Books

Marc Luyckx Ghisi

“A superb synthesis of today’s burning issues of globalization, the transition to post-industrial futures, the growth of post-carbon, “green” economies worldwide, changing paradigms in science, economics, and management—all enfolded in a deep cultural analysis of changing ethical, religious, and spiritual values. Marc’s deeply personal style illuminates his heroic synthesis. He shows how our endangered human family can redesign our various civilizations toward more peaceful, just, and sustainable futures for all life on Earth.” HAZEL HENDERSON, author, Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and Building a Win-Win World

 

"Masterfully crafted to caringly expel the reader from the comfort of the sancrosanct.” Frederick C. Dubee, Senior Advisor, Global Compact, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations. “The Knowledge Society provides dramatic insights into how the world will change within the next five decades. With his concept of a transmodern society, Marc Luyckx Ghisi opens a perspective to the powerful trends away from the industrial society with its pyramidal structures towards a planetary knowledge society based on cultural creativity.” Karlheinz Steinmuller, author, futurist, Director of Z-punkt GmbH, Büro für Zukunftgestaltung, Berlin. “Marc Luyckx Ghisi is a ‘transmodern’ renaissance man.” Walter Link, chair of the Global Academy and the Global Leadership Network. “An important book, one that marks an important transition ... a blueprint for hope and wise action.” David Rooney, UQ Business School, University of Queensland. "A book of utmost relevance for our A Breakthrough to Genuine Sustainability times.” Göran Carstedt, Ph.D., Chairman, The Natural Step International, former executive at Volvo and IKEA.

How will information and communication technologies shape our future? What will the world be like in 10, 20 or even 30 years' time as a result of further advances in technologies such as the Internet? Will the application of these technologies in every aspect of human activity - in the home, at work, in public spaces, in hospitals, etc. - be a blessing or a curse? This book attempts to provide some answers to such questions, but without resorting to unrealistic and exaggerated expectations.

 

Based on the considered views of several European experts, European Visions for the Knowledge Age provides a multidisciplinary glimpse into some radical, and sometimes controversial, European perspectives on the future of the information society. The contributors to this edited book address what could be what should be, and sometimes warn about what should not be the future. All the contributions have been written with a wide audience in mind and both the technically and the non-technically oriented will find elements in the chapters that will challenge their worldviews and their taken-for-granted assumptions.

 

The contents of the book are organised into five self-contained parts: European Manufacturing 2035; Novel Perspectives for Networked Intelligence; The Future of Body and Mind; New Directions for Power and Participation; and The Distant Horizon. Each section brings together a number of essays under a broad theme relevant to the future.

 

Chapter by Marc Luyckx Ghisi: « A win-Win strategy for the European Union in the Knowledge Society » in Paul Kidd, Ed., Cheshire Henbury, Macclesfield, UK, 2007