Key Questions

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Business, Regeneration

What would make regenerative organisations viable and widespread?

The greatest potential of learning for collective transformation comes from mobilising all human capacities and languages, including all forms of artistic expression. 

Our intuition is that artistic practices could play a key role in helping humanity to emerge from accumulated convergent crises into desirable futures. Art is innate to all humans but it is today mostly framed as decorative business. 

The Fifth Element questions this framing and works with the Future of Work Foundation and other partners to catalyse activities developing that intuition. 

Research, Sustainability Sciences

How do we reframe the role of research to better serve society?

How can research best address the complex challenges we face today? What can be done to transform the role of academia, more specifically academic research as it now exists to address present crises? 

The Fifth Element investigates how transdisciplinary models of thinking and community-driven research can be incorporated into the paradigm of academic research. Together with the BRIDGES Coalition for Sustainability Sciences supported by UNESCO, we inquire as to how to reframe the role of research so it is best aligned with societal and natural ways of life. 

Governance, Decolonisation, Self-Liberation, Youth

What is the role of African Youth in liberating our collective futures?

The possibility exists to catalyse systemic change by building opportunities for African youth through self-liberation and self-organisation, allowing for self-designed models of development, from the bottom-up both personally and collectively. By asking critical questions, an environment could be created among African youth and various actors, to raise awareness and realisation of this opportunity. It could lead to: 

Mobilising youth to develop an understanding of self that is outside domestic and global narratives.

Developing pathways for these ideas to permeate broader society by transitioning out of the dominant mechanisms that shape (and inhibit) their lives. 

Youth & Intergenerational Leadership

Can intergenerational collaboration foster systems transformation?

The St. Gallen Symposium and the Club of Rome have united to launch a joint initiative for a New Generational Contract. This project aims to foster equity and mutual support between generations and serves as a platform for diverse generational stakeholders to come together and develop core principles for a New Generational Contract.  

Digital, Regeneration

Can digitalisation bring a sustainable future?

Is digitalisation working to reverse the many unsustainable effects of human evolution? Is it creating better conditions for equitable human wellbeing within a healthy biosphere?

The Fifth Element investigates the assumption that digitalisation brings progress, as the creation of technologies is not necessarily benign – with many unintended and often negative effects. Together with the Digital-Environment System Coalition (DESC), TòròNet, and other partners, we inquire into the conditions needed to reframe the process of digitalisation for desirable futures.

Art, Innovation

What is the role of art in social transformations?

The greatest potential of learning for collective transformation comes from mobilising all human capacities and languages, including all forms of artistic expression. 

Our intuition is that artistic practices could play a key role in helping humanity to emerge from accumulated convergent crises into desirable futures. Art is innate to all humans but it is today mostly framed as decorative business. 

The Fifth Element questions this framing and works with the Future of Work Foundation and other partners to catalyse activities developing that intuition.