'A balance of power is in fact a kind of managed anarchy. But it is a system in which anarchy invariably overcomes the management in the end'. (Reinhold Niebuhr).

World, the whole of human civilization anywhere on earth, in philosophy the whole of the physical universe or an ontological world, in theology world refers to the material or the profane sphere. It comes from weorold (Old English), a compound of wer "man" and eld "age" ( "Age of Man'), mundus (latin) means "clean, elegant", cosmos (Greek) "orderly arrangement", a notion of creation as an act of establishing order out of chaos. Although globalisation gives the world a good shaking with large consequences, Europe wants her achievements, values and identity to stay preserved while for the progress she works also on enlargement, employment, growth, trade, social and human rights. 'Globaliserung ist von immenser Bedeutung. Menschen kommen mehr und mehr zusammen und es bekommt ein Platz in das Gehirn von Menschen' (H.G. Pöttering 16-04-08). Globalization may described as:

integration into the world economy' and increased interdependence 'through' trade, investment, finance, regional integration, technology and demographic factors' (Richardson),
growing integration of economies and societies around the world as a result of flows of goods and services, capital, people and ideas' (Dollar), external opening and an increasing role of markets internally' (Robinson),
process in which "trade grows more rapidly than production' (Storper),
closer integration of the countries and peoples of the world which had been brought about by the enourmous reduction of costs of transportation and communication, and the breaking down of the artificial barrieres to the flows of goods, services, capital, knowledge and (to a lesser extent) of people across borders' (Stiglitz),
reorganization of production into global production systems, notably global value chains and export processing zones' (Carr & Che),
gradual of integration of economies and societies driven by new technologies driven by new technologies, new economic relationships and the national and international policies of a wide range of actors, including governments, international organisations, business, labour and civil society' (Gunter & van der Hoeven).


To believe in the dignity of every individual, to believe we can bridge our differences, and choose cooperation over conflict — that is not weakness, that is strength. It is a practical necessity in this interconnected world." (President Barack Obama)
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Global Matrix:
A framework for
researching the
future of global governance
Global justice and security, 17 June 2015 China India
earth at night

Report global trends 2025
(US government, 2008)

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative Afghanistan
Project Syndicate
I.R. of Iran
Centre for Research on Globalisation

Reuters full focus

Between two worlds
William V. Wishard ,
World trends research
The EU’s Strategic Partnership with Africa
United Nations
how to change the world
(Nexus Institute)

Dani Rodrik,
the globalisation paradox

North Africa and the Middle East (MeNA) A new report from Ernst & Young on globalisation, company performance, momentum shifts Europe
European Institute for
Asian Studies
The Grand

(key quotes by
Zbigniew Brezinski †)


What Will Rule the World?  

The Ring: it is a symbol of limitless power and riches, corrupting the mighty and keeping the masses in servitude. In Der Ring des Nibelungen – Wagner’s four-part opera masterpiece – this old, corrupt world goes up in flames to make way for a new world of brotherhood, beauty and love. But what will guide us when the old gods, values and traditions have been destroyed? What will a new world order look like? Can we ever free ourselves from the insatiable thirst for power and wealth, or is it an inescapable part of human nature? How do we fight old demons like xenophobia, antisemitism and fascism? How do we avoid ending up in a society where profit and efficiency are all that matters, a machine civilization where humans are powerless and redundant? And finally, what role can art and love play in addressing these problems?

international representatives of the worlds of power and the arts – connoisseurs and devotees of Wagner’s work – offered their critical view of the world of today and their vision for the world of tomorrow.



What Will Save the World?  
What Will Save the World?

"The news from around the world is far from positive: authoritarian regimes are on the rise, the political systems in the EU and US are fractured and ineffective, and millions of people are forced to flee from war, violence and poverty.
The state of the world is precarious; yet there are also optimists who believe in the saving power of science, technology or international law and institutions, who argue that the world is really headed in the right direction and that pessimists are misguided or short-sighted.

On Saturday 12 November 2016, the NEXUS Instituteiinvited an international cast of activists, scientists, writers and philosophers who discussed the deeper questions behind the current political, ecological and social crises.

What is the defect in our civilization? Is material progress enough, or should progress have a moral or social basis? Is technology a blessing or a curse? And what will save the world – politics, art, science, or faith?"

