Ruud Veltenaar: Trend watcher and futurist?
World leading future thinker and inspirer for conscious leadership and innovative entrepreneurship
I am much more of a future thinker and -creator than a trend watcher or futurologist. As a philosopher, I think about a world in transformation to the next stage of our civilization and the marker point where we now stand as humanity.
What track do we choose towards the inevitable and irreversible: the world we all long for? A better world, with a more sustainable environment and greater equality and justice. A world we all long for and can create ourselves!
If most major problems are caused by people, then surely we are the solution? But it takes more than exponential technologies, billions of new trees, thousands of windmills and other utopias of ecomodernists and singularists.
It requires a MEXIT [thanks Thomas Rau]: an exit from our way of thinking – our Mindset. It doesn’t just have to be smarter, faster and more sustainable; above all, it has to be more humane and less so. A lot less.
I encourage people and organizations to become even more aware of the enormous challenges we face as humanity. I reflect and interpret the future and show the connections. This creates clarity, insight and a strong desire for a better world. And also for vital solutions to serious problems, which of course are at hand.
Technology does not solve everything and even creates new challenges. Sustainability is the only direction, but not a cure for all problems. We will also have to change ourselves. In our thinking, doing and not doing. What we eat and how we travel. Why we work and what we want to mean for other people. And that’s not easy, because people can change but don’t want to be changed.
Of course you can be the change you want to see in the world. But to make a real impact and difference we need to connect our desires and ambitions. And from this desire-retanglement into action. In radical interdependence. For the common good: The profound purpose.