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"Vital Strategies: The Hidden Code of Sunzi": an innovative exploration of Sunzi's classic, THE ART OF WAR, by Vince A. Di Dato

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In today's world characterized by various forms of conflict between different local and international protagonists, the strategic wisdom thougth has just been enriched by a new publicationVital Strategies: The Hidden Code of Sunzi, written by Vince A. Di Dato. The new book examines unexplored aspects of Sunzi's classic The Art of War showing how this masterpiece can offer precious insight in dealing with present day challenges by solving conflicts without engaging in war. Its excellence reflects the brilliant and exceptional background of its author.

In fact, Vince A. Di Dato, one of the distinguished members of the Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce, is a strategy Designer and General Director of Xerdan Ltd. in Malta. Working on sustainability in industrial productions, he won the Compasso d'Oro in 1987, among many other worldwide recognitions and prizes, and his projects have been published and presented internationally. He worked as Professor at IED - Istituto Europeo di Design in Milano from 2006 to 2010, and   at Università Pontificia San Bonaventura in Roma, teaching Triple Bottom Line concepts applied to geopolitics and social conflicts.  From 2010 to 2016, he also teached Civil-Military Synergies for the Italian Army Military Advisors for the Afghan National Army, at Centro Addestramento Alpino, in Aosta. Furthermore, he works on new paradigms about conflict evolution (in the broader sense) and the potential of non-lethal, non-violent activities to prevent and solve them. In addition to holding several lectures and seminars in Italian Universities and collaborating with several magazines and media in Europe, he has a long experience in crisis areas in the Middle East, Central Asia, Central America, Sub-Sahara Africa, and the United States regarding emergency management, reconstruction and energy, and essential services after wars and critical events.

Coming back to Vital Strategies: The Hidden Code of Sunzithe 452 pages' book, its publication was done at Narrative Strategies Ink in Washington D. C, USA, on February 2022. Moreover, its approach is centered on the strategy wisdom. In fact, we have ancient strategic wisdom to confront the present humanity challenges which is the wisdom that shows the difference between”conflict” and “war”.  In the West, we know it as “The Art of War". Yet, that translation limits the profoundness and the vast possibilities to apply that knowledge to our lives.

On the other hand, The Bingfa of Sunzi, better translated as the Manual on the Art of Military Strategies and Tactics – or The Competitive Methods - was written about 2,500 ago. It teaches a way to improve our lives through that strategical knowledge. Then, we should learn about Sunzi differently than we did till now. A hidden code in the Sunzi treatise exists that makes his work timeless, universal, and valuable in our lives and our human relationships, even in business.

The Bingfa is the development of Dao philosophy regarding conflicts, and conflict is not necessarily a war. There are profound cultural differences in the development of Oriental strategic thinking and the Occidental one. The dualism recognizable in the Daoist Sunzi conflict conception becomes a dichotomy in the Western idea of war defined by Clausewitz. With very different results and historical development until the modern world's events and challenges.

How will we successfully enter the future confrontations between East and West without engaging in a war and finding a way to solve the differences and prosper on the same planet? The current events involving Russia and Ukraine and the increasing economic confrontation with China impose us to think differently, to use conflicts as a creative source and not as a destructive pretext to degenerate into war. Sunzi can be a unique key to avoiding the trap of an inevitable clash between the West and China or Russia. Or to confront - united - the crisis humanity is going through on sustainability because of our critical relationship with nature.

Vital Strategies - The Hidden Code of Sunzi goes even beyond that: forever strategists seek the science in the art of conflict. The Bingfa is built around Daoist science and mathematics. There is a hidden code that defines strategy in that vision. Analyzing the thirteen chapters of the manual in-depth, we can recognize the awesome combinations of numbers that make that wisdom universal and still present today.

Through real-life experiences and storytelling, we discover how the most ancient civilizations around the Pacific and the Western World have evolved the philosophy of using force. We explore how humanity applies the strategical concepts in all life experiences, from the military to business, from our relationship with nature to the inner spiritual visions. Step by step, we re-discover the Sunzi school and the structure of the Bingfa to acquire a renewed tool for our present life.

Vital Strategies changes the way to look at conflict and war.

The book is available on Amazon

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