✺ THE CONTEXT
THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE
The evolutionary process of the universe is characterized by the principle of synergy—that the behavioral characteristics of the whole system in evolution cannot be predicted from the most complete knowledge of the components taken separately or in partial combinations.
Many argue that the world has entered a revolutionary phase-transition in history even greater than the Industrial Revolution. In accordance with the principle of synergy, however, even with much greater knowledge than any that was available in the past, not a single expert can predict, with certainty, how the world as a whole will be like in the future.
Fortunately, however, we humans are not only mere observers but also are conscious participants and co-creators of the world. We have within us the power to transform and re-create the world.
The world consists of a synergetic network of communication that is continuously forming, reforming, and transforming. The substance of the world is idea, which forms, reforms, and transforms itself inside the network of communication, autopoietically self-organizing as an evolving system.
The prime mover of the world is not technology but idea. Technology is only an artifact of idea, but never the prime mover itself. Idea moves and ideation creates the world. Therefore, we can move the world with our own thinking through the generation of new ideas.
In this context of idea as the prime mover of the world, we can see that innovative technologies that have emerged at the beginning of the 21st century—such as social platforms, the cloud, and the Internet of Things—have deep transformational power.
Combined with the explosion of mobility as well as with the universal access to the broadband Internet, the transformative power of these technologies reaches almost all aspects of human life, such as communications, information, production, consumption, and entertainment, challenging entire industry segments and affecting our economic and political lives in ways unpredicted and unpredictable.
Concomitantly, with the advent of millennial generations endowed with new kinds of mentality and intelligence, humanity has entered a new phase in the evolution of consciousness where two complementary trends are discernible—greater individual differentiation and higher communal integration.
Consequently, both individualism and collectivism, and their never-ending conflict and strife, can now be transcended to usher in a world where individual freedom and societal unity can simultaneously be achieved.
These profound changes open a unique window of opportunities in many aspects of our lives that raise questions of how to unleash, shape, and lead those new pathways from ego-centric concern to eco-centric coherence; from material and spiritual paucity to plenitude; from local-centered action to transcultural global engagement throughout the entire fields of the arts, the sciences, the business industries, education, economics, ecology, and social architectonics—in order to bring about a more regenerative world and planet.
The Berlin Future Forum (BFF) invites thought leaders from around the world to participate in a sustained deep dialogue and collective process for the exploration of the contemporary and near-future Zeitgeist questions.
BFF is designed to be a generative field of new thoughts and new ideas that can transform the world. Our aim is to create a space for mindful, insightful, innovative conversations that lead to effective action for the solution of the pressing issues of the world.
Berlin has been chosen because the city is a preeminent creative hub of the world and stands as an inspirational place for people who want to explore different paths in pursuit of their vision.
“Materialidad sin espiritualidad carece de sentido;
espiritualidad sin materialidad es efímera.”
― Rafael Steinhauser
Berlin Future Forum
2016: From Multicultural Conflict to Transcultural Coherence