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2023 / 18-20 / October


In the Evolutionary Renaissance Assembly forum, we aim to catalyse a conversation about a new long-term dream for humanity - and making it real. What can heal our civilisational wounds, inspire co creation of the future, and lead to universal flourishing? Can the evolutionary transition of humankind be guided, and how can this guidance engage all of us? What needs to change in models of education, governance, economy, and culture so that this dream of ‘thriveable’ futures can be fulfilled? What is our dream of the Earth, and what does the Earth dream for us?
  • 3
    online program about the visions of the human development
  • 4
    of experts sharing their vision on human development as invitation for discussion
  • 12
    on the most important topics how to overcome the growing poly-crisis
  • 50+
    sharing their opinions about the perspectives of our future
The main organiser of the forum is Global Education Futures, a global think-do-tank that researches and prototypes the future of skills and learning for educational organisations, governments, and business. For over 10 years, our strategic foresights, methodological frameworks, and breakthrough experiments served large-scale national and global initiatives in education. To create this forum, our team partners with international communities of thought and action leaders including Learning Planet Institute, World Academy of Art & Science, and many others.

Our most recent initiative is the launch of The University for the Planet, a global platform that helps develop leadership skills and produce solutions for some of the most challenging planetary problems.

Another initiative is an open call for co-creation of the Evolutionary Development Goals, a comprehensive system of global objectives guiding humanity towards an evolutionary transition, capable of fostering a prosperous and sustainable future.

This forum is conducted in support of HS4A, a global campaign on Human Security for All, initiated by The World Academy of Art & Science and the UN Trust Fund on Human Security.

Our speakers will share their view on human evolutionary development
  • Ana Lucia Castano Galvis
  • Igor Berkhin
    Meditation Teacher
    Dzogchen community
  • Jude Currivan
    Co-founder WholeWorld-View
  • Anne Barring
    Jungian Analyst
  • Arti Ahluwalia
    Strategy Coordinator
    UN Commons Cluster India
  • Donna Morton
    Edge Finance Accelerator
  • Kingsley Dennis
    Author & Researcher
  • Natalia Vojno
    Founder & Principal
    Our Future First
  • Ralph Wolff
    The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • Rodolfo Taurabella
    Executive Director
    CIFAL Argentina
  • Ross Hall
    Weaver & Co-Lead of the Learning Societies Portfolio
    Jacobs Foundation
  • Shae Brown
    Casual academic
    Southern Cross University
  • Victoria Haro
    Co-founder & Academic Director
    Universidad de Medio Ambiente
  • Alessandra Marazzi
    Forbes Coaches Council
  • Alexander Morozov
    Young Folks Latvia
  • Anne Marie Voorhoeve
    Founder & Strategic Connector
    The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence
  • Grant Schreiber
    Global Campaign Manager
    Human Security For All
  • Jan Hurwitch
    Executive Director
    Visionary Ethics Foundation
    Costa Rica
  • Maji-da Abdi
    Producer & President
    Andelay Association
  • Valentina Raman
    Director Of Education
    Students Shoulder to Shoulder
    Co-founder Youth x Youth
  • Viktor Perminov
    Human Accelerator
  • Yanina Dubeykovskaya
    Women Influence Community
  • Zineb Mouhyi
    Co-Founder Weaving Lab
    Co-Founder & Community Organizer YouthxYouth
  • Nick Graham
    Weaver - Community & Operations, Transformations Community
  • Takemiya Makoto
  • Ila Malhotra Gregory
    Ecosystem Weaver & Gardener
    Youth x Youth
  • Lars Laegrid
  • Dave Pendle
    Generative You
  • Daniel Christian Wahl
    Author, and Faculty, Systemic Design Lab
    ETH Zurich
  • Mansi Jasuja
    Conscious Business
    Practitioner Art of Participatory Leadership
  • Diane Willams
    The Source of Synergy Foundation
  • Steve Farrell
    Co-founder & Executive Director
    Humanity's Team
  • Kate Loshkareva
    Researcher & Consultant
  • Michael Stevenson
    Senior Consultant
  • Liu Tupikina
    Lecturers without Borders
  • Marion Neumann
    Cinematographer, Director, Screenwriter
  • Dora Damjanovic
    PR Manager
    UN Trust Fund
  • Lev Gordon
    Living Cities Earth
  • Robyn Whittaker
    Co-Founder, Africa Voices Dialogue, and Country Lead,
    The NetEdu Project
  • Mandar Apte
    Executive Director
  • Gaby Arenas de Menses
    Founder & Executive Director
    TAAP Foundation
  • Luis Camargo
    Founder and Executive Director
    OpEPA, Colombia & USA
  • Viktoria Phiri
    Choma Museum and Crafts Centre, Zambia
  • Yugandhar G. R.
    The World United, India
  • Parul Penjabi
    CEO & Mentor
  • Victoria Le Fur
    Women’s Entrepreneurship International Academy (WEIA)

