The whole earth vision has been lost. We no longer live (if we ever did) in a world where humans live in harmony with other species in the biosphere and all have access to what we need to live healthy, safe and purposeful lives. Perhaps this can be achieved by a civil, global movement from the bottom-up.
Education will be radically different than it is today: more reactive, flexible and customized for people. It will go beyond the classroom, beyond books. We talk about real cases that will inspire new opportunities .“Education will become the largest single industry and entertainment a close second-or mankind would die of utter boredom in a workless world.” Arthur C. Clarke. Workless or not, education is evolving fast and opening new opportunities.
Will jobs and employment decrease significantly because of AI and automation, or will new industries offer more opportunities? Jobs just to keep busy? The job saviors industry. Going rogue. The difference between work and play. Or are they the same?
Scientists play a critical role in advancing knowledge. However, public trust is often not the case. In the past, Galileo and Darwin were considered threats to society. And today? Kim Stanley Robinson in Red Mars and Sequoia Nagamatsu in “30,000 Years beneath a Eulogy” offer new perspectives, as do people from the Future 2043 survey who describe scientists in the future as explorers, rock stars and change agents.
Three perspectives: believing what we see, believing what has actually happened, and believing we can make a difference. Will our belief systems be less relevant. Are they necessary for humanity. Will they unite us or continue to create conflicts. Will influencers and politicians be our new religious leaders.
Interconnections between cities and humanity in a world where cities are getting bigger. Are cities our hope for survival as hubs for innovation and services for people? There are three movements on-going: vertical expansion, horizontal sprawl in the shape of formal suburbs and informal slums, and simply leaving.
Large cities may be turning into networks of citified villages. A catastrophe could lead us to rebuilding cities (and our civilization) into new ways of living, even a return to the distant past. Or, we could develop our cities today in ways that make them more human and healthier. Does earth abide?