Europe and the world at large stand at a crossroads, our collective readiness—both in thought and action—will indelibly shape the course of the future. By internalizing lessons from yesteryears and harnessing the tools and knowledge of today, Europe has the potential to lead and inspire, forging a path of stability, prosperity, and holistic progress for all of humanity.
WE are living in one of the most fascinating times our planet has ever seen. A time when, thanks to enormous technological progress, we humans have the opportunity to improve the lives of so many people in our society without sacrificing our own well-being.
TOGETHER we can create a better society. We should never forget that bringing people from different cultures and backgrounds together, discussing and reflecting on each other’s perspectives already creates understanding and is the basis for forward-looking solutions. It is also something that each of us can easily do. It is a way of people’s diplomacy. In times of great change, which automatically leads to uncertainty, it helps to provide historical and technological understanding and analogies to today’s discussants in order to find better solutions for all possible consequences of new inventions on our society.
BALANCE. As a sailor with a great passion for our oceans, I strongly believe that man and nature must be in balance. To maintain balance, it is important to be aware of possible imbalances. To generate the right attention, it takes passionate scientists and passionate communicators to reach out to the general public with the important issues. With the support of the public and the power of technology and diplomacy, people have repeatedly found creative solutions to the most difficult situations they have faced in history.
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