Program of the ERA Forum

Day 1 / October 18 / Wednesday
In search of a New Human Dream: Visions and Goals
Join us as we explore emerging humanity's dreams for the 21st century. Discover how these dreams can inspire all of us to tackle global challenges, redefine collective ways of being, and guide the journey of our civilization forward.
15:00–15:30 CEST
Forum opening: Welcome into the Dream of the Earth
Pavel Luksha, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures
Alexander Laszlo, Director of Research, Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research
Marion Neumann, Cinematographer, Director, Screenwriter
15:30–16:30 CEST
Panel 1: Why dream for humanity and the planet?
Moderated by Pavel Luksha, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures

Francois Taddei, Founder & President, Learning Planet Institute
Jack Bancroft, Founder & CEO, AIME and IMAGI-NATION
Kriton Arsenis, Senior campaigner and politician for Nature Restoration
Ana Lucia Castano Galvis, Co-founder, ARARE

This panel will explore the profound significance of human dreaming, a unique skill that defines our species. As our civilization moves deeper into the poly-crisis, we can collectively nurture this ability and harness it to envision dreams that carry us into more positive futures. The panel will unravel the art of discovering dreams that collectively guide us, and will explore how these dreams can be woven together, including apparently conflicting ones.

What is the role of dreaming & imagination for the human future? How do we nurture conversations between communities holding long-term visions of the future, including dreams that seem to conflict with each other (e.g. “singularity” vs “ecoutopia”)? How do we hold space for multiple & inclusive futures?
16:30–17:00 CEST
Keynote 1: Fostering Humanity’s Coming Upshift — A Sacred Mission

Ervin Laszlo, Founder & President, Club of Budapest and The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research

17:00–18:00 CEST
Panel 2: Ascending to the Age of Planetary Consciousness
Moderated by Alexander Laszlo, Director of Research, The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research

Anneloes Smitsman, Founder & CEO, EARTHWise Centre, and architect of the EARTHwise Constitution for a Planetary Civilization
Marylin Hamilton, Founder, Integral Cities Meshworks, and Co-founder, Living Cities Earth
Gary Jacobs, President & CEO, World Academy of Art & Science, and Chairman of the Board & CEO, World University Consortium
Jude Currivan, Author, and Co-founder, WholeWorld-View
Humankind is a unique species that has spread across the whole surface of Earth and entered every living ecosystem, marking the age of Anthropocene. Being a “planetary species” implies planet-wide responsibilities, which are so far not reflected in our culture and ways of thinking. This panel explores the ascending to the planetary level of consciousness, unraveling the meanings and characteristics of this profound shift in human development. Through their dialogue, the panelists will try to discover what is required from each of us, explore the likelihood of this transition, and its significance in realizing collective human dreams.

