Contemporary challenges and their interwoven complexity call for new ideas and new solutions. In times of radical uncertainty, like those we are living, critical thinking and the exploration of alternative perspectives have never been as necessary. The Institute has a long tradition of interdisciplinarity and open thinking. Still, we need to go further.
Preparing Future Leaders for the Technologies of Tomorrow
The nature of contemporary challenges implies that future leaders and decision makers will need to have an informed understanding of the technological turn. At the same time, the words of Rabelais ring more true than ever – ”Knowledge without conscience is but ruin of the soul”. While social sciences are an important instrument of critical thinking, they need to be complemented by philosophy, literature and the arts.
Moreover, as the world undergoes profound geopolitical changes and moves to become multipolar, the future of multilateralism is uncertain. In this context, the Institute must encourage a wide range of perspectives, rich and open interactions, and foster dynamics of mutual learning between different parts of the world.