Knut Wimberger

Knut Wimberger
University of Vienna | UniWien · Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften

Master of Laws
Phd on hold. Pursuing a practical project: Green Steps ARK

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Introduction
Which communication techniques and learning methods are required to transform our capitalist nation state economies into a single society in which every single human being turns into a steward of our common home, planet Earth? I research at the intersection of environmental education, behavioral architecture, social psychology and law, and develop a social network that applies mindful social media design to deliver an out of the box bottom up solution.

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Publications (19)
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This article dissects the 1968 essay on the "Tragedy of the Commons" by human ecologist Garrett Hardin. His recommendation to either close off one commons after another or reduce the human population by coercive birth control in order to prevent the collapse of the planetary ecosystem is subject of calculated logical error. The tragedy of commons i...
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The future of work was the most discussed topic in Anglo-Saxon media in 2017. Rightly so, because that year people had become increasingly aware of the consequences of artificial intelligence on human work, and not only thought leaders began to ask questions whose answers are not yet, or not easily, forthcoming. What is the future of work? When wil...
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Large international sporting events which celebrate nationalism are ecological and social anachronisms which must not be any longer tolerated. The competition of individual athletes is embedded in a larger competition between nations states, the largest entities of a capitalist economic system. The athletes turn into ambassadors for the achievement...
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This essay looks into game theory in general and the prisoners' dilemma in particular to understand why our educations systems do not transform despite the urgency of shifting from industrial towards integral learning environments which put cooperation over competition.
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This is the full version WHITE PAPER for the Green Steps ARK. ARK is short for Activate body & mind, Restore the environment, Know your bioregion. The ARK is a gamified social network which uses a highly scalable technology and a sustainable social business model to exponentially accelerate bottom-up climate change adaptation measures. It offers a...
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This essay reviews Evan Osnos’ Age of Ambition – Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China and elaborates on how isolationism and moral corruption decides over a civilization’s ultimate fate. As such it reveals that the stages of development for societies and civilizations do not change but accelerate as a consequence of technological progr...
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Many brains are in fear or flight mode these days or raging in anger, because they don't agree with the measures our political systems have imposed on our daily lives. If the amygdala fires, human beings, in particular politicians, tend to make short term decisions. This essay looks from a systemic perspective into why covid-19 has appeared on the...
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This interview on the evolutionary purpose of cities as learning spaces was conducted by Katja Heilkoetter as part of the 5th anniversary of Citymakers, a Berlin based changemaker network. Knut Wimberger suggests that city planning should integrate insights from human development psychology and the learning needs which the climate crisis asks us to...
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This essay contends that procrastination is increasingly not a psychopathological condition, but a state of mind into which cultural frame conditions push the human being. While a flood of fitness apps and self-help literature suggest to the modern individual that it has to fight harder in order to function properly, I defend humanity and put the b...
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This essay reviews Leopold Kohr's book The Breakdown of Nations and asks which organizational principles a global 3 rd millennium society should be governed by. While Kohr suggest the organization around political parties grouped around cultural territories, the author suggests an organization in communities around the instincts of work and surviva...
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This article looks into the psychology of why we do not react to climate change with the urgency which is needed, and explains the neurology behind human fight and flight behavior. It conceives a learning platform which combines positive communication with an infrastructure of human motivation.
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This essay looks into the teleology of Shanghai's waste management law.
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This essay argues for more play in education and explains why competitive education systems destroy human potential. It calls for a new understanding of homo sapiens as a play driven animal and suggests to call this human being homo illumens instead of homo ludens.
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This investigative essay takes the 2018 soccer world cup in Russia as a starting point to analyze the contemporary role of football as the ritual-religion of global capitalism and national power structures. It tries to explain from both sociological and neurological perspective why football fills a vacuum which the industrial revolution has torn in...
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The Xi administration pursues since 2013 two flagship policies, one which cries to be heard by the entire planet, the other simmers silently behind the Great Wall. The 一带一路|One Belt One Road (OBOR) project is designed to turn Beijing into a 21st century Rome. In contrast to the international or foreign flagship policy, the domestic flagship policy...
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The author was tasked with the evaluation of two reports on the EU IPR SME Helpdesk (IHD), one undertaken by Technopolis Group, the second by DG GROW staff, and arrives at the conclusion that large parts of the EU's economic policy need to be reassessed in an era of exponential transformation and existential threats like climate change and mass une...
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This investigative essay looks into the Chinese manufacturing industry behind bitcoin. It tries to understand what manufacturers of mining rigs and operators of mining farms are driven by and analyses the effects of their activities on the global ecosystem. It concludes with guidelines for the creation of a social currency which is operated for the...
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Pax Americana created after WWII abundance for much of the Western world, but at the expense of the developing world and the environment. Pax Sinica is set to develop abundance for the sinocentric world at the expense of the Western world and the environment, but at a much larger and thus threatening scale considering the increase in consumption pe...
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This essay reviews Ian Johnson's 2017 book "The Souls of China" for an investigation of how religion can heal the social scars of the industrial revolution. It seems as if Chinese politicians are better social psychologists than their Western counterparts, because they have triggered a resurgence of religion. The Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping administra...

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Projects (2)
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My Country and My People | 吾国与吾民 is a reference to the great author and scholar Lin Yutang | 林语堂 who was probably one of the earliest bridge bloggers ever, transcending the cultural gap between East and West with his thought and writing. The essays published in this project are a selection from my blog mycountryandmypeople.org where I write since more than 20 years about China and its impact on the world. I do this in the best possible manner, free from restrictions of academic methodology, following the examples of Michel de Montaigne and Gary Snyder. Michel de Montainge (1533–1592) was the first author to describe his work as essays; he used the term to characterize these as "attempts" to put his thoughts into writing. Gary Snyder (1930–) was the first essayist with whom I felt a connection in style and content. His essay collection The Practice of the Wild has helped me to confirm a style which aims at the essence of the subject at hand.
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ARK is short for Activate body & mind, Restore the environment, Know your bioregion. The ARK is a gamified social network which uses a highly scalable technology and a sustainable social business model to exponentially accelerate bottom-up climate change adaptation measures. It offers a clearly structured step-by-step learning journey to users in local communities; and a global collaborative library of best practices to facilitators. The ARK uses the power of technology to drive long term behavioral change in offline communities. The Green Steps ARK is geared towards realizing a sane society through triple health. Project phase 1 strengthens and connects local communities as smallest cells of a global civil society in a gamified learning platform about ESD, that is education for sustainable development (SDG 17, 4). Phase 2 pioneers the internet of nature and drives planetary health through stewardship over commons and the creation of bioregional identities (SDG 13, 4). Phase 3 structures a conditional universal basic income and redistributes wealth globally through meritocratic ecosystem service remuneration (SDG 10, 4).