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enter the future
standpoints and
ideas in dialog

Digitalization, climate change, rapid shifts in values in the world of work – industry and society in general are facing huge challenges. In this context, it would be too short-sighted for companies to limit themselves to developing technical innovations and adapting production processes. They must also do their part to constructively shape the associated fundamental transformation of society. How can people be motivated to be sufficiently agile and open, so that they really do drive profound change and see it as an opportunity? How do beliefs and patterns of orientation need to change? What interactions need to be considered? How can the fundamental transformation of society succeed?

With the “enter the future” event series, which was launched by WITTENSTEIN SE in November 2020 and is now being continued by the Wittenstein Foundation, we want to enter into a fruitful dialog with society on how we can safeguard our resources for future generations. Innovation and progress are the key factors for us to achieve this goal. As a rule, two speakers talk about one topic from different perspectives – that is the basic formal idea behind “enter the future”. This is followed by a discussion with the audience. The speakers are high-profile individuals from business, science and society. The talks are based on scientific principles, but are kept understandable for the audience interested in the topic. Every contribution, every thought is important. We therefore cordially invite you to enrich the discourse with your ideas.

seventh event:
new space –
from science fiction
to daily reality 

The sevenrth“enter the future” event took place on November 29, 2023.

What just a few years ago was dismissed as science fiction has meanwhile become a reality in our day-to-day lives. Access to the internet in even the remotest corners of the globe, space tourism as an unforgettable experience for private individuals or satellite monitoring of agricultural land – all of this is made possible by technological advances and the commercialization of space.

Watch the whole recording of the fourth event here (only German).

Topic:

New space – from science fiction to daily reality

Speaker:

Professor Klaus Schilling, CEO of Zentrum für Telematik würzburg e.V.

Hans Koenigsman, former Vice President and Chief Engineer of SpaceX

Guest:

Michael Najjar, Photo Artist and Pioneer Astronaut

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

The sixth “enter the future” event took place on April 27, 2023.

Is it really true that everything around us is becoming more and more complex? Or could it be that complexity is actually the great constant over time, and that it is simply a matter of new challenges regularly taking priority over others? Yet who ultimately decides on these priorities? Politicians? Society? And if so, which society? What do we do, or not do, in order to retain or regain the necessary guidance? Or is this guidance something we never in fact had in the first place and will never be able to have in the future either? It’s a complex subject.

Watch the whole recording of the fourth event here (only German).

Topic:

Finding our way in a multipolar world – Key concepts on the spiritual situation of the time

Speaker:

Professor Peter Sloterdijk

German philosopher, cultural scientist and author. He taught philosophy and aesthetics at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe until 2017.

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

sixth event:
finding our way in a
multipolar world –
key concepts on the
spiritual situation of the time 

The sixth “enter the future” event took place on April 27, 2023.

Is it really true that everything around us is becoming more and more complex? Or could it be that complexity is actually the great constant over time, and that it is simply a matter of new challenges regularly taking priority over others? Yet who ultimately decides on these priorities? Politicians? Society? And if so, which society? What do we do, or not do, in order to retain or regain the necessary guidance? Or is this guidance something we never in fact had in the first place and will never be able to have in the future either? It’s a complex subject.

Watch the whole recording of the fourth event here (only German).

Topic:

Finding our way in a multipolar world – Key concepts on the spiritual situation of the time

Speaker:

Professor Peter Sloterdijk

German philosopher, cultural scientist and author. He taught philosophy and aesthetics at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe until 2017.

Facilitated by:

Benedikt Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief MM MaschinenMarkt

fifth event:
biological transformation – what is it good for?
and what have mushrooms got to do with it?