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Chief Researchers on Culture & Ideas

Our modern world is built on great ideas that have given direction and cohesion to our society and culture. The idea of democracy is an example of this. So which ideas will be the most important in the future, and how and where are they manifesting themselves already today? On this page, we focus on the important future-oriented ideas of our time, with a special focus on culture. While politics define the playing rules for our society — for example within a state — culture is what exists between the people living in that society. Culture is habits, behaviour, norms and opinions that can be expressed through art. As such, art reflects culture and is crucial to understanding the state of a given culture, including its future direction. An example of this is afrofuturism, a movement that reflects an African continent with both a growing population and cultural significance. 

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Culture & Ideas

The Mystery of the Number 1/137

The universe holds many mysteries. One of them is a number that nobody can really explain, though many have tried.

Sep 26, 2019 Arrow
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Culture & Ideas

The Logic of Art

Art is art. If it is reduced to entertainment in the name of the Experience Economy it will become insignificant and reduced to simulacra – to copies of copies. Therefore, the logic of art must be kept separate from that of business. Editorial from SCENARIO 3/2019.

Aug 20, 2019 Arrow
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Culture & Ideas

Interview: Jared Diamond

The latest book from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond – Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change – presents a litmus test for a nation state in political crisis and its subsequent survival. With an ambitious scope and vast scale, the book looks at world history over the last three centuries and predicts future threats against our planet and humanity. We interviewed Diamond in his publisher's office in London.

Aug 07, 2019 Arrow
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Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a cultural and activist movement. It fights for black people’s right to a place in the future that has traditionally been defined by whites. The movement finds expression in music, film, and literature where sci-fi, magical realism, and African mysticism are mixed together in a variegated blend.

Jul 29, 2019 Arrow
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Culture & Ideas

Stress holds everything together

Society must be understood as ”self-stressing, constantly forward-rushing worry systems,” says the German philosophical superstar, Peter Sloterdijk – and stress, in his terms, is not something that breaks us down. In fact, it is what makes everything stick together.

Jul 29, 2019 Arrow

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