What responsibilities do we hold as a planetary species, and what ethos do we cultivate?
18:00–18:30 CEST
Keynote 2: Envisioning an Ecological Civilization
Jeremy Lent, Author, and Founder & President, Liology Institute
18:30–19:30 CEST
Panel 3: Lucid questions for humanity

Moderated by Nick Graham, Weaver - Community & Operations, Transformations Community


Mila Popovich, Director General, Directorate for Interculturalism, Government of Montenegro, and Founder, EVOLving Leadership
Igor Berkhin, Meditation Teacher, Dzogchen community
Lars Laegrid, Founder, Emergence
Dave Pendle, Founder, Generative You
“Lucid questions” are provocative challenges that can catalyse cultural evolution. Like Zen Buddihist “koans”, they are “questions without answer” that may require whole system change to be answered. One of the best examples of the “lucid questions” was asked in 1960s by Buckminster Fuller: “How can we make the world work for 100% of humanity In the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone?” The panel will explore how can such questions be asked - and what can be the ultimate questions can guide the path towards a harmonious existence within and between humanity and nature.

How can we move dreaming to acting by asking the right questions? How do we discover such questions? What are the most important questions that can drive our collective journey in the 21st century and beyond?

19:30–20:15 CEST
Co-creative session: Evolutionary Development Goals
Interactive, facilitated by Pavel Luksha, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures & U4P team
In this interactive session we will invite the forum participants to explore and co-develop Evolutionary Development Goals (EDGs). The idea of EDGs is to create a tool that will encourage worldwide innovative transformation of economic & governance model that can work for 100% of humanity. This session will activate the work on the first version of Evolutionary Development Goals during Autumn 2023. Be part of the conversation, share your ideas, and explore approaches to guide this transformative project forward.

How can we create a “goal based” tool that can support the intentional human evolution? What are the principles and methods of creating and implementing this tool?

Day 2 / October 19 / Thursday
Making Dream Real:
Evolution of Technology, Economy & Governance
Join us on the second day as we explore the journey from humanity's dreams and inspirations to tangible social transformation. We will delve into the essential conditions for this transition, including reshaping economic models, governance, financial markets, and our ways of living. Get ready for practical discussions on the path to a new societal model.
15:00–16:00 CEST
Panel 1: The Next 50 Years of Economy
Moderated by Pavel Luksha, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures

Jerome Glenn, Executive Director & CEO, The Millennium Project
James Ehrlich, Director of Compassionate Sustainability, and Entrepreneur in Residence, Stanford University
Jarvis Smith, Co-founder, My Green Pod
Walt Stinson, Co-founder & CEO, ListenUp
Daniel Christian Wahl, Author, and Faculty, Systemic Design Lab, ETH Zurich
The first visionary session of the day is dedicated to the emerging model of the new economy in the 21st century. Technologies such as AI, nano- and biotech, the drive towards sustainability and the shift towards post-consumerist economy will profoundly reshape economic sectors in the coming decades. This panel will explore the economic structures that will define our long-term economic futures, and will name some of the emerging sectors that may dominate economic development in the next 30-50 years. The future positive role of AI as a partner in economic transformation will be explored. Economic models aimed at solving global challenges and creating a planet-friendly civilization will be explored, tuning into what Earth dreams for us from an economic perspective.

What forces will shape the future of our economies, and what sectors and economic models will dominate the world by the 2050 and beyond?
16:00–16:30 CEST
Keynote 1: From Bay Voice to Earth Voice: Choosing a Regenerative Future
Duane Elgin, Co founder & Co-director, Choosing Earth Project
16:30–17:30 CEST
Panel 2: What are the emergent models of leadership?
Moderated by Nick Graham, Weaver - Community & Operations, Transformations Community

Indra Andan, Author, and Founder, The Alternative UK
Victoria Haro, Co-founder & Academic Director, Universidad de Medio Ambiente, Mexico
Diane Willams, President, The Source of Synergy Foundation
Steve Farell, Co-founder and Worldwide Executive Director, Humanity's Team
Mansi Jasuja, Conscious Business, Practitioner Art of Participatory Leadership
This panel will explore the evolution of governance models and the rise of new management and leadership approaches beyond traditional hierarchies and command-and-control frameworks. We will revise some of the novel ways of leading such as “weaving”, will discover how horizontal, servant, and communal leadership is shaping new organisational structures, and how technologies such as blockchain can facilitate the transition.