The era of globalization has led to conflicts that counteracts benefits. Positions should reconsidered. According to the Russian opposition politician and former chess champion Garry Kasparov, Western leaders are blinded by economic growth, whereby values of liberal democracy are lost sight of.
Kasparov at the NEXUS Institute: "I was shocked by the reaction of people who were surprised by the instability in the Middle East following the Arab Spring. This is the direct result of dictatorship."
'Timeless values in a shifting world'
To stay well-informed on developments, consult the big picture on world news Council on Foreign Relations, 'The New New World Order' by Daniel W. Drezner(March/April 2007) and Battle for Global Values by Tony Blair (January/February 2007), while "The 'Second World': Empires and influence in the new global order" from Parag Khanna explains how the hegemony position of America make place for a kind of geopolitical marketplace, in which the US, China and the EU compete with each other about influence in the world. (Multi-) diplomacy will become of solid importance and 3 styles are to be recognized: coalition style, consensus style and consultancy style.
Global issues  
Global issues simmer as prospects brighten. Last year’s sense of panic has gone and the mood has lifted but there is still much for Davos delegates to chew over. In the years before the financial crisis, boundless optimism was the default setting for Davos man. The World Economic Forum was a celebration of globalisation and its possibilities. But the financial crisis put a stop to all that. The last four Davos forums have been gloomy affairs, dominated by a sense that global capitalism is in crisis. Delegates worried about everything – the euro, the banks, inequality, unempIoyment. It is possible, however, that – this year – the sense of crisis will lift. The fear that the euro could crash and burn within weeks – which was voiced openly at last year’s forum – has dissipated, and with it so has the biggest threat hovering over the world economy. There will still be earnest, even urgent, calls for reform in Europe. But the panic has gone.

Due to address world governance issues at the systemic level, CEPS and six other renowned think tanks drafted a systematic and structured inter-disciplinary (matrix) framework' GLOBAL MATRIX, A CONCEPTUAL AND ORGANISATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR RESEARCHING THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE'.
Global Matrix advances and proposes to address world governance issues at the systemic level. The overarching question is whether the emerging multi-polar constellation is likely to prove stable and cooperative, or to reveal an inherent instability. The originality of the project is its structured inter-disciplinary (matrix) framework for examining the key dimensions to world politics.

Age Bakker 01-06-2011 searching position in a new world economy
Ben Bot 7-09-2009: Reform of international organisations with eye for perspectives of other powers
It is therefore also a research agenda for examining the stance of major world actors on the key policy dimensions to world politics (political ideologies, economics, migration, climate change, security and world view); drawing out evidence of cross-cutting linkages (between sectors and among major actors); and evaluating the evolution and adequacy of existing multilateral institutions in relation to the emerging multi-polarity, and formulating recommendations.


World Foresight Forum 2011, video impression
World Foresight Forum, closing session
City The Hague in the Netherlands launched 13-15 April 2011 an international event on a secure and sustainable world for future generations: the 'WORLD FORESIGHT FORUM'. The purpose of WFF is to develop future roadmaps which respond to global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, demographic shifts and the breakdown of the global financial system which may effect our prosperity and safety. The Forum acted as a foremost organization to build and energize leading global communities, creating a movement which bravely looks at the future, providing assessment, leadership and solutions for the biggest challenges of the new era. The Forum also acted as the creative force that provides an innovative roadmap shaping solutions for tomorrow’s future and reconsider and redefine the security of our homelands, not in its usual narrow sense, but aligned with the fast changing context of today and tomorrow.

The changes that are happening around us right now are part of several fundamental paradigm shifts that are unique in the history of humanity.  A successful transition to a sustainable and prosperous future can only occur if we embrace a new approach. Leaders from the worlds of business, government, science and the military, that have so far not engaged one another, need to meet, discuss, and make common cause.

At the new biennial international event, the seemingly unrelated dots scattered across multiple sectors that define the world we live in, were connected. World leaders from many disciplines and backgrounds came together at the WFF to think freely, speak clearly and act decisively in order to cope with the grand strategic challenges facing our world, such as the resource scarcity, financial crisis and global powershifts. The World Foresight Forum was organized round six themes, seeking to describe the principal dimensions of human existence: ecology & sustainability; population and demographics; science & technology; economy, geopolitics & security'; and society & culture.