Robert Kiyosaki is still extremely active in Australia via Pow Wow Events International, his books and radio appearences in Perth.
Here is some information as to his past that I know first hand:
Kiyosaki managed and presented my LGAT back in 1991. It was called "Money and You". Marketing of the LGAT was managed through a franchise arrangement in each participating country. From recall, there were offices in Hawaii, California, Singapore and Australia, (Sydney), and New Zealand. The Sydney Franchise was called "Business Plus" This business is still running under the Name of "Pow Wow Events" and markets "get rich quick" seminars. - more on this later on.
In the "Money and You" Series there were 3 courses all for about $800 each and this is back in 1991:
1. "Money and You"
2. "Creating Wealth"
3. "Powerful Presentations"
I participated in all 3 courses and assisted in two "Money and You" courses, (similar volunteer assistant arrangements to Landmark Education).
There was also a leadership course, the Excellerated Business School for Entrepreneurs, a 10 day live in at Hawaii for around $7,000.
Augmented around these core courses was a proliferation of "New Age" products and services ranging from books to Rebirthing Sessions, Scientology Auditing with e-meters, and every kind of "new age" bodywork available. These services/products would be marketed on the Sunday after all participants had been put through a thought reform process similar to Landmark and other LGATs.
Kiyosaki through Business Plus also promoted other LGATs that he approved of that concentrated in other areas.
Kiyosaki's LGATs were marketed to professionals and business people who wanted to improve their professional and business life. However, once in the courses the format took the form of a self improvement seminar.
The basis of the teachings were from R. Buckminster Fuller, an American architect and futurist who was recognised as a Master of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
"Money and You" and "Powerful presentations" were created by Marshall Thurber, an atterney and entrepreneur:
Kiyosaki was always quoting Thurber.
Other sources were Buddism, Scientology, Anthony Robin's NLP and Hoppi American Indian sacred teachings. The psychological processes used were also from Scientology and Est, (in particular the "Chocolate and Vanilla" exercise used on the Sunday of Landmark Forum).
The philosophy of the LGATs was similar to Landmark in that the individual can create anything that he/she desires. However, there were three conditions to this:
1. The individual needed to clear onself of "yukberries", (unconscious material that prevented the individual from being fully present - same as Landmark"s "I am possibility") Yukberries could only be eliminated from a person's psychie through a combination of Scientology Auditing, Rebirthing and bodywork, (Shiatsu etc.) and Firewalking
2. Once clear of "yukberries", the individual must work within "Generalised Principles" to realise one's unlimited potential. These priniciples are held to be true in all cases throughout the universe. Examples are Leverage, Synergy, Timing etc.). Each principle was refered to as a "Key".
3. The clearing process and mastering the generalised principles would enable the participant to shift paradigms, (Landmark's Constructs), into a totally new way of thinking and being. A shift in paradigms was preceded by the participant experiniencing "pertibation", (in psychological terms, inducing a "double bind" - common thought reform process to Mormanism and other cults).
At the end of each course, participants were encouraged to do further courses. After doing the three courses I became disolusioned as I felt I had not learnt anything substantial or detailed. It all seemed too contextual.
Kiyosaki also hired out his consulting services with Blair Singer and other Scientologists to small bisiness owners. Kiyosaki and crew would take control of the business and attempt to destroy it financially to induce a state of "purtabation" within the owner to create a paradigm shift.
In 1993 an ABC, (Australian Broadcasting Commission) Channel 2 programme called "4 Corners" aired a one hour expose on "Money and You". It was produced by The Rev Dr David Millikan, (the following link is an example of his writings on "Money and You" Landmark Education and other LGATs). [www.100megsfree4.com
This TV production exposed Kiyosaki and Blair Singer and a few other Presenters as ex-Scientologists using thought reform processes on unsuspecting course participants. As a result of this expose, Money and You" was closed down and never returned.
I recall watching this production on TV with my parents. I was extremely embarrassed that I had been caught up in such a con. However, it was not until October 2003 when I was investigating Landmark which my girlfriend got caught up in, that I realised I was still thinking and acting to some extent under the influence of thought reform way back from 1991!
In 1994 Business Plus was reformed under the trading name of "Pow Wow Events International" [www1.powwowevents.com.au
The name was inspired from the connection with Hoppi Indian teachings. "Pow Wow" now market all Kiyosaki's books and courses together with two other old "Money and You" presenters, Blair Singer, (Scientologist) and Stephanie Burns. The Directors of "Pow Wow" are graduates of Money and You.
Pow Wow seminars are LGAT formats steered to business and "would be" business people who want to create wealth through Real estate and the Stock market. Below is a transcript from the ABC on these type of courses:
Recently, Kiyosaki was contracted by Amway's "Network 21" to produce a motivational tape for Amyway networkers to sell to their downline.