What can evolution of management & leadership in the 21st century guide the collective transformation on the micro- and macro-level? What are the most promising models on the horizon - such as new types of governance (Collectivism, Digital democracy), new leadership models (weaving, liminal), new tech for governance (Blockchain & DAO)? How can the governance include “voices of the voiceless” including youth, indigenous communities, and non-human agents such as other species and natural systems?
17:30–18:30 CEST
Panel 3: Future of Thrivable Work
Moderated by Morgan Silver-Greenberg, Cofounder, University for the Planet

Anton Stepanenko, Partner and Associate Director in Education, Employment and Welfare, Boston Consulting Group
Bryan Alexander, Futurist, and Founder, The Future of Higher Education Observatory
Kate Loshkareva, Education Policy and Strategy Researcher
Michael Stevenson, Co-Chair, Global Education Leaders Partnership, and OECD Senior Consultant
Ila Malhotra Gregory, Ecosystem Weaver & Gardener, Youth x Youth
One of the most remarkable transformations of the 21st century is the way we organize and perceive work. Technologies of automation including AI will radically redefine traditional labour markets, inviting us to discover new purposes and practices of work. This panel will explore the long-term evolution of work as a means of self-actualization, and will highlight models of work benefiting individuals, communities, and the planet. Conditions for “positive future of work” will be explore. This panel will present an upcoming research on the “Next 50 years of work” by BCG.

What will work mean by 2050 and beyond? What are the most promising areas of human occupation, and what skills will be demanded?
18:30–19:30 CEST
Panel 4: Capital & money as a force for good
Moderated by Ross Hall, Weaver & Co-Lead of the Learning Societies Portfolio, Jacobs Foundation

Ketan Patel, Co-founder & CEO, Greater Pacific Capital
Rodolfo Tarraubella, Executive Director, CIFAL Argentina
Donna Morton, Co-founder, Edge Finance Accelerator
Takemiya Makoto, CEO, SORAMITSU
Existing organisation of capital markets is often seen as the root cause of the unfolding environmental and social crisis. However, capital is a way of collective organization that can also become the “force for good”. This panel will hold an in-depth discussion on the future of capital and financial markets, and the potential for capital to be a tool for problem-solving and redirecting resources for the common good. We will explore how emerging financial paradigms and technologies can facilitate the transition of society, addressing pressing challenges like climate change, the shift to a regenerative economy, and inequality.

What is the evolution of capital & money, and how to activate the potential of capital to support the evolutionary transition? What is the role of new tools, including cryptocurrencies & fintech, and new funding models such as crowdfunding or ethical finance? What is the future of impact investment?
19:30–20:30 CEST
Panel 5: Way of living, way of being
Moderated by Alexander Laszlo, Director of Research, Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research

Natalia Vojno, Founder & Principal, Our Future First
Shae Brown, Complexity Educator, Southern Cross University
Anne Baring, Author, and Jungian Analyst
Arti Ahluwalia, Strategy Coordinator, UN Commons Cluster, India
Liu Tupikina, Co-founder, Lecturers without Borders
Kingsley Dennis, Author & Researcher
This session will explore the reshaping culture and everyday lifestyles as the foundation for a new civilization. Panelists will consider the principles and values guiding harmonious collective existence in the 21st century. We will dive into discussions on new forms of everyday life within families and urban environments, emphasising personal well-being, health, and more. The panel will aim to discover how transformation of the way of living will help bring forth thrivable futures.

What are the most important daily practices shaping thrivable futures? How will our ways of living evolve, and what intentions can we set to cultivate ways of being we want to see in the world?
Day 3 / October 20 / Friday
Learning for New Dream: Communities & Movements
Explore the pivotal role of culture in shaping our collective futures. Understand how communities and educational systems can facilitate this cultural transformation toward a planetary civilization, often referred to as 'planitizenship.' Join us for an essential dialogue on including the voices and perspectives of communities historically unheard in previous stages of civilization development. As we transition into a new paradigm, it is imperative to recognize those who have been excluded from the formation of modern education and governance systems, moving towards a more inclusive and equitable futures.
15:00–16:00 CEST
Panel 1: Human Security for All: Creating conditions for Peaceful Futures
Moderated by Pavel Luksha, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures

