Young BSF: Vision of the Present

Young BFS participants followed up Saturday’s marathon night owl session – at which they engaged in peer-to-peer discussions on policy recommendations for reconciliation, internal and external security, economic development and youth participation – with a workshop that encouraged them to move away from old methodologies being used without success by current political players. “We try to present and entrepreneurial kind of attitude. Entrepreneurs challenge, do not trust their own beliefs, constantly form new ones…There is constant growth. That was very new for them,” explained the workshop leader Jose Antonio Morales of Lincoln Island Initiatives.

His approach is called the fear-and-fail methodology and facilitates the understanding and establishing of conditions for human-friendly cultures, not only by laying out a future vision but also by changing the perspective on the present and on what can be done now. The workshop started with a theoretical part, the method’s underlying philosophy, and then moved to practical tools that allow the identification “of a vision of the present” that entails immediately executable actions and a vision of the future. “The way leads through identifying the values that are supporting a vision of the future, which serves the identification of the vision of the now,” Morales said, noting it was interesting to see some participants shocked at how the method shed a new light on their personal situation, choices.

Participants used the method for the problem areas being explored at the forum, with one group choosing the topic Being Human in the Technology Era. The vision of the desired future was laid out as a human-centred society. As regards the current values, the group spoke of the stressing, but maybe not sufficient, of the ethical groundworks of technology, the accountability and responsibility of firms and anyone driving this technological change, the need to stress responsibility, inclusiveness, humanity and discovery. The vision of the present includes efforts to ensure privacy, raise awareness of the importance of social capital, which might be the most important capital of the future, secure access to relevant information, and invest in partnership with partners in the West and as well as in dialogue with “rivals” in the East.

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