Climate Change vs. Economy

Environmental deterioration and extreme weather are real, the facts and figures are too obvious to be dismissed or neglected. One of TV commercials says, ”Nature does not need people; people needs nature.” For the sake of economic growth (and wiping out poverty), the world still seems to continue to abuse nature and pollute environment. So what is your take on this issue?

 

Is Democracy Dying?

Following the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, globalization seemed to be embraced as the way to world peace. Along with it, democracy and sense of freedom seemed to flourish everywhere. Today, democracy is still at center stage, but it is viewed and practiced as a mechanism that divides rather than unites people. Democracy respects and upholds diversity within the frame of unity. So if the frame transforms into disunity, is democracy still relevant to our lives?

Have we reached our purpose in education?

The purpose of education is to create better human beings. Compared to our predecessors, with all the systems and unlimited source of knowledge we have today, have we made the world a better place to live in?

Can Art be Created (Purely) Digitally?

In this Internet and Digital age, we increasingly witness many “purely digital” works and creations. Music has been composed & recorded using computers, with  simulated instruments that sound “indistinguishable from the real thing”. Similarly with visual arts, the term ‘digital art’ and ‘digital artist’ has appeared where artists create visual works (of art) using (“purely digital”) tools. Some have even gone as far as to ask, “Do we really need ‘analog’ art anymore?”

There is no doubt that the digital world has evolved and expanded to affect many aspects of our daily lives, including art — visually and musically. But can we say that an artwork without first-hand experience and skill is a “piece of art”?

What are the consequences of using computers & digital tools to create Art? What are we losing when we depend so much on computer-based methods? What are we gaining (in exchange)? What about mass-replication of digitalized works of Art? Are we at risk of losing “analog” Art?

Have your say below.

Human Ego, a Friend or Foe?

We are raising this issue because it may affect, influence, direct or even determine our future, particularly when involving individuals who we consider as the global “game changers”.

Our world is populated by 7 billions people, but when it comes to shaping the future, only a few who really matters. History tells us that global game changers are minorities consisting of prophets, philosopher, kings, presidents, scientists, artists, religious figures and so on. Jesus changed the course of humanity; Plato, Newton, and Einstein also among those who did, but so did Caligula, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, and ISIS. So, human ego does matter; how should we deal with it?