Grant Schreiber, Global Campaign Manager, Human Security For All
Dora Damjanovic, PR Manager, UN Trust Fund
Lev Gordon, Co-founder, Living Cities Earth,
Robyn Whittaker, Co-Founder, Africa Voices Dialogue, and Country Lead, The NetEdu Project
Mandar Apte, Executive Director, Cities4Peace
This session explores evolving approaches to Human Security, prioritizing harmony in human coexistence and our relationship with nature. We delve into the Peaceful Futures project, seeking pathways to global peace over the next half-century. Join us as we discuss the pivotal role of cultural change and education in establishing the foundations for a peaceful future and universal human security.

How do we create conditions for harmonious relations within and between human communities and make cultural leap to non-violent society in one lifetime? How can the redefinition of human security drive this process?

This session is held in the support of a global campaign on Human Security for All.
Session pre-read: "Peace: The Ultimate Condition and the Goal of Human Security" by Pavel Luksha
16:00–16:30 CEST
Keynote 1: Narratives of Conscious Evolution
David Sloan Wilson, Suny Distinguished Professor, Binghamton University, and President, Prosocial World
16:30–17:30 CEST
Panel 2: Decolonization of learning & decision-making systems: Global South & Indigenous perspective
Moderated by Maji-da Abdi, Producer and President, Andelay Association

Gaby Arenas de Menses, Founder & Executive Director, TAAP Foundation
Viktoria Phiri, Curator, Choma Museum and Crafts Centre, Zambia
Luis Camargo, Founder and Executive Director, OpEPA, Colombia & USA
Parul Penjabi, CEO & Mentor, AIME
Yugandhar G. R., President, The World United, India
This panel will explore the decolonization of learning & decision-making models, offering perspectives from the Global South and indigenous communities. Panelists will explore non-Western traditions in human development, particularly in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and other regions, and discuss how these traditions can be in service of the next stage of societal evolution. We will discuss the ongoing journey of returning to cultural roots and the invaluable lessons we can draw from indigenous practices, especially in nurturing a fresh mindset and empowering youth.

How can learning & decision-making system be “decolonized”, and how non-Western practices be amplified? What is the potential of redefining learning & decision-making models taking needs and values of indigenous and non-Western societies into consideration?
17:30–18:30 CEST
Panel 3: Intergenerational collaboration for better futures
In collaboration with the Youth x Youth movement
Moderated by Valentina Raman, Director Of Education, Students Shoulder to Shoulder, and Co-founder, Youth x Youth

Alexander Morozov, Founder, Young Folks Latvia
Victor Perminov, Founder, 10X

This panel amplifies the youth's perspective on shaping education and decision-making systems that prioritise their voices and agency. Join us for a dynamic dialogue featuring young leaders from diverse nations as they discuss innovative approaches to education and governance. The session will be organized as a dialogue between young and adult participants jointly discussing & cocreating principles of intergenerational collaboration.

How can models of intergenerational learning be organized? How can these models support the proactive transformation of our societies?
18:30–19:30 CEST
Panel 4: Cocreating the future - integrating the feminine perspective
Moderated by Anne Marie Voorhoeve, Founder & Strategic Connector, The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence

Jan Hurwitch, Executive Director, Visionary Ethics Foundation, Costa Rica.
Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Founder, Women Influence Community
Alessandra Marazzi, Member, Forbes Coaches Council
Zineb Mouhyi, Co-Founder, Weaving Lab, and Co-Founder & Community Organizer, YouthxYouth
Victoria Le Fur, Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship International Academy (WEIA)
Feminine way of seeing the world is often as the way of break away from “masculine” patterns that may lie at the root of current poly-crisis. As Vandana Shiva aptly states, 'We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all”. This session will offer a thought-provoking discussion on integrating the feminine perspective and the way of thinking for societal transformation, especially in education and decision-making systems.

How can feminine perspective be amplified in our society? How can we find a “healthy balance” and integration between masculine and feminine on our collective futures, and how can that integration serve our evolutionary transition?
19:30–20:00 CEST
Closing ritual: Signing the University for the Planet declaration
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2023 / 18–20 / October

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