World Academy of Arts and Science Conference: “Approaching 20?? Year”
A short blog on the conference, where we both presented papers:
The latest in the series of annual Conferences, hosted by the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, with the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) and the Global Round Table (GRT), was held in Podgorica from 16th to 18th May 2019. Participants from Europe, Asia and the Americas shared ideas and insights, through formal short presentations based on submitted papers, and through many discussions over excellent food and wine. The full papers will be published by the Academy, though of course the value of these conferences is, as said by the President of the Academy, Dragan Vukcevic, in his opening address, discussions preparing for “asking the right question”.
Asking the right question, in the post Washington consensus, multi-polar world is not trivial – and many papers discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by technology. The key question that emerged for me was – what does a healthy global system for 2050 look like? What is the balance between humans and other inhabitants of our planet? What ecosystem provides for synergistic co-existence of multiple cultures? How to translate increased incomes globally into enhanced choice and quality of life for people? And, since many of the participants were scientists, a question that re-occurred was: how can scientists be more effective at influencing policy?
While some participants were pessimistic, others (including me) enjoyed the challenge of envisioning and working towards positive futures. Garry Jacobs, CEO of WAAS, expressed it as “uncertainty brings opportunity”, and I came away from Montenegro with many new perspectives and insights that will help me to approach the questions.
Gill Ringland, May 2019