For the first time in human medical history, we are now able to access all the different medical systems that have ever existed on this planet and integrate their wisdom into diagnosis and treatment. None of them are 100% wrong and all of them have the potential to contribute to the improvement of medical conditions. With an evidence base of less than 20% in conventional medicine, we must think outside the box. Some of these medical systems are thousands of years old, others are being practised in daily life by millions every day; some offer powerful cures in acute medicine, others in the treatment of chronic conditions.
Conventionally we consider demographic changes (birth control, women’s health, controlled migration), innovative technology (renewable energies), exponential economic growth (austerity versus deficit spending, redistribution) and global governance (human rights, democracy, institution-building) as the four major components of any future narrative. But there is a missing link. There is no way to envision and manage our future without rethinking and reshaping our monetary system. Over 80% of the world population does not benefit adequately from existing financial institutions.
Mankind is undergoing an evolutionary transformation within a new age, called the ‘Anthropocene’; there are several ways to interpret this mega-shift. Some authors call it the ‘Great Divide’ between the tribalists and the globalists (Robb Smith), some call it a ‘Metacrisis’ (Sean Esbjorn-Hargen) affecting all parts of our lives. I call it ‘New Thinking’: a thinking in which we are able to identify that the ‘way a problem is mentally framed is the real problem’ (Susanne Cook-Greuter); in which more and better data, figures and insights from different disciplines, cultures, beliefs and political systems
Religious beliefs and their impact on society and science have been one of the most overlooked topics in modern times. What are the characteristics of and common ground for any interfaith dialogue? Current interfaith dialogue is dominated by historical analysis, theological interpretations of texts (exegesis), and disputes about institutional and organizational structures of competencies, power, influence and hierarchy within each religious administration. However, the common denominator emerges neither from the rational discursive dialogue of interpreting texts (such as the Bible or other holy books), nor from disputes about organizational and institutional aspects (power, hierarchy and influence), nor from humanitarian commitment, as this is shared with most secular NGOs.
Despite rising expenditures and increasing enrolment rates on a global level, educational output is stagnating, if not declining. There is increasing empirical evidence that we need a completely different approach to enhancing the learning curve; this holds true for early childhood, primary education, secondary education and higher education. Most existing educational programs do not tap into the full creative potential of our minds and our brains and often lead to suboptimal outcomes both for the individual and for society as a whole. Findings in clinical psychology, neurobiology and social psychology are not sufficiently considered when setting up appropriate educational programs.