My obsession with sustainable and ethical innovation remains, and I believe it is a necessary mindset if we plan to solve, and not bundle, our problems. This requires a type of Holistic Humanism, a systems approach to progress. Asking the right questions, making clear lines of when “enough is enough,” and succeeding in free trade without exploitation is the future we must embrace.
The premise of the Institute is to address a pain I felt when I started all of this. We are trying to help people who feel a sense that there is a great deal of good work to do in this world but feel powerless to accomplish it or incapable of dedicating themselves to their mission. An inspired population of such people with common goals, disciplines, techniques, and missions would be able to address the lack of common and philosophically informed direction in life, business, and government all with the goal to address the dangerous problem of existential threats and runaway technologies (digital, biological, and beyond).
"We all have ambitions, but only the few achieve. A man thinks of a good thing and says: 'Now if I only had the money I'd put that through.' The word 'if' was a dent in his courage. With character fully established, his plan well thought out, he had only to go to those in command of capital and it would have been forthcoming."
— Douglas Fairbanks