10 Years Club of Amsterdam

Dates: December 6, 2012
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Location: India House Amsterdam, Spuistraat 239, 1012 VP Amsterdam
Tickets: Euro 10 (Students), Euro 20 (Members etc.) or Euro 30. It includes drinks and snacks

We are going to promote and discuss ideas, statements, observations and solutions for five areas that are considered key challenges by Schloer Consulting Group. The main characteristics are exponential growth – the primary cause for critical societal and economic crisis. Five Key Challenges: Economic-Demographic Crisis, Energy, Environment, Food/Water and Overpopulation

Before the event:
You are invited to contribute to our  Public Brainstorm!
Topic: Global challenges with exponential growth

 Club of Amsterdam blog
http://clubofamsterdam.blogspot.com

Public Brainstorm: Economic-Demographic Crisis
Public Brainstorm: Energy
Public Brainstorm: Environment
Public Brainstorm: Food and Water
Public Brainstorm: Human Overpopulation

During this evening: 
Part I 
One Minute before 12: Understanding The Global Model
Human civilisation has reached the most critical watershed period in its entire history so far. We refer to this period, 2010 – 2050, as the Consequence Era. It is the era where we must deal with the consequences of unresolved inter-society relations, misguided technological development, hyper-militarization of the world, and a dangerous neglect, to manage environment and vital resources in a long-term perspective. Given, that money and monetary instruments have become an artificial resource, especially in the past 300 years, this consequence also includes the results of our ill-designed global monetary system. Money all by itself, and how it is implemented into society, has created a severe scarcity that actually prevents nearly all natural problems to be solved, but promotes global conflict in a near fully globalized world. It is therefore especially important to look at the economic conditions and transitions, in order to understand the prospect to solve any other hard problems in the future, arising from the management of resources and production of vital supplies.

The study model was built by Schloer Consulting Group – SCG in about 4 years of extensive research, extracted from 10,000s of pages of published research materials, real-time data sources, and 100s of terabytes of global legacy computer data, provided by governments, global organizations (UN, World-Bank, IMF, etc.) and various free data sources provided through universities in the US, UK and Germany. 

Part II & III
Socratic Dialogue
The Socratic Dialogue is an approach that focus on the question: what is the right question to start with? It is a philosophical method in the sense that all assumptions we take for granted, can be questioned and investigated. Unlike most discussions we do not debate, we try to listen to one another. It means that in any approach, if we listen well, there can be some important hint for fruitful approaches. To get our minds out of coagulated, fixed lanes we need connection with other minds. Socratic Dialogue is the strongest tool to boost real collaborative thinking and to twist our cultural assumptions into new common moulded perspectives.

It is a method that avoids abstract ways of thinking; generalized abstract reasoning could probably be considered as an intellectual phallacy (John Dewey). Socratic Dialogue starts from concrete person based experiences, where values, emotions and ideas are all considered important. Every person embodies the cultural values and assumptions – this is why a personal experience can deliver general importance.

We will maybe just formulate the right question, but anyway we will experience how it is to think as communities.

Humberto Schwab uses this method to create new strategies for business, for innovative processes and for general think tanks.

Part IV
Entertainment, Salsa-DJ, mingle, drinks & food