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 will it occur? How do you prepare your children for it? What education does the future of work require? This article attempts to summarize observations of the last decade and provides answers derived from the fields of anthropology, economics, sociology, ecology and technology.
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.
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 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 triple health. Project phase 1 strengthens and connects local communities as smallest cells of a global civil society in a gamified learning platform about 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). Activate. Restore. Know. A fun platform to transform our societies for good.
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 meet.
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 blame for procrastination on our social systems. The reader is introduced to the concept of exogenous and endogenous procrastination as a terminology which differentiates between cultural causes and psychopathological causes that allow such a diagnosis. With procrastination being only a mild form of psychopathological behavior, which starts a spectrum that stretches over depression to suicide, this paper calls for a transformation of our education systems and a culture which allows more play. Written in 2016/17 in Shanghai, where the author had spent two decades in total and several years thereof in the automation industry, it suggests that the compressed industrial revolution of Far East Asian societies will most likely lead to at least temporarily higher levels of mental health issues than this is the case in Western industrialized economies where societies had more than a century to digest the impact of technological transformation.
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.
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 into the individual and collective human psyche and warns that the eradication of sacred wildness in our advanced societies triggers mass atrocities not only directed against others, but also against nature and the self. It asks in a last extent if the individual human being has to change or the culture it is engulfed by.
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 per capita and roughly one billion more human beings being added to this planet each decade, in particular in Asia and Africa, China’s second continent.
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.
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 benefit of people and planet.
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 survival paired with the concept of bioregions and made scalable by appropriate blockchain technology.