know the speaker is a charismatic person who can be very influential, even if he does not say it outright. I don't believe for an instance that recruitment is not the goal of this talk.
I am not going.. but wonder if this is a new LM strategy...
Not really a new strategy - they've been doing that sort of thing for years with their sub-company called " Landmark Education Business Development " - which operated from 1993 to 2007 as LEBD then changed its name to " Vanto Group " for some unknown odd reason ... ???
Landmark Education Business Development aka LEBD aka Vanto Group has as its CEO Steven Zaffron.
Zaffron first became an executive for Werner Erhard and was an “est trainer” in Erhard’s company “Erhard Seminars Training” (Outrageous Betrayal by Steven Pressman, St. Martin’s Press: 1993, page 217). Currently, Zaffron serves the Landmark Education corporation as CEO of “Vanto Group”, formerly known as “Landmark Education Business Development”, and in addition, Zaffron has the highest-ranking “trainer” title in Landmark Education called “Landmark Forum Leader”.
Interestingly, in a publication by Steven Zaffron as its author, “The Promise of Philosophy and the Landmark Forum”, Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 & 2, Jan/Feb & Mar/Apr 2001 Barbados Group Working Paper No. 01-01. -- Steven Zaffron acknowledges Landmark Education is a form of " Large Group Awareness Training " or LGAT .
In this paper co-authored by Zaffron, the phrase “Large Group Awareness Training” is used multiple times in reference to Landmark Education. Example on page 52: “Dennison’s dissertation,7 which categorizes the Landmark Forum as a “large group awareness training” is a qualitative study based on interviews with Forum graduates. He also reports predominantly positive outcomes and in addition, briefly summarizes philosophical components of the Forum. The extensive research literature on “large group awareness training” published in the 1970s and 80s (summarized in Finkelstein, Wenegrat, and Yalom8) is framed in psychological more than philosophical terms, albeit there is some reference to the training as existential psychotherapy.” Two different academic treatises are cited as references in the paper co-authored by Zaffron (see page 59, endnotes 7 and 8, Dennison 1994 and Finkelstein 1982) – and both have the phrase “Large Group Awareness Training” in their titles.