Human Nature Forecast: Michiel Schwarz on Sustainism

“Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, we can see a new era emerging, one that embraces more sustainable ways of living and an interconnected world. It is marked by new attitudes to both manmade and the natural environment, and new approaches to both local and global issues. What is coming into being is nothing less than a change in cultural perspective, a new mindset, a worldwide remaking. Moving beyond ideas of modernism and postmodernism, this shared outlook promises a networked, globalized, sustainable future. The world has entered the Sustainist age.”

Positive, idealistic and bold – a perfect opening for a manifesto which signals and pleads for a change in thought and action in people’s daily lives. Sanne talked with Michiel Schwarz, a cultural thinker and co-creator of the Sustainism manifesto,at the hugely popular PICNIC festival 2012 in Amsterdam.  What’s behind the idea of Sustainism, and why did he, together with designer Joost Elffers, feel the need to present it as a manifesto?

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Human Nature Forecast: Roos Vonk

Exploring this year’s Human Nature theme, we ask thought leaders about their vision of the future. What does human nature mean both personally and professionally? In the 7th episode of our Human Nature Forecast series Roos Vonk shares her thoughts on ‘human nature’ in contemporary times.

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Human Nature Forecast: Koert van Mensvoort

Exploring this year’s Human Nature theme, we ask thought leaders about their vision of the future. What does human nature mean both personally and professionally? In the fifth episode of our Human Nature Forecast series Koert van Mensvoort shares his thoughts on ‘human nature’ in contemporary times.

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