Knowledge proliferates but wisdom languishes. This chasm needs to be bridged before the end of this decade if we are to reverse the present trends toward disaster. The system of communications encircling the globe today seldom uses its tremendous potential to spread global values and foster a more caring, compassionate consciousness. What is urgently needed is a U-turn in our communications and educational policies.
The focus of the World Wisdom Alliance communications network is to catalyze action on the most critical global issues in a way that synergizes the wisdom of leading world experts with local activists who are making a difference, and simultaneously, through the World Wide Web, to inspire a widespread creative focus of energy and activities. The mechanism is a new, web-based internet community.
This wisdom community will feature a new type of hybrid Website which will present four dimensions of new media-experience; communication, multi-perspective video, web-linked networking and issue content (meta-knowledge). The new communication network will interconnect global issues experts with many global citizens at any distance, to interested groups (and schools) and, through an interactive Web portal, to all other interested individuals wherever they are.
The Web portal will further give access to background and archival materials and have virtual spaces for discussion, expression and creative interactivity. The intention is to shift the best ideas and research into necessary actions and practices.
These outcomes will be based on these unique approaches:
The 'New Communications' Factor
New approaches to creatively applying communication ideas are based on the integration of the dynamic factors of connectivity, interactivity and content-message for the constructive contribution to the progress of culture and society.
Toronto New School of Communications
(The McLuhan Factor)
Potentially the most important advantage for advancing the practice of constructive communications lies in the ideas and work of the Toronto School of Communications.
The extension of the human faculties and organs is not anything new, but needs to evolve to make a significant difference for the 21st Century. It is no longer necessary to choose between technological and humanistic approaches and solutions for critical challenges. A more effective approach is to work with and apply multiple ideas, multiple disciplines and multiple media in creative problem solving.
The key is to perceive and work with new patterns of functionality when dealing with situations of transition and change. This means developing new forms of pattern recognition when dealing with complex environmental dynamics such as; convergence, integration and conservation.
The process requires looking at new structures of information, how they relate to our perceptual transformations going on at this moment, and how they result in new forms of awareness. Behind this are more fundamental issues of human consciousness, such as; analytical vs. analogical understanding, visual vs. oral knowledge dynamics, metaphorical and symbolic knowledge issues, and what we are doing with simulation technologies.
The most urgent need is to demonstrate the ability to evolve the ways in which we learn and that 'we can change the ways we change before the errors of our past overcome us.